The MONSTER ENERGY TRP motocross Nationals finals took place recently, which was hotly contested and extremely enjoyed by all that came out to watch. Here is a review of the days action, written by Shane Naude
Syringa Park, considered the home of Motocross in Gauteng Province due to it’s long standing history of dirt bike racing, dating back to the late 1960’s, was given the opportunity to host the Monster Energy TRP Distributors South Africa Womza Motocross National Championship Final Round at this both demanding and spectacular venue.
During my twenty (20) years of active participation in motocross events across South Africa, this has been the most difficult and heartbreaking rider’s briefing I have ever attended, knowing well that we had recently lost one of our own.
The presence of deep grief amongst every rider and every parent was so overwhelming, that I felt lost in a forest of sorrow. For some moments in life there are no words and the South African Moto-Cross Community stood together and devoted this National in loving memory of Joshua Jennings.
The official practice and qualifying sessions commenced shortly after an emotional pray from Michael Kok, appealing to our creator that all our riders be kept safe.
The MX 2 qualifying times looked similar to that of a Formula One Q3 session (with the top seven riders, all within one and a half seconds of each other). Kawasaki’s Wyatt Avis showed the youth that he still possesses the natural speed required to qualify in pole position.
Nicholas Adams and Tristan Purdon, the juniors of the class, were on the cable in the first heat and most certainly gave the senior riders something to think about. Sacha was well aware of his narrow 11 point buffer and pushed extremely hard to take the lead from Tristan and secured the win in the first heat. Purdon finished second by a small margin of 3,4 seconds and Yamaha’s Michael Kok came in third.
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, as Mr Avis, had a great nights sleep on Saturday and convincingly took the win in the first MX 2 heat on Sunday. Sacha Naude and Michael Kok took second and third place respectfully.
Having succumbed to a few unfortunate racing incidents, Tristan Purdon gave 100% in the final MX 2 heat of the day and was charged down until the checkered flag by Michael Kok (#88) that was riding like a man possessed. Nicholas Adams rounded off the top three and Sacha strategically settled in fourth position. A total of 66 points was sufficient for Yamaha’s No 54 to secure the overall win for the day and simultaneously take the 2014 Womza MX 2 Championship. Yamaha, for the first time this year had taken all three spots of the podium, something Grant Foley had confidently predicted for a long period of time.
The Premier Class kicked off with a surprisingly fast lap by Lloyd Vercueil on his Kawasaki and the young man had first gate choice.
Michael Kok was a man on a mission in the MX 1 Class and had a point to prove. This weekend’s MX 1 victory was for the Jenning’s family and losing was not an option. Michael was on another level in the first heat and beat both Kerim and Sacha by a substantial margin.
“The Kokstar” approached the second heat with a similar mind set to that of the first heat and his sole purpose was to win. Sacha had a more calculating approach, by consolidating sufficient points to secure the championship and comfortably finished the race in second position. Lloyd Vercueil had a great race, looked focused, fit and finished third.
With the MX 1 Championship basically in the bag, Sacha took a unilateral decision to “drop the hammer”, and won the third and final MX 1 heat to show the crowd exactly why he deserved the 2014 MX 1 (450F) Championship. This was to be Yamaha’s second Premier Title of the day and year, with the same rider and the same brand.
Michael Kok deservedly took the glory, as he rode the race of his life and took the top step of the podium at Syringa Parks National. After a long weekend of racing, Sacha was content having secured the second spot of the podium.
Reid Sinnicks was the fastest 125 Senior Rider and Jason Visser secured pole position in the 125 Junior Class by split seconds in an extremely competitive class.
Joshua Mlimi¹s riding was outstanding all weekend, as he raced like a true champion, attacked the track with total confidence and made very few mistakes.
³Bubba² was most certainly the rider of the day in his age group and stood on top of the podium after winning all three (3) heats. The real pit bull of the high school class (Husqvarna’s Charl Van Eeden) in my opinion, has improved the most during 2014 and well deserved his second position on the podium.
Tyron Nel showed great form, secured the final spot on the podium and has also made great steps in improving his riding on a 125.
Jason Visser, better known as the “Silent Assassin” had in principle sealed his championship by the last National held in East London National, and did the bare minimum at Syringa to secure the 125 Junior Championship. Husqvarna’s No 14, put in a solid effort in the second heat on Sunday and had a competitive race with Joshua Mlimi. Jason’s championship points after the second heat were more than sufficient to secure the 125 High School Championship and this accomplishment is a ground breaking achievement for Husqvarna as they convincingly took their maiden championship in 2014.
Reid Sinnicks was a late entry into the 125 Senior Class and used this opportunity to boost his confidence after a lengthy lay off. This was a great decision, as it most certainly assisted with Reid¹s come back, and also set the pace for younger riders in the 125 Junior Class.
Reid had the privilege of racing Yamaha’s all new industry proven 125 that has been upgraded for 2015, showing Yamaha’s continued commitment to developing two stroke technology.
The Overall results for the junior and senior classes:
MX 50cc JUNIOR – OVERALL
1 3 Liam Botha
2 60 Keagan Hanekom
3 44 Tristan Ryder Durow
MX 50cc PRO – OVERALL
1 9 Chase Hanekom
2 199 Wian du Plooy
3 48 Nate McLellan
MX 65cc – OVERALL
1 99 Christiaan Cilliers
2 6 Jonathan Mlimi
3 122 Camden McLellan
MX 85cc JUNIOR – OVERALL
1 737 Slade Smith
2 58 Cameron Durow
3 20 Cayle Dormehl
MX PRO-MINI – OVERALL
1 16 Justin Thompson
2 29 Janes van Sandwyk
3 737 Slade Smith
1 2 Rod Bergstrom
1 2 Terence Monk
2 4 Glen Hermon
3 219 Adam Rodger
1 76 Ian Topliss
2 25 Roger Bergstrom
3 10 Marc Ansley
I speak for the entire South African Motocross Fraternity, and thank our primary sponsors that have made this championship possible:
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Over and above the Financial Supporters / Contributors mentioned above, the sponsorship received from Bidvest Yamaha, KTM SA, Husqvarna and Kawasaki South Africa have assisted and allowed many of our junior and senior riders to develop and race at the highest level. We take this opportunity to thank both our title sponsors and series sponsors.