National Cross Country Championship – Zorgvliet | Round 4

The fourth round of the National Cross Country Championship took place this weekend in dry dusty conditions at the well-known routes around Zorgvliet near Bronhorstspruit. In what was widely described as a brutal route where riders and machines were pushed to the limit.

Brad Cox who has been on the comeback trail after injury had a frustrating day on the bike. “I actually felt really good but battled with passing some slower riders that cost me time and then I suffered the loss of my back brakes which was frustrating!” he commented and went on to add “it was frustrating out there today but I’m happy with my comeback thus far”. Cox finished in third place in the OR1 class and in sixth overall.

Kerim Fitz-Gerald continued his string of solid results raking in the podiums claiming second spot in OR2 class and the third spot overall. “This was one rough track” he mused afterward saying it was probably one of the hardest races he’s done to date. “ got lucky with second place in the time trial. “I struggle to ride in the dust especially racing in dust and knew from the third lap it was going to be a slog” he added and went on to say that he hasn’t raced in three weeks due to illness so it was even more of a struggle, but finishing third overall and second in class that he could not be too upset.

Matthew Wilson had a great start and managed to get a decent-sized gap before suffering some mechanical issues. “Kevin really did some magic with the spanners to get me back in the fight and managed to get second in class,” Wilson said. “It was super dusty and very difficult to make any passes, most of my passes were actually done in the pits as a result” he added.

“Round 4 done and dusted and wow that was a long day in the saddle over 6 really challenging laps” Scott Heygate commented. “I’m really happy with how today went, I had one scary moment out there where I went flying and dug myself into the ground so very happy that I made it to the finish” he went on to say. “I managed third in class and fourth overall today and I am happy with where I am at this point in the season,” he said and added that he will look to use what he learnt this far and put it towards getting a podium at the two remaining rounds this season.

The next round of the National Cross Country Championship heads down to Porterville in the Western Cape which is sure to see some more fireworks from the boys in orange.

Published by: Grant Frerichs – KTM Motorcycles SA

Photography by: Sage Lee Voges – ZCMC Media


Husqvarna Racing’s gamble to field Michael Docherty in their National Cross County line-up certainly paid off this weekend at round 4 held in Zorgvliet. Docherty who is more renowned for his prowess in Rally and Motorcross had a “baptism of fire” at the last round held in Vryburg but dispelled any doubt that it was not just bad luck that kept him off the podium by not only claiming a podium but grabbing the top step with the overall victory.

Docherty said, “I had a pretty good day but it was definitely one of the hardest races I’ve done, especially finishing those last two laps, it was brutal.” He added that he had a lot of fun out there and had to use all his energy to get through the last lap to claim the win. “I’m really happy with the outcome” he mused.

Teammate Brett Swanepoel who went into the round leading the championship. “I had a pretty good time trial setting me up to start in third where I battled it out with Kerim Fitz-Gerald for the first couple of laps,” said Swanepoel afterward. He went on to say “The track really got rough towards the end and it was brutal on the body, I really had to dig deep and use technique to ride smart.”

Swanepoel’s effort secured him first position in the OR2 class as well as second overall extending his championship lead going into the last two rounds.

On to the next round where we will see how the rest of the cards will unfold in Porterville.

Published by: Grant Frerichs – Husqvarna Motorcycles SA

Photography by: Sage Lee Voges – ZCMC Media


Please find below the Press Release /2022 FIM Speedway of Nations moved to Vojens

The 2022 FIM Speedway of Nations has been relocated from Esbjerg to Vojens Speedway Center.

The four-day event to crown the 2022 world team champions will still be raced from July 27-30, but will now take place at the home of the FIM Speedway GP of Denmark – Vojens – sponsored by ECCO.

The change was necessary as EMS Event AsP chief executive officer Lars Guldager Dyhr stepped-down from his position due to ill health and the board of directors from that company was unable to continue to run the event. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.

We thank our partners at Vojens Speedway Center for being willing to step up and host the event at such short notice and look forward to working with them to make the first FIM SON of the new era under global promoter Discovery Sports Events a great success.

Vojens Speedway Center is located just 71km from Esbjerg’s Granly Speedway Arena, and it is hoped this will cause as little disruption as possible to both teams and supporters’ travel plans.

Ticket information will be announced very soon. The draw and format of the FIM SON remains unchanged.  

The competition opens on Wednesday, July 27 with Semi-Final 1, with Semi-Final 2 on Thursday, July 28 and SON2 on Friday, July 29. The top three countries from each Semi-Final join hosts Denmark in the FIM SON Final on Saturday, July 30.

Squads for the FIM SON will be announced later this week.


Enduro enthusiasts will have numerous opportunities to see the highlights from round 2 of the WFO Titans National Extreme Enduro Championship that was held at the home of Titans Racing in Broederstroom, South Africa on the 25th of June 2022.

The Broadcast Schedule on Ignition is as follows:

Please note broadcast dates, times and channels are subject to change, without prior notice, at the sole discretion of the Broadcaster.