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Purdon Storms to Victory in Gqeberha

Red Bull KTM dominated the second round of the National Motocross Championship that took place in Gqeberha this weekend. Claiming his second consecutive double victory of the season, star rider Tristan Purdon snatched the win in both the MX1 and MX2 Class respectively.

The highly anticipated event was hosted by Rover, a track infamous for its unforgiving sand and deep ruts. Fully aware of the physical challenge in store, Purdon mentioned paying extra attention to his fitness levels in the weeks leading up to the race.

He commented: “It was such an awesome feeling to win both classes again. The track got super rough and demanding on the body, but that’s what I’d expected. I felt like the fitness training I’d been doing leading up to this made a really big difference. Our mechanic, Kevin, also setup my KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 450 SX-F perfectly – they couldn’t have felt better.”

With a strong determination to hold onto the red plates throughout the season, Purdon executed a perfect 1-1 in MX1 to take the victory overall. After finishing in a close second in the first moto of MX2, Purdon described feeling particularly fired up to win the second moto. He explained; “When I came that close to winning the first moto, I was even more determined to get out there and win the second moto. I was a little stressed for MX2 – it’s stacked with talent and I usually perform better in MX1. I’m really proud of the results and happy to have extended my points lead in both classes.”

Red Bull KTM teammate Cameron Durow added to the celebrations at the orange camp. As the fastest qualifier, the youngster managed to get up front for a large portion of the first heat in MX2. Durow described making a few small mistakes that cost him the lead, but he managed to finish the moto in a solid third place.

The rider made the decision to switch back to his practise suspension for the second heat and set off with a blistering place to take the holeshot. After a bar-to-bar battle up front with Purdon and Camden Mc Lellan, Durow finished both third in the heat and ultimately third overall.

“This race taught me a lot about the kind of suspension setup I need to perform at my best and gave me good experience racing upfront with Tristan and Camden. I learnt a lot from this weekend and have a good idea of the things I need to work on going forward, but I’m also really happy with the end result,” said Durow.

The event proved to be a challenging one for Red Bull KTM’s Jonathan Mlimi. The High School Class hero had an unfortunate crash that kept him from earning any points in the first moto. With a track record of making epic comebacks, however, Mlimi drew on his past experiences to enter the second moto swinging. Undaunted by the challenging start to the day, the rider tapped into new gears as he raced to the secure victory and a top ten finish overall.

A cherry on the top of what was a highly successful day of racing for the team was yet another podium finish from rising Pro Mini star Trey Cox. Despite a slow start in the first moto, Cox remained consistent and finished 3-2 to take third overall. The rider has now secured the points lead in the 85cc Class. He commented, “What I’m happy about most is that for the first time I managed to get the red plate! I’m going to hold onto it for as long as I can.”

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney


What South African National Motocross Round 2 Report
Where Rover, Gqebehra, EP
When Saturday 3 April 2021
Community South Africa National

Local Cathcart EP hero in charge after second round

Eastern Province home hero Tristan Purdon and his Red Bull KTM stamped authority on the second round of the Cannabis Energy Drink & TRP Distributors South African National Motocross Championship at the Rover Raceway in Port Elizabeth Saturday. The Cathcart rider extended his championship advantage in both the MX1 and MX2 championships in a great, if again a little controversial day’s racing at Gqebehra.

Purdon was untouchable in open class MX1, where he raced to a double victory over David Goosen’s Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna, and Anthony Raynard’s Tinswalo Yamaha each time. The impressive Royce Griffin was fourth after a couple of fifth places on the day on his Husqvarna to emerge on top of a mid-pack dice with Seth van den Abeele’s similar machine, Yamaha rider Jesse Wright and Cross Country star Bradley Cox on a KTM.

Purdon had something to think about in 250cc MX2 when Camden McLellan popped home from his international duties to stir up the pot. Camden took the first heat before Purdon struck back to take heat 2. Purdon’s Red Bull KTM teammate Cameron Durow took a couple of thirds in the motos to wind up on the podium ahead of David Goosen’s Rockstar Husqvarna, Anthony Raynard’s Tinswalo Yamaha and Keegan Hickson-Mahony’s Yamaha.

Over 30s man Grant Frerichs’ Yamaha held over 40s man Ian Topliss’ similar machine off for MX3 honours as the two extended their advantages in those age groups. Dwayne Kleynhans’ KTM and Ryan Frerichs on a Yamaha took the Senior seconds and thirds while Jaco Smit on a KTM and Bruce Viljoen’s Honda shared the second and third places in Masters.

Kayla Raaff and her Kawasaki and KTM lass Leah Heygate once again shared out the Ladies Motocross wins to leave Port Elizabeth tied on championship points ahead of Husqvarna mounted de Lima sisters Jadene and Cheyenne.

