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Pics by Zygmund Brodalka Maddy Malan MX 2 HUSKY RIDERS ON POINT SA Motocross Nationals - Maritzburg Race Report. Round 2 of the 2018 TRP Distributors SA Motocross National Championship took place at the Maritzburg MX Club. Heavy rain leading up to the race resulted in a rough track and tough racing. In in the MX1 Class, it was hometown favourite Maddy Malan that made the challenging track look easy dominating the field and taking 1-1 for the overall. 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. “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 Caleb Tennent MX 2 KOM MAAK N DRAAI,ONS PRAAT OOK ENGELS

lost some points in MX2, but at least I’m going into the next round healthy,” said Tennant. Yamaha’s David Goosen struggled with starts but otherwise had a great day in the saddle and the 4-3 finish earned him 3rd for the day. In the MX2 Class, it was Maddy Malan again who was a cut above with a 1-2 finish, earning him the top spot for the day and the points lead heading into Round 3 in Bloemfontein. Maddy however faced a different kind of challenge in MX2 and David Goosen came back hard in heat 2 to take a convincing win. Goosen’s 4-1 earned him 2nd overall for the day. After a rollercoaster day for the rest of National Motorcross Proudly Brought to you by: the Red Bull KTM squad, a solid finish in MX2 from Kerim Fitz-Gerald brought a sigh of relief. Despite a series of events that didn’t play in the rider’s favour, he managed to walk away with a third spot for the day. “What an up and down day! I made a bit of a comeback in the second moto of MX2, and I’m happy with the finish. Still a little bit disappointed that I didn’t come away with more points though - but that’s racing. I’ll do my best to narrow the gap at the next round,” said Fitz-Gerald. RED BULL KTM YOUNG GUNS PUT ON A SHOW. It was young guns Camden Mc Lellan and Jonathan Mlimi who stole the show at Pietermaritzburg’s Thunder Valley on Saturday with an overall victory and two second spots on the podium. As an eligible rider for both the Pro Mini and High School Class, Mc Lellan decided to race in both categories. After walking away with a familiar Pro Mini win, the rider managed to pull off a hard-earned second place in the High School Class. Kyla Raaff currently tied on 47 points with Leah Haygate Kyle Dormhel MX 2 David Goosen Yanke Pieterse followed by her sister Carika in the ladies class Taryn and Kristin Huhges followed by Amy Saywer in the ladies class Nicol Smit currently 2nd in the 50cc Pro standings Willow Rock Shopping Centre, Solomon Mahlangu Drive, Equestria, Pretoria East LANDLINE: 012 111 0190 / 012 809 1670