MX BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT
30 April 2013
By Laren van der Westhuizen
We are faced with the dilemma of a wide spectrum of riding ability
in SA, but only really one professional racing series for all to
do. Whilst this suits the top sponsored riders, there is a huge
amount of riders sitting on the sidelines with no where really to
race. Track owners are faced with the dubious task of making a track
that is challenging enough to attract a national, (which puts his
venue on the map) and keeping it tame enough to attract the "weekend
worriors" where his money will come from. There are a few solutions
to the problem and here we go.
In order for MX to survive in SA, a club series and fun days have
to be ressurected. Regionals and nationals are just too high a level
for the average new rider and very definately, intimidating. National
level tracks, like Melkbos, Rover and even in some ways Teza, can
be very tough for a new rider, especially if they are prepped like
a national track should be. Even Dirt Bronco can be tough when it
it ripped and watered for national standard.
Recently, Dirt Bronco has brought back their club series which happens
on their bottom track, which is very much aimed at new and social
riders. The last club race brought about 85 riders of which only
maybe 15 were regular regional riders. This is the exact thing we
need to help build the base of MX again. In Capetown, Zone 7 has
been brought back into the equation, and being a much easier track
than Melkbos, has helped put MX back on the map in Cape town. The
track can get over 200 riders on a weekend, just showing there are
many riders around.
The Club race day at Dirt Bronco
Bloem were at the forefront of ressurecting mx in the Freestate.
They toned down the status of their events and were aimed at complete
socials. The track was prepped accordingly and they now have grown
their mx base from 2 to about 70 or so. The has brought the Bethlehem
track back and now a track in the Northern Cape.
Queenstown was wrecked by national mx that was too high for the
average person in Queenstown to maintain. Justin Wood has taken
over the track again after a stint in Australia, and he will do
well to keep it simple to get the numbers up there.
Nationals have their place in SA, but too much focus has been there
for too long. The beginners have been neglected and it is great
to see the track owners making an effort to bring about club racing
again which is the grass roots level of motocross.
Syringa has joined in and have worked out dates with Dirt Bronco
that don't clash.The full focus will be on fun, with simple easy
tracks and I am pretty sure, great results.
MXSA salutes the fraternity for putting the focus back on development
and it has all started with the tracks.
Dirt Bronco Club Race Dates:
- 27 April -
- 18 May
- 29 June (TBC)
- 27 July
- 31 August
- 28 September
- 26 October
- 9 November (Championship prize giving)
Syringa Club Race Dates:
- 11 May
- 29 June (TBC)
- 20 July
- 17 August
- 14 September
- 5 October
- 2 November
- 7 December
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