Bolstering an already impressive entry list which includes quickest North West 200 newcomer in history Richard Cooper, eight times International Road Race winner Lee Johnston, four of New Zealand’s foremost closed roads competitors will return to Wanganui on Boxing Day, for the growing in popularity Cemetery Circuit Races.
Runner up last year to world’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman in the Robert Holden Memorial feature race, Taupo’s Scott Moir is confident of regaining the feature race crown.
Formidable in recent times at Wanganui, Moir who will pilot in December GSX-R 1000 Suzuki machinery, is guaranteed strong opposition from talented Southern Hemisphere roads exponents including Sloan ‘Chopper’ Frost.
Suzuki series Champion in 2013, the amiable Frost knows what it takes to front run at New Zealand’s most famous roads meeting and it wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see him enjoying prodigious results a plenty in just over 60 days time.
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Back to race fitness following an incident during practice week at TT 2019, Auckland’s Daniel Mettam like fellow GSX-R 1000 Suzuki mounted competitors Frost, Moir has the proven capabilities to be in prime contention for race victories.
Considered by many the leading non Suzuki contender for big bike success, Cemetery Circuit Races legend Tony Rees cannot be discounted from adding to his already memorable event CV which includes seven feature race triumphs.
Set to compete alongside his sons Mitch Rees, Damon Rees, the Whakatane racer although now considered a veteran remains as ambitious as ever and as proven by his performances last year remains more than a touch competitive.
Reminder the Cemetery Circuit Races, which hosts the final round of the 2019 Suzuki Series as per tradition takes place on Boxing Day, the 26th of December.
Words by Stevie Rial