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The Nelson Mail- October 2006
Levin rider wins seventh straight national title
Levin rider Warren Laugesen won a seventh consecutive Expert A title when he completed a solid third day at the national motorbike trials championships in Motueka.
Laugesen set up the win with a classy ride in wet, slippery conditions on day two on Sunday in the Riwaka Valley. On Monday the former professional and world cup rider held off challengers Jason Baker of Blenheim and Wellington's Jake Whittaker on a testing Motueka course to seal title number seven.
A feature of Monday's final day was the performance of 15-year-old Whittaker who outscored the experienced Baker to end the championships on 62 points. But that was not enough to threaten Laugesen's perfect 75 points or surpass Baker's 64.
Motueka's Karl Clark impressed winning the Expert B class on 75 points ahead of Rory Mead of Porirua on 64 and Nelson's Nick Oliver on 62.
"It was the best I've seen Karl ride," event organiser Steve Oliver said. "He's got a new bike and just rode brilliantly."
Nick's brother and Steve's son, Pete, won the junior title ahead of Sean Mead of Porirua and Rob McEwan of Taranaki. Pete Oliver was the third member of his family to win a junior title after his brothers Andrew and Nick won in 2003 and 2004, respectively. "As the event got harder, Pete just pulled away," Steve Oliver said. "Now his ambition is to jump straight to Expert B."
Ryan Hampton of Canterbury won the highly competitive Intermediate class beating Warwick Merriman of Tauranga and Nelson's Oliver Biggs. Kevin Tither of Wellington secured the President's title, while Tauranga's Paul McLeod won the Clubman class.
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