Springfield National Report

The 1st round of the South African National Motocross Championship was held at the Springfield facility in Durban this past weekend. The track was sandy down on the lower river bed section and choppy soil up on the top section of the track with long straights and got very rough with temperatures reaching 30’c with 100% humidity.

With lack of bike time leading up to the event we went in eager as hell thou with everyone coming off the training camp we held in January. The days racing went as follows:


Pro Mini:

Moto 1 saw Zane get a good start rounding the top 4 only to have the race red flagged due to a start gate not dropping for another rider. After the restart Zane was lying 4th after the 1st lap, after 3 laps Zane dropped it in the whoop section remounting in 6th. He then put his head down a charged back up to 5th where he finished Moto 1. Upset after the moto we spoke about lines and attitude and he headed out for Moto2.

Moto2 saw Zane round the 1st lap in 2nd only to get passed in the 1 corner, Zane gathered his thoughts and charged hard for the remaining moto and finished off 3rd for the moto and 3rd overall for the day. Overall a great result for the youngster who has his sights set firmly on the National Championship.

Maria Pulinckx

Once again being the only girl in the Pro Mini class Maria really rode 2 great motos, she put a lot of work into her training this year.

Moto 1 saw Maria get a good jump out the gate and get slotted into 11th position, Maria slowly started picking off riders during the moto to finish off 7th ahead of many seasoned class campaigners in the Pro Mini’s.

Moto 2 saw Maria get an 14th place start Maria had a lot of work ahead of her to move back into the top 10, Maria however rode a hard race to work her way up to 8th place and getting 7th overall for the day. Such a solid ride by Maria and now she heads into the next 2 Nationals with confidence as they are her 2 favorite tracks.

125 Highschool Class:

2010 National Pro Mini Champion has now moved up to the 125 Highschool class and is ready to take on the bigger bikes with force. Keeping Calvin under the Pelotrain banner for 2011, Calvin is mounted on a KTM 125SX as Honda do not manufacture 125cc machines anymore.

Calvin totally dominated both motos of the day beating current SA Champion and local rider Brendon Flemming. Calvin consistently posted lap times 3-4 seconds a lap faster than the rest of the field to go 1-1 and 1st overall for the day.

Calvin has also put in a huge amount of work since moving off the Pro Mini machine in order to get ready for the year ahead and it is clearly showing and well done to him as it is always good to see a rider get rewarded for hard work.


Moto 1 saw Anthony round the 1st lap in 7th, picking of 2 riders moved him up to 5th until with 2 laps to go he was passed back by Grant Frerichs and finish off in 6th place.

Moto 2 saw Anthony round the 1st lap in 4th only to also get a red flag on the race due to BadBoy Honda rider Wyatt Avis being down hard and out cold. After the re-start Anthony rounded the 1st lap in 8th to move up to 6th by the end of the moto giving him an overall of 5th for the day.
Overall we set out to do what we needed with the time available to us and to walk away with 5th for the day. Looking forward now to the next Nationals which suite Anthony really well.


Pelotrain has 2 riders in this class for 2011 namely Anthony Reynard and Michael Kok.

Anthony Reynard:

Moto 1 saw Anthony get a decent jump out the gate and round the corner in 8th, Anthony proceeded to pick off 2 riders including his fellow team mate Michael and make good headway to finish the moto in 6th place.

Moto 2 saw Anthony get a better start and run a better pace than Moto1 after finding his groove. Anthony was running 4thbehind team mate Michael when disaster struck and he got a front flat tyre. After telling him to circulate best as he could to get any points for the championship. In doing so Anthony finished the moto in 15th place and getting a 9th overall for the day.

Overall a good day considering the flat for Anthony.

Returning from a year off with injuries Michael didn’t know where he stood racing wise and having worked really hard in the off season on his overall fitness Mike was excited to race.

Moto1 saw Mike stay ahead of team mate Anthony for ¾ of the moto only to ride tight and pump up relinquishing his position to Anthony and come home in 7th. After a short talk with Mike between Motos about how the 1st race is no out the way Mike needed to get back to his old winning ways.

Moto2 saw Mike have the bit between his teeth and round the 1st lap in 3rd with team mate Anthony in tow, Mike was putting in solid laps when, as per Anthony got a flat tyre only this time it was the rear. Gutted, Mike circulated to finish the day 13thoverall.

Everyone has 1 bad National a year and now that Mike has had his and its out the way its now time for Mike to return to the racing in full force.


Wayne Smith rode 2 solid motos in the day to finish 2nd overall with 2-3 moto scores. Wayne has serious competition in this class this year with some riders moving up from MX1 and being the experienced rider he is and still with the speed he posses Wayne plans on making this plate #1 for the 209218348912 time!!

A solid result overall for the team with the riders achieving what we set out to do for the day except get flat tyres. We realize the Nationals are 1 round in and are far from over but so far everything has been going according to plan and more than that we can’t ask for with everyone finishing the event injury free.

The teams next National will be at the Rover track in Port Elizabeth on the 19th March.

I would like to personally thank the following sponsors for all their help and support, without them none of this would be achievable.


Pelotrain Athlete Excellence

Race Nation Honda

Honda South Africa

Venture Sport

Scott Kit

Scott goggles

Scott Helmets

TCX Boots

Wetherd Clothing

Concept2 Rowers

Tim Bosson Engineering

Leatt Brace

Paul’s Specialized Products



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