Anyone's game in Junior champs
GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY: Tristan Joubert (pictured above) has one twice so far in the 2012 Junior National championship. The next race takes place on October 13, 2012.
The 2012 Junior National championship is an open game for competitors as no titles have been finalised yet. They will have a last chance to score valuable points at the Mvoti Barkbuster Junior National on October 13, 2012, the final round of the season taking place in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal.
There are three classes in the senior motorcycle category with the leader of the Senior 85cc Class, Bradley Cox (KTM) the safest of the three leaders.
He is 40 points ahead of both Reghard van Nieuwenhuizen (KTM) and Chayse Orsmond (Yamaha). Alastair Drennan (KTM) has been in the runner-up position for the best part of the season, but dropped to fourth place after not finishing the previous event due to illness.
The competition gets a bit complicated now that competitors have to drop their worst set of results which can change the current standings as well as the standings at the end of the season.
In the 125cc Class, Travis Teasdale (Yamaha) will have some breathing space at the upcoming event as his closest rival, Brett Swanepoel, got injured at the previous event and will not be able to compete. This means third-placed Brendon Fourie (Husaberg) might move into the second place as he is 12 points behind the injured Swanepoel. Aeron Thompson (KTM) is fourth and Jan Human fifth, but only one point separate Human and Corbin Lamb (Yamaha).
In the Open Motorcycle Class for 200cc and 250cc Louw Schmidt (Suzuki) leads Andrew Wren (Yamaha) by seven points. In at third Estiaan Steenkamp (Yamaha) is in a position to pick up the pieces if the Schmidt/Wren battle deteriorates or he can confirm his third place in the championship. Jaycee Nienaber (Yamaha) is currently in fourth while Damien Scott (Yamaha), the junior roof winner, rounds off the top five.
Jaco Moller (Suzuki) has almost secured the Senior Open Quad Class championship, but hasn’t bagged enough points to be safe ahead of second-placed Joshua Schenk (Yamaha). A victory and handful of consistent results have pushed Kevin Crouse (Yamaha), in at third, ahead of Neels Uys (Kawasaki) currently fourth.
Wiam Nutt (Suzuki) has been scoring consistently and is fifth; Dillon Joubert (Suzuki) has had a rollercoaster of a season and is sixth; Wernich van der Walt (Yamaha) is seventh, competing for the first season on national level, and is followed by Berne Bester (Suzuki) who is eighth. Jade Schutte (Yamaha) and Tyrone Renwick (Yamaha) have been battling it out at the front of the Junior Open Quad Class and the Richard’s Bay girl, Schutte, leads by a single point.
Renwick could however not finish the Montagu event and will therefore have fewer points to throw away at the end of the season and this can result in an interesting outcome in this class. Tristan Joubert (Yamaha), who has won twice this season and is currently third followed by a consistent Eathan van Rensburg (Yamaha) with Janco Joubert (Honda) fifth after competing only from mid-season.
In the Junior 85cc Class title in the Junior Motorcycle Category of the championship Calvin Hume (Yamaha) currently has a 14-point lead ahead of Tristan Asher-Wood (KTM), but the latter couldn’t finish one race and will have less points to get rid of at the end where as Hume has five podium finishes. Michael Glockle (KTM) has passed an injured Keegan Coetzee and is third while fifth-placed David Odendaal (KTM) will be chased by more talented riders who can finish in the top five.
The see-saw battle in the 65cc Class can go either way. Only three points separate class leader, Stefan van Deventer (KTM) from Matthew Green (KTM). Eric Merry (KTM) missed two events, but is third and would like to finish the season on the podium.
The action will take place from The Beehive outside Greytown from early Saturday morning, October 13, 2012. Competitors in the junior classes (bikes and quads) will race for about two hours from 8.30am while those in the senior classes will tackle their three-hour race from 12.45pm.