The Vintage and Veteran Club in Johannesburg has decided to make some major organisational changes for the DJ Run commemorative regularity rally scheduled to take place next year. The club says the aim of the revamp is to increase the number of competitors while decreasing the entry fee where possible.
Hylton Allison, a seasoned DJ Run competitor and rally organiser, will now head up the organising committee as Clerk of the Course, replacing Larina MacGregor, who held this position in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Hylton will have his brother, Gavin, and Cobus Grobbelaar as his assistants.
Other committee members for the 2022 DJ Run are: Gavin Allison (treasurer), Peter Aneck-Hahn (SAVVA steward), Eric McQuillan (club steward), Gwyneth Cronje and Elaine Cusdin (secretaries), Pierre Cronje (fund raising), Paul Koski and Bert Lopes (VVC representatives).
A recent article on the iconic DJ Run, which began as a road race for motorcycles between Johannesburg and Durban in 1913, stated that the 2022 event would celebrate 50 years of the commemorative regularity rally while this milestone was, in fact, reached in 2021 as the first of these regularity rallies took pace in 1970, with 1974 being cancelled due to fuel restrictions and 2021 not taking place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 DJ Run commemorative regularity rally for motorcycles made before 1937 has been cancelled. The event was to have started in Hillcrest, outside Durban, on March 12 and finished in Johannesburg the following day after an overnight stop in Newcastle.
Clerk of the Course Larina MacGregor says the intention is to stage the event again in March 2022 when it will mark the 50th staging of a commemorative rally between the two cities. The famous event was originally a race on public roads staged between 2013 and 1936 after which it was banned on the grounds of safety as traffic on these roads increased.
This is one of several major motoring events that have already been cancelled this year. These include the George and Knysna motor shows and the 1000 Bike Show in Gauteng.
However, the organisers of the Simola Hillclimb in Knysna are hoping to stage their event between 2-5 September, while the Pretoria Old Motor Club says it is still on track to stage its Cars in the Park motoring expo at the Zwartkops Raceway, near Pretoria, on August 1.
The 20th international Passion for Speed race meeting, which was originally scheduled to be held at the Zwartkops Raceway on 29-31 January, is now to be staged from 18-20 June.
Barend Pretorius was forced to retire his Husqvarna from the 2021 Guateng Xcross Country Club Season Opener outside Rustenberg this past Saturday (February 13) due to a rear-brake issue.
After making a good start off the line to emerge in the leading pack of the Class OR3 field in the Three-Hour race, he encountered rear-brake issues early on the opening lap of the off-road course. This necessitated the Pesty Racing team to conduct repairs heading into the second lap, but these had little effect as the problem resurfaced early on Lap 2. Subsequently, Pretorius retired in the pits.
“It was so bad that it became a real safety concern and therefore we decided to rather park the bike when I made the second stop.” said Pretorius. “We did a few small repairs on the rear brakes which held up for the start of the first 10km of the second lap. In that stint, the bike also really felt good on the sandy terrain, but soon after I lost the rear brakes again. Given that we already lost a lot of positions and track time, we decided to retire at the end of the lap.”
What 2021 South African Motocross Championship Preview Where Terra Topia, Diepsloot Gauteng. When Saturday 20 February 2021 Community South Africa National
The bikes are prepared, the riders are fit and the sleeps are counting down very quickly to that moment when another South African National Motocross Championship explodes into action at Terra Topia in Gauteng come Saturday 20 February. So far, it seems that the Cannabis Energy Drink & TRP Distributors SA MX series will run in a regular seven round championship around the country following last year’s many post-lockdown double headers.
The big questions are who will steal that first holeshot, who will win and who will be crowned 2021’s Kings of South African Motocross? Starting with the big banger 450cc open MX1 men, all eyes will be on Cathcart, EP hero Tristan Purdon and his Red Bull KTM after his dominant march to the 2020 title. But rest assured that he will not have it easy.
2020 runner up David Goosen has jumped ship to ride a Rockstar Energy Husqvarna and he and that rebranded team are determined to make a big mark this year. Cape Town Tinswalo Yamaha rider Anthony Reynard ended last season off with some incredible pace and will be a man to watch. Also keep an eye on Jesse Wright’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha, KZN kid Cameron Durow’s Red Bull KTM, Free State rider Johan Vogelesang and Marco de Vrye, who has been super quick in the regionals, in the top class.
