The National Enduro Championship will make a return to Bathurst for the second time after a short break in the racing calendar.
Brett Swanepoel still riding high after his overall and E2 wins at the last round is visibly excited about the prospect to return to Bathurst. “This is such an awesome track and I look forward to going back, especially because this will be the second time I get onto my new FE 350” he commented. Swanepoel has even more reason to look forward to the event as he will be on track with a teammate for a change after teammate Heinrich Aust has been out due to an injury.
Kyle Flanagan fresh back from Erzberg Rodeo, where he rode to an impressive 13th spot, will tackle his first National Enduro in two years. He commented that he is excited to race alongside Swanepoel again as they’ve been racing since junior days and he can’t wait to presume battles with all his old rivals.
Flanagan will be using the local races to support his ultimate goal of completing a full world championship before he calls it a day racing at a high level. “I took a chance and reached out to Husqvarna who were kind enough to give me a shot fielding the FE 250 for Bathurst” he said. “I’m really excited about the challenge and of course to see everyone out at the race again” he added.
Grant Frerichs, Group Marketing Manager commented, “Having Kyle join us in Bathurst is really exciting for us as a brand. Kyle is a past National champion and it is great for us to field the bike of injured rider Heinrich Aust while he gets back to full fitness. Kyle has already shown promising speed and fitness and the weekend will be a really good introduction for him back into racing. Bett Swanepoel is the fittest he has been this year and keeps building towards the Roof of Africa later this year. We look forward to helping Brett extend his overall and class lead this weekend.”
This weekend the National Enduro Championship resumes in the historic little Eastern Cape Town of Bathurst. The Brother Leader Tread KTM riders will be bracing for battle eager to get some solid results heading into only the third round of the championship. The team had their best results at this track in the 2021 championship which should bolster morale for more of the same as the event returns to the big pineapple for a second time.
Brad Cox who missed the first two rounds due to injury will be frothing at the mouth to hit the trails again. “This is my first round of the season and I am really excited to be riding an Enduro again, I especially enjoy this type of terrain and can’t wait to get out there” Cox commented.
Matt Stevens has been training hard for Round 3. Speaking to Stevens he said “I’ve been spending lots of time on the bike and working hard on strength and fitness off the bike, PE is always a great event and I am looking for another consistent result and we are targeting a podium.”
Last but not least, Blake Gutzeit who is currently lying second in the Championship has been happy with his preparation so far and added that he is feeling fit, positive and healthy. “This will be my first outing to Bathurst or the Port Alfred area and I know the guys who know the course will have an advantage, but I’m still excited to give it a crack” he mused. “I’m really hoping to have a good one with only one round left after this one it is crunch time to make it count” he commented.
Clearly focused Gutzeit added “I do enjoy the challenge and I’m really grateful to have such an incredible team backing me and to have the best tools to go out and do the job”.
The South African rider will continue his path to the MotoGP World Championship with the Finetwork MIR Junior Team, after a first year in which he is showing a very positive attitude and evolution since the 1st round of the season in Estoril. Jerez was a great proof of this, with 2 great starts that placed him in 1st position, which allowed him to fight in the front group and get his best result of the season.
In his 2nd full season in the HETC, he is achieving very good results and beating more experienced riders in the category, which shows the great potential of this young South African rider, who is also making his debut this year at the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.
The team has secured the continuity of the talented South African rider Moodley by signing a multi-year deal that will see him move up to JuniorGP (Moto3) in 2024.
Ruchè Moodley: “I am very excited about my renewal with this great team, which has made a considerable effort to provide me the best material to be able to fight for my dream. My commitment is maximum to take the team to the top. Many thanks to each and every one of those who make this possible, for their trust”.
Javi Martinez, TEAM CEO: “We are very happy to give continuity to Ruchè Moodley within our structure for the next years, putting at his disposal a very ambitious programme for our young talents that will cover the HETC and JuniorGP on his way to the World Championship. Ruchè is the first foreign rider we selected for our programme and we want to take him to the top”.
