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Croz to take on captain’s role | Events

Wise-cracking New Zealander Graeme Croz Crosby is the new captain of the New Zealand team for the Tahbilk International Challenge at this weekend's AMCN Island Classic.

Original co-captains Kevin Grey and Stu Avant are unable to make the trek over the Tasman, so the onus now falls on 58-year-old Crosby to motivate the New Zealand squad. Croz knows a thing or two about the racing caper, as well as the bikes that dominate the International Challenge grid.

He cut his teeth on big four-stroke Superbike and F1 machinery in the late 70s and early 80s, winning at the Isle of Man TT as well as clinching two world F1 titles. Eventually, he made a full-time switch to two-strokes in the world 500 GP title, finishing second in the 1982 series before famously pulling up stumps in his prime and heading home to New Zealand.