The curtains of the National Enduro Championship have officially drawn to a close. The season couldn’t have ended better for Brother Leader Tread KTM who walked away with top honours as leading rider Bradley Cox stormed to the victory overall.
The final event of the season took riders to Creighton, Kwazulu-Natal, where Cox had the home ground advantage. While the race was off to a shaky start by his own high standards, Cox held his composure to cross the finish line and officially snatch up the overall win that he had been waiting for.
“The actual race this weekend was really tough for me – I was just so nervous and so much was at stake. After a shaky start, I managed to claw my way back to finish fourth for the day - I felt so relieved to cross that finish line! I’m excited about my future in Enduro and I plan to keep putting KTM on top!” said Cox. Having only started racing Enduro four years ago, Cox describes putting in tremendous work behind the scene to establish himself as a frontrunner in this sport. He added: “When I consider the fact that I only started Enduro four years ago, to achieve the overall win is really something special. It took a lot of hard work, but as I saw myself progressing over the years, I truly believed that the overall win was possible. Now I get to ride with the number one plate next year, which is unreal!”
Cox will now turn his focus to finishing off the National Cross Country Championship, where yet another overall victory looks promising for the multi-disciplined star. Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Charan Moore had a solid finish to his debut season with the orange team. While the rider faced his fair share of setbacks this year, he secured an impressive fourth place in the prestigious E2 Class and sixth place overall.
Having only narrowly missed a podium spot in his class, Moore will return more determined than ever next season as he looks to shake off his rookie status in Enduro. With a wealth of experience under his belt, the rider commented: “For my first ever Enduro season, I’m really proud to have finished where I did. I also know what it takes to get to the top now. Something I really want to work on is my pace so that I can narrow the gap on the leaders in my class.”Rounding out the orange squad was Kirsten Landman, who was set to race her last national event for the Brother Leader Tread KTM team. While the Enduro queen had hoped to close this chapter on a high note, she was forced to pull out of the event due to an unfortunate illness. Landman is proud, however, to have spent the last nine years of her life representing the prestigious team and looks forward to racing for them at the Roof of Africa later this year.
As the national season comes to an end, KTM South Africa’s Marketing Manager Louwrens Mahoney commented: “I cannot be prouder of not only our riders but everyone involved in the team. It has been a long season with many of ups and downs, tears and sacrifices, but to end the season with a double championship and the number one plate makes it all worth it. The work already starts for the 2022 season as we learn from all our experiences and find ways to improve - race by race.”
The wait is finally over. Call to entries for the much-anticipated Honda Quest 2021 will officially open on Wednesday September 22, 2021.
South Africa boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. The 2021 Honda Quest True Adventure proudly hosted by Honda Motor Southern Africa will give contestants the opportunity to explore some of these breath-taking sites as they navigate through the challenging terrain in the Northern Cape’s Richtersveld, Namakwa Eco Trail, Tankwa Karoo and Cederberg whilst competing for the title of Honda Quest True Adventure 2021 on the ultimate adventure motorcycle, the Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin.
Do you have what it takes?
The main aim of Quest will be to test human endurance and adaptability, combined with the continent-crossing abilities of the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100.
We are looking for true adventure riders who can adapt to the journey with good humour and grace. Are you a resourceful and dependable team member when adventure turns challenging? Do you have a love for the places further off the beaten track? Are you willing to try your hand at all the challenges a desert will offer up – sand and river beds, rocky trails, muddy gravel and nights under the stars? Then Honda Quest True Adventure is for you.
Honda Quest is not a race, nor is it a rally. Honda Quest is simply a chance to be able to compete together with a teammate in the most beautiful of spaces, living for a brief condensed moment, the epitome of adventure aboard one of the finest adventure motorcycles on the planet the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100.
What happens next?
Call to entry will commence from 22- 26 September 2021. Simply visit the Honda Quest website to enter: www.quest-trueadventure.com
30 semi-finalists will then be announced on the 28 September and will attend a Boot Camp from 12-14 October, during which the fourteen finalists will be chosen. The finalists will be announced on October 18, 2021 and will embark on this life changing Honda Quest True Adventure from 1-10 November 2021.
The winning team will not only be crowed champions of Honda Quest True Adventure 2021, but they will also get to keep the bikes they competed the 2500km adventure ride on.
The safety of our guests is paramount and Honda Motor Southern Africa and Specialised Adventures will take all the necessary precautions at all Quest events to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
We do request that semi-finalists and finalists adhere to all safety rules and regulations as outlined by the South African Government, Disaster Management Act.
In an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 we humbly request that participants (if selected to attend the bootcamp and final event) who experience symptoms associated with Covid-19 namely fever, cough, sore throat, redness of eyes or shortness of breath (or difficulty in breathing); body aches, loss of smell or loss of taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fatigue, weakness or tiredness refrain from attending the bootcamp and final event.
The event welcomed riders to a dusty Delmas route where star rider Bradley Cox stormed to not only the OR2 Class win, but the victory overall. While the multi-disciplined rider had enjoyed a winning streak since both Enduro and Cross Country racing resumed last month, the seemingly elusive overall title had been evading his grasp. He explained, “To take a win in my class is so good, but to claim the overall victory is something special. Over the last year and a half, this overall win has haunted me. I broke my collarbone in 2019 while leading overall, and then last year I had a lot of second place finishes. To finally snatch up that overall victory is an amazing feeling and something I want to experience again in the last round.”
As a KwaZulu-Natal based rider, Cox is more accustomed to tighter routes, but he mentions thoroughly enjoying the challenge of the fast-paced terrain that Delmas provided this weekend. It was full-speed ahead from the moment the race started as Cox faced the challenge of chasing down Kerim Fitz-Gerald. Despite navigating through unrelenting dust, it wasn’t long before Cox passed Fitz-Gerald and controlled the race from the front until the finish line. While Cox has opened up a comfortable points lead as the season finale approaches, he has no intention of slacking off in the slightest: “It’s nice to have a comfortable points lead going into the last round, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt through racing is that it’s not over until it’s over. I have to go into the last round with the same intention to give 100% and chase down another win.”
When asked about the secret to his success this season, Cox revealed: “I always say that the goal is to win, and it really is. My job is to put KTM on the top step and fly that orange flag high. There’s no secret formula, it’s all about hard work. I just keep grinding day in and day out.”Fresh off a hard week of racing the Kalahari Rally was Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Charan Moore. After a slower start to the race by his own high standards, Moore was left to navigate in the unforgiving Delmas dust for most of the event.
Once the gaps started to open up between riders, however, Moore managed to pick up the pace with each passing lap to finish the event strong. While he admits that racing back-to-back was challenging, he describes the experience that he gained over the past week as invaluable. As he works towards his bigger 2022 Dakar Rally goal, he commented, “The last week was tough mentally, but it also helped prepare for what to expect when I race the Dakar next year. I really embraced the challenge of it all and have a much better understanding of what will be required of me.”
With the final event of the season looming large, Moore’s goal remains the same – to bridge the gap on the frontrunners in the OR1 Class. “This season has come with many challenges and my goal has been to narrow the gap on the leaders in the OR1 Class. How you finish the season is just as important as the wayou start it, so I’m looking forward using the final race as an opportunity to end the year on a high note,” said Moore.