REPORT: MIDAS, RAD MOTO, VISION RACING MX TEAM - MX NATIONAL Round
2 in CAPE TOWN
23 April 2013
RAD Report by Geoff Kruger
The second round of the WOMZA, Full Throttle, Monster Energy, National
Motocross Championship event for 2013 was held at Melkbos in Cape
Town. The track was awesomely prepped and probably one of the toughest
in the country. Fire and wind could not stop proceedings and as
always the Cape Town MX Club put on a great show.
Thanks to many behind the scenes individuals and sponsors such as
Ryan Shapiro from Full Throttle, Monster Energy, Mark and Karen
Sangster from CTMX as well as all local sponsors. Well done, thank
you and please keep it up!
The weather in Cape Town as always had an influence and heavy gusting
winds on Saturday as well as a massive bush fire contributed to
the challenge. Sunday was quieter and cooler and much better for
racing and spectators alike.
PRESS RELEASE: RAD Moto
and Grant Foley from VISION RACING join forces
We are very excited to announce that RAD Moto has joined forces
with Grant Foley from Vision Racing to create a super race team.
Matthew and Cameron Kruger of RAD Motos current MX Team will
now benefit hugely from the additional support from Grant Foley
and his VISION RACING TEAM at all future events. This will assist
them to compete at their highest level. The collaboration allows
us to pool resources in terms of track side, race day and training
support, coupled with the benefit of discounts to the team on overall
spares and maintenance costs.
Grant Foley brings 35 years of experience with him in many facets
of motorcycle racing as well as coaching and contributes immensely
in terms of managing the teams success. Grant will be taking
care of rider training during the 2013 season as well as managing
the team. We look forward to working with Grant to make 2013 a great
season for RAD Moto and Vision Racing. Welcome on board Grant!
RAD Moto and Vision Racing Team riders
- 25 James Thompson 50 junior
- 6 Cameron Kruger 65 cc
- 35 Peter Thompson Pro Mini
- 92 Tristan Tredoux Pro Mini
- 4 Matthew Kruger 85 cc
- 64 Shayne Steenkamp 125 cc
- 35 Peter Thompson 125 cc
- 25 Fernas Baptista MX1
- 92 Zeponta Fernandes MX2
- 25 Fernas Baptista MX2
RAD Moto and Vision Racing Team Pits National MX Round
2 Cape Town 2013
The Team Review
Cape Town is the first big event where we got to test the new team
structure and it was a fantastic event for us.
- 25 James Thompson 50 junior 4th overall
- 6 Cameron Kruger 65 cc (Currently Injured)
- 92 Tristan Tredoux Pro Mini 7th Overall
- 4 Matthew Kruger 85 cc 3rd Overall
- 64 Shayne Steenkamp 125 cc 14th Overall
- 35 Peter Thompson 125 cc 13th Overall
- 92 Zeponta Fernandes MX2 24th Overall
- 25 Fernas Baptista MX2 25th Overall
Grant Foley hard at work in the Pits
The 85cc Junior Class
Matthew is improving in leaps and bounds and will soon
close the gap on the front runners. Grant has started a training
regime with Matthew and the other team riders that should soon start
to show dividends and we look forward to many more podium finishes
Keegan Mahoney started the season well and was probably the favourite
for this years 85cc title until an unfortunate wrist injury
forced him to sit out the rest of the season. Our best wishes go
out to the Mahoney family for Keegans speedy recovery.
The title chase is now between Seth Van den Abele, Slade Smith and
Matthew qualified 3rd fastest in qualifying practice, which was
commendable after a hard fall in open practice earlier on Saturday
morning. Matthew hurt his shoulder and groin and rode in pain most
of the weekend.
Heat 1 saw Matthew getting a poor start. With the concrete starts
it was difficult to get drive and traction out of the gates and
we tried three different options during the weekend with no real
luck. Matthew managed however each time to get through corners 2
and 3 very quickly to make up positions and slot into third place,
behind Smith and Van den Abele.
Matthew rode solidly all day, and although a little off the pace
of the front runners he came in 3rd in heat 1 with Seth van den
Abele coming in 1st and Slade Smith 2nd.
Matthew Kruger High flying over the grandstand table top
Heat 2 again saw Matthew getting a poor start. We changed the header
and silencer overnight hoping to get better starts and lap times
on Sunday, but this backfired and Matthews lap times slowed
in Heat 2. He did however manage a solid 3rd place and back at the
pits we changed back to his preferred combination - the FMF SST
Heat 3 saw Matt again get a poor start getting squeezed on the
inside and having to slow down to avoid going into the tyres. Matthew
made an excellent recovery from 7th off the start and by turn 4
was in 3rd place. On the 2nd lap Smith had a bike issue and Matthew
was able to get up into 2nd position. Ruben Aucamp rode very well
all day to keep the pressure on Matt and he slotted into 3rd place.
At the halfway mark Matthews silencer vibrated loose (not
the mechanics fault) and started to bounce off the back tyre
every time Matt hit a bump. We prayed that it would stay on as Matt
started to slow down as he was unsure what the problem was.
Thankfully the silencer stayed attached to the bike and Matt managed
to nurse the bike home for a solid 2nd place in the final heat.
Unfortunately for Ruben Aucamp, a well-deserved and good overall
result was spoilt as his bike seized on the last lap. This allowed
Smith to get up into 3rd position with the win going to Seth Van
den Abele. Overall we were happy with Matts solid performance
and look forward to Port Elizabeth in May.
The silencer came loose and was hitting the back wheel for half
of the final heat, but Matt still managed a 2nd position
On the podium for RAD Moto and Vision Racing. From Right, Matthew
Kruger, Seth van den Abele and Slade Smith
We look forward to Round 3 of the WOMZA Full Throttle MX Regional
Championships, which will be held on the 13th April at POLOKWANE.
A BIG thank you to Grant Foley for his
support over the weekend. It is much appreciated.
Overall I believe that the RAD Moto and Vision Racing MX team represented
themselves very well at the event and a BIG thank you to Dave Griffin,
Nel Bosch and everyone at the RAD Moto team for your on-going valuable
support. Thank you to Stefan Le Roux and Ken Taylor from MIDAS and
Phil Baker from Autocycle centre for sponsoring Matthew the fantastic
Golden Tyres. Really awesome tyres!
See you next year!
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