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KAWASAKI SCORES FIRST CROSS COUNTRY PODIUM

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

Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing KX450XC third in second outing

Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing made its presence felt with a first podium at the second SA Cross Country national at Modimolle on Saturday. While results remain provisional following a scoring conundrum, D’Artagnan Lobjoit ended a stunning third in OR1 on his KX450XC, Taki Bogiages rode his KX250XC home fifth in OR3, Peter Holl was also fifth in Masters on a similar machine and Kyle Mckenzie had an encouraging run in OR3.

“That’s Modimolle done and dusted!” D’Artagnan Lobjoit explained. “It was great to be back on my Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing KX450XC, which felt great the whole day in virgin conditions that also suited my riding style. “My Showa suspension soaked up the bumps when the track became rougher as the day went on to let me keep on charging hard. “I’m feeling comfortable and confident on my Kawasaki and looking forward to a good year ahead for the team and me!”

“The results are a bit confusing, but yesterdays race was really challenging for me,” Taki Bogiaiges explained. “I woke up feeling ill, which made it tough from the get go. “The terrain was really hard but awesome, my Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing KX250XC really felt great everywhere, even when I was really tired. “I pushed through and the result wasn’t bad! “I was one of many to get a little lost, so let’s see what happens, but I am delighted with a provisional third in class.”

My Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing KX250XC never missed a beat this weekend,” Kyle Mackenzie pointed out. “It performed perfectly throughout without any problems. “I really enjoyed the terrain that included everything from sand to fast flowing sections and then straight into the mountains and I felt more comfortable after each lap. “I’m happy with my fitness and never got tired — I am so lucky and privileged to be part of such an amazing team.”

Peter Holl was delighted with his one-off weekend on the little Kawasaki KX250XC. “I was shocked by the pace of my little 250cc machine,” the 2018 Masters champion admitted. “I’m used to the brute power of the 500 I usually ride and was expecting sto struggle, but the little Kawasaki 250 proved shockingly quick and so nimble, which made it possible for me to compete with the Masters on the 500s up front and that really is impressive.”Thanks to Iain and the ream for the chance to race!”

“The guys rode their hearts out and we scored some brilliant results at Modimolle this weekend,” Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing team boss Iain Pepper concluded. “In only our second race, we are on the podium on stock standard engines and suspension, which is truly heartening. “Now we need to continue to progress — we have a brilliiant team, great riders and great bikes — Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing is only going to improve — see you at Vryburg at the end of May!”

Issued on behalf of Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing

GQEBERHA POISED FOR MOTOCROSS BATTLE

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

If the opening round of the 2021 Cannabis Energy Drink & TRP Distributors South African National Motocross Championship at Terra Topia was anything to go by, fans can expect two certainties at Rover’s second round in Port Elizabeth Saturday 3 April. One is that the action will probably be even fiercer and two, local EP Red Bull KTM hero, Tristan Purdon will have a target on his back.

Cathcart rider Purdon won both MX1 and MX2 in Jozi last time out and his rivals now want revenge in both the open 450cc and quarter-litre classes. Tristan will have to deal with David Goosen’s Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna, Anthony Raynard Tinswalo Yamaha, Jesse Wright’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha in both those classes.

Others to keep an eye on in MX1 include KTM riders, Holeshot King Johan Vogelesang, Bradley Cox and Jayden Proctor in MX1. And expect Cameron Durow on a Red Bull KTM, Dalton Venter’s Yamaha and Jayden Proctor on a KTM to also be at the sharp end in MX2.

Over-40’s Masters champion Ian Topliss will be back at it in MX3, where Dwayne Kleynhans’ KTM and Deon du Toit on a Kawasaki could deliver some over 30s resistance. Kayla Raaff will want to get back to her usual dominant Ladies Motocross ways on her Kawasaki, but not if KTM lass Leah Heygate has anything to do with. They shared the honours last time out. Husqvarna sisters Jadene and Cheyenne de Lima will be among the other ladies looking for a little Nelson Mandela Bay success this weekend.

Expect another full grid of 125cc High School class fighters to be out to stop last round winners, Red Bull KTM rider Jonathan Mlimi and Miguel de Waal on another KTM. Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha lad Ethan Hoffman, Mark-Anthony Filip’s KTM and Luke Grundy’s Husqvarna are among those more likely to depose them.

Trey Cox’s Red Bull KTM and Lucca Mynhardt’s KTM were the 85cc Pro Mini bikes to beat last time out, so expect Gas Gas rider Emmanuel Bako and Husqvarna trio Wian du Plooy, Neil van der Vyver and Jordan van Wyk to be on their cases in PE this weekend.

The 65cc juniors will no doubt pay more attention to yellow flags this weekend after several leading riders suffered penalties last time out. Which means Gas Gas rider Blade Tilley, Jack Pullen’s Husqvarna and Trent Valsecchi’s KTM will be out to make up a little lost ground. They will have. Blake Frost on a KTM, Aiden Henley’s Yamaha and Husqvarna trio Sven Larsen, Nicol Smit and Alex Cooper to deal with too.

