KAWASAKI DELIVERS AT TOUGH JOLIVET

What South African Cross Country Moto Round 1 Report
Where Jolivet, KwaZulu Natal
When Saturday 27 February 2021
Community South Africa National

Pepson Plastics racing with Motul impresses on Cross Country debut

Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul enjoyed a great debut in the 2021 South African Cross Country Moto Championship opener at Jolivet in KwaZulu Natal on Saturday. Open rider D’artagnan Lobjoit rode his KX450XC to a splendid fifth in the competitive OR1 class, Taki Bogiages came home seventh in an even harder fought OR3 on a KX450XC and Senior stand-in Achim Bergman ended a fine podium third among the over-30s.

“Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul had a very good start to our South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship campaign,” team boss Iain Pepper confirmed. “Jolivet was a good event and we are happy with our results — Dart was fifth in OR1, Taki was seventh in OR3 and Achim a fine third in Seniors — it was a great start for the team and we now look forward to improve and move forward.”

“Jolivet was very rough, rutted and gruelling,” D’artagnan Lobjoit pointed out. “ It took five hours to ride 250 kilometres and my big Pepson Plastics Kawasaki ran like a train all the way. “It’s also always a really tough one to race against the locals in KZN, so to be the first upcountry bike home on our team debut was a brilliant result and a fine way to thank Kawasaki, Pepson Plastics, Motul and the whole team for their faith in me.”

“Wow that was a tough one,” Taki Bogiages explained. “But my Pepson Plastics Kawasaki racing with Motul KX250XC was so well suited to the terrain and allowed me to fight hard all the way “My quickest lap was competitive too and we have so much more to come — this was only our first national on my green machine and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

“A week ago I thought I would be braaing at home on Saturday!” Achim Bergman grinned. “Then Iain called and told me that he’d hurt his shoulder and asked if I wanted to ride his Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul KX250XC at Jolivet. “And here I am on the podium! “What a week — I really enjoyed riding the Kawasaki and am hugely grateful for the experience — I trust the Pepson team is satisfied with my weekend!”

“We now have a month before the second round in Madimode in four weeks time,” Iain Pepper concluded. “That terrain is also a little more suited to our Gauteng-based team’s forte of a faster route, so we’re looking forward to spending a little more time testing and fettling our bikes to be even better prepared for Nylstroom. “These are exciting times for the team!”

Issued on behalf of Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing

TEASDALE TOPPLES SAXC PECKING ORDER

KZN local blasts to victory in Jolivet season opener


What    South African Cross Country Moto Round 1 Report
Where    Jolivet, KwaZulu Natal
When    Saturday 27 February 2021
Community    South Africa National

Pietermaritzburg hero Travis Teasdale turned the South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship status quo on its head when he rode his TT Racing Gas Gas to victory in a rough, tough and muddy Jolivet, KwaZulu Natal season opener in his back yard on Saturday. Open class lad Teasdale beat reigning champions Brad Cox’s OR2-winning Brother Leader Tread KTM and OR1 rival Brett Swanepoel’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna overall.

“What a day!” a delighted Travis admitted. “250 kilometres of racing in five hours with a win in the time trial and overall victory in the main event.” Teasdale beat Cox by three and a half minutes, while Swanepoel was a further 37 seconds adrift. Another OR1 privateer, Scott Bouverie’s Gas Gas was fourth overall from Jarryd Coetzee’s Brother Leader Tread KTM and OR3 winner Davin Cocker on a Rockstar Energy Husqvarna.

Teasdale took OR1 from Swanepoel, Bouverie and Coetzee, with D’art Lobjoit a fine fifth on the Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul team’s national debut and Hayden Louw sixth. Cox beat Ian Rall’s MCA Dragon Husqvarna in quarter-litre OR2, where Kerim Fitz-Gerald’s Red Bull KTM and Kyle Eggar on a Roost KTM were third and fourth.

