scoop.co.nz 21 Mar, 2021 06:15 am

Gas Gas Rider Smith Takes Over 125cc Class Lead

Gas Gas Rider Smith Takes Over 125cc Class Lead
Silverdale-based former Taihape rider Hayden Smith (Gas Gas MC125), the new leader in the MX125 class after the third round of four at the weekend. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com They may have the smallest engine capacity of any of the bike categories, ...

They may have the smallest engine capacity of any of the bike categories, but the 125cc class is also possibly the most dramatic to watch.There is just one round – three 125cc class races – left to run, at Taupo this coming weekend.The MX125 class remains the tightest category of them all, with just 15 points to separate this top three title contenders, while another rider of the new Gas Gas bikes, Hamilton's Dylan Westgate, is currently fifth equal with Invercargill's Jack Symon in the 125cc class standings, the pair of them just six points behind Matamata's Brodie Connolly.Smith previously won the New Zealand 125cc class title in 2017 and this season has been a comeback year for him following injury, the Gas Gas star frustratingly sidelined for the past couple of years.

Silverdale-based former Taihape rider Hayden Smith took his Gas Gas MC125 to leap into the lead at the third round of four in the 2021 New Zealand Motocross Championships near Pukekohe on Saturday.Smith is currently running third overall in the MX2 class, just three points behind Oparau's James Scott, although defending champion Purvis is probably well out of reach for either Scott or Smith – Purvis enjoying a solid 40-point lead at the top.

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