Hard-earned experience, time-proven excellence and exciting fresh blood combine in 2022 to form the new-look Repsol Honda Trial Team contesting the Hertz FIM Trial World Championship.

At the helm – as he has been since 2007 – is Toni Bou. The 35-year-old Spanish superstar needs little or no introduction with his 15 consecutive TrialGP crowns telling us everything we need to know about his sublime skills.

For 2022 he is joined by a rider at the other end of the career ladder. At the tender age of just 21, Spain’s Gabriel Marcelli already has two seasons in the premier class under his belt and is very highly regarded.

The two-man team will be managed by Japanese legend Takahisa Fujinami who retired from top-flight trial at the end of 2021 following a world championship career that lasted 26 years and spanned four decades.

Bou has been the main man in the team since signing to ride Honda’s all-conquering four-stroke machine for the 2007 season and despite his long tenure at the top the Catalan rider remains as motivated as ever.

“As always, our objectives are the titles and we are continuously preparing,” he said. “We will continue the line of work that we have been taking over these years.

“I would like to welcome Gabriel to the team. He is a very good rider and he rode some great trials this year. I’m sure that he will do really well and it will be good for the team. I also wish to congratulate Takahisa as the new team manager. I’m sure his experience will be positive for us.”

Marcelli, who hails from the north west of Spain close to the Portuguese border, won the 2019 Trial2 title before impressing in his rookie season in TrialGP when he claimed a debut podium on home ground and finished the year in sixth.

Despite slipping to seventh last year, there is no denying his undoubted talent and he could thrive following his promotion to the factory four-stroke.

“I am more than happy to join the best trial team in the world,” he said. “From now on maybe there will be more pressure. The fact of joining the Repsol Honda team gives you more responsibilities, you are in the eyes of everyone – being Toni’s team-mate [and] having such a good team, I think it will bring many great moments and I hope it will be a relationship that lasts for many years.

“I take over from Takahisa who has set the bar very high all these years. I will try to do my best and show that I am up to it and hopefully be at the top with Toni.”

World champion in 2004, Fujinami – or Fujigas as he is better known to his legion of fans – has enjoyed a stellar career. The youngest rider ever to win a TrialGP event, in 2021 he also became the oldest rider to win a TrialGP event when he triumphed aged 41 on day two at Tolmezzo in Italy.

“For me it is a great honour to be able to defend the colours of the Repsol Honda Trial Team as team manager,” he said. “The team has achieved great success and my intention will be to continue this long streak of titles and to collaborate in making the brand even bigger.

“Gabriel is a young rider with a promising future [and] with his entry into the Repsol Honda team we are sure that he will make a great leap forward in his career. He will be the team-mate of our great champion Toni Bou – what can you say about someone who has achieved so much?”

The 2022 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship is scheduled to get under way with the Japanese TrialGP at Motegi on May 20-22. For regular updates check out our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – just search for TrialGP.

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What GXCC Cross Coutry Final Report
Where Carletonville, Gauteng
When Saturday 4 December 2021
Community Gauteng Regional

Green machines finish the Cross Country season on a high

Kawasaki put the finishing touches to an incredible comeback cross country season. CIT Franchise Co. star Mike Pentecost added the overall GXCC Gauteng, OR1 and Northern Regions titles to his national OR1 championship with overall victory at a muddy Carletonville on Saturday.

It was a winning weekend all-round for Kawasaki, as Pepson Plastics Motul trio d’Artagnian Lobjoit came home second in OR1 and Taki Bogiages, Kyle Mackenzie and CIT lad John Botha ended second, third and fourth in OR3 as Taki and Kyle took second and fifth in that title chase.

“What a wonderful way to end an incredible year,” Pepson Plastics Kawaski Motul Racing team boss Iain Pepper admitted. “We made a brave call to race Kawasakis this season and to say that paid off is an understatement. “Then Mike Pentecost approached us and we made a plan to accommodate him. “The rest is history. ”To Mike, Taki, Kyle and to everyone else who came together to make this happen, a huge thank you. “We came, we saw and Kawasaki conquered. “Fantastic!”

“I had a lot to prove to a lot of people who probably thought I was a has-been!” Mike Pentecost explained. “I reached out to so many people who were never interested. “Then I told Iain Pepper what I wanted to achieve and without hesitation, he introduced me to Harry Grobler. “I must thank Iain for that. “Thanks to Harry and Chris at CIT Franchise Co, not just for their backing, but for setting an example of what a champion should be and leading our team to all these titles.

“My Franchise Co CIT Kawasaki KX 450 X proved itself beyond doubt. “Thanks also to the man with a plan, Mr. Roger Bergstrom from FCR Suspension, who put so much time and effort into my bike to give me that little edge that I needed from the get go. “To my family, who have never ever doubted, and always backed me through thick and thin, thank you! “And to my Kawasaki family, my OR1 teammate, D’artagnan Lobjoit and everyone else, well done. “2022, here we come!”

“Wow, that wraps up a brilliant Cross Country racing season,” D’artagnan Lobjoit explained. “To add a Kawasaki GXCC championship 1-2 to our national OR1 1-3 is a brilliant achievement in our maiden season! Thanks so much to Iain and my incredible Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul team. “My brilliant KX450X ran like clockwork throughout the season — this was a superb year all round!”

It was also a landmark race for Taki Bogiages, who bounced back second in OR3 after missing much of the late season to Covid. “I so enjoyed racing in great conditions with no dust after the rain,” Taki explained. “My Pepson Plastics Motul KX 250 X was awesome on the choppy, fast track and my team flawless with really fast stops. “I am also delighted with my first finish more than 3 months since Covid affected my lungs. “Now we focus on the off season — and 2022!”

Kyle Mackenzie likewise enjoyed a strong finish to his season right behind his teammate in third in OR3. “That was a fine, muddy weekend,” Kyle Macenzie pointed out. “My Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul KX250X felt amazing and I had a good run to end up third to close off a close fifth in the championship. “I am delighted with my progress as a rider this season and I’m hugely thankful to my whole Pepson Plastics Motul team for a brilliant season. “Bring on 2022!”

High School star John Botha was fourth on his OR3 debut for CIT Franchise Co Kawasaki and Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Racing Motul ran two guest riders in Carletonville. SA ladies motocross champion Kyla Raaff swapped her regular KX 250 MX machine for an X version and enjoyed a great battle to second with MX rival and cross country regular Leah Heygate. And multiple SA champion, cross country King Kenny Gilbert made a most popular return to the saddle, running in the OR1 top three for much of the race.