Cocker and Heygate beat Dylan Cox’s RBS Yamaha and KTM Durban duo Haydn Cole and Stefan van Deventer in OR3, with Matthew Wilson’s MCA Husqvarna and Taki Bogaiges’ Pepson Kawasaki next up. KTM Durban rider Dylan Jones took High School honours in a comfortable four and a half minute victory over Damon Cox on an RBS Yamaha and Franchise Co. CIT Husqvarna kid John Botha.

Wade Blaauw picked up where he left off with an emphatic Seniors win aboard his Roost KTM, with Deon du Toit second on his Franchise Co. CIT Husqvarna and a happy Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul stand-in Achim Bergman third. Husqvarna rider Greg Naim took the Masters win from Wayne Farmer, who overcame a tummy bug to end second on his Biker’s Warehouse Husqvarna and Carel ‘Mieleies’ Le Roux on an Alfie Cox KTM.

The second round of the 2021 South African Cross Country Championship happens on Saturday 27 March at Modimole. You may remember that as Nylstroom.

Issued on behalf of SA Cross Country Moto

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA ENTER HARD-FOUGHT BATTLE   

Image from 2021 MX National | Round 1 | Captured by Sage Lee Voges for http://www.zcmc.co.za

The gates finally dropped for the start of the highly anticipated National Motocross Championship at Gauteng’s Terra Topia. The riders of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna lined up with not only an all-new look, but with the opportunity to conquer brand new territory.

For new recruit David Goosen, the opening round came with facing the unknown of racing his Husqvarna machines for the first time. As he set off for the first MX1 heat, Goosen described the feeling as something he could have only dreamed of. He explained: “I just felt so comfortable on the bike and before I knew it, I had overtaken everyone and found myself in the lead! I took the first heat win of the year and it was really cool – I don’t think I’ve ever done something like that.”

The rest of the day was filled with banging bars and hard-fought battles that ultimately saw Goosen take second overall in MX1 and MX2. The rider was especially proud of his MX2 result and commented “The final heat was one of the most competitive races the championship has seen in years. I was in a five-way battle for the lead in MX2 – one moment I was winning and the next moment I was in fifth place. I had to dig really deep as I worked my way back up to second place – possibly the deepest I’ve ever had to dig in racing. I was so chuffed to finish the day with some solid points in the bag.”

The season opener also marked a big moment for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Neil van der Vyver, who stepped up to the 85cc Pro Mini Class for the first time. With four national championship titles under his belt, he decided to take on new territory this season.

The youngster was off to a blistering start as he pushed to pace to set the fastest qualifying time. He commented, “It was really exciting to take on something new! I had no idea what to expect so it gave me a lot of confidence to qualify first.”

He unfortunately suffered a setback in the first heat after a bad start, but he managed to defy the odds and work his way back up from 11th place to finish fifth. After shaking off the nerves, he positioned himself to fight for the lead from the moment the gates dropped for the second heat. With a solid second place finish in the final moto, Van der Vyver secured a spot on the podium in third overall.

The team will now get back to the drawing back in preparation for the second round of the series that is set to take place at Rover in Port Elizabeth – a track notorious for its unforgiving sand and deep ruts.

“I was absolutely over the moon with the way our new season started. Having changed the majority of the personnel in the team as well as the look and feel, the results were beyond my expectation. I feel super excited for the rest of the season after such an awesome start,” said Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham.

Published by: Fred Fensham

BROTHER LEADER TREAD KTM PREPARE FOR BATTLE

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Brother Leader Tread KTM Reveal 2021 Line-Up Oozing with Talent

With a strong team of riders preparing for the highly anticipated start of the 2021 National Cross Country and Enduro Championship, Brother Leader Tread KTM announces a line-up oozing with talent.

Leading the charge for national glory in the Cross Country Championship is Charan Moore. Fresh off an unforgettable debut season for the orange team, Moore will line up as the reigning OR1 champion. Having proved that he has the pace to take on South Africa’s frontrunners in this sport, the rider steps into the season as a firm favourite for the prestigious 2021 title.

As the director of the Roof of Africa, it comes as no surprise to discover that Moore has also committed to racing the Enduro Championship this season too. With his years of experience marking the unforgiving routes of Lesotho, he will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with.

