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The King of Central has been crowned.

Heavy rain in the early hours of Sunday did not deter more than 200 riders from taking on the track in an effort to claim the crown of King of Central MX.

King of Central MX race clerk Ivan Taylor said aside from a couple of injuries the event had run “sweet” and it was good to get race meetings back after Covid.

“We’re very happy minis are having a ball, the Ladies class has been working really well, it’s been terrific,” he said.

A highlight for competitors and spectators was the inclusion of two-time women’s World Motocross champion Courtney Duncan competing in two classes of racing Ladies class and MX2.

Duncan showed her technical skill and fearlessness as she took on the guys in the MX2 class.

A crash off the starting gate in Duncan’s second race saw her speeding to catch the riders, resulting in a nail-biting finish which she narrowly lost to Ezra Holmes.

Despite the loss, Duncan still went on to win both classes.

It was the second time Duncan had competed in the King of Central MX and a good lead in to training for her next defence of her world title, she said.

“This has been the first race for me after a few months, so it’s nice to get back up on the bike, get the feet wet again there’s nothing like having a course to race,” she said.

Duncan proved to be a hit with the fans off the track, too.

Seven-year-old Sophie Moore was excited to get her shirt signed by Duncan.

“I saw Courtney Duncan was epic, she’s so fast,” Sophie said

Mother Paula Moore said it was her family’s first visit to the motocross and they loved it.

“I think this is awesome. Everyone in Cromwell should come and support it,” she said.