Monster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port Elizabeth

Monster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth kicked off the 2014 season for the WOMZA national series. Recked industries have grabbed the bull by the horns and roped in some significant sponsors like Monster energy, TRP distributors, Kyocera, DC Shoes, BikeFind.co.za, expand a sign, Drift cameras, FMF, THOR, Bridgestone, Bel-Ray. All of this making this the ultimate series to contest in.
Very warm and windy conditions graced the riders on Saturday where they got their practice and qualifying under way. It was interesting to see all the new riders and teams and most importantly, who had done their pre-season training. There were a few surprises after qualifying with some unknown riders posting great times and some top riders struggling. PE is a serious track and will always draw on every bit of experience and stamina a rider has and the first heat showed this.

Monster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port Elizabeth Monster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port Elizabeth
The MX2 class is one of the premier classes and had 28 riders on the line. Finishing top 10 here would be a tall order. Tristan Purdon seemed to struggle in qualifying, but had great race pace. The Eastern Cape local, did enough with a 3rd, 2nd and a 1st to win by 1 point over his Full Throttle, Monster energy Yamaha teammate, Sacha Naude. Sacha is looking very strong ahead of the 2014 season and it was only bad starts that prevented a win overall. Anthony Raynard spent the Friday night in hospital and almost didn’t make the event, but rode well to destroy everyone in heat 1. He just didn’t have enough strength on the back of his illness, to win the next 2 heats and had to settle for 3rd overall. Ross Branch was fast and looked good for a top result, but a BIG crash in heat 2 whilst in 2nd, put an end to his weekend. Former MX2 champion, Kerim Fitzgerald, battled with bad starts and mistakes, but showed signs of form and will be on it come the next national in Cape Town. Nicholas Adams is one of the yougest in the field and rode a 125 2 stroke against all the 4 strokes.He managed a 4th overall and heads to Europe full of confidence.
The MX1 class was full of talent. From first to last, are riders who have won races at some stage of their carreer. Sacha Naude was the dominant force here with better starts than he got in the MX2 class. He was able to win overall, but his teammate, Michael kok, did manage to take one heat away from Sacha, with a win in heat 2, which helped him to 2nd overall. Team TLB Plant hire’s Royce Griffin won the first heat by pulling a big gap early on. Sacha did close him down with 2 laps to go, but Royce just held out. Royce had good starts on his new Yamahal and did enough for 3rd overall, even after a problem filled 3rd heat of the weekend.

Monster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port Elizabeth Monster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port Elizabeth
The racing was of the highest caliber and the Port Elizabeth locals were entertained through all the classes. With 4 rounds still to go in the series across SA, we are in for an exciting season. The next round is in Cape Town on the 19th and 20th of April
MX1:
1st Sacha Naude
2nd Michael Kok
3rd Royce Griffin
4th Kerim Fitzgerald
5th Mark Baxter
6th Wesley du Plooy
7th Michael Pentecost
8th William Sutherland
9th Shane Baynham
10th David Goosen
11th Ross Branch
12th Francois du Plooy
13th Lloyd Vercueil

Monster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port Elizabeth
MX2:
1st Tristan Purdon
2nd Sacha Naude
3rd Anthony Raynard
4th Nicholas Adams
5th Kerim Fitzgerald
6th Andrew Wren
7th Ryan Angilley
8th Ross Branch
9th Wesley du Plooy
10th Zane Farquharson
11th Wade Young
12th Wyatt Avis
13th Mark Baxter
14th Dartagnan Lobjoit
15th Kevin Cassie
16th Johan Vogelesang
17th Kyle Freestone
18th Kevin Sangster
19th Bradley Thompson
20th Duncan Hannon
21st Ivan Bezuidenhout
22nd Chad Howard
23rd Brian Carstens
24th Gerhard Grove

MX3:
1st Stuart Laing
2nd Geoff Den
3rd Terence Monk
4th Alec Combrink
5th Wayne Liston
6th Nicolaas Coetzee
7th Adrian De Hutton
8th Rod Bergstrom
9th Kobus Goosen
10th Ashton Ferreira
11th Rob Wicks
12th Francois W du Plooy

Monster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port ElizabethMonster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port Elizabeth

125cc:
1st Nicholas Adams
2nd Luke Du Toit
3rd Jason Visser
4th James Coetzer
5th Bevin Potgieter
6th Dirco van der Westhuizen
7th Joshua Mlimi
8th Matt Van Galen
9th Conor Fletcher
10th Tyron Nel
11th Antonio Maranta
12th Brad Sullivan
13th Kyle Du Toit
14th Jordan Venter
15th Peter Thompson
16th Charl van Eeden
17th Dorian Cordiner
18th Reinhardt Mahne

Pro Mini:
1st Seth van den Abeele
2nd Keegan Hickson-Mohony
3rd Janes van Sandwyk
4th Marco de Vrye
5th Justin Thompson
6th Matthew Kruger
7th Dalton Venter

85cc
1st Dalton Venter
2nd Grant Hutton
3rd Cameron Darow
4th Regan Wasmuth
5th Wikus van Sandwyk
6th Justin Sangster
7th Calvin Jean-Jacques
8th Ross Newby
9th Davin Cocker
10th Puck Klaassen
11th Chris Erasmus
12th Chad Farquharson

65cc
1st Camden McLellan
2nd Jonathon Mlimi
3rd Ethan Coleman
4th Hayden Tully
5th Tristan Grainger
6th Titus Iveson
7th Mudiwa Chigumba
8th Ivan Ingram
9th Kuda Mhene
10th Liam Liston
11th Ike Klaassen
12th Josh De Hutton
13th Calum Marriott

Monster Energy TRP Distributors South African Motocross National series first stop, Port Elizabeth

50cc Pro
1st Chase Hanekom
2nd Nate McLellan
3rd Wian du Plooy
4th John-Henri Vaughan
5th Kyle Phillips
6th Daiyaan Manuel
7th Troy Barnardo
8th Zach Newby
9th Hennie Roux
10th Breece Romans
11th Nathan Bester
12th Tyler Tarantino
13th Emanual Bako
14th Lucas Venter
15th James Thompson
16th Thomas Schoeman
17th Tyler Dienar

50cc Jnr:
1st Liam Lambert
2nd Liam Botha
3rd Keagan Hanekom
4th Tyrone Pelser

Written by: Laren van der Westhuizen

Pictures: Eric Palmer (EWP labelled pictures) and Grant McLachlan

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