Trenton Kretzman on a Husqvarna and Gas Gas rider Rayden Woolls will both be keen for more baby 50cc moto success this weekend. They must however first beat KTM kids Maxwell Fourie, Ross Mackenzie, Aiden Retief, Travis Liddell and Casper van Zyl.

Racing continues under lockdown, which means no spectators at Rover. That will not prevent more great fields from delivering brilliant racing in Gqebehra. 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

SWANEPOEL READY TO COME BACK SWINGING

Image from the first round of the National Cross-Country held in Jolivet. Captured by Sage Lee Voges for http://www.zcmc.co.za

The next stop on the National Cross Country calendar takes Rockstar Energy Husqvarna to Modimolle, Limpopo.


In the heart of the bushveld, some 130 km north of Pretoria, the area is renowned for its untouched nature reserves and breathtaking scenery. Hosted by GXCC Racing, riders are in for a time trail and two main racing sections of 50km and 35km respectively.
 
Spearheading the hunt for Cross Country glory will be Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Brett Swanepoel. The rider faced a disappointing start to the National Enduro Championship last weekend after a stomach virus forced him to pull out of the event. With his strong track record of overcoming setbacks, Swanepoel will undoubtedly comeback swinging on Saturday.
 
“It’s been a really tough week after the stomach virus, so I’ve given myself some time to fully recover. I’m confident in the kind of work I put in before I got sick and I believe it will show this weekend. I’m still disappointed, but it’s almost given me some fire to come back stronger this weekend,” said Swanepoel.
 
As he prepares to take on new territory, he added, “I have no doubt that GXCC have put a lot of effort into the track – I heard it’s going to be fairly tight and sandy. My Husqvarna FX 450 is really well suited for that kind of terrain, so I’m ready for whatever they throw my way!” said Swanepoel.
 
Joining him for the Modimolle event is Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Davin Cocker. The youngster will line-up with a strong sense of confidence after his victorious season-opener in the OR3 Class. With the Husqvarna FC 250 as his weapon of choice, Cocker commented: “We’ve done a lot of setup and testing to get the FC 250 perfectly suited to my riding style. Everything on the bike feels great – from the suspension to the power and brakes.”
 
Like Swanepoel, Cocker welcomes the idea of taking on new terrain: “It’s very exciting to race somewhere new. The track looks tight which will suit the FC 250 very well. I’ve been training and putting in as much practice as I can and I’m feeling great for this race. I’m going to take the day as it comes – my plan it always to just get out there with an open mind and try take it to the finish,” added Cocker.
 
As his team prepares for battle in Modimolle, Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham commented: “The season opener in Jolivet gave us a lot of answers to questions we all have before a season – with a class change for Brett and a new setup for Davin we were thrilled with the outcome. Now, with that confidence in place we feel we are ready for the next round – so, as they say in the classics “Let’s go racing!”


Published by:  Husqvarna Motorcycles SA

HEINRICH AUST – SA’S RISING ENDURO STAR

South Africa’s leading riders gathered for a showdown near the Magaliesberg mountain range this weekend. In what was one of the most competitive events the National Enduro Championship has seen, the country’s top riders when head-to-head over the unforgiving terrain renowned to the Hartbeespoort area.


 It was a bitter-sweet season opener for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna. Star rider Brett Swanepoel was forced to pull out of the event after battling with a stomach virus and ultimately the risk of severe dehydration. After his effort to be “the most prepared he’s ever been for a National Enduro” a disappointed Swanepoel explained: “I did everything possible to come into this event as prepared as I could. I tried to stick it out for four laps until I started becoming extremely dehydrated and realized that this situation was unfortunately out of my control. Thank you to my team who backed me today.”
 
The silver-lining for the Husqvarna camp, however, was the eye-catching performance of new recruit Heinrich Aust. The rider not only snatched up second in the E1 Class, but finished fourth overall amongst the country’s leading Enduro riders. We catch up with the Aust after his unforgettable debut race:
 
What were some of the stand-out moments of your Rockstar Energy Husqvarna debut?
 
Just arriving at the event was so exciting – I showed up and the team had already set up and were ready for the day of racing. It was super cool to have their support from start to finish.
 
Like we expected, from the get go it was a race between Bradley Cox and I. It was really tight for the first three laps before he managed to get slightly ahead of me. I just focused on holding onto my pace and trying to make the gap smaller. I was super happy to take second place and get such a solid start to the season!
 
What kind of bike setup did you use for this event and how did it feel?
 
I used Michelin Enduro Medium for the front and a Michelin Enduro Medium back tyre, with a soft Michelin mousse at the back. It held up so well – I’m very stoked with it and could probably use it for another race! For suspension I went a bit harder om my clickers and rebound to suit the terrain – I knew it would be fast and flowy with lots of rocks.
 
