Young riders brave Junior Roof
GREAT (DAMIEN) SCOTT! Yamaha rider Damien Scott finished top in the Senior motorcycle class in Lesotho's Junior Roof.
Author: ELZA THIART
The third round of the South African Junior National Championship – the Junior Roof – was held in Lesotho on May 4 and 5, 2012, and the gruelling race produced a number of new class winners.
The event saw young off-road motorcycle and quad competitors take to the mountains and lowlands of Lesotho for a race where dusty conditions, as well as the competitors’ fitness levels, played a huge role in the outcome.
There were new winners in both the Senior Open Motorcycle Class and the 125cc Motorcycle Class where Damien Scott (Yamaha) and Brett Swanepoel (KTM) were the respective class winners.
FIRST TIME JITTERS
They were first victories this season for both KwaZulu-Natal competitors and the thick, hanging dust as well as a route that demanded all their concentration. There were also a number of competitors completing in this event for the first time.
Scott, who found himself stuck just before the finish, beat Louw Schmidt whose Suzuki experienced overheating problems while Richard Wieland (Yamaha), who competed for the first time in the national championship, completed the podium.
A furious battle raged in the 125cc (motorcycle) Class where Swanepoel beat double 2012 class winner, Travis Teasdale (Yamaha) after they raced together for the best part of the three and a half hour race. Duncan de Beer (Yamaha) also competed for the first time this season in the national championship and finished third after a trouble-free race.
Bradley Cox (KTM) – son of the legendary Alfie Cox – scored a hat-trick in his debut off-road racing season when he won the Senior 85cc Class for the third consecutive race, as well as his first Lesotho race, even after a crash that left him in pain for the best part of the race.
Cox beat the consistent Alastair Drennan (KTM) who claimed his third podium position this season while Reghardt van Nieuwenhuizen (KTM) posted his best result of the year when he stepped onto the third step of the podium.
TWO WHEELS VERSUS FOUR
In the Senior Open Quad Class, Jaco Moller started the race in eighth place and claimed his second victory of the season despite a flat tyre and a hole in the radiator of his Extreme ATV. Adriaan Uys (Kawasaki) claimed another runner-up position after a consistent race with Joshua Schenk (Yamaha) stepping onto the podium for the first time.
Brodie Jacobs (Yamaha) claimed his third victory in the Junior Modified Quad Class with first-timer, Wilmari Moller (Extreme ATV) second in only her first race this year.
There was also another Junior Open Quad Class victory for Tyrone Renwick (Yamaha) who finished ahead of Tristan Joubert (Yamaha) with Jade Schutte (Yamaha) rounding off the podium. These riders, aged between 10 and 15, had to adapt to the different type of route marking in Lesotho and some competitors got lost early in the race.
In the junior motorcycle category, Tristin Asher-Wood (KTM) won his first Lesotho race and claimed his second victory of the season in the Junior 85cc Class. He was followed closely by Keagan Coetzee (KTM) with Calvin Hume (Yamaha) who finished third after he crashed and damaged his bike.
Cayle Dormehl (KTM), a newcomer in the 65cc Class for young motorcycle riders between seven and 11 years, took the class victory after a brave effort. Cameron Durow (KTM) was second with the winner of the previous race, Stefan van Deventer (KTM), third after a crash.