Joining him in the OR1 Class this year is Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Jarryd Coetzee. Having ticked off his goal of snatching up the OR2 title, Coetzee enters the OR1 Class ready to battle it out for the ultimate Cross Country glory.

Rounding out the Cross Country team is Bradley Cox, who will now represent the team in the OR2 Class. The move comes after an unforgettable 2020 season where Cox stormed to victory in the OR3 Class for the second time in his career.

As a multi-disciplined star, Cox has his sights set on snatching up two national titles as he races for the top step in the E1 Enduro Class. After multiple podium places and event wins last season, the rider has established himself as a firm favourite in the highly competitive class.

Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Kirsten Landman will once again line-up as South Africa’s Enduro queen. As one of the few female riders to race in the challenging championship, Landman has once again signed up for the E2 Class. With a determination to take on some of the toughest trails the country has to offer, the rider will also compete in the National Enduro Extreme Championship.

With the first round of the National Cross Country Championship set to unfold in in Jolivet, KwaZulu-Natal, this weekend, KTM South Africa’s Louwrens Mahoney commented: “I am really excited for the 2021 racing season to kick off. I can’t wait to see the team battle it out against some of the country’s top riders and take on some of the most beautiful, yet challenging terrain South Africa has to offer. I am optimistic that the team will do us proud – yet again. Having done some valuable off season training, I am confident that the season will be off to a good start.”

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA

TRIALGP JAPAN CANCELLED

Due to uncertainties related to the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the FIM, the Japanese Motorcycling Federation (MFJ) and local organiser Mobilityland regret to announce the cancellation of TrialGP Japan originally scheduled to take place on 14-16 May in Motegi, Japan.

The FIM would like to thank the MFJ and Mobilityland for their dedication and efforts to try to reschedule this major event on the Trial calendar since 2000 and looks forward to seeing the Japanese round return to the calendar in 2022.

PURDON STORMS TO A DOUBLE VICTORY AT TERRA TOPIA

Red Bull KTM couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2021 National Motocross Championship. Star rider Tristan Purdon snatched up three out the four heats he raced in to stamp his authority in both the MX1 and MX2 Class overall.

Having stepped into the season as the 2020 MX1 Champion, Purdon was especially pleased to taste victory in the MX2 Class for a change. He commented, “I usually feel a bit heavier in the MX2 Class than the rest of the guys, so it was really good to prove that I have what it takes to keep the pace up front on my KTM 250 SX-F.”

Purdon will now prepare for the next round in Port Elizabeth – a track the rider is particularly fond of for its thick sand and deep ruts.

It was an epic start to the season for Red Bull KTM’s newest recruit Cameron Durow, who got off to blistering starts in both MX2 heats, securing the holeshot on each occasion. After battling it out with some of the country’s top riders, the 18-year-old secured a spot on the podium in third overall.

“To be honest, I feel like I got a bit tired in the second heat and made some mistakes that cost me. Overall, I’m really happy with my results but also know what I need to work on for the next round,” said Durow.

Red Bull KTM’s High School Class hero Jonathan Mlimi also ended the day with silverware. As the reigning National Champion, the rider entered the season with a steely determination to defend his 2020 title. After a victory in the first heat and third place in the second heat, Mlimi finished in second overall.

“Something I learnt last year is that the championship isn’t won in the first round – last year I ended sixth in the first round, I’m feeling good about the way I’ve started the season and still have the red plate,” he said.

Rounding out a successful day for Red Bull KTM was Trey Cox, who made his debut race for the orange team in the 85cc Class. The rider had the perfect start to the season with a win in the first heat. Despite an unfortunate crash in the second heat, he managed to finish fifth to take second place overall.

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney

SPLENDID START FOR 2021 SA MOTOCROSS

What 2021 South African Motocross Championship Round 1 Report
Where Terra Topia, Diepsloot Gauteng.
When Saturday 20 February 2021
Community South Africa National

Purdon takes double first blood at terrific Terra Topia

Splendid racing, excellent fields and a little controversy on the side were highlights of an action packed 2021 Cannabis Energy Drink & TRP Distributors South African National Motocross Championship season opener at Terra Topia in Diepsloot, Gauteng on Saturday. But it was national MX1 champion, Cathcart EP hero Tristan Purdon and his Red Bull KTM who stole the headlines with overall victory in both the 15-bike strong MX1 and MX2 races.

