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What GXCC Cross Country Round 6 Report
Where Rysmierbult, Northwest Province
When Saturday 17 September 2022
Community Gauteng Regional

Pentecost victorious, four class wins too

Kawasaki Racing enjoyed a weekend to remember at Rysmierbult’s sixth round GXCC Gauteng Cross Country Championship near Ventersdorp in the Northwest Province on Saturday.

“Kawasaki Racing came, saw and conquered the Rysmierbult GXCC,” Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki team boss Harry Grobler explained. “We took the overall victory and also won four of the seven classes we entered, with a few podium places elsewhere too.”

In a most successful day at the races, Mike Pentecost rode his Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 450 X to overall and open class OR1 victory. 2022 SA champion Kenny Gilbert added to the success on his similar Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul machine with the Seniors’ win.

Not to be outdone, made it Warrick van Schalkwyk three Kawasaki victories in the open classes with Masters’ victory on his Franchise Co. KX 450 X. And on the other side of the generation void, young Jake Pretorius took the 65cc primary school class.

But as they say, that’s not all! Pentecost was backed by a strong open class OR1 Kawasaki performance, with Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul lad Jaycee Nienaber a fine third and Tyron Beverley fifth on his Franchise Co. Tork Craft KX 450 X.

Pepson Plastics pair Taki Bogiages and Wade Den meanwhile sandwiched Franchise Co. rider John Botha in a fine Kawasaki KX 250 X 2-3-4 in OR3 and Franchise Co. And Kawasaki juniors, Jaden Els rode home third in 85cc Juniors and Johandre Vermaak was fourth in 85 seniors.

“Kawasaki is becoming the bike to ride in South African Cross Country racing,” Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul team boss Iain Pepper concluded. “We’re finding continued success in every class we enter and that has to be worth considering when buying your next dirtbike.”

Issued on behalf of Kawasaki Cross Country

Photography by: Action in Motion


A totally amazing event from start to finish with a resilient team and the support of Motorsport South Africa and the community enabled the team to experience world class racing in Vantaa Finland from the 26th – 28th August 2022.

South Africa selected their top riders in the MX 65cc, MX 85cc and MX 125cc classes to take on this gruelling challenge in Vantaa with sheer drive and passion for this global stage event. The team was always in good spirit and the team bond was phenomenal from onset to return to South Africa. Riders and parents soon acquired their code names and jokes flew in all directions from “Nev-Dawg”(team manager) to “B-Lake”(#44) to having some cheese with that whine (#37). The team kept things light-hearted among the stress and pressure of what lay ahead.

Friday 26th arrived and the riders were as excited as ever and experienced the technical scrutineering process and seeing the vast number of riders from all over the world descend on Vantaa MX track. The entire venue was packed with MX kitted campers and busses and the vibe was enthralling to see how magnificent the magnitude of MX really is across the globe.

All the teams were also advised of the Ride Green Cup and that teams would be checked and marked to ensure compliance to the Ride Green Environmental code.

The riders and mechanics took their time to walk the track and study every corner, every jump and strategise for the race weekend ahead. Nothing was left unturned as the bikes were checked and double-checked, bolts torqued to spec, spokes tightened and tyre pressures checked for what proved to be the ride of their life.

Saturday morning arrived and like normal the buzz of Motocross was in the air and the smell of high-octane fuel and two-stroke oil permeated the air… was indeed time to RACE! The jittery edge on the riders was apparent and final words from coaches and mechanics and even the moms to simply Keep Calm, you got this!

The morning started with a free practice warm up session where riders got to feel the flow of the track. Most riders got good lap times in but sadly Luke Grundy on 125cc had engine failure in the first part of free practice. He managed to regroup for the qualifying session thankfully. First time out on this soil at Vantaa for our SA riders was to determine the build-up to the qualifying race later Saturday. Whilst it is no measure of qualifying when doing free practice, it is a guide on what to expect.

Play time was over and one could feel the seriousness take over as riders and mechanics, coaches and moms had now experienced that thrill of the beast that lay ahead on the track, it was now or never to give it all you have got.

The classes lined up for qualifying as the heat started making its mark down on the team. Very little could prepare anyone for what lay ahead in qualifying as many had poured their hearts and much more into being at this event to represent South Africa.

