Tanoshi Racing Team Post National
29 April 2014
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Submitted by Tanoshi Racing Team
This past weekend saw the Cape Town leg of the Monster Energy
MX Nationals held at the Melkbos track. The weather was hot
but the racing even hotter!! CTMX did host a great event and
hats off to Elmarie and her team for getting everything running
smoothly on race day. The track was prepped to perfection
and you could see that Hendrik did make a huge effort spraying
generous amounts of water down leading up to this mammoth
event. During the weekend we saw various Tanoshi team members
competing against the best in South Africa and this is how
it all unfolded.
Liam Lambert with his red plate that Richard van der Westhuizen
presented to him on Saturday Morning
50cc Jnr Liam Lambert #300 and Renier van der Merwe
#222 represented the team here. We all had high expectations
for young Liam as he was the current national points
leader in this class. Liam managed to finish 3rd overall for
the weekend and will take this result to TEZA where he hopefully
can improve to regain the lead in the championship. Renier
is the youngest competitor in the field at the age of only
5, and every time this boy rides his dirt bike you can see
the determination to succeed in his eyes. He is always a crowd
pleaser and his riding style is great! He finished a well
deserved 4th place overall.
50cc Pro This was a fiercely contested class with 18 riders
filling up the gates at the start. Krige van der Merwe
#11 qualified in 16th place and needed to improve. He
did so by securing a 12th place in the first heat 14th in
the second and another 14th in the third heat. This left him
with 14th place overall for the weekend. Krige is an outstanding
off road rider and is showing everyone that he can mix it
up in MX as well.
65cc Another packed starting gate with 16 riders. Sebastian
Wood #111 riding his first year in this class after almost
taking our regional 50cc pro title in 2013 qualified 13th.
The beach section was like a war zone with riders being picked
up left, right and centre, but these little ones kept soldiering
on!! The small wheels of the 65cc bikes makes is difficult
for the riders to ride thick sand, but Sebastian finished
14th, 12th and 15th in the 3 heats to finish 14th overall.
Great ride Sebs, and kudos for sticking it out in the sand.
Chris Erasmus racing for the first corner
85cc Chris Erasmus #95 qualified 13th for the weekends
racing. We all hoped that he will get a good start in all
the heats as he whole shots almost every regional race held
at Melkbos. Chris finished 13th in heat 1, but had a terrible
crash in heat 2 that ruled him out for the rest of the days
racing. He was concussed and had a fractured elbow but nothing
serious and will be back fighting soon. We wish Chris a speedy
recovery!! Max Legerwood #17 is mixing it up with the
big boys. He is only 10 years old and already starting to
ride the wheels off his 85cc Kawasaki. Max qualified 15th
and finished 16th in heat 1. He unfortunately did not compete
in the rest of the Nationals because of personal reasons and
wish the Ledgerwood family well.
Dylan Stokes going flat out
MX2 What can I say about this class, WOW. The riders are
fast and furious and made for some great racing all-round.
Dylan Stokes qualified in 12th place just behind Zane
Farqharson. The first heat did not go so well for Dylan as
he had a huge tumble that resulted in his sub frame being
bent and his Pro Circuit pipe being damaged. Mechanic Cecil
Penny soon came to his aid and fixed the bike so he can challenge
again in the next two heats. A true warrior that Dylan is,
he still continued to carry on and finished 11th in heat 2.
In heat 3 he repeated this performance and secured a 13th
place overall. Next time push for the top 10 Dylan!!
It was good to see the great racing at Melkbos and hopefully
we can do it again next year.
Thanks to all the riders, organizers, sponsors and everyone
who got involved to host a successful National.
The Tanoshi Team will be represented in TEZA so see you
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