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HUSQVARNA IN THE HUNT

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)



What SA National Motocross Round 6 Report

Where Welkom, Free State

When Saturday 21 September 2019

Community South Africa National


Van der Vyver, Malan score in Welkom


Q4 Fuels Husqvarna Racing came back from a wild weekend of the penultimate round 2019 South African National Motocross Championship action in Welkom with both its riders squarely in championship contention in their respective classes. 11 year-old Neil van der Vyver took a win and a second in primary school 65cc motocross to place one hand on that title, while Maddy Malan took a second and a third in the Free State to head to the finale in a wild-four man open class MX1 title fight.


“Today was good!” Neil van der Vyver summed it up. “I took a win and a second to take the win for the day and open my title advantage up on my main title challenger by a couple of points — we now just need to finish sixth in one of the two last races to wrap it up, so I can’t wait for Terra Topia. Thanks so much to my Q4 Fuels Husqvarna family - this has been an incredible season, now I am just counting sleeps until the finals!"


“I rode my heart out, but we just never had an answer for Tristan Purdon today,” Maddy Malan explained. “Still, we head to the final with five points in it and pressure from behind too — it’s been an incredible season and a fantastic fight that’s now going down to the last corner of the final moto of the season and I can’t wait for that! “I could not do this without a special team behind me — huge thanks to the incredible Q4 Fuels Husqvarna squad — this one’s going down to the wire!"


“Q4 Fuels Husqvarna Racing is proud of both our motocross riders,” Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa brand manager Fred Fensham concluded. “Neil and Maddy have been on point all season and we now start preparing for the final round with two titles up for grabs - go get them guys!"


Issued on behalf of Husqvarna Motocross


Photography by: www.zcmc.co.za

DOWN TO THE WIRE

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)


What SA National Motocross Round 6 Report

Where Welkom, Free State

When Saturday 21 September 2019

Community South Africa National


Welkom leaves SA MX titles wide open


Most of South Africa’s 2019 TRP National Motocross Championships are still wide open after a day of drama in Welkom on Saturday, where only Dalton Venter was crowned this year’s high school champion. All the other classes must wait until the final round at Terra Topia north of Johannesburg to be resolved on 26 October, with many of them quite literally poised on a knife’s edge.


While international wildcard Camden McLellan (KTM) romped off to two 125cc High School wins, all Dalton Venter (CIT Husqvarna) had to do was follow him home to seal that 2019 SA High School title. Venter’s task was made all that much easier by occasional racers this season, KTM duo Miguel de Waal and Jonathan Mlimi, and Yamaha duo Calvin Jean-Jacques and Christiaan Cilliers all beating Arnu Saaiman (KTM) to seventh, but it was far more complicated in the open classes, where the title lead indeed changed in both MX1 and MX2 over the weekend...


Lloyd Vercueil (Florstore OnTrend Summit Yamaha) took the other two seconds and thirds to also stay in title contention, while David Goosen (Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha) kept his mathematical title chances alive with a couple of fourths from Dylan Mostert (Honda), Husqvarna trio Cameron Odendaal, Marco de Vrye and Wesley du Plooy and Kevin Moran (Kawasaki).


There was also a shake-up in 250cc MX2, where another Red Bull KTM rider Kerim Fitz-Gerald took his winning streak to five in a row with a couple of wins over teammate Joshua Mlimi, while Slade Smith (Husqvarna) beat erstwhile leader Anthony Raynard (Tintswalo Yamaha) to third overall. Bradley Cox (KTM) was fifth from Jesse Wright (Yamaha), Camden McLellan (KTM), Ricky Raaff (Husqvarna) and Johan Vogelsang (KTM) and the upshot of all that is that Fitz-Gerald has moved into a 7-point championship lead over Raynard, with Mlimi just two points further adrift.


Over-40 rider Ian Topliss (Out Of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha) beat Over-30 man Tyson Engelbrecht (KTM) and Over-40 KTM duo, Craig Kruger and Brett Bircher to overall victory in MX3. Jonathan Hubbard (KTM) and Sheldon Watkins (Yamaha) ended second and third among the Over-30s, while Rodney Odendaal (Husqvarna) beat Rod Bergstrom (Suzuki — remember him?) and Quentin Foster to over-50 honours. Bircher now holds a slender 7-point MX3 title advantage over Topliss, with Engelbrecht comfortably leading the over-30s from Hubbard.


There was a surprise in the ladies race, when Natasha Rugani (KTM) became the first rider to beat Kayla Raaff (Husqvarna) this season in the first race, but Raaff was back to her winning ways in race 2. Rugani however did enough to keep her albeit mathematical title hopes alive as KTM sisters Jadene and Cheyenne de Lima took third and fourth on the day ahead of Tiegan Reed (KTM), Jenna Bohling (Husqvarna), Carika Pieterse (Yamaha) and Savannah van Vuuren.


Leonard du Toit (KTM) took a crucial 85cc Pro Mini victory as he shared moto wins with Nate McLellan (KTM), with Blake Young (KTM) third. That has allowed du Toit to slightly open his narrow title lead over to Young to eight championship points heading to the finale. Luke Grundy (KTM) ended fourth from Lucas Venter (Husqvarna) and Bryce Petersen (Yamaha).


Deegan Bloomfield (Husqvarna) took a win and a second to close his small-wheel 85cc Junior title deficit down to a provisional eight points to Seth Young (KTM), who took the opening win and a third and also set up a titanic title showdown in that class in Jozi next month. Timo Maximo Toepfer (KTM) ended second and third in the heats to keep his championship third intact, with KTM trio Pieter Brink, Nathan Verster and Arno Erasmus next up.


Neil van der Vyver (Q4 Fuels Husqvarna) took another step to tying up his 2019 primary school 65cc title when he shared the Welkom wins with Liam Botha (Husqvarna) as Trey Cox (KTM) and Jordan van Wyk (Husqvarna) shared the thirds and fourths too, to set up a titanic fight for second in that championship chase between van Wyk, Botha and Cox with 11 points between the trio. Damon Garrell (KTM) was fourth in the Free State ahead of Husqvarna duo Jack Pullen (Husqvarna), KTM duo Blade Tilley and Thor Johnson, Damien Venter (Husqvarna) and Tyler Petersen (Yamaha).


Christian Berrington-Smith (KTM) bounced back after missing the previous round to take a win and a second as he clinched 50cc baby motocross honours for the day. Race 2 winner Ethan Williamson (KTM) meanwhile consolidated his championship lead to head to Terra Topia in a provisional 17 point lead over third on the day Jake van Schoor (Husqvarna), who beat five more KTMs ridden by Jake Pretorius, Trent Valsecchi, Casey Tilley, Logan van Vuuren, WJ van Vuuren and Evan Frost, and Chase Bekker (Husqvarna).


So, only one South African national motocross champion has been crowned for 2019, leaving the rest to be decided at an incredible finale at Terra Topia in October. That surely will be a spectacle to behold.


