On the eve of the 2023 MotoGP, Checkers Sixty60 has partnered with South Africa’s fastest man on two wheels, Grand Prix motorcycle racer Brad Binder, to deliver a dream to up-and-coming young biker, Oratilwe Phiri.

Ora, as he is fondly known, is a talented 14-year-old South African superbike racer from the West Rand in Gauteng, who aspires to be a MotoGP world champion. With more than 62 podiums already achieved, he is well on his way. He did, however, have one more dream – and that is to meet his hero, Brad Binder.

One of only three South Africans to ever hold the title of motorcycle grand prix world champion, 2016 Moto3 GP world champ Brad Binder (27) also started out in this sport at a very young age. First taking to the track in karts, he claimed the title of national champion at the age of eight. Two years later he moved on to two wheels and hasn’t looked back. He is currently in his ninth season as part of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team and recognised as one of the most determined and efficient racers on the MotoGP grid.

When Brad heard about Ora’s dream, he was all fired up to pay it forward to the next generation of racers.

Working closely with Ora’s parents, the young fan was brought to the Red Star Raceway in Delmas under the guise of a media interview. At the right moment, Brad, escorted by a team of Sixty60 drivers, made his way down the track.

“Ora had no idea I was there, and it was incredibly humbling to witness his surprise. I look forward to seeing this young man make his name locally, and globally, in years to come,” commented Brad.

“Sixty60 delivers groceries to tens of thousands of customers every day. For Ora, we wanted to deliver a moment of magic. His story and his keen ambition certainly resonate with our business, as we, too, strive for standout performance,” says Neil Schreuder, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for the Shoprite Group.

“We look forward to witnessing Ora’s journey ahead and we’d like to wish Brad all the best with the upcoming MotoGP season.”

With delivery in 60 minutes, at a fee of just R35, Checkers Sixty60 is the country’s number one on-demand grocery delivery service. The app has been downloaded more than 3.1 million times and the service now delivers in more than 400 locations nationally.

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National Hard Enduro Championship

The heat was on this weekend as the season Hard Enduro National Championship had its opening leg take place in Heidelberg. Not only was the podium hotly contested the heat combined with an intensely challenging route made for tough going but it was Travis Teasdale from Husqvarna Racing that nearly triumphed but eventually had to succumb and settle for second to the sheer class of Wade Young.
Teasdale mentioned he had to settle a few niggles in the early stages of the event but settled and began to push from the second lap. The heat was a major factor and tested even the toughest and fittest riders to the maximum. “I’m content with second but would obviously have liked to be able to fight harder in that first lap that set me back quite a bit but it is a good start to the season and I’m happy with my fitness and the new bike” Teasdale commented after his debut race for Husqvarna Racing.
Teasdale’s team mate Heinrich Aust had a mare of a day not being able to come to grips with the terrain. “This track had a bit of everything ranging from hardcore uphill, riverbeds, gullies and gut wrenching downhill which made for an extreme day out as it says on the label” Aust commented. He mentioned he took a lot of learnings out of the event and had to settle for P7, but already has his eyes set on the next event now the season is open.

Published by:  Grant Frerichs

Photography by:  Sage Lee Voges – ZCMC Media


Two days of intense testing work brought the 2023 MotoGP pre-season to a conclusion for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at the Algarve International Circuit. Brad Binder and teammate Jack Miller sifted through solutions for the settings of their KTM RC16s both for the long Grand Prix year ahead and for the first round of the series at the same circuit in a fortnight’s time. Brad ended the weekend 9th fastest.

MotoGP teams left the heat of Malaysia last month to reassemble and bask in the sunshine of the Algarve for the second and last appointment in preparation for 2023. The two-day session allowed the Red Bull KTM works squad to drill through solutions and options to be ready for the 21-race championship (and brand new Sprint format) as well as look towards optimum settings for the Grande Premio de Portugal at the same fast and technical circuit at the end of March.