The drama was in the junior classes, starting in 125cc High School, where a third and a second were enough for Stav Orland’s KTM to take the win for the day from Barend du Toit, who rode in second and fourth and Miguel de Waal sixth and a third. That after race 1 winner Ethan Hoffman’s Yamaha retired from race 2 and race 1 winner Jonathan Mlimi’s KTM was excluded from race 1 on a yellow flag transgression. Husqvarna duo Luke Grundy and Kyle Townsend fought it out for fourth and fifth with Blake Young’s KTM sixth overall.

A second in race 2 versus KTM rider Emmanuel Bako’s first race third was enough in 85cc Pro Mini win for Jordan van Wyk’s Husqvarna to take the day as each won the other Pro Mini motos. Trey Cox’s KTM was third with a third and a second ahead of Alon Orland’s KTM and Husqvarna duo Ryan Adler and Liam Botha Pro Mini. KTM kid Andrea Mynhardt took an 85cc Junior double from second in race 1 Tyler Petersen’s Husqvarna, double third-placed Matthew Correia’s KTM, second race second kid Andrew Venter and Ashton Martin’s KTMs.

The 65cc Junior action was once again controversial as a number of riders including top three Jack Pullen, Blake Frost and Aiden Henley were excluded from race 1. That allowed Nicol Smit’s Husqvarna to take the day’s win from Jake van Schoor, Alex Cooper’s Husqvarna and Evan Frost on a KTM. It was the second race in a row where certain of those riders were penalised for the same sins! Pullen’s Husqvarna bounced back to take the second race from Frost’s KTM and van Schoor, who took the day from Smit, Cooper, Frost and Husqvarna kids Sven Larsen and Christopher Brindley.

Aiden Retief’s KTM and Trenton Kretzmann on a Husqvarna each won a baby 50cc MX race and also took a third each to see them share maximum points on the day, just a point clear of double second on the day, Brody Bircher’s KTM. Casper van Zyl wound up fourth on a KTM ahead of Rayden Woolls’ Gas Gas and Husqvarna lightie Lou Rademeyer.

The third round of the championship follows at Phakisa in Welkom in the Free State on Saturday 22 May. 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


Image from the 2021 MX National | Round 1 | Captured by Sage Lee Voges for

National Motocross Championship – Round 2

The next stop on the National Motocross Championship takes riders to the only sandy track of the season – Gqeberha’s notorious Rover. With its thick sand and deep ruts, Rover has a strong reputation as the most physically demanding track the country has to offer.

For Red Bull KTM, the main focus heading into this event has been preparation. Despite a double-dose of confidence after his MX1 and MX2 victory in the opening round, star rider Tristan Purdon has wasted no time getting ready for the challenge in store.

“Racing at Rover is completely different to racing on hard-pack. Everything from the way you pass other riders during the race to your bike set-up changes. As the day progresses the track becomes extremely taxing on your body – it’s really just survival of the fittest out there,” said Purdon.

Fully aware of the fitness required to perform at an event like this, he added: “I’ve trained really hard for this race, especially off the bike with Louwrens Mahoney. With my goal to maintain my points lead in both classes and hold onto the red plates throughout the year, I had to make sure that I was physically prepared for this one.”

Red Bull KTM teammates Cameron Durow and Trey Cox have spent the past few weeks training at KwaZulu-Natal’s Hammarsdale – one of the only other sand tracks South Africa has to offer. Like Purdon, Durow also realizes the importance of fitness in this event and mentions placing extra focus on time spent in the gym.

In an effort to do everything he can to set himself up for MX2 victory, he also explains his bike set-up: “Besides getting my fitness ready, I’ve made sure that my KTM 250 SF-X is set-up for the sand as well. I mostly did some small adjustments to my front suspension and will put a fresh Pirelli sand tyre on before the race – that’s pretty much all I need to do to get my orange machine ready to race,” said Durow.

Having come painfully close to snatching 85cc victory in the opening round, new recruit Cox has a very specific goal as he prepares for round two: “I won the first heat in the opening round but had a crash in the second moto that really set me back. My goal this time is to be more consistent and try put the two motos together. It’s hard to predict what could happen at Rover though – you never know when the sand monster could bite you!” joked Cox.

Rounding out the orange squad is Jonathan Mlimi who has his sights set one thing only – snapping up the win in both heats to secure as many points as possible. The rider admits to feeling slightly disappointed by the results of the first round despite securing a spot on the podium. With a laser focus on victory, Mlimi will certainly be a force to be reckoned with this weekend.

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney


For South Africa’s motorsport fans, Gqeberha is far more renowned for its sandy terrain than its impressive wind. Home to the popular Rover track, the city has become a hub for motocross riders that enjoy the challenge of thick sand and deep ruts.

As the second round of the National Motocross Championship approaches, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna head to Gqeberha for one of the most highly anticipated events of the season. The team’s leading MX1 and MX2 rider David Goosen commented: “I’m super excited for Rover – it’s always been a really good track for me. It’s a race that will definitely show who has come prepared and done their homework and who hasn’t. If you show up without having put in the work, then you’re in trouble!”