The 2019 South African National Motocross Championship is sponsored by TRP Distributors, in association with Dragon Energy, Prepsol, Out Of Africa, Tintswalo, Bridgestone, Thor, Gaerne, FMF, Motul, Pro-Taper, Fly Racing, 100%, Ogio Luggage, Racestar Graffix and the Race Shop.


Issued on behalf of SA Motocross


Photography by: Ruben Louw



RIDERS PREPARE TO WAGE WAR IN WELKOM

Posted on September 20, 2019 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)



Just like that, the penultimate round of the National Motocross Series has arrived. The nail-biting race for championship titles has come right down to the wire with both the MX1 and MX2 title still open to a highly-competitive group of riders. It’s a crucial stop on the calendar for Red Bull KTM, who are on the hunt for two national titles.


Flying the orange flag in the prestigious MX1 Class is Tristan Purdon, who is a mere three points away from the top step of the podium. The rider was off to a shaky start this season as he battled to overcome a lingering wrist injury. Having put that behind him, Purdon ran riot over Pietermaritzburg last month when he went 1-1 to snatch victory overall.


The Welkom event comes at arguably the most crucial point of the series for Purdon as takes his last shot at stepping into the championship lead before the final.


Take one look at the MX2 Class and it’s clear that motocross fans are in for an epic Free State showdown this weekend. In a battle between the orange brothers, Red Bull KTM’s Josh Mlimi and Kerim Fitz-Gerald are preparing to go to war.


While the riders are united in their quest to bump Anthony Raynard off the MX2 throne, the unspoken question on every KTM fan’s lips is which teammate will come out on top.


Another rider to look out for is Nate McLellan, who will be looking to tap into new gears as he attempts to defend his spot on the Pro Mini podium. With the championship title out of reach, his focus will be on widening the uncomfortably close 15-point lead he has on Dylan Kirk, who is lurking behind him in fourth place.


As KTM’s Managing Director Franziska Brandl explains, the only objective that matters at this stage of the season is to finish strong: “The championship is so tight, and from what we’ve seen in the past the riders with the most experience shine the brightest at this point of the series. We believe this round will pretty much decide how the year is going to end,” she said.


Published by: KTM Media


Photography by: www.zcmc.co.za



2019 FIM AFRICA MOTOCROSS OF AFRICAN NATIONS ON IGNITION TV - DSTV CHANNEL 189

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)



Motocross enthusiasts and DSTV viewers will have numerous opportunities to see highlights from the 2019 FIM AFRICA Motocross of African Nations, Continental Championship that took place in Zimbabwe at the Donnybrook circuit from 30 August to 1 September 2019.


The Broadcast Schedule is as follow:

  • SAT 21: 6AM, 4PM
  • SUN 22: 4AM, 12PM
  • MON 23: 1AM
  • TUES 24: 7PM
  • WEDS 25: 11PM
  • THURS 26: 3AM
  • FRI 27: 7AM

Please note broadcast dates, times and channels are subject to change, without prior notice, at the sole discretion of the Broadcaster.


TRP NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 RACE REPORT FOR WELKOM

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)




After all the world-class action in Harare, Zimbabwe for the FIM Motocross of African Nations the National MX Championship resumes in Welkom at the Phakisa Freeway Motocross track on 21st September.


Heading into the heart of South Africa's goldfields, a few champions might get their targeted gold by the end of Saturday's second heats, as there are a few championships with big enough margins that they could be finalised.


One that's perched on the precipice, is MX1, with one big factor to take into account, and that is the fact that one of the top three in the 450 class, Lloyd Vercuil (Summit Racing Yamaha) has to leave Sunday to join his South African Team for the Motocross Des Nations, and therefore may not risk injury to fight for his spot in the top 3. The top points Scorer is still Maddy Malan (Q4FUELS Husqvarna) but Red Bull KTM's Tristan Purdon will be looking to take the lead from Malan. Purdon comes off a triple win and time off since the last National in Pietermaritzburg. Maybe the Monster Energy Out of Africa Yamaha might be a little spoiler too, having already tasted victory this season at Dirt Broncos. It seems poised for another two epic 450cc races.


Anthony Raynard (Tintswalo Yamaha) comes to Phakisa also holding a slender lead and a head filled with decisions to be made. Being one of Vercuil's teammates at Des Nations, his mind will be to consolidate as best he can and leave on Sunday hopefully still in the lead of the MX2 class but more importantly uninjured and race-ready to go up against some of the world's best.


Red Bull KTM duo Kerim Fitz-Gerald and Josh Mlimi are both coming off wins and a one-two finish respectively at Motocross of African Nations, and they will certainly not be holding back to ensure they close in on the unsure Raynard. Orange County KTM rider Johan Vogelsang and CIT Husqvarnas Slade Smith, however, will be as hungry if not more, for top steps and wins. The 250s have had an incredibly tight Championship so far this season and its not over yet.


Craig Kruger (KTM) will be fired up after his win at the Motocross of African Nations in Donnybrook, but everyone is hoping his fellow banana boy, Brett Bircher (Motul Alfie Cox KTM) will have recovered to fight for the MX3 Championship. Bircher had a big crash in Zimbabwe and is hoping to be cleared to race before next Saturday. Ian Topliss (Monster Energy Out of Africa Yamaha) despite racing in the older class of the MX3 category is also still in with a chance of the overall title for 2019, but he too has to fight off a talented field of riders.


The one title that should be wrapped up is the Ladies. Kayla Raaff (Summit Racing Yamaha) has been unbeaten all year, taking a clean sweep of 10 out of 10 so far. She too missed the team duties at African Nations to concentrate on taking the 2019 SA Championship. Her closest rival Natasha Rugani (KTM) is also far enough ahead to stay out of the fight for third between Jenna Bohling (Husqvarna), Tiegan Reed (DForce KTM) and Yamaha mounted Yanke Pieterse.


Two more wins from Dalton Venter will also see the 125cc class head into the CIT Husqvarna riders trophy cabinet. So expect more of the same winning ways from the 2019 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations champion. This means the battle for second between Arnu Saaiman (KTM), Yamaha rider Christiaan Cilliers and Zimbabwean Tristan Grainger (Grainger Racing KTM).


In the junior classes, there are still loads of action to come and its highly unlikely that any of them will be wrapped up in Welkom. Leonard du Toit (KTM) and Swazilands Blake Young (KTM) are closet in the running for the Pro Mini class, with Seth Young (KTM) and Ridgeway Racebar Husqvarna rider Deegan Bloomfield in the hunt for the 85cc Juniors.


Cape riders head up the 65cc and 50cc classes respectively, with Neil van de Vyfer (Q4FUELS Husqvarna) and Ethan Williamson (KTM), both watching their backs and looking for more wins to extend their leads in some of the fiercest battles of the 2019 season.


One championship that has not been discussed in much detail but which is a crucial one heading into the last two rounds of action, is the manufacturer title and expect to see this goes right down to the final moto of the 450 class on Saturday and then be resumed right up until the same race at the final round of 2019's season at Terra Topia in October.


But let's see what transpires this Saturday first and then worry about little things like Motocross Des Nations and final rounds...

