|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 2:25 AM|
The first round of the National Motocross season opened up in Port Elizabeth.
Results wise, it was a mixed bag for the Red Bull KTM squad.
Kerim Fitz-Gerald is pleased to have finished on the podium in MX1.
The rider admits to being slow off the starting blocks in Moto 1 and worked hard to fight his way back to third place: “By the time I got to third the top guys had a good lead, which is hard to close down on a rough track like this,” he said.
He managed to get the holeshot in the second heat, but fell back into third after making a few mistakes halfway through the race.
A similar story unfolded in MX2, where Fitz-Gerald ended the day in fourth place: “It honestly feels like a win to end the day like I did. I had a rough start to the season in PE last year, so I’m really happy to have walked away with some decent points this time around,” he commented.
It was the orange young guns who dominated the first race of the season.
Rising star Camden Mc Lellan made his High School class debut, and is elated to have taken third.
Jonathan Mlimi blazed his away over the rough terrain to take the overall Pro Mini win. Not far behind him was teammate Nate Mc Lellan who snatched up the second spot on the podium.
“I had a really good start in the second heat and managed to take the lead. It was my race after that and it felt really good! I enjoy this kind of rough terrain, but I’m glad to have PE out of the way,” said Mlimi.
It was a tough day out in MX2 for Joshua Mlimi, who did not start the season as he had hoped.
Glad to be done with the notorious track of Port Elizabeth, Mlimi has taken some valuable lessons from the race: “I’ve had much better starts to the national season, but I’ve taken a lot of positives out of today. A few silly mistakes let me down, and I’ll come back swinging in the next round,” he said.
Missing from the Red Bull KTM team was MX legend Ross Branch, who had to sit the event out due to a lingering foot injury.
Preliminary Red Bull KTM results:
1 Purdon, Tristan (47 points)
2 Tennant, Caleb (47 points)
3 Fitz-Gerald, Kerim (40 points)
1 Raynard, Anthony (47 points)
2 Tennant, Caleb (41 points)
3 Purdon, Tristan (39 points)
4 Fitz-Gerald, Kerim (39 points)
13 Mlimi, Joshua (17 points)
1 Sangster, Justin (47 points)
2 Durow, Cameron (45 points)
3 Mc Lellan, Camden (42 points)
1 Mlimi, Jonathan (47 points)
2 Mc Lellan, Nate (47 points)
3 Tully, Hayden (40 points)