RACE REPORT: THE MSA NATIONAL
AT TERRA TOPIA
7 June 2013
By Laren van der Westhuizen
Terra Topia hosted round 2 of the MSA national motocross series.
A strong 73 riders attended the Joburg round on the fast and flowing
TT circuit. Both the 50cc and senior track were prepped really well
and despite the windy conditions, the organizers were able to keep
the track well watered and in prime race condition.
The 50cc class was won by Camden
McLellan. he had some competition from Jono Mlimi, but Jono made
a few mistakes and Camden ended up with 2 easy wins. Hayden Tully
was 3rd. Great to see 2 Zimbabwean and 2 Swaziland riders in the
The 65cc class was really stacked
with Talent. Cameron Durow holeshotted heat 1 and despite some challenges
from Dalton Venter, he was able to take the win. Cameron had a big
crash in heat 2 and would DNF. Dalton Venter got the holeshot and
checked out. Wikus Van Sandwyk was a solid 2nd and Zimbabwe rider
Davin Cocker was 3rd. Christiaan cilliers would finish 3rd overall
though with consistent performances.
The 85cc class saw the Zimbabwe
rider regan Wasmuth holeshot heat 1. He managed to hold off Slade
Smith for some time, but a rhythm section that he could not master,
saw him drop back to 2nd as Slade Smith jumped his way to the front.
Cayle Dormehl was 3rd. In heat 2, Cayle holshotted, but once again
Slade Smith would make the pass in the rhythm section and take another
win. Cayle finished 2nd and Regan 3rd.
In the pro-mini class Charl
Van Eerden holeshotted heat 1. Soon, Marco DeVrye made the pass
and wouldn't look back from there. Josh Mlimi worked his way to
2nd. Charl would fade back with bike trouble and hand 3rd to Slade
Smith. In heat 2, Josh Mlimi holeshotted and didn't look back. The
race was on for 2nd between Marco deVrye who got a bad start and
Charl Van Eerden who looked better on a performing bike. With the
win in heat 2, Josh would take the overall, with Marco in 2nd.
The 125 class saw Brad Cox go
1 1 on the day. He got some surprising pressure from an ever
improving Jason visser. Jason ran similar times in the beginning
of both races, but Brads consistency at that fast pace was
the difference in the end. Brad is on a high after his return from
USA and will be a hard man to beat for the rest of the season. Dirco
VD Westhuizen was in 3rd for the day, but wasnt getting the
starts he would have liked. He will be on it at the next big race
The MX2 class had an unfamiliar
winner to us in 2013. Sacha Naude doesn't often compete in MX2,
but based on his performance here, he should as he took the overall.
Kerim Fitzgerald worked hard to make it a win in MX1 and MX2, but
Sacha was just too strong and Kerim had to settle for 2nd. Grant
Frerichs rode to a lonely 3rd, but showed signs of being a big contender
for the rest of the season.
The MX1 class saw a new winner
for 2013. Kerim Fitzgerald got some awesome starts and forced Sacha
Naude into mistakes. Sacha seemed quicker, but at the end of the
day, Kerim kept a cool head and didnt make a mistake, which
was enough to win. Kerim is looking better and better on his 450
and will be a BIG factor in 2014. Ross Branch riding a 250cc 2 stroke,
was able to round out the podium in 3rd. Great consistant ride from
Shayne Baynham in 4th.
Tony Riddel was super-fast in the MX3
class and seems like he hasnt lost any speed from
his winning days in the early 80s. He won the first heat,
but collided with a fallen rider in heat 2 to hand the overall to
Billy Flanagan. Eugine Smith was 3rd.
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