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Luke Styke moving closer to full fitness


Posted: Wednesday, 15th March, 2017 : 9:43 AM - - 3,575 Reads




KTM’s Luke Styke continued to move closer to full fitness following his year-long Achilles tendon injury, powering into fourth in the rankings of the New Zealand motocross championship at yesterday’s third round at Manawatu.

Despite what he called the roughest conditions he’d ever raced, the rider from Jervis Bay finished fourth as the round went to Dean Ferris from Todd Waters and Cody Cooper.

The KTM Motocross Racing Team rider took his KTM 450 SX-F to 5-3-5 moto finishes as he builds towards full mojo in time for the 2017 Aussie MX Nationals season, which begins on April 2.

“It was definitely a step forward us here, the riding is getting better and the fitness is getting better," Styke reflected.

"Qualifying went really good and we weren’t too far off the pace here. I got a bit of arm pump in the first moto and lost all my flow, and I just lack that bit of race craft at those times. In the second one I got a really good start and rode my own race with the top guys, and third was pretty good. Then in the last race I fought with the track and the bike a little bit. I just need to keep working with the track and be more creative when it gets rough. I felt fit all day – just need to keep working on the speed.”

Jay Marmont - KTM Motocross Racing Team Manager - added, “Luke was very positive about today. He said his fitness was much better but he knows he still needs to adapt to race conditions. Australian racing is a little different to New Zealand, and he said these were the roughest he’s ever ridden. It’s taking him out of his comfort zone, so him practicing that is only going to make him stronger when he’s back over here. He’s taking the opportunity for what it is, and I believe he’s getting a lot out of it.”

Main Photo: Luke Styke
Credit: Andy McGechan BikeSport NZ


New Zealand MX Championship standings after 3 rounds:

MX1:
1. Dean Ferris 196,
2. Cody Cooper 195,
3. Todd Waters 179,
4. Luke Styke 157,
5. Rhys Carter 156,
6. Kayne Lamont 123


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