World champ racing in Cromwell


Dust will fly as motocross riders vie to be crowned King of Central.

The Central Otago Motorcycle Club is holding its annual King of Central motocross competition at the Cromwell Motocross Track on Sunday.

Central Otago Motorcycle Club president Blake McPhee said the event attracted riders from throughout the South Island, and the club hoped to build upon the success of last year’s event.

‘‘We’ve got some of New Zealand’s best riders, well, world’s best coming to it.

‘‘We just locked in Courtney Duncan, who is world champion at the moment and she’s coming to race the guys.

‘‘It’s awesome.’’

Riders as young as 4 through to ‘‘old fellas’’ will compete in races around the track.

Members of the public are able to keep up with the action from a viewing platform.

Mr McPhee said the standalone event was organised by volunteers and had been running for about 10 years in its current structure and previously under another format.

‘‘Our committee and club are pretty awesome — we are all volunteers that put lots of time in.

‘‘It’s a pretty awesome crew,’’ Mr McPhee said.

And as for the decision to hold the event on Mother’s Day?

‘‘Yeah, I’m in [trouble] for that.’’

Twelve-year-old Lochie Cornish has been racing since he was 4 and said he was excited to be racing on Sunday.

‘‘I’m looking forward to racing for once on an actual motocross track — I’ve been doing cross-country tracks,’’ he said.

Last year’s King of Central was the first race Darcie McPhee, (5) had competed in and she said she enjoyed racing because ‘‘It’s fun’’.

The King of Central meeting offers free entry for spectators.

King of Central . . . Central Otago Motorcycle Club members Lochie Cornish (12) Darcie McPhee (5) and Bella Cornish (9) ahead of the club’s annual King of Central MX motocross event in Cromwell this Sunday.


Top man . . . Central Otago Motorcycle Club president Blake McPhee. PHOTOS: SHANNON THOMSON


Top gun . . . Reigning two-time FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion Courtney Duncan will compete in the King of Central MX in Cromwell on Sunday. PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON

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