RACE REPORT: WOMZA FULL THROTTLE
MONSTER ENERGY NATIONAL MX CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 4: Teza - 15 to 16
by Laren van der Westhuizen
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The final round of the Full Throttle, Monster energy, TRP motocross
nationals was run at the ever perfect TEZA motocross track in Kwambonambi,
KZN. There couldnt have been a more perfect setting to finish
off what can safely be said to be the best MX season in years. Saturday
was slightly overcast, but the rain held off and Sunday was just
perfect blue skies for MX. Winter is a great time to ride in KZN
and the track stayed loamy the whole weekend. There was also a full
sized crowd lining the edges of the TEZA track on Sunday and they
got to witness some of the finest MX riding in Africa. It was also
great to see activities for the little kids, with Strider bikes
offering fun training and bicycle fun for the 2 to 5 year olds.
The 50cc pro would be first
up and I must say, the racing has been furious. Camden McLellan
was leading going into this final round, but inconsistency had been
his nemesis in 2014, so would have to make sure he had a cool head.
Jono Mlimi had to win all 3 heats to have a chance at winning the
championship. He went out in heat 1 and blitzed the field. It was
looking good for him to repeat on Sunday, but a silly mistake while
leading heat 2 would drop him to 2nd behind Camden McLellan and
effectively end his seasons hopes. Jono did go out in heat 3 and
win, but with Camden in 2nd, wasnt enough for the title. There
was a big battle for 3rd between Hayden Tully and Vincent Van Rooy
who was also celebrating his birthday. Hayden got better starts
and was flying, but 2 crashes put him back in 4th overall behind
Vincent. The Cape town rider Ike Klaasen would struggle a little
on the technical Teza track, but still did enough to finish 3rd
in the championship.
The 50cc junior class was up
next and it was time for a new sensation to shine, Kyle Phillips.
He won all 3 heats and holeshotted all 3 as well, to win the Skullcandy
headphones. The focus was on the battle for 2nd however, as a young
lady rider, Emma Jennings was making waves. She was in a battle
with championship hopeful, James Thompson. James would get the better
of her in heat 1 and 2, but Emma finally got to 2nd in heat 3 and
even matched the lap times of the leader Kyle Phillips. James didnt
do enough to win the title though, as that honour fell on the ever
consistent Lucas Venter, who was given a set of Jonnesway tools
from his idol, Richie VD Westhuizen for winning the championship.
Kerim-Fitz Gerald and Richard van der Westhuizen
The MX2 class was once again
a big class and really spectacular to watch. Richie VD Westhuizen
had a big points lead and needed 2 solid results to secure the championship.
His rival, Kerim Fitzgerald would do all in his power to see if
he could force a mistake from Richie to reclaim the title he lost
2 seasons back. Richie was under pressure from Kerim in heat 1,
but all the experience he has, enabled him to keep calm and ride
flawlessly to the chequered flag. A 2nd in heat 2 to Kerim was enough
to wrap up a title that has eluded him for many years. Kerim won
heat 2 and 3 and ends the season with a BIG statement for 2014.
The reigning champion, Anthony Raynard, Caleb Tennant and Grant
Frerichs would battle it out for 3rd. Grant was relaxed and styling
it for the crowd and that seemed to be the recipe for success, as
he got stronger through the weekend for 3rd overall. Raynard had
some bad luck after a solid start to the weekend, but 4th was enough
for 4th in the championship. The rookie, Tristan Purdon rounded
out the top 5 in the champs.
The 65cc class went to the
wire. It was the most intense class to watch as 3 riders were within
3 points of each other going into the weekend. KZN rider Cam Durow
is a jump specialist, which suited the TEZA track. He also racked
up enough holeshots for the Skullcandy award. The good starts would
be the exact ingredient for success and would result in 3 wins.
He rode faultlessly not making any mistakes. The 3 wins was also
enough to clinch the title by 4 points. Dalton Venter impressed
as he was the only 65 to clear all the jumps. This gave him some
great lap times, but bad starts, meant he would struggle to catch
Durow and had to settle for 2nd overall. Wikus Van Sandwyk has had
a cracker season and was not expected to be in the lead
going into the final round. He did a great job fighting for the
title, but 2 x 3rds and 1 x 2nd wasnt enough. Wikus has shown
his metal now and will be on everyones mind for 2014. Grant Hutton
was 4th in the championship ahead of Christiaan Cilliers.