The Motocross track at Phakisa is found by entering the second entrance to the Free States Freeway circuit and just below the famous Coca Cola bottle.


The entrance is R60 per adult and u12s are free.


Practice starts at 08h00 and Racing at approximately 10h00.


The 2019 South African National Motocross Championship powered by TRP Distributors, in association with Dragon Energy, Prepsol, Out Of Africa, Tintswalo, Bridgestone, Thor, Gaerne, FMF, Motul, Pro-Taper, Fly Racing, 100%, Ogio Luggage, Racestar Graffix, and the Race Shop.


Issued on behalf of SA Motocross


For further information please contact info@mxsa.co.za


WOZA WELKOM!

Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)




What SA National Motocross Round 6 Preview

Where Welkom, Free State

When Saturday 21 September 2019

Community South Africa National


Husqvarna leads way to Free State


Q4 Fuels Husqvarna Racing heads to Welkom’s penultimate sixth round TRP South African National Motocross championship races with both its riders leading their classes. Premier class MX1 leader Maddy Malan and 65cc lad Neil van der Vyver arrive in the Free State with their Husqvarnas boasting title leaders’ red plates and both fully intend to hang on to them.


“It's been an incredible season and I am proud to take the points lead to Welkom,” KZN star Maddy Malan admitted. “I have really enjoyed my season-long fight with Tristan Purdon and Lloyd Verceuil and I've been on the podium in all but one moto this season, but it’s time to win again to keep that red plate. “No doubt my Q4 Fuels team will have a perfect Husqvarna ready to race — we have all put an incredible amount of work into it, but it is still all to do — woza Welkom!"


Q4 Fuels Husqvarna 65cc Junior hero Neil van der Vyver holds a handy 25-point title advantage in his class and plans to add another two wins in Welkom to his six moto successes so far this season. “I've had a great year so far and we are still in a handy championship lead, but I have some hungry rivals chasing me,” Neil confessed. “So we have worked double hard in the break to be sure that we arrive in Welkom fighting for wins — thanks in advance to the team — let’s do this!”


“Maddy and Neil both go to Welkom in the lead of their respective championships,” Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa brand manager Fred Fensham concluded. “Q4 Fuels Husqvarna Racing has done a brilliant job so far this season, so the focus is on finishing on top too — bring that silverware home lads!”


Issued on behalf of Husqvarna Motocross


Photography by: www.zcmc.co.za

MXGP FINAL ROUND HEADS TO SHANGHAI

Posted on September 12, 2019 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)



SHANGHAI (China) 12 September 2019 – The Final round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will conclude in the magnificent city of Shanghai for the MXGP of China for the very first time. While a new track on its own is a big challenge for MXGP and MX2 riders, the medium soft circuit is ready and excited to host its very first world class event.


The 2019 MXGP season has travelled to 18 different venues this year around the world providing hype, expectations and intense actions at each round. The 2019 Champions Team HRC’s Tim Gajser and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado have nothing to prove this weekend as they have already their MXGP and MX2 titles in the pockets but the battles to round up the Championships podiums are still open.


While the 2019 MXGP Championship title chase concluded with Team HRC’s Tim Gajser taking the title in Imola, the field is still open battling for other positions. However the Slovenian he’ll be lining up hoping to add the Grand Finale victory to his nine overalls, besides he only needs to add nine more points to the second placed in order to be the most dominant champion in motocross history and a return to the podium is like a must for the HRC rider this weekend after his 4th place in Turkey.


Red Bull KTM Factory's Jeffrey Herlings is back, he was the protagonist of the MXGP of Turkey being able to win his first GP of the season after recovering from couple of major injuries this year. Last weekend’s perfect performance shows the Dutchman will go into the MXGP of China and the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations as a big favourite for the overall win.


Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team’s Jeremy Seewer will attempt the MXGP of China with 542 point on the standings, after a bitter-sweet GP in Turkey where he was able to finish 7th, the Swiss is going to China with the speed on his side and full of expectations to return on MXGP Podium.


Standing Construct KTM team’s Glenn Coldenhoff boosted his confidence going 1-1-2 for the last three Grand Prix and you can bet he will push hard at the MXGP of China looking at the third place on the MXGP championship points while Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Gautier Paulin currently holds down that position. Paulin, who is actually feeling awesome recently, has 499 points while Coldenhoff 488, so it will be interesting to see who comes out of that battle with the third position.


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Pauls Jonass is also in good form and will want to perform at his best in China. The Latvian finished third overall at the MXGP of Turkey reaching his third podium of the season.


Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tommy Searle was forced to withdraw from the MXGP of Turkey due to a crash during the warm up which caused him a shoulder contusion. After further examinations Searle might be back at the MXGP of China.


MXGP - World Championship Top Ten:1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 744 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 542 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 499 p.; 4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 488 p.; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 462 p.; 6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 428 p.; 7. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 416 p.; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 403 p.; 9. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 384 p.; 10. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 358 p.


In the MX2 class Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado is the favourite to win this coming weekend and score his 31 GP win while the battles for the GP podium and Championship standings is still wide open.


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team’sThomas Kjer Olsen is secure to finish second in the MX2 championship, but due to food poisoning sickness couldn’t race to his best level in Turkey last weekend and will want to end his season with a better result.


Third in the Championship is Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2’s Jago Geerts who has lacked his usual speed in recent weeks and goes to the final round with a strong motivation to get back on the podium as he did in Turkey the past week.


Battling for the third position in the standings is Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado Tom Vialle who is just 10 points behind Geerts. You can bet he’ll push hard this weekend with good starts and confidence on his side.


F&H Kawasaki Racing’s Roan Van De Moosdijk picked up his first ever MX2 podium last weekend in Turkey, and made a statement for being selected by Team Netherlands for the Monster Energy FIM MXoN indeed, be sure he wishes to repeat his Turkish performances this weekend.


Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen, is hoping to make its fourth podium of the season, after he missed the podium at the MXGP of Turkey only for 1 point finishing 6th tied in points with Vialle.


Another rider to watch out recently is surely Team SM Action Yamaha team’s Maxime Renaux who made his first MX2 Podium at the MXGP of Italy and arrived fourth in Turkey tied in points with Van De Moosdijk.


This weekend the MX2 class also has the third WMX classified, Larissa Papenmeier among the entries. The German is looking forward to joining this experience in China after a bitter sweet final round of WMX due to sickness.


MX2 - World Championship Top Ten:1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 787 points; 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 592 p.; 3. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 505 p.; 4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 495 p.; 5. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 442 p.; 6. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 384 p.; 7. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 376 p.; 8. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 359 p.; 9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 303 p.; 10. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 282 p.


