The MSA Motocross Commission is proud to announce that three riders will be representing South Africa at the 2021 FIM Monster Energy Motocross of Nations, which is set to take place next weekend from 24-26 September in Mantova, Italy.
Without a doubt the MXON is one of the biggest team events on the International Motocross calendar, with 33 teams, consisting of 99 competitors from across the globe. The South African team will be competing against some of the best riders.
The following riders will be representing South Africa:
Camden Mc Lellan – MX2 class (Race Number – 59)
David Goosen – MXGP class (Race Number – 58)
Tristan Purdon – OPEN class (Race Number – 60)
MSA and the MSA Motocross Commission wishes the South African team all the best and encourages all local motocross enthusiasts to show their support.
In what was an unforgettable day of racing, Brother Leader Tread KTM took top honours at the penultimate round of the National Cross Country Championship on Saturday.
The event welcomed riders to a dusty Delmas route where star rider Bradley Cox stormed to not only the OR2 Class win, but the victory overall. While the multi-disciplined rider had enjoyed a winning streak since both Enduro and Cross Country racing resumed last month, the seemingly elusive overall title had been evading his grasp. He explained, “To take a win in my class is so good, but to claim the overall victory is something special. Over the last year and a half, this overall win has haunted me. I broke my collarbone in 2019 while leading overall, and then last year I had a lot of second place finishes. To finally snatch up that overall victory is an amazing feeling and something I want to experience again in the last round.”
As a KwaZulu-Natal based rider, Cox is more accustomed to tighter routes, but he mentions thoroughly enjoying the challenge of the fast-paced terrain that Delmas provided this weekend. It was full-speed ahead from the moment the race started as Cox faced the challenge of chasing down Kerim Fitz-Gerald. Despite navigating through unrelenting dust, it wasn’t long before Cox passed Fitz-Gerald and controlled the race from the front until the finish line.
While Cox has opened up a comfortable points lead as the season finale approaches, he has no intention of slacking off in the slightest: “It’s nice to have a comfortable points lead going into the last round, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt through racing is that it’s not over until it’s over. I have to go into the last round with the same intention to give 100% and chase down another win.”
When asked about the secret to his success this season, Cox revealed: “I always say that the goal is to win, and it really is. My job is to put KTM on the top step and fly that orange flag high. There’s no secret formula, it’s all about hard work. I just keep grinding day in and day out.”
Fresh off a hard week of racing the Kalahari Rally was Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Charan Moore. After a slower start to the race by his own high standards, Moore was left to navigate in the unforgiving Delmas dust for most of the event.
Once the gaps started to open up between riders, however, Moore managed to pick up the pace with each passing lap to finish the event strong. While he admits that racing back-to-back was challenging, he describes the experience that he gained over the past week as invaluable.
As he works towards his bigger 2022 Dakar Rally goal, he commented, “The last week was tough mentally, but it also helped prepare for what to expect when I race the Dakar next year. I really embraced the challenge of it all and have a much better understanding of what will be required of me.”
With the final event of the season looming large, Moore’s goal remains the same – to bridge the gap on the frontrunners in the OR1 Class. “This season has come with many challenges and my goal has been to narrow the gap on the leaders in the OR1 Class. How you finish the season is just as important as the way you start it, so I’m looking forward using the final race as an opportunity to end the year on a high note,” said Moore.
What South African Cross Country Moto Round 4 Report Where Delmas, Mpumalanga When Saturday 11 September 2021 Community South Africa National
Another win, plus two seconds, a third and a fourth in Delmas
Newly returned Kawasaki won again in its fourth race since its SA National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship comeback. Mike Pentecost’s Franchise Company CIT machine led Pepson Plastics Motul man d’Artagnan Lobjoit to a KX450X open class OR1 1-2 at Delmas on Saturday on a good day all round for Kawasaki. KX250 trio Franchise Co CIT man Deon du Toit rode to second in Masters, and Pepson Motul trio Kyle Mackenzie to third in OR3, Lee Thompson fourth in Seniors and Craig Alcock has a positive OR1 outing.