“In closing, I must thank our entire Kawasaki cross country operation for making our first season in green a dream come true,” Iain Pepper concluded. “Rest assured, we will be back, bigger and better in 2022!” CIT Franchise Co. Kawasaki team boss Harry Grobler added, “We have great plans for Kawasaki in Cross Country racing in 2022. “Watch this space for more news on our new season plans soon!”

Issued on behalf of Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing


What South African Cross Country Moto Trademore Announcement
Where Johannesburg
When Wednesday 1 December 2021
Community South Africa National

Trademore Group to sponsor Cross Country Motorcycle Nationals

The Trademore Group of Companies has taken up the title sponsorship of the 2022 MSA South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Series. Trademore, a company dealing in among others, petroleum, paraffin and feeds, and the MSA Cross Country Motorcycle Working Group confirmed the tie-up which will also strive to develop the sport and make it even more attractive to competitors across the board.

“It is an honour for Trademore to be asked to be the title sponsor for the 2022 MSA South African Cross Country Motorcycle Series,” Trademore Group of Companies owner Kim Lawrence du Plessis confirmed. “We find so much pleasure and adrenalin in being able to give back to a sport that means so much to our children, family and friends. “We also want to help riders who love the sport, but find it really tough to compete due to financial pressure.

“We have made so many special friends and visited beautiful places in our beautiful country that we’d likely never have seen were it not for this great sport. “We salute all the racing organisers and parents who give up their precious time and money to make it happen. “We are confident that 2022 will be a special season with Kyle and the MSA Cross Country Working Group’s ideas, so may 2022 be a truly special year for us all. “Safe racing from the Trademore Group of Companies!”

“We are extremely grateful to Kim Lawrence du Plessis and the Trademore Group team for backing us for 2022,” MSA Cross Country Motorcycle Working Group chair Kyle Enslin added. “MSA and its Working Group has put loads of effort in to bolster a vital facet within local motorsport and the MSA Cross Country Series has made good, steady progress over the past two years. “Now having a world class title sponsor in the Trademore Group further solidifies our gains and successes.

“The MSA Cross Country Working Group would also like to take this opportunity to salute our 2021 South African champions, Bradley Cox, Mike Pentecost, Davin Cocker, Wade Blaauw, Greg Nairn and Dylan Jones. “Overall and OR2 champion Bradley Cox enjoyed a splendid season on his Brother Leader Tread KTM. “He now joins the long line of SA Cross Country champions including his dad Alfie, to tackle the Dakar in January. “We wish him the best of luck in Saudi Arabia!

“Our OR1 open class champion Michael Pentecost is the epitome of what we are trying to achieve in Cross Country racing. “Mike was scratching along on a banged-up old bike and begging used spares and tyres when CiT Franchise Co came along and put him onto one of its brand new Kawasakis. “Mike never looked back and went on to beat the biggest names in the sport to steal a fairytale title. “That’s what it is all about! “We also greatly appreciate Pepson Plastics’ Iain Pepper’s efforts to bring Kawasaki back to our sport.

“Davin Cocker showed a steely resolve to bounce back and swipe a tightly fought last gasp OR3 title for Rockstar Husqvarna. “Moving onto our elder statesmen, Wade Blaauw was unbeaten as he stormed to yet another over-36 year old Senior championship on his Roost KTM. “And Greg Nairn fought hard on his Husqvarna for his over-46 Masters title.

“Last but not at all least, the junior classes. “Dylan Jones did the hard yards through the season on his KTM and cruised home to clinch a close High School title. “Cobus Bester won the last three rounds on the trot en route to take the primary school age Interprovincial 85cc Junior championship. “Our junior primary Interprovincial 65cc class is meanwhile nurturing our Cross Country heroes of the future. “We cannot wait to watch them develop and thrive.

“Now we look forward to an epic 2022 season as the Trademore Group South African National Cross Country Series. “It all kicks off with the the first round outside Pretoria on 26 February before five more punishing races all around the country. “Bring it on!”

Issued on behalf of Trademore SA Cross Country


Supporter of the FIM Awards since 2012, FIM Global Partners since 2015 and title sponsor of the FIM World Superbike Championship, Motul is a brand synonymous with motorcycle sport, with a rich and varied history.

Since the 1950s the French company has, in its own words, placed immense value in using motorsport as its ‘prime creative and ingenious laboratory’. The legacy of this real-world research is a huge depth of knowledge in understanding the demands of racing at the very highest level and, as part of the FIM Quality Product for lubricant category, all Motul lubrication products now display the FIM Quality Product logo on their packaging.

In 2020, Motul-supported World championship winners included MotoGP champion Joan Mir — the super-consistent Spanish rider helping Suzuki to an historic win at the very highest level of motorcycle racing for the first time since taking the 500GP title with Kenny Roberts Junior in 2000.

Motul’s focus and success is not limited to the racetrack, however, and its commitment to off-road sport was reinforced this year when it became the FIM ISDE Main Partner, this challenging multi-day enduro providing the ideal event to showcase Motul’s products and brand values.

This racing spirit combined with a high-quality product range that covers every possible two-wheeled application, across a huge range of motorcycle sports, has ensured ongoing success for Motul and its supported teams and riders across multiple disciplines. We look forward to celebrating an array of World championship titles ranging from MotoGP to Ice Speedway with Motul at this year’s event.

Reinforcing their loyal relationship with the FIM, Fabrizio D’Ottavi – Motul Group Powersports Communication Manager said: “Motul congratulates the motorcycle sport community and its champions, is the motto that links our brand to the prestigious FIM Awards. A moment and a place of dreams where the efforts and challenges of a season, I could say of a lifetime, of riders from all the different motorcycle disciplines are celebrated in front of the entire motorcycle sport community.”

“Motul, as a company heavily involved in the sector, could simply not miss celebrating two years of great successes. We have great memories of the Suzuki ECSTAR Team winning the MotoGP World Championship in 2020 with Joan Mir; the MXGP title taken by Honda rider, Tim Gajser with the HRC MXGP Team the same year; right up to the most recent Endurance World Championship won by the Yoshimura SERT Motul Team. An intense journey of successes always makes us proud to be next to these great riders and teams!”

Fabio Muner – FIM Marketing & Digital Director concluded by adding. “We are very proud of this long and loyal association with Motul and are thankful for their continued support across various FIM corporate programmes and events. Over an extended period, the collaboration has proved to be a very successful one, and one that has brought great benefits to both parties. Motul is highly active brand in our community and this is reflected both in their presence and status, and shows what can be achieved through close and effective partnerships.”

Picture Caption: FIM medals during the FIM Awards 2019 at Monaco Motul



FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM) had its first commission meeting 15 years ago in Salvador Bahia, Brazil. The decision to create the commission was done earlier that year in February 2006 and in June the FIM also signed the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport.

