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2014-03-25 14:35

VICTORIOUS IN ASHTON: Wade Young claimed a double victory at the ‘Ashton National Enduro’ in the Western Cape. Image: Dirtracing.co.za

ASHTON, Western Cape - KTM rider and and defending title holder Wade Young scored a double victory at the Ashton National Enduro championship.

The event was held in scorching heat from March 21-23. Competitors had tackled two races back-to-back and the fittest riders with the most determination and least mechanical problems bagged a lot of valuable points.


Young (17), won all the special stages including the Enduro Special. Riders had to race three times each - Young claimed his third overall victory in the E1 Class.

Altus de Wet also scored a hat trick when he won E2 Open Class for the third time in 2014. Kenny Gilbert (Yamaha) had to settle for a sixth overall (fourth in E2) on the second day (March 22) after finishing third overall (second in E2) on the first day (March 21).

Scott Bouverie (KTM) made up for missing the overall podium on Friday by two points and finished third on Saturday.

Team mate, Louwrens Mahoney, was only one point behind him on the second day. Mahoney was not comfortable with his suspension set-up on Friday and finished sixth overall (fourth in E2).


Defending champion in the Senior Class, William Gillitt (Yamaha), experienced mechanical problems on both days but clinched victory on Friday. On Saturday he succumbed to Bruce May (Yamaha) who took the victory after a disappointing fourth on Friday.

Hilton Hayward (Yamaha) was the most consistent and claimed two runner-up positions – he was also second at the season opener – while Jody Engelbrecht (KTM) dropped back from third on Friday to fifth on Saturday. Gillitt’s team mate, Steve Landman, was fifth (Friday) and fourth (Saturday).


Alfie Cox (KTM) the season’s first winner and the defending champion, Denzil Torlage (Yamaha) continued. Cox claimed two more victories at Ashton – only 21 points separated him on Friday from Torlage who had to settle for two runner-up positions.

Garth Prost claimed the final podium position on both days with Shaun Kirk finishing fourth twice and Stephen Botha (Yamaha) completed the top five on each day.


Eduan Bester (KTM) was victorious with the winner of the season opener, Chayse Orsmond (KTM) finishing second and third.

Dean Lindsay (Yamaha) could not complete Friday’s race due to engine problems but made up for it by finishing second on Saturday. Carl Reinhardt-Cronje (KTM) was third on the first day but could not finish Saturday’s race.


Dylan Barker (Yamaha) claimed a hat trick when he added two more Silver Class Challenge victories to his win earlier in 2014.

Reghardt van Nieuwenhuizen (KTM) was eighth on Friday, but finished second the next day. Sage McGregor (KTM) finished third on both days.

Angus Coetzee (Yamaha Support) was second on Friday but had to call it a day after mechanical problems on Saturday.

Behan Boshoff (KTM) was sixth and fourth respectively with Christiaan Greeff (KTM) fourth and fifth after the two days. Toni Jardine (KTM) was the only female finisher – she finished seventh in the Silver Class Challenge on both days.

Sadly, Kirsten Landman (KTM) fell on Friday and broke her wrist.

The Liquorland National Enduro Championship has now reached its halfway mark and competitors have a four-month break to prepare for the second half of the season that will continue on July 23 at Lydenburg in Mpumalanga.
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