They launched for qualifying and with rider and machine, mechanic to guide, preparations and plans, heart and breathing control in place and the buzz of machines as they took the 1st lap with ease. Lap 2 was time to find their feet with mechanics taking stress as the timing boards in the pit lane kept on malfunctioning.  It was now only experience to guide you through this blaze of bikes launching and bouncing through the landmine of braking bumps (which had braking bumps) and obstacles. It’s an onslaught of the best in world demanding the best out of everything you can give and when there is nothing left, take another check and dig even deeper as there might just be some more left to give. Simply amazing to watch all 3 classes go out to qualify for the official race day on Sunday. Even more spectacular was to witness the South African flag flying high for this event among the countries represented. Goosebumps to see OUR team, OUR riders, OUR sport on this platform in Vantaa, Finland.

Only those who attended this event could describe in some way how demanding and challenging this really was. Looking from afar or from social media, one doesn’t get the full impact and all the emotions running wild simply by being there, let alone taking part as a competitor.

Our riders pushed their limits to the extreme and although some did not qualify, every single rider in our team is a World CHAMPION just by representing. Those who didn’t qualify went into Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) to push that limit once again. An inspiring photo taken of the 3 x 125cc riders after LCQ will always remain dear to the team. The passion put into this sport is in abundance, their last attempt of pushing the extreme and then dealing with their own expectations after LCQ. From left to right, Kyle Townsend #89, Blake Young #44 and Luke Grundy #450 captured the essence of every single riders’ strife in this one photo. Blake held extremely strong for most part of the LCQ and managing to be in that top 4 of LCQ but suffered arm pump sadly, could not clinch that top 4 slot in LCQ at the end.
To emphasise the competitiveness in all 3 classes at this event, something you don’t see back home in South Africa yet is having the top 20 riders all pacing milliseconds apart placing this sport in the same arena as Formula 1. The pack is not 2 or 3 seconds spacing of riders, the results show milliseconds in lap times. Tough does not begin to describe how great this was to experience.

The entire team supported and motivated each other to such a degree that those riders who did not manage to qualify to race on Sunday were out there shouting and screaming for our South African riders in the 65cc and 85cc class.

Our stars were shining on Sunday no doubt, and the adrenalin was pumping at 5 bar for sure as the pressure mounted for our qualifiers.

First to engage was the 65cc riders but for Sunday there was no track prep. Only the faces and landings were touched for safety. Extreme sport had arrived, and they launched out the gates with the South African team full tilt on the throttle.

Trent Valsecchi finished overall 37th with Kabelo Ledwaba behind him at 39th, and Trenton Kretzmann at 40th in the 65cc overall for Sunday.

In the 85cc class, Neil van der Vyver clinched a 31st position with Jordan van Wyk right behind him at 32nd, and Trey Cox at 37th.

Every rider in the team went out there to give their utmost and a truly inspiring performance for the entire team. Congratulations to every single rider taking on this challenge.

We did not walk away empty handed as the South African team took glory in the prestigious Ride Green Cup, we went to Finland to make a mark and we surely did.

The entire team glory goes to these young riders and to make special mention of each one is apt. These riders need to know the respect and honour bestowed upon them to represent our wonderful country in the sport we love.


  • Trent Valsecchi #300
  • Evan Frost #5
  • Trenton Kretzmann #94
  • Cruz Martin #202
  • Kabelo Ledwaba #280

MX 85cc

  • Neil van der Vyver #18
  • Jordan van Wyk #747
  • Mathew Correia #200
  • Christian Berrington-Smith #141
  • Trey Cox #37 ( Team Captain )

MX 125cc

  • Luke Grundy #450
  • Blake Young #44
  • Kyle Townsend #89

As team manager (Neville Townsend), thank you to all the parents and team supporters in South Africa for making this dream a reality for our riders and specific appreciation to Motorsport South Africa for supporting this team in 2022. Thank you to each parent and sponsor enabling support to the riders and allowing our riders to be a part of this unbelievable amazing dream ride. Thank you to Trey Cox (#37) as team captain for supporting the team during the event.
We look forward to our preparation for the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship Cup in 2023 in Romania and that Motorsport South Africa will continue to enable future world champions.


