TEAM D-FORCE RACE REPORT
by d-force Racing Team.
Published with Permission.
The penultimate round of the 2017 Monster Energy TRP National
MX Series was to be raced in Harrismith at the sandy Holeshot
Harries track. Team d-force was not only ready, but excited
for this event.
Practice times were good for the d-force girls. Nanda and
Kayla who got 1st and 2nd respectively.. Kayla unfortunately
suffered a mechanical malfunction as her forks collapsed
again. Tiegan was loving the track and felt like she could
push it for heat 1 as she placed 7th in practice.
Tiegan Reed (# 24) © Andre Schoeman
Heat 1: Kayla and Tiegan got average starts but Kayla quickly
worked herself up from 6th to 3rd. Tiegan had to deal with
support riders riding all over the place, she decided to
stay safe and keep the other support riders behind her.
Leah got the holeshot as Nanda came on the inside and made
the pass for the next corner. Kayla was catching Leah in
front of her. Nanda was leading the whole race until the
last lap saw her make a rookie mistake and wipe the front
wheel in a corner. Leah and Kayla passed and this gave Kayla
extra motivation to pass the Zambian. Kayla got 2nd only
1 second behind Leah, Nanda 3rd and Tiegan 9th for heat
Kayla Raaff (# 22) © Andre Schoeman
Heat 2: Tiegan and Kayla had great starts out the gate,
Kayla immediately taking 2nd place behind Leah after the
start. Nanda came from 4th to 3rd passing Megan after the
start. Kayla worked hard to get to Leah in front of her
as Nanda tried to make the pass on her team mate. Nanda
made the pass a few corners later and sets her target on
Leah. Kayla didn't back off and kept hunting down the front.
Nanda made the pass on Leah mid air over the finish jump
and kept 1st place till the checkered flag. Tiegan and Yanke
flowed over the sandy track together, but after hitting
a large breaking bump and smacking her hips, Tiegan backed
down and rode safely to finish placing her in 9th.
Nanda Clowes (# 244) © Andre Schoeman
Overall results gave Tiegan a 9th , Kayla a 3rd and Nanda
a 2nd with the championship points lead.
The final round will be held at the popular Terra Topia
track, Diepsloot on the 14th of October. Come get your free
signed poster at the d-force pits!
We would like to thank the sponsors that make it possible
for the team to do what they love: d-force, Just1 Helmets,
Maxima Oils, Cycra, Leatt, Dunlop, Greastec, EVS, Eksbrand
Goggles, U-Flex headwear and USWE.