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A vocal crowd of about 2000 set
the atmosphere for some of the
best freestyle motocross displays
the country has ever seen at last
weekend’s Farm Jam.
Hosted every year on the Frew
Farm in the Otapiri Gorge,
the event has steadily grown
in popularity with both riders
and spectators, the natural
terrain course providing ample
opportunity for some of the world’s
top riders to show off their skills.
It was third time lucky for
Tokoroa’s Nick Franklin who took
out the title.
“It feels really satisfying to win
my first Farm Jam after so many
attempts,” he said. “I’ve had my
fair share of bad luck here over
the years, and even though this
was my first contest on a 450cc
bike, I felt comfortable enough to
push it a bit more. I couldn’t be
happier right now.”
Local lads also gathered on their
much smaller “pit bikes” for an
entertaining pit bike race to keep
the crowds amused. Last year’s
winner Andrew McMeeken was
keen to retain his title but after a
bad start lost his chance to Jacob
Scammell (1st ) followed by one
of the Frew brothers, Kris Frew
The crowds then moved down the
hill to the BMX/mountain bike
course were the action got even
hotter. This track was groomed to
perfection with builders on hand to
ensure that every line was clean.
Major tricks were attempted and
pulled off, with only a few spills.
BMX winner Kyle Baldock from
Australia said he had such a great
time last year that he couldn’t wait
“Everyone rode so amazing; the
level of riding, the atmosphere and
the course were spot-on. I love this
Andreu Lecondeguy continued to
amaze everyone after competing
in the FMX, BMX and also the
mountain bike contest.
“The Farm Jam is the most fun I’ve
ever had at a contest,” he said.
“The amount of riding we do
is insane and the courses are
so sick. I love it here, man. I’m
definitely coming back, for sure,”
the Spainish athlete added after
taking out the mountain bike title.
The success of the event was
easy to see on the faces of event
organisers Brett and Dan Frew
during and after the event.
“I’m certain that the riding that
the crowd saw today would have
to be the highest level that’s ever
been shown in New Zealand,”
Brett said. “There were so many
talented international and local
riders and as a result the riding
across both BMX and MTB was
above and beyond anything I’ve
Dan also commented on the new
“The new freeride FMX contest
format was a huge success
for the moto guys and added
another dimension to what was
already a popular competition,”
he said. “The FMX riders put on
an awesome show at the Jam,
too. When 360s get thrown off
dirt for the first time ever and
riders flip jumps that have never
been flipped before, you know the
competition is running hot.”
RESULTS: BMX: 1 Kyle Baldock
(AUS), 2 Luke Parslow (AUS), 3
Danny Campbell (AUS), 4 Anthony
Napolitan (USA), 5 Ryan Lloyd
AUS). FMX: 1 Nick Franklin (NZ), 2
Tyrone Gilks (AUS), 3 Pat Bowden
(AUS), 4 Callum Shaw (NZ), 5
Joel Brown (AUS). MTB: 1 Andreu
Lacondeguy (ESP), 2 Connor
Macfarlane (NZ), 3 Lewis Jones
(NZ), 4 Phil McLean (NZ), 5 Nick
Sun and crowds shine on Farm Jam
By Megan Graham
Nick Franklin, of Tokoroa, wows the crowds on his way to winning the freestyle motocross section of the Farm Jam held at Otapiri at the weekend.
PHOTO: Megan Graham
Enjoying the action at Saturday’s Farm Jam (from left) Jaidyn Wilson, Eden
Warrender, Kate Winiana, Shaye Morgan, Ben Keenan and Emma McCrostie.
PHOTO: Megan Graham
Yes Highland Heavyweight
events (for all age groups)
will be a part of the Te Anau
Experience the skirl of the pipes, swing of the
kilt and perhaps even a wee dram!
Plenty of activities for the whole family
to join in.
Te Anau Tartan Festival, Te Anau Lodge &
Te Anau Airport, 29th, 30th and 31st Mar, 2013.
Entry forms now available.
Book your accommodation now.
CALLING ALL HIGHLAND HEAVYWEIGHTS
SHOW US WHAT YOU’VE GOT!
Age 7, Learning
the bagpipes &
“would be” junior
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