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DT May 2018

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National Enduro Roundup.

National Enduro Roundup. After the crash of star rider Brett Swanepoel at a GXcc event earlier this year, it was up to young guns Taki Bogiages and Matt Green to represent the team in some of South Africa’s most technical terrain. A 16-year old Green made his leap to the E1 Class after winning the High School Championship last year. Not only did he face the demands of a more experienced class and stiffer competition, but the added change of a brand new racing format. After chasing household names like Dwayne Kleynhans and Bradley Cox, Green was able to complete the event and add his name to the short list of E1 finishers with a respectable seventh place. “It was tough - I really had to push on that last lap! This was such a valuable experience for me, and I know it will get carried over to the next race,” said Green. With a determination to bridge the gap and finish closer to the top riders in his class, he added, “The level in this class is different, and I really enjoyed chasing down the front runners. It’s going to take training harder than ever to seriously compete in E1. It’s a learning season for me, but I still want to achieve as many podiums as possible.” PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING teammate Bogiages faced a different set of challenges. As a new face to the E2 class and National Enduro series entirely, he commented before the event: “As a cross country rider, this is something new for me – the terrain, the pace and the riders. It’s been a mad rush to prepare for this since I was called to the team last month, but I’m looking forward to learning and improving race by race.” After just over four hours, Bogiages battled to push past the pain of an injury that he had sustained in a training crash just a week before the event and was unable to finish the race. Husqvarna South Africa’s brand manager Fred Fensham commented: “The hip and wrist problems he sustained were a bit worse than we thought. Now it’s time to focus on recovering so he can come back swinging at the next event.” Brett Hume Travis Teasdale , Jeff Teasdale ,Darren Gray and Gareth Bell.

The Yamaha Bidvest bLU cRU team was ready to take on the very best at the start of the event. The challenge proved to be tough for the riders. Denzil Torlage managed to bring his Yamaha home in second position in the National Masters category. Bruce May matched his teammates result by also finishing in second position respectively in the national seniors category. Kyle Flanagan struggled with injury and brought his Yamaha home in 11th spot and this is what he had to say about his race; “I got off to a great start and going into the second lap I was lying in second position. During the second lap I hit a rock forcing me to put my leg down, which hyper-extended and caused damage. I rode back to the pit area to see the medics and from there made the decision to continue circulating to grab as many points as possible.” Yamaha clinched the manufacturers Trophy. BCR Arrow Yamaha: Although we have a slightly smaller line up for the 2018 season our goals are greater as a team! Brian Capper will compete when his shows allow him to, we were fortunate enough to have him with us on the opening round. The professional that he is he delivered his expected victory in the senior’s class leading from start to finish managing his pace perfectly. Janiel De Villiers arrived knowing what to expect at a national level as he had a very successful first season last year showing good pace and consistency. At the age of 17 and last season’s experience we knew he would be impressive, we still underestimated him challenging for a 3rd place in the E1 class! He finished a very close 4th in the E1 while keeping his cool and giving us a glimpse of what to expect from him in the future! Jaryd Spalding moved up from the high school class into the E1 class which involves a greater distance and far stiffer competition, he showed his commitment and drive to finish 12th in E1 at a National that was very demanding, a great result and some premium class national points! Keegan Phillips moved up from the silver class to the E2 class and faced similar challenges to Jaryd. He confirmed how far our 2 juniors have come by finishing 7th in the E2 class. This again is a great result first time out in a premium National class. Mark Garland made a rookie error and lost his clipper card towards the end of his second lap, this resulted in him being excluded. A great start to a new National season for the BCR Arrow Yamaha team and a fantastic effort by everyone involved. The 2nd round of the National Enduro series takes our riders down to Port Elizabeth on the 28th of April and will be hosted by the Rover club. We will push to secure better results for our team and riders. Team Q-Kon Team BCR Arrow Racing Torlage, Flanagan, May. Noah Maartins and friends Kyle Flanagan