Final round looms

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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON
@alliedpress.co.nz

Motocross riders are on the home straight as they prepare for the fifth and final round of this year’s Southern Motocross Series.

Competitors completed round 4 at Lee Stream Rd on October 28 and will go on to finish the series in Balclutha on Saturday.

Riders earn points in each event, which are tallied up to determine the overall winner.

Various clubs have hosted the series over recent weeks, including the Central Otago Motorcycle Club in Poolburn, where more than 200 riders competed in the first round.

That number was pleasing for organisers, including Central Otago Motorcycle Club president Blake McPhee.

In his element . . . The rain is no deterrent as Blake McPhee, of Cromwell, competes in the MX 1 class in the fourth round of the Southern Motocross Series for 2018. PHOTOS: JOHN COSGROVE

He said the series had been a success thanks to an increase in entries, “which is good – just showing us the sport’s growing again”.

The series, which is in its 40th year, has 272 competitors vying for top spot.

That number was up by about 80 on the previous year, McPhee said.

Between 40 and 50 riders from Central Otago were taking the series, which was also up on previous years, he said.

He was not sure why interest in the sport had grown, but both junior and senior classes were reaping the rewards, he said.

“All classes have really grown, [but] it’s the senior classes that have grown the most.”

Also adding to the season’s success was the quality of racing, despite some wet weather.

“We’ve had two wet rounds, which hasn’t helped too much, but that’s all right – it’s just part of it.”