2023 FIM AFRICA MOTOCROSS OF AFRICAN NATIONS

Dear Motocross enthusiasts locally and internationally

FIM Africa, Motorsport South Africa and the MSA Motocross Commission are excited to announce that the 2023 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations (MXOAN) will be held from 11-13 August 2023 at:

  • ZONE 7, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Congratulations to Zone 7, and we look forward to all our national, continental, and international participants joining us for what will be a spectacular event hosted in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

For further information regarding the facility or any queries, please feel free to contact the MSA MX Commission on email mxcommission@samxnationals.co.za

Issued by Neville Townsend on behalf of the MSA MX Commission

PASSION DRIVING YOUNG MOTORCYCLE RIDER (15) TO GLORY

KJs Manager Valeria Wilkes from WMS Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton admitted his dream as a child of one day making it into Formula 1 was ‘madness’. In a 2020 interview with Italian magazine Style, Hamilton said he was, however, lucky because his father pushed him not to give up.


These sentiments bring a smile to the face of Adrian Scholtz, CEO of Motorsport South Africa, because they currently have a rookie motorcycle rider under their wing with a very similar story – and hunger to succeed.

Scholtz says Kgopotso Mononyane ‘the second’ (affectionately known as KJ) is a 15-year-old from  Mondeor – Johannesburg who eats, sleeps and breathes motorcycle racing.

His father is tragically no longer alive to spur him on and witness the incredible progress KJ is making in the sport, but his mother, Kgomotso, is steadfast at her son’s side to help him fulfil his dreams.

KJ’s dad, Kgopotso Mononyane, who was an anaesthetist, was killed in a helicopter crash in Kwazulu-Natal along with five of his Netcare 911 colleagues on January 21, 2021, en route to transport a critically-ill Covid-19 patient to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

“KJ wanted to do motorcycle sport from the time he was five years old but his parents thought it was too dangerous. This didn’t stop KJ from expressing an interest in riding and having a dream to make a name for himself on the motorcycle racing circuit. Following his dad’s death, KJ has the full support of his mom in realising this dream,” Scholtz said.

“Motorsport SA couldn’t be prouder of what he has already achieved. This year, MSA secured funding assistance for KJ from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, which is the global/sanctioning body of motorcycle racing. While this amount represented only a very small portion of the racing budget needed, it was greatly appreciated.” Scholtz says encouraging young riders with talent is a major drive for MSA. “We would love to see more of our young talent starting to compete internationally as well,” he says.

KJ, a Grade Nine learner at Waterstone College, recalls his first “break” came in 2017 (he was 10 years old) when Neil Harran from the South African Motorcycle Racing Academy visited his school’s open day.

“I was so excited to try out the demo stationary practice bike he had at the open day and everyone was very impressed with my test ride. Neil then recommended to my parents that I enrol into his academy. I was ecstatic as I knew this could be the start of great things to come,” KJ said.

And it was. KJ started participating competitively in the short circuit road racing series in 2017 (he was 10 years old) in the NSF100cc Honda Cup and won a championship in 2019.

In 2020, KJ claimed another title in the Clubman’s championship and finished second in the 150 cup – a category he went on to win the next year. He started competing in Italy in June 2021, in the middle of the racing season.  To date, he has won multiple circuit motorcycle racing championships.

Scholtz said KJ believes he was ‘born to be a champion’ and is honouring his father’s memory with his commitment to motorcycle racing.

“There is nothing more satisfying and exciting than seeing a young rider cling to their dream, pursue it and, ultimately, live it. It is what champions are made of; resilience and passion to succeed. We are so proud of KJ and proud to be at his side as he goes from strength to strength.”

His mom says dedication and commitment are key to success in the sport but, above all, riders must be professional, self-disciplined and subscribe to the ‘rules of the game’.

“KJ is constantly training in South Africa and competing in short-circuit series races.  In addition, he has followed self-tailored training offered by WMS Motorsport in Italy and is also managed by a Swiss sports management company that has worked with Paddock GP and MM Team (KJ’s racing team) as technical engineers,” Kgomotso says.

“His dad believed so much in his potential – so much so that he wanted to see KJ race overseas and signed a contract and submitted it to the team in Italy a day before he died. Signing this contract was the greatest achievement for him and he told me to always believe in our son.

“KJ will not disappoint his father. He views this sport as a career and said he’ll continue in it – even if he doesn’t get paid.”

KJ has the final word on his hopes and dreams.

“I want to work harder to further my motor racing career, with an ultimate goal to reach a level of Redbull MotoGP Rookies Cup in Europe.

“I would love to watch Fabio Quartararo in action one day and spend a day with him learning a few tricks. I am also inspired by our very own MotoGP icons, Brad and Darryn Binder,” he said.

PREPARED ON BEHALF OF MSA BY CATHY FINDLEY PR. MEDIA QUERIES CONTACT JACQUI MOLOI ON 071 764 8233 OR JACQUI@FINDLEYPR.CO.ZA

2022 ROOF OF AFRICA – WADE YOUNG WINS A MAGNIFICENT SEVENTH

As the overnight leader in the Gold Class, defending champion Wade Young (Sherco Factory Racing powered by Motul), led from the off today to cross the line in first place and notch up his seventh Roof victory. This was no procession, however, as he was pushed hard the whole way by Mani Lettenbichler (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and for some part of the morning, Travis Teasdale (ASP Rope Mclarens Racing), who finished second and third respectively.


With heavy overnight rain once again necessitating a change of route due to swollen rivers, conditions on the whole were much better than the previous day, with riders able to adopt a more flowing style as the route dried out slightly in the sunshine.


