MX nationals head to PE

2015-05-13 06:00
Local rider Andrew Wren.  PHOTO: BRODALKA PHOTOGRAPHY

Local rider Andrew Wren. PHOTO: BRODALKA PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE best motocross riders in South Africa will compete in the third round of the Monster Energy South African National MX Championship, sanctioned by Motorsport South Africa, at Rover MX, Port Elizabeth, on May 30.

Riders from countries like Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Botswana, to name a few, will also be competing.

Round two in Cape Town saw some spectacular racing under the watchful eye of almost 2 000 spectators. Heading into round three, the chase for points will start to heat up.

The iconic sand track at the Rover MX Club is always a highlight on the race calendar for the competitors and is always guaranteed to offer some huge upsets and close racing.

In Cape Town, it was reigning champion and TLB Monster Energy Yamaha rider Sacha Naude in the premier MX1 class who found his form and took the overall honours for the day, but with Red Bull KTM rider Kerim Fitz-Gerald, ABE Midas Husqvarna’s Shannon Terreblanche, Wetherd Racing’s Michael Docherty and AceSports Red Bull Husqvarna’s Anthony Raynard all chasing down that top spot, anything is possible in Port Elizabeth.

In the premier MX2 class, all eyes will be on TLB Monster Energy Yamaha rider Matthew Malan, who has four wins in four races. The big question will be whether Matthew can continue his form in sand.

Matthew’s team mate, Tristan Purdon, is a favourite for the podium in Port Elizabeth, having grown up in the Eastern Cape and being accustomed to the track conditions that Rover has to offer.

All the top riders are expected to be in the mix, but there could be some exciting upsets and surprises in store in Port Elizabeth.

A young local rider in the Pro-Mini class is Seth van den Abeele, who races for the TLB Monster Energy Yamaha factory team and won his class in Cape Town. Other regular nationals riders from Port Elizabeth are Andrew Wren, Grant Hutton and Keegan Hickson-Mahony.

The day starts about 8am, with racing kicking off about 10am and there will be a lunchtime autograph session with some of the top senior riders.

There is catering on site. Entrance is R50 per adult and free for children 12 years old and younger.

For further details, e-mail info@mxsa.co.za or go to www.samxnationals.co.za

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