Herbalife Nutrition bLU cRU Yamaha Racing Team stars, Thabang Katees and Piwe Zulu, both ended among the top 10 at the recently held Powasol Nite-X2, their last race before taking to the 2018 Motul Roof of Africa.
South Coast rider Zulu placed eighth with Thabang not far behind him in 10th position in the Expert Class.
The race, a popular urban showcase with riders taking on an extreme enduro track at night, was the sixth round of the Southern Africa Endurox Series.
“I enjoyed the race very much and was tested as the intensity increased with every lap. I also thoroughly enjoyed riding bar to bar with my Herbalife Nutrition bLU cRU Yamaha Racing team mate, Thabang, and some of the other pro riders,” says Zulu.
With his sight set on the upcoming Motul Roof of Africa, Zulu now focuses on the last of his training and avoiding possible injury as he plans to better his results obtained at last year’s race.
“The atmosphere is great at Nite-X and I feel fortunate to have finished among the top 10 riders, I look forward to favourable results at the Motul Roof of Africa for myself and Piwe after an intense year of training and races like this,” says Katees.
The Motul Roof of Africa will take place from 5-8 December where the duo will compete with riders from across the globe in the Silver Class.
The race held in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, is considered one of the toughest off-road endurance events in the world. This is the second time the Herbalife Nutrition bLU cRU Yamaha Racing Team will be competing in the Roof.
Reflecting on a successful year of racing, the riders attribute their achievements to sponsorship involvement and the building of their physical and mental stamina through many hours of training in the saddle and in the gym.
“Being a professional rider has been a lifelong dream that finally became a reality for me last year and it would not have been possible without sponsors like Herbalife Nutrition as well as my mentors and training partners who believe in me,” says Zulu.
Katees adds to that by emphasizing the importance of mental fitness and solid nutritional support and thanks those who helped him stay motivated during the year.
“We are extremely proud of Thabang and Piwe and their accomplishments this year. We wish them all of the best with the Motul Roof of Africa,” says Thilo Naidoo, Herbalife Nutrition Country Director, Southern Africa.