KAWASAKI DOMINATES RYSMIERBULT GXCC

What GXCC Cross Country Round 6 Report
Where Rysmierbult, Northwest Province
When Saturday 17 September 2022
Community Gauteng Regional

Pentecost victorious, four class wins too

Kawasaki Racing enjoyed a weekend to remember at Rysmierbult’s sixth round GXCC Gauteng Cross Country Championship near Ventersdorp in the Northwest Province on Saturday.

“Kawasaki Racing came, saw and conquered the Rysmierbult GXCC,” Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki team boss Harry Grobler explained. “We took the overall victory and also won four of the seven classes we entered, with a few podium places elsewhere too.”

In a most successful day at the races, Mike Pentecost rode his Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 450 X to overall and open class OR1 victory. 2022 SA champion Kenny Gilbert added to the success on his similar Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul machine with the Seniors’ win.

Not to be outdone, made it Warrick van Schalkwyk three Kawasaki victories in the open classes with Masters’ victory on his Franchise Co. KX 450 X. And on the other side of the generation void, young Jake Pretorius took the 65cc primary school class.

But as they say, that’s not all! Pentecost was backed by a strong open class OR1 Kawasaki performance, with Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul lad Jaycee Nienaber a fine third and Tyron Beverley fifth on his Franchise Co. Tork Craft KX 450 X.

Pepson Plastics pair Taki Bogiages and Wade Den meanwhile sandwiched Franchise Co. rider John Botha in a fine Kawasaki KX 250 X 2-3-4 in OR3 and Franchise Co. And Kawasaki juniors, Jaden Els rode home third in 85cc Juniors and Johandre Vermaak was fourth in 85 seniors.

“Kawasaki is becoming the bike to ride in South African Cross Country racing,” Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul team boss Iain Pepper concluded. “We’re finding continued success in every class we enter and that has to be worth considering when buying your next dirtbike.”

Issued on behalf of Kawasaki Cross Country

Photography by: Action in Motion

FIM JUNIOR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CUP – FINLAND (26-28 AUGUST 2022)

A totally amazing event from start to finish with a resilient team and the support of Motorsport South Africa and the community enabled the team to experience world class racing in Vantaa Finland from the 26th – 28th August 2022.

South Africa selected their top riders in the MX 65cc, MX 85cc and MX 125cc classes to take on this gruelling challenge in Vantaa with sheer drive and passion for this global stage event. The team was always in good spirit and the team bond was phenomenal from onset to return to South Africa. Riders and parents soon acquired their code names and jokes flew in all directions from “Nev-Dawg”(team manager) to “B-Lake”(#44) to having some cheese with that whine (#37). The team kept things light-hearted among the stress and pressure of what lay ahead.


Friday 26th arrived and the riders were as excited as ever and experienced the technical scrutineering process and seeing the vast number of riders from all over the world descend on Vantaa MX track. The entire venue was packed with MX kitted campers and busses and the vibe was enthralling to see how magnificent the magnitude of MX really is across the globe.


All the teams were also advised of the Ride Green Cup and that teams would be checked and marked to ensure compliance to the Ride Green Environmental code.


The riders and mechanics took their time to walk the track and study every corner, every jump and strategise for the race weekend ahead. Nothing was left unturned as the bikes were checked and double-checked, bolts torqued to spec, spokes tightened and tyre pressures checked for what proved to be the ride of their life.


Saturday morning arrived and like normal the buzz of Motocross was in the air and the smell of high-octane fuel and two-stroke oil permeated the air…..it was indeed time to RACE! The jittery edge on the riders was apparent and final words from coaches and mechanics and even the moms to simply Keep Calm, you got this!


The morning started with a free practice warm up session where riders got to feel the flow of the track. Most riders got good lap times in but sadly Luke Grundy on 125cc had engine failure in the first part of free practice. He managed to regroup for the qualifying session thankfully. First time out on this soil at Vantaa for our SA riders was to determine the build-up to the qualifying race later Saturday. Whilst it is no measure of qualifying when doing free practice, it is a guide on what to expect.


Play time was over and one could feel the seriousness take over as riders and mechanics, coaches and moms had now experienced that thrill of the beast that lay ahead on the track, it was now or never to give it all you have got.


The classes lined up for qualifying as the heat started making its mark down on the team. Very little could prepare anyone for what lay ahead in qualifying as many had poured their hearts and much more into being at this event to represent South Africa.


They launched for qualifying and with rider and machine, mechanic to guide, preparations and plans, heart and breathing control in place and the buzz of machines as they took the 1st lap with ease. Lap 2 was time to find their feet with mechanics taking stress as the timing boards in the pit lane kept on malfunctioning.  It was now only experience to guide you through this blaze of bikes launching and bouncing through the landmine of braking bumps (which had braking bumps) and obstacles. It’s an onslaught of the best in world demanding the best out of everything you can give and when there is nothing left, take another check and dig even deeper as there might just be some more left to give. Simply amazing to watch all 3 classes go out to qualify for the official race day on Sunday. Even more spectacular was to witness the South African flag flying high for this event among the countries represented. Goosebumps to see OUR team, OUR riders, OUR sport on this platform in Vantaa, Finland.


Only those who attended this event could describe in some way how demanding and challenging this really was. Looking from afar or from social media, one doesn’t get the full impact and all the emotions running wild simply by being there, let alone taking part as a competitor.

