17 March 2015

New champions crowned in NZSBK 2015


The New Zealand Superbike Road race Championship signed off at Taupo Motorsport Park last weekend by the end of the weekend new champions were crowned in all seven classes. Jaden Hassan took the Superbike title . Not to be overlooked are the six other class winners.

The dominant performance of Alastair Hoogenboezem in winning  the Supersport Championship should not be forgotten . The twenty two year old Canterbury rider won eight of the fourteen races in the championship including race one at Taupo to seal the championship . He also took pole position three times over the season . On the weekend Alastair had three very close battles with Aucklander Toby Summers , who took two wins from the three starts and claim runner up in the championship after going in to the last round in fourth. Alastair's older brother James dropped back in the points but still managed to hold on to third in the championship after dominating round one in Christchurch.

16 March 2015

Hassan takes his first New Zealand Championship.

After nearly winning the 125GP and Supersport title on several occasions , but just falling short .After eight years of racing and six years of national level racing and still only twenty years old Jaden Hassan took out his first championship , the main prize . In only his second year on a Superbike , Jaden Hassan became the 2015 New Zealand Superbike Champion .

Hassan dominated the weekend at Taupo Motorsport park , by taking pole  and winning race one on Saturday  from Christchurch's James Smith and Wellington's Sloan Frost , in the process taking back the lead in the championship from 2014 Superbike champion Dennis Charlett.

Race one on Sunday was the first chance that Hassan had to seal the championship. All looked good until on the warm up lap , he lost a knee slider , pitting to have a new one fitted , he would have to start from the pit lane.

Once the pack passed the pit exit , Hassan put his head down and started his charge towards the front , it was a championship winning  ride to remember , not easy in anyway , working his way towards the front every lap  setting close to lap record times and picking off riders till eventually taking the lead and the championship in the process from Dennis Charlett who finished fifth in the race. Sloan Frost took second in the race and Nick Cole third.

In the last race of the championship Hassan took another win from Christchurch's and two time NZ Champion John Ross and Sloan Frost.

10 March 2015

All roads lead to Taupo this weekend for Championship decider

15 Year old Taupo Local Roman Rajek is on a role , winning three races last weekend at Hampton Downs  in the 125GP class.
Pic: Des Hunt.
The Total Oils fourth and final round of the 2015 New Zealand Superbike Championship is on this weekend at Taupo Motorsport Park and looks to be the best round yet , with plenty of action predicted.

All but one New Zealand championship is yet to be decided. Last weekend Dunedin's Tim Mc Arthur became the first champion of the year when he won the 250 Production Championship with a 100% win rate so far. The Race Supplies sponsored class at Taupo will  see Tim try and take another three wins and so finish the complete season unbeaten.

The Penny Homes Superbike Class , will see the fight between reigning champion Dennis Charlett and Auckland's Jaden Hassan start up all again ,  just five points separate them , the Championship lead went from Charlett to Hassan then back again to Charlett at Hampton Downs . Local Taupo racer Scott Moir should be right at the front of the Superbike pack at his home track.

The final podium position is also up for grabs between Honda's James Smith , Suzuki's Sloan Frost and Australian Linden Magee.

The Total Oils Supersport class will see Alastair Hoogenboezem try and take his first Supersport championship . The former 125GP Champion  and Suzuki rider only needs to finish fifth in race one to take the title from his brother James. Christchurch racer Cameron Hudson has had a good season and lies third in the points , but is coming under pressure from fellow Yamaha riders Rhys Holmes and Toby Summers.

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