Tanoshi Racing Team Post National
Report - Teza
19 June 2014
Published with Permission
Submitted by Tanoshi Racing Team
The Gates dropped and we are off - Braaap!!
This was the first time Tanoshi Racing Team Rider Liam Lambert
raced at the Teza track in Richards Bay and WOW what
can I say! This must be one of the most beautiful and challenging
tracks in SA! Pictures or videos cannot prepare you for this
amazing scenery. As you ride on the dirt road through the
trees, suddenly out of nowhere jumps this Valley of Motocross
set in the most beautiful surroundings!
Liam was the only Tanoshi Racing Team Rider competing in the
50cc jnr event as all our other riders had injuries or other
educational commitments (Western Cape School exams). When
we walked the jnr track for the first time it was evident
that this track was going to be intimidating to say the least!
Practice did not go so well as the 50cc KTM was not set up
properly and had some mechanical difficulties for this demanding
track. The bike overheated & pushed out all the coolant
and we had to pull Liam off to save the engine.
Again Liam found it difficult to adjust to the track and tried
our best to put in a good qualifying lap and so ended up qualifying
4th with a 1min 17. Liam knew he had to dig deep to try and
get a good result out of this National!
Liam had a good start in heat 1, but by the second corner
Liam was lying in 4th place. He soldiered on with fluids still
dripping out of the radiator overflow pipe. We actually found
that it was the pressure valve in the radiator cap that malfunctioned
and it did not close to stop the fluids from flowing out of
the overflow. Any way the track was so tight that some of
the boys bikes did overheat naturally because they did not
ride it fast enough for the air to cool the fluids in the
radiator properly. Liam managed to finish 4th though with
a best lap time of 1min 09. A big improvement on the qualifying
practices times earlier and with that hope for a better
Liam keeping up with Keegan Hannekom
Liam got a great start and was second going into the first
corner. This position he could not hold onto for long as two
riders past him fairly quickly. He was now in fourth place
and latched onto the wheel of Border Rider Keegan Hannkom.
He kept Keegan insight for most of the race but made a small
error towards the end and this also denied him the chance
for a podium finish for this heat as well as the overall for
the weekend. His fastest lap time was now 1 min02 and showed
me that he really tried hard to fight for the position.
A bit of air time
This was the last Moto of the weekend and we had high hopes
for a podium place in this race. The gates dropped and Liam
ended up in fourth place going into the first corner. This
position he held for the rest of the race. His fastest lap
time for this heat was a 1 min03.
So all in all Liam finished 4th for this National is still
in 2nd place on the overall standings. What we have learned
from this weekends racing is immense and will take it
with us to the next national.
I need to thank the van Eedens on a superb track and for hosting
a great event. We had fun and I can honestly say that one
item has been removed from my bucket list. To all our competitors
and fellow racers thank you for making the time and effort
to race at such a glorious venue and were it not for you we
would not have had such a brilliant event.
Hopefully by the next National in East London the Tanoshi
crew will be back in full force, so see you all there!!
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