In Wade’s own words, he went out ‘hot’ and tried to ride as smoothly as possible, maintaining his intensity and minimising mistakes so that the riders in pursuit would have to push hard, and take more chances on the unforgiving terrain. By halfway, just after Soldiers Way, he had pulled a 4:30 minute lead but Mani clawed some of that back to just over 2:24 minutes by the finish.


Mani was happy with his result, being only his 2nd Roof, and while he pushed hard in the morning to stay with Wade, he conceded that navigation was a challenge for European riders like him who are not used to the Roof’s race format of pure GPS routes with limited marking. ‘With so many bushes and so many different paths to choose from, reading the terrain around you becomes so important and I’ve definitely learnt a lot for next time.”


This year’s Roof of Africa podium featured not only the 7-time winner of the Mother of Hard Enduro, but the 2022 FIM Hard Enduro World Champion and 2022 SA Extreme Enduro Champion. With seven Roof wins under his belt, Wade is now just two wins away from equalling the all-time record held by Alfie Cox, whose last victory came in 2001.


“The Maloti Mountain weather presented us with some serious logistical challenges this year – even more so than usual,” commented Charan Moore, Roof Race Director and Founder of Live Lesotho. “We’re therefore especially proud that we were able to deliver another classic edition of the Roof, and that we could provide a rewarding challenge for everyone from the world’s top Enduro riders to the weekend warriors in the Iron Class,” he added.


Once again, it was the riders in the Silver Class who had the longest day in the saddle, and this is where perhaps the greatest upset happened. Overnight leader Austin Stuart (Orange County KTM) saw his 25-minute lead whittled away due to technical difficulties, leaving the way open for a trio of young Durban riders to occupy the podium.


Luke Walker (Motorex Alfie Cox KTM)  and 16-year-old prodigy Thomas Scales (Ride KTM Durban) both passed Walker’s teammate Daniel Schröder, with Walker’s winning time being 9h32:27 across the three days of the Roof.


The battle for the Bronze Class honours was hard-fought to the end, with Tate Ströh ultimately emerging victorious on one of just four Yamahas in the finishing field of 200 bikes. His winning margin was just over 22 minutes from Stiaan Potgieter (KTM), and Stefan Tolmay (also KTM) in third.  


Meanwhile, riders in the Iron Class completed the full route for Day 2 with the winner being Tom Classen (KTM) who led from start to finish. He was joined on the podium by Pieter Kritzinger in second and Jack Brotherton in third, both also on KTM bikes.


To see the full results of the 2022 Roof of Africa and a gallery of great Enduro racing images, visit the official website: https://roofofafrica.co.ls//

Published by:  Listen Up on behalf of Live Lesotho

35TH FAIREST CAPE TOUR – WALTON WINS!

4B Trevor and Sharon Binder – VMC – 1942 Harley Sidecar – 27th Overall 710 Seconds (4)

The 35th Fairest Cape Tour attracted a varied, and very interesting, field of rather rare and exclusive machinery. Centralized at Goudini Spa competing crews had to negotiate two days of scenic driving that included the iconic Franschhoek Pass and Bainskloof Pass. Two of the greatest driving routes in South Africa.


Gavin Walton proved that consistency counts by bringing his 1966 BMW R60-2 home first with a minute error of just 88.


Proving that men are better navigators that women Andrew Lewis and Catherine Lewis topped the car entries with a fine second overall position in their 1976 MGB Roadster on an error of 128. The third step of the podium, fortunately, also claimed by a car crew with Andrew and Annelie Murphy on 154 with their 1979 Mercedes Benz 450 SLC. Ronald and Pam Gush in fourth spot with the 1934 Austin 10 on an error of 159, a total they shared with fifth placed Bruce Stuart on the much more modern 1995 BMW Z1000GS.


The top six rounded off by the lovely 1937 Chevrolet Coupé of Harvey and Tess Metcalf on 160. Mike and Glenda Ward an interesting combination in seventh spot as they were aboard a 1985 Suzuki GS750 with an error of 171. Nick and Sandra Middelmann eighth overall in their strikingly beautiful 1963 Porsche 356 on 185.


Adrian Denness ninth aboard his 1954 BSA B33 (there just had to be something with the No 33) on 203 and the top ten completed by lady rider, Bev Jacobs, aboard her 1975 Honda Supersport.


There were beautiful motorcycles and and cars and some even changed identity from entry list to startline (Triumph Spitfire actually looks good as a Daimler) and as always a few did not make it to the start or finish.


Trevor and Sharon Binder needed little introduction aboard the 1942 Harley Sidecar and the parents of Brad and Darryn enjoyed every kilometer enroute to 27th place overall. Watching the 1948 MG TC of Brian and Carol Wallace going up Franschhoek Pass really made one appreciate the guts of those who dared going on events such as the Targa Florio.


Riding the older motorcycles and cars also add another perspective as the only similarities between the three pedals in a Model T and current cars is the fact that there are indeed three pedals! Motorcycles with gears on the wrong side, variable timing and some even with “live” lubrication makes one wonder how the rider finds the time to still navigate on a vibrating schedule (even if it is at 40km/h).


Oh yes, did we mention no speedo or rev counter either. Suspension, well, let us just say they did not believe it was of any value back then. Brakes, never heard of her either? But the dirty grin at the end said it all and the result was something that had to be printed, position not so important.


Do not believe that for a second – there were frail male ego’s at stake here!


Better believe it, they will all be back next year!

Published by: Patrick Vermaak

SWANEPOEL TO STAR SOLO AT THE ROOF OF AFRICA 2022

The notorious Roof of Africa is back in full force and star rider Brett Swanepoel will be flying the Husqvarna flag high in the Maluti Mountains.

An excited Swanepoel commented on the weather conditions, “Looks like it’s going to be another wet Roof, but the team and I are ready for whatever gets thrown our way. Feeling strong and ready for some tough racing ahead, bring on the week.”