Purdon will have the championship leaders’ red plates on both his machines when he arrives at his home province Rover races in Port Elizabeth after fighting back to win the second open class MX1 race, and a dominant double in the quarter-litre MX2 motos.

Holeshot king Johan Vogelesang took the early opening heat MX1 lead with Tinswalo Yamaha rider Anthony Raynard in pursuit before Jesse Wright’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha took over. But David Goosen was soon on the move after biding his time on his maiden outing aboard his new Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna and he soon passed Raynard and then fought Wright before moving ahead for the win.

Purdon meanwhile, extracted his KTM from the pack after a middling start to move up and follow Goosen home from Raynard, Wright and KTM lads, SA OR3 Cross Country champion Bradley Cox and Jayden Proctor. But SA MX1 champion Purdon made no mistakes in the second moto, while Raynard beat Goosen to second ahead of Wright, Cox and Proctor. So Purdon heads to PE with a two point lead over Goosen, with Raynard in close attendance.

Tristan Purdon then took his turn to take a come from behind opening 250cc MX2 win from Red Bull KTM teammate Cameron Durow. He entertained in a dice with Raynard and the closing Goosen’s Husqvarna, ahead of Dalton Venter’s Yamaha and Jayden Proctor on a KTM. Purdon then made it a double over Goosen, Raynard, Durow, Venter and Leonard du Toit to take a strong early title lead over Goosen, Raynard and Durow, who are split by a point.

Yamaha duo, over-30s Senior man Grant Frerichs and over-40 Masters champion Ian Topliss diced hard for the first MX3 win. Dwayne Kleynhans’ KTM and Deon du Toit on a Kawasaki were next up in over 30s and Jaco Smit’s KTM and Bruce Viljoen completed the over 40 podium. Frerichs then held Kleynhans off to win in race 2 with Topliss topping the over 40 field in third as Frerichs and Topliss took their respective classes for the day.

The Ladies Motocross status quo was intact after the first heat as dominant 2020 champion Kayla Raaff was back up to her old tricks on her Kawasaki ahead of Leah Heygate’s KTM, Husqvarna sisters Jadene and Cheyenne de Lima and Dakota Grobbelaar’s Kawasaki. But it was all change in heat 2 as a delighted Heygate put one over Raaff, Jadene, Cheyenne and Grobbelaar, to head to Nelson Mandela Bay in April in the joint title lead with Raaff.

The school kid motocross action was not only fraught between packed grids on track, but there was ample action off it too. Not so much in the 125cc High School class that saw 27 machines line up at the gate as Jonathan Mlimi picked up where he left off in High School motocross. He took a couple of laps to reel in and pass Ethan Hoffman’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha and clear off to win the opening heat on his Red Bull KTM.

Hoffman’s Yamaha teammate Hayden Tully ended up second, while KTM duo Miguel de Waal and Mark-Anthony Filip also moved ahead of Hoffman who slipped to fifth ahead of Luke Grundy’s Husqvarna. De Waal then sped to the second moto win from Tully, Mlimi, Grundy, Hoffman and Filip. That sees de Waal and Mlimi in the joint championship lead, with Tully and Grundy in close attendance en route to the Port Elizabeth second round.

A monster 30 bike entry lined up for the 85cc races as 65cc graduate Trey Cox took the holeshot aboard his Red Bull KTM before holding Lucca Mynhardt’s KTM, Emmanuel Bako on a Gas Gas and Husqvarna trio Wian du Plooy, Neil van der Vyver and Jordan van Wyk’s Husqvarna to win Pro Mini. Mynhardt then took the second moto from van der Vyver, Bako, du Plooy, Cox and van Wyk, to score the Rider of the Day award and free entry to the PE weekend.

