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Motox Nationals head for Cape

2012-04-25 07:34

Top motocross riders from all over South Africa will be in Cape Town this holiday weekend for Round 3 of the National championships.

Melkbos 4x4 motocross track (on the R21 just north of Melkbosstrand on the Cape West Coast) promises enthusiasts some of the most extreme racing yet seen on a Cape track.

In this adrenalin-pumping sport, riders are catapulted forward as far as 30m and as high as six metres into the air as they power their machines over high jumps. With the Melkbos track designed to make racing even more challenging and exciting this year, some spectacular riding can be expected.

HOPES ON REYNARD

The MX2 (250cc) class will see 30 of SA's top riders on the line and any of the top 10 leading the championship could win. Cape Town has pinned its hopes on Anthony Raynard, who won this class in 2011, and Caleb Tenant, who beat Raynard at the Regional championship earlier in April. An intense battle can also be expected in the MX1 (450cc) class between current South African champion Richie van der Westhuizen and Johannesburg's Michael Kok.

In the 125cc High School class, there is only a one point between leading champion Jesse Wright from Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth’s Justin Mittens – with Mittens used to sandy condition, this will be a tight race. Both will have to watch out for Cape Town rider Dylan Stokes, back after a few months off with an injured ankle but who could earn a podium position step.

Cape Town Motocross trainer Dean Hoffman predicts, however, that the biggest surprise of the day will be in the 65cc class in which local boy Justin Sangster will  competing. "Justin has been working hard on his fitness and technical aspects," Hoffman warned. "He’s going to upset the Johannesburg boys and will be on the box at the National."

Sangster is also leading the SA 50cc championship.

HOME TRACK LUCK?

A number of Cape Town riders will be competing in the event and, with seven of them already in the top eight positions in the championship, they are sure to do their city proud with their home track advantage.

Racing will start at 10am.

The top eight standings after Round 2 of the National championship:

50 cc MX Senior

Pos. Rider Bike Nr Points

1 JUSTIN SANGSTER (WC) 4 92
2 CAMDEN MCLELLAN 48 78
3 VINCENT VAN ROOY 16 76
4 JONATHAN MLIMI 259 71
5 CHRIS ERASMUS (WC) 95 67
6 HAYDEN TULLY 20 62
7 GUSTAV ROSSOUW 25 55
8 ETHAN COLEMAN (WC) 10 51

65cc
1 SLADE SMITH 737 100
2 WIKUS VAN SANDWYK 9 82
3 DALTON VENTER 151 75
4 SEAN VENESS 56 71
5 GRANT HUTTON 46 66
6 JUSTIN SANGSTER (WC) 51 64
7 RYAN PELSER 60 59
8 CAMERON KRUGER 11 58

85cc Small Wheel
1 JUSTIN THOMPSON 16 97
2 MARCUS PHELPS 135 80
3 BEVIN POTGIETER 6 75
4 MARCO DE VRYE 42 73
5 SLADE SMITH 737 70
6 KEEGAN HICKSON-MAHONY 14 65
7 MATTHEW KRUGER 11 64
8 JANES VAN SANDWYK 5 63

Pro Mini (150cc & 85cc big wheel)
1 TRISTAN PURDON 1 84
2 DIRCO VAN DER WESTHUIZEN 4 81
3 JASON VISSER 14 69
4 MARCO RAS 39 68
5 NICHOLAS PHELPS 136 67
6 DYLAN MOSTERT 121 66
7 JOSHUA MLIMI 8 60
8 ERHARDT BEUKES 601 59

125cc High School
1 JESSE WRIGHT 615 88
2 JUSTIN MITTENS 151 87
3 REID SINNICKS 25 75
4 BRADLEY THOMPSON 27 63
5 BRADLEY FENTON 29 63
6 JUSTIN BUIST 54 61
7 TRISTAN CUTHBERT 341 59
8 KEVIN SANGSTER (WC) 47 49

MX2 (250cc)
1 KERIM FITZ-GERALD 1 100
2 RICHARD VAN DER WESTHUIZEN 2 88
3 WYATT AVIS 69 78
4 ANTHONY RAYNARD (WC) 23 71
5 MERIK SPARG 77 70
6 BRENDON FLEMING 116 62
7 DARREL FITZ-GERALD 122 60
8 CALEB TENNANT (WC) 444 54

MX1 (450cc)
1 RICHARD VAN DER WESTHUIZEN 1 95
2 MICHAEL KOK 88 81
3 KERIM FITZ-GERALD 108 81
4 ROSS BRANCH 11 78
5 ANTHONY RAYNARD (WC) 23 66
6 DARREL FITZ-GERALD 122 60
7 SACHA NAUDE 54 57
8 WYATT AVIS 69 53

MX3 Veterans
1 IAN TOPLISS 15 97
2 ROGER BERGSTROM 25 86
3 BRUCE MAY 22 81
4 CRAIG KRUGER 14 78
5 GLEN BRYDGES 8 66
6 TERENCE MONK (WC) 284 62
7 MARC ANSELY 16 36
8 PEET PIENAAR 529 36

MX3 Masters
1 WAYNE SMITH 747 100
2 GEOFF DEN 11 86
3 ROD BERGSTROM 5 75
4 FRANCOIS DU PLOOY 89 69
5 GARY KILLIAN 32 62
6 TREVOR HILLS 44 39
7 ANTON BLIGNAUT 512 34
8 GARAN RECK 28 33