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PURDON AT THE DOUBLE

What South African National Motocross Round 5 Report
Where Chestnut Hill, Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng
When Saturday 18 September 2021
Community South Africa National

Tristan dominates Bronkhorstspruit MX Nationals

Double championship leader Tristan Purdon was without doubt the man of the meeting as the did a double-double to win both heats in both MX1 and MX 2 at the weekend’ Cannabis Energy Drink TRP Distributors South African National Motocross Championship races at Chestnut Hill in Bronkhorstspruit. It was also a day of ties as several riders shared the spoils across the classes, while others went far closer to form.

Red Bull KTM star Purdon romped home to a dominant double open class MX1 win on his Red Bull KTM. Red Bull KTM teammate Cameron Durow, David Goosen’s Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna and Jesse Wright’s Yamaha were second, third and fourth in both races, as Purdon doubled his title advantage over Goosen. KTM trio, Jayden Proctor, Johan Vogelesang and Arnu Saaiman duked it out for fifth.

Tristan Purdon also romped to the quarter-litre MX2 double on his Red Bull KTM to grow his championship advantage there too. His pursuers ended in a three way tie for second. KTM teammate Cameron Durow and David Goosen’s Rockstar Husqvarna and each took a second and a fifth as Dalton Venter’s Yamaha took both moto third places. Twice fourth, Joshua Mlimi and Jayden Proctor’s KTMs ended fifth and sixth for the day ahead of Christiaan Cilliers’ Yamaha.

Over-30s rider Grant Frerichs continued his MX3 title charge on his Husqvarna. He took another a double victory over over-40s winner Ian Topliss on a Yamaha. Second Over-30 man home Ryan Frerich’s Yamaha was third overall from over-40s Honda duo Bruce Viljoen and Phillip Harper and Over-30s man Oscar Masango on a Husqvarna.

Kayla Raaff was back to her old self as she sped to a double Ladies motocross win on her Kawasaki. Raaff kept title rival Leah Heygate ’s KTM in second in both motos to double her title advantage with the de Lima sisters, Husqvarna-mounted Cheyenne and Jadene on a KTM, in pursuit.

Jonathan Mlimi made no mistakes as he took an iron grip of the High School 125cc Motocross championship on his Red Bull KTM. He beat Miguel de Waal in both races, whose KTM closed in on Ethan Hoffman’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha in the title chase. Hoffman was beaten to third by both Luke Grundy’s Husqvarna and KTM lad and Barend du Toit, with Cuan Conway’s GasGas and Callan Broskie’s Ridgeway Husqvarna next home.

85cc Pro Mini proved another brilliant fight. Second race winner Neil van der Vyver’s Rockstar Husqvarna, double second placed rider Emmanuel Bako’s KTM and opening moto winner Trey Cox on a Red Bull KTM were split by just two points at the end of the day. Husqvarna duo Ryan Adler and Jordan van Wyk were next up ahead of Tristan Durow’s KTM. Cox left Gauteng in a 7 point title advantage over new second place man van der Vyver, van Wyk and Bako.

Championship leader, KTM rider Matthew Correia consolidated his 85cc Junior motocross championship lead to more than a race win worth of points. His title rivals Andrew Venter on another KTM and Tyler Petersen’s KTM shared out the second places ahead of first race third lad Caden Wiese’s Husqvarna and Kassim Hassim on a KTM.

The 65cc motocross day also went more or less to form as GasGas lad Blade Tilley and KTM kid Blake Frost his shared out the race wins and second places to leave the top of that title chase static. Third in the championship, Aiden Henley’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha took both third places, with Husqvarna trio Nicol Smit, Sven Larsen and Christopher Brindley next up.

