Race Report: The WOMZA Monster
Energy MX National at Teza
22 June 2014
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Written by Laren van der Westhuizen.
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WOMZA National at Teza
Once a year, mx riders in South Africa pack their bags and
drive to motocross heaven, TEZA. Just north of Richards Bay,
this amazing track is set in the rolling hills of Kwambonambi
and is continuously voted the best track in SA by riders and
spectators alike. The track was well prepped and formed deep
ruts, even on the 50cc track, who started the weekends racing.
The 50cc class were faced with the stiff challenge
of racing first in the morning. Fortunately the KZN weather
is perfect for riding in winter and Chase Hanekom proved he
is wide awake at that time of the morning with great starts
in all 3 heats. He couldnt hold off the flying Zimbabwean,
Daiyaan Manuel in the first 2 heats though and even with a
win in heat 3, could only manage 2nd overall. Daiyaan Manuel
almost threw away his overall with a poor start in heat 3,
but woke up on the 5min mark and began a chase through the
field to 2nd. John Henri Vaughan started the weekend with
a 5th, but 2 x 3rds on day 2 gave him 3rd for the weekend.
The 50cc junior class was a 2 horse race between the
young lady superstar, Emma Jennings and Liam Botha. Liam was
really fast at times and had great lap times, but couldnt
do it consistently and Emma Jennings just didnt put
a foot wrong for 3 wins out of 3.
The MX2 class were the first on the BIG track and
with 27 riders lined up for action, it was always going to
be a tight affair. Qualifying already proved how close it
was and that a start would be crucial. Sacha Naude has been
renowned as a big bike rider, but Yamaha has entrusted their
old regime to try and secure the lights title. Sacha certainly
didnt dominate this class, but a consistant 2nd 1st
2nd was enough for the win. Kerim Fitzgerald has been the
man to beat in this class over the last few years, but 2014
has been tough for him. However, Kerim was still able to lock
down 2 x 3rds and a 1st which ended the weekend off quite
nicely for him for 2nd overall. Michael Kok started the weekend
off with a bang. He won the first heat on Saturday and has
become the new threat in the lites class. He couldnt
repeat on Sunday, but was still good for 3rd overall. Anthony
Raynard still holds the points lead after he dug deep for
#16 Justin Thompson
The 85cc juniors has been a small class in 2014, but
filled with rising talent. Slade Smith is the senior rider
in the class, but would have a stiff challenge from 2 locals
on their home tracks, in Cayle Dormehl and Cameron Durow.
The first heat was a disaster for Slade, as he rode the whole
heat with the choke on. It was only realised with 2 laps to
go, when he stopped in mechanics area to change a plug. He
did manage 7th place, which on the back of winning heats 2
and 3 was enough for the overall. Cameron Durow won heat 1
by a country mile. He was trying to do the same in heat 2
when he suffered the biggest crash of the weekend. Somehow
he managed to stand up and come back for a 2nd in heat 3.
This would only give him 7th overall though. Kargo racing,
Mathew Green was 2nd overall with 3 x thirds. Cayle Dormehl
got most of the holeshots and backed them up with 2 x solid
2nds. He couldnt repeat in heat 3, but he would still
end up on the podium.
The MX3s raced next and was dominated by Roger
Bergstrom. He was greeted with the news that some of his old
rivals will be back in 2015 to give him a hard time. Terence
Monk was 2nd overall but won the Masters. Geoff Den was able
to win the Grand Masters.
The 65cc 'pocket rockets' had a tough job trying to
get around a very rutty track. Camden McLellan has recently
been selected to ride for SA in the junior world champs. His
confidence is on a high and it showed with 2 wins out of 3.
The only other rider to beat him on the weekend was Jono Mlimi
who won heat 2 and finished 2nd overall, just 1 point in front
of a resurgent Christiaan Cilliers.
#88 Michael Kok
The MX1 class enjoyed the torn up rutty MX track.
The 2 Full Throttle Yamaha riders, Michael Kok and Sacha Naude
swopped positions in all 3 heats. Michael Kok won the first
and last heat and that was enough for the win. On the back
of a poor Cape Town national, Mike will be feeling really
good with this comeback. Sacha still leads the title chase
and is looking really fit and solid. Proving that consistency
is important, Royce Griffin rode to a 5th and 2 x 4ths. This
was enough with other riders having issues, for 3rd overall.
With 2 podiums in the bag in the last 2 nationals for Royce,
he will be feeling like the hard work is paying off. David
Goosen rode great for a 4th overall, ahead of Kerim Fitzgerald
who had technical issues in heat 3.
The pro-mini class saw the return of Justin Thompson
from the USA. He is on a high after qualifying for Loretta
Lynns. He won heat 1 and 3 as well as the overall. Slade
Smith finished 2nd and was able to win heat 2, which was his
maiden win in the pro-mini class at this series. Janes Van
Sandwyk didnt have his best day, but still managed 3rd
overall as the 2 PE boys, Seth Van Den Abeele and Keagan Hickson
Mahoney had their troubles.
The high school class rode the track at its
worst and in the setting sun. This didnt phase the kamikaze
pilots as they gave the crowd the best show. Jason Visser
won the junior 125 class ahead of the hometown favourite,
the TEZA kid, Charl Van Eerden. Joshua Mlimi has also been
selected to represent SA at the junior worlds and he finished
3rd. The senior 125 class was won by Reid Sinnicks who has
completed his incredible comeback from nearly 2 years off
The national was on another level and bodes well for the
sport in SA. The road show heads to the Eastern Cape for round
4 in East London.
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