Our riders pushed their limits to the extreme and although some did not qualify, every single rider in our team is a World CHAMPION just by representing. Those who didn’t qualify went into Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) to push that limit once again. An inspiring photo taken of the 3 x 125cc riders after LCQ will always remain dear to the team. The passion put into this sport is in abundance, their last attempt of pushing the extreme and then dealing with their own expectations after LCQ. From left to right, Kyle Townsend #89, Blake Young #44 and Luke Grundy #450 captured the essence of every single riders’ strife in this one photo. Blake held extremely strong for most part of the LCQ and managing to be in that top 4 of LCQ but suffered arm pump sadly, could not clinch that top 4 slot in LCQ at the end.
 
To emphasise the competitiveness in all 3 classes at this event, something you don’t see back home in South Africa yet is having the top 20 riders all pacing milliseconds apart placing this sport in the same arena as Formula 1. The pack is not 2 or 3 seconds spacing of riders, the results show milliseconds in lap times. Tough does not begin to describe how great this was to experience.


The entire team supported and motivated each other to such a degree that those riders who did not manage to qualify to race on Sunday were out there shouting and screaming for our South African riders in the 65cc and 85cc class.


Our stars were shining on Sunday no doubt, and the adrenalin was pumping at 5 bar for sure as the pressure mounted for our qualifiers.


First to engage was the 65cc riders but for Sunday there was no track prep. Only the faces and landings were touched for safety. Extreme sport had arrived, and they launched out the gates with the South African team full tilt on the throttle.


Trent Valsecchi finished overall 37th with Kabelo Ledwaba behind him at 39th, and Trenton Kretzmann at 40th in the 65cc overall for Sunday.


In the 85cc class, Neil van der Vyver clinched a 31st position with Jordan van Wyk right behind him at 32nd, and Trey Cox at 37th.


Every rider in the team went out there to give their utmost and a truly inspiring performance for the entire team. Congratulations to every single rider taking on this challenge.


We did not walk away empty handed as the South African team took glory in the prestigious Ride Green Cup, we went to Finland to make a mark and we surely did.


The entire team glory goes to these young riders and to make special mention of each one is apt. These riders need to know the respect and honour bestowed upon them to represent our wonderful country in the sport we love.


MX65cc

  • Trent Valsecchi #300
  • Evan Frost #5
  • Trenton Kretzmann #94
  • Cruz Martin #202
  • Kabelo Ledwaba #280

MX 85cc

  • Neil van der Vyver #18
  • Jordan van Wyk #747
  • Mathew Correia #200
  • Christian Berrington-Smith #141
  • Trey Cox #37 ( Team Captain )

MX 125cc

  • Luke Grundy #450
  • Blake Young #44
  • Kyle Townsend #89

As team manager (Neville Townsend), thank you to all the parents and team supporters in South Africa for making this dream a reality for our riders and specific appreciation to Motorsport South Africa for supporting this team in 2022. Thank you to each parent and sponsor enabling support to the riders and allowing our riders to be a part of this unbelievable amazing dream ride. Thank you to Trey Cox (#37) as team captain for supporting the team during the event.
 
 
We look forward to our preparation for the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship Cup in 2023 in Romania and that Motorsport South Africa will continue to enable future world champions.

BRAD JUST OFF THE PODIUM IN STRONG ARAGON RACE

Brad Binder raced to 4th position and his second-best finish of the current MotoGP season at MotorLand Aragon . The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider made a brilliant start and remained in podium contention for the entire duration of the fifteenth round of twenty and the penultimate European Grand Prix of the campaign.

MotoGP moved from the San Marino Grand Prix and a subsequent two-day test at Misano straight to Spain and the sprawling, technical blend of 17 corners at MotorLand Aragon. The circuit first entertained MotoGP in 2010 and as well as being a long, diverse and undulating course the asphalt is also slick and aged. Tire consumption was high, adding an element of strategic endurance to the 23-lap race distance and not assisted by the decent late summer temperatures in eastern Spain.

Brad began the Grand Prix race from the peak of the fourth row of the grid and seared into 2nd around the tight opening turns. From that point the South African, who was nursing a sore right ankle after his fall in FP3 on Saturday, was fast, competitive and error-free as he held 3rd position. With two laps remaining Binder succumbed to pressure from Aleix Espargaro and on the charge to the line missed his second rostrum by just 0.2 of a second.

For the first time since 2019, MotoGP will again thrill Japanese fans as Mobility Resort Motegi gets ready to stage the world championship. The race is set to run on September 25th.

Brad Binder:

“All-in-all I’m happy to walk away with 4th today. I gave everything I had in the race and the bike was working the best it had been all weekend again, so hats-off to the team for a fantastic job. I think we had a pretty good weekend here. Unfortunately, the crash in FP3 set me back a bit with my ankle but I was able to put it aside today and fight my way forward. I had an amazing start and was in the top three the whole race, so it was a bit disappointing to lose the podium with two laps to go but it wasn’t to be today. We have a little bit of work to do to make that last step and fight for podiums again.”

