22 July 2013

by Laren van der Westhuizen

Super enduro is a new word in SA and is here to stay. I believe it is the future of enduro racing globally. It incorporates the best of many disciplines. Firstly, a mass side by side start like motocross, then throw in a little enduro-x for good measure. Just when the extreme riders were in their element, a few SX type sections are thrown in and then a bit of a short, bushy enduro loop to end off a lap.

SA held it's first ever Super enduro in Barberton this weekend and it attracted some BIG names. It might have had something to do with the R10 000 first place prize! The likes of Brian Capper, Lloyd Vercueil, Altus DeWet, Dwayne Kleynhans, Kyle Erasmus and Michael Creevy to name a few. The lap took around 4 minutes for the average "Joe" and about 5 to 6 minutes for the slowest.

The riders were split into 2 groups, based on their practice times, expert and pro. The experts did 3 x 10min + 1 lap heats and the pros did 3 x 12min + 1 lap heats.

The action was great and really impressed the large crowd that turned up for the event. The final of the pro class threw in a little bit of an extra challenge, with a section of waist height tyres. This was no problem for Lloyd Vercueil who won heat 2 and 3 for the overall. Brian Capper won heat 1, but some technical issues cost him in the next 2 heats and could only manage 5th overall. Dwayne Kleynhans was consistant enough to walk away with 2nd overall, ahead of Kyle Erasmus who got faster through the day. Altus DeWet was 4th and seemed like he was happy for the saddle time ahead of the Roof of Africa.

The Expert class was dominated by Jamie Watt. He won all 3 heats ahead of a big battle for 2nd between Denzil Lawrie and Ralph Pitchford. Ralph finished strong in heat 3 to take 2nd.
The track was very tiring and the motos were cut from 30min to 12 min just for the guys to manage.

The title sponsor for the event was Time Freight and they were extremely happy with the event and have already committed to the next one. Hyde gaurds, Enduro World magazine and Monster energy also helped make it happen.

I hope to see more MX guys at the next one!

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