LEVI SHERWOOD BRINGS X FACTOR TO MIKE PERO MOTOFEST
Kiwi international X Games star Levi Sherwood will make a rare appearance on home soil at the Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs early next month.
The 26-year-old Kiwi will be a headline act at the country’s biggest motorcycle event on March 3-4 where he will run three daily displays alongside fellow freestyle motocross riders Caleb Delacy, from Auckland, and Pukekohe’s Nick Franklin.
“It is a huge motorcycle event and it seems the best of the best will be there whether it is road racing or dirt bike racing – Shayne King, Josh Coppins, Ben Townley, Randy Mamola, Aaron Slight and a bunch of other guys are going to be there,” Sherwood said.
“Caleb, Nick and I will be doing three shows a day and doing everything that you would see on television.
“We will be mingling during the day and doing signings as well.”
Sherwood has generated a massive worldwide following after his success as part of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, his X Games and Nitro Circus exploits.
He has been back in New Zealand over summer working on his plans for 2018.
“I wasn’t going to do any more events before I head back to the United States in May but then this popped up and I couldn’t turn it down,” Sherwood explained.
“It will certainly be the last chance I will have in a little while.”
Sherwood stunned the freestyle motocross world last year when he landed the first double backflip but unfortunately that isn’t possible at shows yet.
“Not at this round – it is a bit of a shame,” the Palmerston North product said.
“I would love to develop a landing where I could do it at shows because that is what people want to see. The landing I’m doing it on needs to be a lot steeper.
“Otherwise we’ll be doing everything else we normally do.”
The Mike Pero MotoFest will serve as the third round of the New Zealand Superbike Championship as well as featuring international stars such as Randy Mamola, Slight and Graeme Crosby in what is a festival featuring all types of motorcycling competition.
A highlight will be the Motul Stadium Trials Challenge, featuring New Zealand’s best moto trials riders. There will be a large contingent of classic racing bikes on track while enthusiasts can book a track session for themselves. There is a public trail ride on offer and plans for a massive bike show.
Husqvarna Motorcycles has released their official pre-season video of the 2018 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team, featuring official team riders Gautier Paulin and Max Anstie.
Following on from a solid debut season aboard the FC450 in which he secured third in the 2017 MXGP World Championship standings, Gautier Paulin is looking to climb even higher up the ranks in the 2018 series.
Kicking off the new season with top three race results in pre-season events in Italy and England, Max Anstie will be a strong asset to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing squad alongside teammate Paulin, in the rapidly approaching 2018 World Championship.
The 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship will kick off with the MXGP of Patagonia in Nequen, Argentina on March 3/4, 2018.
Follow Chris and the DRD crew as they battle through a New Zealand Motocross Nationals season on board the Suzuki New Zealand 2018 RM-Z450 project bike…affectionately named – ZED.
Chapter 3 sees Chris head to Round 1 of the NZ Motocross Nationals in New Plymouth and have one hell of a time chasing that elusive top 15 placing. Keep an eye out for more edits throughout the season.
Special thanks to Suzuki New Zealand for the loan of the bike for this season – Workshop Graphics for supplying some sweet decals – and Darbi Accessories who gave us some much needed Acerbis hand guards.
DRD caught up with some of the protagonists from the first round of the New Zealand Motocross Nationals, held at Barret Road, Taranaki. We ask they boys – ‘How was your weekend?” Watch on to find out their answers!