Matthew Correia led Tyler Petersen and Ashton Martin to an opening heat small-wheel 85cc Junior KTM 1-2-3, with Caden Weise’s Husqvarna the interloper ahead of Kassim Hassim and Andrew Venter on two more KTMs. Petersen then won the second race from Andrea Mynhardt’s KTM, Correia, Hassim, Martin and Venter to see Petersen and Correia split by just two points.

There was drama in the Pro Mini races as a trio of midfield riders were excluded for ‘jumping under yellow flags’, a factor that would have a far more drastic effect on the 65cc results as another heartening 28 riders lined up for the start. Gas Gas rider Blade Tilley made a forceful move to pass Jack Pullen’s Husqvarna as those two came home ahead of Trent Valsecchi’s KTM. But all three were excluded for jumping under yellow flag conditions…

Which meant that fourth placed rider Blake Frost took the win on his KTM, ahead of Aiden Henley’s Yamaha and Husqvarna trio Sven Larsen, Nicol Smit and Alex Cooper. Tilley and Pullen were back in charge as they took the second moto 1-2 ahead of Frost, Henley ,Valsecchi and Smit to leave Frost, Henley and Smit in that championship lead. This should now prove an intriguing title table to watch…

A strong field of 25 baby class 50cc motocrossers is always a good sign. Champion Trenton Kretzman and his Husqvarna wasted no time to move ahead of Rayden Woolls’ Gas Gas for the win. KTM kids Maxwell Fourie, Ross Mackenzie, Aiden Retief and Travis Liddell followed. As it was in other classes, Woolls struck back to beat Kretzmann in moto 2 and go even in the title chase. Casper van Zyl’s KTM was third from Retief, Fourie and Ross MacKenzie.

There was more to be positive about beyond great fields and brilliant racing at Terra Topia. With an increased presence of brands like Kawasaki among the KTMs, Husqvarnas and Yamahas, as well as the winning arrival of Gas Gas in the paddock, it seems Motocross is certainly back on the up in South Africa.

The 2021 South African National Motocross Championship is proudly presented by Motorsport South Africa in partnership with Cannabis Energy Drink, TRP Distributors, Prepsol, Bridgestone, Thor, Gaerne, FMF, Pro Taper, 100%, Fly Racing, Ogio, Bandit Graffix and the Race Shop.

The second round of the 2021 Cannabis Energy Drink & TRP Distributors South African National Motocross Championship goes down at Rover in Port Elizabeth Saturday 3 April.

Issued on behalf of SA Motocross

Photography by: Ruben Louw

SA CROSS COUNTRY BIKES SET FOR KZN BATTLE

What South African Cross Country Moto Round 1 Preview
Where Jolivet, KwaZulu Natal
When Saturday 27 February 2021
Community South Africa National

2021 South African championship kicks off at Jolivet this weekend

The South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship blasts into action in the green KwaZulu Natal hills fat from abundant rainfall around Jolivet on Saturday 27 February. That’s where reigning South African champion Brett Swanepoel and his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna FX450 will be the combination to beat. Double 2021 SA Cross Country and Enduro champion Swanepoel will however have a target on his back and a full field of rivals taking aim, too.

Brett moves up from OR2 where he raced last season, to the open class OR1. His closest threat is likely to come in the form of Brother Leader tread KTM duo Jarryd Coetzee and Charan Moore. Spherical Holeshot Husqvarna rider Jaycee Nienaber meanwhile already made his presence felt with a fine performance at the Gauteng GXCC regional opener a week ago and there’s also Ruan Potgieter to deal with on another Husqvarna.

The biggest Cross Country Moto news is however, that of the arrival of Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing, which brings those famous green machines back in a six-bike team. The new team includes open class duo D’artagnan Lobjoit, who impressed with a fine fourth in class at that regional alongside Craig Alcock on a pair of KX450 XCs. Bradley Engelbrecht will also be out aboard his Origin of Life Roost KTM.

Another man moving up a class is 2020 OR3 champion Bradley Cox, now aboard an OR2 Brother Leader Tread KTM. He’s up against quarter-litre rivals Ian Rall, who laid down his marker with a compelling regional performance aboard his MCA Dragon Energy Husqvarna, Calvin Hume, who won the open class at the last national race of 2020 on his Perry Husqvarna and Kyle Eggar’s Yamaha in the 2021 season opener in KZN.

