COLD WEATHER, CHALLENGING ROUTE TESTED JUNIOR NATIONAL OFF-ROAD RIDERS IN EASTERN CAPE Round 3 of the 2013 Junior National Off-road Championship
17 August 2013 : Hankey area (Eastern Cape)
Saturday, 17 August: Cold and windy weather conditions combined with a challenging route in the Hankey area in the Gamtoos Valley did not keep young off-road motorcycle and quad competitors from producing spectacular racing action at the Winterberg Junior National that formed the third round of the 2013 Junior National Championship.
In the senior motorcycle category there were second consecutive victories for local Port Elizabeth rider, Angus Coetzee (Criterion Yamaha Portable Shade) who won the 125cc Class and Travis Teasdale (Husaberg Alfie Cox Racing PS TLB Plant Hire) who was victorious in the Open Class although he was under pressure from the defending class champion, Andrew Wren (Xtreme Yamaha) – he is also from PE – who competed for the first time this season and finished second. A new winner emerged in the Senior 85cc Class where newcomer, Michael Wolhuter (Alfie Cox Racing KTM) walked away with the victory after competing for the first time this season in the Junior National Championship.
A small mechanical problem during the first of the five 30km laps did not proof to be too much of a problem for Coetzee and he beat second-placed Aeron Thompson (Kargo Racing KTM) by just over eight minutes while his team-mate, Dylan Barker, who won the season opener, finished third. Cullim Symons (Waste / Flowe Pac Yamaha) was fourth in the 125cc Class – these four riders completed five laps in the allotted three hours. Coetzee and Barker’s team-mate, Alex O’Donnell, crashed 10 kilometres before the finish and broke his wrist while chain problems stopped Corbin Lamb (Husqvarna Racing) on the last lap in his tracks.
Four more riders completed the race in this class including Chayse Orsmond (Husaberg Alfie Cox Racing) who was fifth; another PE rider Joe Moolenschot (Suzuki) who finished sixth; Reghardt van Niewenhuizen (KTM) who managed a seventh place and Ross Blackwell (Kargo Racing KTM) who had to play ‘bush mechanic’ after he experienced a mechanical problem on the route, but still managed to finish the race in eighth place.
In the Open Motorcycle Class for riders between the ages of 15 and 17, Teasdale had to keep an eye on the 2012 champion (Wren) who fought back from the back of the field. They were eventually separated by just under four minutes. Kyle Flannagan (Criterion Yamaha Portable Shade) also started toward the back of the field and posted the third fastest time after five laps in this competitive class. Mauritz Meiring (McGee Yamaha Lydenburg) also completed five laps and finished fourth. Five riders behind them completed four laps with Jason Jones (KTM) rounding off the top five
Behind Jones Bradley Nortje (Manhand Shimwells Yamaha) was sixth with Brendan Swanevelder (KTM) seventh; Tyler Robins (Yamaha) eighth and Henco Botha (Pa Ma Racing Kawasaki) ninth after losing time trying to help Lamb with his stricken motorcycle. Driekert du Plessis (KTM) was 10th.
In the Senior 85cc Class Wolhuter was in a tight battle with the class leader, Dean Lindsay (NUTS Racing Century Civils Yamaha), but Lindsay had to settle for second place with just over three minutes separating the them. The 2012 Junior Champion, Tristin Asher-Wood (KTM) lost some time on the last lap and finished third with Christopher Renwick (Suzuki) fourth after he lost time due to a mechanical problem on the first lap. Calvin Hume (Fast Power Sports Kawasaki) fell early in the race and managed a fifth place.
Lindsay’s team-mate, Eduan Bester (Kawasaki) thought his race was over due to clutch problems, but quick thinking by his crew and friends and a few borrowed spared saw him finishing three of the four laps. He was sixth and was followed by Tristan White (KTM); Josh Bailey (Yamaha) and Daniël van Zyl (KTM). All nine entrants in this class finished this challenging race.
In the junior motorcycle category, the battle between Kayde Mante (KTM) and David Odendaal (Pa Ma Racing KTM), who had both a victory behind their names, continued with Mante clinching his second victory this season. Odendaal finished just behind him, but had to receive stitches in his knee caused by a crash during the race. Mante and Odendaal managed to complete the 17 kilometre loop five times in the allotted two hours. There were more finishers with Matthew Green (Kargo Racing KTM) claiming third place, 37 seconds ahead of Eric McLean (Barnard Vervoer Racing KTM). Odendaal’s team-mate, Stefan van Deventer (Yamaha) rounded off the top five.
Erik Merry (NUTS Racing Century Civils KTM) was sixth; Maarten van Jaarsveld (Yamaha) finished seventh with Ryan Pelser (RKM Waterjet Profiling KTM) a mere 37 seconds behind him in eighth place; Michael Glockle (Manhand Shimwells Yamaha) was ninth and Ethan Bailey (KTM) rounding off the top ten in this class where riders between the ages of eight and 12 years tackled the rocky route in the hills around the Loerie Ruskamp outside Hankey.
Noah Maartens (Pa Ma Racing KTM) claimed a hat trick by winning the 65cc Class for the third consecutive race this season. A few steep climbs and descents tested the young riders on their small 65cc-powered motorcycles, but all five managed to finish the race. Maarten’s team-mate, Shaun Wallis (KTM) was second with Gunter Foit (CFE Racing Husqvarna) third; Max Ledgerwood (Yamaha) fourth and Matthew Wilson (KTM) fifth after his first race on national level.
In the quad category Janco Joubert (Evolution Racing Honda) won the Junior Open Quad Class with Jade Schutte (Perry Yamaha) winning the Junior Ladies Class. Berne Bester (NUTS Racing Century Civils Suzuki) won the Senior Quad Class ahead of Brodie Jacobs (Yamaha).
The final two rounds of the 2013 Junior National Championship, will take place on the weekend of 27 – 29 September in KwaZulu-Natal.
Issued on behalf of the Motorsport SA (MSA) Off-road Motorcycle / Quad / Enduro / Trials Commission
By: ETdotKomm (Elza Thiart Kommunikations Tel: 082 4588 517 / firstname.lastname@example.org)