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BRAD’S BRNO FIGHTBACK HOPES SCUPPERED BY LATE RACE CRASH

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team wrapped up an intense weekend of work on Sunday at the Czech Grand Prix, the tenth round of the 2019 season, though Brad Binder suffered an unfortunate crash whilst riding in tenth position, with seven laps left.

Brad had a great start from 16th on the grid, making up five places on the first lap and moving up to seventh in the opening phase of the contest. The South African continued to race in the middle of the field, battling to reduce the gap to his rivals. Unfortunately, with seven laps to go, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider crashed out at turn 11, when he was riding in tenth position, meaning he was unable to finish the race.

Following the Czech Grand Prix, Brad remains in eighth place in the general standings with 84 points. In just seven days, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team will be racing at their home round, the Austrian GP takes place at the Red Bull Ring next weekend.

#41 BRAD BINDER

“I’m not pleased with how it went today, but I’m physically fine and that’s the most important point. At this race we didn’t find the required set-up to compete with the top riders. I gave 100% throughout the contest, I pushed ahead at the beginning, however little by little my rivals were getting away and I started losing positions. By that time, I just tried simply to stay on the right line, but in the end I crashed. Now is the moment to think it through and to analyse the information we gathered this weekend. We have a lot of work to do.”

BRAD QUALIFIES SIXTEENTH IN BRNO

The grid for the Czech GP was decided on Saturday at Brno, a day in which the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders experienced a variety of conditions. Brad Binder went directly through to Q2 thanks to his time from Friday, and will start from 16th tomorrow.

FP3 was held in the dry, despite morning rain. Brad began Saturday positively, and was at the sharp end of the timesheets for much of the session. After completing a total of 12 laps, the South African was 13th with a 2:02.310 top time, going through to Q2 on the strength of his personal best from Friday.

Q1 featured a wet track, due to rain early in the afternoon. Brad went out with wet tyres for Q2, and would finish 16th thanks to his 2:14.177 time. The South African will be on the sixth row of the grid when the riders line up on Sunday.

    #41 BRAD BINDER
    “It’s been a difficult weekend so far. We started well in FP1, but since then I haven’t felt comfortable on the bike. We have been working hard but the things we have been trying out since yesterday have not worked as we had expected, so we have to keep trying until we are at our best. This afternoon, in wet conditions, I struggled a little more, but we got onto the sixth row of the grid for tomorrow’s race. Luckily, we still have the warmup tomorrow to finish finetuning our setup. I know that the team are working very hard, and that together we will find the right path.”

MARITZBURG MX THUNDER

What SA National Motocross Round 5 Preview
Where Thunder Valley. Pietermaritzburg KZN
When Saturday 10 August 2019
Community South Africa National

National Motocross heads to KZN

The fifth round of the 2019 TRP South African National Motocross Championship heads to Thunder Valley in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal Saturday 10 August with several spectacular key battles to be played out across the board on a traditional tough and demanding track.

It’s the home race for open class championship leader Maddy Malan aboard his Q4 Fuels Husqvarna and he will be out to open up his 11-point title advantage, but that won’t be an easy task if his pursuers have any say about it. Tristan Purdon (Red Bull KTM), Lloyd Vercueil (Florstore OnTrend Summit Yamaha) and David Goosen’ (Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha) also have each other to worry about with just nine points between them and Wesley du Plooy (Honda) and Royce Griffin (KTM) also in the hunt.

There’s a similar situation in 250cc MX2, where Cape rider Anthony Raynard (Tinswalo Yamaha) holds a 13 point title advantage over Jozi rider Joshua Mlimi (Red Bull KTM) with Kerim Fitz-Gerald (Red Bull KTM) hot on their heels. Don’t ignore Bradley Cox (KTM), Ricky Raaf (Husqvarna), Johan Vogelsang (KTM), Slade Smith (CIT Husqvarna) and Jesse Wright (Yamaha) fighting it our among this lot.

KTM trio, over-40 riders Brett Bircher and Craig Kruger and Over-30 man Tyson Engelbrecht lead the way in madalas MX3, but Over-40 flyer Ian Topliss (Out Of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha) has been on form of late and will be eyeing success in KZN, as will home rider Jono Hubbard and Stuart Laing on two more KTMs.

Kayla Raaff (Husqvarna) is yet to be beaten in SA ladies motocross in 2019, but Natasha Rugani (KTM) has also piled on the points and remains within striking distance in the title race ahead of Jenna Bohling (Husqvarna), Yanke Pieterse (Yamaha) and Tiegan Reed (KTM). Add Megan Jonker back from injury and gaining pace and there may be a ladies upset in the offing

In schoolboy action, Dalton Venter (CIT Husqvarna) has enjoyed dominant form in the 125 High School championship of late and he holds a comfortable title lead over Arnu Saaiman (KTM), Yamaha riders Ethan Hoffman and Christiaan Cilliers, Zimababwean Tristan Grainger (KTM) and Calvin Jean-Jacques (Yamaha).

