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Dirt and Trail July 2018 issue 2

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with huge slopes, berms

with huge slopes, berms and rollers. It had rained the evening before – so it was nice and damp – and dust was not an issue. 4 KTM Rigs, WP suspension tent, A full workshop rig, DJ’s spinning – Red Bull bokkies with a PS4 setup… whoever got the highest score on that for the day won signed Cairolli Merch… and the highlight of the day, 30 gleaming 2019 MX Machines, all in their own tents – 125, 150, 250, 350, 450 – and then split into two and four stroke camps. The only bikes missing were the junior motocrossers. If you were not there, you don’t understand… riding Nirvana. The track was open – after a short briefing, we were pointed in the direction of the bikes – choose your weapon –and six hours of riding madness ensued. A very slick operation, they radioed your number to the photographers and they clicked away. The ride: I opted to start on the two strokes – 125, 150, 250, four or five laps on each bike, man it was fun. I ride a KX 450, so on the 2-strokes it’s flat out all the way, especially in the wet, slippery conditions. One note – although it was wet, the new KTM patented silicone ribs in the bikes seat covers keep you firmly in place. A great little touch… and immediately noticeable. I started having a little dice with a no 5 dude on a four stroke and I thought I was doing pretty well… 3 corners later, Mr Dungey gave me a nice Roost and opened the throttle… Initial thoughts on the two stroke lineup are impressive but we’ll tell you more about each bike at the end of this. You can imagine all this hard work took a bit of time… we broke for a light lunch – Cairolli Pasta – Go Faster Eat Pasta was the mantra for the rest of the day!!! Dessert – orange (Of Course!) chocolate fountain… And man we needed the energy. The rain came down, turned the track into slush, the journo’s were all being a bunch of wets until Cairolli roared past the tent and it was game on! Mud, slush and four strokes… what a Jol! So lekker to twist the throttle in such a cool place. Naturally lots of Dices happened – two of the lady riders were mixing it up with the boys and their muddy faces at the session said it all. Sadly, the rain put an end to play, it was wet, cold, and most had their fill for the day. Very slick with more than enough time to ride each bike. AND it was time to try and crack the top score on the PS4… Man some of those nerds are good – I’ve got the game at home, but didn’t stand a chance. One of the French Jouno’s destroyed everyone – but we sure had a good time trying. 14 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2018

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