Several open riders will also race in quarter-litre MX2 again this year and they include come from behind ’20 champion Anthony Reynard who will want to start off where he left off on his Tinswalo Yamaha. He will have Tristan Purdon’s and Cameron Durow’s Red Bull KTMs, David Goosen’s Rockstar Husqvarna, Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha lads Dalton Venter and 125cc High School graduate Christiaan Celliers among those after his scalp.
Veteran motocrosser Ian Topliss will be back for more for over-40s MX3 glory aboard his Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha, but he has Brett Bircher and Alec Combrink among others on his case. Kayla Raaff will want to continue her 2020 unbeaten record riding her Kawasaki in SA Ladies Motocross. She will however first have to deal with the likes of the ever-improving sisters Jadene and Cheyene de Lima and other quick ladies.
Moving on to 2021 South African school kid motocross, 2020 125cc High School champion Jonathan Mlimi’s KTM will once again have to beat Miguel de Waal, never mind Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha pair Hayden Tully and Garrick Henley. Add Ridgeway Husqvarna duo Lucas Venter and Callan Merrick Broskie, KZN trio Rory Donaldson, Luke Grundy and Michael Struik and 85cc graduate Wian du Plooy ready to impress in the bigger class. And light the blue touch paper!
Talking 85cc and graduates, the talking point in the big-wheeled class will be 65cc champion Neil van der Vyver’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna and Red Bull KTM kid Trey Cox leapfrogging straight up to challenge the under-15 85 cc lot. Their rivals there include Wian du Plooy, Ashton Martin and Alex Cooper.
Under-11 Pro Mini champion Liam Botha and his Husqvarna will want to pick up where he left off and will have Thor Johnson, Tristan Durow Jordan van Wyk and Louis Mostert among the many snapping at his heels.
Under-11 65cc will be wide open with van der Vyver and Cox stepping up, but Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha lad Aiden Henley will have 50cc champion Trenton Kretzmann’s Perry Husqvarna, Cruz Martin, Alex Cooper, brothers Blake and Evan Frost to contend with. Add Ruben Benjamin Cawood and Mienke Cawood, Ruan Plekker, Kyle Pienaar and Jake van Schoor as well as international Riley Rocher to that hot pot.
Both 50cc champion Trenton Kretzmann and Brody Bircher will also be back for another season in the baby class. They have targets on their backs however and Ross Mackenzie, Joshua Peters-Newman, Maxwell Fourie, Casper van Zyl, Jayden Terblanche, Seth van Vuuren, Aiden Retief, Kaylin Oosthuizen, Troy van Vuuren, Lou Rademeyer and others taking aim.
Racing continues without spectators under lockdown regulations at Terra Topia, which restrictions will hopefully ease as the Cannabis Energy TRP Distributors continues into the 2021 season.
After Terra Topia this weekend, it will be off to Port Elizabeth on 3 April at Rover, followed by Welkom on 22 May and back to Gauteng for the 3 July round at the brand new Legends motocross track. Then it’s down to Zone 7 in Cape Town on 18 September, Bloemfontein 23 October and the 20 November finale in Pietermaritzburg.
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Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Team Speedway U21 World Championship
Bydgoszcz to host the FIM Team Speedway U21 World Championship on 27 August 2021
For the 5th time in Poland but the first time in its history, Bydgoszcz will stage the FIM Team Speedway U21 World Championship and welcome the world’s best U21 national speedway teams on 27 August 2021.
Thanks to the recent dynamic growing development of speedway sport in Bydgoszcz, the local speedway club has been given another opportunity to organize an international championship event.
“Another big, international speedway event is taking place in Bydgoszcz. Our city appears in the FIM Speedway calendar again. The track in Bydgoszcz has proved repeatedly, that it is a place, where you can experience spectacular races. I strongly believe that this time it also won’t disappoint the fans”, said Jerzy Kanclerz.
After the situation faced in 2020 (some teams could not travel because of the COVID-19 restrictions), the FIM Track Tacing Commission has decided to change the format of 2021 version with 7 Teams composed by 2 programmed and 1 substitute Riders.
From the very beginning, the FIM Team Speedway U21 World Championship was dominated by Polish Team, who won 13 out of 16 gold medals so far, with 7 victories in a row. But the last years were more challenging with the Danish and British young guns making troubles in the Polish’s road to gold.
The team world championship is a perfect chance for young riders to challenge and present their skills in front of a broad audience. It is also an important test for future members of the respective senior national speedway teams. For many years the FIM consistently develops projects, which support the growth and competition of Youth riders.