The second and third rounds of the National Hard Enduro took the Husqvarna Racing riders to the chilly surroundings of the Drakensberg mountains for the IMPI Hard Enduro. It was a noteworthy weekend for the team as power duo Travis Teasdale and Heinrich Aust were firing on all cylinders throughout the race weekend.
Teasdale onboard his Husqvarna TE 300 described time trial as always being his favorite to get his eye in and to get used to the conditions for the weekend ahead. He stormed to victory on day one of the race weekend leaving no stone unturned. Unfortunately, due to mechanical issues caused by treacherous rocky conditions left Teasdale fighting for valuable championship points on the second day ending up in P8 overall for the IMPI event.
Teasdale commented on the race saying, “It was a cold and early start to the first day. There was a big train of us just trying to navigate our way through the new terrain. I broke away from the pack in the gold loop and onto bronze home I broke away from William and pulled a decent size gap on the way home to take the win.”
He went on to say, “I pushed to break through the group on the second day, unfortunately, I heard a leak in my radiator which had the mechanics at DSP sorting it out super quick for me. Coming down the big pass I dropped off a step and the wall collapsed, bending my sprocket after losing about 2 hours it was a matter of bringing it home safe and steady to get some good points in the bag for the National Championship.”
Young prodigy Heinrich Aust started the weekend off on a good note on his Husqvarna TE 250 and gave an impressive performance ending well in the top 5 gold classifications on the first day of the IMPI. Staying focused on the end goal and leaving it all out on the field, Aust went on to snatch up second place on day 2 giving him second place overall for the IMPI event
Aust said, “I started off fairly slow on day one but I managed to do what I needed to do in order to stay in contention and then I pushed hard on day 2 to bring home second overall which I am really happy about. I am now looking ahead to the next round of enduro which is back to the traditional series.”
Grant Frerichs, group manager commented on the teams performance saying, “It was a bittersweet weekend for the team with Travis winning day one and then having numerous issues on day 2 while Heinrich showed great progression confirming his abilities as a hard enduro rider.
Published by: Grant Frerichs
Photography by: Megan Jonker – ZCMC Media