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2013-03-20 11:49

A NEW ADVENTURE: Local Montagu rider, Altus de Wet will be competing in front of his home crowd in March as he competes in the Ashton National Enduro, the second round of the SA 2013 National Enduro Motorcycle championship.

A new event will test enduro motorcycle competitors on March 23 2013, in the Western Cape when the Ashton National Enduro takes place in the Ashton/Montagu area in Langeberg.

This event is the second round of the 2013 National Enduro Motorcycle Championship.

One of the riders who will be on a mission to bag maximum points, is local Montagu rider, Altus de Wet (Husqvarna). The former enduro champ could not finish the first event due to a small technical glitch.


The 2012 runner-up, Marc Torlage (Yamaha) will be on the same mission. He had to settle for fifth place at the season opener due to time lost repairing damages to his bike while his team mate, Kenny Gilbert had a clean run.

Former enduro champion, Louwrens Mahoney (KTM) also experienced a technical issue that cost him valuable time (currently sixth), but he will be well aware that his race times are on par with the leaders. His new team mate, Scott Bouverie, started the season off with a third place on the overall standings and second in E2 (200cc), but he will have to work hard to keep the rest of the chasing pack at bay.

The pressure will be on the overall and E2 leader, 16-year-old Wade Young (Husaberg) who continued with his winning spree after winning the final two rounds of the 2012 season, as well as the first round of the 2013 season. All eyes will also be on a new name currently at the top of E1 (Open Class) – Nicholas Pienaar (KTM). Pienaar finished second behind Young while he also finished second at the opening round of the national off-road championship.

There are some talented youngsters in the overall top ten – Blake Gutzeit made a welcome comeback after breaking his leg in 2012 and is seventh; the runner-up of the 2012 Junior 125cc championship, Brett Swanepoel (KTM) showed his steel from the start with an eighth place after the first event and Yamaha’s team mates, Tim Young and Michael Pentecost round off the top ten 10.

While the E1 and E2 competitors are fighting for the overall laurels and the top spots in these two extremely competitive championships (E1 has received 30 entries which is more than double the amount of entrants in E2), the competition in both the Senior and Master Class championships has been taken to another level.

Defending Senior Class champion, William Gillit (Yamaha) bagged the first victory of the season, but was chased all the way by Jody Engelbrecht (Husaberg). Bruce May (Yamaha) is third (he had a troublesome first race); Justin Broughton (KTM) is currently fourth and Gillit’s team mate, Stephen Landman rounds off the top five. 


There are quite a few “new” names on the Senior Class entry list and riders from the Cape, who have not competed in first event of the season, can upset the applecart.

The same scenario can be expected in the Master Class championship where the “Cox vs. Torlage Battle” will continue – Alfie Cox (KTM) competed for the first time in the Master Class championship and beat multiple champion, Denzil Torlage (Yamaha) at the opening race. Torlage will no doubt try to make amends by scoring maximum points with a victory while Cox will have to show that his victory was no luck shot.

Anything can happen in the Silver Class challenge and to predict a winner from the long list of entrants, will be risky. Junior National championship competitor, Damien Scott (Yamaha) will travel from Kokstad to Ashton to defend his lead while Sage McGregor (KTM), who is currently second, will make the trip from East London to try and topple him. The two girls, Toni Jardine (KTM) and Kirsten Landman (KTM) are currently third and fourth in this class and will continue their battle.

All the action will take place from the La Montagne Deli situated about 9ko from Ashton on the R60 towards Swellendam. The route will take competitors through valleys and over hills from the Deli to the town of Bonnievale and back with plenty spectator points.

The race will start at 08:00am on Saturday (March 23).

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