[ Article by Michael Nicoll and Sally Davies ]
[ Photographs by Joshua Duncan ]

Every year, Christchurch and Canterbury open up to motocross riders from the North and South Islands, as well as Australia. They come together to battle it out in an annual event that’s been running for 32 years and counting, The Michael Godfrey Memorial.

Motocross is one of the sports available to the young people of today and the Michael Godfrey Memorial MX is one of the pinnacles of modern wheeled combat that in today’s ever changing society is still legal. It keeps kids off the streets, teaches them about hard work, keeps them fit, gives them goals, fills them with determination, and educates them in the school of hard knocks. We don’t really see it today, that to be a winner, you get knocked down seven times and you stand up eight. At the recent event, The Fuller Issue caught up with two up-and-coming riders who race regularly in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand.

 

Jack Hardy © Joshua Duncan - www.duncanphotography.co.nz

 

Jack Hardy

NZ Number 9 85cc Class

How long have you been riding?

Since three years old. I’m 14 years old now.

Bike/weapon of choice?

125 or 85 KX.

Whom do you model your riding style on or get training tips from?

Josh Coppins.

Who’s your hero?

Brett Cue.

Whom do you want to be looked up to by?

Up and coming junior riders.

What’s your best achievement to date on and off the bike?

Fourth at Woodville this year, which is another big national event and my motivation for training and fitness.

How important are your sponsors and why?

They do so much for me, especially Jeremy at Backflips, who helped me heaps with Nationals and media exposure. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Shout out to anyone?

Jeremy McKnight for his help this year and the work he’s put into me. Also Backflips and Un4seen Decals.

What’s your favourite place in Christchurch?

My house because I have a motocross track right here. Give us a list of the injuries you’ve suffered to get to where you are. I’m quite lucky. I haven’t really had any major injuries.

Where do you want to take your riding?

I want to keep doing what I’m doing to the best of my abilities. We’ll see where it takes me. I definitely want to go to the NZ Nationals again and events in the North Island. If you could be a super hero whom would you be? The Hulk.
Marshall Phillips © Joshua Duncan - www.duncanphotography.co.nz

Marshall Phillips

NZ number 3 85 cc Class

How long have you been riding?

About eight and a half years.

Bike/weapon of choice?

Kawasaki or Yamaha.

Whom do you model your riding style on or get training tips from?

Dad and I do a little bit with Dylan Miles.

Who’s your hero?

Ken Roczen.

Whom do you want to be looked up to by?

I would like riders my age to look up to me when I am older.

What’s your best achievement to date on and off the bike?

Winning NZ Mini Nationals 2010. Rugby and football – 2012 winning the southwest zones.

How important are your sponsors and why?

Really important – they help me with everything, getting to events, gear, bike parts.

Shout out to anyone?

Mum and Dad, Dan at Motohub, Fly NZ, Decorative Supplies, Whites Power Sports, Backflips, Dirtworks, Nithrone, Un4seen Decals.

What’s your favourite place in Christchurch?

Up on the hill, around Victoria Park – mountain biking.

Give us a list of the injuries you’ve suffered to get to where you are.

Wrist broken, badly sprained ankles, concussion, wrist sprains couple of times, run over on waist. Dad says a broken bank.

Where do you want to take your riding?

Over to Oz, America, Europe.

If you could be a super hero, whom would you be?

Ironman or Hulk.