Group manager Grant Frerichs said “This is the smallest team we have ever had at the Roof of Africa but it means there is 100 percent focus on Brett and all the teams attention can be on him to get the best result possible” He went on to say, “Brett has had a phenomenal year on a national level but really bad luck at all the international races he competed in. We are hoping the stars align this time around and he gets the result he deserves.”

We are excited to see how the 2022 Roof of Africa unfolds and wish Brett Swanepoel the best of luck.

Published by: Grant Frerichs

WILLIAM SLATER JOINS BROTHER LEADER TREAD KTM TEAM

William Slater has joined the Brother Leader Tread KTM team heading into the Roof of Africa next week.


Slater is no stranger in the enduro scene and boasts a host of accolades uncluding IMPI hard enduro overall titles and a 4th place finish at last years Roof of Africa race in the Gold class. The likeable man from KZN is looking to stomp his authority at this years event as well as accross the enduro calendar in 2023 for the team. William is very well known for his impecable mechanical skills as well as his technical riding ability and looks forward to showing up at the Roof with a brand new 2023 KTM 300 XC-W ready to race the best in the world. He commented, “I’ve got the right people backing me and I am looking forward to racing my bike in Maluti mountains”.

Grant Frerichs, KTM marketing manager, commented “Having Willaim join the team is a great investment for us. He has been helped by KTM Durban for the last few years and has shown great potential especially in the technical hard enduro races. We look forward to supplying him with all the tools to get the job done and hope to help him reach his live long goal of being crowned South African champion in 2023.:

Published by:  Grant Frerichs

HUSQVARNA RACING REFLECT ON 2022 MX CHAMPIONSHIP

This weekend saw the 2022 MX National Championship draw to a close giving Husqvarna Racing some time to reflect on what on all counts was a challenging season. Grant Frerichs from Husqvarna South Africa summed it up saying he has every reason to be proud of the team. “2022 is a wrap and we faced some significant adversity this season like losing star rider David Goosen to a career-ending injury mid-season and being forced to try patch things up, yet still managing some solid results,” Frerichs said. Both Josh Mlimi and Davin Cocker showed promise moving on to the 2023 season he commented. “Phenomenal result from young Neil van der Vyver who went out swinging bringing home 1st places in both heats, he did everything possible but he had to settle for 2nd overall in the Championship kind of sums up our season” Frerichs added. “We are all looking forward to some downtime to recover and refocus for the 2023 season,” he said.
 
Van der Vyver had the perfect weekend and got some redemption by taking the win ahead of rival Trey Cox in both heats. “The first heat went smooth for me being able to control things from the front but the second heat I had to battle from mid-pack and bashed bars with Trey for a couple of laps before managing to pass him and take the win,” he said.  “It is frustrating that I still fell short with a few points, but it was a great season with a lot learnt in the process. Of course, I need to thank my Husqvarna team for all the effort they put in for me this year” van der Vyver said.
 
Cocker and Mlimi battled bravely and both brought home solid results as they continue to build for what is set to be a significant 2023 season.
 
Mlimi finished 2nd in MX1 and 4th in MX2 saying “I had a few hiccups and made some mistakes that cost me, but nonetheless I’m really happy with how I’ve progressed over the last couple of nationals, the team and I have a really good base to build on for 2023.”

Cocker, in turn, said, “So happy to be back racing MX again, I’m slowly getting back to where I left off and I can’t wait for more of that next season “.
 

Published by:  Grant Frerichs

Photography by:  Sage Lee Voges – ZCMC Media

RED BULL KTM RED PLATE RAMPAGE

It was another bullish weekend results wise for the Red Bull KTM boys after a very successful outing at the final round of the Motocross National Championship held at Chestnut Hill this weekend. The team walked off with the laurels in all the classes they competed in. Grant Frerichs from KTM South Africa said the team delivered incredible racing. “The guys wrapped up all of their respective championship title battles!” He went on to say, “It was significant and special walking off with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the championship in the MX2 class on board our brand new 2023 model bikes giving a glimpse of what is to come next season.”
 
Tristan Purdon rounded off a flawless weekend of racing wrapping up his journey with KTM South Africa in fine style. “I really had a good day, I knew I had to win MX2 to have any chance at the championship and did just that” a pondering Purdon said. “I won both heats, closing down a 7-point gap to just 1 point difference” he mused. Purdon added that he has every reason to be happy with his performance on the day saying, “In the end, I managed to win all 4 moto’s as well as being fastest in qualifying in MX1 and MX2, so really happy to end things like that.” Purdon who will be racing in Europe next season in a moment of reflection said, “I want to thank the whole team for the awesome 4 years we have had racing for Red Bull KTM bringing home 4 championship titles together.”
 
It was a roller coaster of a season for Cameron Durow. “It was a long season with loads of travelling, many highs, broken collar bone, and some low mixed in with some seriously intense close racing the 2022 season is certainly one for the books,” Durrow said.


That said, Durrow still managed to finish the season with the MX2 National Championship title and is clearly happy about that. “Round 6 was a tough round for me in both MX1 and MX2, Chestnut is a track I have always struggled with but this weekend I managed to do exactly what I needed to, finish it off with two 2nd places to bring home the MX2 Championship,” a clearly relieved Durow said. “This was my first full season on the KTM 450 SX-F and it is really amazing to be part of this orange family, I can’t thank my team enough for the support throughout the season,” Durow said.
 
Jono Mlimi battled with bad luck during his season’s final race. “I am happy to get the last round done and dusted, I got a flat tyre during the first race that forced me to fight back to end up in 12th’he said. “In the second race I wanted to get a better result and I fought through the field to get a 5th place which I’m happy to still get 3rd overall in the championship in my first year of racing the KTM 250 SX-F” he said.
 
