KTM PAARL TO OPEN THEIR DOORS IN DECEMBER
As KTM continues to storm ahead, it has become a market leader in far more than Offroad motorcycles. The Austrian manufacturer has established a strong presence in all Street segments with the Travel segment being their core market in South Africa. The KTM Group has taken the lead in the country amongst its competitors when it comes to capacities of 120cc+ and is sitting at a total market share of 16.7% (source: eNaTIS, October 2020), ahead of the likes of Honda and BMW and with the remainder of its Japanese competitors hovering around the 5% mark.
A strong network of KTM dealers has been a big contributor to the company’s success, selling its diverse range of motorcycles and accessories and ensuring professional service to its clients. It comes as no surprise that KTM is now looking at expanding their presence and growing their market share even further, and what better place to do so than the Western Cape with its endless diversity and potential for any type of riding.
KTM PAARL TO OPEN THEIR DOORS IN DECEMBER
KTM has monitored the dynamics within the market over the last few years and an influx of people moving to the Western Cape has led to the opening of a new independently owned dealership in the Cape Winelands. KTM is excited to announce that Paarl will open their doors to the public this December.
Miguel Lage, dealer principal and shareholder at the existing RAD KTM dealership in Sunninghill, has taken on this new adventure together with his partners who have committed to opening a brand new KTM store in the Western Cape. Run by an expert team, clients can look forward to the full KTM experience: “Our aim is to provide our customers with the full ‘Essence of Orange’ through exceptional service and value.”, says Miguel Lage.
“Broadening our footprint in the Western Cape is the next step in capturing a broader client base. We don’t just want to sell products, but rather offer a sense of belonging and a way to tap into the KTM lifestyle. With our diverse range we have a motorcycle that suits everyone, from beginner to expert, from junior rider to more seasoned riders and for the rider who prefers to explore the roads less travelled on their own or as a group of adventurers and friends. By having two dealerships in the Western Cape, KTM Cape Town in Paarden Eiland on the outskirts of the city centre of Cape Town, and KTM Paarl, catering for the Cape Winelands clientele, we believe that our dealerships are conveniently situated for our Western Cape clients”, says Franziska Brandl, Managing Director KTM Group South Africa.
MOTORSPORT SENSATION SWANEPOEL TAKES TOP HONOURS BRETT SWANEPOEL HAS BEEN CROWNED THE 2020 NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPION
South African motorsport sensation Brett Swanepoel has been crowned the 2020 National Enduro Champion. The rider put on an eye-catching performance at the season finale in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal, this weekend where he stormed to his second national title of the season.
The multi-disciplined Swanepoel has now snatched up both the National Cross Country and Enduro Championship, reigning supreme in not only in the OR2 and E2 Class, but on the leaderboard overall. The last time a South African rider pulled off such a feat was in 2006.
“We did it - what a weekend! It’s hard to describe the feeling of taking the number one plate in both championships. Thank you to my team, sponsors and everyone else that stood by me leading up to this,” said an elated Swanepoel.
Adding to an already unforgettable event for the team was a win from Matthew Green. The E1 rider has gone from strength to strength this season and stormed to his second consecutive event win on Saturday. After a challenging start to the year, Green has reinstated himself as a force to be reckoned with in his class and will certainly be a favourite in the race for the 2021 title. “Super stoked to end the racing season with a win in the E1 Class. A huge thank you to everyone that has stuck by me this season through some tough times! It’s been a crazy year and I’m happy to have put it all together in the last few races. Unfortunately, a broken foot kept me out of the championship hunt - but a huge congratulations to my teammate Brett for bringing home a title for the team,” said Green.
After a tumultuous season of racing, the year couldn’t have come to a better close for PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING. The team was proud to support the talented Heinrich Aust, who finished off the season on a high as he secured the second spot in the E1 Class on Saturday.
Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham commented, “What an incredible way to finish off a topsy turvy year of racing - after not knowing if we would even race again. Brett brings home an incredible double championship and is crowned overall Enduro and Cross Country King! On the same day Matt and Heinrich give the team a one and two in E1. I’m so proud of all involved and need to mention Anthony, our race chief, who prepped perfect Husqvarna machines for all our athletes. In closing for the year, we need to thank Pepson Plastics and the Pepper family for the support we have had from them over the last 4 years - really glad to give them another championship in appreciation. From Husqvarna SA, we look forward to an exciting 2021 with lots of exciting news up our sleeve!”
After another title winning FIM Supersport World Championship season, Evan Bros Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team have signed promising South African rider Steven Odendaal for their 2021 championship charge.
Odendaal joins the Evan Bros Yamaha outfit after a strong maiden WorldSSP campaign, where his speed and consistency saw him finish an impressive fifth in the final riders’ standings, having scored top 10 results in 13 of the 15 races entered on the Yamaha R6. With a years’ experience of the championship and bike under his belt, Odendaal is aiming to be in the title battle next season.
Prior to 2020, Odendaal contested two full Moto2 seasons, as well as making various sporadic appearances in the series between 2011 and 2019. The 27-year-old also competed in the FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship and was crowned champion in the highly competitive 2016 season.
The team he’s joining, Evan Bros Yamaha, took the last two riders’ championships and have quickly become the team to beat in WorldSSP, while they also played a key part in Yamaha’s four consecutive manufacturers’ titles.
Evan Bros Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team
“I’m very excited to have this opportunity with such a fantastic team in Evan Bros Yamaha. I visited their workshop for the first time on Monday and it gave me a lot of happiness and joy because they’re such a professional team and understand what it takes to win races and championships. I really can’t wait for 2021 to start. Thank you also to my manager Jorge Lis for all his hard work and effort to help me get to where I am today.”