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A CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR FOR KAWASAKI

What GXCC Cross Country Round 8 Race Report
Where Carletonville, Gauteng
When Saturday 26 November 2022
Community Gauteng Regional

Team Green closes fine season with more titles

Kawasaki Racing closed its 2022 Cross Country Motorcycle racing season off in championship winning style at the final GXCC Gauteng Cross Country round down Carletonville way on Saturday.

South African National OR1 Cross Country champion Mike Pentecost added one more dominant championship winner’s red plate to his collection, with yet another emphatic GXCC overall win on his Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 450 X. 

Another Kawasaki SA champion, Senior Cross Country class King Kenny Gilbert also won again aboard his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul KX 450 X, while Warrick van Schalkwyk rode his Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki to Masters class victory too.

Other Team green riders to shine at Carletonville included John Botha who closed off a strong regional season with third in 250cc OR3 aboard his Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki KX 250 X. OR3 regular Taki Bogiages meanwhile rode home fifth in the Open class as he stepped up to an OR1 Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki KX 450 X.

Circuit racer Lee Thompson ended third in Seniors, while Veteran Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki teammate and team boss Iain Pepper enjoyed a welcome return. He raced alongside celebrity circuit car racing duo, son Jordan, who is more famous for winning in Lamborghinis in the US, and SA SupaCup winner and son in law to be, Keegan Campos.

“That brings a brilliant season of Cross Country racing to a fine end for Kawasaki, “Iain Pepper confirmed. “Well done to all involved on some incredible achievements” Franchise Co. Tork Craft Kawasaki team boss Harry Grobler concluded: “Our men in green have had a fantastic race and championship winning season. “Now for 2023 – we can’t wait!” 

Issued on behalf of Kawasaki Cross Country

Photography by: Action in Motion

IT’S LADIES FIRST FOR HONDA’S LEAH

What GXCC Cross Country Round 8 Race Report
Where Carletonville, Gauteng
When Saturday 26 November 2022
Community Gauteng Regional

Leah’s Ladies title tops fine Honda racing year

Honda’s Red Rockets enjoyed a championship winning day at the final round GXCC Gauteng Cross Country championship in Carletonville on Saturday. 

Lady racer Leah Heygate topped the Honda headlines with yet another class victory to take the 2022 GXCC Northern Regions Ladies title aboard her Sleepover Tork Craft CIT Honda CRF 250 RX. The Ladies title crowns an exceptional season for Leah and adds to her fine ninth against the guys in the national 250cc OR3 championship.

Sleepover Tork Craft CIT Honda CRF 450 RX teammates Gareth Cole and Hayden Louw meanwhile enjoyed a great day, riding home seconds apart in second and third in the open class OR1. Cole, who has already won at national level, and Louw are poised for an all-out Red Rocket Cross Country attack in 2023.

Sleepover Craft CIT racer Marco Cocci meanwhile brought his Honda home second in Seniors, while Liam Scheepers delivered another second place in 65cc Juniors. Teammate Tyron Beverley meanwhile brought the team’s experimental CRF 300 RX home an impressive third in the OR2 class, as 250cc OR3 rider Haydn Cole eased back from injury.

“We are delighted to crown Honda’s Cross Country return with a splendid Ladies title for Leah Heygate,” team boss Harry Grobler concluded. “Special thanks to every member of our awesome Sleepover Tork Craft CIT Racing team. “We have now made our line in the sand and look forward to a meaningful step forward into 2023. “Bring it on!”

Issued on behalf of CIT Honda Racing

Photography by: Action in motion

2023 FIM AFRICA MOTOCROSS OF AFRICAN NATIONS

Dear Motocross enthusiasts locally and internationally

FIM Africa, Motorsport South Africa and the MSA Motocross Commission are excited to announce that the 2023 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations (MXOAN) will be held from 11-13 August 2023 at:

  • ZONE 7, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Congratulations to Zone 7, and we look forward to all our national, continental, and international participants joining us for what will be a spectacular event hosted in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

For further information regarding the facility or any queries, please feel free to contact the MSA MX Commission on email mxcommission@samxnationals.co.za

Issued by Neville Townsend on behalf of the MSA MX Commission

2023 MSA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CALENDAR

Dear Motocross Riders, Parents and Teams,

As you are aware, the MX Commission has made great advances over the last year and we have gathered great momentum with motocross in South Africa.
 
The FIM AFRICA Motocross of African Nations (aka MXoAN) will be held in South Africa in 2023 and we need to align our plans accordingly.
 
In light of this and other developments, we kindly advise of a date and venue change for Round 3 of the Official MSA Motocross Nationals.
 
Round 3 will be at Zone 7 in Cape Town on the 2nd of April 2023 after Round 2 in Cape Town on the 1st of April 2023.
 