Brad and teammate Jack were given a second opportunity to give their feedback on the potential of the RC16s around the 15 corner and 4.5 km layout in southern Portugal. The climate was steady and ideal for testing duties, even if the undulations of the track and diversity of the curves means it is a unique setting for bike behaviour and competitiveness.

Brad sat in P6 at one stage and ended the second day with the 9th fastest circulation just half a second from P1 and close to the lap record. The South African was reaching for rear grip but noted an improvement on Sunday.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing now have a few precious days back at the race workshop in Munderfing to condense the rest of the data accumulated in Portugal before the whole effort returns to the Algarve for the first real race action of ’23 on March 25-26.

Brad Binder:

“We made a good step forward today. We had to re-think things last night because I wasn’t that happy with what we were doing: the team did a great job to make me more comfortable on the bike and I could push a bit harder. We are closer to where we need to be. The time attack went better than I expected. There is definitely a step we can still make before the race but I think we are more or less ready to go into the season.”

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National Hard Enduro Championship

Hard Enduro National Championship season is officially underway and the Brother Leader Tread KTM team got their first taste of the podium when Will Slater managed to push through what was widely described as a hectically hot and harsh route. Slater’s P3 is a strong position for the team who are always in the hunt for glory.
When asked about his day Slater did not mince his words: “Rocks, heat and some hell, this was my first National with the KTM family and the fact I managed to put the KTM on the podium makes me happy.” He went on to say: “Wade and Travis were here today so we had our work cut out for us and we knew that from the start on top of that the track was super demanding as always.” “It was generally a good tough day and I was in the lead initially but I just faded off towards the end of the race which isn’t like me” he said and continued “we will work on that during the weeks to come but all in all happy with my performance.”
His team mates Dylan Jonker and Matthew Stevens had their challenges and respectively finished P9 and P12. Jonker indicated his main goal for the day was to put some points on the board which he succeeded in. Both riders learnt a lot from their mistakes and will be taking the learnings into the next round and continue to improve as the season progresses.

Published by:  Grant Frerichs

Photography by:  Sage Lee Voges (ZCMC Media)


Mike Ward, riding a 1936 Velocette 500, scored his second win in the iTOO-sponsored Durban-Johannesburg (DJ) rally for classic motorcycles, which started in Durban on 10 March and finished the next day in Benoni. He was not only presented with the magnificent, silver Schlesinger Vase floating trophy but, for the first time in many years he received a miniature of the trophy as a valuable keepsake.

This was the 51st running of this famous regularity trial which commemorates the annual race between the two cities which was held from 1913 to 1936 before the authorities withdrew permission due to safety concerns. It is for this reason that participating motorcycles must have been made prior to 1937.

Ward had a winning score of only 663 seconds error at the various timed control points on the 700 km route which was similar to that used in the road races. There was a total of 76 controls – 38 each day – so these low scores are amazing. Ward, who is always a strong contender for victory on these regularity trials, scored his first DJ Rally win as far back as 2004. He had the lowest score on Day 1 this year and was fourth on Day 2. This was Ward’s 24th DJ and the 15th time he had ridden his Velocette on this famous event.

Martin Kaiser, at 31 the youngest rider on this year’s rally, took second place overall with 672 seconds error and had the lowest score on Day 2. He rode a 1934 Sunbeam Model A 500. Third overall was five-times winner Gavin Walton (1936 AJS 500) with a score of 844, which was 20 seconds better than his brother, Kevin, who placed fourth on a 1931 BSA S31 Sloper 500.

There were 67 starters out of an original entry of 90 riders and 57 qualified as finishers. Weather varied from overcast, misty and damp to very hot. There were, unfortunately, two riders who crashed and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

Other previous winners who completed the route were Kevin Robertson, a seven-time winner, who placed eighth and three-time winner Martin Davis who took 13th place.

Eighty-seven-year-old Neville Smith was the oldest rider to complete the 2023 DJ, finishing 55th on his 1935 Rudge Rapid Touring 250, carrying the number 35 that refers to 1935, which is the year Neville was born and the year his Rudge was made! The oldest motorcycle to be classified as a finisher was a 1920 ABC, ridden by Peter Gillespie, which took 18th place.

