Creston rider takes silver in Germany

2012-11-06 00:00

WADE Young (Fever Criterion Yamaha) competed and medalled in the recent International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Saxony, Germany.

The Creston College pupil was in a formidable World Junior Trophy team along with Scott Bouverie (Comsol Bell ACR KTM Fever), Bradley van Aswegen (Kargo Racing Yamaha) and captain Marc Torlage (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha Fever).

The four-man team, along with a passionate National Club team, made history as the first teams to represent South Africa at the Enduro Team World Championship, where they tested their mettle against 45 other countries and over 750 riders from across the world.

Competing on a demanding route featuring harsh technical terrain, the riders had to traverse 125 km each day and service their bikes without assistance within 15 minutes of each stage to remain in contention.

Young fired on all cylinders, claiming a silver medal and placing 27th in the E1 Class and 91st overall.

“To have represented my country as part of the first SA team is an honour and a privilege. I’m happy, but I was aiming for a gold,” Young told The Witness.

“The experience was great. This is the direction that I have always wanted to head in and hopefully this race was the first of many to come. The SA team spirit was probably the best at the ISDE.

“We did everything as a team and even after Scott and Marc were no longer racing, they were still helping Brad and myself all the time and keeping our spirit going. Our pit crew were also great.

“I would like to thank everyone who contributed and helped make this trip to the ISDE possible as well as my family, friends and the rest of South Africa for their overwhelming support.

Van Aswegen also scooped silver, finishing 41st in the E1 Class and 133rd overall.

Torlage was forced to retire on day four with engine problems, while Bouverie was disqualified for a technicality. He had started his bike in parc fermé, the impound area for the competitors’ bikes, at the end of day two and was duly disqualified.

The club team consisted of Stuart Gregory, Albert Pos and Ruan Merry. Gregory bagged bronze and 71st place in the Clubman Class.

“I’m really happy as it’s been a dream of mine for a long time to go to ISDE,” said Gregory.

“I tried to pace myself and look after my bike and body. Unfortunately we had some bad luck in our club team, with both my team-mates out, but I think everyone learnt a lot from this trip and the guys will go back and do well.

“I’d like to thank Fever Criterion Yamaha for all the support for racers in South Africa this year and my wife Kirste and my two girls for all the support and sacrifices you guys have made for me,” he added.

Pos (mechanical problems) and Merry (wrist injury) retired on day four.

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