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PENTECOST AND KAWASAKI: DREAMS DO COME TRUE!

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

INTRODUCING THE TRADEMORE MSA CROSS COUNTRY SERIES

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

WADE CONTINUES HIS WINNING STREAK AT THE MOTUL ROOF OF AFRICA

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

THE 2021 MOTUL ROOF OF AFRICA DAY 1: A RIGHT ROYAL SEND-OFF AS THE MOTHER OF HARD ENDURO RETURNS

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
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.


You can learn more about Live Lesotho here: http://www.livelesotho.co.ls/

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THE 2021 MOTUL ROOF OF AFRICA RACE DAY 1: WADE YOUNG TIGHTENS HIS GRIP ON THE TITLE IN SLIPPERY CONDITIONS.

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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