The Women in Motorcycling Working Group are planning a social media campaign focused on the History of Motorcycling in Africa, highlighting the role women have on the continent.
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Seventeen (17) South African riders will be crossing the border, to compete at the 2022 FIM AFRICA Motocross of African Nations Continental Championship (MXOAN), being hosted by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of Uganda (FMCU) at the renowned Victoria Raceway Park, Garuga, Entebbe, Uganda from the 19th – 21st August 2022.
The MXOAN is one of the few Motorcycle events recognised as a ‘Team’ event, where the points of the official riders are tallied to determine who the winning African Nation will be. Riders from North, South, East & West Africa, will test their mental and physical limitations over the two days.
South Africa is the reigning champion when it comes to the number of wins on the continent and hope to retain this title with another win in 2022.
The MXOAN will, as always, be an action-packed weekend for the riders and spectators, with guaranteed exciting racing and the usual wonderful hospitality by the host Federation. Uganda is well known for having plenty of spectators, so it will be exciting for the riders.
The MSA Motocross Commission wishes the South African team all the very best and encourages all motorsport enthusiasts to show their support.
The countdown has begun for our Junior Motocross riders to make their way to the host city of Vantaa, Finland, to compete against the best junior riders in the 2022 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship and the FIM Junior Motocross World Cup.
The event will be held at the legendary tracks of Ruskeasanta and Lavanko from the 26th – 28th of August 2022.
The Opening Ceremony will take place in the centre of Vantaa in Tikkurila on Friday the 26th of August 2022. Click on the link to view the FIM Event regulations: Click here to view
The appointed Team Manager, Neville Townsend, Team Captain Trey Cox, and the MSA Motocross Commission are pleased to announce the following team who will proudly represent South Africa.
JMX 65 CC WORLD CUP
From the left: Cruz Martin, Evan Frost, Kabelo Ledwaba, Trent Valsecchi, Trenton Kretzmann
JMX 85 CC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
From the left: Christian Berrington Smith, Jordan van Wyk, Matthew Correia, Neil van der Vyver, Trey Cox
JMX 125 CC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
From the left: Blake Young, Bryce Petersen, Kyle Townsend, Luke Grundy
MSA Motocross Commission wishes these young competitors a safe, enjoyable and successful event.
What Kawasaki KX 250 X Successes Where South Africa When Friday 15 July 2022 Community South Africa National
Two maiden major 250cc class wins within a week
It’s been an historic week for Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Kawasaki Racing with Motul, and especially for the team’s Kawasaki KX 250 X riders. Having never won a race in the quarter-litre class in its current Enduro and SA Cross Country OR3 formats, everything changed in the matter of a week.
Enduro debutant Kyle Mackenzie stormed to Bronze victory in the epic IMPI Hard Enduro aboard his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki KX 250 X on Saturday 25 June. And then just a week later, teammate Taki Bogiages scored Kawasaki’s first-ever National Trademore Cross Country Championship OR3 class win on a similar KX 250 X at Zorgfliet, on Saturday 2 July.
“It’s been a fantastic two weeks of 250cc racing for Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Kawasaki Racing with Motul,” team principal Iain Pepper pointed out. “Just two weeks ago we entered Kyle Mackenzie in our first ever enduro aboard one of our Kawasaki KX 250 Xs. “We had to do some special preparation with different gearing, putting a fan on the radiator and a few other enduro tweaks, but we were blown away when Kyle won Bronze on his and our first attempt.”
Mackenzie was delighted with his result: “The green mamba seems to slither and my KX 250 X did not disappoint at the IMPI!” Kyle explained. “It started well and I had a good time trial to qualify second. “Then I had a great Friday and led from off the start while learning how to navigate with a GPS in the mountains. “I also led most of Saturday, but it was a close one and I had to fight back to take the overall Bronze win by 8 seconds on Kawasaki’s official enduro debut!”
