RED BULL KTM READY TO COME BACK SWINGING

The gates have officially dropped for the 2020 National Motocross season! This is what went down in sandy Port Elizabeth. Captured by Carli Smith for http://www.zcmc.co.za

Red Bull KTM return to the National Motocross Championship

This weekend marks the highly-anticipated return of the National Motocross Championship. The event takes place in Pietermaritzburg this Saturday under strict Covid-19 regulations.
 
All eyes will be on Red Bull KTM’s Tristan Purdon, who will be looking to pick up where he left off at the start of the season. The motocross star left onlookers in awe as he went 1-1 to snatch MX1 victory at the opening round in Port Elizabeth.


After the MX1 title evaded his grasp in 2019, Purdon will leave no table unturned in his pursuit of national glory this year:“I’ve been so excited for a fresh start and to put last season behind me, and winning the opening round was the perfect way to do it! I’ve got my sights set on taking the title this year and nothing is holding me back,” said Purdon.
 
Red Bull KTM teammate Kerim Fitz-Gerald will be looking to make up some championship points in MX1 after battling with some technical issues in the first round. He also lines up as the reigning MX2 champion, and after a solid start to the season will look to come back swinging in defence of his 2019 title.


Rounding out the orange squad this weekend is Jonathan Mlimi. The rider is paving a comeback path in the High School Class after sitting on the sideline for most of the 2019 season due to injury. Mlimi proved in the opening round that he still has the pace to keep up with the frontrunners in his class, and is ready to reinstate himself as a favourite in the race for the highly-sought after High School title.


“It gave me a lot of confidence to see that I’m capable of pushing the pace up front earlier this year, and I’m looking forward to coming back even stronger this weekend!” said Mlimi.
 
Published by:  KTM Motorcycles – Louwrens Mahoney

Photography by:  Carli Smith

HUSQVARNA GEARS UP FOR MOTOCROSS GLORY

HUSQVARNA SOUTH AFRICA IS GEARING UP FOR THE RETURN OF THE NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP


Husqvarna South Africa is gearing up for the return of the National Motocross Championship. After a challenging start to the season, the team is out for redemption as they make their way to Pietermaritzburg for the second round of the series.

Reigning MX1 champion Maddy Malan is about to pull out all the stops in defence of his 2019 title. The rider had an unfortunate crash in the first round that cost him valuable championship points. Undaunted by the setback, Malan will use the same determination this weekend that he did to fight his way back up to the top step last year.

Another rider ready to battle it out for the country’s premier motocross title is Neil van der Vyver. The rising star will line-up on Saturday as the reigning 65cc Champion, also looking to make up some points after a technical issue in the first round.

The young gun boasts an array of titles and is ready to get his hands on the fourth championship of what is undoubtedly a very promising career. Van der Vyver, who has represented Husqvarna South Africa since 2016, is a talent stacked with potential for not only his team, but the future of South African motorsport as a whole.

Rounding out the squad this weekend is 17-year old Dalton Venter. As a new-addition to the team, the rider will be looking to cement his place in South Africa’s official Husqvarna factory team. With a new level of both motivation and support, Venter has entered the season with a strong determination to shake of his ‘rookie’ status and make a name for himself in the MX2 Class.

Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham commented: “PE was a really tough start to our season and the reality of this sport gave us a big wake up – with all that has happened to our world we have had time to rethink and focus. With three current SA Champions in our squad, we are set to show our class once again”

Published by: Husqvarna Motorcycles SA – Fred Fensham

Picture Caption: Dalton Venter at the 2020 National Motocross Championship.

SA SUPERBIKES HEAD EAST

After Zwartkops Raceway hosted the opening three rounds, the NGK Spark Plugs SA Superbike Series supported by Bridgestone heads east to Mpumalanga and the Red Star Raceway for the fourth round of the 2020 championship on 25 & 26 September.

After a slightly disappointing opening round, multiple champion Clint Seller (King Price Xtreme Yamaha R1) has taken victory in the next four heats to lead the litre-class championship by two points from David McFadden (RPM Center/Stunt SA/Lights by Linea Yamaha R1) who has yet to finish off the podium this season. Although Lance Isaacs occupies third place in the standings, he is plying his trade in the USA and is unlikely to be back in action here this year. This leaves Garrick Vlok (DCCS Coring, Cutting and Sealing Yamaha R1) as the most likely challenger to the top two. He had his best-ever outing at Zwartkops at the beginning of August, coming away with two second places.

A crash in the opening qualifying session at the last round brought Blaze Baker’s weekend to a premature end. He will be back on his Kawasaki ZX10R looking for points as will Sifiso Themba who will be out on the King Price Extreme Kawasaki ZX10R.