Blake Young leads a KTM top four in 85cc Pro Mini by ten points over over Leonard du Toit, but third placed Dylan Kirk will miss this round, giving Nate McLellan, Daiyaan Manual (Husqvarna) and Garrick Henley (Yamaha) a look in to that title top three.

There are just seven championship points between 85cc Junior top two Seth Young (KTM) and Deegan Bloomfield (Husqvarna), but Emmanuel Bako (KTM) is playing catch-up and Josh Fletcher (Yamaha) Timo Maximo, Toepfer (KTM) and Seth Whittington are all there or thereabouts too.

Neil van der Vyver meanwhile takes the 65cc Junior championship leader’s red plate to KZN aboard his Q4 Fuels Husqvarna, with the similar Husqvarnas of Liam Botha and Jordan Van Wyk in a tight spat for second, with KTM kids Trey Cox, Damon Garrell and Thor Johnson chasing him down.

The baby 50cc class is another close run title tussle between the KTMs of championship leader Ethan Williamson, Jake van Schoor, Keenan Strauss and last race winner Christian Berrington-Smith, with Logan van Vuuren and Chase Bekker leading the pursuit.

The Maritzburg Motorcycle & Car Club’s Thunder Valley Motocross Track is on New England Road Pietermaritzburg — the action starts with qualifying practice Saturday morning before two spectacular motos per class through the afternoon.

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Issued on behalf of SA Motocross

Photography by: Ruben Louw

THE WIN MAHONEY HAD BEEN WAITING FOR

Picture Caption: Louwrens Mahoney storms to his first win of the season.

On Saturday, 27 July, multiple national champion Louwrens Mahoney stormed to victory that cross country fans had been waiting for. The rider walked away with the OR1 win at the fourth round of the championship in Lesotho.

It’s been a journey to the top step of the podium for Mahoney, who made his long-awaited return to the OR1 Class at the start of the 2019 season. As a multi-disciplined star, the rider reached a total of six National Cross Country and Enduro titles before taking a sabbatical in 2016.

He returned to racing the following year and signed up for the OR2 Class. It wasn’t long before Mahoney was back to his winning ways, and he seemed unbeatable as he chased down the OR2 Championship in 2017. Unfortunately, the rider fell short of glory when he broke his collar bone in Koue Bokkeveld.

At the start of the 2019 season, Mahoney made the decision to follow his heart and make the move back to the OR1 Class. He explained, “As much as I enjoyed my time in the OR2 Class, it was also a frustrating season for me. When I came back to OR1 I knew it was where I belonged. Being able to chase down the overall title with guys like Ross Branch really fires me up!”

After his Lesotho victory, Mahoney has taken the championship lead by three points ahead of competitor and fellow Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Ross Branch. The final stop on the Cross Country calendar will take riders to Vryburg, North West, in November and will serve as a double-header round.

With a championship that could go either way, fans are in for one of the biggest showdowns of the season as battle drums beat for Branch and Mahoney…

Published by: KTM Media

Photography by: http://www.zcmc.co.za

FIRST WORLD TITLE FOR TEAM SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE

After an epic race at Suzuka with Jérémy Guarnoni, Erwan Nigon and David Checa, the Team SRC Kawasaki France claimed its first FIM Endurance World Championship crown.

Starting the Suzuka 8 Hours Grand Finale with a small advantage in the standings, the Team SRC Kawasaki France prevailed to win the FIM Endurance World Championship for the 2018-2019 season. It’s the first world title for the outfit formed by Gilles Stafler in 2009 and a mainstay of the EWC ever since.

Supported by Kawasaki Motor France, the Team SRC Kawasaki France has focused its efforts on two major events in its homeland, the 24 Heures Motos and the Bol d’Or. It has built its reputation as an Endurance racing specialist with six wins in the 24 Heures Motos and four triumphs in the Bol d’Or.

Before taking the reins of the Team SRC Kawasaki France, Stafler was, since 1993, part of the technical staff of the official Kawasaki France Team, which won six world titles between 1981 and 1996.

Despite his team’s title success, Stafler admits he’s not been entirely satisfied: “It’s a really great reward for the whole team. We have won a lot of 24-hour races, but this is our first world title. After our mechanical issue at the Bol d’Or, we worked a lot during the winter and won the 24 Heures Motos. But then we broke the engine in Slovakia so we gave everything in Oschersleben, while the Suzuki Racing Team made a mistake. In Suzuka, our non-attendance at the pre-tests penalised us for the race but the championship ended with a little help of destiny following the Suzuki team’s engine failure. We could have done better.”

With the 2018-2019 EWC title secured, the Team SRC Kawasaki France is already preparing the Bol d’Or, which opens the 2019-2020 season on 21/22 September. “We will be at the start with the same three riders,” said Stafler. “We have solved the electronic failures that affected us last year, so the objective is the win.”

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