During the last 15 years the CFM has focused on providing more opportunities for women involved in all motorcycling activities and making the motorcycling world more inclusive. Today the CFM launches its 15-year anniversary video presenting the highlights of the past decade and a half. As the video demonstrates, at the moment women have their own World Championship series in Trial, Motocross and Enduro and World Cup series in Snowcross, Cross Country and Baja. The number and level of riders have grown year after year providing some very interesting battles for the spectators.

Beside the sport activities the CFM has recently put more focus on training and inspiring women to aim for the leadership roles within motorcycling. As a second part of the anniversary campaign the commission will launch the second edition of the “Dream Big” book that presents many inspiring stories of women from different roles within the motorcycling world.

FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director Nita Korhonen: “The last 15 years have been a great adventure for our commission and a lot has happened since our first meeting in Brazil in the autumn of 2006. Today it is natural that women can succeed and even win World Championships in motorcycling against male competitors, but we hope to see also more women in the leadership roles on a national and international level. Today we celebrate the last 15 years with our milestone video and as a second part of the celebration campaign we will soon launch the successor of the Dream Big book. The third and final part will be a big surprise that we hope will show the direction for the future of the CFM.”

FIM President Jorge Viegas: “Women are a natural part of motorcycling and the FIM strongly supports the presence of women in all the motorcycling activities worldwide. We need more diversity in motorcycling and we all have to work towards a more equal and more gender balanced world. The FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission has done a brilliant job over the past 15 years and during this time we have seen many great achievements and milestones. I hope that one day women will be so well represented in motorcycling that there is no longer a requirement to have a dedicated women´s commission anymore.”


Wade Young (Sherco Factory Racing powered by Motul) made it 4 in a row and his sixth Roof win overall, by winning the 53rd edition of the Motul Roof of Africa in a wet and windy Lesotho on Saturday. Young was followed home by the Gas Gas duo of Travis Teasedale (Trax TT Racing) who ended up just over 28mins behind the leader with Matthew Green (TT Racing) a further 44mins behind Teasdale.

The day didn’t go completely to plan for Young as a navigational issue saw him forced to return to the DSP and re-run a section of the route that had been missed. Following the treacherous conditions experienced by competitors on Race Day 1, organisers, Live Lesotho, made a change to the format for the final day to avoid riders being caught out in torrential rain once again, whilst still preserving the true spirit of the Roof.

“I’m really happy to win my 6th Roof, it was a proper test with the changing weather conditions and a wet Roof is always going to test the mind and body, I’m just relieved it’s over and now it’s time to celebrate a long year!” said Young.

Matt Green was also happy to see the finish line and was overcome with emotion, “It was a really long weekend, the guys did a great job again this year and I’m very happy to be on the podium. ”

Fourth and fifth places in the Gold Class, respectively, were taken by William Slater (TBR Suspension) and Blake Gutzeit (Brother Leadertread KTM). All the riders agreed that the weather conditions and a tough route, made this one of the most challenging Roof’s that any of them could remember.

“On behalf of Live Lesotho, I’d like to extend my congratulations to all competitors who came and conquered this year’s event,” commented Race Director Charan Moore. “I also want to thank all of our team members who worked really hard in extreme conditions to deliver this year’s Motul Roof of Africa and ensure that it was a worthy successor to the iconic events of the past,” he added.

“I think this year’s event was a very good reflection of what the Motul Roof of Africa is all about,” said Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean. “The performances of all of the riders that finished shows how the human spirit can triumph over adversity, and that’s something we’ll always celebrate at Motul,” she added.

Young’s triumph was the big news of the day, of course, but other remarkable achievements were unfolding in his wake.

The Silver class saw only 9 finishers from 89 starters and it also happened to have the closest podium finish of the event. Sage McGregor took a well-deserved victory over Jason Stay by less than 7 minutes and despite setting the fastest time of the day, Whitey Oosthuisen (One Nine Auto) came in third overall, less than 2 minutes behind Stay.

Meanwhile, in the Bronze Class, Rory Gower led the class from start to finish to take first overall, followed by father and son duo Pieter Holl (Bert Smith All Stars) and Jukka Holl in Third. The Bronze class fared the best in the race against attrition with 131 finishers from 199 starters.

Tiaan Rabe made Motul Roof of Africa history – his will be the first-ever name on the Iron Class trophy and he was followed home by Manuel Ferreira and Kowie Lombard

Follow all the latest action and find awesome Roof images and video on the Motul Roof of Africa Facebook page throughout the race.

Issued by Listen Up on behalf of Live Lesotho and Motul


There was a palpable sense of excitement at Thaba Bosiu, Lesotho on the morning of Thursday 25 November 2021 as the 2021 Motul Roof of Africa got under way. The adrenaline was tempered by relief – not only that the threatened rain held off for the entire morning, but also that the Roof was happening at all.

This lent itself to a warm and genuine sense of community as old friends and rivals met up again – in many cases, for the first time since the last running of the Roof back in 2019.

Once the pleasantries had been observed, the serious business of the Time Trial got under way. This year, the signal for hostilities (of the riding kind) to be resumed was a wave of the iconic blue, white and green Lesotho tricolor by the King of Lesotho, King Letsie III. His Majesty was accompanied by the Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Moeketsi Majoro and a delegation from the Lesotho Government.

“Despite the clouds, all the Gold, Silver and Bronze Class competitors got to enjoy a nice, dry, clear run, as did most of the riders in the newly introduced Iron Class. With a mix of fast, flowing sections and some more challenging technical areas, this was 55km of classic Lesotho riding and served as an excellent curtain raiser for this year’s event,” commented Charan Moore, Race Director and Founder of Live Lesotho.

Occupying the podium at the end of the Time Trial were Travis Teasdale (Trax TT Racing) who recorded the fastest time of the day with 1:28:51. In the process, he edged out defending champion Wade Young (Sherco Factory Racing) who took second place, just 20 seconds behind Teasdale. Matt Green (TT Racing) finished in third, a further 3 minutes 35 seconds behind Young. Coincidently, all three riders on the Gold Class podium have recently returned from competing on the European Hard Enduro circuit and it showed in their performances today.

“We’re delighted to be back at the Motul Roof of Africa and to see that the standard of riding is as high as ever,” commented Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean. “Today’s Time Trial really delivered when it came to excitement, and the stage has been set for an epic showdown in the Maluti Mountains from tomorrow – exactly the sort of racing that has made the Roof a Hard Enduro legend,” she added.

Competition was equally fierce in the Silver Category, with 2019’s Bronze Class winner Austin Stuart (Orange County KTM) making his intentions clear with a blisteringly quick time of 1:42.19, almost 10 minutes quicker than second-placed Anthony Abrahamse (Roost KTM).