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BRAD LINES UP TENTH ON THE #ARAGONGP GRID

MotorLand Aragon beckoned MotoGP to the Iberian Peninsula for the fourth time in 2022 and the spectacular 5.1km circuit based a short distance from the town of Alcañiz was a typically varied and technical test for the teams and riders. Sunny conditions graced both days of Free Practice and Qualification on the open and exposed facility and with a declining level of grip level courtesy of the 12-year-old asphalt.

KTM immediately got to work in the wake of the two-day official test in Misano, Italy last week. Brad was denied the 4th best lap-time in Free Practice 1 because of a waved yellow flag but both the South African and teammate Miguel Oliveira were keen and competitive. They comfortably secured positions in the top-ten cut for direct Q2 entry in FP3 on Saturday morning.

When it came down to the crucial 12-minute decider for the first rows of the start grid Brad, who was nursing a painful ankle due to a fall in FP3, was initially holding a second row slot but couldn’t improve his last flying lap attempt and nestled in 10th.

As per usual, the Moto3 chase opens raceday at 11.00 before Moto2 at 12.20 and MotoGP begins at 14.00 CET

Brad Binder:
“Everything is working quite well. The position today was a bit better but I’m still slightly disappointed because I could have done an improved lap in Q2. Still, a better-than-usual qualifying for me! I’m looking forward to the race even if we can work on a few more details. Once the tire drops tomorrow I think it will get a bit easier for us. We’ll have to manage the left side but I’m confident we can get through the distance without too much consumption. I think I can do a good job tomorrow, so fingers crossed.”

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FIM AFRICA MX OF AFRICAN NATIONS 2022 (UGANDA)

A team of 19 riders was selected to represent South Africa in Uganda at the Garuga motocross track on the shores of Lake Victoria from the 19th to 21st August 2022.

Leading up to the event the team faced a few challenges, the biggest however was logistical, getting 19 bikes the 4800km journey to Uganda and back, which was accomplished via Air freight and Road freight.

Friday was documentation and gate picks which we managed to get top 4 in each class as well as scrutineering and the team did the track walk.


The track was ripped extremely deep in preparation for a full weekend of motocross action.


Saturday  started off with free Practice  and  Sheldon and Jayden (team manager and captain) told the team that because  it was super muddy, the riders must just go out  and find a flow of the track. The senior riders and MX Lites managed quite easily however the juniors battled, especially the 50’s as some couldn’t even do a single lap. Unfortunately, one of our MX 125 riders, Luke Quatember, crashed and sustained an injury which was unfortunate and was going to affect our points in the races to follow.

For 2nd practice (qualifying) the track had been slightly changed for 50cc and 65cc classes.


The team managed to do really well getting really good flow and finding good lines before heat 1 in the afternoon.

  • Heat 1: The track had dried out a bit and there were better lines and the track got faster as the day progressed on the Saturday.
  • Heats 2 and 3 on Sunday started off with some muddy patches but dried out substantially.

MX1: Jayden Proctor (team captain) clinched the holeshot in heat 1 and 2 and won all 3 of his heats. Heat 3 he would have to push for the win and winning the class as well as winning the Ray Wilson trophy for fastest lap time of the weekend. Well done Jayden!!

MX3: Sheldon Watkins (team manager) narrowly missed the holeshot and came away with 2nd just behind a Zambian rider. Sheldon took the holeshot in heat 2 on Sunday and in heat 3 had a mishap on the start and would start in 18th but made his way to 2nd and achieved 2nd overall for the weekend and SA 3rd in class.

MX2: Callan Broskie got all 3 holeshots and won all 3 of his heats and SA taking 3rd in class with only 1 rider in class as with MX1 and MX3.

MX 125: The team had 2 riders remaining after Luke’s injury, Breece Romans got all 3 holeshots and won his class, Danyll Brunette had a few bike issues but managed a 4th in heat 1 on Saturday and on Sunday his bike failed in heat 2 with 2 DNF’s.

MX Lites: The team had 3 riders in this class where there was very close racing from the gate drop.  RSA riders Blade Tilley, Caden Weise and Ronald Graven. Graven went 3rd, 1st and 2nd to take 2nd overall, Tilley went 2nd in 1st heat and unfortunately broke his arm in heat 2 on Sunday. Caden went 3-3-2 for 3rd overall and SA taking the win in this class.

WMX: The team had 2 riders in this class, the 2 De Lima sisters, Cheyenne and Jadene.  Cheyenne went 2nd, 3rd and 2nd in all 3 heats and got the holeshot in heat 3 getting 2nd overall. Jadene went 3rd, 2nd, 3rd for 3rd overall and getting holeshot in heat 3 with Zambia’s Heygate taking the overall win, but SA taking the overall win for the class.

MX 65cc: SA’s 4 riders competed extremely well. Aiden Retief took a bad start but eventually finding his way to the front and winning heat 1 and 2 and 2nd in heat 3 to achieve the overall win. Casey Tilley taking 2nd, 3rd and 2nd for 3rd overall. Kyle Brunette in 6th overall and Connor Munro in 7th with SA taking overall in class.

MX 50cc: The track was altered for the 50’s, due to mud on the Saturday in heat 1 and it was Ross MacKenzie with the win, with Lou Rademeyer in close 2nd and Kaylin Oosthuizen in 5th with Alistair Maycock in 7th. Heat 2 and 3 they would finish the same, unfortunately Kaylin tangled with another rider in heat 3 and broke her leg. Ross with 1st overall, Lou with 2nd, Alistair with 8th and Kaylin 9th. Team SA with overall win in class.