Luke Grundy claimed his first-ever Championship title. “The last round was a good one for me, I managed to secure the overall with a 1stand a 2nd and already knew I had the championship in the bag after the first moto,” he said. He went on to say, “I’m beyond stoked about winning the Championship since it’s my first one and I can’t put into words how happy I am, massive thanks to my team and family behind me!”

Young Trey Cox also managed to bring home his first National Championship title. “This year has been so solid for me from leading the championship the whole year and pulling off not finishing worse than second in a moto the whole year” Cox commented. “I’m so stoked to take home the championship, I have been working for this for so long and I can’t thank everyone involved enough,” Cox said smiling.
 
 
Special mention must go out to Evan Frost, Dean Wheeler, and Lou Rademeyer also winning their respective championships on board KTM Motorcycles.
 
Published by:  Grant Frerichs

Photography by:  Sage Lee Voges – ZCMC Media

THE 2022 ROOF OF AFRICA IS JUST OVER THE NEXT RIDGE

With only just over a week to go before this year’s edition of “The Mother of Hard Enduro” (9 – 12 Nov) the excitement is palpable as competitors and their support teams make their final preparations for the daunting challenge of the Maloti Mountains.



As official lubricant partner of the 2022 Roof, Motul will be supplying their 710 2T lubricant to the event organisers for use by all riders taking part in the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron classes. They will also be establishing a station at each of the unassisted service points during the race offering emergency product support (including Motul lubricants, coolants and other products).


Motul will also be sponsoring the Bike Wash station under the watchful eye of long-time Roof collaborator Craig Kruger of Extreme Clean and his local team. The three 5 000L tanks will subsequently be donated to the local community by supplier Eco Tanks, as in previous years.


“Whatever the weather – and it’s almost impossible to predict – the bikes are certain to pick up a great deal of mud or dust which can impact their performance. The Bike Wash facility offers a respite from the tough Roof conditions for professional riders and amateur enthusiasts alike, and we’ll be using Motul’s biodegradable bike wash throughout,” commented Kruger.


“Supporting all the participants at this year’s Roof, from the professionals to the weekend warriors, gives us a chance to get closer to the riding community and motorsports fans. It’s also a great way to put our range of premium lubricants through their paces under some extremely challenging conditions – we’re excited to showcase our products in this way,” commented Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean.


This year, Roof fans can once again get close to the action, whether at the official Start/Finish point at the renowned Bushman’s Pass, or at the various viewing areas throughout the mountains of Lesotho.


For Enduro enthusiasts, the highlight will be watching a strong field of international riders challenge defending champion Wade Young (riding for the Sherco Factory Team powered by Motul) as he seeks to retain his title and come a step closer to equalling Alfie Cox’s record total of nine Roof wins.


“We’re excited to see Wade ride the latest 2023 Sherco 300 SE Factory edition. It’s the ultimate extreme Enduro weapon straight out of the box and another reason why there are over 25 Sherco bikes in the starting line-up this year,” commented Ben Du Toit from Sherco South Africa. “As always, we are offering all Sherco riders a comprehensive support package that includes tyre fitment, spares availability and race prep at the end of each day,” he added. This year’s Roof will see the continuation of the Sherco/Motul 360-degree global partnership, first announced in 2020.


For all the latest Roof news and views in the run-up to the event, visit: https://roofofafrica.co.ls/


To learn more about Motul’s product range and commitment to motorsports sponsorship, visit https://www.motul.com/za/en

ABOUT MOTUL
Motul is a world-class French company with 169 years of experience in the specialised formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (for two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its Motul Tech division.  


Since its inception in 1853, Motul has been recognised for the quality of its products, commitment to innovation and involvement in competition, and is also acknowledged as a specialist in synthetic lubricants. In 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant, derived from the aeronautical industry and making use of esters technology: 300V lubricant.


Motul partners with many manufacturers and racing teams in order to further their technological product development through experience gained in motorsports. It has served as an official supplier for teams competing in iconic Road racing, Trials, Enduro, Endurance, Superbike, Supercross, Rallycross and World GT1 events, including 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), 24 Hours of Spa, Le Mans Series, Andros Trophy, the Dakar Rally and the Roof of Africa.

Published by:  Listen Up – Adilia Joubert

GREAT ACHIEVEMENT FOR ZAMBIA AT THE FIM AFRICA MOTOCROSS OF AFRICAN NATIONS CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Held in challenging, muddy conditions at Uganda’s Victoria Racetrack in Garuga, the 2022 FIM AFRICA Motocross of African Nations

Continental Championships (MXOAN) saw an epic tussle between Zambia and eventual winners South Africa. At the end of the two-day event, just one point separated the two teams.


The Zambia Motor Sports Association (ZMSA) team notched up victories in two of the seven categories, with Dale Holiday winning the Veterans Category and Leah Heygate coming first in the Ladies’ Category. This was Leah’s sixth consecutive MXOAN category win, and she also holds the record as the fastest lady Motocross rider in Africa.


Their individual triumphs contributed to a great overall team performance that saw Zambia rack up 653 points in what can be regarded as a highly successful outing for the Zambian team.


The 24 young Zambian riders on the ZMSA team were able to represent their nation thanks to the generous support of sponsors including Vehicle Centre Zambia and CFAO, national distributors of Motul lubricants and Maxxis tyres.


“Without the sponsors that supported the team, none of this would have been possible,” commented team captain and category winner Leah Heygate. “This year’s MXOAN turned out to be a great event for team Zambia and I couldn’t be prouder of the way everyone came together as one to represent our country but also to do our sponsors proud,” she added.


