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2018 SA Motocross Nationals BORC Race Report

With four holeshots and four victories, Caleb Tennant was dominant at the third round of the 2018 TRP Distributors SA Motocross National Championship at BORC in Bloemfontein over the weekend.

Motocross action at its best at Round 3 of the MX Nationals in Bloemfontein

There were big fights behind him though, most notably in MX1, the one between his team mate Maddy Malan, Kerim Fitz-Gerald and Jayden Ashwell in heat one. Heat 2 saw 2017 MX1 Champion Tristan Purdon come through for a 2nd place ahead of Malan.

Caleb Tennant racing his way to victory in both the MX1 and MX2 classes at the Motocross Nationals

The MX2 Class saw some of the best action of the day with a close battle between Kerim Fitz-Gerald and David Goosen for 2nd and 3rd place. Ride of the day arguably came from Nic Adams who came out of the first turn twice in second place behind Tennant, but unfortunately just couldn’t hang on to the usual suspects.
Race two also saw a possible new threat coming to the front in the form of Slade Smith who ran third for most of the race but just couldn’t fight off the epic battle behind him between Joshua Mlimi, Fitz-Gerald, Purdon, Anthony Raynard and Bradley Cox.

Racing action from Round 3 of the 2018 TRP Distributors SA Motocross National Championship

The MX3 Class saw Dewald van der Berg take 1-1 to close the gap between himself and Ian Topliss.

In the Ladies Class, Leah Heygate took the win ahead of her championship rival Kayla Raaff. Amy Sawyer took 3rd in Heat 1 but crashed in Heat 2 allowing Jenna Bohling a chance to get onto the Ladies podium.

In the High School Class it was all about Dalton Venter in race 1 to beat out Reagan Wasmuth and Justin Sangster. Heat 2 was a rerun of the first heat and Venter held out for great 1-1 overall.

Race Report from Round 3 of the 2018 TRP Distributors SA Motocross National Championship

Joshua De Hutton lead Pro Mini by a long way in race 1 but a small mistake cost him the win which went to Dylan Kirk. Race 2 was about the come back of championship leader Jonathan Mlimi followed by Kirk and Blake Young. Kirk took the overall after a solid 1-2.

In 85cc Juniors, the battle in Heat 1 was between Emmanuel Bako, points leader Troy Muraour and Wesley McGavin. In heat 2, Luke Grundy, who had a crash in Heat 1, put the squeeze on Bako and managed a second. Bako had a flawless overall for the day.

Race Report from Round 3 of the South African MX Nationals

The 65cc Class was a close affair seeing local rider Wian du Plooy do everything he could to win the first heat and get back and close the gap to Lucca Mynhardt and Emmanuel Bako. But in race two Mynhardt came back to win by 0.010 seconds. Du Plooy’s 1-2 earned him the overall for the day.

50cc was shared with wins from Andrea Mynhardt and Nicol Smit respectively but Mynhardt’s 1-3 would give him the overall.

2018 SA Motocross Nationals BORC Results

1st Caleb Tennant
2nd Maddy Malan
3rd David Goosen

Round 3 of the MX Nationals MX1 podium

1st Caleb Tennant
2nd David Goosen
3rd Kerim Fitz-Gerald

1st Dewald van der Berg
2nd Ian Topliss
3rd Brett Bircher

1st Leah Heygate
2nd Kayla Raaff
3rd Jenna Bohling

125 High School 
1st Dalton Venter
2nd Regan Wasmuth
3rd Justin Sangster

Pro Mini
1st Dylan Kitk
2nd Jonathan Mlimi
3rd Josh De Hutton

85cc Juniors 
1st Emmanuel Bako
2nd Troy Muraout
3rd Wesley McGavin

1st Wian du Plooy
2nd Lucca Mynhardt
3rd Emmanuel Bako

1st Andrea Mynhardt
2nd Jack Pullen
3rd Nicol Smit

Photos by Sam Clark.

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