Precisely a week later, it was Bogiages’ turn to break Kawasaki’s quarter-litre duck in the Zorgfliet Trademore SA National Cross Country Series round in Bronkhorstspruit: “I cannot explain the feeling of taking Kawasaki’s first ever National OR3 win,” Taki admitted. “The track was super demanding and it was really tough from lap 2 onwards. “But everything clicked, I felt great, my KX 250 X felt great and my team just made racing so easy!”
Taki’s win moved him up to a close third in the national OR3 title chase, while Kawasaki riders, Pepson teammate Kenny Gilbert stormed to his fourth Senior class win out of four, and Franchise Co. Tork Craft rider Warrick van Schalkwyk took Masters honours. Gilbert leads the national Senior championship, while Franchise Co. Tork Craft man Mike Pentecost, who ended second at Zorgfliet, leads the OR1 chase. Like Bogiages, van Schalkwyk sits third in his class title chase.
“It’s taken a while, but after the last two weekends, I feel we have uncorked Kawasaki’s 250cc bottle of success,” Iain Pepper concluded. “Now Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Kawasaki Racing with Motul will approach this class with far more spring in our step going forward. “Here’s to many more a major Kawasaki KX 250 X race win in future!”
National Cross Country Championship – Zorgvliet | Round 4
The fourth round of the National Cross Country Championship took place this weekend in dry dusty conditions at the well-known routes around Zorgvliet near Bronhorstspruit. In what was widely described as a brutal route where riders and machines were pushed to the limit.
Brad Cox who has been on the comeback trail after injury had a frustrating day on the bike. “I actually felt really good but battled with passing some slower riders that cost me time and then I suffered the loss of my back brakes which was frustrating!” he commented and went on to add “it was frustrating out there today but I’m happy with my comeback thus far”. Cox finished in third place in the OR1 class and in sixth overall.
Kerim Fitz-Gerald continued his string of solid results raking in the podiums claiming second spot in OR2 class and the third spot overall. “This was one rough track” he mused afterward saying it was probably one of the hardest races he’s done to date. “ got lucky with second place in the time trial. “I struggle to ride in the dust especially racing in dust and knew from the third lap it was going to be a slog” he added and went on to say that he hasn’t raced in three weeks due to illness so it was even more of a struggle, but finishing third overall and second in class that he could not be too upset.
Matthew Wilson had a great start and managed to get a decent-sized gap before suffering some mechanical issues. “Kevin really did some magic with the spanners to get me back in the fight and managed to get second in class,” Wilson said. “It was super dusty and very difficult to make any passes, most of my passes were actually done in the pits as a result” he added.
“Round 4 done and dusted and wow that was a long day in the saddle over 6 really challenging laps” Scott Heygate commented. “I’m really happy with how today went, I had one scary moment out there where I went flying and dug myself into the ground so very happy that I made it to the finish” he went on to say. “I managed third in class and fourth overall today and I am happy with where I am at this point in the season,” he said and added that he will look to use what he learnt this far and put it towards getting a podium at the two remaining rounds this season.
The next round of the National Cross Country Championship heads down to Porterville in the Western Cape which is sure to see some more fireworks from the boys in orange.
Husqvarna Racing’s gamble to field Michael Docherty in their National Cross County line-up certainly paid off this weekend at round 4 held in Zorgvliet. Docherty who is more renowned for his prowess in Rally and Motorcross had a “baptism of fire” at the last round held in Vryburg but dispelled any doubt that it was not just bad luck that kept him off the podium by not only claiming a podium but grabbing the top step with the overall victory.
Docherty said, “I had a pretty good day but it was definitely one of the hardest races I’ve done, especially finishing those last two laps, it was brutal.” He added that he had a lot of fun out there and had to use all his energy to get through the last lap to claim the win. “I’m really happy with the outcome” he mused.
