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Dickey-0026-wCAPTION: Raglan's Jason Dickey (KTM 350XC-F), now with back-to-back wins to his credit in the 2019 New Zealand Cross-country Championships. Photo by Andy McGechan,

MARCH 25, 2019: With two wins now from two starts, Raglan dirt bike ace Jason Dickey has established himself as the man to beat on the national cross-country scene this season.

He won the first of four rounds of the 2019 New Zealand Cross Country Championships near Norsewood in February, charging through the field to take victory by nearly a minute, but it was an even bigger winning margin for Dickey at round two near Mosgiel on Sunday.

On this occasion, Dickey led almost from the start of the three-hour senior race and never looked back from there, eventually crossing the line nearly two minutes clear of runner-up rider Seth Reardon, from Whanganui.

Another Raglan rider, Brandon Given, claimed the third podium spot, finishing just 15 seconds behind Reardon.

This result allowed Reardon to rise from fourth to second in the championship rankings.

Taupo's Nathan Tesselaar finished fourth on Sunday and Eketahuna's Charlie Richardson rounded out the top five in the senior race.

Glen Murray rider Sam' Charlie' Brown had finished runner-up at round one, but had to settle for sixth at Mosgiel and he has slipped from second to third in the overall championship standings.

Taupo's defending national cross country champion Brad Groombridge did not make the journey south after sustaining a serious hand injury during the motocross nationals two weeks ago.

The 90-minute junior race, held earlier in the morning, was won by Eltham's defending national junior champion Adam Loveridge, with the round one winner from Raglan, Coby Rooks, this time accepting second place, crossing the line more than four minutes behind Loveridge, these two being the only riders to complete 10 laps in the duration.

Taupo's Wil Yeoman completed the junior podium, with Morrinsville's Liam Calley and Te Awamutu's Ryan White rounding out the top five.

Motorcycling New Zealand cross country commissioner Chris Smyth said the host Mosgiel District Motorcycle Club "did a marvellous job of setting out and managing the farmland course", not far from Outram.

"It was a fast, flowing track and all the riders seemed to enjoy it," he said.

"The senior field, in particular, was extremely strong and it was the usual suspects leading the way, although Jason Dickey was a long way out in front.

"It was close at the front of the junior field too, although entry numbers were down on what I had expected."

Only three of the four rounds are to be counted, with riders to discard their worst result of the four, making sure the championship will be tight until the finish.

Round three is set for Marlborough on Sunday, April 14, with the series wrapping up near Taupo on May 25.

The series is supported by The Dirt Guide, Oakley goggles, Bel Ray oils and Michelin tyres.

NZ Cross Country Championships calendar 2019:

Round One: Sunday, February 10 - Central Hawke's Bay MCC

Round Two: Sunday, March 24 - Mosgiel District MCC

Round Three: Sunday, April 14 - Marlborough MCC

Round Four: Saturday May 25 - Taupo MCC

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,


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