“Kawasaki only returned to the South African National Cross Country Championship this season and we have already won twice,” Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing team principal Iain Pepper explained. “Overall winner last time out Mike Pentecost repeated his OR1 victory at a dusty Delmas on Saturday and D’Artagnan Lobjoit made it a 1-2 on his Pepson Plastics Motul KX450X.
“We had a great day all round — Deon du Toit, Kyle Mackenzie and Lee Thompson all starred in their classes and Craig Alcock had a good run too. “Michael now shares the OR1 championship lead with Dart a close third, Deon is second in Masters and Kyle jumps up from ninth to fourth in OR3. “Our Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Juniors – Clayton and Dylan Human, Jake Pretorius enjoyed another learning weekend “With one race left at Virginia Hills, we are fighting for championship wins in our first season back. “Bring it on!”
“We had a fantastic day at Delmas,” D’Artagnan Lobjoit admitted. “Second in OR2 and a Kawasaki 1-2 at that, keeps me third in that championship chase and fourth overall. “And it’s looking even better in the Gauteng Cross Country Championship. “It was so dusty and tough with some tricky rocky sections too, but my Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul KX450X ran like a train all the way. “Thanks to my incredible team for all the support — this is proving to be a special season!”
“What a fun but dusty day at the fourth round of the National Cross Country series in Delmas,” Kyle Macenzie explained. “I never made the start I was looking for, but my Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul KX250X felt amazing and I was super happy with my set-up. “That helped me to make up some positions to end up third in the national OR3 class and second on the Gauteng GXCC regional results. “Massive thanks to everyone who helped in the pits and before the race!”
“That’s more like it!” Masters rider Lee Thompson smiled. “I’ve had a few tough breaks so far this season and I needed a bit of luck, so I’m happy to bring it home fourth in Delmas. “It was dry and dusty out there, which always makes it more difficult, but my Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul KX250X ran a treat and I scored my best national result of the season so far. “Thanks to my team — it is a special privilege to be part of it.”
Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul returns to SA National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship at Virginia Hills in KwaZulu Natal for the season finale on 22 October.
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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder was the top-ranked KTM MotoGP racer for the second Grand Prix in a row as the South African captured 7th place in the sweltering climes of MotorLand Aragon.
Hot temperatures at MotorLand Aragon marked the thirteenth Grand Prix of the 2021 campaign and the third of four visits planned to the Spanish mainland. 23 hard and fast laps of the 5.1km layout tested resolve, tire endurance and race management and a contest where 26-year-old Binder emerged as the leading rider on the KTM RC16.
Brad launched from 12th place on the grid and slipped into the exhaust stream of Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Iker Lecuona; the young Spaniard showing excellent pace on home turf. The KTM pair circulated together in a dispute for 7th and ahead of championship leader Fabio Quartararo. Lecuona dropped down to 10th by running wide at Turn 8 and Brad had breathing room to move up to 6th and then stare at a large gap to 5th. He then had to negotiate the last three laps with fading rear grip and took 7th by the flag.
MotoGP travels to Italy this week and for the second meeting in the space of seven days. The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is slated for two rounds of the championship as the season enters the final phase. The thirteenth Grand Prix occurs next Sunday with the sixteenth GP marked for the same flat and winding circuit on the final weekend of October.
Brad Binder: “It was a tough race for us, really difficult, I tried my absolute best at the beginning not to destroy my rear tire so that I would have something left for the end. Even though I nursed the left-hand side really well it gave me a very hard time on the last few laps. I need to say a huge thank you to the team because they worked so hard this weekend. The bike is working well, we just need a little bit more to be a bit more competitive. We are struggling more than we’d like to right now but it’s not for a lack of effort, that’s for sure. If we keep working then we are going to get there.”
What South African National Motocross Round 5 Preview Where Chestnut Hill, Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng When Saturday 18 September 2021 Community South Africa National
But will spectators be allowed back by Saturday?
