REPORT: MIDAS, RAD MOTO, VISION RACING MX TEAM - GAUTENG MX Round
5 at SYRINGA
4 August 2013
RAD Report by Geoff Kruger
The 5th round of the WOMZA, Full Throttle Northern Regions Motocross
Championship event was recently held at the historical SYRINGA circuit
near Muldersdrift in Northern Johannesburg. I recall racing at the
circuit myself as a junior, competing in the BOB-T series back in
the 80s. As we have come to expect of Jannie, the circuit
was well prepared and a good challenge for all levels of rider.
A big THANK YOU to Jannie and his team for a great event.
RAD Moto, Vision Racing and Midas Pits
The Team Review MIDAS, RAD Moto
and Vision Racing
Great results for the team with TWO OVERALL CLASS WINS! Well done
to little James Thompson for a win overall in the 50cc junior class
and well done to Matthew Kruger for a win overall in the 85cc class
and a solid ride from Peter Thompson in the 125 High School class.
James Thompson #35 50cc juniors
Matthew Kruger came into round 5 having sustained some injuries
(whiplash and concussion) the week before. During the previous weeks
club race at Syringa Matthew lost control of the bike approaching
the high speed step-up. As he hit the take-off of the jump he was
completely side-ways and out of control and going down at high speed.
Ruben Aucamp, who was following, could not avoid colliding with
Matt and his bike in a mid-air. One of the worst crashes I have
seen in Motocross for a while and not one any parent wants to see
their child involved in, that is for sure!
Handlebars snapped clean-off, throttle cable ripped apart and the
Matthew lay across the middle of the track, completely unconscious
for at least a minute. The medics were very professional and soon
after Matt came to; they checked him and gave him the all clear
to get to his feet. Thank God! Miraculously Matt was ok, other than
a mild headache and dizziness he walked back to the medics tent
for a once over. Blood pressure and everything was good and we were
told to monitor for vomiting and disorientation. During the week
Matthew was treated for whiplash and mild concussion and it was
only on late Friday afternoon that he was given the all clear to
The 85cc Junior Class
In practice Matthew circulated and could not find the
courage to jump any of the large jumps. We decided to join the Pro
Mini practice too, so that Matt would have more saddle time to adjust,
get his nerve back and try to get over lingering thoughts of the
terrible crash he had the week before. By the end of practice Matt
had managed to summons enough courage to jump the step up only once.
Matt was instructed by me and the team to take it easy,
circulate and get a few points. Above all else he was to stay on
Ruben Aucamp and Matthew Kruger await starters orders
Heat 1: Matthew started quite well considering the circumstances
and slotted into 2nd place behind Slade Smith. Matt stayed on Slade
Smiths pace for a few laps, but slowed toward the middle of
the heat with some back pain, but cruised home for 2nd place. Dalton
Venter, who was very fast at Syringa slotted into 3rd. Aidan Maguire
had one of his best rides of the season with a solid 4th place and
Ruben Aucamp, also tender from the previous weeks crash, had an
off-day with a 5th place.
Matthew Kruger aboard his MIDAS, RAD Moto, Vision Racing KTM 85
courtesy of SLN-Photography
Heat 2: Matthew is making a habit of getting good starts and in
this case it won him the race. Matthew shot out the gate and into
the lead up the fast right hander. Matthew and the trailing pack
disappeared up to the top of the circuit where everything goes quite
for around 20 seconds. A lone KTM rider came flying down the old
mine shaft hill and it was Matthew in 1st place with no one else
in sight. A pile up at the top of the circuit left a few of the
usual front runners picking themselves up and having to play catch
up. Matthew, I think, was happy not to have pressure on this day
and rode flawlessly to bring his MIDAS, RAD Moto, Vision Racing
KTM 85 home in 1st place and 1st overall for the day.
Junior Rider of the day Matthew Kruger / Matthew starting
to feel comfortable on the top step of the podium
Bitter Rivals on the track, but just friends off the track
THE GAUTENG TEAM SELECTION
Pictured above: From left Ruben Roobs Aucamp,
Matt The Machine Kruger, Aiden Maguire, Ian Rudiger
and Sebastian Seb Phelps. These are the Gauteng Riders
selected to represent their province in the 85cc class next month
in the North vs South interprovincial challenge.
Congratulations to all of the Gauteng Riders who are selected to
compete in Bloemfontein on the 9th and 10th August 2013. We are
backing the Gauteng team to CLEAN UP at this event and
bring home all the trophies. Good Luck to team GAUTENG!
A BIG thank you to Grant Foley for his support on Saturday. It
is always much appreciated.
Overall I believe that the MIDAS, 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 Lood at RAD Motos
workshop for getting the bike back together in time. Thank you to
Stefan Le Roux and Ken Taylor from MIDAS and Phil Baker from Autocycle
Centre for your support.
Remember: The greatest
glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time
we fall Nelson Mandela
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