Husqvarna South Africa couldn’t have asked for a better return to the National Motocross Championship. The double-header event took place at Thunder Valley in Pietermaritzburg this weekend for rounds two and three of the series respectively.

Putting on a particularly impressive performance was young gun Neil van der Vyver. The rising talent completely dominated the 65cc Class from the moment the gate dropped and snatched victory in all four heats he competed in this weekend.

After a challenging start to the season, Van der Vyver has reinstated himself as the championship favourite and will head into the next round with the highly-sought after red plate.

“What a performance from our young gun! He raced his heart out in what can only be described as ‘muddy Maritzburg’ and was completely untouchable the entire weekend,” said Fred Fensham, Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager.

Teammate Maddy Malan exploded back into action with two holeshots and victory in both heats on Saturday. With a strong determination to reclaim the top step in his class, the rider left no table unturned as he fought his way back up the MX1 leaderboard.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better race! My Husqvarna machine felt amazing and I really enjoyed the track. It was a really good confidence boost for me,” said Malan.

The third round on Sunday presented a new set of challenges for Malan. Not only was the rider challenged by championship rivals David Goosen and Tristan Purdon, but by extreme weather conditions. After a day of fighting tooth and nail on a particularly unforgiving track, Malan managed to secure the third spot on the podium and some valuable championship points.

Ending off a successful weekend of racing for the team was new-recruit Dalton Venter. As he finds his feet in the MX2 Class, the rider grew stronger with every round and managed a top ten finish in his class.

The 2020 Motocross Championship will wrap up with another double-header in Bloemfontein from 24-25 October.

Published by: Husqvarna Motorcycles SA – Fred Fensham

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