Similarly in the Bronze Class, Time Trail winner Rory Gower came in almost 10 full minutes ahead of veteran Pieter Holl (Bert Smit Allstars).

For the first time, the Roof included an Iron Class for ‘weekend warriors’ and this naturally generated a lot of interest, as well as giving rise to some excellent performances – not least Tiaan Rabe who finished ahead of Chris Weideman (Zenga Plant Hire).

“With rain predicted for the next two days, it’s safe to say that the 2021 Motul Roof of Africa will represent a formidable challenge to all those who have entered,” concluded Moore. “The Mother of Hard Enduro is back!”

Follow all the latest action and find awesome Roof images and video on the Motul Roof of Africa Facebook page throughout the race.

Live Lesotho is an adventure sports and event management company specialising in motorsports events and tours in Lesotho. They have a successful track record of organising high-profile events and are passionate about encouraging more people to experience Lesotho.

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The heavy overnight rains that continued into Race Day 1 at the 2021 Motul Roof of Africa proved to be a decisive factor. Along with low cloud, a sense of nervous anticipation had settled over the start line by the time the first Gold Class riders headed off at 6am.

Traditional Hard Enduro wisdom holds that ‘a wet Roof is the toughest Roof’, and this old adage was certainly borne out by today’s events. Intermittent rain throughout the morning made conditions more treacherous – a state of affairs exacerbated for the run from the second unassisted fuel stop back to the DSP when the rain began to fall in earnest.

Gold Class Time Trial winner Travis Teasdale (Trax TT Racing) and defending champion Wade Young (Factory Sherco Racing) were involved in a duel all morning with Young managing to claw back time and overhaul Teasdale to lead by some 5 minutes by this fuel stop. Matt Green (Teasdale’s TT Racing teammate) was a mere 2 minutes back down the route and still properly in the hunt.

In previous editions of the Roof, Young has shown an ability to thrive in exactly this kind of inhospitable weather, and today proved to be no exception. Heading into the aptly named ‘Emotions’ pass, with the rain falling harder still, the five-times Roof winner put the hammer down and accelerated away from his rivals.

By the time he reached the DSP, Young had extended his lead over Teasdale to an impressive 32 minutes, with Matt Green another 18 minutes behind. The top 5 was rounded out by stellar performances from William Slater (TBR Suspension) and Luke Walker (McLarens Yamaha Racing).

“This morning we stayed together for quite a while but when the bigger passes and the rain arrived, I was able to make up some good ground,” commented Young. I’m happy with my time of 7:40:15 for today – it was a tough one because it was so cold, but I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” he added.

With no sign of the rain abating, the organisers were forced to change the planned route for the day and move the finish line for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Classes to the DSP, shortening the day’s Gold route by around 62km.

This decision was vindicated by the fact that as of 5pm, only 8 of the Gold Class riders had finished – and the last of these had spent almost 12 hours in the saddle. At the time of going to press, only 5 Silver Class riders had completed the curtailed course.

At this stage, today’s results are still provisional, but the top 3 places in the Silver Class were occupied by Jason Dames (GBJ Developments), Bryden Foster and finally Sage McGregor.

Over a hundred of the 200 Bronze Class riders were still out on the course at 5pm; of those that had crossed the line, the best time was recorded by Rory Gower, followed by Pieter Holl and Jukka Holl.

The newly introduced Iron Class was the only one in which riders continued on the original course, with Tiaan Rabe being the first to reach Thaba Bosiu.

With much more rain forecast for Saturday’s Day 2, a great deal remains to be decided. However, looking at the commanding lead that Wade Young has established, it would take something of a slip-up for him not to retain the Motul Roof of Africa title again this year.

Follow all the latest action and find awesome Roof images and videos on the Motul Roof of Africa Facebook page throughout the race.

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As the 2021 season slowly draws to a close, riders are gearing up for the Motul Roof of Africa, the pinnacle of the hard Enduro calendar.

After their recent performance in the National Extreme Enduro Championship, all eyes will be on Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Brett Swanepoel and Heinrich Aust. In an unforgettable season finale, the pair took top honours in the E2 and E1 Class respectively.

With a slender one point lead, Swanepoel entered into a winner-takes-all battle with Luke Walker. While he started off with a blistering pace, Swanepoel describes hitting a wall after a few climbs into the route. With his sights set on glory, the rider dug deep and finished third overall and second in his class – a result that secured victory in his class overall.

“I’ve done many races in my career, but I can undoubtedly say that this was the toughest day I’ve ever had on a bike before. By the last lap I was counting down the metres to the finish,” said Swanepoel.

After a recalculation of the championship points it was recently revealed that Swanepoel also claims the title of Overall National Enduro Champion. Combined with his Extreme Championship victory, the rider takes the highest honour in the National Enduro Super Series Challenge (NESS) this year – a combination of the Extreme and National Championship.

“The Extreme Enduro Championship holds a lot of value in this country, so to win it is something I take great pride in. I was gutted when I heard I didn’t win the National series, so to discover I won that too made it one of my sweetest wins yet!” said Swanepoel.

Adding to the team’s bragging rights is another Extreme Championship title from young gun Heinrich Aust. His class victory skyrocketed him to the top of the NESS leaderboard, where he finished right behind his teammate in second.

It’s been an incredible debut season for the rising star who was recruited by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna this year. With the “Mother of Hard Enduro” looming large in Lesotho later this month, the rider will certainly make the most of the opportunity to take the event by storm.

“The final Extreme event was my favourite – it was super technical. Husqvarna made sure I had the best weapon on the start line. My bike felt good and my body felt strong – it was just an awesome day of racing and it gave me a massive confidence boost as the Roof approaches,” said Aust.

Published by: Fred Fensham

Photography by: Sage Lee Voge (


New Riders Revealed for 2022 Season

KTM South Africa is proud to announce a star-studded line-up of riders that have been added to the Brother Leader Tread KTM and Red Bull KTM team for 2022. In a massive scoop for the team, Blake Gutzeit will be stepping onto a KTM 300 XC-W TPI from November 2021.

Hailing from the small town of Oslo Beach on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal Natal, Gutzeit has rapidly become one of the most technically gifted riders in the world. Gutzeit’s first memory on a motorbike is at the age of three, but his racing career only actually started from about the age of 14. The rider is a former Junior World Champion in SuperEnduro and currently lies fifth in the World Championship Prestige Class.

His glittering resume includes a National Enduro title, a fourth place at the Roof of Africa and finishing the Erzberg Rodeo. By his own admission, he mentions that his performances in the extreme Enduro races around the world haven’t quite lived up to his own lofty expectations – something he will be desperate to set right with his new team at the Roof of Africa. While Gutzeit has had minimal time to switch his preparations from the upcoming SuperEnduro season to training for this year’s Mother of Hard Enduro, he reveals his plan to win the prestigious event.

