THE FENCES TO WATCH SA'S BEST BATTLE IT OUT IN JOBURG!
Photographer: Eric Palmer
by Greg Moloney.
2018 - Round for of the TRP SA MX National Championship
headed back inland to Terra Topia in Johannesburg to continue
the battle for supremacy and national championship honours.
The event also doubled up with the Norther Regions MX Champs
too and so for some riders it would be twice as important
to get those valuable points up for grabs.
MX1 class proved to be the races of the day with a four
way four manufacturer battle in the first heat with four
time winner from the last round Caleb Tennant on his Q4
Fuels Husqvarnna taking the first win. But as stated not
an easy win with David Goosen Out of Africa Yamaha, Kerim
Fitz-Gerald Red Bull KTM and Nicholas Adams on his Kawasaki
pushing Tennant for the majority of the race for the four
In the second heat everyone expected another clean sweep
from Tennant who looked great out the gate but was caught
out by his own mistake through the newly created start sector
and washed out his front tyre exiting the section and fell
off. He remounted and had to charge from the back of the
field. This left Goosen who had hole shotted to lead from
start to finish. However it was not plain sailing for the
Yamaha mounted rider as he was pressurised by his team mate
and current MX1 Champion Tristan Purdon right down to the
second to last sector. Purdon unfortunately made a small
mistake trying a late move for the lead and he then settled
for a well earned second.
results were David Goosen 6-1, Anthony Reynard (Lights by
Linea KTM) 2-3 and Caleb Tennant 1-6 (Who also hangs onto
the championship lead headed to Zone 7.)
was another dominant display of the two Husqvarna Race Team
riders with Caleb Tennant and Matthew Malan sharing the
top two podium positions, albeit swapping 1st and 2nd respectively
in the two race heats. A much revived Kerims Fitz-Gerald
definitely showed his prowess and finished 3rd in both heats
but also had his work cut out for him in defending the attacks
from Slade Smith Midas ABE Honda, Goosen and Raynard.
Overall Results: Tennant 2-1, Malan 1-2, Fitz-Gerald 3-3
with Tennant also hanging on to the championship lead in
this class too.
more super races in the MX3 saw Ian Topliss Out Of Africa
Yamaha, back on top. He went on to win both heats followed
closely by championship leader heading into this round,
Dewald van der Berg R&M Racing. Brett Bircher battled
this week end and after a third in the first heat only managed
a 7th. But this allowed Leonard Petersen a chance to get
onto the podium with a 4th and a 3rd in each heat and then
a third overall for the day.
highly competitive High School class, most people expected
another epic one, with the aptly nicknamed Brat Pack, but
it all petered out with the return of current champion Cameron
Durow Reef Tankers KTM and a lesson in what international
experience can bring. A double win for Durow and nearly
3 seconds quicker than any other rider, left our usual contenders
in the last two rounds trying to get the valuable points
for second. Justin Sangster, who came into the round with
the Red plate designating his championship points lead after
Bloemfontein, eventually finished 2nd and Dalton Venter
CIT Team in third moved himself up into a top 5 slot overall
in the 125 class.
very important for Kayla Raaff DForce Racing KTM to try
to get some redemption after Bloem, and thats exactly
what she set out to do, but her arch rival Leah Heygate
TRP KTM SA was up for the challenge. Raaff doubled up to
keep her championship lead for Cape Towns 5th Round. It
was great to see Yanke Pieterse on her Yamaha on the podium
Junior classes the little wars continued on all fronts,
with notable mentions coming out of the 50cc class wins
from both Andrea Mynhardt and Jack Pullen, with the latter
eventually topping the overall podium and Mynhardt dropping
to 3rd. A 2nd and 3rd in the two races from Louis Mostert
saw him spoilt the two race winners for 2nd overall.
was a tough affair as always and despite KTM and Husqvarnna
dominance in this class in the past, big news came in the
form of Luca Mynhardt who gave Yamaha SA their first podium
in the second heat with a credible 3rd, but the young gun
had hole shotted and lead almost the entire race. He would
also finish 3rd overall behind the two most aggressive riders
on the day, Emmanuel Bako Vision Racing and Barend Du Toit
Raceworx KTM who would finish 1st and 2nd overall respectively.
Pro Mini class saw a double win for Jonathan Mlimi Red Bull
TRP KTM followed by Mark Anthony Filip CAP Racing and Blake
Young RAD Moto KTM whom both swapped out the available 2nds
and 3rds in each race giving the trio the top three overall
and a more comfortable championship lead heading to Zone
7 for Mlimi.
85cc Juniors Luke Grundy took the overall spoils for his
2nd and 1st in the two heats. He was also pushed in both
heats with Bako who as you can see from his results in the
65cc had a very busy day in the office. Wesley McGavin being
the 3rd place for the days racing means that Troy Moraour
loses his championship lead and will be back in Cape Town
for round fives action of the TRP National Motocross Championship.
Photographer: Eric Palmer
- 2018 TRP Distributors SA MX National, Round 4 Terra Topia.
1. David Goosen (Yamaha) 42pts; 2. Anthony Raynard (KTM)
42pts; 3. Caleb Tennant (Husqvarna) 42pts.
1. Caleb Tennant (Husqvarna) 47pts; 2. Matthew Malan (Husqvarna)
42pts; 3. Kerim Fitz-Gerald (KTM) 40pts.
1. Ian Topliss (Yamaha) 50pts; 2. Dewald van der Berg (Husqvarna)
44pts; 3. Leonard Peterson (Honda) 39pts.
1. Kayla Raaff (KTM) 50pts; 2. Leah Heygate (KTM) 44pts;
3. Yanke Pieterse (Yamaha) 39pts.
School - Overall
1. Cameron Durow (KTM) 50pts: 2. Justin Sangster (KTM) 42pts;
3. Dalton Venter (Husqvarna) 42pts.
Mini - Overall
1. Jonathan Mlimi (KTM) 50pts; 2. Mark-Anthony Filip (KTM)
42pts; 3. Blake Young (KTM) 42pts.
Juniors - Overall
1. Luke John Grundy (KTM) 45pts; 2. Emmanuel Bako (Husqvarna)
45pts; 3. Wesley McGavin (KTM) 41pts.
1. Emmanuel Bako (Husqvarna) 45pts; 2. Barend Du Toit (KTM)
45pts; 3. Lucca Mynhardt (KTM) 41pts.
1. Jack Pullen (Husqvarna) 45pts; 2. Louis Mostert (Husqvarna)
42pts; 3. Andrea Mynhardt (KTM) 41pts.
Photographer: Eric Palmer