Wade Young (pictured) showed why he’s the gold standard in South African enduro when he won the opening round of the National Enduro Championship in Robertson on Saturday.
The biggest names in the country fired their opening salvos in a red-hot race. Some, like Paddock superstar Young, hit the mark, while others misfired.
A new racing format introduced a ‘flag to flag’ style event, which sent riders 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.
Young took the overall and E2 honours on his Sherco ahead of Travis Teasdale, with William Oosthuizen using his local knowledge to clinch the E1 Class and the final step on the overall podium.
Kyle Flanagan (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Racing) from Paddock injured his knee early in the race and soldiered on for an 11th place in E1.
Another South Coaster, Kayde Mante, made waves by winning the High School Class in dominant fashion.
“It went as I hoped and I was stoked to have taken the win in the National High School Class,” said the rising star.
“Well done to CSMX for putting on an excellent event and thank you Altus de Wet for a very tough but rideable track.
“I would like to thank uncle Steve Thompson for all the help, advice and suspension adjustments at the event. My Yamaha YZ 125x felt fantastic, especially in the tricky river bed section where I was able to push hard. Thanks for making me feel relaxed and really at home with the bLU cRU team.
“Huge thanks to BT Racing for the bike set up, Gareth Jones from RBS Yamaha for all the support, Peter Wilkins from Yamaha South Africa, Brode Vosloo from Fox, Mandy Thomas from Base Fitness and Blake Gutzeit for answering all the question I ask and always having solid advice for me.”
Watch highlights and Matt ‘Hollywood’ Smith’s race review below.