May 8, 2018 at 9:22 pm #26715EddiebKeymaster
Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter
- Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
This really shows it’s the rider not the bike.
Read the full article on the Suzuki.co.nz website: https://www.suzuki.co.nz/suzuki-life/news/article/suzuki-man-breaks-with-tradition-just-for-fun/556019.
Bay of Plenty’s Brad Groombridge is never one to be placed in a pigeonhole.
He showed up at the weekend’s annual New Zealand Miniature TT Championships near Taupiri with three different motorcycles, prepared to have a crack at three separate bike class titles.
TT racing is like superbike racing on soil instead of tarmac – the racing is off-road and the competitors use dirt bikes or quad bikes, but, unlike motocross, there are no steep hills or skyward launch ramps to slow things down.
So he decided, “just for fun”, that he’d borrow a friend’s Suzuki DR650 “adventure bike” and enter the enduro class as well.
Although he lined up against riders who were on true racing bikes, Groombridge was determined to push for glory.
It was an odd sight to witness Groombridge racing the 2013-model DR650 –complete with headlight, speedo, horn, blinkers and number plate – the road-ready bike as much as 20-25 kilograms heavier than anything else on the track.
He’d consistently managed to fight his way through traffic to claim fourth place in the first three of five outings in the Enduro bike class and then had the hillside crowd on their feet and cheering when he won the fourth Enduro race of the weekend.
He rounded out the event by finishing runner-up in the final Enduro race and this was enough for him to earn third overall for the championship, a podium ranking for a bike not normally seen in a high-speed dirt bike racing environment.
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