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2012-08-13 20:12

LITTLE RACERS, BIG HEARTS: Racers ages seven to 17 competed in the Round 5 of the National Junior Off-Road championship in Wolmaransstad at the weekend.

Junior off-road motorcycle and quad competitors endured windy and dusty conditions outside Wolmaransstad in North-West over the weekend to contest Round 5 of the Junior National championship.

The Diamond Route Junior National saw riders aged seven to 17 show their grit on the North-West course on Saturday, August 11, 2012.


Louw Schmidt (Suzuki) took his first victory of the season in the Open Motorcycle class; Jaycee Nienaber (Yamaha) raced to a determined second 13 seconds later, despite a crash in which his shoulder was dislocated. Andrew Wren (Yamaha), who also lost time attending to an injured Damien Scott (Yamaha), finished third.

Scott, however, was unable to complete the race although his team mate, Kyle Flannagan, recovered from injury to finish fourth.

Competition in the 125cc Motorcycle class was as tough. Brett Swanepoel (KTM) finished ahead of Travis Teasdale (Yamaha) for his second consecutive win. Brendon Fourie (Husaberg) claimed his first podium position for the season. Dylan Parker (Yamaha), who also spent time with the injured Scott, finished fourth.

In the Senior 85cc Class Bradley Cox (KTM) got lost early in the race but was quickly back on track to claim his fourth consecutive class win. Alastair Drennan (KTM) and Matt van Galen (Yamaha) took the two remaining podium positions.

The winners of the three classes in the quad category all won earlier in the season. Jaco Moller (Suzuki) also secured his fourth win for the season while Joshua Schenk (Yamaha) finished second – and claimed his third podium position for the season – while Kevin Crouse (Yamaha) was third.

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