|Posted on April 9, 2018 at 4:35 AM|
Maddy Malan set Thunder Valley alight in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, 7 April. The Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing athlete was crowned MX1 and MX2 champion at the second round of the National Motocross Championship.
The victory comes as redemption for Malan who was sidelined for the majority of the 2017 season due to injury. Making the experience even sweeter is the fact that Malan pulled off the win at his home track in Pietermaritzburg.
His comeback was off to a slow start at the first round in Port Elizabeth last month, where an exhausted Malan realised how much work was still in store.
Only two months later, his efforts have paid off and the rider has come back swinging.
"The track was just gnarly today! It felt so good to get back up there with the front runners. I rode my own race, and just stayed in control. The last MX2 moto was tough - I didn't get the best start and slid out on a corner. Managed to get back to second, and knew that if I held that I'd take the overall win!" said an elated Malan.
Adding to the strong presence of Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing was teammate Caleb Tennant, who finished in a close second behind Malan in MX1 .
The rider had a tougher day out in MX2 after he was involved in an unavoidable pile up in the second moto.
"It was a nasty pile up that caught me as I came around the corner. I'm grateful to come out of that without any injuries. I lost some points in MX2, but at least I'm going into the next round healthy," said Tennant.
Adding one more reason to celebrate was the fine performance of rising star Neil van der Vyver.
The reigning 50cc champion made the step up to a bigger bike and older class this year.
It was only his second 65cc National and he managed to pull of two third places and an overall fourth.
A beaming Husqvarna brand manager Fred Fensham commented after the event, "Just amazingly proud of the whole team - really raising the bar! What can I say - that's the Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing team supported by Liqui Moly."
Picture Caption: Maddy Malan at the second round of the SA National Motocross Championship.
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