Veitch dominant in winning NZ title

Grason Veitch claimed a national title on home turf at the weekend's junior motocross national championships.

The year 12 Otago Boys' High School pupil won all five races in the premier 14-16 years 250cc class to comfortably take the title at Scorgies Track in Outram.

He also managed second in the 15-16 years' 125cc class, finishing behind Wairoa's Tommy Watts.

Veitch has already indicated his intention of repeating the success next year, while also hoping to add the second title to his CV.

``I will be back to defend my 250cc title next year and again I'll ride two classes, hopefully winning the 125cc title in 2019,'' Veitch said.

``The track was good at the weekend, until the rain came Saturday afternoon.

``Sunday was fine and the track got quite rough, but I like it that way. It sorts out the good riders.''

He will now look to take on the annual stand-alone Manjimup 15,000 in Australia in June.

He raced that last year and was aiming to improve on his performance in which he finished in the top five in one race.

Invercargill's Charlie Baynes also claimed a title, winning the junior 8-11 years 65cc support class.

Others to impress were Tauranga's Brodie Connolly, who won all five of his races in the junior 12-14 years 125cc class.

Rangiora's Cobie Bourke, Darfield's Tyler Wiremu and Leeston's Kobe Thoms were all among the winners, too.


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