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2013-10-29 10:53

HEADED FOR ROOF OF AFRICA: Altus de Wet, winner of the 2013 National Enduro E1 (Open) class, will compete in the 2013 Roof of Africa challenge in Lesotho. Image: MOTORPRESS

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Husqvarna rider Altus de Wet claimed the 2013 National Enduro E1 (Open) class title at the end of his first season. The 2013 championship also marked the bikemaker's official enduro comeback.

De Wet (28) claimed the title at the Matatiele WFO National Enduro event in the Eastern Cape after a nail-biting final. De Wet and Kenny Gilbert (who was leading the class) were separated by only two points before the event.

Riders were tested over ten timed stages and De Wet won the title, claimed his fifth consecutive E1 class victory for the season and won his second 2013 National Enduro season race. De Wet has won the E1 class in each race since Round 2.

His wins made up for a dismal performance during the 2013 season-opener at Bainesfield in KwaZulu-Natal, when he was forced to retire due to mechanical issues.

The E1 title and second behind Wade Young in the overall standings rounded off a successful 2013 season for De Wet.

The champion is finalising his preparation for the 2013 Roof of Africa in Lesotho in November. De Wet will race a Husqvarna TE300 and will be partnered with Extreme Enduro World champion, Graham Jarvis.

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