Brad Binder raced to 4th position and his second-best finish of the current MotoGP season at MotorLand Aragon . The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider made a brilliant start and remained in podium contention for the entire duration of the fifteenth round of twenty and the penultimate European Grand Prix of the campaign.

MotoGP moved from the San Marino Grand Prix and a subsequent two-day test at Misano straight to Spain and the sprawling, technical blend of 17 corners at MotorLand Aragon. The circuit first entertained MotoGP in 2010 and as well as being a long, diverse and undulating course the asphalt is also slick and aged. Tire consumption was high, adding an element of strategic endurance to the 23-lap race distance and not assisted by the decent late summer temperatures in eastern Spain.

Brad began the Grand Prix race from the peak of the fourth row of the grid and seared into 2nd around the tight opening turns. From that point the South African, who was nursing a sore right ankle after his fall in FP3 on Saturday, was fast, competitive and error-free as he held 3rd position. With two laps remaining Binder succumbed to pressure from Aleix Espargaro and on the charge to the line missed his second rostrum by just 0.2 of a second.

For the first time since 2019, MotoGP will again thrill Japanese fans as Mobility Resort Motegi gets ready to stage the world championship. The race is set to run on September 25th.

Brad Binder:

“All-in-all I’m happy to walk away with 4th today. I gave everything I had in the race and the bike was working the best it had been all weekend again, so hats-off to the team for a fantastic job. I think we had a pretty good weekend here. Unfortunately, the crash in FP3 set me back a bit with my ankle but I was able to put it aside today and fight my way forward. I had an amazing start and was in the top three the whole race, so it was a bit disappointing to lose the podium with two laps to go but it wasn’t to be today. We have a little bit of work to do to make that last step and fight for podiums again.”

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MotorLand Aragon beckoned MotoGP to the Iberian Peninsula for the fourth time in 2022 and the spectacular 5.1km circuit based a short distance from the town of Alcañiz was a typically varied and technical test for the teams and riders. Sunny conditions graced both days of Free Practice and Qualification on the open and exposed facility and with a declining level of grip level courtesy of the 12-year-old asphalt.

KTM immediately got to work in the wake of the two-day official test in Misano, Italy last week. Brad was denied the 4th best lap-time in Free Practice 1 because of a waved yellow flag but both the South African and teammate Miguel Oliveira were keen and competitive. They comfortably secured positions in the top-ten cut for direct Q2 entry in FP3 on Saturday morning.

When it came down to the crucial 12-minute decider for the first rows of the start grid Brad, who was nursing a painful ankle due to a fall in FP3, was initially holding a second row slot but couldn’t improve his last flying lap attempt and nestled in 10th.

As per usual, the Moto3 chase opens raceday at 11.00 before Moto2 at 12.20 and MotoGP begins at 14.00 CET

Brad Binder:
“Everything is working quite well. The position today was a bit better but I’m still slightly disappointed because I could have done an improved lap in Q2. Still, a better-than-usual qualifying for me! I’m looking forward to the race even if we can work on a few more details. Once the tire drops tomorrow I think it will get a bit easier for us. We’ll have to manage the left side but I’m confident we can get through the distance without too much consumption. I think I can do a good job tomorrow, so fingers crossed.”

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A team of 19 riders was selected to represent South Africa in Uganda at the Garuga motocross track on the shores of Lake Victoria from the 19th to 21st August 2022.

Leading up to the event the team faced a few challenges, the biggest however was logistical, getting 19 bikes the 4800km journey to Uganda and back, which was accomplished via Air freight and Road freight.

Friday was documentation and gate picks which we managed to get top 4 in each class as well as scrutineering and the team did the track walk.

The track was ripped extremely deep in preparation for a full weekend of motocross action.

Saturday  started off with free Practice  and  Sheldon and Jayden (team manager and captain) told the team that because  it was super muddy, the riders must just go out  and find a flow of the track. The senior riders and MX Lites managed quite easily however the juniors battled, especially the 50’s as some couldn’t even do a single lap. Unfortunately, one of our MX 125 riders, Luke Quatember, crashed and sustained an injury which was unfortunate and was going to affect our points in the races to follow.

