Pelotrain/Race Nation Honda Bloemfontein National Report

The 4th round of the South African National Motocross Championship was held at the Bloemfontein circuit this past weekend. The track was totally re-designed with alot of tight corners and very long fast straights with the usual big jumps around the track.

Pro Mini:

Moto 1 saw Zane get a good start rounding the top 3 and proceeded to put in solid consistent laps. While running in 3rd the 2 front runners got into each other near the mechanics area with Championship leader Tristan Purdon go down and handing 2nd to Zane. Putting in the fastest lap of the moto Zane focused on 1st place rider when disaster struck for the leader with binding front brakes and Zane inherited the lead and taking the win for the day.

Moto 2 saw Zane get another good start and rounding out the 1st lap in 3rd. He moved into 2nd halfway through the moto and then dumped it in a left hander falling back to 3rd. With points needed for the Championship to gain up on the 9 points Zane is behind, he settled into a solid ride and came out with 3rd for the moto.

Zane took the overall for the day with 1-3 moto scores for the day and moves within 3 points of the leader in the Championship with 2 rounds to go.

Maria rode 2 solid motos going 8-8 for 9th overall while still maintaining 5th in the Championship. Maria found the track challenging with the big jumps but showed, once again, many of the boys the way around the track while fighting for her overall position in each moto. With 2 rounds to go, Maria will find herself on 2 of her favourite tracks where she has always performed well and looks forward to repeating her success and her best year to date in the Nationals.

125 Highschool Class:

Calvin totally dominated both motos again this National going *1-1 and 1st overall for the day* with lap times being 5sec faster than his competition. Never faulting at any point during the race Calvin was flawless.

Calvin is off to Europe in 3 weeks to compete in some events and finishing off with the World jnr Championships before returning after a 6 week trip.

*Note: A competitors parent has lodged a protest against Calvin and we have acted on it and the overall results for the class were with held until the matter is sorted out*

Justin Mittens is a new rider to the 125 team, Justin rode 2 solid races with some bad luck that hampered him in the lines of silly mistakes and crashes. Not to be outdone Justin charged hard during both motos and came away with a 4th overall for the day.

Justin will also be travelling to Europe to compete in 2 events prior to the jnr World Championships.


MX2:

Ever the hard charging professional Anthony had his work cut out for him on this fast circuit on his 250F against the 2 Strokes.

Moto 1 saw Anthony get a good jump off the gate and round the 1st lap in 7th, he made his way up to 4th by the end of the moto only to have the top 2-4 riders penalised 30sec for not showing enough caution on a yellow flag which resulted in Anthony being relegated to 5th.

Moto 2 saw Anthony move from 8th to 5th by the end of the moto which gave him 5th overall for the day while holding onto a strong 3rd in the Championship.


MX1:

Michael Kok has been getting better and better every National and was set out to do well at this event. Having lost a whopping 10kg Mike is getting back to his best and it showed when he went 3-5 for 3rd overall for the day while gaining his confidence back and race fitness at each round.

Anthony again rode 2 solid motos gaining points for the Championship in each moto to make up for the flat tyre and minimal points he scored in the 1st round. Anthony walked away with 5-6 score for 5th overall for the day and moved up to 4th in the Championship with 2 rounds to go.


MX3:

Wayne Smith rode a solid day while walking away with the top honours in 1st overall for the day. Being consistent is what earned Wayne his 1st overall for the year and earned good points in the Championship hunt.
Team rider Matthew Beers crashed on the Tuesday prior to the event and knocked himself out cold. He is out for 6 weeks and will return for the next National in East London in August.

Overall, another good result from the team all round with personal goals being met and points for the Championships being banked in the bag.
I would like to personally thank the following sponsors for all their help and support, without them none of this would be achievable.

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