Emma Goldstone and her brother Mark have had an exciting year of ATV motocross riding.
|Emma and Mark goldstone are racing well this year on their ATV's.|
Emma, 17, did eight races in one day to place fourth of six in the men’s class and first of six in the women’s class last weekend, November 29-30, at the Te Kauwhata races run by the Auckland ATV Club. She also placed fourth at the Waikato champs on November 22, where she raced alongside the men; and placed second for the second year in a row in the senior women’s open class at Nationals, held November 15 and 16 in Patetonga.
“It was a fairly good battle for first, second and third place at the Nationals,” says Emma’s mother, Gowan.
At the North Island championships in October, Emma placed third.
“I prefer tracks with jumps and tend to excel toward the end of the day when the track is rougher,” says Emma.
“My goal for next year is to place number one at Nationals in Timaru.”
Emma’s brother Mark, 14, started riding a two-wheeler KTN50 at four years of age and came in fourth at the Hawke’s Bay Nationals after only three months of riding. In his first ATV race in 2004, he placed first.
“It was really exciting,” says Mark.
“I had never raced an ATV before and won the Minis Under Lights on Emma’s 90CC bike.”
In 2005, Mark placed sixth in the North Island championships on a Honda CR80 2-wheeler and 44th at the New Zealand championships.
In 2006, he broke his femur in a crash in Rotorua at the Interschool Motocross Champs run by Western High School.
“I had to be flown by helicopter to the hospital and had surgery that night. I was out for 18 months but got straight onto a quad the first chance I got.”
Mark’s goal for 2008 was to score in the top three in the North Island championships junior class 225-300CC series in October. He completed this goal by coming in third in the race. At Nationals in November, Mark placed fifth in his class, moving up a notch from his 2007 spot, and placed first at the Waikato champs November 22.
Although Mark is undergoing reconstructive knee surgery before the end of the year, his goals for 2009 are to win the Junior Nationals.
Emma and Mark practice at the purpose-built Parini Trust Motorbike Park in Pongakawa, which has 35 kilometres of off-trail tracks, with New Zealand’s number 2 racer, Jason Jepsen.
In an effort to raise interest in ATV motocross in the Bay of Plenty, monthly fun days will be held next year for quad bikes, beginning in February.
“ATV motocross is a great family sport,” says Gowan.
“It’s exciting to watch the kids and see them do well and there are a lot of father/son teams who race together. We would like to see more families out on the track and build up the sport in the area.”
The Goldstone’s would like to say a huge thank you to their sponsors; the Parini family, Ffitch racing, Bayride Motorcycles, Computer Style Signs, Higgins Construction BOP, Goldstone Tree Worx, and the community for all their support through the years.
The first 2009 open day will be February 22 at the Parini Trust Motorbike Park. For more information, phone Mark or Gowan Goldstone on 07 552 5215 in the evening.