TIMETABLE in Local Time 

  • Saturday: 10:45 MX2 Free Practice, 11:15 MXGP Free Practice, 13:20 MX2 Time Practice, 14:00 MXGP Time Practice, 15:25 Qualifying Race, 16:10 Qualifying Race
  • Sunday: 10:25 MX2 Warm-Up, 10:45 MXGP Warm-Up, 12:15 MX2 Race 1, 13:15 MXGP Race 1, 15:10 MX2 Race 2, 16:10 MXGP Race 2


Published by: Youthstream


2019 FIM AFRICA MOTOCROSS OF AFRICAN NATIONS ON IGNITION TV - DSTV CHANNEL 189

Posted on September 12, 2019 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)



Motocross enthusiasts and DSTV viewers will have numerous opportunities to see highlights from the 2019 FIM AFRICA Motocross of African Nations, Continental Championship that took place in Zimbabwe at the Donnybrook circuit from 30 August to 1 September 2019.


The Broadcast Schedule is as follow:


  • SAT 14: 6 AM, 4 PM
  • SUN 15: 4 AM, 12 PM
  • MON 16: 1 AM
  • TUES 17: 7 PM
  • WEDS 18: 11 PM
  • THURS 19: 3 AM
  • FRI 20: 7 AM

Please note broadcast dates, times and channels are subject to change, without prior notice, at the sole discretion of the Broadcaster.


INFORMATION - 2019 FIM Trial World Championships & Prizes - Entry List - La Nucia (SPA), 21-22 September

Posted on September 10, 2019 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Please find enclosed the Press Release / 2019 FIM Trial World Championships & Prizes - Entry List - La Nucia (SPA), 21-22 September


Click here to download the entry list


2019 FIM AFRICA X-RACE CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP - NAMIBIA (30-31 AUGUST 2019)

Posted on September 9, 2019 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)


The dust has settled, bikes are in repair and wounds are healing. The 2019 FIM Africa Continental Championship X- Race Event has come to an end and we are proud to say that we had participants from five different countries, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Kenya.


Thanks to our awesome sponsors, rider’s bikes were transported from SA to NAM and back at no cost. In addition, we offered foreign riders a bike rental service which made it much easier for riders from further away to participate and race. This year riders from Kenya and Zambia made use of this service.


Click here to read the full report




INFORMATION - FIM MXGP/MX2 & WMX MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - ENTRY LIST - SHANGHAI (CHN), 15 SEPTEMBER

Posted on September 9, 2019 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2 & WMX Motocross World Championships - Entry list - Shanghai (CHN), 15 September


Click here to download the entry list

MXGP OF LATVIA REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT WITH THE FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Youthstream is very pleased to announce that Latvia will continue to be part of the FIM Motocross World Championship calendar until 2023.


After the success of the 2019 MXGP of Latvia, the local Organizer and the Latvian Federation have recently extended their multi-year agreement with Youthstream to ensure the MXGP of Latvia will have a place on the FIM Motocross World Championship Calendar until the 2023 included. The renewed agreement shows not only the outstanding cooperation among Youthstream, the local organizers, the Latvian Motorcycle Federation and the Latvian Government, but it also comes as part of a rising interest in Latvia for Motocross. Every year there are more young motocross talents arising and more fans are following our thrilling sport.


Besides, local heroes such as former MX2 World champion Pauls Jonass, who has finished already twice on the MXGP podium in his rookie season and 2019 rising star Edvards Bidzans, who was crowned EMX85 Champion last July 2019, are playing an important role to attract new fans and important media such as Channel Sports Baltic and Play Sport+ that are broadcasting the MXGP series LIVE this season.


The FIM Motocross World Championship made his debut in Latvia in 2009 and Kegums has been in the calendar every year including a successful Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations held in 2014. With such an experience in organizing MXGP and MXoN events, this new agreement represents a culmination of partnership among all the parties.


Youthstream CEO David Luongo: “Youthstream is very proud to annonce the extending of the contract regarding the organization of the MXGP of Latvia in Kegums until 2023. The MXGP World Championship receives every year more demands from all around the world to host a Grand Prix. Kegums’s track has been on the calendar for many years, and it is very well appreciated by the MXGP paddock. We developed a great relationship with the Latvian Motorcycle Federation and Motocross is strongly supported by the national authorities. Finally, I want to thank Kristers Sergis, the organizer, with all his team for the quality of organization and the great relationship we have.”



LAMSF President Martinš Lazdovskis: “Nowdays the Motocross World Championship is expanding very widely thanks to Youthstream and it is a great honour for a small country like Latvia to stay in calendar for other 3 years. The natural track of Kegums every year attracts more and more fans from Baltic countries and rest of Europe. Helding this event is also very essential for development of our sport in Baltics as we have our motocross stars to follow.”


MXGP of Latvia Local Organizer Kristers Sergis: “I am proud and happy that Youthstream appreciates our investment into the MXGP of Latvia organizing process, which we are trying to improve every year. The whole team feels very fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to extend the contract until 2023. I would like to thank my team, Latvian Motosports Federation, and, of course, the Latvian government, for the chance granted to organize a world-class sports event here in Latvia. Also, an immense gratitude goes to the fans of our sport, making it a pleasure to welcome the elite of motocross in Kegums for the following 4 years.”


Photo, from left to right: MXGP of Latvia Local Organizer Kristers Sergis and Youthstream CEO David Luongo


THE LEGACY OF THE ROOF OF AFRICA RALLY LIVES ON

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Events management company Live Lesotho is proud to introduce a new competitive event that harks back to the early days of the Roof of Africa Rally.


The first Motul Retro Roof will take place in Lesotho on 20 and 21 September, 2019. Whereas the modern Roof is a notoriously challenging Hard Enduro event for motorcycles only in the upper reaches of the Maluti Mountains, the Motul Retro Roof has been designed to be much more accessible to a broad range of competitors.


When it first began more than 50 years ago, the Roof was a cross-country rally for cars from Johannesburg to Durban, passing through Lesotho. It slowly morphed into an off-road event for cars, motorbikes and quads, entirely contained within Lesotho before becoming the Roof as it is today.


To give more off-road vehicle racing enthusiasts and motorcyclists the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Kingdom in the Sky, the Motul Retro Roof will be open to more categories and will take place at lower altitudes than the Roof.


“As a brand that understands the importance of legacy and heritage, we’re delighted to support the Motul Retro Roof,” commented Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa. “Through our ongoing relationship with the Motul Roof of Africa, we are committed to the development of motorsports in Southern Africa. We’re excited that the Motul Retro Roof will give more people the chance to experience the thrill of racing in this beautiful and welcoming country.”


“We wanted to turn back the clock to what the Roof was originally about,” explains Charan Moore, Retro Roof Route Director, Manager of Live Lesotho and a man with serious Roof pedigree. “By making the event open to cars and quads as well as bikes, we’ve made it possible for more people to experience racing in Lesotho.”


“The course will consist of a 250 km loop which will be faster and less technical, so many more people will be able to complete it. In addition to honouring the legacy of the Roof with a Vintage Bikes class, we’ll also have an Enduro and Adventure Bikes class – in other words, just about anyone can participate.”


The Motul Retro Roof event will be run under the auspices of Motorsport South Africa, and all competitors will require a current MSA licence. The full list of classes includes Motorbikes, Quads, Cars, Vintage Bikes and Adventure Bikes. There will also be a non-competitive Sweep Class for experienced 4x4 drivers wishing to assist with recovery and other event functions.


