The organisers of the 2021 Durban-Johannesburg regularity trial for classic motorcycles made before 1937 are already accepting entries for what while be the 51st of these events which commemorate that annual motorcycle road race between the two cities that was staged from 1913-1936. The event was then banned by the authorities on the grounds of safety for riders and the public.

The 2021 event is scheduled to take place from March 12-13, starting from Hillcrest, outside Durban, and finishing at  Benoni Northern Sport Club in Benoni with an overnight stop in Newcastle. The closing date for entries is February 1, 2021 and entry fees are R1 250 for first-time riders and R1 500 for other riders.

This international event is organised under the auspices of the Vintage and Veteran Club of South Africa by a team which includes members of othr local clubs such as the Vintage Motorcycle Club, the Classic Motorcycle Club (CMC) and Pretoria Old Motor Club (POMC). Clerk of the Course, for the fourth year in succession is Larina MacGregor of the VVC.

Once again the competitors will carry digital loggers which will be used to check their arrival times at the various check points on the route, with penalties for running earlier or later than the calculated speed for your particular average speed group.

This year’s event, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first of these commemorative regularity trials in 1970, attracted a field of more than 100 entries. Clerk of the course Larina is hopeful of once again attracting a strong entry, but with the “new normal” we live in one does not know what size of entry to expect.

For any queries contact Larina on 084 949 0937 or email

Picture Caption: Larina MacGregor


The scenic and demanding course in Portimao provided a clean slate for the MotoGP field. Aside from a small familiarization test in October, the Portuguese venue was a mystery for the majority of the grid. There was a lack of data, settings and knowledge for the sweeping 4.6km layout but the Red Bull KTM teams immediately got down to work and chipped away at the lap-times through Friday and Saturday.

Just a tenth of a second prevented Brad Binder from making the cut to Q2 on Saturday afternoon. The South African was extremely close to the second phase of qualification but will now occupy 13th spot on the grid.

The last 25 laps of MotoGP action this season will begin at 15.00 CET on Sunday.

Brad Binder:
“We were really unfortunate just to miss out on Q2. The frustrating thing for me is that I have the pace and I was capable of a lap-time a good couple of tenths quicker than I managed. In general, I think we’ve done a good job of getting my feeling better, especially because I felt like I was struggling a lot, in FP3 in particular, and we made a couple of steps forward. The race pace is not too bad at all we just need a bit more time on the bike. The circuit here is really hard. If you make just a couple of small mistakes in places it costs you all the way round. It’s been good to learn so far and I think I’ll be stronger tomorrow.”

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Final round of the National Enduro Championship

South African riders went head-to-head in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal, this weekend for the final round of the National Enduro Championship. After a tumultuous season of racing, the Brother Leader Tread KTM team mustered up the strength to put up one last fight for championship titles.

With two riders lining up in second place in their class, the team entered the event with everything to win. After a demanding day of racing in Natal’s particularly unforgiving terrain, both Bradley Cox and Scott Bouverie narrowly missed the top step and snatched up silverware in the E1 and E2 Class respectively.

While the seemingly elusive E1 title evaded Cox’s grip, the multi-disciplined star will end the season celebrating the positives after his recent OR3 National Cross Country title.

“I didn’t manage to take the title in E1 today, but I fought hard all season. I struggled a bit in the second half of the race – I started to cramp and lost touch with the leading guys. It’s all good though – it’s been a long year and I’m ready to regroup in the off season,” said Cox.

For Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Bouverie, a second place is certainly not what he had hoped for by his own high standards. With a strong determination to come back swinging in 2021, however, the rider walks away proud of his performance in what has been an unpredictable season of racing.

“A second place is obviously not what I wanted, but I’ll take it after such a short season. I really enjoyed how technical the track was today and I’m proud of the ride I had. Thanks to my amazing team and everyone that backed me this season – I’m looking forward to a fresh start next year,” said Bouverie.

KTM South Africa’s Marketing Manager Louwrens Mahoney gives a part shot and his team enters the off season: “It was a really tough and demanding last round of the National Enduro series and the riders really gave it everything they had. We walk away with lots to work on as prepare for next season, and that motivates us so much to come back stronger. Well done to all the other teams for putting on a solid performance all year round.”

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA

Picture Caption: Scott Bouverie at the final round of the National Enduro Championship


Pepson Plastics Husqvarna racing returns to the National Enduro Championship captured by Sage Lee Voges for


South African motorsport star Brett Swanepoel is on the brink of securing his second national title of the season. Fresh off an unforgettable National Cross Country victory, the precociously talented rider will line-up with the points lead at the final round of the Enduro Championship.

It’s been a season that now glistens with the prospect of being history making for Swanepoel. After overcoming an injury he has reinstated himself as one of the country’s frontrunners in this sport. The season finale will take place in Creighton this weekend – territory that Swanepoel is all too familiar with as a Natal based rider. Adding to his advantage is an impressive points lead not only in the E2 Class, but on the leader board overall.

“I’ve worked hard these last few weeks to prepare for this. I’ve mixed up my training between Hard Enduro, Enduro Cross and general speed work. I’m ready for this weekend,” said Swanepoel.

“It’s difficult to find the words to describe Brett’s fight back to the top, but as they say – ‘actions speak lower than words.’ Let’s watch with great excitement as this story unfolds!” said Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham.

Heading to the event with a renewed sense of confidence is Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing’s Matthew Green. After overcoming his fair share of challenges this season, Green stormed to his debut National Enduro victory at the last round of the series.

With 13-points separating him from a podium spot in the E1 Class, the young gun will fight tooth and nail to claw his way up the ranks on Saturday.

Published by: Fred Fensham – Husqvarna Motorcycles


FIM Africa held a very successful virtual general assembly on 7 November 2020, with English – French interpretation via Interacio. All Items were unanimously approved including the amendments to the Statutes.

“This was the first Virtual GA and was a learning curve for us; it turned out very well and we were pleased with the number of delegates who took the time to join us. While some FMN’s had connectivity difficulties the turnout was as good as expected. This is definitely a means of meetings for the future especially for Africa, which is such a vast continent”, said the President Marco Comana.

There were 11 Federations in attendance i.e. Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia out of a total of 15 affiliated members.

While the Executive Council also held its 4th Virtual meeting for 2020 in preparation for the GA.


Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Ice Speedway World Championship 2021 Calendar, Update 25 November.

Given the ongoing circumstances and restrictions associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, the FIM, the Swedish Motorcycling Federation (SVEMO) and the local organiser regret to announce the cancellation of the FIM Ice Speedway World Championship Qualifying Round originally set to take place on 16 January 2021 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

Unfortunately it will not be possible to reschedule the Qualifying Round; all parties continue to monitor the situation and information will be communicated accordingly if further changes to the 2021 Calendar are made.

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