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Tyler King's road to Grand Prix - Update June 24

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04 June 2024, 9:30 PM

Tyler King's road to Grand Prix - Update June 24Racing at Oulton Park in the UK

It has been a while since we updated you on Tyler King’s journey. You can catchup on his road to Grand Prix articles here: Tyler King's road to Grandprix - Update Jan 23

and here: Tyler King’s journey to Grand Prix - Update

and here: LOCAL BOY - Tyler King’s need for speed – his journey to Grand Prix

In April 2023 Tyler attended round 3 of the Victoria Motorcycle Club champs. He broke a chain on his first qualifying lap, meaning he had to start at the back of the pack at every race. But still managed to win all 3 races on the day, making it 6 from 6!


In September last year Tyler headed to the UK to ride as a wildcard entry for the Microlise Cresswell Racing team in the last 2 rounds of the R&G British Talent Cup.

He had an awesome time racing at Oulton Park and learnt so much. Having never ridden a NSF 250 and trying to learn a track that is nothing like New Zealand, he absorbed as much as he could to try and get better each time he goes out on the track.


Tyler had an awesome time racing at Donnington where it was another weekend full of learning. He managed to shave five seconds off his lap times and had a good wet race 2 where he was able to stick with a group and make his way to the front of the group finishing P18.


Tyler was also selected to represent NZ at the Red Bull Rookies try out in Spain on the 3rd of October - a dream of Tyler’s since the beginning. Unfortunately for the Kiwi boys none of them progressed into day 3. However Tyler had an awesome time and was super grateful to even be selected to be a part of the experience.

In November Tyler attended Sam Smith Clay Classic in Waihi. Although there were some mishaps with dirt bikes not wanting to perform, Tyler was lent a bike so he could still race on the day. He was super stoked to come away with 2nd overall in his class and even qualify and finish 3rd in the memorial race.


In January this year Tyler attended the NZSBK 3rd round in Ruapuna, Christchurch. He had a tough weekend with many things not going his way – he got a grid penalty, a disqualification and a broken collarbone! He remained positive and trying to look at the things he can improve on such as using his back brake more and trying different braking and style techniques to help him become better on track.

In March he was back racing at Hampton Downs for the final round of NZSBK after his collarbone break. Overall Tyler was happy with his results apart from crashing out of qualifying in the 300s starting him from 26th on the grid. In the 300 class he placed 8th in race one, and 2nd and 3rd in the last two races. In the Ninja Cup he crashed out of the first race but took the win in the 2nd race whilst having some mean battles.

In May, Tyler had a good time racing at Navarra for the first round of the R&G British Talent Cup. He made some good steps forward but feels he still has a few things to work on.

Then at Donnington Park for round 2 of British Talent Cup, while Tyler didn’t quite get the results he was looking for, he was happy with his progress throughout the weekend. He managed to drop his time by over 2 seconds and had some pretty good race battles.

Finally Tyler has made the Microlise Cresswell Racing team as a full member for this season in the UK! Tyler and his team are hoping he'll come back with a whole heap of new skills and extra speed for the upcoming NZSBK and NZ Suzuki series.

Congratulations Tyler, we wish you all the best and will follow your highlights and lowlights as you journey through to the Grand Prix!

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Tyler’s team are always on the lookout for sponsorship to help with the many costs associated with racing. If you would like to sponsor Tyler please contact his team on his social media accounts.

Tyler would like to thank his supportive sponsors:

Titus Transport Ltd NZ

Tree king

Mad Mike Whiddett


Ruck Construct

Murdoch Contracting

N&J Wood Earth Works