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SO GOOD IT FEELS LIKE YOU’RE CHEATINGDUNLOP TYRES – PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY HENDERSON RACING PRODUCTS“What an incredible season wecan look back at as it all camedown to the wire at this lastround of the championship,”commented a jubilantFranziska Brandl, ManagingDirector KTM South Africa.“This is not just any otherteam you’ve ever seen, theBrother Leader Tread KTMsquad and their stablematesare one big orange family andsome of the toughest riderswho are never afraid to battleit out on the track. To see allthe efforts come to fruitionand taking home an array ofchampionship titles this pastweekend is just the cherry ontop. A huge ‘thank you’ goesout to all the sponsors andsupporters, to the mechanicsand families behind the scenesand to the organisers who giveus the platform to do what wedo best. 2019 has been onehell of a season and we arelooking forward to what 2020will hold in store for us.”Pepson Plastics HusqvarnaRacing team enjoyed a strongend to a bruizing season. Itproved a tough couple of dayswith significant attrition acrossthe two days that counted asindividual races.The final race proved a greatexperience for stand-in OR1Sherco’s Ian Venter.rider Ryan Ripley whodelivered a brilliant pair ofthird places, while Mastersrider Iain Pepper enjoyed apositive return from injury -but OR2 man Taki Bogiageshad a tougher time...It was also a big weekendfor Cross Country stalwartRyan Ripley, who rode thebike that factory pilot KennyGilbert usually races whileGilbert recuperates from hissmashed elbow.“This weekend proved adream come true” Ryan ownedup. “Not only was it a greatprivilege to ride Kenny’s bike,but to score a double podiumthis weekend was a highlightof my riding career I cannotthank Fred and the teamenough for this incredibleopportunity.”It was also a great weekendfor Iain Pepper on his returnto the saddle after recentsurgery on both wrists. “I hada good weekend, come tothink of it, Iain admitted. “Ittook a bit of time to get backinto my rhythm, especiallyin such tough positions, so Iwas happy to finish on Friday,but Saturday went well and Iscored my best result of theseason. “Thanks to my PepsonPlastics Husqvarna crew guys76 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019

for all the support — it’s greatto be back!”For Taki Bogiages, the weekenddid not live up to expectations.“That was a tough weekend!”Taki admitted. “I had good timetrails with second on Fridayand third Saturday, but thetrack was harsh and rough andI took some serious strain aftera harsh impact to my back,which forced me to retire lateon Friday. “I felt better andmanaged to race to fifth in OR2on Saturday — not the resultswe had hoped for, but now welook forward to a fresh seasonnext year.”We’ll sit down with Taki soon –his is a great story that needsto be told.The final word:“It was a difficult CrossCountry year for PepsonPlastics Husqvarna Racing,”Husqvarna Motorcycles SouthAfrica brand manager FredFensham concluded. “We hada few tough breaks with injury,with Kenny while leadingthe title race, while Taki wasKing Kenny came along to support his team mates...recovering through the yearand Iain missed a couple ofraces too, but well done to theguys for putting their best footforward. “Now we can lookforward to starting fresh in2020. “Well done, guys!”As we go to print, there areno final championship resultsavailable from MSA.Big thank you to the ZCMarketing, especially CarliSmith for all the pics and inputthrough the year.See you at the races, 2020.Shimwells Yamaharider Dartagnan Lobjoitshares his views on the2019 season.A lot of blood, sweat and tearshas gone into my racing careerthus far and 2019 has madeit all worth it! I couldn’t behappier with how the year hasunfolded. Managed to tick offmany of my personal goals byachieving a 3rd place finishin the MX1 class at this year’sMotocross of African Nations,a 2nd place finish in the OR1Dartagnan Lobjoitclass in this year’s SouthAfrican National Off-RoadChampionship series and sograteful to be crowned thisyears OR1 GXCC and NorthernRegions Champion!My Yamaha FX450 wasKTM’s Franziska and Bollie Van Rooyen...on fire this whole seasonand I can’t thank YamahaSouth Africa and ShimwellsYamaha enough for all theirsupport. Also a huge thank toHenderson Racing Products,ASC Corporate Solutions,Guma Lagoon Camp, NgumaIsland Lodge, Racestar Graffix,Shock Logic, AMP SouthAfrica, Kavango Engineeringand Neutral Photograph.Without the backing of theseCompanies my racing wouldnot be possible. Also a verybig thank you to my family andfriends for all their supportthis season! 2020 is around thecorner and I can’t wait for thenew racing season to kick off!Charan Moore tookhis first OR1 winMCA Holeshot Husqvarna’sDavin Cocker won both days -2nd in the championshipDUNLOP MOTORCYCLE TYRES PROUDLY DISTRIBUTED BYHenderson Racing Products - 011 708 5905 - at selected dealers nationwideDIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019 77