Having won several events at Rover in his career, Goosen has a wealth of experience to fall back on and is eager to repeat his past victories. Confident in his preparation for the event, he said: “The thing that gives me the most confidence going into this is the way I’ve prepared for it. I’ve been doing a lot more testing on my Husqvarna FC 450 / FC 250 since the first round and I’m feeling really comfortable on the new bikes. We’ve improved on a couple of things and I feel like I’ve really settled into the swing of racing for the new team.”

Teammate Neil van der Vyver will line-up with a target on his back as he attempts to stake his claim in what is still very new 85cc territory. The rising star faced the setback of a bad start by his own high standard in the opening round and is out for redemption this weekend: “I’ve mostly been working on starts and techniques for the past couple of weeks. I’ve made sure that everything from the bike to my body is where it needs to be – I’ve been keeping my fitness up and also dialled in my suspension after lots of testing,” he said.

Like Goosen, the youngster is undaunted by the sandy track and even rated Rover as one of his favourite places to race.

Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham shares a parting shot as his team prepares for what will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting races of the season: “Rover has been a good hunting ground for us in the past. We really feel that our riders have done such good preparation and are as ready as can be!”

Published by: Fred Fensham


What    South African Cross Country Moto Round 2 Report
Where    Modimolle, Limpopo Province
When    Saturday 27 March 2021
Community    South Africa National

Gauteng OR2 rider Ian Rall restored upcountry honour when he blasted his MCA Dragon Energy Husqvarna to overall victory in the second round of the South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship at Modimolle in Limpopo Province on Saturday.

In a thrilling, dramatic and ultimately confusing race that took in terrain from sand to fast and flowing, and then rocky hill sections that deteriorated as the day progressed, Rall won by five minutes from Brett Swanepoel, who took his second OR1 race win on the trot for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna. OR2 runner-up Bradley Cox came home third overall, a further two minutes adrift on his Brother Leader Tread KTM.

Race results were delayed after several riders wrong-slotted and organisers had to dig deep into satellite tracking data, with those lost earning various levels of penalty to ensure that riders who kept on track were not compromised by others’ short cuts, even if they were unintentional.

Once all that was sorted, open class OR1 rider Mike Pentecost emerged fourth overall on his Husqvarna ahead of impressive South African motocross star Kerim Fitzgerald’s OR2 Red Bull KTM, a delighted D’Artagnan Lobjoit riding an OR1 Pepson Plastics Motul Kawasaki and OR3 winner Erik Ernst Merry’s Husqvarna.

Swanepoel took the OR1 win from Pentecost, Lobjoit, on Kawasaki’s first podium in the team’s second race, Jarryd Coetzee’s Brother Leader Tread KTM, Ruan Smith on a RAD KTM and Hayden Louw’s Dynamic Racing HWM KTM. Tyron Beverley’s TFC CIT Husqvarna, Hein van Niekerk on a Prowatech KTM, John-Care de Lange on a Husqvarna and Darren Gray’s P Trimborn KTM rounded off the big bore top-ten.

Rall beat Cox and Fitzgerald home to draw even with Cox in the OR2 points, with Devan Smith’s Vans Husqvarna fourth, while Merry took OR3 from Dylan Cox on an RBS Yamaha, Matthew Wilson’s MCA Husqvarna, Stefan van Deventer’s KTM, Taki Bogiages on his Pepson Plastics Motul Kawasaki and Scott Heygate’s Alfie Cox Racing Fuchs KTM.

KTM Durban lad Haydn Cole was next home from Peter Karam’s Roost KTM, Daniel Van Zyl’s Peak bLU cRU Yamaha and Kyle Mckenzie’s Pepson Motul Kawasaki, but perhaps the most remarkable OR3 story is about GXCC regional race winner Davin Cocker. He was leading the final national loop when his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna ran out of oil after loosing its oil cap minutes from the finish. So he pushed the bike several kilometres home to the finish.

Branden Swanepoel took High School honours on his Sherco ahead of KTM Durban lad Dylan Jones, Derek Karam’s Roost KTM, John Botha on a TFC CIT Husqvarna, Damon Cox’s RBS Yamaha and Joss Alexander on a Bikers Warehouse Husqvarna.

Wade Blaauw meanwhile extended his SA National Senior Cross Country Moto advantage with a back-to-back win aboard his Roost KTM. He beat Dirk Olivier on a Yamaha, Deon du Toit’s Kawasaki, Stuart Gregory’s KTM, Ronald Venter’s Expert Mining KTM and Marco Cocci on Yamaha.

And Greg Nairn took the Masters win on his Husqvarna from Mielies le Roux’s Alfie Cox KTM, Wayne Farmer on a Biker’s Warehouse Husqvarna, Ernst Slabbert’s Rhubein KTM, Pieter Höll’s Pepson Motul Kawasaki and KTM duo Marius de Klerk and Martin Poole.

The South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship will return for round 3 at Vryburg in the Northwest on 29 May, where the upcountry riders will once again be hoping that the quick conditions will be an advantage.

Issued on behalf of SA Cross Country Moto