Overall Win went to South Africa with just 1 point over Zambia and in 3rd was host country Uganda.

Overall Achievements of the team:

  • 1st     –    South Africa

Individual Achievements of the team:
50cc –

  • 1st Ross Mackenzie, 2nd Lou Rademeyer, 8th Alistair Maycock and 9th Kaylin Oosthuizen;

65cc –

  • 1st Aiden Retief, 3rd Casey Tilley, 6th Kyle Brunette and 7th Connor Munro;

MX Lites –

  • 2nd Ronald Graven, 3rd Caden Weise and 10th Blade Tilley;

MX 125 –

  • 1st Breece Romans, 12th Danyll Brunette and 14th Luke Quatember;

WMX –

  • 2nd Cheyenne de Lima and 3rd Jaydene de Lima;

VMX Vets –

  • 2nd Sheldon Watkins;

MX 2 –

  • 1st Callan Broskie;

MX 1 –

  • 1st Jayden Proctor;

Congratulations to the entire team on a sterling performance on the African continent for their achievements as well as bringing home the number 1 country award.


2023 FIM Africa MX of African Nations will be held in South Africa.

THE FIM BOARD OF DIRECTORS MET AT THE FIM HQ IN MIES (SWITZERLAND) ON 7 AND 8 SEPTEMBER 2022

For the first time since February 2020 and the sanitary measures resulting from the COVID-pandemic, the entire FIM Board of Directors met face-to-face at the FIM HQ in Mies (Switzerland) on 7 and 8 September 2022.

On this occasion, the Board addressed many topics, in particular the following:

Situation in Ukraine: The Board of Directors reiterated its sympathy and solidarity with all those suffering, as a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. After having carefully considered the situation, the Board once again confirmed the decisions taken during its extraordinary meeting on 5 March 2022.

Sport: All disciplines were discussed with a focus on the promotion of the FIM Supercross World Championship and the 4-year renewal of the promotion contract with XIEM for the FIM SuperMoto World Championship. In addition, a reform of the Trial discipline as of 2023 was approved. Decision was made to revise regulations of the SuperMoto of Nations and Junior SuperMoto of Nations related to the awarding of points. Discussions related to the level of sound emissions also took place. Considering the current economic situation, the increase in transportation costs and airfreight, the Board decided to provide a travel indemnity of EUR 3’000 per National Federation (including the Continental Union teams) entering the Motocross of Nations. The sprint races to be introduced at all FIM MotoGP™ World Championship events as of 2023 were also addressed. The phase 2 of the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets (FRHPhe-02) was presented to the Board.

Finance: The Board agreed on a draft 2023 budget as well as changes in calendar and licence fees which will be presented to the General Assembly for approval. The 2023 direct payments were also agreed upon.

Liaison with National Federations (FMNs)/Continental Unions (CONUs): The Board decided to submit the affiliations of Georgia and Barbados for approval to the 2022 General Assembly. An update on the FMNs/CONUs liaison initiatives and activities was presented as well as the results of the survey about cooperation between the FIM, CONUs and FMNs.

Marketing & Digital: Topics such as new digital and media opportunities (i.e. Web3, non-fungible tokens (NFT), Over-The-Top (OTT) etc.), the branding and sponsoring coverage of the 2022 ISDE edition (“6 Days”), the marketing initiatives launched for the “Ride to FIM Awards – the Future of Motorcycling”, the creation of a dedicated website for the FIM Flat Track World Championship, the launch of the 2nd edition of the “FIM Rides the World” video series as well as an update on the FIM Brand Identity tender were presented.

Commissions: It was reminded to the Board that all Commission Directors’ and Members’ terms of office will expire at the end of this year. The online application platform is now open until 30 September. Commission Directors and Members (with the exception of the LJI Director and Members) will be appointed for 2023-2026 by the Board during its meeting to be held on 3 December in Rimini (Italy).

International Foundation for Motorcycling (IFM): Since the IFM’s creation at the end of 2020, the first ever audited financial statements and management report were approved by the Foundation Board as well as the Swiss supervisory authority for the foundations.

General Assembly and FIM Awards: The Board decided to hold the 2023 FIM Commissions Conference in Lille (France). The options for the venue of the 2023 FIM Awards and General Assembly were discussed and a decision in this regard will be taken shortly.

Amendments to Codes and Regulations: Amendments to the Sporting Code that will subsequently be submitted to the General Assembly were approved, as well as several amendments to the Medical Code.

Awards & Recognition: The Board awarded distinctions as well as several honorary memberships and title of Member of Honour, subject to the approval of the General Assembly.

The CONU Presidents, the Board Committees, the Working Groups and the departments of the Administration presented progress reports on their respective projects.

In addition, the CONU Presidents met on 8 September to share best practices and addressed topics such as the harmonisation of codes and general structure, the cooperation between the FIM and the CONUs, the sporting calendars, education & training as well as communication.