I absolutely love racing the Husqvarna TE 150i, it’s so light and the power delivery is smooth, fast and never misses a beat.
 
 
It was a highly competitive field on Saturday. What did you learn from racing against some of South Africa’s top riders?
 
It was a super competitive field! I really enjoy that – it gave me an idea of what to expect for the rest of the season and the kind of pace I need going forward. It also gave me a good opportunity to get used to racing at that level on my TE 150i. I’ve been on that bike for the past two years now and feel like I’ve really got a grip on how to race it now.
 
Now that you’ve gotten a taste of the kind of season you’re in for, what are you goals for the rest of the year?
The format is a bit different this year – there’s a National Enduro and an Extreme Enduro Championship. I’ve signed up for both but my riding style suits the extreme stuff the most. I’m just really excited to grow as a rider through all of it. After Saturday I have a better idea of what I’m up against this season and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can achieve with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna,

Published by:  Husqvarna Motorcycles SA

FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR BROTHER LEADER TREAD KTM

Brother Leader Tread KTM brace for a back-to-back racing weekend

The battle horn blew for the start of the National Enduro Championship in Hartbeespoort, North West, last weekend. In field of highly ranked riders both locally and internationally, Brother Leader Tread KTM set a blistering pace.
 
Taking centre stage was the eye-catching performance of Bradley Cox, who stormed to victory in the E1 Class and third place overall – the best overall National Enduro result he’s achieved. Cox described the track as demanding not only because of the rough terrain, but the speed and intensity that each lap required.  
 
He commented, “The main goal is obviously to win the E1 Championship, but to have ranked so highly in such an intense race with guys like Wade Young and Travis Teasdale was really cool. I just kept my focus on ticking off each lap and holding my pace up front on my KTM 250 EXC-F.”
 
Adding to the excitement was the long-awaited return of Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Kirsten Landman. Having come off a year on the side-line due to a shoulder injury, the rider used the event as an opportunity to gauge her fitness levels and technical skills.
 
“It was a tough start to the season, to say the least! I had no idea how my body would react to that kind of pace. My first four laps were great, my pace was consistent and not far off the leading riders. By lap five, however, I felt like my body just went into shock. I couldn’t take any liquids in and started to cramp from dehydration – I had no choice but to call it a day,” explained Landman.
 
With a strong determination to complete the next event, she added, “My main focus is to work on my conditioning for this kind of intensity and duration on the bike. I’ve had very few DNF races in my career – it’s not something I take lightly. It was obviously a disappointment, but I’m actually really positive. I know where I need to be and I’m very motivated to narrow the gap that the front guys have on me.”
 
Rounding out the team was Charan Moore, who made his E2 Class debut in the National Enduro Championship. Having committed to the full championship this season, Moore used the event as an opportunity to see where he stacked up against the rest of the field. Despite a 15-minute penalty for not stamping his card correctly, Moore pulled off 6th place in the E2 Class and 11th overall.
 
“The pace was so intense! It was so good to race against some of the best riders South Africa has to offer – I now know what to expect going forward. My goal is to get into the top five overall and step onto that podium in the E2 Class,” said Moore.
 
The team will now move full steam ahead as the next race on the calendar swiftly approaches. This weekend marks the second round of the National Cross Country Championship which is set to take place in Modimolle, Limpopo. Undaunted by a back-to-back weekend of racing, both Cox and Moore will once again be flying the flag for Brother Leader Tread KTM.
 
Moore, who will certainly be out for redemption after facing multiple setbacks in the opening round, explained: “After the race this weekend I’m feeling really confident. My fitness is there, and my head space is where it needs to be. I think the kind of terrain we’re going to face will open up the victory to anybody. My goal is to just start and finish strong without worrying about what the competition is doing. It’s going to be a reset for me after a really challenging first round.”
 
Cox will look to continue his winning momentum in the OR2 Class and ultimately chase down the prospect of snatching up both the National Cross Country and National Enduro Championship this season. Having grown well-accustomed to racing across multiple disciplines, Cox commented, “I’ve had four years of racing in multiple disciplines, so I feel ready to get back out there. I’m going in with the same mindset as last weekend – get up front from the get-go!”  
 
Adding to the orange squad this weekend is Jarryd Coetzee, who will join Moore in the OR1 Class. Having only narrowly missed the podium in his debut OR1 race this season, Coetzee will be more determined than ever to take his place as a frontrunner in the prestigious class.
 
“I am very excited about heading up North again for a national. I’m hoping that we have some sandy terrain to contend with which will he right up my alley. I have been spending time with Mark from PlushRides and making improvements on my set up, and I’m looking forward to getting out there this weekend and putting myself and my KTM 450 XC-F to the test against the best in the country!” said an excited Coetzee.
 
Published by:  Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA