Race Report: The Fast Rockstar
Kawasaki MX Team in Port Elizabeth
7 March 2014
Published with Permission
by Shane Rutherford.
The event was really well run, nicely organised and well
attended. Although for the team, this was possibly one of
the hardest weekends of racing we have endured since our start.
The track was prepped completely differently to every other
year. All the technical parts of the track were removed, making
it a super fast track for the weekends racing.
Wyatt Avis #50:
Saturday - "The day started pretty good with the fastest
time in qualifying. I didn't get such a good start and ended
up going down in turn 2, when a slower rider fell in front
of me. I was disappointed with my riding after the crash.
I ended up riding a little tight but tomorrow is another day
with another 2 heats."
Sunday - "Im super bummed about today. Finished
4th in moto 1 after a crash. Had a bike problem in moto 3
and couldn't finish the race. Its been a rough weekend. Just
have to just keep doing the work! Cape Town I will be back
Lloyd Vercueil #777:
Saturday - "Saturday started well, I was feeling good
on the bike and was enjoying the track. In the first moto
on Saturday I had a decent start and worked my way up to 3rd.
Trying to pass for second I had a big crash going thru a rough
section of the track which left me down for a long time. My
bike twisted up and my body beat up I was unable to keep riding
and unfortunately got a DNF."
Lloyd suffered heavy bruising to his ribs in this crash. We
were unsure if he would be able to keep riding on Sunday.
Sunday - "Sunday morning I taped myself up and tried
to ride. I managed to pull off the holeshot but made a small
mistake in the first turn and dropped to 3rd, I quickly regrouped
and moved into second and started to closed down on the leader,
when trying to move into the lead I lost the front end and
put it down. I got up quickly and got going in 5th, moved
into 4th and was still right in the front group when my grip
came off on the face of a jump causing me to have another
big crash. I almost got landed on myself but my bike took
the punishment. There was no way I could finish. The radiators,
levers, Bars etc were all broken. In the final moto, beat
up and sore I had to borrow a bike and went out and rode a
steady race and managed a 4th Place finish.
We am very proud of Lloyd for pushing till the very end.
He really showed huge amounts of heart this weekend. These
are the types of things that make champions.
Marc Baxter #26:
Marc had a really tough weekend, the MX2 class was stacked
with fast riders. He fell off in the start of the first moto
and was almost a full lap behind. He dug deep and managed
to get back to a 16th place finish out of 28 riders. Overall
Marc placed 13th in MX2 for the weekend. Marc also rode MX1
this weekend, but he rode the class on his 250f. He rode exceptionally
well and placed 5th overall.
Well done Marc!
Please take the time to watch our short videos from the weekend
with the below links:
Fast Kawasaki Team Video: PE National - https://vimeo.com/88080256
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