Motocross in SA has really increased in profile of late, thanks
to the social media efforts of Monster energy and the invited
VIP media that have been attending the events, like top SA band
Van Coke Kartel who spent the day tweeting to their 22000 fans.
On the back of all the pre-event marketing, spectators turned
out in their droves to watch SA's best MX riders.
The 50cc pro class saw a dominant performance from Daiyaan Manuel
from Zimbabwe, who cleaned up all 3 heats. He was 1 of 8 Zimbabweans
to make the 25 hour drive to Cape Town. There was quite a mixed
bag for the next few places, but Chase Hanekom worked hard for
2nd and another Capetonian was 3rd in John-Henri Vaughan.
The 50cc Junior class was the Liam show, with Liam Botha 1st
and Liam Lambert 3rd. Just Neil Van Der Vyver was in the middle
of the Liam sandwich. The little guys managed the sand well
and we saw some great talent which will filter into the 50cc
pro class next year.
The 65cc class produced the junior rider of the day and that
was Camden McLellan. He did have a few falls like every other
65cc rider in the deep sand, but was clearly the fastest and
dominated the class. Jonothan Mlimi was 2nd in the class but
Christiaan Cilliers made a welcome return from injury with a
3rd overall on the day. The 2 Capetonians were next, with the
holeshot man, Etan Coleman and Ike Klaassen.
The new Husqvarna signing, Slade Smith, won all 3 85cc junior
heats, but was hard pressed by most improved rider of late,
Cayle Dormehl. The Kargo racing endure rider, Mathew Green showed
his metal in the sand by finishing 3rd ahead of the pre-race
favourite, Cameron Durow. This class had great racing and bodes
well for the future of MX in SA.
The pro-mini class is worryingly small, but fortunately stacked
with talent. Every rider had some good heats and some bad heats,
but it was the 2 sand specialists, Set Van Den Abeele and Keegan
Hickson Mahoney that finished 1st and 2nd respectively. Janes
Van Sandwyk was 3rd ahead of Justin Thompson who leaves our
shores for 5 weeks to compete in the USA.
The 125 high school class, or Kamikaze class as they are know,
produced some awesome battles between Jason Visser, Bevin Potgieter
and Dirco Van Der Westhuizen. Jason is starting to stamp his
authority on the class on his Husqvarna 125 and now has the
points lead. Bevin Potgieter was 2nd overall and opens a slight
gap on Dirco Van Der Westhuizen who was 3rd.
The MX2 class was packed with close on 30 riders. Anthony Raynard
went in as clear favourite on his home track, but it was Fast
Kawasaki, Rock star entry, Wyatt Avis, who drew on 10 years
Dutch experience to win 2 of the 3 heats and take the overall.
The racing was insane and some of the best racing we have seen
on a mightily tough track. The level of SA motocross when you
watch this class is right up there. Raynard was really fast,
but could only manage 2nd, but was really beaten by a formidable
performance from Wyatt. Kerim Fitzgerald had his best day at
Melkbos, with a 3rd overall ahead of his KTM teammate, Ross
Branch, who had great starts, but rode the final heat with a
The MX3 class was a tight battle in the front between Roger
Bergstrom and Jan Ryan. Both riders were immaculately turned
out and provided us with some tight racing. Jan had some bad
luck leading one heat and dropping out with a puncture and leading
another and crashing with 1 lap to go. This left Roger with
the overall win. The masters was another battle between Cape
rivals, Terence Monk and Alec Combrink. Alec proved to be the
better prepared and just did enough to beat Terence. Geoff Den
won the grand masters class.
Sacha Naude ran away with the MX1 class, but 5 points separated
2nd to 5th. The racing was close and tough between Kerim Fitzgerald,
Lloyd Vercueil, Michael Kok and Royce Griffin who finished in
that order. Ross Branch showed good form, but an injury to his
thumb put him out of the final heat.