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Hamish Macdonald: From Newcomer to World Champion
Christchurch is dozens of thousands of miles away and this blonde kid has just won his first World Championship. He returns back home to the other side of the world every winter or, rather, every summer: to that house and to that ten-acre estate about fifteen minutes from New Zealandís capital.
Here, far away from everything, far away even from the achievements of the great Enduro riders he didnít know as a child, is where he grew up together with his brothers and where he learned to ride a motorbike. He had his own hero under the same roof.
ďGrowing up in NZ I didnít know much about European riders, just my local hero, Dad. He had ridden in the Czech ISDE in 1989, the first NZ Team to compete in a 6 Day. They finished on bronze.Ē
Engines are part of the familyís DNA.
ďGrandad sent us a quad the other grandchildren all had when we were about 5 years old. Mum and dad told us it didnít go and we spent the first few months pushing each other on it. After we learnt to take turns helping each other they surprised us by starting it. We broke the frame in the first few months jumping it! Then we progressed to two wheels.Ē
Itís the relationship with his brothers that forged Hamishís
temperament. Whether on a motorbike, on a skateboard, on a bicycle, or on
skis, there was always one thing that dominated amongst them: competition.
ďI have two older brothers: we spent a lot of time playing on bikes and I didnít like losing. It was always a competition, who could jump the highest, go the fastest, learn a new trick. Not only on motorbikes, but also on skateboards, pushbikes, skis. I remember one time racing my brothers down the paddock in a drag race, I didnít want to lose so I kept the throttle on for too long, ran out of room to stop and ended up crashing into the electric fence!Ē
Riders in this discipline normally start with motocross, but Hamish is immersed in the world of Enduro from the very beginning.
ďDad organised events and we would spend each weekend exploring farms finding and making good Enduro tracks. Great memories!Ē
It canít have been easy for a boy, even if he was fast, to go to the
other side of the world to race new riders he often hadnít even heard of.
It was the fun he had that made him spend entire days on a motorbike:
ďRide, Ride, Ride Ė I only came in to eat and sleep!Ē
Itís this enjoyment which enables him to improve constantly even today,
which made him take on the challenges of a new adventure, branded EnduroGP, in
2018, and which will continue testing him in the future: race after race,
category after category.
One thing, however, remains clear. Even if he is a World Champioship rider and part of a great team like the CH Racing Sherco Factory Racing, his approach hasnít changed and itís obvious why he loves Enduro so much.
ďLeaving the paddock not knowing what to expect. Being in nature, not knowing what is in front of you and exploring. Riding different terrains, being challenged by all types of riding Ė Enduro is trials, Cross Country, MX all mixed together. This is what makes it different and complete.Ē
Itís also special thanks to the affection he received, and the following of fans he gathered, as soon as he got to Europe to take on this new challenge.
Itís a challenge that has only just begun and there is a bright future ahead.
We thank Hamish Macdonald and the CH Racing Sherco Factory Racing team for their availability.