The Cannabis Energy Drink TRP Distributors South African National Motocross Championship is looking forward to a full day’s racing when it heads to Chestnut Hill in Bronkhorstspruit on the eastern verges of Gauteng Province on Saturday 18 September. Especially if spectators are allowed back. Only one heat of racing went down when Pietermaritzburg’s Thunder Valley lived up to its name and treacherous conditions caused all the classes’ second races to be cancelled last time out.
That did not prevent Red Bull KTM star Tristan Purdon from hanging on to both the MX1 and MX2 title leads in KZN. The Eastern Cape star heads to the Highveld looking to make up for lost ground in both classes last time out. Cape rider David Goosen and his Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna took the single open class win at Thunder Valley. Red Bull KTM duo Cameron Durow and Cross Country star Bradley Cox and Anthony Raynard’s Tinswalo Yamaha are also in that picture.
KZN racer Cameron Durow took the 250cc MX2 win on his Red Bull KTM, from David Goosen’s Rockstar Husqvarna and championship leader Tristan Purdon’s Red Bull KTM in ‘Martizburg. Also keep an eye on Leonard du Toit, reigning champion Anthony Raynard’s Tinswalo Yamaha, Dalton Venter’s Yamaha and Jayden Proctor on a KTM among the quarter-litre brigade.
Over-30s rider Grant Frerichs will be out to continue his MX3 title charge on his Yamaha. He can expect a little more competition in Gauteng. Over-40 championship rivals, Honda rider Bruce Viljoen’s, Ian Topliss’ Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha, Phillip Harper on a Honda and Stewart Parkes are among those likely to make it even tougher on Freirichs.
Leah Heygate was one rider who lost out to the conditions in Martizburg, if Ladies Motorcross form is anything to go by so far this season. That cancelled second heat prevented the KZN lass from the opportunity to once again share wins with winner last time out, Jozi rider Kayla Raaff and her Kawasaki. Also expect the de Lima sisters, Jadene and Cheyenne to be in with a shout among SA’s motocross girls on their Husqvarnas.
Jonathan Mlimi is the lad to beat in High School 125cc Motocross on his Red Bull KTM. He extended his championship advantage by beating Luke Grundy’s Husqvarna last time out, while Ethan Hoffman’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha is his closest championship threat. Then, KTM trio Miguel de Waal and Barend du Toit and Blake Young, Cuan Conway’s GasGas and Callan Broskie’s Ridgeway Husqvarna must prevent another Mlimi win to keep any title hopes alive.
Rockstar Husqvarna lad Neil van der Vyver is meanwhile the 85cc Pro Mini kid to watch after his treacherous condition performance last time out. The 65cc champion has come alive and is on a come from behind charge that will be keeping the likes of championship leader Trey Cox on a Red Bull KTM, Husqvarna duo Ryan Adler and Jordan van Wyk, Christian Berrington-Smith’s KTM and Kodi Goosen on a Yamaha awake an night.
Pietermaritzburg served to spice up the 85cc Junior chase. Caden Wiese and Tyler Petersen’s Husqvarna and KTM trio, Matthew Correia, Andrew Venter, and Kassim Hassim will be out to gain any advantage at Bronkhorstspruit. Blade Tilley and his GasGas are the 65cc race combination to beat, but Aiden Henley’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha, KTM lads, Riley Rocher, Blake and Evan Frost and Casey Tilley’s GasGas will all be out to stop him.
And finally, Championship leader Trenton Kretzmann remains the kid to beat in baby class 50cc motocross on his Perry Husqvarna. He will have Maxwell Fourie’s Cobra, Rayden Woolls’ GasGas and KTM trio Brody Bircher, Ross Mackenzie and Ashton Rawlins on his case on what is likely to be a dry and dusty Chestnut Hill Motocross Park in Bronkhorstspruit this weekend.
Spectators remained banned from watching live sports at the time of writing. But that may very well change by the time the first gate drops at Chestnut Hill on 18 September. Should the President confirm that ban is lifted at his expected Family Meeting, what better way to celebrate than by heading off to watch SA’s finest motocross racers in action, not too far from Jozi? Here’s holding thumbs!
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