Round 2 of the Monster Energy South African Motocross Nationals went down in Cape Town (11 April) seeing the perfect weather, perfect track, perfect crowd, perfect racing and a perfect after party take place! Basically, it was the best national SA has seen in some time with Zone 7 producing exciting and competitive racing.
The 50cc Class racing was top class with the winner being Emmanuel Bako from Zimbabwe followed by Lucca Mynhardt (a new name to the podium) in 2nd, Barend Du Toit in 3rd and Seth Young from Swaziland in 4th.
Camden McLellan dominated the 65cc Class beating the home favourite, Ike Klassen who had to settle for 2nd after battling with Jono Mlimi who finished 1 – 3 for 3rd place overall. Hayden Tulle finished in 4th.
The 85cc Juniors were mixed with the Pro-Mini class which can only help with their progression. After suffering a serious injury at this track Dalton Venter made the comeback to win both heats and take the overall. Christiaan Cilliers and Justin Sanger battled for the second step of the podium, in the end it was Cilliers who took 2nd and Sanger 3rd. Camden McLellan stepped off his 65cc to race the 85cc and took home 4th.
The Pro-Mini Class is becoming hugely competitive with 4 riders that can win at anytime. This time it was Seth van den Abeele who took top honours. Cameron Durrow finished in 2nd followed by Cayle Dormehl in 3rd.
Joshua Mlimi was in true form on race day and took a convincing win in both heats of the 125cc Class. Charl van Eeden didn’t have a great first heat but his second in heat 2 was good enough to claim 2nd overall for the day. Dirco van der Westhuizen had to settle for 3rd place.
In the Ladies Class it was Nanda Swiegers who took the win from Bodene Scott in 2nd and Toni Jardine in 3rd. Nanda will now be heading to Europe for 2 rounds of the Ladies World Championships, all the best Nanda.
Dylan Donald made a comeback after a long layoff due to injury and took the Support Class overall. Gerhard Grove finished in 2nd with Brian Carstens in 3rd. The MX3 Class was mixed with the Support Class which is normally dominated by Ian Topliss. This time Topliss had his hand full with a hard charging Dewald van der Bergh who took the overall win. Topliss settled for 2nd ahead of Stuart Laing in 3rd
Maddy Malan took his confidence and speed from Round 1 into Round 2 to take the win again in the MX2 Class with now 4 wins from 4 starts. Kermin Fitz-Gerald, Tristan Purdon and hometown favourite Anthony Raynard had a good battle for second place. Raynard was on fire but a crash in the Heat 1 and a bad start in heat 2 saw him finish 4th overall. Purdon took 2nd ahead of Fitz-Gerald in 3rd.
Sacha Naude dug deep in the MX1 Class fending off Anthony Raynard in Heat 1 to take the win and finished second in Heat 2 behind Kerim Fitz-Gerald to take the overall for the day. Fitz-Gerald’s 3 – 1 heat finishes put him into 2nd for the day with Raynard’s 2 – 3 heat finishes putting him into 3rd. Caleb Tennant, who made his return after injury, was fastest in practice but had bike issues in the heat races and finished 6th overall.
Round 2 is in the books and saw some of the best racing action yet. The Monster Energy South African Motocross Nationals now moves onto Port Elizabeth for Round 3 at Rover Motocross Track on the 30th May.
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Photos by Eric Palmer and Grant Mclachlan