“The quite extreme conditions at MXOAN were compounded by our logistical difficulties in reaching the venue,” explained Zambia team manager Stewart Parks. “All our riders put in their absolute maximum effort – bringing home a second place to Zambia by a single point was a unique achievement, and one that was made possible by all the support we received from many companies, including Motul,” he added.


“The future of motorsport in Zambia is bright thanks to the active involvement of the youth and their passion for racing,” commented CFAO representatives Frederic Roux and Michael Sieta. “Our ZMSA partnership is an opportunity for young people to discover their potential in sport – and put Zambia on the map. We are proud to have partnered with ZMSA to help develop and grow motorsport in Zambia by providing support including access to premium lubricants and tyres, plus emergency medical services at events,” they added.


The last word on Zambia’s excellent showing at the 2022 edition of the FIM AFRICA Motocross of African Nations Continental Championships goes to Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to ZMSA and all the Zambian riders who flew the flag high at MXOAN. It’s wonderful to see how this event has grown, and to see how the standards have risen year on year.”

For more information around this year’s FIM AFRICA Motocross of African Nations Continental Championships, visit the FIM Africa website.


To learn more about Motul’s product range and commitment to motorsports sponsorship, visit https://www.motul.com/za/en

ABOUT MOTUL
Motul is a world-class French company with 169 years of experience in the specialised formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (for two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its Motul Tech division.


Since its inception in 1853, Motul has been recognised for the quality of its products, commitment to innovation and involvement in competition, and is also acknowledged as a specialist in synthetic lubricants. In 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant, derived from the aeronautical industry and making use of esters technology: 300V lubricant.


Motul partners with many manufacturers and racing teams in order to further their technological product development through experience gained in motorsports. It has served as an official supplier for teams competing in iconic Road racing, Trials, Enduro, Endurance, Superbike, Supercross, Rallycross and World GT1 events, including 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), 24 Hours of Spa, Le Mans Series, Andros Trophy, the Dakar Rally and the Roof of Africa.

Published by: Listen Up – Adilia Joubert

HUSQVARNA RACING LEAVING IT ALL ON THE LINE THIS WEEKEND

NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 6 – CHESTNUT

The Husqvarna Racing outfit will be changing things up this weekend throwing caution to the wind and leaving it all on the line to send a strong message ahead of the 2023 season. Grant Frerichs from Husqvarna South Africa said the squad will be fielding Josh Mlimi in both MX1 and MX2 where he will be doing battle for podium positions. “Neil van der Vyver has a shot at claiming another South African National MX title in the 85 class so we really have nothing to lose and the boys will come out swinging when the gates drop this weekend” an excited Frerichs added.

Mlimi does not take the role of taking the reins in the MX1 and MX2 assault lightly. “I’ve been putting in the work and I’m ready to end it on a strong note and send a message ahead of the 2023 season racing the FC450 as well, so that is very exciting for me, I’m looking forward to race hard and see where I place” Josh Mlimi

“This will be the last race of 2022, I am beyond excited to finish off on a good note and prove I have what it takes for the championship” youngster Neil van der Vyver said. He went on to say “I am going in with nothing to lose which is quite a good feeling knowing all I need to do is my best and hopefully that’s good enough to take the top step”.

Published by: Grant Frerichs

Photography by: ZCMC Media

RED BULL KTM SET FOR FINAL SURGE TO SECURE RED PLATES APLENTY AT SEASON FINALE

National Motocross Championship – Round 6 – Chestnut

The Red Bull KTM squad have good reason to be in fighting spirit at the prospect of securing multiple National Championship titles this coming weekend as the Motocross season draws to a close. The final round, which will take place at the popular Chestnut Hill track outside Pretoria will set the stage for what is to be a battle royale in the four classes the Red Bull KTM riders compete in with them being in the pound seat leading every one of those classes. Essentially the championship titles are theirs to lose having already secured the manufacturers’ title barring absolute disaster.

Leading his class going into the final round Luke Grundy is looking to clinch his first-ever championship title. The youngster said, “I’m looking forward to the last national as I’m hoping to wrap up the 2022 season with the championship and I want to end the year off with a high and 2 heat wins and a championship reaches that goal!”

Also leading his class, Tristan Purdon will be looking to also sew up his championship challenge with a solid performance in the MX1 class. “I really like racing the Chestnut track, the team have the bikes running really good and I’m happy with my set up” he commented. Purdon and team mechanic Kevin Tyrer have been working tirelessly to get the bikes dialed in. Purdon went on to say: “I’m really looking forward to a good weekend and keen to see what happens out there, in motocross, it’s not over till the checkered flag is out.

Similarly, Cameron Durrow who is leading the MX2 class will be on the hunt for glory. “It’s been a long year and I can’t wait to close it with a bang, hoping to wrap up my first 250 title and want to end the year on a high in the 450 class,” he said. Durrow mused about how much he enjoys the racing at the Chestnut track saying: “It’s a really fast-paced high intensity track which is going to bring some awesome battles which I am looking forward to.”

Team mate Jono Mlimi has been battling to get back to his usual race pace after returning from a mid-season injury and is still in with a shot at the podium. Mlimi who refuses to give up the fight said: “I still have a chance of getting 3rd in the championship this weekend after a DNF, so I’m ready to give it my best and finish off with a good result for myself and my team.”

Trey Cox isn’t holding any punches either eying the elusive 1-1 which would mean winning both heats on his way to closing of the championship title. “This weekend is important to me because I can wrap up my first national championship, I have a decent points gap but I really want to end my 85 career with a 1-1,” he said visibly amped.

KTM South Africa’s Grant Frerichs underpinned the importance of this weekend saying “We have 4 championship titles on the line with even more podium spots up for grabs, the bikes and riders are more ready to race than they’ve ever been and I seriously look forward to a great day of racing!”

