National Motocross Championship – Thunder Valley
The second round of the National Motocross Championship is one that Red Bull KTM won’t soon forget. The orange team put on a spectacular performance at Thunder Valley, Pietermaritzburg, as they stormed to the MX1, MX2, High School and Pro Mini Class victory respectively.
In one of the most exciting battles of the season, teammates Tristan Purdon and Cameron Durow went head-to-head in the race for MX1 and MX2 glory. After qualifying the fastest in both classes, Durow was third off the gate in the opening MX1 moto. The rider went on to chase down his competitors to win his first ever MX1 heat at a national event, with teammate Purdon right behind him.
After a few small but costly errors in the second moto, Purdon managed to reel Durow in and take the lead. Having snatched the second moto win, Purdon secured the MX1 victory overall.
“I’m always grateful to take the win! It wasn’t easy out there with the weather conditions, but I’m very happy with the way the day panned out and ready to move onto the next round in Bloemfontein,” said Purdon.
In the highly competitive MX2 Class, Durow stole the show. In what was a perfect day of racing for the rising star, he stormed to both moto wins to take top honours overall.
Adding to the memorable occasion for the team was an all-orange MX2 podium. Purdon secured second place for the day and young gun Jonathan Mlimi rounded out the podium in third. Having only stepped up to the MX2 Class this season, Mlimi put on an impressive performance and hopes to battle it out for the win in the rounds to come.
Adding yet another victory was Luke Grundy. The High School Class hero chased down his competitors in both motos to take the lead, where we went on to control the race from the front. With two moto wins and the victory overall, the rider commented: “There’s nothing as special as bringing home the win for your team. I would just like to thank them for everything they did to help me prepare for these amazing results.”
A cherry on the top of an unforgettable event was a victory from young gun Trey Cox. In what he describes as “the best weekend of his life” he stormed to his first ever double moto win in the Pro Mini Class. The talented rider has wasted no time in establishing himself as a favourite for the championship title as he blisters his way through one of his most impressive seasons yet.
Published by: Louwrens Mahoney