Durban-born Tyla Rattray clinches Motocross World Champs

2008-09-19 00:00

Durban-born Factory Red Bull KTM motocrosser Tyla Rattray became only the third South African to have clinched a motocross world championship when he won the FIM MX2 series in the final round of the championship in Faenza, Italy, last weekend. The win is Rattray’s maiden title in the MX2 class, after finishing as runner-up in 2004 and being thwarted by injuries in previous championships.

“I have had a lot of bad luck in the past few years, but I am thrilled that this year was my year. It feels great to be a world champion — but I think this feeling is just as awesome in any sport,” he said.

Rattray claimed 13 podiums from 15 GPs, including four overall wins, to realise his lifetime ambition.

“I have wanted this since I first got on a bike at five years old, and I owe a big debt to my trainer, Russell White, the guys at KTM, my fans, my sponsors, my friends and, of course, my parents, who have supported me every step of the way.”

Rattray said he won’t be able to defend his MX2 title next year as he will be making the move into the premium MX1 class. “It’s going to be a huge challenge for me, but I am really looking forward to it. I have 100% belief in my programme and I am confident I will be able to put up a fight for the championship in the new class next year,” he said.

He added that his win bodes well for the growth of South African motocross and he is hopeful it will inspire local riders to pursue their dreams of riding on a GP circuit. “We also have a round of the MX World Championship in Nelspruit for the next few years, so I think that will also help the sport to grow every year.”

Rattray will visit family and friends in SA during his off-season.

He will be participating in his last MX event of the year when he’ll be riding for team South Africa in the Red Bull Motocross of Nations at Donington Park in Britain on September 23.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.