Daniel Self's NZ Race Season Rundown
What a summer it’s been! I chose to tick off a full National Downhill (DH) Series, followed by National DH Champs here in New Zealand. Once the DH races wrapped up, and most of the DH crew called it time for a rest, I moved straight into the Enduro Series, competing in the full Southern Crown Enduro Series and the first of the North Islands 2W Enduro Series. From January 22nd to March 13th, I raced every weekend for 8 weeks! It was a welcome break before racing again the following weekend and then heading to Rotorua for the 2W Enduro just 2 weeks later. All in all, I spent 10 weekends racing, over a 12 week block!
For this season’s setup I had my Santacruz V10 running full FE-Sports Spec, with Pirelli on traction duties and Galfer on stopping. Galfers diskwave 223 rotors are my go-to, the thicker rotors move the lever bite point out a little which suits me well, and the extra leverage of the big rotors is ideal for keeping things under control at DH race speeds!I have been fortunate enough to be riding Pirelli's Prototype DH tyres since April last year. I am a huge fan of the extra thick sidewalls, not only for puncture protection but also for the added support when cornering hard, there is nothing worse than feeling a tyre fold as you’re pushing hard. For DH racing, these tyres are an absolute must.