“Joining an official factory team is going to make it so much easier to focus all my attention on winning at the Roof, which is my number one focus with the team. I just love to win and it is one hundred percent my goal to stand atop the podium at the Roof of Africa next year and to attempt to do the same this year,” he said.

After the call to join the team from KTM CEO Franziska Brand, he added: “Brandl has been instrumental in bringing such a fire back to KTM and also the National Enduro Championship. She is a big part of the reason why the sport is going through a revival in South Africa.”

Brother Leader Tread KTM have also managed to capture the signing of the hugely exciting Enduro prospect Matthew Stevens, who will be riding in the J1 class on the KTM 125 XC next season. Stevens is the youngest ever finisher of the Gold Class at the IMPI Enduro and is already a two time national Enduro Champion.

Stevens has massive dreams and tells the story that at the age of nine he wrote his goals on the ceiling above his bed in permanent marker – one of those goals being to win the Roof of Africa in 2023. Stevens has a hugely impressive work ethic and he stands by the ethos that his father has put in place for him: “Any goal is 100% doable if I have a plan, put in the work, surround myself with good people, and have a never-say-die attitude,” he said.

In the highly competitive field of Cross Country riders, Brother Leader Tread KTM will unleash the flying Zambian, Scott Heygate. The rider will represent the orange squad in the OR2 Class aboard a KTM 350 XC-F.

The 20 year old lives on a farm on the outskirts of a small town in Zambia called Chingola and practically grew up on a 50cc that his grandfather bought him at five years old. Heygate has since gone on to win the Zambian Motocross Championship the last five years in a row and in 2021 finished second in the South African National Cross Country Championship in the OR3 class.

The team will also be adding young gun Matthew Wilson to their cross country roster, who will competing in the OR3 Class next season. The 17 year old has been winning championships since the age of nine with multiple Gauteng Regional and National Championships under his belt.

Wilson first stepped onto a bike at the age of three and by age eight was already going bar to bar with his rivals on a 65cc. The rider does most of his riding at Rhino Park and is also dedicated to putting in the work off the bike with a rigorous gym schedule.

Joining the fray on the motocross scene is Luke Grundy. The young gun will represent the Red Bull KTM team in the High School class in 2022 aboard a KTM 125 SX with his sights firmly set on being crowned the National Champion next year.

Grundy lives in Amanzimtoti, Durban, and does the large majority of his training at Cato Ridge, Thundervalley and Hammersdale. The prodigious young talent has represented South Africa at the FIM Junior World Championships in Italy in 2019 and attributes his already lengthy list of successes to a relentless work rate.

Grundy expressed his immense admiration for the Red Bull KTM team and admitted that he is honoured to race for what he considers the best racing team in the country. Grundy will bring a massive dose of youthful energy and pace to the team and he will be frothing to fight for his first holeshot for his new team.

The remaining riders of the Red Bull KTM and Brother Leader Tread KTM team will be announced at a later stage.

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA

Picture Caption: Blake Gutzeit signs wih Brother Leader Tread KTM.


National Motocross Championship – Season Finale

The National Motocross Championship came to an unforgettable close for Red Bull KTM in Pretoria this weekend. The team snatched up three national titles as Tristan Purdon took top honours in both the MX1 and MX2 Championship respectively, and young gun Jonathan Mlimi stormed to victory in the High School Championship. Adding to the celebrations at the orange camp was some silverware from Cameron Durow and Trey Cox, who finished second in their respective classes.

As a fairly new track on the racing circuit, Legends MX leveled out the playing field and ensured that there were no favourites on Saturday. With a comfortable lead and one hand on the MX1 Championship, Purdon put on one of his best performances of the season to secure the prestigious title for the second consecutive year.

With a flag-to-flag win, the rider was elated with his performance. He commented: “What a special moment. Thank you to everyone that has helped get me here and especially to my awesome team for everything that they provide for me. Now let’s get 2022 on the road!”

With a slightly less comfortable lead in the MX2 Class, Purdon lined up to fight tooth and nail with teammate Cameron Durow. As one of 2021’s newest recruits, the talent-stacked Durow held nothing back as he raced to not only set the fastest qualifying time, but take the victory in both motos.

All Purdon had to do to snatch the championship, however, was to closely follow his teammate to the finish line. With a performance that showcased the promising future of both riders, the Red Bull KTM team couldn’t be more excited for what next year has in store.

“It was one of my best races of the season – I gave that last round everything I possibly could. Only four points kept me from winning the championship. I’m also really proud of my progress in MX1– I managed to finish second in both heats. I am more motivated than ever and can’t wait to see what next season has in store – a huge thank you to my team and everyone that’s in my corner,” said Durow.

In yet another stellar performance, Jonathan Mlimi took a clean sweep to win the High School Championship. All the rider had to do was put the finishing touches on the 46-point lead that he’d established by the final round. With yet another double win, Mlimi takes the prestigious title for the second year in a row.

“To be honest, I didn’t start the year off too well. I managed to get it together throughout the season and achieve what I’d set out to do. This is a back-to-back championship, which makes it even more special! Thank you to my sponsors and everyone that’s been behind me,” said Mlimi.

Like Durow, Red Bull KTM’s Trey Cox only narrowly missed a national title. With a slender lead, he entered a three-way battle for the Pro Mini Championship this weekend. After a demanding day in the saddle, the rider missed the top step by a mere three-point deficit.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow to know I missed the championship by only three points, especially after I had the red plate for five rounds. That’s racing, though, and I can only come back stronger! I’m still stoked with how my rookie Pro Mini year went. Thank you to my team for the opportunity and believing in me,” said Cox.

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA

Photography by: Sage Lee Voges


What South African National Motocross Finals Report
Where Rhino Hills Park, Pretoria
When Saturday 20 November 2021
Community South Africa National

Purdon does the double as MX titles come to a head at Rhino Park

Tristan Purdon was the star of the day as he wrapped up both the 2021 Cannabis Energy Drink TRP Distributors South African MX1 and MX2 senior motocross titles at Rhino Park near Pretoria on Saturday. Grant Frerichs meanwhile won the MX3 title, Kayla Raaf is the ’21 SA Ladies and Joshua Mlimi the High School champion. Emmanuel Bako, Matthew Correia, Blade Tilley and Trenton Kretzman meanwhile took the four Junior SA MX titles.

Red Bull KTM hero Purdon romped to a back-to-back MX1 title with yet another premier class double over teammate and closest title rival Cameron Durow. David Goosen clinched the title third for Energy Drink Husqvarna with a tie on points for third for the day with Yamaha lad Jesse Wright as they shared out the third and fourth places. Jayden Proctor’s KTM, Arnu Saaiman on a Honda and Johan Vogelesang’s KTM were next home.