The fiercely competitive OR3 class for 200cc two-strokes and 250cc thumpers, will see Davin Cocker starting among the favourites on his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna. He must keep an eye on graduating High School champion Matthew Wilson’s MCA Husqvarna after those two came home first and second at Rustenburg, where they had Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul pair Taki Bogiages and Kyle McKenzie breathing down their necks.

Another man to keep an eye on is rapid Zimbabwean Alfie Cox KTM rider Scott Heygate. Also expect KTM four, Roost rider Peter Karam, Wian Wentzel’s Franchise Co machine, Q-Con-EMD man Ryan Pelser and Durban KTM lad Haydn Cole KTM to be OR3 factors. Yamaha trio RBS rider Dylan Cox and Blu Cru duo Noah Maartens and Daniël van Zyl will want to upset that applecart too.

In the classes for older riders, two more Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul men, Lee Thompson and Achim Bergmann riding injured Masters man Iain Pepper’s machine, will be out against Marco Cocci’s Yamaha and Stuart Gregory on a KTM among the Seniors.

2020 SA Masters cross Country champion Wayne Farmer is keen to pick up where he left off on his Bikers Warehouse Husqvarna after also opening his 2021 account with a win at Rustenburg last week. He will have Greg Nairn’s Husqvarna and Yamaha duo Martin Poole and Marius de Klerk in pursuit.

In the schoolboy classes, if last week’s GXCC regional High School form is anything to go by, expect Husqvarna duo TFC CIT lad John Botha and Joss Alexander’s Bikers Warehouse machine, and Derek Karam’s Roost KTM to be the form guys. Damon Cox is also in that mix on an RBS Yamaha, while Branden Swanepoel’s Bike Shack DTW Sherco and Michael Struik’s Trimborn Gas Gas add variety, with Rory Donaldson Dylan Jonker and Van Zyl Jonck also raring to race.

Cobus Bester’s Spherical Holeshot KTM, Thomas Scales on a Dynamic Husqvarna second and Brandon Clarke on a Sherical Holeshot Husqvarna will pick up where they left off at the front of the Junior 85s last year. Heath Hackland will be out on his Husqvarna.

Kawasaki Junior trio Jake Pretorius and Clayton and Dylan Human will miss the weekend’s action before joining the fray as the season progresses. Justin Rom’s Husqvarna, Zach Wichmann’s KTM and Matthew Meyer will be among the Junior 65 competitors.

The Jolivet National Cross Country Moto opener kicks off with a high pressure 15 kilometre time trial that affords no room for error. The main race then gets under way over five laps of a 45 km loop of mainly sugar cane and timber forest sections with the odd grassy section to keep the riders awake. The race will run without spectators in according to lockdown protocols.

Issued on behalf of SA Cross Country Moto

MSA NGK SA-SBK 2021 SEASON PREVIEW ON IGNITION DSTV CHANNEL 189

Circuit Motorcycle enthusiasts will have numerous opportunities to see the season preview of the SA-SBK Series on Ignition DSTV Channel 189.
 
The Broadcast Schedule on Ignition is as follow:
20210220             06:00    MSA NGK SA-SBK
20210220             16:00     MSA NGK SA-SBK
20210221             04:00     MSA NGK SA-SBK
20210221             12:00     MSA NGK SA-SBK
20210222             11:00     MSA NGK SA-SBK
20210223             19:00     MSA NGK SA-SBK
20210224             23:00     MSA NGK SA-SBK
20210225             03:00     MSA NGK SA-SBK
20210226             07:00     MSA NGK SA-SBK
 
Please note broadcast dates, times and channels are subject to change, without prior notice, at the sole discretion of the Broadcaster.

LEAN, MEAN & LIME GREEN – KAWASAKI IS BACK!