Picture Caption: From right: Peter DOYLE (FIM Oceania President); Pedro VENTURO Jr (FIM Latin America President; Stephan CARAPIET (FIM Asia President); Abdulrahmann AL MANNAI (Board Member); Jan STOVICEK (Board Member); Jacques BOLLE (Vice-President); Françoise EMERY (FIM CEO); Jorge VIEGAS (FIM President); Ignacio VERNEDA (Deputy President); Håkan LEEMAN (Board Member); Giovanni COPIOLI (Board Member); Robert DINGMAN (FIM North America President); Michał Sikora (FIM Europe President); Marco COMANA (FIM Africa President) and Damiano Zamana (FIM Deputy CEO) © FIM

SWEEPING SWANEPOEL SECURES 8TH NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

NATIONAL ENDURO – ROUND 4 FINALE
Brett Swanepoel made sure Husqvarna Racing had a special weekend as the National Enduro championship culminated in the sweltering hot and dusty lowveld town of White river. Swanepoel surged to an unprecedented 8thNational Championship title on Saturday after what he described as a real testing weekend of racing.


“It was a real tough track and the heat was brutal” he said. “We only had one goal this weekend and that was to bring home the championship title, it was a great team effort and I’m pleased to claim the E2 class title” he commented and went on to say that the team and his bike were faultless for the entire season.


Kyle Flanagan who raced alongside Swanepoel for the last couple rounds after joining the team mid-season said: “Saturday I made a mistake at the beginning of the race and went on the Junior loop for a bit so I played catch up for the majority of the 1st lap, I was feeling pretty good until about halfway through the 3rd lap when the heat caught up to me.” He added that the heat was really a killer and that by the end of the race he was dehydrated. “I am happy with the ride and result on Saturday considering but glad I made it to the finish line after another scorcher of a day and all in all happy with the weekend and pumped for Brett with winning a well-deserved championship.”
Husqvarna Racing extends their thoughts and sup

port to the family of Evert Grobbelaar who passed away this weekend at the event.

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51ST TROUT RALLY (7-9 OCTOBER 2022) ZIMBABWE

Trout Rally is once again upon us, but this year marks The Trout’s 51st Anniversary! 

That’s 51 years consecutively running, without a missed year even through all the ups and downs the past years have brought us!  It is the LONGEST consecutively running motorcycle rally in AFRICA!!   

“The Trout” as it is commonly known, is traditionally held in Nyanga, Zimbabwe – home of the Trout fish, with is beautiful winding roads and picturesque views. 

This year the venue is at Montclair Hotel, where it has been held for a few years previously.  We have entrants on all forms of bikes, from off-road, adventure, cruisers, superbikes, etc, and entrants of all ages too! 

If you would like more information, please get in touch with Shelley – e-mail shelley@wgbkinsey.co.zw or +263772105246

BRAD RUNS A SOLID RACE AT MISANO TO FINISH EIGHTH

San Marino and another Italian audience for 2022 MotoGP witnessed Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder steer the KTM RC16 to 8th position under clear blue skies at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the Gran Premio Gryfyn di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

Warm but damp weather coated the final Free Practice sessions and Qualification at Misano on Saturday where teammate Miguel Oliveira was the most advanced KTM rider on the MotoGP grid in 10th place. Brad was not far behind in 15th and both launched strongly as the 27-lap dash got underway in a significantly better climate and higher temperatures.

After a chaotic start through the tight first corners, the teammates ran close together on the edge of the top ten. In the final stages of the long distance, Brad was able to conserve more of his tire to pull ahead and found himself isolated in 8th with little chance of making it to 7th or facing demotion.

MotoGP now opens the throttle for a two-day test on Tuesday and Wednesday at Misano before heading to Spain for the third time this year. The Gran Premio Animoca Brands de Aragón will draw the series to the MotorLand Aragon circuit near Alcañiz on September 17-18.

Brad Binder:
“I gave my best from beginning to end and it was a dramatic first few laps. On the second or the third one I was stuck behind someone else who crashed and I was so lucky I didn’t go down. I was able to carry on and push as hard as I could. We did our best and 8th was all we could do today. I want to say thank you to the guys again because the best version of the bike was again available to me in the race. We tried a lot of different things and we got some great information. Hopefully that will also lead to some positive steps this week as well.”

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BRAD LINES UP FIFTEENTH ON THE #SANMARINOGP GRID AND KEEN FOR RACEDAY

KTM RC16s will fill slots on the fourth and fifth rows of the start grid after a humid, cloudy and damp day of qualification at Misano for the Gran Premio Gryfyn di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. Brad Binder was limited by the weather conditions and was 15th.

The tight curves and fast kinks of the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli provided the stage for the fourteenth round of MotoGP in 2022 and the penultimate racing date in Europe before the series begins a continental swing. Warm but cloudy skies on the Rimini coastline threatened to deliver rainfall and the runs through Q1 and Q2 for all three classes took place in mixed conditions.

Brad Binder and teammate Miguel Oliveira both stalked the MotoGP top ten during Free Practice. Brad had to negotiate Q1 and was undone by a shower in the last five minutes of the session that prevented the South African attempting a flyer. He settled in 15th.

MotoGP begins at 14.00 local time on Sunday with a 27-lap distance. Moto3 at 11.00 and Moto2 at 12.20 CET will set up the stage for the premier class spectacle.

Brad Binder:
“A bit tricky today. A chaotic FP3. We tried stuff and had a little issue and then I ran into three yellow flags in a row when trying to make a fast lap! It meant he didn’t get anything for FP3. FP4 was better but qualifying was ruined by the rain. I’m really keen for tomorrow so we’ll see how we get on.”