Entry costs are just R1 500 per motorbike or quad (all classes) and R2 000 per car. Retro Roof entries, full event details along with all applicable regulations can be found on the website at www.roofofafrica.co.ls As the organisers of this ‘new but old’ event, Live Lesotho welcomes all off-road enthusiasts and budding racers to Lesotho for the inaugural Motul Retro Roof event.


ABOUT MOTUL


Motul is a world-class French company specialised in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its Motul Tech activity.


Unanimously recognised for more than 160 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also recognised as a specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant, issued from the aeronautical industry, making use of esters technology: 300V lubricant.


Motul is a partner to many manufacturers and racing teams in order to further their technological development in motorsports. It has invested in many international competitions as an official supplier for teams in: Road racing, Trials, Enduro, Endurance, Superbike, Supercross, Rallycross, World GT1, 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), 24 Hours of Spa, Le Mans Series, Andros Trophy, Paris-Dakar, 8 Hours of Suzuka, Bol d’Or, Daytona 200-mile motorcycle race.


Issued by Listen Up on behalf of MOTUL South Africa


SOUTH AFRICA OUTSMART ZIM

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)



South Africa, for the umpteenth time, successfully defended the FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations Championships title after their riders swept the board in most of the classes at Donnybrook Park in Harare at the weekend.


This year’s African Championships attracted a record entry of more than 200 junior and senior male and female riders from seven countries — Botswana, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and the hosts Zimbabwe — who fought for the top honours in eight classes on Saturday and Sunday.


And it was riders from South Africa who once again stole the show at this two-day continental motorcycling event whose last day on Sunday attracted a bumper crowd of close to 10 000 spectators who thronged the iconic home of Zimbabwean motorsport — Donnybrook — to watch some high octane of motocross racing, especially in the seniors MX1 and MX2 classes.


This was by far the largest crowd to ever throng Donnybrook to watch a motocross event in the history of the sport in Zimbabwe, according to Temba Mazvimbakupa of Motorsport Zimbabwe (formerly Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation).


South Africa, who lifted the African title the last time the FIM African Motocross of African Nations Championships were held at Donnybrook in 2015, were once again declared the overall winners of this annual event ahead of Zimbabwe at the end of business on Sunday.


The South Africans, who also won the same title in 2016, 2017 and 2018, emerged as the top dogs after amassing a total of 910 points while the host nation, Zimbabwe, came second-best with 527 points and were well ahead of third-placed Uganda (397 points).


South Africa came out tops in almost all the classes except in the main MX1 Class which went to Zimbabwe after a dominant performance by the country’s champion rider Jayden Ashwell who was just in a class of his own as he convincingly won Round One and Two before settling for second place in Round Three to amass a total of 57 points, three ahead of South Africa’s Mathew Malan.


There were 16 riders in the MX1 Class.


Ashwell was emulated by 14-year-old Daiyaan Manuel who also picked up 57 points in the MX Lites after winning Round One and Two before coming second in the final round to claim the first step on the podium for Zimbabwe in this class which had a big field of 35 riders.


Manuel of St. George’s College in Harare was the most outstanding Zimbabwean rider in the MX Lites and he dedicated his victory on Sunday to his local arch-rival Emmanuel Bako (12) who was forced out of the weekend’s competition after dislocating his shoulder in a freak incident during Day One’s practice session on Saturday morning.


Zimbabwe also claimed a place on the podium after one of the country’s most exciting riders Regan Wasmuth (17) rode brilliantly to come third overall in the MX2 Class with 45 points. The first two places went to South African bikers Kerim Fitzgerald (60 points) and Joshua Mlimi (51 points).


Two other young Zimbabwean riders Davin Cocker and Tristan Grainger also did well in the 125cc Class where they came second and third respectively behind South Africa’s Dalton Venter.


Cocker picked up 52 points to come second while Grainger’s 45 points were good enough to secure him a place on the podium as the third-best rider in the 125cc Class.


Published by: Collin Matiza Sports Editor - The Herald



2019 MONSTER ENERGY FIM MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS ENTRY LIST

Posted on September 3, 2019 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)



MONACO (Principality of Monaco) 3 September 2019 – Youthstream and the FIM are very proud to release the entry list for 2019 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, which is set to take place on September the 28th and 29th at TT circuit in Assen, Netherlands.


The biggest motocross race of the year is around the corner and the biggest riders have been called to line up at the unmissable 2019 Monster Energy FIM MXoN.


This edition is bound to be one to remember with a motivated Team Netherlands who is looking forward to lining up to win the first ever Monster Energy FIM MXoN title in front of the home crowd while the defending Team France wishes to keep the Chamberlain Trophy for the 6th year in a row and a strong Team USA will fly to Assen with the goal to bring home the 23rd MXoN overall win. Besides the MX2 Champion Jorge Prado will debut in MXGP class, Team Belgium is fully committed to repeat the winning performances as in 2013 and teams such as Team Switzerland and Team Great Britain look stronger than ever.


34 teams have been entered into the weekend all looking to bring glory to their nation. Full entry list can be found below:


http://docs.mxgp.com/tvinfo/YOU-19-10250_MXoN_Entry_list_visual_final.pdf


Published by: Youthstream

2019 FIM AFRICA MOTOCROSS OF AFRICAN NATIONS RELEASE DAY 3

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)



Day 3 dawned with absolutely ideal conditions for motocross, clear skies and cool early morning ambient temperatures, which suited the riders, who took to the warm-up sessions, for a taste of what the Bogwheelers team had done to prep the track overnight and to ensure it would rip up into a perfect motocross battlefield. Speaking of warm-up... the temperature not only reached the 29°C mark but more importantly the heat of the track action, literally from the first gate dropping.


The 50cc class saw a continued dominance from the South African riders, Ethan Williamson and Christian Berington-Smith along with one of the biggest surprises from the first race, Maicom Tabula from Uganda. The three put up one of the best races on the day, although they battled a bit more than any other class with the sandy track and their small wheels. Williamson was able to go back to back with the first win, in heat 2 and his teammates Berrington-Smith and Jake van Schoor managed to force the Ugandan off the podium in heat 2.


Heat 3 saw Williamson get caught up in some traffic with the less experienced backmarkers being stuck in the now much ripped up surface at Donnybrook Park. This was Berrington-Smiths chance to pounce and show that his wrist injury was no longer a factor and finish top in the final race action. Tabula was arguably the most fired up to get back onto the podium and fended off the South African 50cc force behind him, to end 3rd just centimetres behind overall 50cc African Nations Champion Ethan Williamson, whose second in heat 3 was good enough to give the Capetonian his first major International title. Due to the dominance of the SA team in this class, it was inevitable that they would take the 50cc class honours for 2019.


