25 March 2013

by Laren van der Westhuizen

After some delay on official results and points, we can tell you the story of round 2 of the Womza Full throttle Gauteng regional champs.

MX has experienced great momentum in 2013. The first regional attracted some 197 riders and a mass of spectators and hype. The national was a raging success with great racing and some 2000 spectators.
MX SA worked really hard to carry the flow to Smoking Pistons and despite some challenges, was able to assist in running another great day of racing. The nature of the soil at SP makes it tough on a hot summer day to keep the dust at bay, but the Gauteng committee and the track owners did the best job possible to get through the day.
The most important thing for me was that 200 spectators were recorded through the gate after the riders were in. This is a far cry from the goals we have set, but a great improvement on the years gone by. We have an iniative to expose this sport to people that would not normally be associated with a day at the track and wefeel we are slowly achieving that. I even had a lady in the commentry box commnt on the fact that this was her first time at a race and didn't even know this sport existed in the country. She has always seen it on TV. She was impressed!!!!

A decent turn out of riders were up for racing the regional and this was espite all the racing w have had in a row at the start of 2013.
Once again the focus has been on juniors as they are the future and the gates were stacked with talent once again.

The 50cc senior class was dominated by Vincent Van Rooy who woke up and obviously ate a full bowl of Jungle oats that morning. There was a serious battle for 2nd which was awesome to watch. Camden McLellan fought back from a bad start to 2nd, but had to leave the track for school sports before heat 2. This handed 2nd overall to Hayden Tully and 3rd to Cody Tebbutt who has been solid this season. Jono Mlimi showed flashes of brilliance again, but inconsistancy affected his result once again. He will click soon.

The 50cc junior class has become the Barend Dutoit show and everyone else is playing catch-up. Lucas Venter is the man leading that chase pack in 2nd and hot on his heels is our lady star, Emma Jennings. There was a great ride from an ever improving James Thompsonin 4th and Aeron Wecke in 5th

(Left: No. 5 Vincent van Rooy - courtesy SLN Photography)

The 65cc class saw Dalton Venter ride a Huqvarna and win. He seemed at home on the new bike, but his starts weren't quite the same. I am sure he will work on those. Calvin Jean Jacques got rider of the day in this class, which was sponsored by Audio touch. He has been solid this season and is about to really click I feel. Christiaan Cilliers has amazingly good pace this season but the odd mistake is costing him from a really great result. He finshed 3rd ahead of Hayden Tully and Jono Mlimi.

The 85cc class saw a great win in heat one from Ricky Raaf. He is a real talent and everyone has been waiting for the beast to arise, which it did on this day. Unfortunately a bad start in heat 2 handed the win and overall to Slade Smith who is becoming a formiddible presence in this class. Mathew Kruger was a solid 3rd ahead of Ruben Aucamp.

The pro-mini class was once again very exciting. Jason Visser suffered mechanical failure in heat 1, but came back and won heat 2. He had his hands full of Joshua Mlimi who decided to bring his A game on the day. Joshua won overall ahead of the pocket rockt Justin Thompson and 4th belonged to an out of sorts Marcus Phelps.

(Right: No. 737 Slade Smith - courtesy SLN Photography)

The 125 class was full again and was awesome to have KZN talent Dirco VD Westhuizen in the field. Dillon Charalambous won heat 1 ahead of Jason Visser and Trisan Cuthbert in 3rd. In heat 2, Tristan Cuthbert flew out the gate and rode a raceto behold. He won ahead of Charalambous who did enough for the overall. Dirco VD Westhuizen had to settle for 3rd on a track he isn't familiar with and the mot improved rider of the season, Nicholas Phelps, was in 4th.

The MX2 class was a get up and check out race by Richie VD Westhuizen. Great battles happened behin him between Dillon Juul, Danny Lailvaux and Wesley DuPlooy. Wesley would win that battle ahead of Lailvaux and Dillon Juul had to settle for 4th. It was great to have 2 Angolans in the field, Zeferino Fernandes and Ferans Baptiste who finished 9th and 10th respectively.
The MX2B class saw Nicholas Phelps on the top step of the podium ahead of Sebastian Cullen and Sarel Prinsloo.

(Right: No. 54 Sacha Naude - courtesy SLN Photography)

The MX1 class was dominated by Sacha Naude who seems to be the King of regionals. He was on another planet ahead of Richie VD Westhuizen who looked like he was just putting in some good saddle time in this class. It was geat to have Lloyd Vercuiel back on track as he is such an exciting rider. H did a great job to finish 3rd. Wes DuPlooy was 4th and Ian Topliss 5th.

The Vets, masters and ladies all rode together and Glen Hermon got his first win of the season, by winning the masters class. Marc Ansley won the vets and Amy Sawyer won the ladies class. This class in particular had great battles right thoughout the field.

The senior support class was won by David VD Westhuizen who had a bit of a tough time on his 250f against the 450's, but fitness got him to the line up front. Johan Bezuidenhout was 2nd ahead of Robert Broadhurst and Michael Mogondo who has been steadily improving.

Round 3 heads to Polokwane for a truly international event. Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and SA will do battle at an awesome track. Make sure you there on the 13th of April.

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SLN-PHOTOGRAPHY - 082 560 0519
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