Organisers of the Nelson Motorcycle Centre Nelson Motocross Champs, in association with Houston Motor Group, are determined to bring riders together for the biggest and best championships yet, running over the weekend of Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5. A brand new team of organisers, including Bryan Heaphy, Delwyn Leitch and Craig Hughes, will be putting this year’s event together. “We not only want to make it a really good event for people travelling from all over the South Island to come and compete in, but we also want to make it a really good spectacle for the Nelson public. The track has had a massive overhaul for the event, so it’s going to come up just awesome,” says Bryan.
This is the third time the Nelson Motocross Champs has been held at MotoXpark in 88 Valley, and the club are expecting around 150 participants. With big changes to the track, riders and spectators will see some action-packed competition racing. “When you go and do an event like this you’re hoping there’s something different; it just makes you a bit more excited about it. Every year we aim to make some changes and we’ve got some really big plans for next year as well,” says Bryan.
MotoXpark in 88 Valley takes advantage of a large natural bowl shape to keep noise from escaping, and provides a great viewing area with the entire track visible at any one time, meaning spectators can watch the full race from start to finish.
Top riders will be coming from as far afield as Dunedin and there will definitely be a chance to watch some of the South Island’s top riders in action, including Nelson’s own top-ranked riders Bryan Heaphy, Reece Walker, Ethan Waters, Clayton Roeske and Reefton’s Bailey Banks. The main classes to look out for on the day are the MX1 and MX2. These riders are highly talented and will no doubt put on a good show as they’re all out there to win the prize money of $500. The day will also feature the ladies class, enduro class, vets class, juniors and 125cc classes. All up, around 65 races will be held over the weekend.
The track itself features a number of interesting sections including sawdust, a great rhythm section and several jumps. “It’s a really cool spectacle to watch and quite mind-blowing for people turning up on their first time.”
Bryan hopes that anyone who is thinking about taking up motocross comes along to watch some of the weekend’s racing. There will be a tent set up that can help with any enquiries people may have about the sport.
MotoXpark is almost seven kilometres down 88 Valley Road and will be well signposted, with plenty of parking a short walk away. Because the track is located on a working farm, spectators are asked to please leave their dogs at home. Local charities and businesses will be offering hot food, coffee and refreshments.