Features 19 Jun 2012

Catching Up: Kayne Lamont

MotoOnline.com.au catches up with the Kiwi Under 19s talent.

Kayne Lamont became the only two-time winner of the MX Development (MXD) class at the Murray Bridge round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals, boosting himself right into championship contention.

With international experience on his side, the KTM rider has made a seamless transition to Australia from his home in New Zealand, now just nine points off the MXD series lead at the halfway point.

MotoOnline.com.au gave him a call in NZ this morning to speak about his season so far, two-strokes vs four-strokes, and more.

Kayne Lamont has won races on both a four-stroke and a two-stroke in 2012. Image: Simon Makker/Makkreative.com.

We’re halfway through the MX Nationals now and you’re second in the MXD series, so are you happy with your progress so far?

Yeah, it’s been going pretty well for me. I’m pretty stoked with the results that I’ve got, but I’m hoping to be a bit more consistent in the latter rounds of the series.

You became the first guy to win two rounds this year at Murray Bridge, so how was that round for you? It must have been nice to get a second win under your belt.

Yea, it was. I really enjoy the loamy conditions and the weekend went pretty well for me. It was good to come away with the two wins in the last two rounds of the series [at Wonthaggi and Murray Bridge].

Right now you’re nine points behind Dylan Long in the championship, so do you have any changes in the works for the series’ second half?

I’ve just been riding and training at home, but that’s all I’ve done. I’ve kept the bike the same, so it’s just all up to tyre choice and all that kind of stuff for me at this stage.

How about the switch to the two-stroke… You’re one of the guys on a two-stroke now, so what are your thoughts on them against the four-strokes?

At the start of the season I started on the four-stroke, on the stock one, and then I was either going to get an engine built for that or go two-stroke. We figured out what would have the best horsepower and what would be the cheapest for our family, so we came out with the two-stroke.

I really enjoy riding a two-stroke, to be honest, and I’d ridden 125s for quite a while. I just really enjoyed getting back on the two-stroke.

Lamont leads the MXD class at Wonthaggi on his KTM 250 SX two-stroke. Image: Simon Makker/Makkreative.com.

We have a lot of NZ riders in Australia amongst the MX1 and MX2 classes, so what’s your goal? Is it to go to Europe, or race pro in Australia? What’s your ambition there?

Well last year I was in England, but I’m hoping to go back over there again next year, or either do another year in Australia, in the MX2 class, before I go back to England again.

And you’re basically a privateer racing over here in Australia, so do you fly back and forth from New Zealand?

Nah, I’m currently staying at the Cachia’s house just north of Melbourne in between all the rounds. I’ll fly back over there on Thursday and stay there until the end of Coolum, so I’m quite lucky to have them for support and I appreciate it a lot.