Race Report: CTMX Cape Town
MX National - Melkbos
29 April 2014
Published with Permission
Submitted by CTMX
Well, round 2 of the WOMZA Monster Energy TRP series is over
and what a success. The weather was fantastic and racing conditions
near perfect. All of the top riders were there and a total
of 150 of South Africas best entered the respective
As the riders rolled into Melkbos on Friday afternoon, they
were greeted with the Cape hospitality this year there
was no braaied snoek but individually prepared helpings of
delicious pickled fish was handed out. This, together with
fresh hot cross buns. This created a welcoming, friendly and
relaxed environment where our MX community enjoyed a few drinks
and the riders checked out the track.
The track was manicured to perfection and yes, Melkbos is
really a true MX track. It got very rough and our riders demonstrated
their true skill and ability to race according to the conditions.
There were a few tumbles in the sand and the only minor injury
was a dislocated shoulder. This was the best record in a number
of years so well done CTMX on the choice, design and preparation
of the track.
The event attracted a record number of spectators but the
catering was superb, with great food choices. There were a
number of interesting stalls dotted around so a truly professional
Day one started on time and after a short prayer and playing
the national anthem, the stage was set for a showdown of note.
In the 50cc junior class local favourite, Liam Lambert,
had to settle for a third place behind fellow Capetonian,
Neil Van der Vyver in second place with the top slot going
to Liam Botha of East London. Lambert battled to keep the
bike upright and this cost him valuable points.
In the 50cc Pro class Daiyaan Manual dominated proceedings
and won all 3 heats. Second place went to Chase Hanekom and
John-Henri Vaughan occupied third spot on the podium.
All three heats in the 65cc class were won by Camden
Mc Lellan but not without a worthy challenge from local favourite,
Ethan Coleman in heat 1. Coleman led for the first lap and
a half before Mc Lellan was able to make a pass. In second
spot was Jono Mlimi, and the comeback kid, Christiaan Cilliers,
took third. Coleman ended on equal points but had to settle
for 4th overall.
The 85cc class was a one man affair with Slade Smith
proving that he is by far the best 85cc small wheel rider
in the country. Second was Cayle Dormehl and the final spot
on the podium was secured by Matthew Green. Heat 2 saw a massive
crash which effectively put local favourite, Justin Sangster,
and the PE No 1, Grant Hutton, out of contention.
In the Pro mini class there was a real mixed bag of
results. In heat 1 Seth van den Abeele secured a convincing
win. In heat 2 the tables were turned with Keegan Hickson
Mahony destroying the field and winning by a country mile.
In the final heat it was Van den Abeele who came back strong.
The final result was Van Den Abeele first, Hickson Mahoney
second, and Janes Van Sandwyk third.
In the 125cc Junior class, Bevin Potgieter won the
day followed by Jason Visser and Dirco van der Westhuizen
in third. In the 125cc senior class it was Conor Fletcher,
who earned top honours, followed by James Coetzer in second
and Luke Du Toit with a worthy third all from Cape
The MX 2 class entertained the crowds as expected,
with Wyatt Avis proving too good for local favourite, Anthony
Raynard, who ended second. Third place went to Kerim Fitz-Gerald.
This class attracted a good number of entries with a titanic
battle that waged in the first 5 laps between the top three
and the chasers, Tristan Purdon, Ross Branch and Sasha Naude.
Some of the 28 MX 2 riders who entered the class on 19
& 20 April
In the MX 1 class Sacha Naude dominated proceedings
and won all three heats. Worthy challenges came from Michael
Kok, Lloyd Vercueil and Royce Griffin. The overall result
was Naude first, Fitz-Gerald second and Vercueil third. The
KOKSTAR, true to form, threw his helmet into the
crowds followed by his goggles, gloves and race jersey at
the end of the day, much to the delight of the spectators.
Michael Kok powers through the sand at Melkbos
on 19 April 2014
In the Vets, Masters and Grand masters the following
stalwarts took the honours. Vets - first Roger Bergstrom,
second Jan Ryan and third Nico Coetzee. Masters - first Alec
Combrink, second Terence Monk and third Adrian De Hutton
all from Cape Town. Grand masters first Geoff Den,
second Rod Bergstrom and third Francois Du Plooy.
Round 3 takes us to Teza we look forward to seeing
you all there.
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