“Ryan was going to be a tough competitor this weekend – he has shown speed at every round and has consistently been getting faster and faster.
“But I knew that I had a fair bit more experience around this track then he did, and I felt confident in my bike and the team that we could win it here this weekend.
“In the last race I put my head down from the start and try to pull a gap, maybe put a bit of pressure on Ryan, and it is bittersweet with Ryan having a fall, but it allowed the Championship to fall in our lap and it’s a good thing.”
Ryan Hampton – Team New Zealand – “In terms of Oceania, obviously the whole championship from the New Zealand point of view all stemmed on me, so it was definitely a disappointment to let that one go.
“I knew it was going to be close – especially with Dan and I being P4 and P5 in the first race and it was pretty much down to who finished in front of the other.
“A bit disappointing there but we will have another crack next year, and I hope that it is something that does progress forward as it is a good thing for the sport, definitely.”
Dean James – FIM Oceania Board Member – “I was at the event and it was excellent. From FIM Oceania’s point of view we’re very, very happy that it has come together. Both riders in Daniel Falzon and Ryan Hampton were very honoured to represent their federations, and we’re hopeful for this to only get bigger and better in the coming years.”
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