There was however a bit of a turn up for the books in baby class 50cc motocross as second race winner Aiden Retief’s KTM and double second on the day, Rayden Woolls’ GasGas held first moto winner and championship leader Trenton Kretzmann’s Perry Husqvarna to a three way draw. That kept that title chase exactly as it was too. Casper van Zyl’s KTM, Maxwell Fourie’s Cobra and Joshua Peters-Newman on a Husqvarna were next home

Bloemfontein hosts the penultimate next round of the Cannabis Energy Drink TRP Distributors South African National Motocross Championship on 23 October. 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.

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Photography by: Wouter Vermaak

BRAD LINES UP 17TH ON MISANO GRID AFTER DIFFICULT QUALIFYING DAY

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder was once more the leading KTM representative in MotoGP as the South African registered the 17th quickest lap-time at Misano for the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

MotoGP dropped into San Marino for the first of two non-consecutive events around the flat and winding Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Both days of practice and qualification were marked by changeable conditions on the Adriatic coastline as sunshine and warm temperatures were mixed with cloud cover and heavy showers. Free Practice 2 on Friday afternoon, in particular, was a washout.

Saturday’s crucial FP3 was held under blue skies and the KTM contingent sought the best mix of traction and acceleration with their tire allocation. The lap-times in FP3 saw the top sixteen riders split by less than a second. By the time of the Q1 and Q2 runs, it was Brad who came closest to escaping Q1 and the Styrian GP winner was less than half a second from making the cut, despite a small tumble in the final minutes of the session. In the end he classified 7th, meaning 17th on the grid.

The 27-lap MotoGP race begins on Sunday at 14.00 CET.

Brad Binder:
“It was a difficult day for us. We tried hard but couldn’t quite find the setting to be comfortable and to improve my feeling on the bike. I think we could have done better in qualifying but – unfortunately – I got a big rear-kick going into Turn 1 and I washed the front tire. We’re struggling a bit with one-lap pace, more than we’d like, but the race is tomorrow and we’ll try as hard to see what we can do.”

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TEAM SA – 2021 FIM MONSTER ENERGY MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS

The MSA Motocross Commission is proud to announce that three riders will be representing South Africa at the 2021 FIM Monster Energy Motocross of Nations, which is set to take place next weekend from 24-26 September in Mantova, Italy.


 
Without a doubt the MXON is one of the biggest team events on the International Motocross calendar, with 33 teams, consisting of 99 competitors from across the globe.  The South African team will be competing against some of the best riders.  
 
The following riders will be representing South Africa:
 

  • Camden Mc Lellan – MX2 class (Race Number – 59)
  • David Goosen – MXGP class (Race Number – 58)
  • Tristan Purdon – OPEN class (Race Number – 60)

MSA and the MSA Motocross Commission wishes the South African team all the best and encourages all local motocross enthusiasts to show their support.

Click here to view the official entry list

RED BULL KTM BRACES FOR BAR-TO-BAR BATTLE IN CHESTNUT

Image from the 2021 MX National | Round 1 | Captured by Sage Lee Voges for http://www.zcmc.co.za

National Motocross Championship – Chestnut

South African motorsport fans are in for an exciting weekend of racing as the second half of the National Motocross Championship commences. Riders will battle it out at Chestnut this weekend – a Gauteng track famous for its epic jumps and high speed.


Red Bull KTM will unleash a team of four riders on Saturday, all within touching distance of snatching up their respective championships. Spearheading the hunt for national titles in the MX1 and MX2 Class is Tristan Purdon. As the rider looks to defend the red plate and championship lead in both classes, he commented: “The championship is looking too tight for me to get comfortable, so my main goal is to extend my points lead. With three rounds to go anything can happen – this is where points start to count the most.”
 
Like most riders this weekend, Purdon is fairly new to the Chestnut track. Undaunted by the unfamiliar territory, he added: “I’ve only ever raced at Chestnut once, so it’s a new track for all of us. It’s quite hardpack, so I’m hoping for some deep ruts. Tyre choice for this event is going to vital, so Kevin (our team mechanic) and I have been hard at work on that. Everything is feeling really good, and I can’t wait to get out there!”
 