Cameron Durow did the 250cc MX2 double, but all teammate Tristan Purdon had to do was follow him home to take his second ‘21 title. Which is precisely what he did to take it by a handful of points. David Goosen took both third places too, to end third in the title chase behind Durow, with KTM duo Leonard du Toit and Jayden Proctor who were next up following a day long duel with Cross Country refugee Davin Cocker’s Husqvarna.

Husqvarna rider Grant Frerichs wrapped up the MX3 title with a double win over Ian Topliss’ Yamaha, with the Hondas of Bruce Viljoen and Philip Harper next up. And Kayla Raaff rode her Kawasaki to another South African Ladies Motocross title with a double win over KTM lass Leah Heygate. The de Lima sisters, Jadene and Cheyenne were next up on their Husqvarnas.

Jonathan Mlimi put the finishing touches to another SA High School 125 cc Motocross championship with another double win on his Red Bull KTM. Miguel de Waal’s KTM was second in both motos. Husqvarna rider Luke Grundy and Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha lad Ethan Hoffman shared out the thirds and fourths ahead of Callan Broskie’s Husqvarna and Blake Young and Bryce Perersen’s KTMs.

In perhaps the Cannabis Energy TRP SA Motocross title fight of the year, Emmanuel Bako completed a remarkable come from behind championship win with double 85 cc Pro Mini victories over Neil van der Vyver and Ryan Adler in a Husqvarna 1-2-3. Championship leader leading into the finale, Trey Cox’s Red Bull KTM tied for fourth with Jordan van Wyk on another Husqvarna on the day, ahead of Cobus Bester.

KTM kid Matthew Correia played it safe en route to his 85 cc Junior title. He simply followed Tyler Petersen’s Husqvarna home to second in each race. Tyla Sheppard emerged a surprise third in the small-wheel 85 cc class ahead of regular frontrunners Andrew Venter’s KTM, Caden Weise on a Husqvarna and KTM kid Kassim Hassim.

Aiden Henley’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha was unstoppable en route to a double 65cc motocross win over title contender Blake Frost’s KTM and Husqvarna lad Sven Larsen. But none of that was enough to prevent Blade Tilley’s GasGas from scraping home to take the title with fourth on the day. He fought off Chris Brindley and Nicol Smit’s Husqvarnas for those vital points.

And a win and a third en route to second on the day behind Rayden Woolls’ GasGas, was enough for Trenton Kretzmann to wrap up the baby 50cc motocross title. Yamaha lad Cassie van Zyl held Aiden Retief’s KTM off for third ahead of Lou Rademayer’s Husqvarna and Hendrico Barwise on a Gas Gas. James Riley was next up ahead of Kaylin Oosthuizen’s KTM.

2021 proved after another challenging SA Motocross year that evolved as lockdown once again caused the calendar to adapt though the season. Still, SA’s finest put on a stellar show throughout, with most teams and riders already flat out in preparation for the 2022 season. All eight Cannabis Energy Drink and TRP Distributors South African National motocross champions mentioned above remain subject to MSA ratification.

The 2021 South African National Motocross Championship was proudly presented by Motorsport South Africa in partnership with Cannabis Energy Drink, TRP Distributors, Prepsol, Bridgestone, Thor, Gaerne, FMF, Pro Taper, 100%, Fly Racing, Ogio, Bandit Graffix and the Race Shop.

Issued on behalf of SA Motocross

Photography by: Ruben Louw



Rockstar Energy Husqvarna is gearing up for the final battle of the season. With championship titles still within their reach, the team will be looking to tap into new gears in the final race for motocross glory. The nail-biting season finale is set to take place at Legends MX on Saturday, a fairly new motocross track in Pretoria renowned for its technical sections and speed.

Having joined the team at start of the year, David Goosen feels more comfortable on his Husqvarna machines than ever as the season comes to a close. With a third place on the leaderboard in MX2 and second place in MX1, the rider is full of confidence as he braces himself for the last battle of the year.

“I’ve had a good lead up to this race and feel so happy with both my motorcycles. I’ve found the setup that suits my riding style perfectly and as the season ends, I’m not tinkering with them at all anymore – I feel completely comfortable. I don’t have a lot of pressure going into this final round, at least not as much as the other riders, so I’m going to use that to my advantage as I give it my all,” said Goosen.

The talent-stacked rider has officially resigned his contract with the prestigious team for the 2022 season. Having gotten the year of ‘firsts’ out of the way, he added: “I’m excited to finish the year off on a positive note, have a good off season, and then come back next year swinging on bikes that I feel comfortable and confident on!”

Teammate Neil van der Vyver is preparing for his greatest battle of the season. A mere five-points separates the rider from the top of the Pro Mini leaderboard, and four-points cushions him from his next closest competitor.

In what will undoubtedly be a spectacular season finale, Van der Vyver will enter a three-way battle with championship rivals Trey Cox and Emmanuel Bako this weekend. He commented, “There’s going to be some tight racing in both heats. I need to go 1-1 to take the championship – it’s going to be a challenge but I’m ready for it!”

As the event approaches, Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham reveals some exciting news: “In addition to the regular team of David and Neil, we have also included Davin Cocker in MX2 – a rider fresh off his National Cross Country title. Davin has a strong motocross background and the sport is going make him even sharper than ever – he might just surprise a few out there! As for our regular team, we have a ‘never say die’ attitude, so we’ll be very ready to end the season on a high!”

Published by: Fred Fensham


National Motocross Championship – Legends MX

The National Motocross Championship is set to come to a spectacular close at Pretoria’s Legends MX track this weekend. With four championship crowns well within their reach, Red Bull KTM will leave no table unturned in the final battle for motocross glory.
With one hand on the MX1 Championship title, star rider Tristan Purdon will line up with an impressive 29-point lead in the prestigious class. It’s been an unforgettable season for the Eastern Cape star who tightened his grip on the championship lead with a double victory in the last round.
Setting aside the comfort of the gap that he’s opened on his competitors, Purdon is ready to take the intensity up a notch this weekend and keep his winning momentum going. “It’s a pretty new track for all of us, which evens out the playing field and makes it exciting. Now is not the time to get complacent – I can’t wait to get out there and finish this season off strong,” said Purdon.
The rider won’t be as comfortable in the battle for the MX2 title, however, with Red Bull KTM teammate Cameron Durow breathing down his neck. In what is set to be an epic showdown, Durow will attempt to bridge the ten-point gap that separates him from the top step of the podium.
“It’s really exciting how close the battle is! I really enjoy the track – I’ve raced there a few times and feel confident on the circuit. There’s nothing left to lose now, this championship win is either going to happen or not, so I’m going to hold nothing back and give it everything on Saturday,” said Durow.
With a staggering 46-point lead, rising Star Jonathan Mlimi is on the cusp of snatching up the second High School Championship of his career. With rain predicted, Mlimi remains undaunted as he gears up for the season finale. Having experienced some of his best results in muddy conditions, the rider is ready for whatever the weather has in store.   
Like Purdon, Mlimi has set his sights on ending the season with a double victory. He explained: “I’m going to forget about the lead and approach this race like I would approach any other race – I aim to go for the race win in both heats and make sure I get good starts. This year has come with its ups and downs, but I’ve taken every hit and come out stronger. I want to finish with a 1-1 in both heats to take the victory overall.”
Also om the hunt for a national title in young gun Trey Cox. With a slender 5-point lead in the Pro Mini Class, the rider is bracing for the biggest battle of the season. Cox feels especially confident as the event approaches, however, and commented: “I’m feeling really confident for this one because the track is really fun, and I enjoy it. I know that I can do really well, so I feel calm even though there’s a lot of pressure with the points lead.”

Published by:  Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA


Hylton Allison, a long-time motorcycle enthusiast, has been appointed clerk of the course for the annual DJ Run, a regularity trial for motorcycles made before the end of 1936 that runs between Durban and Johannesburg. The 2022 event will take place on 11 and 12 March, starting at Hillcrest, outside Durban, and finishing at the Benoni Northern Sports Club after an overnight stop in Newcastle.

Allison heads a committee made up of members of various motorcycle clubs which organises this event on behalf of the Vintage and Veteran Club of South Africa. He is a seasoned DJ competitor, having competed in 20 of these rallies, beginning in 1997. He also has extensive rally organising experience including acting as Assistant Clerk of Course for the DJ Run in 2010 and 2011.

Hylton Allison’s brother, Gavin, who is a seasoned Clerk of the Course of the Fairest Cape Rally, will be an assistant on the 2022 DJ Run, along with Durbanite Cobus Grobbelaar, who will also be a scorer. Other members of the 2022 organising committee are Gwyneth Cronje and Elaine Cusdin (secretaries and administrators), Bert Lopes (treasurer), Liz Addison (trophy officer), Peter Aneck-Hahn (SAVVA Steward) and Eric McQuillan (Club Steward).

This annual regularity trial involves competitors riding as close as possible to set average speeds for their class, with marshals no longer employed to record a competitor’s progress manually, with electronic data loggers having taken the place of human intervention.

“Entries have opened already and will close on 31 January 2022,” said Allison. “There is already great interest, particularly as this year’s event had to be cancelled. We are aiming to get a field of about 100 riders. They will ride much of the traditional route used when the DJ was a road race between the two cities between 1923 and 1936. This will include riding from Newcastle to Volksrust, Standerton, Balfour, and Heidelberg before finishing in Benoni on the second day. Total distance will be about 700 kilometres.”

Hylton Allison’s love of vehicles goes back many years, having trained originally as a diesel technician. Allison retired from the position of Technical General Manager at the Imperial Group, where he was responsible for a fleet of more than 3 000 vehicles. His involvement with classic motorcycles is also a long-running affair and his collection of four motorcycles includes three that are eligible for the DJ, meaning they were made before the end of 1936.

He takes pride in doing the restoration and maintenance of his machines himself. An AJS is his usual choice for riding in the DJ, but he has also ridden a couple for Triumphs in this two-day event.

For more information and to find an entry form go to the DJ Run website, Hylton Allison can be contacted on 078-234-7144 or

Hylton Allison


KTM ended their fifth year in MotoGP competition with 7th position in the eighteenth and final round of the world championship in Valencia and with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder securing 6th place in the standings.

Warm sunshine and cloudless skies graced the last MotoGP race of the year. The Circuito Ricardo Tormo welcomed over 70,000 spectators for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana and the second event in the space of a week.

Brad was the most advanced KTM rider on the grid having qualified in 7th position and headed the third row. The South African planted himself into the mid-top ten where he managed to stay ahead of Enea Bastianini and tried to close the gap to Johann Zarco. By the flag he was only 1.5 seconds from 6th for his thirteenth top ten finish of the year.

2021 action and work ends with a final two-day test at the Circuit de Jerez-Angel Nieto this coming Thursday and Friday where the two KTM teams will evaluate ideas and components for their 2022 set-up on the RC16s.

Brad Binder:
“I’m happy with where we finished in the championship and the race was a lot harder than I expected. I thought I’d be stronger and, unfortunately, I was missing a little in a few places and the gap was too much to make-up in some corners. It was a tough race but I tried my absolute best from lap one to the end. I have to leave here happy because I left it all on the table. It has been my most consistent year and a level-up. I have to thank the team. Even though we had some tough times they never stopped working. 6th in the championship is good and now five to go.”

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What South African National Motocross Finals Preview
Where Legends Motocross Park, Pretoria
When Saturday 20 November 2021
Community South Africa National

It’s all to play for in all classes at Legends on Saturday

The 2021 Cannabis Energy Drink TRP Distributors South African National motocross championships will come to a spectacular head at Rhino Hills Park near Pretoria on Saturday 20 November. The meeting will decide all eight 2021 South African Motocross champions…

Red Bull KTM star, Eastern Cape hero Tristan Purdon has one hand on the ‘21 MX1 title following with a double win in the premier class last time out. Title rivals, Red Bull KTM teammate Cameron Durow and Cape rider David Goosen’s Energy Drink Husqvarna will need to win and Purdon hit trouble to squander his top class title advantage. But a first heat third should clinch it for Purdon. Yamaha duo Anthony Raynard and Jesse Wright and Johan Vogelesang’s KTM are others to watch.

250cc MX2 title is however wide open. Tristan Purdon still leads that chase, but Cameron Durow is close enough behind to take it and Goosen is also still in with a shout. If Durow wins both motos and Goosen, Raynard or any of the others beat Purdon too, Cameron can still steal it. Also keep an eye on KTM trio Jayden Proctor, Stav Orland and Leonard du Toit, and Dalton Venter’s Yamaha among the quarter-litre lot.

Husqvarna rider Grant Frerichs has Ian Topliss’s Yamaha to worry about before he takes the madalas MX3 title. Honda duo Bruce Viljoen and Philip Harper will want to upset there and its also not yet over in Ladies Motocross. Kayla Raaff’s Kawasaki has KTM lass Leah Heygate breathing down her neck, while the de Lima sisters, Jadene and Cheyenne are always there or thereabout on their Husqvarnas.

Red Bull KTM lad Jonathan Mlimi need just score a handful of points to wrap up the 2021 High School 125 cc Motocross championship. Judging by recent form, he seems in line to achieve that in the first heat. Title rival Ethan Hoffman will however do his utmost to stem that Mlimi title charge on his Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha. And don’t ignore Barend du Toit and Miguel de Waal’s KTMs and Luke Grundy and Wiaan du Plooy’s Husqvarnas.

The 85 cc Pro Mini title chase is however one of the closest in this year’s championship. Trey Cox and his Red Bull KTM will need to bounce back following a less than spectacular showing last time out, if he is to defend his slender title advantage. He has to contend with recent form lad Neil van der Vyver’s Rockstar Husqvarna and double winner last time out, Emmanuel Bako now on another Husqvarna, Alon Orland’s GasGas and Damien Venter’s KTM.

KTM kid Matthew Correia leads another double winner last time out, Tyler Petersen’s Husqvarna in the 85 cc Juniors, with Andrew Venter’s KTMs still in title contention. Corriea however has enough of an advantage to just follow his rivals home to clinch that one. Caden Weise on a Husqvarna and Kassim Hassim and Mienke Cawood’s KTMs are among those who could play interference though.

The 65cc motocross title appears set to be a straight fight between Blade Tilley on a GasGas and Blake Frost’s KTM for championship honours. They are separated by 14 championship points after sharing the wins and seconds last time out. Don’t discount Husqvarna lads Sven Larsen and Nicol Smit, Evan Frost’s KTM and Aiden Henley’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha among their opposition.

Trenton Kretzmann arrives in Pretoria as the baby 50cc motocross favourite. He’s built up a handy championship lead over a star season. But he never had it all his own way at the last national and as we all know, it’s never over until the fat lady sings. Which is why Aiden Retief’s KTM and Rayden Woolls’ GasGas are waiting to pounce in the wings and Lou Rademayer’s Husqvarna, KTM duo Ross Mackenzie and Kaylin Oosthuizen and the rest are ready to disrupt.

It all goes down at Rhino Park outside Pretoria on Saturday 20 November. That appears to be an excellent way to spend a sunny summer’s Saturday, now that vaccinated spectators can attend racing again.

The 2021 South African National Motocross Championship is proudly presented by Motorsport South Africa in partnership with Cannabis Energy Drink, TRP Distributors, Prepsol, Bridgestone, Thor, Gaerne, FMF, Pro Taper, 100%, Fly Racing, Ogio, Bandit Graffix and the Race Shop.

Issued on behalf of SA Motocross

Photography by: Ruben Louw


Brad Binder will roll onto the third row of the grid for the last Grand Prix of the 2021 MotoGP season at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. The Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider set the 7th fastest lap in Q2 for his best Saturday performance since the Italian Grand Prix.

After a wet start on Friday, the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana developed into a mild, dry and sunny event for the final run of practice and qualification in the current MotoGP season. Brad was the closest of the KTM quartet to almost make it through to Q2 and the South African held 11th in FP3 until his lap was then removed due to yellow flags being waved in sector 1.

Q1 began with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Tech3 KTM Factory Racing hunting one of the top two slots. Brad again was the more proactive and clocked two laps to consolidate 2nd place and earn his entry to the next phase of qualification.

In Q2 Brad registered seven laps and his fifth effort was the standout, just half a second away from Jorge Martin’s Pole Position chrono. With 7th place he was able to stamp his second-highest grid spot of the season, after having set 6th in Mugello and round six of 2021.

Brad Binder:
“In general I’m happy with the way qualification went today. I’d say we made a positive step. I was happy to get through Q1 and I only had one set of tires and managed just one flying lap, which was a bit of a shame but we went OK. The guys did well to give me something that worked for Q2 and the feeling is a bit better. I believe I can do a good job tomorrow but it won’t be as simple as it looks because we’ll have to manage the rear tire well.”

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Deon Ebel so nearly took a tumble during morning practice, but it proved to be the motivation he needed to take overall victory after some extremely entertaining racing which saw legend Danie “van Killarney” Maritz keeping the youngsters honest aboard his 1985 Suzuki GSXR1100.

Following his heart stopping moment in Turn 5 Deon Ebel rode extremely well to take overall victory aboard his Maui Jim / Ebel Bro’s Racing Honda CBR1000RR but it was the mand in second overall that really impressed. Making his debut at Killarney in 1978 makes Danie “van Killarney” Maritz a true legend of motorcycle racing in the Western Cape and clearly the “old Man” was still more than capable of teaching the youngsters a few tricks.

Deon Ebel beating the veteran by 0.097 seconds on combined times for the two heats! Without a doubt the closest result of the day.

Wayne Arendse taking the 2021 Clubmans championship in third place with his JJ Smith Trust Kawasaki ZX10R.

Reginald Seale once again impressive enroute to fourth place on his CX International / All Moto Yamaha YZF R1. Nasief Smart taking fifth spot on his Yamaha YZF 1000 and the top six completed by Jamie Hall aboard his J Master Cars Yamaha R1.

Danie Maritz winning the Classic category whilst Hilton Redelinghuys unfortunately took a tumble in Turn 2 with his 888 Motorcycles / HM Shifters Kawasaki ZX7R.

Brandon Brambaw won class B on his Yamaha YZF R1 with Douw Coetzee second (KTM 990 Super Duke), Willem Louw (Kawasaki ZX6R) third, Derek Hendricks (Bikers Delight Yamaha R6) fourth, Peter Hill (Hillbilly Racing Yamaha R6) fifth and Garth Livingstone sixth.

Nicho Venter won the Breakfast Run category aboard his Yamaha R1 with Wayne Gresse second aboard his Kawasaki ZX10R and Samkelo Liwani third aboard his Yamaha YZF R6. Wesley Hendricks fourth on a Maxicool Kawasaki ZX10R.

Published by: Patrick Vermaak


Please find enclosed the Press Release / Safety regulations updates for all FIM Circuit Racing Series

Following the MotoGP permanent bureau announcement regarding important safety regulations updates for 2022 and beyond, the FIM can confirm additional safety updates for all FIM Circuit Racing Series. The expert panel comprising of FIM representatives (CCR, CTI, CMI) together with Circuit Racing World Championship promoters (Dorna, Discovery Sports Events, RKB-F1 Motorsport) and various other key stakeholders have been working continuously and tirelessly for several years to improve safety.

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Please find enclosed the Press Release / 2022 Provisional FIM JuniorGP™ Technical Regulations

The regulations for the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship, and Hawkers European Talent Cup are available HERE.

The articles amended as from December 2021 are in bold green type or strikethrough.

In the coming weeks, the complete regulations, including not only the Technical Regulations, but also the Sporting and the Disciplinary Regulations will be released.

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