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2014-01-22 07:36

OFF-ROAD RIVALS BEWARE: With 29 class wins and 102 races in her short career, Taye Perry is not to be underestimated as she takes on rivals in the 2014 SA off-road motorsport season. Image: SUPPLIED


29 class wins, 102 races... Petite Taye Perry is looking forward to getting to grips with her off-road tuned KTM and taking on rivals during the 2014 South African motorsport season.

When a large 450cc-road motorcycle blasts around an off-road track, few spectators realise that the petite Taye Perry (22) from Pretoria is the rider. Perry is a short (1.65m) bubbly motorsport competitors who has competed in off-road racing since the age of 15-years-old.

She required a special suspension set-up of her motorcycle – it had to be lowered so that her feet could touch the ground.


Perry  finished second in the Ladies Class Challenge and completed all seven rounds of the 2013 National off-road season with KTM.
She also earned a double victory after winning the Ladies Class on both days of the gruelling Mantswabisi Botswana Desert completing nearly 1000km over two days.

Those two victories completed her list of 29 class wins for total of 102 races in her short racing career.

Specialising in off-road racing, Perry will compete in the Combined Ladies Class National championship and the Gauteng-based  GOC Series.


Perry will compete in seven National off-road events as well as eight GOC races. She hopes to race in the 2014 Namaqua African Rally from April 25 to May 3 on the Western Cape Coast. The Dakar Style riders will have see competitors complete more than 350km a day for six days.

Perry will compete in the Seeding Event outside Bronkhorstspruit on February 1 2014. This event will determine the starting order for the first round of the National off-road championship, the Diamond Route 400 at Wolmaransstad in the North-West. 


In 2007, aged 16, she competed in the Junior National Off-road championship and completed all races in which she took part. In 2008 she was the highest placed female rider in every race she did.

In the same year she attempted to race quads and although she scored podium positions, she realised she preferred racing on two wheels.

In 2009 she joined Junior Team Suzuki and the all-female Team Perfect Look Racing and started competing at National level.

In 2010 she won the Ladies Class of the GOC off-road series on a 250 motorcycle. She won the same class again in 2011 and competed in Super Motard racing, where she finished fourth in her first National attempt. She has since won the Ladies Class in the GOC series for a third year.

Perry trains for her racing by riding her motorcycle after work with members of the Bert Smith team. She usually meets the rest of the team at tracks outside Pretoria. Perry is also involved in training other women and youngsters.
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