'No place like home' – Kiwi motocross star refuelling in Dunedin before final push for maiden world title

With two rounds to go in the world motocross series, Dunedin rider Courtney Duncan is closer than ever before to securing her maiden world series crown.

The 22-year-old leads the circuit by 21 points with two events remaining but with a break in her schedule, she's enjoyed the chance to relax at home and reflect on what has been a near perfect season.

"No place like home," she said.

"Very happy with how the season's gone. If you had of asked me at the start of the year had I been four rounds into the season and had a 20 point lead, I would have been really stoked with that."

Despite being one of the top riders for the previous two seasons, Duncan's never held a lead like this going into the final two events of the season.

It means winning those final few races might not even be necessary – a thought she admits has crossed her mind.

"You do have that in the back of your mind - you don't have to go crazy to get those extra three points to take the win.

"I think I even showed that at the last round where I had two second [place finishes]. I didn't exactly need to [win] there."

That's not always been the case for Duncan who in previous seasons felt winning was the only option.

"If it takes a third place and I’m champion, at the end of the day, honestly, it doesn’t matter because my goal is to be world champion."

The mid-season three month break came at the perfect time for Duncan as she nurses fractures in her right foot.

"I'm not stressing about it, we've got a bit of time on our hands and I just have to make sure that I get healthy and fully heal before I start back."

Duncan returns to her European base in Brussels next week, before the final two events in September.

Courtney Duncan is enjoying her time in Dunedin before the final two rounds. Source: 1 NEWS



Kiwi IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and wife Emma share their life in the fast lane in new documentary

He’s fresh off a fifth IndyCar Championship title.

Then there’s also the feature documentary Born Racer, coming soon to theatres, about him too.

Needless to say, Scott Dixon is living every aspect of his life in the fast lane but so too is his wife Emma.

The two have gone through a lot with trophies, crashes and parenthood but it’s all part of the wild ride.

Seven Sharp’s Michael Holland sat down with the couple to catch up with the Kiwi motorsport legend and pick his brain on what cameras caught from his jam-packed lifestyle.

Born Racer follows the ups and downs of one of motorsport’s greatest drivers. Source: Seven Sharp


Auckland go kart track where Kiwi IndyCar champ Scott Dixon learnt his trade closing down

It was the early hunting ground for some of New Zealand's best motorsport talents.

Think Supercars stars Scott McLaughlin, Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard, Formula E ace Mitch Evans or the Cunningham brothers Wade and Mitch - not to mention IndyCars legend Scott Dixon.

But the Mt Wellington kart track - two years shy of its 60th birthday - is no more with the Auckland Council looking for a better return on its land.

Seven Sharp reporter Michael Holland went to see the chequered flag fall at the circuit one last time.

The Mt Wellington kart track has brought families together for generations, and helped put youngsters on the path to greatness. Source: Seven Sharp



Brendon Hartley blows great qualifying run, drops four places in opening corners of Japan GP

Kiwi Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley has failed to convert his great qualifying run into championship points at the Japanese Grand Prix after finishing 13th.

Hartley earned his highest qualifying position in his career for the race yesterday when he claimed sixth but saw much of that slip away in the opening corners of the race.

The Kiwi was 10th entering the second lap.

It only got worse from there as he slowly slipped outside the points positions to finish 13th while Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix, claiming his fourth straight Formula One win and moving a step closer to a fifth world championship.

Starting from pole, the Mercedes driver was never seriously challenged and crossed the finish line 12.919 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was third, 14.295 seconds back.

Hamilton has won six of the last seven races and now leads Sebastian Vettel by 67 points with four races left.

Vettel started eighth and quickly moved up to fourth place, overtaking both Toro Rosso cars that started ahead of him.

But the Ferrari driver attempted to pass Max Verstappen on the ninth lap and the two cars collided with the Ferrari spinning off into the runoff. The move dropped Vettel back to 18th place.

He worked his way back up to sixth but couldn't move higher than that.


Watch: Retiring Supercars legend Craig Lowndes claims seventh Bathurst crown

Craig Lowndes has achieved a fairytale Bathurst 1000 win on his last full-time drive at Mount Panorama, partnering with Steven Richards to achieve a stunning seventh triumph.

Lowndes capitalised on an unfortunately-timed cramp to race leader David Reynolds, which denied the Erebus Motorsport team a chance to defend the Peter Brock trophy.

Lowndes overtook Reynolds for the lead with 27 laps remaining, cruising to victory ahead of fellow Commodore pair Scott Pye and Warren Luff, with DJR Team Penske pair of Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat third.