In the 65cc class, day one winner Jordan van Wyk (SA), who usually follows up first heat wins with more victories, suddenly realised the magnitude of the event and its ability to bring other riders out of their shell and onto a platform to show their abilities. He fought valiantly, to say the least, but fellow compatriot Liam Botha stepped up for the weekend's second win. He too saw that this incredible platform to race on requires nonstop commitment to secure victory. In the final heat, a third different winner hit the top step and gave Alon Orland (Uganda) their first in the 65cc class. Shared spoils made the overall very close, but it was the consistency of the Ugandan that saw him take the individual title of African Nations Champion but the combined efforts of the South Africans saw them win the team title.


Arguably the best and closest race action of the 2019 competition came from the MX Lites, with some of the front runners not only matching lap times of the 125s but nearly as quick as the 250 class too. Daiyaan Manuel wanted some more wins, to back his first heat win with the first win of day 2. The Zimbabwean was so quick that he would also go on to obtain the overall fastest lap award in the junior classes. However, he was pushed hard by Ugandan Stav Orland in the final race. Orland seemed to be inspired by his brother Alon’s win just minutes before the last 85cc race and went on to win, creating history by becoming the first set of brothers to win back to back heats in Motocross of African Nations event. It was not enough though to beat Manuel for the individual title nor South Africa for the team championship.


The first rider to win 3 races out of the 3 heats was Zambian, Leah Heygate, who was unmatched in her class. The title was easily taken by the Zambian leaving South Africa's finest to fight for the latter part of the podium and secure SA another class title in the 2019 MXOAN. Credible performances coming out of their team riders Tiegan Reed and Jaydene de Lima as well as from the young Kenyan, Maxime Wahome, Hannah Watson (Zambia) and home nation favourite Celine Goodinson.


Vets and Masters were one of the biggest gates of the weekend and despite the efforts of all the other competing nations to beat the South Africans, it was not meant to be. Even with the big crash from the man seen as the favourite in the Vets, Brett Bircher, his teammates rallied and went on to win both the team and with his demise, Craig Kruger took the individual championship trophy.


The Masters did give Zambia one reprieve and their top man, Dale Holiday managed to win the individual but Team SA once again proved to be too strong for the rest and won the team title.


We previously mentioned the lack of fear when it comes to 125 riders and this was indeed evident in the races for honours in this class. SA rider, Dalton Venter won the second heat and backed up his first days win, but was pressured by the independent entry of Davin Cocker and local hero Tristan Grainger. In heat three Grainger hole shotted and opened up a big advantage and looked odd on for the win, but lady luck just never played her cards right for the Zimbabwean and he crashed out. He got up and finished the heat but that left the battle out front in the hands of Cocker, who was lying just behind his fellow compatriot, and Venter. Using his head and not willing to risk losing the chance of individual glory, Venter settled for second in the race and first in the class overall. Cocker to the first and only win for an independent rider on the weekend. Team South Africa also went on to take yet another team award for the 125 class.


The second 3 for 3 came in the MX2 class where South Africa's Kerim Fitzgerald dominated proceedings despite pressure from his teammate Josh Mlimi. Mlimi would take second in both races on the day also giving him a three our three in terms of seconds on the weekend. Regan Wasmuth (Zimbabwe) had to settle for three out of three thirds, but nearly lost the bottom step of the final podium to the other South African Johan Vogelesang with a lap to go. South Africa was once again too strong for any other nation and finished top of the team competition with Fitzgerald crowned 2019 African Nations champion.


Finally, in the premier MX1 battle, two riders stood out amongst the rest and the crowds lined the track to watch the Zimbabwean captain Jayden Ashwell, fight off the 2018 African Nations Champion Maddy Malan (South Africa). Ashwell’s goal was to turn his number 2 plate from 2018 into the number 1 plate for 2019 and on home soil too in front of his country. This turned into reality when he won heat 2 and sat comfortably behind the SA based Malan in heat 3, allowing Malan a top step finish and the fastest lap award for the senior classes.


Third overall would go to D'Artagnan Lobjoit (Botswana) but third in heat three ended up in the hands of an ecstatic Scott Heygate from Zambia.


One chink in the South African arsenal came in this class and the lack of their top gun Tristan Purdon, who attended the event supporting his team, but due to his aspirations for the National Championship in 2019 and sponsors contract obligations, he was unable to ride the event. This gave Zimbabwe not only the individual award for Ashwell, but also the team award and thus stopped the clean sweep from South Africa in the team awards.


Having secured all the rest, South Africa were crowned the 2019 FIM AFRICA Nations Champions, followed by Zimbabwe and a new powerhouse in Motocross on the continent Uganda!


Therefore, the decision to host the 2020 event in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, was a very good call by FIM Africa. The riders and teams were very excited about the prospect of being welcomed to Uganda in 2020 for the next exciting edition of the incredible story that is Motocross of African Nations.


For more information please feel free to contact Tel: +263 71 862 8705 or Email: motoxzimbabwe@gmail.com


The 2019 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations is proudly sponsored and assisted by:

• FIM

• FIM Africa

• Bogwheelers MX Club

• Tandamanzi Drilling

• Stumble Bloc

• Dharwizi

• Agricon

• Plascon

• Astra

• Union Hardware

• Yamaha Marine Centre

• Ice Feed


For any other information please contact Jamie Kerwin (kerwinjs@gmail.com) or Jaco Deysel (webmaster@fim-Africa.com)


Issued on behalf of Motorsport Zimbabwe by Greg Moloney

Photography Supplied by: #FAST


Click here to view the Overall Country Standings

ODENDAAL BLOWS THEM AWAY IN EAST LONDON

Posted on September 1, 2019 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)



Steven Odendaal made his second appearance of the season in the Metzler supported SA Superbike series and took another pair of wins at a windy East London Grand Prix Circuit. In the SuperSport category Jared Schultz (ASAP World/FFC/Brown Property Yamaha R6) and Kewyn Snyman (Hillbilly Racing Team/CGR Yamaha R6) shared the wins.


SuperBikes


Odendaal topped the timesheets on his Yamaha R1 after the second of Friday’s qualifying sessions with Clint Seller (King Price Xtreme Yamaha R1) the closest of his challengers. While Seller was able to improve his time in the final session, Odendaal went even quicker, claiming pole position by just over half a second. Lance Isaacs (SuperBets Gaming Group BMW S1000RR) had to settle for third. Byron Bester (Hi-Tech Racing Yamaha R1) and Dylan Barnard (Barnard Racing Yamaha R1) rounded out the top five.


When the lights went out at the start of the first heat it was Odendaal who led the way but, half-way through the first lap, Seller slipped up his inside and into the lead. He, however, was unable to pull away and a couple of laps later Odendaal moved back into the lead. Seller’s challenge came to an end shortly thereafter when le lost the front of his Yamaha in Cocabana. While he was able to remount, he had to settle for fifth place. This left Odendaal able to control things from the front and he went on to take the win from Isaacs. Bester just got the better of Barnard to claim his first podium finish of the season.