Published by: Grant Frerichs

Photography by: Mpho Ramathikithi – ZCMC Media

2022 ROOF OF AFRICA – IT’S BACK AND MORE EXTREME THAN EVER!

The “Mother of Hard Enduro” returns to the Maloti Mountains of Lesotho in just a few weeks’ time (09 – 12 November). In keeping with their innovative approach to adapting this classic event in order to maintain its status as one of the toughest Hard Enduro races on the planet, organisers Live Lesotho are excited to announce some highlights to look forward to at this year’s event.



The Start/Finish point for this year’s Roof has been confirmed as the iconic Bushman’s Pass, while the relaxation of Covid regulations in Lesotho sees the return of Round the Houses in the centre of Maseru, as well as the popular EnduroX segment, albeit in a totally new format and taking place at Bushman’s Pass.


“We’re excited to be once again offering competitors and spectators the prospect of extreme Enduro action in the mountains of Lesotho,” commented Charan Moore, Roof Race Director and Founder of Live Lesotho. “We’re also delighted to welcome the team from WESS Promotion GmbH, organisers of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, as we work towards the Roof featuring on their calendar in 2023. Being part of this global series will elevate the status of the Roof and attract even more top international riders, including some of the homegrown talent currently doing so well on the global stage. Watch this space!” added Moore.  


Some 400 confirmed entries have been received for this year’s Mother of Hard Enduro, and fans can look forward to the return of some of the big names in Enduro racing, including newly crowned 2022 FIM Hard Enduro World Champion Mani Lettenbichler (RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING) from Germany, plus Austrian Michael Walkner (GASGAS Factory Racing Enduro Team). SA’s very own 2022 FIM Hard Enduro Junior World Champion Matt Green will be joining defending Roof Champion Wade Young (Sherco Racing Factory Team powered by Motul), also born and bred in South Africa. The UK’s Billy Bolt (Factory Husqvarna Extreme Enduro) has unfortunately had to pull out having not fully recovered from a recent injury. These top riders will be joined by multiple other Gold Class competitors with the experience and training needed to apply pressure on the leading contenders, including Brett Swanepoel (2022 South Africa Enduro Champion) and Travis Teasdale (2022 South Africa Extreme Enduro Champion).


Other important changes for 2022 will see fuel for all competitors included in the entry fee. This will be provided at all the unassisted service points (but not at the DSP or before the start of each race day). The 2-stroke fuel will be mixed using Motul 710 2T, and fuel for 4-strokes and 2-stroke oil injection motorcycles will also be supplied.  


Should the weather be hot or cold, hydration and nutrition are always vital factors during the Roof. This year, riders will be in very safe hands with USN, who will have waterpoints en route to hydrate and feed the riders. The USN Team will also be present daily at the start and in the post-race recovery zone, providing products to assist with optimal mineral and electrolyte replenishment and rehydration throughout the event.


The overall programme for the 2022 Roof of Africa will be familiar to participants and fans, with documentation and scrutineering taking place on Wednesday, 09 November from 10:00 and finishing by 19:00. There will also be a welcome press conference with a Q&A session involving some of the international riders at 18:00, followed by the secondary riders’ briefing at 19:00, all taking place at the Avani Lesotho Hotel (top hotel).


Thursday, 10 November will kick off with Round the Houses where the action will start at Maseru Soccer Field at 09:00, after the closure of the pre-race paddock at 08:30. Roof fans in the capital can once again enjoy the sights and sounds of Enduro racing through the city streets.


All Roof competitors will then head to Bushman’s Pass, where Bronze and Iron Class riders will take part in a traditional time trial to establish the starting order and times for Day 2.


Gold and Silver Class riders meanwhile will take on a new challenge, introduced especially for this year. “The Mountain Battle” or “Ntoa ea Thaba”, to give it its Sesotho name, will be a thrilling and demanding natural terrain route. Results here will similarly determine start times on Day 2.


Gold Class competitors will also have to take on two GPS-only route sections – one each on Friday and Saturday – where they will have to rely on their navigational skills alone; there will be no directional markers in these sections.


On Day 2 itself (Friday, 11 November), the race segment of the event will begin at Bushman’s Pass with riders setting off in their pre-determined order, beginning with Gold riders from 06:00, Silver competitors from 06:30, Bronze Class participants from 07:00 and finally, the Iron Class riders (aka the “weekend warriors”) starting an hour after that.


The final day of racing (Saturday, 12 November) will follow the same starting pattern, although with a highly competitive field assembled, this day is expected to go right down to the wire. Every rider who finishes will receive the coveted Roof medal, and all competitors are invited to the special prizegiving ceremony later that evening at the Avani Maseru Hotel (bottom hotel).


Live Lesotho wishes to thank their partners, without whom this year’s event would not have been possible: MGC, Avani Hotels, USN, Motul, Michelin, KTM, LEO, Xco, Maluti Lager and Red Bull, plus the Roof of Africa 2022 supporting partners.


For more info and the full programme of events, go to the official website: https://roofofafrica.co.ls//

Issued by Listen Up on behalf of Live Lesotho

MORE KAWASAKI GOLD IN MIDDELBURG

Two wins, podiums galore for Team Green


What    GXCC Cross Country Round 7 Race Report
Where    Dirt Trax, Middelburg, MP
When    Saturday 22 October 2022
Community    Gauteng Regional

Kawasaki Racing came home with a considerable amount of silverware following a successful penultimate seventh round GXCC Gauteng Cross Country championship race at Middelburg’s Dirt Trax on Saturday.

South African National OR1 Cross Country champion Mike Pentecost continued his overall domination of the local series, riding his Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 450 X home to yet another emphatic victory. Jaycee Nienaber backed Pentecost’s OR1 win up with a fine third in class and fourth overall on his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki KX 450 X.