Also chasing down national glory in the MX2 Class is Cameron Durow – Purdon’s Red Bull KTM teammate and closest championship rival. The youngster has taken the opportunity to race for the team with both hands this season and only 6-points separate him from the top of the leaderboard.
 
With Chestnut’s strong reputation for its high-speed, Durow mentions working relentlessly on his pace. He explained: “The track this weekend is a super high-speed track – a little different to what we’ve raced up until now. I’ve been working hard on my high-speed turns specifically to prepare for it.”
 
Fresh off his MX2 victory in the last round, the rider feels as confident as ever.  “This season has been amazing. I love when the championship is so tight, it makes everything so much more exciting. I’m still on a high after the last round and really looking to carry that winning momentum forward.”
 
Adding to Red Bull KTM’s list of red plates is Jonathan Mlimi and Trey Cox. Mlimi has taken the High School Class by storm this season and put on a particularly impressive performance at the last round in muddy Pietermaritzburg.
 
The rider’s consistency over different types of tracks and weather conditions has seen him secure the top step in his class for most of the season. While he built up a comfortable lead on his competitors, Mlimi has no intention of slacking off in the slightest. He said, “I’ve been consistent this season because my goal has remained the same with every round – to secure nothing less than the maximum number of points available. I’m really looking forward to Chestnut with its high-speed and nice lines. It also gets pretty bumpy – something I really enjoy.”
 
Trey Cox will round out the squad this weekend, leading the Pro Mini Class by just three points. Like Purdon, the youngster is determined to extend his championship lead as the season hits its halfway mark. While the rider was the fastest out the starting gates in the last round, an unfortunate tip-over set him back. As he looks to carry his pace all the way to the finish line, the young gun will be a favourite in the race for top honours this weekend.

Published by:  Louwrens Mahoney

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA READY TO RISE TO THE TOP

Image from 2021 MX National | Round 1 | Captured by Sage Lee Voges for http://www.zcmc.co.za

NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP – CHESTNUT
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna is preparing to tap into new gears as the second half of the National Motocross Championship kicks off this weekend. The highly-anticipated event will take place at Gauteng’s Chestnut – a track renowned for its epic jumps and high levels of speed.

Fresh off his recent MX1 victory, leading rider David Goosen enters the event with one goal only – to keep his winning momentum going. While the rider has enjoyed consistent podium finishes this season, he had been itching to snatch up the seemingly elusive MX1 victory that had been evading his grasp.

“Now that I’ve finally won, I need to keep the momentum going and stay consistent with the 25-point victories. It’s my first-time racing at Chestnut – it’s still quite a new track for most of us. I’ve heard the roost can be quite bad there, so it’s going to be vital to get a good start and stay up front. Fortunately, my Husqvarna machines have been amazing off the line this year – so that’s very reassuring! I’m really happy with the setup I’ve established on both bikes.”

With his sights set on climbing to the top step in both the MX1 and MX2 Class, Goosen is confident as he looks to the season ahead: “After they cancelled the second heat in the last round, we’re exactly halfway through the season. It’s quite motivating to think that there is still so much opportunity to catch up on some points and fight for the top step of both classes! It’s been three weeks since the last round, so fitness levels are high and I’m still very much in race mode.”

Teammate Neil van der Vyver is equally as excited for the weekend ahead. Like Goosen, the youngster put on an eye-catching performance in the last round as he stormed to the Pro Mini victory.

With only nine points separating him from taking the championship lead in his class, a determined Van der Vyver commented: “I’m so excited to be back in the fight for this championship after some challenges this season. The goal is to win both heats so that I can close the gap.”

Undaunted by the speed that Chestnut requires, he added, “I’m looking forward to how fast this track is and how big the jumps are! I like how my bike feels when I practice there, so I’m confident for the weekend and ready to push for the win.”

Published by: Fred Fensham