Teammate Brett Swanepoel who went into the round leading the championship. “I had a pretty good time trial setting me up to start in third where I battled it out with Kerim Fitz-Gerald for the first couple of laps,” said Swanepoel afterward. He went on to say “The track really got rough towards the end and it was brutal on the body, I really had to dig deep and use technique to ride smart.”
Swanepoel’s effort secured him first position in the OR2 class as well as second overall extending his championship lead going into the last two rounds.
On to the next round where we will see how the rest of the cards will unfold in Porterville.
Published by: Grant Frerichs – Husqvarna Motorcycles SA
Enduro enthusiasts will have numerous opportunities to see the highlights from round 2 of the WFO Titans National Extreme Enduro Championship that was held at the home of Titans Racing in Broederstroom, South Africa on the 25th of June 2022.
The Broadcast Schedule on Ignition is as follows:
Please note broadcast dates, times and channels are subject to change, without prior notice, at the sole discretion of the Broadcaster.
What Trademore Feeds SA Cross Country Round 4 Report Where Zorgfliet, Bronkhorstspruit When Saturday 9 July 2022 Community South Africa National
Three wins, podiums galore for Kawasaki
Kawasaki enjoyed another great weekend at the weekend’s Zorgfliet fourth round Trademore National Cross Country Motorcycle race in Bronkhorstspruit over the weekend. Taki Bogiages scored an emotional first ever OR3 win for Kawasaki aboard his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul KX 250 X, while teammate Kenny Gilbert took Seniors and Warrick van Schalkwyk’s Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki took Masters honours too.
Backing that up, Michael Pentecost’s Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 450 X came home sixth overall and second in the open class to extend his national OR1 championship lead, while Jaycee Nienaber ended fifth in the open capacity OR1 class on a Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki from teammates Tyron Beverley and Brendan Kotze.
John Botha’s Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 250 X made it a double Team Green podium with third in the 250 cc OR3 class behind Bogiages. And in junior action, Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki lad Jake Pretorius was second in Interprovincial 65cc, and Jaden Els’ Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki fifth and Johandre Vermaak’s similar machine seventh in the 85cc class.
“Yesterday was more than sweet redemption,” a delighted Taki Bogiages admitted on taking Kawasaki’s first-ever Trademore SA Cross Country Motorcycle OR3 win aboard his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul KX 250 X. “ I cannot explain the feeling of winning OR3 after breaking my back at the same venue in 2018. “The track was super demanding and really tough from lap 2 onwards, but everything clicked, I felt great, my bike felt great and my team just made racing so easy!
“Iain Pepper and the Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki team have done countless hours of work and I can’t thank everyone enough. “It’s an incredible feeling to add Kawasaki as a winner in the OR3 class for the first time. “That’s also four nationals done in 2022, and a new class winner at each round. “Its been crazy racing this year and the competition is insane!”
“Awesome Zorgfliet was the most demanding race so far this year,” undefeated Seniors leader Kenny Gilbert explained. “I had a ball on my incredible Kawasaki KX450X, but it really was rough out there. “I charged hard most of the way before both my hands blistered, so I had to nurse my way home. “Well done to SA Cross Country and a huge word of thanks to my Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul team — especially Iain Pepper for your passion for this awesome sport.”
“That was a super tough race!” Mike Pentecost admited. “My Franchise Co.Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 450 X was magic, but the time trial was way dusty and both Bradley Cox and I lost time and started far back, so the day was a struggle. “Passing in thick dust is so tricky, so I’m happy to be home safe in second with more points in the bag. “Thanks to my team, my family, friends and fans, and don’t worry, Magic Mike is still here and my fire is burning even hotter!”
Pentecost and Gilbert now hold strong respective Trademore South African Cross Country Motorcycle OR1 and Seniors championship leads. Bogiages and van Schalkwyk both meanwhile sit in stronger and very close third places in both the OR3 and Masters title chases, heading to the penultimate round at Porterville in the Western Cape on 27 August 2022.