Newly crowned SA champion, Cross country Senior class King Kenny Gilbert added to Kawasaki’s Middelburg golden thread with yet another comfortable class win on his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki KX 450 X. Gilbert has been pretty much unbeaten in Senior class Cross Country racing throughout 2022.

John Botha served notice of things to come with his best result of the season in second in 250cc OR3 class aboard his Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 250 X. Botha came home seconds ahead of the ever-consistent Taki Bogiages’ Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul version, while his teammate, Matthew Hills had a good run to sixth in OR3 on debut.

It was also a good day for Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki juniors. Jaden Els who raced home third in 85cc Juniors, and Johandré Vermaak ended 8th in 85cc Open. SA champion Wian Wentzel took second in High School 125s.

“Our Men in green faced difficult and dusty conditions on a tricky and varied route in Middelburg, but the lads shone as always,” Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki team boss Harry Grobler wrapped it up.

“Well done to our riders and team members one and all,” Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul counterpart Iain Pepper concluded. “We have one GXCC round left to race in November, where we look forward to wrapping it up in style. “Bring it on!”

Issued on behalf of Kawasaki Cross Country

Photography by:  Action in motion

RED ROCKETS GO GOLD, SILVER

Sleepover Tork Craft CIT Hondas star in Middelburg


What    GXCC Cross Country Round 7 Race Report
Where    Dirt Trax, Middelburg MP
When    Saturday 22 October 2022
Community    Gauteng Regional

It was a case of touch of pink, a little gold and podiums all round as Sleepover Tork Craft CIT Honda Racing raked in the trophies at a challenging penultimate seventh round GXCC Gauteng Cross Country championship race at Dirt Trax near Middelburg on Saturday.

The big one for the team on a day raced in pink in support of cancer awareness, saw Leah Heygate storm home to win the ladies class aboard her pink-trimmed Sleepover Tork Craft CIT red rocket Honda CRF 250 RX. Heygate is having an exceptional year aboard her Honda, having already ended up a fine ninth in the national 250cc OR3 championship.

Gareth Cole meanwhile enjoyed a great day, riding home third overall and second in the OR1 aboard his open class Sleepover Tork Craft CIT Red Rocket Honda CRF 450 RX. Cole, who already has a national open class win under his belt is limbering up well for an all-out red rocket cross country attack in 2023.

Another to impress on a tricky and dusty route was Tyron Beverley, who rode Sleepover Tork Craft CIT Honda Racing’s experimental CRF 300 RX home a fine second in the OR2 class. Young Liam Scheepers rounded off a great Sleepover Tork Craft CIT Racing outing with second place in the 65cc Juniors.

“Middelburg was dusty and difficult on some varied and tricky terrain,” team boss Harry Grobler concluded. “But our Sleepover Tork Craft CIT Racing red rocket Hondas came through with flying colours, so a special thank you to everyone involved, from our riders to the pit crew, family and friends who had a part in another great day of GXCC racing.”

Issued on behalf of CIT Honda Racing

Photography by:  Action in motion

CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY AGAIN FOR BROTHER LEAD TREAD KTM

National Cross Country – Round 6 – Virginia Trails

The Brother Leader Tread KTM team headed down to the final round of the cross country national championship this weekend. The team was faced with challenging weather conditions but managed to bring home fantastic results across the board along with a South African championship in the form of Matthew Wilson in the OR3 class.


Bradley Cox brought home his number 1 KTM 450XCF second in class commenting, “A small mistake for me in the time trial hindered my initial progress in the main race trying to make passes in the dust but I managed to make steady progress and I am happy with my second place in the OR1 class. I had a challenging year with some downs but I hold my head high after 2 overall wins in 2022 and I am looking forward to 2023 already,”


Kerim Fitz-Gerald had a tough day with challenges from the get-go on difficult track indifficult conditions but looks forward to some redemption in 2023. His season finished off with a 3rd in class and a very respectable 3rd in the OR2 championship.
Scott Heygate fought through a torn ACL and managed to nurse himself home second in class wrapping up his championship in 2nd place. Scott commented, “I had an extremely long day on the bike carrying my knee injury wasn’t easy on the tight twisty track. I am extremely happy with my second overall in the championship and look forward to getting my knee fixed and coming back next season to fight for wins once again.”


The man of the day was Matthew Wilson who piloted his KTM 250 XC-F to championship honours in the OR3 class. Matthew rode a steady race and did what he needed to do in order to wrap up his first South African championship. “The rain made the race extremely difficult and I didn’t want to make mistakes and throw away a whole years’ worth of work so I just did what I needed to do and made sure I got home safely. My bike didn’t skip a beat and I am so thankful to the whole team for giving me everything I needed to get the job done this year.”


Grant Frerichs, group team manager closed in saying, “The KTM team all performed well today with podium finishes across the board. All of the riders remained injury free and we fought through very difficult weather conditions. Kevin Tyrer, our technician, has done a phenomenal job this year with perfectly tuned bikes round after round and the team owes a lot of our success to him.”

Published by:  Grant Frerichs

Photography by:  Mpho Ramathikithi for ZCMC

HUSQVARNA RACING TAKES OVERALL HONOURS

NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY – ROUND 6 – VIRGINIA TRAILS


The Husqvarna Racing National cross country team solidified their dominance once again this weekend at the magnificent Virginia Trails venue in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal. The final round of the South African championship provided extremely challenging conditions from dust in the outset of the race to rain and slippery wet conditions after the first racing lap.

Brett Swanepoel came out swinging and wrapped up his 10th South African championship putting his Husqvarna FX350 on the top step of the OR2 class which also gave him the number one spot in the Overall championship standing.
Brett Swanepoel confirmed his satisfaction saying, “I am so happy to wrap up this championship in these challenging conditions. It was extremely easy to make a mistake today in the dust and then in the rain which followed so I am happy with my composure and glad I kept my mistakes to the absolute bare minimum wrapping up my 10th SA title”
 
Virginia Trails also saw the return of Davin Cocker to the OR3 class after ACL knee reconstruction surgery after round 1 earlier this season. Cocker had a point to prove and started off his day with a phenomenal time trail blitzing the OR3 competition. Cocker managed to keep a clean pair of heels all day despite some goggle issues and small errors, he brought his Husqvarna FC250 home in first place once again proving he is the man to beat heading into 2023.
Grant Frerichs, group team manager, commented, “I am so glad our riders are safe after today’s racing. Cooler heads prevailed today and both Davin and Brett did what they needed to do to win their classes. 2022 was a challenging year for the team in many aspects but we are proud to walk away with a class championship and the overall win thanks to Brett Swanepoel. Thank you to all of our team as well as our supporting sponsors, ee you in 2023”

Published by:  Grant Frerichs

Photography by:  Mpho Ramathikithi for ZCMC

DOUBLE GOLD FOR TEAM GREEN

Pentecost, Gilbert take SA Cross Country titles for Kawasaki


What    Kawasaki Cross Country Round 6 Report
Where    Virginia Trails, KZN
When    Saturday 15 October 2022
Community    South Africa National

Kawasaki Racing came home double 2022 Trademore South African Cross Country Motorcycle Champions from the Virginia Trails season finale in KZN on Sunday. Mike Pentecost wrapped up back-to-back open class OR1 titles following his 2001 success, while Kenny Gilbert went unbeaten in the Senior class.

Pentecost needed just a point out of the Virginia Trials race to clinch his second open class OR1 title on the trot aboard his Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 450 X. But bringing it home is just not Mike’s style! He went out and won the race by almost seven minutes: “I took the overall win and wrapped up the title at my favourite race, Virginia Trails, making me a two time OR1 champion,” a delighted Mike Pentecost confirmed.

“What a race! “My Franchise Co. Tork Craft team was flawless and my Kawasaki KX 450 X did not skip a beat. “It was absolutely on point and I was on rails all day long thanks to Roger Bergstrom and all his efforts in dialling in my bike’s suspension. “Most of all, I salute my team boss Harry Grobler and the whole Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki team for a job brilliantly done!”

Senior star Kenny Gilbert already clinched the 2022 Senior title at the previous round aboard his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki KX 450 X. Like Pentecost, that was the last thing to deter Kenny from completing a perfect season as he ultimately won every one of the six 2022 Trademore Cross Country Nationals across South Africa.

“I had so much fun racing my Pepson Plastics KX 450 X to the Senior title this year,” Kenny admitted. “The Trademore SA Cross Country guys delivered an incredible Championship and my team gave me a great bike every time. “Huge thanks to everyone involved for a brilliant season of racing!”

250cc OR3 class rider Taki Bogiages was also a happy man after delivering a championship podium third aboard his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki KX 250 X. “I am beyond stoked to finish third in the National championship,” Taki admitted.

“With over 6 hours of racing, Saturday really was tough especially early on. “I found some good pace as the race went on and fought back to finish fourth in OR3 to seal that title third. “All that’s left is a massive shoutout to Iain Pepper, the team and our partners for giving us the opportunity to go out and compete on the highest level in South African racing, thank you, one and all!”

Of the other team riders, Franchise Co. Tork Craft lad took Wian Wentzel the 125cc High School title with a measured ride to third on the day. Jaycee Nienaber rode his Pepson Plastics KX 450 X home sixth overall and fourth in OR1 to cement fifth in his class championship. And Tork Craft CIT Kawasaki rider John Botha ended fifth in OR3 to finish up fourth in the 250cc title chase.

In other Kawasaki Cross Country National news, Mathew Hills had his first ever Cross Country race, which proved a baptism of fire, making him a popular  finisher in the OR3 race. Seniors regular Marco Cocci meanwhile switched to a Kawasaki KX 450 X for the first time at Virginia Trails and rode home third in Seniors on the day and clinch second in the Senior National championship.

“Huge congratulations to Mike and Kenny for a brilliant job done in bringing two championships home, and to every one of Kawasaki’s riders, crew, sponsors, supporters and the rest who made it happen,” Tork Craft Kawasaki counterpart Harry Grobler wrapped it up.

“Kawasaki Racing celebrated our second year back with two national championships in 2022, compared to one in our first year in ’21,” Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing with Scottish Cables team chief Iain Pepper concluded. “I like that pattern – let’s double up again in ’23. “Thank you and well done to everyone. “2022 was a vintage year in green!”

Issued on behalf of Kawasaki Cross Country

Photography by:  Michaela Ramseyer

2023 MSA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CALENDAR

Dear Motocross Riders, Parents and Teams,

As you are aware, the MX Commission has made great advances over the last year and we have gathered great momentum with motocross in South Africa.
 
The FIM AFRICA Motocross of African Nations (aka MXoAN) will be held in South Africa in 2023 and we need to align our plans accordingly.
 
In light of this and other developments, we kindly advise of a date and venue change for Round 3 of the Official MSA Motocross Nationals.
 
Round 3 will be at Zone 7 in Cape Town on the 2nd of April 2023 after Round 2 in Cape Town on the 1st of April 2023.
 
There is an unfortunate date clash on the 30th of September therefore Chestnut MX needs to move to the 4th of November and Thunder Valley needs to move to the 6th of May 2023.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and rest assured that this decision was not taken lightly and all aspects were considered.
 
 Please review the updated Official MSA MX Nationals calendar for 2023

Issued by Neville Townsend on behalf of the MSA MX Commission

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