SIBLING SENSATIONS AT NZ TT CHAMPIONSHIPS
It was a huge weekend of celebration for the Chase family of Taupo as bothers Cohen and Wyatt Chase between them picked up three national motorcycling titles.
Cohen won the both the junior 125cc/250cc and National 125cc classes while younger sibling Wyatt won the 13-16 years' 85cc class.
Not only did the two KTM riders both win, but they also both achieved a perfect score-line – Cohen won all five junior 125cc/250cc class races and did likewise in the National 125cc class, while Wyatt won all of his five races in the 85cc grade.
"I've been raining hard for this and I'm a lot fitter now than ever before," said Cohen Chase.
"I first rode the KTM250F four-stroke for the first time after the junior motocross nationals in April, but I've adapted pretty quickly to it. It's a great bike.
"I love the TT-style races. It's a flat track and there aren't so many big berms to slow you down."
Cohen previously won the 8-12 years' 85cc title in 2010, while Wyatt previously won the 8-12 years' 85cc title in 2011 and again last season.
Also on the winners’ platform, and at the other end of the age scale, at the weekend was New Plymouth's Mitch Rowe (KTM 450 SX-F).
The former New Zealand 500cc motocross champion won the over-35 years' veteran's category, but only after a weekend-long duel with Whakatane's Darren Capill.
There was virtually nothing to separate the two riders when they lined up for the start of the fifth and final veterans' race of the weekend.
But Rowe was quickest out of the gate and led the all-important final race from start to finish, eventually claiming the title from Capill by just one point.