“Zorgfliet was an excellent weekend for Team Green,” Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki team boss admitted. Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki colleague Iain Pepper concluded, “It could not be better, with three wins in Bronkhorstspruit and our riders leading two class championships and two others in contention for the two more of four titles we are chasing. “Awesome work, team!”
What Trademore Feeds SA Cross Country Round 4 Report Where Zorgfliet, Bronkhrostspruit When Saturday 9 July 2022 Community South Africa National
Michael turns SA Cross Country on its head
Not many local dirt bike racing fans will relate Michael Docherty with the Trademore South African Cross Country Motorcycle championship, but Saturdays’s dusty and demanding race with the odd splash puddle at Zorgfliet in Bronkhorstspruit, will surely change that. Dubai-based Docherty more recently set the rally raid world alight, before being drafted into the Husqvarna factory cross country team and now turning the local scene on its head with victory on his second outing at Zorgfliet.
Docherty and his OR1 machine held fast-charging Factory Husqvarna teammate Brett Swanepoel’s OR2 winning machine off for overall honours in the GXCC run race, with the ever-improving Kerim Fitz-Gerald’s OR2 Red Bull KTM third from Scott Heygate’s similar Brother Leader Tread machine. Second in OR1 Michael Pentecost’s Tork Craft CIT Kawasaki was sixth.
His class rivals, Bradley Cox’s Brother Leader Tread KTM, Hayden Louw’s CIT Tork Craft Honda and Jaycee Nienaber on a Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki were next from Erik Merry’s OR2 KTM. OR3 winner Taki Bogiages’ Pepson Scottish Motul Kawasaki closed off the top ten. Fellow Kawasaki men, Kenny Gilbert took Seniors and Warrick van Schalkwyk Masters, while Cobus Bester won High School on his Husqvarna, Bruno Niebuhr 85cc on a KTM and Werner Kleinhans’ IPC Husqvarna 65cc.
Docherty laid down his marker from the get-go over OR2 leader Fitz-Gerald, Swanepoel, Gareth Cole’s Honda, Heygate and top OR3 machine, Matthew Wilson’s KTM in the time trial. The top three remained unchanged at mid-distance, but Heygate, Cox and Pentecost had disposed of Cole. As he often does, Swanepoel was on fire as the race wound down to the finish. He tore past Fitz-Gerald and chased after Docherty, taking almost two minutes out of his teammate in the process.
But it was still too little, to late as Docherty hung on to win by just ten seconds. Fitz-Gerald rode home to another podium in third ahead of Heygate, but Pentecost and his green machine beat his OR1 rival Cox’s orange bike to sixth. In the classes, Docherty beat class championship leader Pentecost and Cox to OR1 honours, with Hayden Louw’s Yamaha fourth from Kawasaki trio Jaycee Nienaber, Tyron Beverley and Brendan Kotze and the delayed Gareth Cole Honda.
Swanepoel took OR2 from Fitz-Gerald, Scott Heygate and three more KTM riders, Erik Merry, Kyle Eggar and Juan Niebuhr, and Miguel da Silva’s Husqvarna. A delighted Taki Bogiages took Kawasaki’s first Trademore SA Cross Country Motorcycle OR3 win from Matthew Wilson’s Brother Leader Tread KTM and John Botha’s Tork Craft CIT Kawasaki, making it three different winners in the last three races. Ryan Pelser’s KTM was fourth from Branden Swanepoel’s Sherco and Honda trio, Peter Karam, Haydn Cole and lady rider Leah Heygate.
Kenny Gilbert remains undefeated in national Seniors in 2022 aboard his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki. He beat Marco Cocci Yamaha, Jannie Potgieter on a KTM and Husqvarna duo Ockert Swart and Alain du Toit. Tork Craft CIT man Warrick van Schalkwyk made it Kawasaki madalas double with Masters victory over KTM riders Mielies Le Roux and Kobus Jonck KTM, and Husqvarna trio Wayne Farmer, Greg Nairn and Francois Swanepoel.
