Robertson, Western Cape, 24 August 2019
The Proudly Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha team attended the fifth round of the MSA National Enduro series hosted by the CSMX Enduro Racing club, with the intention of increasing valuable points in E1, E2 and the Masters Championship.
Kyle Flanagan, “This race was probably the most physically demanding races of the SA Enduro Series this year, The terrain was really in your face all the time with little to no time to catch your breath and then there was the intense heat as well. Glad to have walked away with the win and extend my points lead even though I suffered from dehydration on the final lap.” Kyle won the E2 Category on his YZ250X and the overall for the day and is currently leading the E2 championship.Lloyd Kirk came into the fifth round with not much time on the bike after suffering a knee injury and round 4. “First lap I suffered from bad arm pump and just struggled to get going. By the end of Lap 1 I had finally found my rhythm and started to pick up the pace. By the middle of the 3rd lap I could feel my that I was not fit enough as my body started to cramp badly and felt very drained from the heat”. Lloyd placed a respectable 3rd for the day in the E1 category and is currently 2nd in the championship.
Bruce May had a good day out on his YZ250FX. “The Robertson terrain really suits my riding style and I’m comfortable in the Robertson sand. I knew I had to push hard in the first section make some headway and avoid the dust” Bruce placed 1st overall for the day in the Masters category and increased his championship lead.Denzil “The General” Torlage had a great ride aboard his YZ250X. “The course was very physical with some large step-down sections that almost caught me out a few times. I am really happy to walk away with a podium finish” Denzil finished the day off in 3rd place in the Masters category.
Well done to the entire CSMX team and Altus de Wet for hosting a great National Enduro and Regional event. Thank-you must be said to all sponsors for their support: Bidvest, AMP, Shoei, Acerbis, RK Chains, Progrip, Yamalube, GYTR, PSP Racing, Metzeler Carbontech and Hayward Suspension.
Images courtesy of Lindsey-jane Droomer
South Africa’s top enduro talent went head-to-head in Robertson this weekend for the fifth round of the National Enduro Championship. In what is described as the valley of ‘wine and roses’, hard enduro fans were met with a scene of guts and grits as riders navigated through some of the country’s most unforgiving terrain.
Taking centre stage in the Brother Leader Tread KTM team was Bradley Cox. While the multi-disciplined star has taken the National Cross Country Championship by storm, the enduro side of his season has been quiet by his own high standards.
This weekend, however, brought the breakthrough that Cox had been waiting for. It was a proud moment for the orange team as Cox crossed the finish line to snatch up second in the prestigious E1 Class and fourth overall.“Hours and hours have gone into my enduro riding and it finally paid off this weekend! To say I’m stoked is an understatement,” said Cox.
Adding to his excitement was his first experience racing the 2020 KTM 150 EXC TPI. The new generation of enduro machines were recently launched in South Africa and have the Brother Leader Tread KTM squad smitten.
“I super enjoyed the KTM 150 EXC TPI. The first 15km’s were pretty fast, and then the next 15km’s were gnarly rock beds. The bike was just perfect for everything – it was so clean off the bottom-end and I was pretty much in second gear everywhere. The chassis was so good in the fast stuff too, it felt unreal. I’m really happy on it and think KTM have hit the nail on the head with this bike,” said Cox.
Rounding out the Brother Leader Tread KTM team was Scott Bouverie and Kirsten Landman in the E2 Class, who finished in fifth and twelfth respectively.