Gavin Walton, who rode his trusty AJS for the 17th time on a DJ Rally, said it was a tough event for both motorcycles and riders this year due to deteriorating road surfaces very few competitors had the benefit of rear suspension on their old motorcycles.

1, Mike Ward (1936 Velocette 500) 663 seconds’ error
2, Martin Kaiser (1934 Sunbeam Model 9A 500) 672
3, Gavin Walton (1936 AJS 500) 844
4, Kevin Walton (1931 BSA S31 Sloper 500) 864
5, Ryan Duncan (1934 Norton Model 18 500) 932
6, Keith Kendall (1935 Velocette MAC 350) 1 187
7, Gawie Nienaber (1935 BMW 12 750) 1 450
8, Kevin Robertson (1936 Velocette MSS 500) 1 611
9, Dave Pitchford (1929 Sunbeam Model 9 500) 1 612
10, Neville Nicolau (1936 Norton Model 18 500) 1 626

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2023 National Cross Country – Round 1 – Legends

The offroad racing season is officially open and the boys in orange made sure they came home with plenty of points for the Brother Leader Tread KTM team following round 1 of the National Cross Country Series. The event was held at the all too familiar Legends Adventure Farm just outside of Pretoria.
It was a big test for the team with three riders coming back from injury and they did not disappoint. Brad Cox who crashed out of the infamous Dakar Rally early this year made amends and walked off with a classy win in the OR1 class as well as securing 3rd overall. “I’m really happy to be back racing considering my start to the season and looking forward to building on this” Cox commented still caked in dust and sweat.
Teammate Scott Heygate also on the mend after a significant knee op said it was a demanding route “I took it one lap at a time and enjoyed being back on the bike” he added. Heygate has his sights set firmly on the rest of the season and expressed his gratitude to the team for supporting him throughout and is looking forward to rake in some solid results. Heygate eventually finished 2nd in the OR2 class bringing more points into the fold for the team.
Matthew Wilson, who had surgery to his shoulder in December, knew he was in for a long day. “I knew my fitness was going to be under fire here but I felt pretty happy with my pace, the third lap the fatigue was starting to become a factor so I pushed up until the fourth lap before calling it,” he said knowing the season is still long and won’t be won or lost in a single race.
Stalwart Kerim Fitz-Gerald has his sights set on the overall victory once more even though he is riding in a new class this season tackling the competitive senior class. “Overall has always been my goal” Fitz-Gerald exclaimed. Fitz-Gerald had a roller coaster of a day suffering a small crash but thankfully I didn’t damage anything on the bike or himself. “There were some moments out on the route, I love the twisty stuff so pushed hard there” he said and added that all in all he had a good day on the bike. “Taking the win in seniors is a good start but I look forward to the rest of the season to try bring home the overall win” he said.
Megan Prinsloo from KTM South Africa said the team is content with two 1st places and a 2nd for a flying start to the season laying an excellent foundation to only improve on as the season progresses.

Published by:  Grant Frerichs – KTM Motorcycles SA

Photography by:  Sage Lee Voges – ZCMC Media


To mark International Women’s Day this coming Wednesday 8 March, the FIM has released a documentary entitled Women in Motorcycling.

Produced in conjunction with online broadcasting specialists WebsEdge, the FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM) has partnered with Can-Am, BMW Motorrad and MUNER University for this very special project with the aim of raising the profile of female motorcycle sport and inspiring the next generation of riders.

To watch the Women in Motorcycling documentary, click HERE

Featuring interviews with iconic female competitors, the twenty-two-minute film shares the inspirational stories of FIM World Champions Laia Sanz, Iris Kramer and Kiara Fontanesi along with trail-blazing road racer Andrea Coleman and up-and-coming prospect Ran Yochay.

A celebration of female motorcycle sport, Women in Motorcycling showcases three key areas in the motorcycle industry from on the road to engineering and racing.