In the second race, Seller found a patch of oil and took a tumble on the warm-up lap. It didn’t worry him, however, as he got back on his bike and lined up on the grid but the race was stopped before a lap had been completed to allow the marshals to try to clean up the oil that Seller found. Odendaal took the lead from the restart but, in a repeat of the opening heat, Seller took the lead as they made their way through the complex. Seller was able to hang on to the lead until shortly before half-distance, leading Odendaal with Isaacs just a couple of bike lengths adrift. Once Odendaal got past Seller, he was able to pull away to take another comfortable win, breaking the SuperBike lap record on the way. Seller took second with Isaacs completing the podium. Bester, who took the restart from the pitlane after he also found the oil that caught Seller out, worked his way through the field to take fourth ahead of Barnard.


Two wins gave Odendaal the silverware for topping the day’s overall standings, with Isaacs and Seller joining him on the podium.


SuperSport


After using the first qualifying session to have a good look at the circuit, Schultz set the quickest time of the day in the second session to claim the SuperSport pole. While Snyman was able to better his time in the final session, it was not enough to knock Schultz off the top spot and he had to settle for second. Championship leader Blaze Baker (The Rossi Sports Bar Yamaha R6) had to settle for third ahead of Dino Iozzo (King Price Xtreme Yamaha R6). Brandon Staffen (AJH Cooling/ Fueled Racing Yamaha R6) and Taric van der Merwe (Hi-Tech Racing Yamaha R6) completed the second row of the grid.


Staffen got a great start in the opening race, grabbing the lead from Schultz, but the pole-sitter reclaimed the lead on the exit of Cocabana. Contact between Snyman and Iozzo damaged the former’s brake lever and he had to slot in behind Baker with van der Merwe in fifth ahead of Iozzo. Schultz opened up a gap at the front and had enough of an advantage to take the win despite his tyres losing grip in the final couple of laps. Behind him, Snyman found a way past Staffen, who was starting to suffer from arm pump, and set off after Baker. A final corner move by Snyman demoted Baker to third and allowed Snyman to claw back four points in the championship standings. Staffen’s arm pump got so severe that he was forced to retire, which promoted van der Merwe to fourth and gave fifth to Iozzo.


In the second race, Iozzo’s bike cried enough and Schultz crashed out of the lead on the oil that had also caught Seller and Bester out, which left Snyman to take a comfortable win from Baker and van der Merwe which was also the result in the overall standings.


The SA SuperBike series in association with Metzler moves further down the coast for the penultimate round of the 2019 championship which will take place at Cape Town’s Killarney Raceway on 27 and 28 September.


Published by: Paul Bedford


Picture Caption: Steven Odendaal leads the way

RETRO ROOF ROCKS

Posted on September 1, 2019 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)



What Retro Roof of Africa Long Preview

Where Lesotho

When Saturday 21 September 2019

Community South Africa National


Entries piling up for Lesotho blast


All is going to plan with three weeks to go before the inaugural Motul Retro Roof of Africa Rally in Lesotho and 38 confirmed entries and considering off-road racers are famous for leaving things to the last minute, organisers are confident that the entry list will grow significantly before the closing date for the 21 September race.


“The Motul Retro roof of Africa is an off road adventure that traverses 250 kilometres of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Africa,” route director Charan Moore confirmed. “The event celebrates those pioneering original 1970s and ‘80s Star Roof of Africa rallies and has attracted huge attention from the old school pining for that past and young guns keen to prove a point alike.


“Where in the world can one enjoy this privilege — like the legendary original, the Retro Roof will be one continuous route rather than the repetitive lap events modern off-road races have become, but it will not by any means be a walk in the park. “The route will take in roads, tracks and old donkey paths mostly in the Maluti Mountain lowlands and include original roads from the past including the infamous Don't Cough Pass. “In Lesotho, every road is a public road, but the race will be welcomed back to the Mountain Kingdom.


Race instigator and competitor, former multiple SA off-road champion Buks Carolin added; "We want to restore the camaraderie that made the original Roof of Africa famous — when we race we race and afterwards we party as a family. “We want people to get away from their computers, tablets, cellphones and offices and just come and enjoy the freedom of Africa. “You can't do this anywhere in Europe or America…”


With the entry list starting to take shape, another of the organisers entering the race, John Moore is brimming with excitement as he and a fellow fierce competitor have teamed up to race his Chenowth Magnum special, while fellow original Roof of Africa racers include old school bikers Iain Pepper and Ian Kilburn; Glen Parker and Bodo Bertholdt have signed up for the Retro race.


Graham Maclachlan among the most experienced bikers entered, while on four wheels, local Lesotho brothers Keith and Andrew Makenete cannot wait for “a proper off road adventure” and the first car race in the Mountain Kingdom in over ten years. Organisers hope to attract at least 100 competitors to the Motul Retro Roof of Africa.


The Retro Roof will go down amid a carnival atmosphere at its base near Thaba Bosia on Friday with local merchandise, live music and a beer tent, before the traditional after race party, where competitors can mingle and share war stories. The event is a Motorsport South Africa sanctioned event and a special one day license is available through MSA at www.motorsport.co.za, while entry forms are available online at www.roofofafrica.co.ls.


“The Motul Retro Roof of Africa Rally will be the off-road racing event of 2019 — it may never happen again,” Buks Carolin warned in conclusion. “This race is being arranged and organised by a group of passionate off roaders — just for the love of the sport, so join us in Lesotho on Saturday 21 September — the Retro Roof is going to rock!”


Issued on behalf of Retro Roof of Africa

2019 FIM AFRICA MOTOCROSS OF AFRICAN NATIONS (MXOAN) RELEASE DAY 2

Posted on August 31, 2019 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)



Race day lived up to all expectations and there was not one class that failed to deliver world-class racing action. More importantly though a lot of people were impressed with how well the track held up and despite a few little breaks to get some water down, before the premier classes, due to the time of year and the lack of rainfall, the amount of dust that started to be a small problem but one that Zimbabwe Motocross Federation and Bogwheelers team were incredible in sorting out and not to mention their ability to get it done quickly and also in order not to lose any time on the day, which ran like clockwork.


The day started with a few demonstration races from the young PeeWee riders who put on a great little race that got the big crowd ready for the action that ensued after the little bikes went and parked for the day. They were followed by the 50cc class which saw a South African team dominance, initially with Ethan Williamson leading the pack out the gates followed by teammates Christian Berrington-Smith and birthday boy Jake van Schoor. The big surprise of the day was Maicom Tabula (Uganda) who set to business and saw off both Berrington-Smith and Van Schoor to finish second behind Williamson. Berrington-Smith despite his wrist I just hung on for 3rd.


Another South Africa vs Uganda battle was fought out in the 65cc too, with Jordan van Wyk (South Africa) continued on his success he has seen over the last few rounds of his own national championship and went on to win the heat, beating his teammate Liam Botha, who in turn fended off a last-ditch effort from Ugandan Alon Orland.


The first Zimbabwean victory came in the MXLites with Daiyaan Manuel taking the first heat after a big fight with Ugandan Stav Orland and SAs Luke Grundy. One big loss to the class was Emmanuel Bako, when the doctors ruled Zimbabwe’s big hope out with a broken collar bone after FP1.


