1st round National Enduro: Sherco’s Wade Young Takes the Podium. The 2018 National Enduro season kicked off a little later than normal, the first round of the championship was hosted in Robertson in the Western Cape over Easter weekend on the 31st of March. The event was extremely well put together on a private farm just outside of Robertson. Veteran racer Altus de Wet sorted the routes… Everyone was very keen to see how the new format of flag to flag racing was going to play out as last year we had special stages in regularity laps. Riders set off in batches to conquer four loops of approximately 35km. The rugged Western Cape terrain presented a daunting technical valley and rocky river bed to conquer, and leading riders took over an hour to get through each lap. Sherco brought a huge team along – 17 riders in all: This brand is doing marvelous things in racing. Wade Young, Eduan Bester, Scott Woods, Gideon Malherbe, Sidney Strydom, Sam Hallat, Louis Knipe, Leon Fourie, Andy Pederson, Mike Bekink, Paul Greenwood., Thomas Greenwood, Gideon Malherbe, Braam Campion, Adriaan Theron and Corne Visser all the way from Namibia! Wade took the gold in his usual professional style. Beta’s Trav Teasdale takes 2nd: Travis Teasdale reigning E2 2017 Champion , had a solid day despite some technical issues experienced on lap 3 and 4, he put his Factory BETA on the podium finishing 2nd in the E2 class after a long four and a half hours of racing. Wade Leads the pack.
KTM News: After a testing day in the saddle, the Brother Leader Tread KTM squad managed to bring home two podium positions. New to the E2 Class this season was Scott Bouverie, who had a rollercoaster day out. He’s stranger to rough and rocky terrain, things looked promising for the rider as he blitzed his way through the first loop. After a calculation error in the second lap, a frustrated Bouverie had to push his bike after running out of fuel: “The day started off really well. I made a misjudgement on the second lap with fuel, and lost a lot of time. I’ve been battling with a shoulder injury, so pushing the bike was a real challenge!” With years of experience and a strong sense of grit, he was able to fight his way back up the ranks to secure a third spot in his class behind Wade Young and Travis Teasdale. Commenting on his new KTM 300 TPI, he said: “It’s an amazing bike, and it really performed today.” A determined Dwayne Kleynhans set off guns blazing in the E1 category. With his sights securely fixed on the championship, the rider was off to a solid start. After leading for some of the race, it was Yamaha’s William Oosthuizen who managed to snatch up the top spot for the day. Kleynhans finished less than three minutes behind him, but was satisfied with his result: “This was the best start I’ve had to a National Enduro season, so I’ve got a good platform to build on from here. The E1 class is stacked, and there are a lot of hungry kids looking to beat me!” he said. Turning his focus to round two, he added, “Going to do some homework now - I have a few things I want to work on so I can come out swinging in the next race.” Stealing the show was Kirsten Landman. It was a first time experience for South Africa’s leading enduro lady as she lined up with the E2 Class. “Today was tough, and I really had to dig deep on that last lap. I came in after my third lap and I was ready to finish! It was a riding lesson for me, and I’ve just got so much respect for the top guys and the pace that they run at,” said Landman. After pulling off a sixth place and adding her name to the short list of E2 finishers, she comments: “I’ve realised that I need to work on my overall speed. I’m good at the technical stuff, but I lose so much time on the open sections. It’s a fear I have, and one that I’m determined to overcome.” As part of her effort to build up her speed, Landman has taken up motocross and has committed to the National Cross Country season this year. “I’m trying new things because I want to bridge the gap and finish closer to the guys,” she said. Husqvarna’s tough day out in Robertson Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing brought its best to Robertson for the start of the National Enduro season this past weekend. Kirsten Landman on the rocks...
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