“As soon as you put on the helmet it doesn’t matter what your gender is,” explains nineteen-year-old racer Ran Yochay. “What matters is our love for the sport and what matters is how we ride. If you’re good, you’re good – it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman.”

Janika Judeika, FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director: The FIM is devoted to making motorcycling an open, inclusive and benevolent environment for all. That is why the Women in Motorcycling Commission continuously seeks ways to showcase role models who can inspire more and more women to not only join our sport, but also strive in it, no matter which path or discipline they choose. Joining forces with WebsEdge, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am, and MUNER University was a great opportunity to deliver our message to a wider audience and show girls and women everywhere that they are strong, capable, unstoppable and, most of all, supported by an extraordinary community of people!”

Stephen Horn, CEO, WebsEdge:“We were delighted to partner with the FIM to produce a film that explores the challenges and achievements of women in motorcycling. This is a ground-breaking and unique point of view of women in the industry who have made a difference. As a company we feel strongly about advancing gender equality and breaking barriers, we know the most powerful way of doing that is to share knowledge and experiences through storytelling.”

Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “Women are a strong part of our BMW Motorrad community. We have more and more female participants in track days and it is great that their interest in being actively involved in motorsport is also rising. As BMW Motorrad, we support them with many activities. The FIM commitment to support women in motorsports is fantastic and it has high importance for us to be a part of it. Our common goal is to interest even more girls and women for bikes and for racing and to assist them on their way into motorsports. We are excited about a future with more and more female racers competing in the different levels and disciplines of racing.” – Watch the BMW Movie Click HERE

Francesco Leali, MUNER professor and Advanced Automotive Engineering Program Director: “MUNER is promoting the value of diversity, with the belief that being able to attract more and more talented young women is not only a matter of equality, but it is a requirement to enhance the overall quality of the world of motorsport. For years we have been carrying out activities that aim to encourage women’s empowerment through, among others, creating a valuable network at both the national and international levels.
The collaboration with FIM on the Women in Motorcycle project makes us proud and confident towards a richer and fairer future.” – Watch MUNER movie Click HERE

Martin Ethier, Can-Am Marketing Director: “Can-Am is extremely proud to once again be a corporate partner of the International Female Ride Day for 2023 and support this global movement. With the largest female presence of any powersports manufacturer and programs like Women of On-Road Can-Am is committed to breaking down barriers and opening the open road to all. We look forward to celebrating this amazing event and empowering the next generation of female riders.” – Watch CanAM Movie Click HERE

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Podiums all-round in opening Cross Country National

What    Trademore SA National Cross Country Motorcycles Round 1 Report
Where    Legends Farm, Pretoria
When    Saturday 4 March 2023
Community    South Africa National

Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Honda Racing came home from the season opening Trademore South African National Cross Country season opener at Legends Park with a bag full of trophies and top results on Saturday.

Michael Pentecost led the charge in fifth overall and second in open class OR1, with teammates Gareth Cole and Hayden Louw third and fourth in class, both also in the overall top ten. Wynand Delport and Warrick van Schalkwyk added two more silver medals in the Seniors and Masters classes, all of the teams four OR3 riders were in the 250cc top ten, and its junior riders starred too.

“Wow, that was a tough, hard race so I’m happy to have opened the season with a strong result and a good points haul,” Mike Pentecost explained. “My bike was not set up for this extremely tight and rough terrain, so I kept my cool and rode as fast as I could in the conditions. “My Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Honda was still tip top throughout, the pitstops were seamless and my team was on point all the way. “Now for Jolivet – bring it on!”

“The track was really rough and demanding and it never quite suited my style, so it was a long day in the saddle and I had to stay focused,” Gareth Cole reflected. “I had a slow start with two silly falls early on, so I had to play catch up. “Still, all things considered, I’m happy to salvage third in class and seventh overall. A good result for the team and for the championship. “I’m also happy to come away ready to race the next one! “

“That was a decent start!” Hayden Louw admitted. “My great team put a huge effort into this first race as always, but my time trial never went as planned. “I started 24th, so I had a lot of work to do. “I pushed where I could and paced myself on the harder bits and in the dust and got into a good rhythm. “I’m chuffed with ninth overall and fourth in class with a long year of racing still ahead of us.”

Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Honda racing also had a great day with two seconds in the elder classes “It was very rough and the Legends track was demanding,” Wynand Delport reported after a fine second in the Senior category. “My team did great and my equipment was better than par on a tough day. “I need to work on a few little things before we head out to Jolivet in KwaZulu Natal for the next national Cross Country race. “I love racing in KZN!”

Warrick van Schalkwyk doubled up with an epic and close second in Masters. “My shoulder spasmed last week and my chiropractor did what she could,” Warrick explained. “My bike was great, and I led early on, but I had to pick it out of a rut and manage the pain after that. “Then I felt better on the last lap and passed Pieter Holl but I collided with my teammate John Botha in the dust near the end. “I got up and rode home a surprised and sore second.”

Four Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Honda CRF 250 RF finished in the OR3 class top ten. Haydn Cole came home fifth, Tyron Beverley eighth, Noah Maartens ninth, and John Botha in tenth.

Haydn Cole was happy with a positive start to his season and some decent points in the bag. “That’s a top five finish in the very competitive OR3 class, so all good!” Haydn confirmed. “I struggled a bit early on but got to grips with a very demanding and rough track as the race progressed. “I’m also happy to come away in one piece after a few crashes on the day.”

Tyron Beverley fought back to eighth in OR3 after hitting a rock and breaking a few spokes on his machine’s front wheel early in the race. He was forced to return to the pits to change wheels. “My Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Honda had amazing pace and felt good, but a bit of bad luck cost me some positions,” Tyron explained. “No matter, there’s plenty racing left in this championship and I’m ready for the next one!”

“Legends went well despite me making a bit of a dodgy start,” Noah Maartens pointed out. “It went better as the race progressed and I was happy with my fitness, while my bike ran like a beast from start to finish. “I’m really keen for the rest of the season, so huge  thanks to Uncle Harry Grobler and the Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Honda team for making it all possible

“My first National of the year turned out to be a super rough day,” John Botha admitted. “I struggled with my setup and I really can’t say much about it, but that’s racing, so onwards and upwards! “Big thanks to my Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Honda team, Uncle Harry, and my family for all the support. “I will be be back and ready at the next one!”

It was also a good day for Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Racing in the junior classes as Murray Smith took National 85 cc honours with Jaden Els sixth and Liam Scheepers seventh, while Johandre Vermaak came home 13th in the hugely competitive 125cc high school class.

“All in all, that was a rough, tough and difficult season opener,” Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Honda Racing team boss Harry Grobler wrapped it up. “We scored three second places, a pile more podium positions and top ten finishes and our juniors also scored well. “That’s a great start to our national racing year and well done one and all, it’s just going to get better and better from here!”

*Honda Racing salutes its partners, Tork Craft Tools, The Franchise Co, Sleepover Motels, CIT Accessories, Motul Oils, Mitas, Leatt Protectives, Pollisport, TNT Nutrition, Galfermoto brakes & Nitro Mousse

Issued on behalf of Honda Cross Country

Photography by:  Action in motion


Wian Wentzel wins 250cc OR3, Pieter Holl Masters in National Opener

What    Trademore SA National Cross Country Motorcycle Round 1 Report
Where    Legends Farm, Pretoria
When    Saturday 4 March 2023
Community    South Africa National

Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Factory Kawasaki Racing enjoyed a winning start to its 2023 Trademore South African Cross Country Racing campaign. Wian Wentzel took a the 250cc OR3 victory on his class debut, while teammate Pieter Holl won the Masters’ class.

The team also starred across the board, as Cross Country debutant Ryan Angilley was an impressive fourth in OR3, Jaycee Nienaber a strong fifth in OR1 and Brian Bontekoning seventh in Masters after a promising start. In the Junior classes, Nathan Sinclair was seventh in 85 IPC, while Jake Pretorius had few issues but still almost cracked a National 85 top ten.