There was no surprise, however, in the ladies' class, with Leah Heygate (Zambia) taking her home nations first win of the weekend with a flag to flag victory. But and it was a big but, for second place as a three-way fight was seen between the South Africa lady riders Jayden’s De Lima, Tiegan Reed and Jenna Bohling, who ended in that order but swapped out at several times per lap and was definitely one of the big highlights in terms of race action from day one.


It was quite unique to see how the Vets and Masters played out because literally from start to finish the top 5 Vets ran as top five overall, and the top five Masters followed them in 6th to 10th place overall as well. South African Trio Brett Bircher, Craig Kruger, and Stuart Liang turned out to be the top 3 in the Vets and Dale Holiday (Zambia) beat the stalwart of this event South African Geoff Den ( who has now raced in every MXoAN since inception in 1999) and Tony Riddell (South Africa).


In the 125 class we saw the first of the few independent riders hit the podium, with Davin Cocker taking the last step of it, just bettered by an incredible ride from Tristan Grainger(Zimbabwe) who also was not far off South Africa’s Dalton Venter who went on to top the podium in the “NO FEAR” class. On a separate note and one worth mentioning was a top-six ride from Ugandan Fortune Sentamu, who had his best finish ever.


The top two in MX2 are not only countrymen but also teammates back home in South Africa too, and after there outing here in December for the end of season Summer Series, also run by the Bogwheelers, their track knowledge definitely paid dividends and it was first place for Kerim Fitzgerald and second for his Red Bull KTM teammate Josh Mlimi. Zimbabwe’s hope came through for the 3rd place and Regan Wasmuth was not too far off but will be looking to catch the two South Africans in tomorrow heat 2 and 3.


One of the best finishes for team Kenya came from Rolf Khiara who finished a credible 5th overall in heat one.


The hype around the MX1 class was not unfounded, but the pressure on the riders eventually caught up with them, well SAs Maddy Malan, who had an early crash snapping his peak off his helmet and firing the young rider into attack mode. Everyone expected a big fight between Malan And Zimbabwe’s Jayden Ashwell, who also seem to be caught out by the pressure and had to follow the unexpected but also highly underrated Zimbabwean Josh Goby, whomhole shotted and lead for three laps. He was eventually caught by his countryman Ashwell, who went on to win and by Malan who finished second after having to fight through nearly the entire field of 450s. Botswana had its first podium in the first 450 race, with D’Artagnan Lobjoit coming through with about 5laps to go to finish 3rd.


After a day like today, one can only wonder what day two is going to bring with two heats of racing still to come on the final day of action from the 2019 Motocross of African Nations at Donnybrook Park in Harare, Zimbabwe. We can’t wait to show the world how strong African Motocross is and with the close to 100k people reached via our social media-based Live Stream Commentary and video posted onto the Zimbabwe Moto X page and shared on the other three platforms we used today, it seems people all around the world were also impressed with the effort put in by ZMF and the team behind day one of this spectacle.


And we are ready to go for tomorrow’s action too...


For those looking to get to the event, Donnybrook Park is on Arcturus Road in Harare, and race action starts on Sunday at 08:30.


  • Entry Fee is ZWL10 and kids U12 Free.


For more information please feel free to contact Tel: +263 71 862 8705 or Email: motoxzimbabwe@gmail.com


The 2019 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations is proudly sponsored and assisted by:


  • FIM
  • FIM Africa
  • Bogwheelers MX Club
  • Tandamanzi Drilling
  • Stumble Bloc
  • Dharwizi
  • Agricon
  • Plascon
  • Astra
  • Union Hardware
  • Yamaha Marine Centre
  • Ice Feed


For any other information please contact Jamie Kerwin (kerwinjs@gmail.com) or Jaco Deysel (webmaster@fim-Africa.com)


Issued on behalf of Motorsport Zimbabwe by Greg Moloney

Photography Supplied by: #FAST


2019 FIM AFRICA MOTOCROSS OF AFRICAN NATIONS (MXOAN) RELEASE DAY 1

Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)




The competing Nations in the 2019 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations have all made it to Donnybrook Park in Harare, Zimbabwe. Despite a few little hiccups for some of the teams in getting their bikes across the border in time. Team Botswana was the most inconvenienced and after a bit of true “Ross Branch” style negotiation, they are almost on site and should probably get to the venue just after sunset, but their team manager and a few of the riders have already arrived and are looking forward to the weekends racing.


“We have never been messed around at the border posts before, so it was definitely something we hadn’t anticipated, so our negotiations had to be put to the test, but thank goodness our teams bikes are through and on the way,” said Team Manager Khoziba Lebala, after getting stuck for a few hours at the border.


“Once again we had a few small issues that have been thrown at us with getting the Ugandan and Botswanan teams bikes but we handled these exceptionally well and my Zimbabwe Motocross Federation team we were able to get the bikes into Zimbabwe and just in time for the race day tomorrow, “ said Rick Goby (ZMF). So with all the bikes here or just outside of town, the teams are starting to get into gear for racing. The final checks now cleared up and ratified by FIM observer, Ivo Tsvetanov, Joseph Mwangala (FIM Jury President) and Marco Colman’s (FIM Africa Motocross Commission President). The track is ready and final watering process will happen overnight, courtesy of Dharwizi and we are ready for a world class event.


“It’s more than just a race, it’s the true spirit of Motocross which is now in Zimbabwe, and if you’re not here, you can’t really explain it to people, but hopefully our social media coverage will show this,” said Laren Van Der Westhuizen, ex winner of the event and the official commentator for the event and joining his ex South African team mate Greg Moloney, on the microphones for the commentary track side and on the live streaming. They are both looking forward to bringing the crowds at DonnyBrook and world wide on social media, some world class race action.


Media will be looked after at the circuit by the Zimbabwe Motocross Event team, as well as the Bogwheelers Club. Media Centre will be at the track with WIFI and a facility to work from for all accredited journalists and photographers.


The event will also be televised, with a post production being put together by the 2 Wheels TV crew from South Africa, who will put the post production onto DSTV Ignition Channel 189, as well as on You Tube.


For those looking to get to the event, DonnyBrook Park is on Arcturus Road in Harare, and race action happens on the Saturday and Sunday respectively (31 August and 1 September 2019). Race day starts with practice sessions from 08h00 and race action at approximately 14h00 on Saturday and then 08h30 on Sunday.


  •  Entry Fee is ZWL10 and kids U12 Free.

For more information please feel free to contact Tel: +263 71 862 8705 or Email: motoxzimbabwe@gmail.com


The 2019 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations is proudly sponsored and assisted by:


  • FIM
  •  FIM Africa
  • Bogwheelers MX Club
  • Tandamanzi Drilling
  • Stumble Bloc
  • Dharwizi
  • Agricon
  • Plascon
  • Astra
  • Union Hardware
  • Yamaha Marine Centre
  • Ice Feed


For any other information please contact Jamie Kerwin (kerwinjs@gmail.com) or Jaco Deysel (webmaster@fim-Africa.com)


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