7 FOR ROUND 5 OF THE SA MX NATIONALS!
Photographer: Eric Palmer
by Greg Moloney.
TRP Distributors SA MX National Championship headed to the
mother city for its fifth round of the 2018 season. After
this round was postponed and swapped with the Pietermaritzburg
National earlier in the year because of the water issues
in the Cape, lots of riders were eager to get to the newest
version of Zone 7. Most notably MX1 and MX2 championship
points leader Caleb Tennant of Q4 Fuels Husqvarna Racing
who was ready to show the rest of his championship rivals
who was boss in his house and a record crowd turned out
for that. The other hot contender in any Cape Town event
would be Anthony Raynard of Lights by Linea KTM being a
Capetonian and a rider who always does well at Zone 7. It
was a mixed bag of luck for both these riders and a few
others too in the continued hunt for the number one plate
in South African Motocross.
In heat 1 of MX1 it was a very determined ride from Out
of Africa Yamaha's David Goosen that saw him choose a far
outside starting gate which paid off as he holeshotted the
first race and eventually went on to win it as well. His
team mate Tristan Purdon fought off the hot favourite Caleb
Tennant for second and third respectively. A few other very
good rides came through into the top 10 including newly
crowned Desert 1000 winner Ross Branch from Botswana and
young up and coming Zimbabwean star Jayden Ashwell.
Heat 2 saw the roles changed up slightly with Purdon having
to initially fight his way to the front to beat off the
contenders in Tennant and Goosen. Purdon took a 2-1 for
the overall but Tennants solid 3-2 performance kept
him in red number board status heading to the next round
in Welkom at the Phakisa MX track.
MX2 is arguably one of SA motorsports most competitive
categories and once again this was exactly the case with
Caleb Tennant continuing his winning ways in the first heat
despite a crash. His Q4 Fuels Husqvarna team mate Matthew
Maddy Malan blew out one of the berms and went
off track as well in heat 1 but he hung on only just to
beat a last lap onslaught by David Goosen. Caleb had promised
his fans a double and thats exactly what he delivered
with Malan in closer attendance for 2nd and Goosen very
close for 3rd. Caleb also maintained his points lead in
In MX3 Dewald van der Berg of R&M Racing came to Cape
Town and found himself a mere two points behind multiple
SA champ Ian Topliss of Out of Africa Yamaha. Wins were
all that mattered for these competitors and Van der Berg
took 1-1 and Topliss 2-2 to once again see a change in the
points lead. The Husqvarna rider now has an 8 point lead
heading into round 6. Dylan Donald and Brett Bircher shared
the third step in both motos.
The brat pack never disappoint and another awesome display
of High School action went on through both heats of racing.
A little bit of international flair was also part of the
mix with Holland's Rob van de Veerdonk giving our usual
front runners a bit of a run for their money. Rob is Cameron
Durows team mate from Europe.
CIT Husqvarnas Dalton Venter eventually beat out the
Dutch rider with a 1-2. Local favourite Justin Sangster
had some work to do in heat 1 but the 3-1 gave him second
overall with Van de Veerdonk in third.
Ladies were in full attendance with 14 riders in the gate
and Kayla Raaff of dForce Racing beat out a very hard battle
with Leah Heygate of KTM SA.
In heat 2 to the order was reversed and although Leah took
the win Kayla's second place was good enough to keep the
red plate for Welkom. Natasha Rugani took third overall.
On his return from winning his European Championship it
was going to be very hard for anyone to catch Red Bull KTMs
Camden Mc Clellan and even though his team mate Jonathan
Mlimi tried by taking the holeshot he would have to settle
for 3-3 but still maintains the points lead for Round 6.
Championship points leader Emmanuel Bako had a big crash
in the 1st heat seeing him sidelined and that left the door
open for Troy Muraour to win twice off Luke Grundy and Wesley
McGavin in the 85cc Juniors.
Staying true to form in MX 65 Lucca Mynhardt also doubled
on the day and is proving to be a hard man to beat. But
then again it must run in the family younger brother Andrea
taking the double in the 50cc class as well. Both brothers
retain the points lead.
MX SA once again must be applauded for their efforts particularly
in the hard economic climate having fielded 144 riders in
total and ensuring additional partners, like Lights by Linea
came on board to assist with the prize monies handed out
at the end of another excellent days racing. Hats off as
well to Johan Spies and his Zone 7 team too for a well prepped
track that produced great racing.
See you all in Welkom on 8 Sept for the penultimate round
of 2018's TRP Distributors SA MX National Championship.
Photographer: Eric Palmer
- 2018 TRP Distributors SA MX National, Round 5 Zone 7,
1. Tristan Pudon 47 pts; 2. David Goosen 45 pts; 3. Caleb
Tennant 42 pts.
1. Caleb Tennant 50 pts; 2. Matthew Malan 44 pts; 3. David
Goosen 39 pts.
1. Dewald van der Berg 50 pts; 2. Ian Topliss 44 pts; 3.
Brett Bircher 39 pts.
1. Leah Heygate 47 pts; 2. Kayla Raaff 47 pts; 3. Natasha
Rugani 39 pts.
High School Overall
1. Dalton Venter 47 pts; 2. Justin Sangster 45 pts; 3. Rob
van de Veerdonk 42 pts.
Pro Mini Overall
1. Camden Mc Lellan 50 pts; 2. Mark-Anthony Filip 44 pts;
3. Jonathan Mlimi 40 pts.
85cc Juniors Overall
1. Troy Muraour 50 pts; 2. Luke John Grundy 44 pts; 3. Wesley
McGavin 40 pts.
1. Lucca Mynhardt 50 pts; 2. Neil van der Vyvyer 44 pts;
3. Wyatt McGregor 38 pts.
50cc Overall (Provisional)
1. Andrea Mynhardt 50 pts; 2. Chase Bekker 42 pts; 3. Nicol
Photographer: Eric Palmer