What National Cross Country 1 Preview
Where Jolivet, KwaZulu Natal
When Saturday 27 February 2021
Community South Africa National

Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing set for KZN national racing return

The hills of Jolivet won’t be the only verdant green highlights when that KwaZulu Natal scenery comes alive to the sounds of the 2021 South African Cross Country Moto Championship opener Saturday 27 February. That’s because it’s also a huge day for Kawasaki, when those famous green XC machines return to the national level racing fray for the first time in several decades.

Six all-new Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul entered KX XCs will come under starters orders at Jolivet. And if the past weekend’s Rustenburg, Gauteng regional opener was anything to go by, the green machines can be expected be right in the thick of the action from the get-go.

Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul OR3 class duo Taki Bogiages and Kyle MacKenzie will want to go a couple better following a brilliant debut in Rustenburg last week. The two KX250XC riders came home third and fourth in that super competitive class. “Our Kawasakis proved a bit of a surprise at the regional,” Bogiages admitted. “Now we’re ready to do the team proud in our first National.” MacKenzie added: “Kawasaki is back in town — watch this space!”

Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul open class OR1 riders D’artagnan Lobjoit and Craig Alcock also enjoyed a great outing in the regional and both are champing at the bit to race their KX450XCs at National level. “I had a great run to fourth in Rustenburg,” D’artagnan explained. “We’ve worked hard to get there and we are ready for the national — I can’t wait.” Alcock added: “I truly love racing my KX450XC — I just can’t wait for Jolivet!”

Circuit car race fans will recognise Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing’s Senior rider Lee Thompson’s name. “I had a great run to fourth in Rustenburg and I’m now getting to grips with my KX250XC. “We are ready for Jolivet.” Team principal and Masters rider Iain Pepper will sit Jolivet out with a hurt shoulder, but Senior rider Achim Bergmann will race his machine in KZN. “I am truly thankful for this opportunity — I’m over the moon,” Achim admitted.

“We are delighted to be able to bring Kawasaki Motorcycles South Africa back to National Cross Country racing,” Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing team principal Iain Pepper concluded. “We had some great results in our regional dress rehearsal last week, but now the real race begins. “We’d like to once again thank Chris and Kibble from KMSA for putting their faith in us and we look forward to flying that Kawasaki flag high in Cross Country Racing.”

Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul races with Bikewise, Pirelli tyres, Arai helmets, Renthal handlebars, Acerbis plastics, DID chains and SBS brakes. Its riders are protected by Fasthouse SA clothing and they are kept in top form by Margie Smith Training. The Green Team races Kawasaki’s brand new bespoke 2021 KX250XC and KX450XCs cross country racers based on its ’21 KX motocross machines.

Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing will rekindle Kawasaki’s rich Cross Country Racing history that saw legends, the likes of Alfie Cox, Neil Woolridge, Chris Brand and others riding the green machines to many a race win and championship over the years.

Issued on behalf of Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing

BIG CHANGES FOR DJ RUN 2022

Hylton Allison, who has been appointed clerk of the course for the 2022 DJ Run.

The Vintage and Veteran Club in Johannesburg has decided to make some major organisational changes for the DJ Run commemorative regularity rally scheduled to take place next year. The club says the aim of the revamp is to increase the number of competitors while decreasing the entry fee where possible.

Hylton Allison, a seasoned DJ Run competitor and rally organiser, will now head up the organising committee as Clerk of the Course, replacing Larina MacGregor, who held this position in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Hylton will have his brother, Gavin, and Cobus Grobbelaar as his assistants.

Other committee members for the 2022 DJ Run are: Gavin Allison (treasurer), Peter Aneck-Hahn (SAVVA steward), Eric McQuillan (club steward), Gwyneth Cronje and Elaine Cusdin (secretaries), Pierre Cronje (fund raising), Paul Koski and Bert Lopes (VVC representatives).

A recent article on the iconic DJ Run, which began as a road race for motorcycles between Johannesburg and Durban in 1913, stated that the 2022 event would celebrate 50 years of the commemorative regularity rally while this milestone was, in fact, reached in 2021 as the first of these regularity rallies took pace in 1970, with 1974 being cancelled due to fuel restrictions and 2021 not taking place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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