Lady racer Nicole van Aswegen (Gem Auto/Andalaft Ducati 1299) will be back in action in Bridgestone Superbike class, as will her partner, Damian Purificati (Andalaft Racing/Amalgam BMW S1000RR). Luca Bertolini (Izinga Worx/Willcom Racing Yamaha R1) and Ian Thomas (SA Compressor Hire Kawasaki ZX10R) should also be in the mix.

Ricardo Otto (RAW Projects Yamaha R6) had dominated the 600cc class this season. He has built up a 40-point lead over Jared Schultz (ASAP World Yamaha R6) and it is hard to see anyone taking the 2020 crown away from him if he keeps going as he has been. Dino Iozzo (King Price Extreme Yamaha R6) and Brett Roberts (Lights by Linea/PRM Center Yamaha R6) will be both be back in action at Red Star after they missed the last round due to injury.

After an early morning practice session, Friday will see the riders tackle three qualifying sessions to determine grid positions for Saturday’s races. They are scheduled for 10h45 and 13h45.
Unfortunately, due to the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, no spectators will be admitted to Red Star for the event, however, the event will be live streamed.

Published by: Paul Bedford

Picture Caption: Clint Seller has a slender lead at the top of the championship standings

RPM CENTER RIDERS HEAD TO RED STAR

After three rounds at Zwartkops Raceway, RPM Center riders David McFadden and Brett Roberts will head to Red Star Raceway on 25 & 26 September for the fourth round of the 2020 SA Superbike championship.

Team principal McFadden’s plans for the development of his Stunt SA supported Yamaha R1 were derailed by the Covid-19 lockdown but, even so, he is just two points behind the leader in the championship standings and has a very real chance of challenging for the title. His last outing at the Mpumalanga circuit was back in 2017 where he ended the season on the podium and he remains confident that he will deliver at a track he enjoys.

Brett Roberts had had a difficult start to his circuit racing career. Mechanical problems bedevilled the former motocrosser’s first couple of outings and a huge crash in practice meant he missed the last round. He has recovered from the crash and is looking forward to his first competitive outing at Red Star.

Speaking before the race weekend, McFadden said, “Coming in to the fourth round of the SA SBK championship looking forward to a good weekend. After starting the season with three rounds at Zwartkops, a change in track is welcome. I enjoy Red Star although I haven’t raced there since 2017 when I was on the BMW. I have a good feeling the RPM Center Stunt SA R1 will be the right weapon to go fast around Red Star.”

“Since the last round, we have been working on a few areas we felt the R1 needed improving to get the best out of for my riding style can’t wait to see the changes pay off.”

“Thanks again to all my personal sponsors and team sponsors for keeping the dream alive and motivating us to get the best out of the rest of 2020.”

“I also look forward to having my teammate back for round 4 after missing round 3 due to injury. It’s a new track for Brett, and having never been to Red Star it will be a lot for him to learn but we are confident he will learn quickly and find his pace.”

In addition to the sponsorship from Stunt SA and Lights by Linea, the team acknowledges the support received from RST, Nix Graphics, Arata by Racetec, Forma Boots, TBR Engineering and Schuberth Helmets.

Published by: RPM Center

Picture Caption: David McFadden is second in the championship standings
Photography by: Paul Bedford

REGISTER NOW FOR FIM EX-BIKE CROSS WORLD CUP OF ITALY 2020

Preparations are well under way for the forthcoming FIM Ex-Bike Cross World Cup of Italy 2020 that will take place at the Bisalta Motor Park Sports Facility – Boves, Italy on 17/18 October 2020. Come the close of a full weekend of racing the respective winners, both male and female across the three classes and categories will be crowned in the Italian region of Piemonte.

Competitors wishing to register for this event can do so immediately by completing the relevant entry form, which then must be approved by the national federation, before sending it along with the entry fee of €30.00 to the local promoter – details as below. Entries are open to male and female riders aged 14 years old and over who hold an FIM E-Bike Elite international licence or any other annual FIM international licence (excluding MOTOGP, Moto2, Moto3 or MotoE).


The event is open to the following types of Ex-Bikes:

  • EX1: E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum rated continuous power of 250W and whose assistance does not exceed 25km/h. Weight limits minimum 18kg and maximum 26kg.
  • EX2: E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum rated continuous power of 500W and whose assistance can exceed 25 km/h but does not exceed 45 km/h. Weight limits minimum 18kg and maximum 32kg.
  • EXPROTO: E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum rated continuous power over 500W, less than 5000W and whose assistance can exceed 25 km/h but does not exceed 45 km/h. Weight limits minimum 32kg and maximum 60kg.

Click here to download the entry form

Local promoteur:
Off Road Pro Racing
Via Emilia, 488/2
Seravezza (Lucca)
Tel. +39 0584 85229
E-mail: info@offroadproracing.it
Website: www.offroadproracing.it

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