Cuthbertson gears up for GP tilt

By Catherine Pattison on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 | Latest News | Motorbikes
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Dunedin's Sam Cuthbertson trains on his motocross bike. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Sam Cuthbertson has a handy profession for a motocross rider.

The 20-year-old is a motorbike mechanic at Ewan Allen Honda, in Outram, and has been putting his skills to good use: readying his Yamaha 250cc for the annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at the Woodville circuit.

Generally regarded as the biggest standalone event on the Kiwi racing calendar, it attracts more than 500 senior, junior and mini riders from around the world. 

Outside of working full-time, Cuthbertson spends ''a few nights'' a week tinkering on his motocross bike and readily admits that having some mechanical know-how helps keep the cost of racing down.

He has been in the sport for about 15 years now and has raced in the MX2 category for the past four seasons. Lately it has been going well for him and he has ''won mostly everything in the South Island'', that he has entered, he said.

Trips to the North Island for bigger events are inevitable and, last October, Cuthbertson was fourth in the MX Fest at Taupo.

To cut travel costs for this trip across Cook Strait, he will travel with fellow rider Campbell King, who will race in the MX1 class.

Dunedin's Grason Veitch, who won his seventh national title at the supercross national championships last year, is also competing at Woodville.