In junior action, Cobus Bester made it a Husqvarna Highschool 125cc 1-2 over Wian Wentzel from KTM duo Ross Ramseyer and Nathan Westerdale. Bruno Niebuhr took the 85cc win from Murray Smith’s similar KTM, Husqvarna two Brandon Clarke and AJ Louw and Jaden Els’ Kawasaki. And Werner Kleinhans took 65cc IPC on a Husqvarna from Jake Pretorius Kawasaki, GJ Coetzee’s Husqvarna and Gas Gas kid Matthew Meyer.
The Trademore South African Cross Country Motorcycle championship now moves to Porterville in the Western Cape for round five of six on 27 August 2022.
The Highveld is always known for the furiously fast and dusty tracks especially this time of year as the much anticipated fourth round of the National Cross Country Championship hits Gauteng this weekend.
Brett Swanepoel from Husqvarna Racing currently leading the championship with only three rounds remaining. “Joburg never disappoints and the track is always incredibly fast for us coming from KZN, it obviously suits the locals here,” Swanepoel said. He went on to say “I am quite keen to build on my points gap and add some more wins, this is an important round for us to consolidate”. “I know the last two rounds suit me a lot better so that will make this one even tougher to get a good start and a solid finish, it is the championship I have in mind so have to finish well,” he said in closing.
Redemption is front of mind for Michael Docherty also racing in the OR1 class after a disappointing round in Vryburg. “I have learnt a lot racing this format and I know what to expect now so really excited to make it count this time round” he commented.
The thin cold air could be a factor too with the dust adding to attrition riders are sure to have to contend with as they are in for another exciting weekend of racing.
Published by: Husqvarna Motorcycles SA (Grant Frerichs)
This weekend will be another battle of note for the boys in orange as the fourth round of the National Cross Country Championship hits Gauteng with the familiar Zorgfliet track as the host venue. The host club GXCC is renowned for putting together fast-flowing tracks and the dry winter conditions of the Highveld are bound to add some dust to the list of challenges on Saturday.
Brad Cox will be bolstering the team returning from a stint abroad after his intended Rally event got canceled. Cox who was forced to miss the second National due to an injured knee is visibly stoked at the prospect of toughing it out again this weekend. “I’ve had a good run so far this year and after losing 25 points in round two I’m obviously looking to add maximum points again here” he commented. “It is really cool being able to race alongside Kerim, there are maybe 5 of us who can pull of the win this round so it will be tight as usual” he added. Cox who clearly enjoys racing on the highveld highlighted that he is really excited to re-join the team and after having decent success racing the same venue last year has reason to hope for a strong finish.
Kerim Fitz-Gerald impressed at the last round after a ding dong battle with teammate Cox only to overcook it and crash that robbed him of a result is eager to get another crack at walking off with a win. “I raced a GXCC since our last outing and my unfortunate crash, I managed to win there and that was pretty sick” he said. “I’m really looking forward to race this weekend, I will be careful not to overdo it and get my confidence up, I know I have a lot to learn still when it comes to Cross Country racing and it certainly is not as easy as everyone might think” Fitzgerald mused. He wrapped it up by saying “I haven’t won a National yet, but I’m going to do my best to get it!”.
Zorgfliet happens to be the track where Matthew Wilson raced on a 250 for the first time which bodes well for the youngster intent on extending his lead in the OR 3 class. “I know it is fast and flowy so I’m super excited for a good result,” he said.
“The racing in Gauteng definitely suits me and I enjoy the terrain so keen to put in a strong effort and build on my learnings from the season so far and focus on the positives,” Scott Heygate said. Heygate is still in search of his first OR2 Class win which is sure to happen any time soon.
What Trademore Feeds SA Cross Country Round 4 Preview Where Zorg Fliet, Bronkhorstspruit When Saturday 9 July 2022 Community South Africa National
Swanepoel, Pentecost out to beat Orange Army
It’s all change as the Trademore Group South African Cross Country Championship heads to new territory for its fourth round on Saturday 9 July after a sizeable pause since May.
