Mangakino’s Kayne Lamont is never happier than when he is hurtling around dirt tracks at breakneck speeds. Fortunately he knows exactly what he is doing – and has the titles to prove it. With a swag of regional and national titles under his belt, his sights are now set further afield to the international podium.
There’s no denying the 22-year-old has bucket loads of talent, but according to those in the know, he also has the drive, determination and work ethic to continue pursuing his dream of international motocross success.
This last year has been particularly challenging, as Kayne battled with injuries following a couple of serious crashes. Dedicating months to his recovery, he put the time to good use, working on his mental attitude and honing his technique.
Set to return in fighting form at this month’s New Zealand Motocross GP in Manawatu, he’s gunning for glory. As the 2014 NZ motocross champ and with a few months spent competing in the UK, he’s always one of the frontrunners to beat.
A regular on the podium, Kayne’s lifelong affinity for the sport has never wavered. He demonstrated an uncanny natural talent for bike riding as young as three years old, riding a farmbike on a family property, where he had naturally good throttle control.
With hugely supportive parents and extended family, there has always been a home track on the family’s Mangakino property and each year major earthworks are carried out, to up the challenge quota. His own backyard is widely recognised as one of the most challenging training tracks in the country.
For those who mistakenly think motocross is simply a matter of riding a bike, there is evidence that it is physically one of the toughest sports out there. Hamilton physiotherapist John Appel is the first to agree and works extensively with Kayne on ensuring he stays in top condition.
While Kayne’s x-rays reveal an impressive array of broken bones (collarbone, wrist, shoulders, nose), all caused by motocross crashes, his weekly training routine focuses heavily on injury prevention, working on muscle conditioning and strength.
A full time athlete, Kane spends hours every week on his bikes, and added to that includes cardio, running cycling and rowing, as well as strength building and weight sessions. He is, in John’s words, ‘insanely fit, to the same level as a marathon runner’.
Sport psychology has been another key component. Learning how to relax and breathe properly means he doesn’t tire so quickly.
His diet is simple and clean; predominantly meat, vegetables and salad, and he avoids ‘the sweet stuff’.
An expert in the field, John Appel describes Kayne as having ‘a killer combination of being a really good athlete and having no fear’.
A valued member of the Altherm JCR Yamaha team, team owner Josh Coppins is a huge supporter of the talented athlete.
“Kayne has a good work ethic and is fun to be around. He’s fast but more importantly a good kid and well received by fans and sponsors, therefore he represents our team well.
“As a team we work closely and spend a lot of time together, so the above is very important to us. Hopefully we can help Kayne achieve his goals.”
Previously an integral part of New Zealand’s efforts at the Motocross of Nations, regarded as the “Olympic Games of motocross” Kayne has raced in Belgium and Germany representing New Zealand.
With the long term goal of competing in America, his sights are set on the 2017 World GP in Europe.
“It’s a whole different ball game over there,” he admits. “Racing at top level in New Zealand you’re up against the same three or four riders all the time. There are 30 or 40 riders, all of that top skill level.”