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TEAM VR ON FORM AT WAIKATO CHAMPS
MICHEAL RULES AT ROUND ONE OF JUNIOR NORTH ISLAND CHAMPS

MICHEAL CLEANS UP AUSSIE RIDERS
MICHEAL TO CONTEST AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR NATIONALS
BAD LUCK DOGS MICHEALíS JUNIOR MOTOCROSS NATIONALS

Wednesday 17 October 2001
TEAM VR ON FORM AT WAIKATO CHAMPS
The Waikato Champs were held near Te Kuiti over the weekend of Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October. Micheal competed on the Saturday and continued the sensational form he showed the week before at the North Island Junior Motocross Champs, charging to three wins from three starts to take maximum points and the win in the 15-16 years 125cc class. What is most surprising is that Mokey didnít holeshot any race - he would start back in the pack in about 7th position or so after the start of each race, but showed an incredibly cool head to tactically pass the riders in front of him. Matt raced Sunday in the 0-200cc Expert Unders. Unfortunately Mattís bike broke down during practice and no-one could figure out what was wrong with it. Matt didnít have time to borrow a bike from anyone else, so he had to sit out the first race. He was not a happy boy, having to watch his class racing without him! Luckily he was able to borrow a bike to ride from another rider and competed in the next two races. He won both races easily giving him 40 points and 5th place for the day. Team VR supporters could only wonder where he would have placed if his bike hadnít broken down and he had raced the first race. He could have easily won the class if it wasnít for his bike. Talk about bad luck - but thats racing!

Tuesday 9 October 2001
MICHEAL RULES AT ROUND ONE OF JUNIOR NORTH ISLAND CHAMPS

The first round of the North Island Junior Motocross Champs were held at Motuiti, north of Foxton. The weather turned on varying conditions to really test the 130 riders competing, hot and sunny on the Saturday and rainy on the Sunday. Micheal was riding his brand new 2002 CR125 for the first time, having bought it the Thursday before the Champs, leaving him just enough time to break it in before making the 6 hour journey down the line to Foxton on Friday. Micheals class, the 15-16 years 125ccís, were missing Micheals main rival, Michael Phillips (KX125) who was racing overseas. But Mokey knew that this was a great chance to put some space between them - he put on an excellent performance winning the first four of the five races. In his last race Micheal charged from last place after a crash in one of the first corners to finish second, with the winner Tinny Herrick in his sights and gaining. Micheal gained 97 of the maximum 100 points he has a good lead going into the next round of the champs, to be held in March 2002.

15-16 years 125cc:
1st Michael Vining, Taupiri, Honda CR125, 97 points.
2nd Robert Pascoe, Thames, Honda CR125, 81 points.
3rd Jay Robinson, Carterton, Honda CR125, 55 points

Tuesday 17 July 2001
MICHEAL CLEANS UP AUSSIE RIDERS

Micheal competed in the Australian Junior Motocross Nationals, held near Maffra in the state of Victoria over the past week. His support team included Mum Liz, Dad Russell and girlfriend Melissa. They took over his CR125 engine plus his forks, spare parts and tyres. Friends in Australia organised a CR125 frame for Micheal to use, plus got his letter ĎVí made up for his armour and number plates. They rebuilt the bike at their friends house before travelling to the track which was 300 kilometres out of Melbourne in their hired campervan. The track was free flowing, much like the Digger McKewen track at Taupo. Micheal enjoys those types of tracks so it was no surprise that Micheal was on form. Micheal cleaned up his heats easily finishing at least in the top 5 consistently throughout his 3 heats, with his hot form showing in his impressive starts and leading a couple of races before falling off! He qualified in sixth position out of 58 riders and continued his awesome form in the 3 finals. He gained third place in the first final, for which he gained a medallion. In the second final Micheal was in 4th position when he crashed and the Victorian mud clogged up his kickstart so he couldnít get his stalled bike to start. Unlike New Zealand where a parent trackside can help the rider in trouble, Micheal had to try and fix his bike all by himself, according to Australian rules. He finally got it started, but crashed and landed over the handlebars. But Micheal was determined to gain points, and so he kept going and managed 3 points, not bad for an unlucky race! In the third and last final he came in third place for a placing of 5th overall in Australia. Micheals bike was looking a little worse for wear after the five days racing as in Australia you cannot use race gas (or Aviation fuel) to run your bike on - the petrol must be standard. The piston in his bike was beyond repair because of this. Luckily Micheal didnít have another race as his bike would not have gone the distance! The Vining family really enjoyed their Australian motocrossing holiday. Both Russell and Liz found the Australian Junior Nationals to be an eye opener as it is run completely differently to New Zealand motocross championships. They were happy to give Micheal a chance to race in a different environment to what he is used to.

Friday 4 May 2001
MICHEAL TO CONTEST AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR NATIONALS

The Vining family are planning to travel to Victoria, Australia in July to watch Micheal compete in the Australian Junior Motocross Championships 2001. It will be held over 5 days (10-14 July) and Micheal will race in the 15 years 125cc class. The main issue to sort out is how to get Michealís motorbike and all his motocross gear to Australia. There are many differences in racing in New Zealand and Australia. For one, Micheal will race only one ten minute race per day of the championships - in New Zealand Micheal is used to racing three 20 minute races in one day. It will be the last chance Micheal can compete in the Junior ranks in Australia as riders go up to Senior when they turn 16, as opposed to 17 in New Zealand. More information will be posted as it comes to hand.

Monday 30 April 2001
BAD LUCK DOGS MICHEALíS JUNIOR MOTOCROSS NATIONALS

Micheal competed at the Junior Motocross Championships held at the Patetonga Motocross circuit over the weekend of the 7-9 April. It was Micheals first outing in the 15-16 years 125cc class on his CR125 after gaining 2nd place in the North Island Junior Motocross Champs in the 12-14 years 125cc. He was also racing in the 13-16 years 85cc class for the last time. Racing took place over three exhausting days. Micheal qualified for both classes on Saturday, but not without some drama when his CR125 caught fire in the pits! He rode his back-up bike in the practice round whilst Russell and Craig (the Huntly Honda mechanic) worked hard to fix the bike in time for racing. All weekend Micheal was dogged with bad luck in the 80cc class. Despite bad blisters developing on his hands on the first day, Mokey kept riding with his hands taped up thanks to the ambulance officers at the track. He continually got bad starts due to other riders T-boning him and crashes on the first corner, but he battled on. He finally got a good start in one race and was running 3rd with three laps to go and gaining on the riders in front when the gearbox in his Honda started to break. Micheal raced the rest of the race in a high gear as he was too afraid to change down in case his gears went. Because of this a few riders passed him and he finished 7th. In the 125cc class Micheal was a bit apprehensive as he was racing in a new class, but gained confidence with every race until he was claiming 7th place in quite a few races. Each race was 20 minutes long and Micheal was doing double the amount of racing as the other riders in his class. Over the whole three days Micheal was on his bike racing for over 6 hours in total - and he finished every race he was entered in. At the end of the weekends racing Micheal had placed 9th in the 13-16 years 85cc class and 15th in the 15-16 years 125cc class. Everyone in Team VR was so proud of the way he didn't quit when things got a bit rough. Micheal is looking forward to a well deserved break from Motocross for a few months!

 
 

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