Originally scheduled for Carletonville, the GXCC-run race will now take place at Zorg Fliet farm in Bronkhostspruit. It is on that spectacular and varied terrain that championship leader Brett Swanepoel and his factory OR2 Husqvarna will be out to avenge defeat last time out at the hands of KTM Orange Army giants Bradley Cox’s OR1 Brother Leader Tread machine and former motocrosser Kerim Fitz-Gerald’s Red Bull OR2 bike.
Both those KTM men however sit behind Brother teammate, Zambian Scott Heygate’s OR2 machine and Tork Craft CIT Kawasaki OR1 rider Mike Pentecost. Cox arrives at Zorg Fliet fourth in the chase ahead of OR3 leader Matthew Wilson‘s Brother KTM, Fitz-Gerald, Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki Senior king Kenny Gilbert, and Honda trio, OR3 winner last time out, MCA man Peter Karam and Tork Craft brothers, OR1 rider Gareth and OR3 lad Haydn Cole.
Cox and Pentecost are the men to beat in OR1, but look out for Gareth Cole, JC Nienaber’s Pepson Kawasaki, hot Husqvarna newcomer Michael Docherty, who continues to substitute for the injured Davin Cocker. Swanepoel and Fitz-Gerald will have Heygate, Erik Merry’s Husqvarna and KTM rider Kyle Eggar to worry about in OR2. And it’s Karam versus Wilson, Cole, Taki Bogiages’ Pepson Motul Kawasaki, Honda and John Botha’s Tork Craft. CIT Kawasaki on OR3.
Gilbert has dominated Seniors on his Kawasaki and has Wade Blaauw’s Tork Craft CIT Honda, Marco Cocci’s Yamaha, Ronald Venter and Alain du Toit on a Husqvarna for company. Warrick van Schalkwyk is the Kawasaki meat in a Husqvarna Masters sandwich comprising Greg Nairn, Mielies Le Roux, Wayne Farmer and Martin Poole.
Ross Ramseyer leads the High School 125 chase to Bronkhorstspruit with Rory Donaldson and Derek Karam’s similar machines and Husqvarna trio, Wian Wentzel, Joss Alexander and Cobus Bester on his case. Brandon Clarke’s Husqvarna holds the primary school 85cc advantage over Bruno Niebuhr and Murray Smith’s KTMs and Husqvarna duo AJ Louw and Franco Fourie.
And watch for GJ Coetzee’s Husqvarna, Jake Pretorius’ Kawasaki, Matthew Meyer on a Gas Gas and Liam Scheepers’ Husqvarna in the Interprovincial 65s. Racing starts with a 22 km time trial before racing laps of a 52 km circuit comprising everything from grassy tracks to rocky sections, a little forestry and more.
Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Sidecar World Championship Santander Salt to sign off at the end of the season
The close of the 2022 season will see Santander Salt, the promoter of the FIM Sidecar World Championship, sign off on their period in charge of the series in agreement with the FIM. The UK based organisation has been responsible for changing the fortunes of the championship, with the series now enjoying a much-improved profile and increased exposure. The impact of Brexit, the global pandemic, and more recently the Russian invasion of Ukraine have all contributed to Santander Salt reaching their decision not to continue beyond the end of the current campaign.
Following this difficult decision, the FIM President Jorge Viegas said: “On behalf of the FIM, I would like to thank Roger Body and the entire Santander Salt team for having deployed their best efforts and contributed with strong passion to the growth of this spectacular championship in an extremely difficult context. The FIM will try to find a new promoter for the FIM Sidecar World Championship from 2023 onwards.”
Roger Body added: “After much deliberation and with regret I have decided that the time has come for me retire from the front line in organising the world and British Sidecar championships. I have enjoyed immensely the involvement with the series and the people and friendships formed along the way. I would have liked to achieve more but I think it is time for young blood and fresh thinking. I wish all those involved in the future the best of luck. Thanks to the FIM and all those that helped along the way.”