PHAKISA SETS THE STAGE FOR THE FINAL ROUND!
Photographer: Eric Palmer
by Greg Moloney.
It was so nice to arrive at a new venue despite it being
chilly weather, to see an awesome effort having being put
in by the organising club Phakisa MX to upgrade what was
clearly a very good club/regional track into one that is
after the week ends racing now a top class National venue.
A lot of the riders initially felt that it might be a bit
too rough but it was great to see a real motocross track
again and one that would not just turn into a one line affair
with no opportunities for passing. No, this was going to
test our national and regional riders big time with this
round also being another combination of the TRP Distributors
SA MX National Championship and the Northern Regions MX
Championship as well.
MX1 continued off where it ended in the mother city with
SAs finest and fastest riders going at it with very
little held back. David Goosen (Out of Africa Yamaha) had
his goals firmly set on trying to move ahead of his second
placed team mate Tristan Purdon and closer the Championship
leader Caleb Tennant (Q4Fuels Husqvarna). In heat one Goosen
set out to show his class and lead into turn two with Tennant
and his team mate Maddy Malan fighting with Red Bull KTM
mounted Kerim Fitz-Gerald for the rest of the podium places.
Incredibly Malan's rear shock blew with just a few laps
to go and then more drama as hard charging Tristan Purdon
crashed too, remounting and eventually finishing 5th. Goosen
hung on to win the first moto ahead of Fitz-Gerald and Tennant.
Race 2 and a double double victory seemed imminent after
a fantastic start by Goosen again, in both the National
and Regional championship. He had to fight off the two Husqvarna
boys who were just ahead of a surprise front runner Royce
Griffin. Griffin fought hard to be the first KTM in the
field but eventually buckled under the pressure to finish
behind fellow KTM stable mates Anthony Raynard (Lights by
Linea), Jayden Ashwell and Fitz-Gerald.
Tennant leaves the Phakisa track still with the Red plate
and with it the championship lead heading into the final
MX2 saw a complete turn around of luck for the #21 Yamaha
man though, as Goosen, who was sitting second in the championship,
had a nightmare finishing 7th and 16th in the two races.
Caleb Tennant wanted to try to extend his lead and with
his win by a big margin in Moto 1 it looked like he was
on track for more domination, but lets go back to my first
statement about how awesome this track looked and that it
was a "real" MX track that was going to test our
riders. Never mind that Tennant is one of our riders who
has loads of international experience on all types of tracks,
even so they can and do bite on occasions. Race 2 was one
of those times seeing Tennant crash high siding himself
out of the top berm. He lost his peak and front mud guard
and soldiered on looking very "Evel Knievel"esque
to still secure a 3rd overall and the retain the lead in
This opened the door for Purdon to step up for the win in
heat two and overall and Raynard second for the day.
This class title will go down to the Final too, exactly
what we all wanted.
MX3 has been a two horse race and once again the top two
battled big time for the honours. As in Cape Town where
the lead changed hands from Ian Topliss to Dewald van der
Berg. This time out the tables turned again into Topliss
favour with his two wins. Who ever does the double at the
Final will take the win overall.
Our top two ladies were once again in fine form and looking
to mix it up with the Senior Support and 2 Strokes. Leah
Heygate (KTM SA) got the initial drop on the field and was
disappearing into the distance but this came to an abrupt
halt when she crashed out of the first heat. She managed
to remount her bike and bravely finished the race incredibly
in second but she collapsed in the parc ferme and the medics
who attended to her suggested she did not ride again. This
left Kayla Raaff on her own to win both heats. Jenna Bohling
taking the second spot in race two and Bo-Dene Scott to
get her first race podium and third overall too.
Shared victories were also the way things turned out in
the High School class, with Dalton Venter (CIT Husqvarna)
and Cameron Durow ( Reef Tankers KTM) each taking one a
piece. But this was not enough to drop Justin Sangster off
his championship lead and red plate.
Pro Mini looked almost wrapped up with another two wins
by Jono Mlimi ( Red Bull TRP KTM). He was hounded for a
while by his stable mate Nate Mc Lellan but this was short
lived and Nate was left to battle for a share of 2nd and
3rd in both heats with Swazilands finest Blake Young.
85cc Jnr was a bit more of a monopoly with the top contenders
fighting hard on a very difficult circuit for the slightly
smaller wheeled bikes. Wesley McGavin with a 2-1 in the
two heats took the overall for the day. Emmanuel Bako came
back from Zone 7 disappointment to finish 2nd and Troy Muraour
despite not on the finish podium officially having only
finished 4th behind Luke Grundy, was gifted with the much
sort after red plate.
Unbelievably the Mynhardt road show continued in 65cc with
another double for Lucca but two uncharacteristically bad
starts from younger Andrea left him second overall in the
50s. Giving both Damien Venter and Blade Tiley chances to
win their first heats in the nationals.
This means every single class will be fought for at the
TRP Distributors SA MX National Championship Final on the
20th of October at Dirt Bronco in Krugersdorp, Gauteng.
You definitely do not want to miss out on this incredible
journey's conclusion. See you there!
Photographer: Eric Palmer
- 2018 TRP Distributors SA MX National, Round 6 Phakisa
MX1 - Overall
1. David Goosen (Yamaha) 50 pts; 2. Caleb Tennant (Husqvarna)
42 pts; 3. Kerim Fitz-Gerald (KTM) 39 pts.
MX2 - Overall
1. Tristan Purdon (Yamaha) 47 pts; 2. Anthony Raynard (KTM)
39 pts; 3. Caleb Tennant (Husqvarna) 38 pts.
MX3 - Overall
1. Ian Topliss 50 pts; 2. Dewald van der Berg 44 pts; 3.
Brett Bircher 40 pts.
Ladies - Overall
1. Kayla Raaff 50 pts; 2. Jenna Bohling 42 pts; 3. Bo-Dene
Scott 39 pts.
High School - Overall
1. Cameron Durow 47 pts; 2. Dalton Venter 47 pts; 3. Justin
Sangster 40 pts.
Pro Mini - Overall
1. Jonathan Mlimi 50 pts; 2. Blake Young 42 pts; 3. Nate
Mc Lellan 39 pts.
85cc Juniors - Overall
1. Wesley McGavin 47pts; 2. Emmanuel Bako 45 pts; 3. Luke
Grundy 41 pts.
65cc - Overall
1. Lucca Mynhardt 50pts; 2. Emmanuel Bako 41pts; 3. Neil
van der Vyver 40 pts.
50cc - Overall
1. Blade Tilley 47pts; 2. Andrea Mynhardt 42 pts; 3. Damien
Photographer: Eric Palmer