For 2nd practice (qualifying) the track had been slightly changed for 50cc and 65cc classes.

The team managed to do really well getting really good flow and finding good lines before heat 1 in the afternoon.

  • Heat 1: The track had dried out a bit and there were better lines and the track got faster as the day progressed on the Saturday.
  • Heats 2 and 3 on Sunday started off with some muddy patches but dried out substantially.

MX1: Jayden Proctor (team captain) clinched the holeshot in heat 1 and 2 and won all 3 of his heats. Heat 3 he would have to push for the win and winning the class as well as winning the Ray Wilson trophy for fastest lap time of the weekend. Well done Jayden!!

MX3: Sheldon Watkins (team manager) narrowly missed the holeshot and came away with 2nd just behind a Zambian rider. Sheldon took the holeshot in heat 2 on Sunday and in heat 3 had a mishap on the start and would start in 18th but made his way to 2nd and achieved 2nd overall for the weekend and SA 3rd in class.

MX2: Callan Broskie got all 3 holeshots and won all 3 of his heats and SA taking 3rd in class with only 1 rider in class as with MX1 and MX3.

MX 125: The team had 2 riders remaining after Luke’s injury, Breece Romans got all 3 holeshots and won his class, Danyll Brunette had a few bike issues but managed a 4th in heat 1 on Saturday and on Sunday his bike failed in heat 2 with 2 DNF’s.

MX Lites: The team had 3 riders in this class where there was very close racing from the gate drop.  RSA riders Blade Tilley, Caden Weise and Ronald Graven. Graven went 3rd, 1st and 2nd to take 2nd overall, Tilley went 2nd in 1st heat and unfortunately broke his arm in heat 2 on Sunday. Caden went 3-3-2 for 3rd overall and SA taking the win in this class.

WMX: The team had 2 riders in this class, the 2 De Lima sisters, Cheyenne and Jadene.  Cheyenne went 2nd, 3rd and 2nd in all 3 heats and got the holeshot in heat 3 getting 2nd overall. Jadene went 3rd, 2nd, 3rd for 3rd overall and getting holeshot in heat 3 with Zambia’s Heygate taking the overall win, but SA taking the overall win for the class.

MX 65cc: SA’s 4 riders competed extremely well. Aiden Retief took a bad start but eventually finding his way to the front and winning heat 1 and 2 and 2nd in heat 3 to achieve the overall win. Casey Tilley taking 2nd, 3rd and 2nd for 3rd overall. Kyle Brunette in 6th overall and Connor Munro in 7th with SA taking overall in class.

MX 50cc: The track was altered for the 50’s, due to mud on the Saturday in heat 1 and it was Ross MacKenzie with the win, with Lou Rademeyer in close 2nd and Kaylin Oosthuizen in 5th with Alistair Maycock in 7th. Heat 2 and 3 they would finish the same, unfortunately Kaylin tangled with another rider in heat 3 and broke her leg. Ross with 1st overall, Lou with 2nd, Alistair with 8th and Kaylin 9th. Team SA with overall win in class.

Overall Win went to South Africa with just 1 point over Zambia and in 3rd was host country Uganda.

Overall Achievements of the team:

  • 1st     –    South Africa

Individual Achievements of the team:
50cc –

  • 1st Ross Mackenzie, 2nd Lou Rademeyer, 8th Alistair Maycock and 9th Kaylin Oosthuizen;

65cc –

  • 1st Aiden Retief, 3rd Casey Tilley, 6th Kyle Brunette and 7th Connor Munro;

MX Lites –

  • 2nd Ronald Graven, 3rd Caden Weise and 10th Blade Tilley;

MX 125 –

  • 1st Breece Romans, 12th Danyll Brunette and 14th Luke Quatember;


  • 2nd Cheyenne de Lima and 3rd Jaydene de Lima;

VMX Vets –

  • 2nd Sheldon Watkins;

MX 2 –

  • 1st Callan Broskie;

MX 1 –

  • 1st Jayden Proctor;

Congratulations to the entire team on a sterling performance on the African continent for their achievements as well as bringing home the number 1 country award.

2023 FIM Africa MX of African Nations will be held in South Africa.