Race Report: The WOMZA Monster
Energy MX National in Cape Town
23 April 2014
Published with Permission
by Laren van der Westhuizen.
Images by MX SA.
65cc start at Melkbos.
Round 2 of the Monster, TRP MX nationals headed to a really
sunny Cape Town. The series started at the sandy Rover circuit
and continues in the sand of the treacherous Melkbos track.
Melkbos has probably become one of the roughest most challenging
tracks in SA and the riders knew it would boil down to serious
conditioning and horsepower.
Motocross in SA has really increased in profile of late, thanks
to the social media efforts of Monster energy and the invited
VIP media that have been attending the events, like top SA
band Van Coke Kartel who spent the day tweeting to their 22000
fans.On the back of all the pre-event marketing, spectators
turned out in their droves to watch SA's best MX riders.
The 50cc pro class saw a dominant performance from
Daiyaan Manuel from Zimbabwe, who cleaned up all 3 heats.
He was 1 of 8 Zimbabweans to make the 25 hour drive to Cape
town. There was quite a mixed bag for the next few places,
but Chase Hanekom worked hard for 2nd and another Capetonian
was 3rd in John-Henri Vaughan.
The 50cc Junior class was the Liam show, with Liam
Botha 1st and Liam Lambert 3rd. Just Neil Van Der Vyver was
in the middle of the Liam sandwich. The little guys managed
the sand well and we saw some great talent which will filter
into the 50cc pro class next year.
The 65cc class produced the junior rider of the day
and that was Camden McLellan. He did have a few falls like
every other 65cc rider in the deep sand, but was clearly the
fastest and dominated the class. Jonothan Mlimi was 2nd in
the class but Christiaan Cilliers made a welcome return from
injury with a 3rd overall on the day. The 2 Capetonians were
next, with the holeshot man, Etan Coleman and Ike Klaassen.
The new Husqvarna signing, Slade Smith, won all 3 85cc
junior heats, but was hard pressed by most improved rider
of late, Cayle Dormehl. The Kargo racing endure rider, Mathew
Green showed his metal in the sand by finishing 3rd ahead
of the pre-race favourite, Cameron Durow.This class had great
racing and bodes well for the future of MX in SA.
The pro-mini class is worryingly small, but fortunately
stacked with talent. Every rider had some good heats and some
bad heats, but it was the 2 sand specialists, Set Van Den
Abeele and Keegan Hickson Mahoney that finished 1st and 2nd
respectively. Janes Van Sandwyk was 3rd ahead of Justin Thompson
who leaves our shores for 5 weeks to compete in the USA.
The 125 highschool class, or Kamikaze class as they
are know, produced some awesome battles between Jason Visser,
Bevin Potgieter and Dirco Van Der Westhuizen. Jason is starting
to stamp his authority on the class on his Husqvarna 125 and
now has the points lead. Bevin Potgieter was 2nd overall and
opens a slight gap on Dirco Van Der Westhuizen who was 3rd.
The MX2 class was packed with close on 30 riders.
Anthony Raynard went in as clear favourite on his home track,
but it was Fast Kawasaki, Rockstar entry, Wyatt Avis, who
drew on 10 years Dutch experience to win 2 of the 3 heats
and take the overall. The racing was insane and some of the
best racing we have seen on a mightily tough track. The level
of SA motocross when you watch this class, is right up there.
Raynard was really fast, but could only manage 2nd, but was
really beaten by a formidable performance from Wyatt. Kerim
Fitzgerald had his best day at Melkbos, with a 3rd overall
ahead of his KTM teammate, Ross Branch, who had great starts,
but rode the final heat with a sprained thumb.
The MX3 class was a tight battle in the front between
Roger Bergstrom and Jan Ryan. Both riders were immaculately
turned out and provided us with some tight racing. Jan had
some bad luck leading one heat and dropping out with a puncture
and leading another and crashing with 1 lap to go. This left
Roger with the overall win. The masters was another battle
between Cape rivals, Terence Monk and Alec Combrink. Alec
proved to be the better prepared and just did enough to beat
Terence. Geoff Den won the grand masters class.
Sacha Naude ran away with the MX1 class, but 5 points
separated 2nd to 5th. The racing was close and tough between
Kerim Fitzgerald, Lloyd Vercueil, Michael Kok and Royce Griffin
who finished in that order. Ross Branch showed good form,
but an injury to his thumb put him out of the final heat.
The event can be regarded as a major success, with great hype
and great racing. The next round heads to the ever impressive
TEZA circuit in KZN. The circuit does have a sand section,
but for the most, the sand races are done.
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