The 85cc class has been the
Eastern Cape class! Keegan Hickson Mahoney from PE won round one
but sadly was injured before round 2. This meant the flame was handed
to fellow PE rider Seth VD Abeele and he did a sterling job holding
off a mob of Gauteng riders for the title. Slade Smith was his nearest
rival and pushed him all the way. The day however belonged to RAD,
Vision Racing, Midas KTM rider Matthew Kruger. He pulled off his
first national win in the 85cc class and has now set the tone for
2014. Matthew is a hard worker and was great that the switch finally
clicked for him. Slade Smith was 2nd overall courtesy of a bad heat
1, but will look to win this class in 2014. The KZN rider Cayle
Dormehl was the holshot king for the day and also rode his way to
3rd overall. Seth was 4th for the day, nursing a bad knee, but 4th
was enough for the title.
MX1 Champion Richard van der Westhuizen
The Pro-mini class
was almost a formality for CIT BadBoy KTM rider Jason Visser. He
had a big points lead and only mechanical failure would prevent
him winning. His nearest rival was Marcus Phelps, who has been fast
all year, but has suffered with some mechanical failures. Marcus
qualified fastest, but a crash while leading heat 1 would almost
ruin his weekend and in that any chances of the championship. The
TEZA kid, Charl Van Eerden won his first national race in years
in heat 1 and the crowd went wild. Jason Visser took it easy in
heat 1, but went for the win in heat 2 which gave him the title.
Now relaxed for heat 3, he would check out and win by far. There
was a big pile up with Charl Van Eeden, Justin Thompson and Marcus
Phelps in heat 3 and that would hand 2nd to Joshua Mlimi. Charl
Van Eeden would remount to finish in 3rd overall and Marcus 4th.
The 125 highschool class also
came down to the wire between Cape town rider Dylan Stokes and KZN
wonder kid, Brad Cox. Brad has recently come back from
the USA and seems faster than ever. He won all 3 and didnt
look back at all. Dylan started each race well, but a massive crash
a few weeks ago had hindered his training and wasnt as fit
as he would of liked. This allowed Dirco VD Westhuizen needed to
reel him in and claim 2nd overall for the day. Dirco finished 3rd
for the season in his rookie year behind Dylan Stokes. Intertherm
KTM rider Nicholas Phelps had a great season to finish 4th and the
Witbank kid, Tyron Nel finished 5th overall in the championship.
MX1 is a tough class. Brute
force and fast guys 1st to last make this the premier class in SA.
The day would provide a different winner in each race, which shows
how tough this class is. Kerim Fitzgerald is the most improved MX1
rider of 2013 and he proved this by winning heat 1. A mechanical
failure in heat 2 would prevent him winning overall and 3rd would
be the end result for the day. Sacha Naude also tried to shake things
up by winning heat 2. He looked strong and ready to keep winning.
Unfortunately he couldnt do it again as heat 3 would belong
to the national champion, Richie VD Westhuizen. Grant Frerichs rode
his 250 to 4th place ahead of Royce Griffin who is on a Yamaha now.
Vets Rider Ian Topliss
The MX3 class is made up of
3 different classes. Ian Topliss has been the man to catch in the
vets and even riding with a
shoulder injury, no one could catch him. Ian collected another SA
title to add to his BIG collection. He was fast all weekend and
didnt look like slowing down any time soon. Roger Bergstrom
was 2nd ahead of Kobus Goosen.
In the Masters, local man Clint
Dreyer surprised everybody, riding his first national of the season
and winning. He left the 2 championship hopefuls behind him and
Terence Monk would win that battle on the day ahead of Alec Combrink.
Alec Combrink might have been beaten on the day, but did enough
to win the title by 12 points. Harry Grobler was 3rd.
The Grand Masters was won on
the day by Rod Bergstrom. Amazing that he is still turning out quick
laps and was a deserved winner. Francois Du Plooy was 2nd ahead
of Geoff Den who missed heat 1 due to a serious injury to his son.
Geoff did do enough to win the title though and add to his ever
extending title collection.
The 2013 season was the best for some years and was fitting to
end on such a picturesque track. Well Done TEZA and we will definitely
hope to be back in 2014.
We also have to say bye to a few people. The first being Full Throttle,
who announced their withdrawal from the sport as title sponsor.
They have been in it for 5 years and helped elevate our sport to
The 2nd being the LEGEND himself, Richie VD Westhuizen. He will
ride the regional season out, but his national career has come to
MX1 & MX2 Champion Richard van der Westhuizen announces his
Thanks to all the sponsors: Full Throttle,
Monster, Thor, Bridgestone, Fly, FMF, Skullcandy, Intertherm and
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