The fifth round of the National Motocross championship took the Husqvarna Racing team to the highly esteemed racing track on the calendar, Teza in Richards Bay. Adding some flavour to the team is fill-in rider, Micheal Docherty, who is known in the racing scene after rising talent Barend du Toit had an unfortunate injury. The Husqvarna Racing team had a tough day in the saddle but still made up for some valuable points on the board.
Representing in the MX1 class, Josh Mlimi, had a good day in the office. Being a bit frustrated with the way he started the day, Mlimi found his flow in the second moto but unfortunately had a crash which placed him just off the overall podium. Commenting on the day Mlimi said, “I had a good day out on the track, had a challenging start to the day but I found my flow and really enjoyed the race.” He went on to say, “I gave it my everything but crashed in the last lap of the second moto and ended up just missing a spot on the podium.”
Filling in for the team in the MX1 and MX2 class was Micheal Docherty who came fresh from the Cross Country race last weekend in Ganyesa. Being back at the Motocross racing after Bloemfontein last year, Docherty showcased his determination and maintained some good speed claiming a solid overall P7 in the MX1 and a credible P5 in the MX2 while nursing a nagging wrist injury sustained at this year’s Dakar Rally.
Docherty commented, “Overall I had an enjoyable day, was a good day out racing again, been a while since I’ve raced MX since last year. I just tried to get back in the riding, getting my wrist all healed up and getting bike fit again.
Young talent Davin Cocker had a challenging day on his FC250, having a couple of crashes setting him back in the pack but managed to come back in the second moto enjoying the track a lot more and ending up with a commendable P8 in the MX2 class.
He said, “I didn’t have the best of days out on track with multiple crashes putting me on the back foot. I managed to come back in the second moto and work my way up to sixth where I really enjoyed the track but overall happy with my result and excited to build on coming back better and stronger for the next round.
Group manager Grant Frerichs commented, “The challenging track at Teza bit our riders a few times which results in multiple crashes. We will re-group and come out swinging in a few week’s time as we look to finish out the year strong.”
Published by: Grant Frerichs
Photography by: Mpho Ramathikithi for ZCMC Media