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YOUNG GUNS COMPLETE HUSQVARNA SQUAD SET TO BATTLE IT OUT IN 2021

Image from the fourth and final round of the 2020 National Cross Country Championship captured by Sage Lee Voges for http://www.zcmc.co.za

Following the recent signing of motocross star David Goosen, Husqvarna South Africa is excited to announce that the good news does not stop there. The team will welcome two 17 year old riders stacked with talent to the National Enduro and Cross Country squad respectively in 2021, namely Heinrich Aust and Davin Cocker.

With multiple national champion Brett Swanepoel spearheading the hunt for national titles in both the National Cross Country OR1 Class and National Enduro E2 Class, the teams newest recruits will grab the opportunity to race alongside the South African star. Aust will represent the team on the Enduro side in the E1 Class, and Cocker will attempt to chase down the OR3 title that narrowly evaded his grasp in the Cross Country Championship earlier this year.

“As Brett prepares to defend his 2020 title in both disciplines, Heinrich and Davin have the awesome opportunity to learn from one of the best riders we’ve ever had. Brett has shown the most incredible commitment to fight back from a near career ending injury to pull off the double victory that was last achieved by Louwrens Mahoney in 2006,” said Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham.

As Husqvarna welcomes the new riders to the squad, the team is equally as excited to once again support rising star Neil van der Vyver in the National Motocross Championship. The four-time national champion will represent the team in the 85cc Class next season, with Goosen flying the Husqvarna flag in both the MX1 and MX2 Class respectively.

“I am beyond excited with the team that we have assembled for 2021 and can’t wait to introduce not only the new team members but also an all new look for Husqvarna. We are also fortunate to bring on some new partners next season – which will be announced at our team launch in January,” said Fensham.

As the tumultuous year of 2020 draws to a close, Fensham added, “A big thank you to all our race fans – I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and above all safe festive season. We can’t wait to go racing in 2021!”

Published by: Fred Fensham – Husqarna Motorcycles SA

HUSQVARNA SIGNS THE 21 FOR 21

DAVID GOOSEN SIGNED FOR 2021 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS SEASON

It is with great excitement that Husqvarna South Africa announces the signing of motocross star David Goosen. After what has been an unpredictable season of racing, the rider well-known for his “21” number board will bring a breath of fresh air into a highly anticipated 2021.

Motocross has been a part of Goosen’s life since he got his first motorcycle at 3 years old. Growing up in Zimbabwe, he fondly remembers spending weekends with his family at the track for a great portion of his childhood. His riding was taken to a new level of professionalism when he later immigrated to the UK with his family where he described experiencing “flashes of brilliance” in his racing career.

A devastating knee injury would eventually see him return to South Africa – a time in his life Goosen recalls feeling extremely lost: “Until 2016 I was really quite lost. I couldn’t quite find a job I liked to do and wasn’t getting the results to earn anything from it. It was during this time that I met my wife, Shannon, and suddenly had this drive to sort my stuff out.”

Goosen worked hard to settle down with a job outside of racing and it wasn’t long before he married his wife, Shannon Goosen. As he looks back at that time in his life, he believes that it set him up for success in what would soon become a flourishing racing career.

“I settled down with Shannon and we became a really good team. As we grew in our careers and ‘climbed the ladder of life’, it wasn’t long before I noticed a shift in my racing. With her support, I stepped into a new season and suddenly started winning races and finishing on the podium,” said Goosen.

The rider was crowned the country’s National Motocross Champion in 2017 – a defining moment in Goosen’s racing career. While championship titles have narrowly evaded his grasp since then, the rider firmly believes that his race for national glory has only just begun.

With his sights set on chasing down both the MX1 and MX2 titles in 2021, Goosen commented: “I’m almost 30 years old now and I’m at the peak of my career. I feel like I’m just getting better and better, and the idea of a new team has refreshed me. The whole adjustment with a new brand has made me more motivated than ever. It’s a very professional set up and I look forward to working with the family of Husqvarna.”

Published by: Fred Fensham – Husqvarna Motorcycles SA

DUROW AND TREY COX JOIN RED BULL KTM

Red Bull KTM announce 2021 lineup

As the curtains of a tumultuous 2020 begin to draw to a close, it is with great excitement that Red Bull KTM announces new additions to their star-studded line-up for 2021.

Bringing a fresh sense of excitement to the team is new recruit Cameron Durow, who will be racing in the prestigious MX2 Class. Having just turned 18 years old, Durow is a rider bristling with talent. He boasts an array of titles as a three-time MSA National Champion, two-time WOMZA National Champion and three-time Motocross of African Nations Champion. He has also represented the country in four FIM Junior World Championship events and achieved fourth overall in the German ADAC 85cc Championship.

When asked about the accolade he is most proud of, Durow recalls winning the opening round of the 2019 National Motocross Championship in not only the High School Class, but MX2 Class as well. He reminisced, “It’s something I will never forget. At 16 years old, I was the first person to achieve an overall win in both classes on the same day.”

With his sights set on snatching up the MX2 Championship in 2021, Durow commented, “Riding for Red Bull KTM has been my goal for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to ride for a professional team and the one I’ve always looked at was Red Bull KTM. Signing with them at this point in my career has really been a huge confidence boost to me. I believe partnering with them will help me really push the sport further and show everyone what I am truly capable of.”

KTM South Africa’s Louwrens Mahoney added, “We are so excited to have Cameron on the team for 2021 – he is a hardworking, talented rider. He has also got a lot of international racing experience – we can’t wait to get the new year started!”

Another new addition to the team is rising star Trey Cox, who will step up to the 85cc Class next year. As the brother of motorsport sensation Bradley Cox and son of legendary racer Alfie Cox, the youngster clearly inherited a full dose of the competitive racing genes.

While he has been riding since he was two years old, Cox started taking racing seriously when his brother took him to a few National events when he turned ten. It wasn’t long before the racing bug bit and Cox finished the 65cc Championship second in 2019 and third in 2020.

“It’s every young rider’s dream to race for a factory team and coming into it this young is really good for my future. It’s the best team in the paddock and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together as I step up to the 85cc Championship next year,” said Cox.

After his rise to national glory this season, fans will be pleased to discover that leading rider Tristan Purdon will once again be spearheading the hunt for the MX1 and MX2 Championship. Also looking to continue his winning streak is Jonathan Mlimi, who will remain in the High School Class with the hope of defending his 2020 title.

After a highly successful career racing for Red Bull KTM, Kerim Fitz-Gerald will step into the role of team manager next year. As a multiple national champion, Fitz-Gerald’s experience and knowledge will undoubtedly bring great value to the orange squad.

“I’m very excited about my new role with the team – it’s brand new to me so I have some learning to do, but I have been with KTM for a long time and know all the riders well. I’m looking forward to working with the team’s newest riders –they have both been around the team for a long time and I have no doubt that they will fit in perfectly. I’m also really excited to be supporting our two champions – Jono and Tristan. They both know what they are capable of now and so does the team. Here’s to a successful 2021 and bringing home some championships!” said Fitz-Gerald.

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA

Picture Caption: Red Bull KTM signs Cameron Durow

MOTO KIDS RACE REPORT – 28 NOVEMBER

The final round of the junior grassroots program was held at very wet and muddy Dirt Bronco Raceway in Mogale. The early morning motocross track conditions greeted the young racers with some anxiety and a small headache for race organizers who had to reroute a section of the mx track because of the deep mud for smaller wheels. The entries in the enduro was half of the days total entrants.

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Published by:  Neil van der Ross