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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 1.

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.

Thank you!

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