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 TEAM SOUTH AFRICA WINS RIDE GREEN CUP

2022 FIM JUNIOR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP / CUP

Around 150 riders from 29 countries competed in the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship/Cup from 27-28 August 2022 in Vantaa, Finland.

At the event, Team South Africa was declared the winner of the FIM’s Ride Green Cup as the national team that demonstrated the highest degree of environmental awareness through compliance with the principles of the FIM Environmental Code and crusading for positive environmental actions.

This award was organised by the FIM’s Sustainability Commission in cooperation with the event promoter and organiser.

The primary goal of the Ride Green Cup is to educate and motivate young riders and their support teams about the importance of taking care of our natural environment. It also encourages teamwork, improves the image of motorcycle sport, encourages healthier living and reduces the environmental footprint of the particular event.

The winning team was chosen by a panel of environmental and sustainability experts, which were present during the weekend to evaluate and advise the teams.

During the event, the members of the teams (riders, mechanics, staff, etc.) were all invited to show their commitment by signing a banner and sharing pictures or videos on Instagram and other social media platforms. The objective was to raise awareness and to become a positive influencer amongst the followers and fans of Motocross.  Teams were judged on the general environmental management of the team and compliance with the FIM Environmental Code.

Trey Cox (Team Captain) and Neville Townsend (Team Manager) said that the South African team took on the pledge to uphold the Ride Green environmental code with pride at the start of the event. The entire team was extremely conscious of the environmental impact aspect and practiced proper waste disposal and litter management, and upheld the overall code for a greener environment in all aspects of the sport.  It was inspiring to see the South African team going the extra mile to embrace the Ride Green initiative, aimed at ensuring the future of the sport.  It is hoped that the team members will uphold these values going forward when they race within South Africa, thereby setting a good example for local riders and teams, both current and future.  

The entire 2022 South African Junior Motocross team is extremely proud to have been awarded the prestigious FIM Ride Green Cup Award for 2022 and thanks FIM and Motorsport South Africa for the amazing opportunity.

Motorsport South Africa extends hearty congratulations to the team on its outstanding achievement.  You have all done yourselves and your country proud!

WILD CARD WEEKEND SET FOR HUSQVARNA RACING IN WELKOM

NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 5 – WELKOM

The National Motorcross Championship heads to the heart of the Free State for the fifth round that is set to take place in Welkom this weekend.

Husqvarna South Africa’s Grant Frerichs said the team will be the wild card this weekend. “Welkom will be an interesting day for the Husqvarna Motocross team with both MX1 and MX2 riders just fighting for ‘on the day’ results, both Josh and Michael only joined the season after a few rounds which left them with no chance in the championship so each race day is a stand-alone event and an opportunity to prove themselves without having to worry about the bigger picture” he said.

“We look forward to Neil Vd Vyver finding his feet again and challenging for race wins as he tries to wrestle his way back into the pro mini championship conversation. Michael’s speed is undoubtedly there he just needs to put the pieces of the puzzle together and Josh has been putting in the work to improve on his last few races and fight for another podium” he went on to say.

Josh Mlimi has high hopes for the race saying: “I am really looking forward to the Welkom National, I really enjoy the track and the layout, it suits my style as you have to be technical yet aggressive! He added: “I’ve been putting in the work so I’m excited to see what we can do. Ready to fight and give it my best shot.”

Michael Docherty in turn said: “I haven’t ridden the Welkom Motocross track in ages but from what I can remember the soil is really good which makes the track really good for racing with lots of lines and options so I’m looking forward to going to battle once again and hoping to finally put a Motocross race day together with no issues and solid results.”

Published by: Grant Frerichs

Photography by: Justin Reinecke – ZCMC Media

RED PLATES THROUGHOUT THE STABLE TO PROTECT FOR RED BULL KTM

National Motocross Championship – Round 5 – Welkom

The Red Bull KTM team has a big job at hand this weekend as the National Motorcross Championship descends on the mining town of Welkom. Going into the race with a number of red plates to defend Grant Frerichs from KTM South Africa is determined that the team will have to be clever in their approach.

“We’ve a got a whole pit full of red plates to defend this weekend, so the riders will have to start thinking “big picture” and make sure we stay healthy and relevant,” he said. He further elaborated saying: “It’s a tough situation to be in when you have so much to lose but all of our boys are strong physically and mentally and we looking forward to another wash of orange on the podium this weekend.”

Luke Grundy who is leading his class after a, so far, flawless season said: “I’m feeling really good, I got a good points lead going into round 5 and I’m going to give it my all to make the points lead bigger and to keep up my winning streak of 6 heat wins in a row”.

Another class leader going into the final round is Trey Cox who said: “I’m feeling really excited after spending some time in Europe for a few weeks, I have managed to raise my game a bit riding with faster riders so I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to extend my points lead before the final round”.

The arrival of the new 2023 bikes has created a bit of a buzz of anticipation and added excitement in the camp. “I’m looking forward to the National at Welkom this weekend, I’ve always really enjoyed the track and I’ve had some really good racing there so that makes me excited,” said Cameron Durrow. “I’m also really looking forward to showing off the new 2023 KTM’s, they are really good straight out the box and I really like the changes that the new bikes have brought” he added.