2022 SA 125 High School champion Wian Wentzel took a four minute debut 250cc OR3 victory in a splendid sixth overall aboard his little Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Factory Kawasaki KX 250 X. “What a day!” Wian beamed. “It started with a good qualifying result and I felt comfortable from the get-go.

“The track was very demanding and consisted of various terrains, but I kept it smooth and consistent throughout the day. “My Pepson Plastics Kawasaki handled perfectly and I am very happy to walk away with the win and sixth overall! “Huge thanks to the whole team for the slick pitstops and all the support. “Now let’s keep the momentum rolling!”

“My nerves at the start of a National are difficult to describe, but it was especially exciting to be starting my first National in almost 2 years,” Pieter reflected. “That’s what makes the Nationals different! “So great thanks to Iain and the Pepson Plastics Kawasaki crew for all his experience, and a team that keeps calm and collected, no matter the outcome.

“All in all, it was a great day out racing. “Riding a Japanese bike is always exciting and I also truly appreciate all my rivals, Wian and the GXCC team who made sure everything ran smoothly, and tough, just the way we like It. “It’s also great to see our sport growing in numbers, so let’s hope that we see even more sponsors and teams join in on the fun.”

Former five-time SA motocross champion Ryan Angilley made an impressive Cross Country debut on his Pepson Plastics Kawasaki in fourth in OR3. “This was my first ever cross country race, so I was still really unprepared. “It took a little time to understand how to read the track markings in the time trial, which led to mistakes and over shooting turns, so I ended up 26th!

“I started to get the hang of it by lap 3 and felt strong in the rocks. “That was strange, as I’d never ridden rocks before! “So I pushed there but had a crash which gashed my elbow. “It was sore, so I just rode for the finish and ended fourth in class and 11th overall.” I am really enjoying Cross Country racing and I will definitely be back for more and fighting for wins!”

“The opening Legends Cross Country round was a bit of a mixed bag for us,” Pepson Plastics Kawasaki team principal Iain Pepper concluded. “The guys showed incredible speed and determination, Wian won OR3 and Pieter took the Masters’ victory. “Ryan ended a brilliant fourth in OR3 on his Cross Country debut and Jaycee delivered a strong top-five in OR1.

“Brian was seventh in Masters’, Nathan seventh in the 85cc IPC class after running in second and Jake Pretorius had few issues but still almost cracked a top ten finish.  “It’s a pity our High School rider Jayden Boyce retired and we wish our OR1 man Taki Bogiages a quick recovery after his tumble after a great fifth in the time trial.

“We are more than proud of our strong start and Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Factory Kawasaki Racing is already looking forward to the next race at Jolivet in KZN on 15 April. “Bring it on!”

*Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki Factory Racing salutes Gilberts Mining & Engineering, the Reinhardt Transport Group, Michelin, Arai, Bikewise , Acerbis and Renthal handlebars for their support

Issued on behalf of Kawasaki Cross Country

Photography by:  Action in Motion


What SA Cross Country Motorcycle Championship ROund 1 Report
Where Legends Farm, Pretoria
When Saturday 4 March 2023
Community South Africa National

Davin opens SA Cross Country Motorcycle season on top

Factory Husqvarna OR2 rider Davin Cocker made the 2023 Trademore South African Cross Country Championship season opener his own at Legends Park outside Pretoria on Saturday. Cocker took an early lead and managed it throughout, to take the day from KTM trio Kerim Seniors winner Fitz-Gerald in second, OR1 winner Bradley Cox and second in OR2, Scott Heygate.

Michael Pentecost came home fourth overall on his OR1 Franchise Co Honda, ahead of OR3 winner Wian Wentzel’s Pepson Plastics Kawasaki, Honda trio, OR1 man Gareth Cole, Erik Merry’s OR3 machine and OR1 rider Hayden Louw, and Ryan Pelser’s Factory OR3 Husqvarna.

