New Suzuki GSX-R1000 wins in New Zealand 2nd F1 round

New Suzuki GSX-R1000 wins in New Zealand 2nd F1 round

Suzuki team-mates Daniel Mettam and Scott Moir went head-to-head in pursuit of Formula One class glory at the second round of three in the 2017 Suzuki Series in Feilding on Sunday in New Zealand on their identical Suzuki GSX-R1000A machines.

Moir dominated the opening round of the series on his home track at Taupo a week ago and the 33-year-old Suzuki star managed to maintain his F1 class lead after he bravely fought to achieve a four-three scorecard at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon on Sunday. But the day really belonged to Mettam, who finished first and second in the two F1 outings.

The result has moved the 21-year-old from fourth overall in the points, and a distant 16 points behind Moir, to second and just seven points adrift of Moir.

A third Team Suzuki rider, former national superbike champion Sloan Frost, qualified fastest in the F1 class early on Sunday, but he then struck trouble in the opening F1 race, missing a gear change and running off the track. He managed to recover from last position to claim 10th at the chequered flag, but the slip-up was costly, and the 2015 Suzuki Series winner now has only a remote chance of claiming the main trophy this year.

However, it was certainly some consolation for Frost when he bounced back to win the day's second F1 race, edging out Mettam, with Moir third across the line in a thrilling Suzuki 1-2-3 finish.