Jonothan Mlimi had an unfortunate crash at the last round and had to take a few weeks off as a result of a broken collarbone, but he is back on the bike and up to speed and looks to be included in the podium fight once again in the mx2 class.

Tristan Purdon rounding off the team’s comments by saying: “I’m excited to race the new 2023 KTM’s, they suit my riding and I feel really comfortable on them so I’m looking forward to hopefully extending my points lead and battle for the wins in both classes.” He said in closing that he has always enjoyed the Phakisa track because the soil allows you to push deep into the turns and carry a lot of momentum which suits him.

Published by: Grant Frerichs

Photography by: Justin Reinecke – ZCMC Media

KAWASAKI’S KING KEN IS CHAMPION

What Trademore Feeds SA Cross Country Round 5 Report
Where Porterville, Western Cape
When Saturday 27 August 2022
Community South Africa National

Gilbert champion, 3 Kawasakis lead SA titles

Kawasaki’s Cross Country Racing Team Green excelled once again at the Porterville, Western Cape fifth round of the Trademore Feeds South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship. Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Kawasaki duo, King Kenny Gilbert wrapped up the 2022 Senior Cross Country championship with his fifth win in five races on his KX 450 X this year, while right on the other side of the spectrum, young teammate Jake Pretorius took the baby IPC 65cc win. Both riders consolidated their championship advantages.

CIT Tork Craft Kawasaki duo, OR1 title leader Michael Pentecost rode his KX 450 X home second to consolidate his open class championship lead, while Warrick van Schalkwyk moved into a close second in the Masters class title chase with second at Porterville. Teammate Tyron Beverley’s and Pepson lad Jaycee Nienaber fifth and sixth in OR1. Kawasaki KX 250 X duo John Botha’s Franchise Co Tork Craft machine and Pepson Plastics Kawasaki man Taki Bogiages fought home fifth and seventh in a tough OR3 class outing to keep well in the tight fight for that 250cc title.

“Yesterday was definitely the hardest Cross Country National we have raced so far this year,” Kenny Gilbert admitted, as he caught his breath after another tough day at the office. “But that’s the championship! “It was very fast and relentless, it was 80% sand and 20% rocks. “I had a lot of fun but I’ve got to be honest, five laps of that was not easy! “The Trademore SA Cross Country Championship put on another great event and huge thanks to my incredible team Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Kawasaki Racing with Motul for a splendid KX 450 X today!”

Championship leader Jake Pretorius took the baby IPC 65cc win from title rival Werner Kleynhans. “Today was a very important win for us,” Jake pointed out. “I now have an extra three points in my tight Interprovincial Championship lead heading into the final round. “Thanks so much to Iain and the whole Pepson Plastics Kawasaki team for all the support!”

It was another good day for Mike Pentecost, who is now just five points away from a back-to-back SA Cross Country OR1 Championship win on his Franchise Co Tork Craft KX 450 X. “I got to the finish and put some valuable points in the bag,” Michael confirmed.” My Franchise Co Tork Craft Kawasaki team was amazing this weekend keeping me positive and doing the best for me as always. “I struggled in the first half with bike set up and had some mechanical issues, but we made a few changes in the pits and charged hard from the back.”

Team Green now takes a breather until the Trademore Feeds South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship at season finale at Virginia Hills on KwaZulu Natal on 15 October with three riders leading the championship and another three right in there to stake their claim.

Issued on behalf of Kawasaki Cross Country

DISASTER RIDDLED RIDE IN PORTERVILLE HAUNTS BROTHER LEADER TREAD KTM

National Cross Country Championship – Porterville | Round 5

The Porterville leg of the Cross Country National Championship which took place in the Western Cape this weekend turned out to be a weekend rather to be forgotten. The trouble riddled event saw in what can only be described as a disastrous turn of events was a tough day for the team.

Grant Frerichs from KTM South Africa said: “The guys showed real character fighting all the way to the end no matter what, we really had some serious gremlins to deal with but we managed to pull through and score valuable championship points.” He added that the team are now looking towards the last round in a few weeks’ time and will make sure they are all ready and come out swinging.

Matthew Wilson salvaged some hope and did enough to go into the final round with an eight point lead. “I felt very confident coming into round 5 of the National Cross Country series, my day started off very good for myself qualifying P3 overall and P1 in class. I had a great first lap but disappointingly my day went downhill from there when I got sick during the 2nd lap and couldn’t seem to shake it off, the track got super rough making it a long day in the saddle.”

He went on to say ”All in all I finished 4th on the day in my class, heading into the final round with a 8 point lead hungry to be back where myself and the team are supposed to be… on top! “

Scott Heygate commented: “Round 5 in the bag started off well qualifying P4 overall and first in OR 2 which set me up for a good start. In the main race a few early mistakes cost me slightly but I regathered in lap two and had to conserve fuel as the track was longer than anticipated and on lap 3 I moved into the lead and led for a bit and had an awesome battle with Brett Swanepoel.” He will go into the final round in P2 overall and class and will be looking for a strong finish to the season at the last round.

Fuel frustrations ruined the day for Kerim Fitz-Gerald but still remained positive saying: “My day started off well and went downhill from there running into problem after problem, that said all things considered I am glad I am healthy and will be ready for the last round.”