Cox may have taken the time trial from Pentecost, but Cocker led the main race from the outset. Davin set the quickest opening lap by a minute, from where he consolidated his advantage on every lap of the five. The real race was behind. Fitz-Gerald fought Cox off for second, while Heygate and Pentecost battled for fourth. Wentzel meanwhile held a watching brief as he kept Cole at bay in sixth.

Davin Cocker’s Husqvarna was close to nine minutes clear of second OR2 rider, Scott Heygate’s Brother Leader Tread KTM. Ride KTM Durban man Kyle Eggar was third in the 350cc 4-stroke class from KTM trio, lady racer Leah Heygate, who delivered an impressive ride ahead of Matthew Snyman’s 2-stroke 250.

Another Brother Leader Tread KTM lad, Bradley Cox took the open class 450 cc OR1 by almost four minutes from Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft Honda trio Michael Pentecost, Gareth Cole, and Hayden Louw in chase. Kawasaki lad Jaycee Nienaber and Ian Rall’s Honda were next home in the big bore class.

Wian Wentzel took a four minute debut 250cc OR3 victory for Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Factory Kawasaki. He beat Erik Merry’s Bikers Warehouse Honda and Ryan Pelser’s Factory Husqvarna Motocrosser Ryan Angilley made an impressive Cross Country debut for Kawasaki in fourth from Haydn Cole’s Honda, Branden Swanepoel’s Sherco, Ross Ramseyer’s KTM and Honda trio, Tyron Beverley, Noah Maartens, and John Botha.

Second overall, newly graduated Kerim Fitz-Gerald’s Brother Leader Tread KTM 350 took an utterly dominant 41 minute Seniors win from Wynand Delport on a Franchise Honda 450 and Louwrens Mahoney’s KTM 450. Rob Mulholland’s KTM 450 ended fourth from Club class duo Jandre Bosch on a Husqvarna 250 and KTM 300 man Kobus Jonck.

Pieter Holl’s Pepson Kawasaki KX 450 X took a two and a half minute Masters’ win from Warrick van Schalkwyk’s Franchise Honda 450 and Mielies le Roux’s KTM 450. Wayne Farmer was next on his KTM 300, from Anthonie van der Walt on a Sherco 300 and Francois Swanepoel riding his Husqvarna 500.

Luke Walker took a dominant four and a half minute Highschool win on his ASP Alfie Cox KTM from Ride KTM Durban lad Thomas Scales and Daniel Peckham’s Trademore Sherco. Rory Donaldson’s KTM was fourth in this highly competitive 125cc class, from Brandon Clarke and Blake Young’s KTMs, Yamaha lad Derek Karam, and KTM trio Nathan Westerdale, Andrew de Kock and Alecz Grobbelaar.

It was a good day for Husqvarna in the junior classes. Franchise Co Sleepover Tork Craft lad Murray Smith took National 85 cc honours ahead of Franco Fourie’s Roost KTM, Corbin Muller’s 444 Husqvarna. Mackenzie Bam and Drikus Van’s KTMs were fourth and fifth from Husqvarna kid Werner Kleinhans.

Willem Botha took his Megs Waterberg Husqvarna to IPC 85 cc honours from Hanju de Kock riding a similar Biker’s Warehouse machine and Behn van Schalkwyk’s Kawasaki. They were followed by KTM trio Katelyn Pretorius, Alexander Dillman and Gabriella Fotheringham.

GJ Coetzee and John-Luke van der Westhuizen made it another Husqvarna 1-2 in National 65 cc from Matthew Meyer‘s GasGas. Joshua Fotheringham’s KTM was next from Wilco Du Plooy’s Yamaha, and Cambeul du Preez’s KTM. And Dylan Bezuidenhout led Query Degenaar to a Kawasaki 1-2 in Junior Club from Ruben Rooza’s Husqvarna, Travis Levey’s Honda and Eben Scholtz on a GasGas.

The 2023 Trademore South African Cross Country Championship heads to Jolivet in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands for its second round on Saturday 15 April.

Issued on behalf of Trademore SA Cross Country