There is an unfortunate date clash on the 30th of September therefore Chestnut MX needs to move to the 4th of November and Thunder Valley needs to move to the 6th of May 2023.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and rest assured that this decision was not taken lightly and all aspects were considered.
 
 Please review the updated Official MSA MX Nationals calendar for 2023

Issued by Neville Townsend on behalf of the MSA MX Commission

PASSION DRIVING YOUNG MOTORCYCLE RIDER (15) TO GLORY

KJs Manager Valeria Wilkes from WMS Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton admitted his dream as a child of one day making it into Formula 1 was ‘madness’. In a 2020 interview with Italian magazine Style, Hamilton said he was, however, lucky because his father pushed him not to give up.


These sentiments bring a smile to the face of Adrian Scholtz, CEO of Motorsport South Africa, because they currently have a rookie motorcycle rider under their wing with a very similar story – and hunger to succeed.

Scholtz says Kgopotso Mononyane ‘the second’ (affectionately known as KJ) is a 15-year-old from  Mondeor – Johannesburg who eats, sleeps and breathes motorcycle racing.

His father is tragically no longer alive to spur him on and witness the incredible progress KJ is making in the sport, but his mother, Kgomotso, is steadfast at her son’s side to help him fulfil his dreams.

KJ’s dad, Kgopotso Mononyane, who was an anaesthetist, was killed in a helicopter crash in Kwazulu-Natal along with five of his Netcare 911 colleagues on January 21, 2021, en route to transport a critically-ill Covid-19 patient to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

“KJ wanted to do motorcycle sport from the time he was five years old but his parents thought it was too dangerous. This didn’t stop KJ from expressing an interest in riding and having a dream to make a name for himself on the motorcycle racing circuit. Following his dad’s death, KJ has the full support of his mom in realising this dream,” Scholtz said.

“Motorsport SA couldn’t be prouder of what he has already achieved. This year, MSA secured funding assistance for KJ from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, which is the global/sanctioning body of motorcycle racing. While this amount represented only a very small portion of the racing budget needed, it was greatly appreciated.” Scholtz says encouraging young riders with talent is a major drive for MSA. “We would love to see more of our young talent starting to compete internationally as well,” he says.

KJ, a Grade Nine learner at Waterstone College, recalls his first “break” came in 2017 (he was 10 years old) when Neil Harran from the South African Motorcycle Racing Academy visited his school’s open day.

“I was so excited to try out the demo stationary practice bike he had at the open day and everyone was very impressed with my test ride. Neil then recommended to my parents that I enrol into his academy. I was ecstatic as I knew this could be the start of great things to come,” KJ said.

And it was. KJ started participating competitively in the short circuit road racing series in 2017 (he was 10 years old) in the NSF100cc Honda Cup and won a championship in 2019.

In 2020, KJ claimed another title in the Clubman’s championship and finished second in the 150 cup – a category he went on to win the next year. He started competing in Italy in June 2021, in the middle of the racing season.  To date, he has won multiple circuit motorcycle racing championships.

Scholtz said KJ believes he was ‘born to be a champion’ and is honouring his father’s memory with his commitment to motorcycle racing.

“There is nothing more satisfying and exciting than seeing a young rider cling to their dream, pursue it and, ultimately, live it. It is what champions are made of; resilience and passion to succeed. We are so proud of KJ and proud to be at his side as he goes from strength to strength.”

His mom says dedication and commitment are key to success in the sport but, above all, riders must be professional, self-disciplined and subscribe to the ‘rules of the game’.

“KJ is constantly training in South Africa and competing in short-circuit series races.  In addition, he has followed self-tailored training offered by WMS Motorsport in Italy and is also managed by a Swiss sports management company that has worked with Paddock GP and MM Team (KJ’s racing team) as technical engineers,” Kgomotso says.

“His dad believed so much in his potential – so much so that he wanted to see KJ race overseas and signed a contract and submitted it to the team in Italy a day before he died. Signing this contract was the greatest achievement for him and he told me to always believe in our son.

“KJ will not disappoint his father. He views this sport as a career and said he’ll continue in it – even if he doesn’t get paid.”

KJ has the final word on his hopes and dreams.

“I want to work harder to further my motor racing career, with an ultimate goal to reach a level of Redbull MotoGP Rookies Cup in Europe.

“I would love to watch Fabio Quartararo in action one day and spend a day with him learning a few tricks. I am also inspired by our very own MotoGP icons, Brad and Darryn Binder,” he said.

PREPARED ON BEHALF OF MSA BY CATHY FINDLEY PR. MEDIA QUERIES CONTACT JACQUI MOLOI ON 071 764 8233 OR JACQUI@FINDLEYPR.CO.ZA