Oamaru Super bike rider Zayne Agate looks set for a promising future in the sport.
Agate won the New Zealand Super Bikes Grand Prix at Ruapuna Speedway in Christchurch a fortnight ago on his Kawasaki Super Light ZXR450.
After only taking up the sport about four years ago, Agate has now taken a serious liking to the sport.
“I love it. I get to ride fast and so far it’s been a lot of fun.”
The former St Kevin’s College pupil used to compete in motocross events before deciding to have a go at riding super bikes.
“I love going fast and the thrill of it excites me. When I hop on my bike I try to go as fast as I can.”
Going as fast as he could is exactly what Agate did when he beat the rest of the field to win his first New Zealand Super Bikes Grand Prix.
“It was an awesome feeling, I went out there and just went as fast as I could and that happened to be quicker than anyone else.”
Now with that ticked off, Agate hopes to give himself a chance of winning the overall title.
“That’s the goal, hopefully I can manage to do that, the last few races of the season will be interesting, but I’m sure I can do it.”
The 18-year-old is currently racing in the Super Light ZXR 450 class and would love to move to a speedier bike, but said that won’t be happening any time soon.
“The cost of it is just too much, I will be racing in this grade for at least another three or four years before I can consider moving up just due to the costs involved.”
Racing against some of the country’s most promising up-and-coming super bike racers such as Jake Lewis, who also races overseas, is a huge thrill for Agate.
“You have to beat the best to be the best, and racing against Jake is a lot of fun.”
At the Levels Raceway in Timaru last weekend, Agate was leading in race one before a crash on the final lap ruined his chances, while in the other two races he managed third placings and currently sits second in the championship standings.
“Three of us smashed the lap record, so that was pretty pleasing.”
By Brayden Lindsay
PHOTO: DESMOND HUNT – Zayne Agate on his Kawasaki Super light ZXR 450 on his way to victory in the New Zealand Super Bikes Grand Prix at Ruapuna Raceway in Christchurch.