Riding full throttle

2014-10-25 00:00

MATATIELE today hosts the sixth and final round in the 2014 Liquorland National Enduro Championship series.

Only one title has been confirmed in the series, with local Kokstad pupil Dylan Barker (Pa Ma Racing Yamaha) having claimed the Silver Class Challenge title after five straight victories.

All the other titles are wide open and Matatiele will be a dusty battleground today as the riders ride with the throttle wide open in a final push for title points.

The 200 cc battleground

Paddock rider Wade Young (Brother KTM) leads overall and will aim to keep his number one plate. After winning four of the five events this season, he also leads the E1 (200 cc) Class Championship where 17 points separate him from his young team-mate, Travis Teasdale, who claimed his first podium result in the Liquorland National Enduro Championship at the Matatiele event last year.

Teasdale is a mere six points ahead of Brett Swanepoel (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) in E1 and he might feel the pressure from the young Ballito rider.

Last year’s Matatiele winner, Blake Gutzeit (19), currently lies fourth in E2, but will aim for another overall podium result.

Harding rider Scott Bouverie (Brother KTM) could not compete in the previous event due to injuries.

Two more KZN riders are rounding off the E1 top five — Brandon Warwick-Oliver (Honda), who has been scoring consistently, and Matatiele’s Henco Botha (KTM), who would like to keep or better his fifth place in E1 after his first season in the Liquorland National Enduro series.

A race victory has escaped the defending Open Class Champion Altus de Wet (Cargo-Tac Husqvarna Factory Racing) this season, but he leads the E2 Class after winning it four times and is second overall. Another E2 victory will confirm his title as he leads second-placed Louwrens Mahoney (Brother KTM) from Lydenburg in Mpumalanga by 21 points.

High School Champs

The new High School Class Championship title will also go down to the wire and the season-long battle between the two pupils, Pretoria’s Eduan Bester (NUTS Racing/Century Civils KTM) and Port Shepstone youngster Chayse Orsmond (TLB Plant Hire/Alfie Cox Racing KTM) will reach breaking point at Matatiele.

Bester has won three times and leads Orsmond, who scored two victories, by a mere three points. While newcomers can cause an upset in the results, the battle between these young riders will be an interesting one.

Madala Riders

In the Master Class Championship, Alfie Cox (KTM) is not only in a position to make it six out of six wins, but he can dethrone defending champion Denzil Torlage (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) to win the Master Class title after his debut season competing in this class.

Torlage will fight until the end and both these KZN riders will feel the pressure. Behind them there is a battle for the final podium position, with Garth Prost (Cargo-Tac Husqvarna Factory Racing) currently third, one point ahead of Shaun Kirk (Beta Liqui Moley Racing SA).

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