Brad Cox had to abandon his hopes of a podium due to a race ending crash which forced him to get evaluated for a concussion injury as a precaution. “I felt really good on my bike in terms of comfort and I had good pace throughout the time trial until a small error resulted in a massive crash and I hit my head pretty hard, I had to make the mature decision to sit out the main race because I will never play with a head injury and my championship is already over after my bad luck earlier in the year, that said I look forward to some redemption at the final round.”

Published by: Grant Frerichs

BITTER SWEET CROSS COUNTRY EXCURSION TO WESTERN CAPE FOR HUSQVARNA RACING

NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP – PORTERVILLE | ROUND 5


The penultimate round of the Cross Country National Championship that took place near Porterville in the Western Cape this weekend was a bitter sweet one for Husqvarna Racing.

In what was described as a very challenging weekend on many fronts ranging from fuel shortage problems due to longer and faster than expected laps. “It was Brett Swanepoel’s crafty approach and smart race craft that saved the day and he fought back to claim the overall win once again,” said Grant Frerichs from Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa.

“We came away from Cape Town National with a good points lead, it was a real challenging day in all aspects but we managed to put up a good fight to the end and bring home the overall,” a clearly relieved Swanepoel said. Heading into the final round it bodes well for him to retain the red plate when the championship heads to Virginia trails KZN.

“Another challenging weekend with a whole host of bad luck but I showed I have the speed in time trial lapping a minute faster than anyone else but the fuel was a problem for us and unfortunately ruined my chance for another overall win but there is 1 more round left for redemption and I will make sure I give myself and the team the best chance possible” commented a despondent Michael Docherty.

Published by: Grant Frerichs

FIM ADVENTURE RALLY TUNISIA 17-22 OCTOBER 2022

The Tunisian Motorcycling Federation is organizing with its partners the Moto Club de Sousse and the event company MSE an adventure tourist rally that will cross the country from 17 to 22 October 2022.

The Tunisia Moto Adventure tour 2022 takes you to discover the beautiful landscapes of southern Tunisia with tracks and roads as varied as they are rich in driving pleasure and escape. After a night in a 5-star hotel in the capital Tunis, departure to the center through small roads and tracks between mountains and valleys for a second night in the city of Kairouan. The rally will then start directly in the South of the country for 4 memorable stages in the desert with accommodation in 5/4 star hotels or tents animated by beautiful evenings in oases or dunes and around wood fires. The arrival will be in the paradise island of Djerba with its breathtaking sunsets and large white sand beaches among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.

The registration fee is 650€ and it includes accommodation in hotels for six nights, three meals a day, assistance and organization fees.

Hoping to have you among the participants in this rally, we ask you to find attached the registration form as well as presentation brochures. The registration deadline is the end of September 2022 and you can send your registration form to the following email addresses:

  • contact.ftmaa@gmail.com
  • moto.tunisia.adventure.tour@gmail.com

Documentation:

FIM AFRICA ENVIRONMENTAL WEBINAR – WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2022 @ 19:00

Dear FIM AFRICA FMNs,

The FIM AFRICA Environment Chairman, Marius Matthee, will host an Environmental Seminar on Wednesday, 21st September 2022, between 19h00 and 21h30 (CAT).

The seminar is open to all delegates but will only be held in English, it would be appreciated if this information could be distributed to your FMN members who might be interested in attending.

Please register by clicking on the link below and note that the registration deadline is 19th September 2022.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JMHLV6Q

FIM AFRICA MX: SOUTH AFRICA DOMINATES, SEBUGUZI ENHANCES UGANDA’S PERFORMANCE

The African Motocross championships were a marvel; according to host country federation head Dipu Ruparelia.

Uganda played host to the FIM Africa Motocross of Africa Nations Championships at the Victoria Race Track in Garuga.

The continental championship was returning after two years of disruption from the Covid pandemic.

Riders from South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe joined hosts Uganda to put up exciting category races in the two days.

However, South Africa came top with the overall victory as well as individual titles in the respective classes.

South Africa registered victories in four of the seven categories.

Jayden Proctor (MX1), Callan Broskie (MX2), Breece Romans (MX125), and Aiden Retief (MX65) were all sublime as they asserted themselves throughout; sweeping their respective categories to claim African MX titles.

South Africa collected 654 points but it is the victory that could easily have been snatched by Zambia.

Zambia finished second just one point behind South Africa.  

Two victories; in the veteran category by Dale Holiday as well as the ladies class by Leah Heygate helped Zambia to a successful outing.

Hosts Uganda settled for third position overall. 

Uganda’s finish was spiced up by Malcom Gift Sebuguzi’s victory in the MX lite class. 

Sebuguzi topped two heats and came second in one. It was however a hotly contested class with South Africa’s Ronald Graven pushing the Ugandan to the limits.

Team captain Alestair Blick finished third in MX1, Miguel Katende came second with a heat win in MX65, Fatuh Kiggundu settled for second in MX2, and James Akena second in veteran class.

“Our expectations were to come in top three. There was a battle between South Africa and Zambia but at least we managed the top three.

“South Africa had all their top riders and we tried to battle with them for the points,” said Alestair Blick.

Kenya finished fourth followed by Botswana and Zimbabwe respectively. 

Next year’s round of FIM Africa will be hosted in South Africa.

Published by: Sharifah Namagoba Ramah – https://kawowo.com

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