With nothing but podium finishes throughout the season, Cambridge’s Dylan Yearbury set a benchmark this year that was always going to be hard to beat.
Two runner-up results and a third-place finish meant that, even with him skipping one round, 23-year-old diesel mechanic Dylan had done enough to ensure it was he who would climb onto the top step of the rostrum at the four-round NZ Xtreme Off-road Championship series when it really mattered, after the final round was all done and dusted
Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker won last weekend’s Mike Pero Real Estate-sponsored Nutbuster Hard Enduro near Christchurch – this two-day, double-points event also recognised as the fourth and final round of the Alpinestars-sponsored NZ Xtreme Off-road Championship series – but it was Dylan (Husqvarna TE300) who eventually claimed the main prize, the series title win.
By finishing third overall in Canterbury, behind Whitaker and Christchurch’s Hamish Macdonald, Dylan was able to wrap up the series in the premier Gold Class, helped along by the fact that his main title rival and the early series leader, Hamilton’s Phil Singleton, opted not to make the trip to the South Island.
Cambridge’s Beau Taylor won the Silver Class at the weekend and for the series, while Whitianga’s James Kerr topped the series’ Bronze Class standings.
The next major event for Dylan Yearbury is to tackle the final round of the New Zealand Grand National Cross-country Championships at Waimiha, in the King Country, in December.
“After that I will be preparing to contest the enduro nationals early in 2019.
“I wasn’t able to race the entire enduro nationals series this year because I went to Romania instead to work as a track manager at the world-famous Romaniacs hard enduro.
“I was over there for four months and it has certainly helped to make my riding sharper.”