Cross Country rider Charan Moore joins Brother Leader Tread KTM
Despite the current times, KTM South Africa remains committed to believing in the best possible outcome and sharing positive news.
It comes with great excitement, then, to announce that rising Cross Country rider Charan Moore has officially signed on with Brother Leader Tread KTM. He will now represent the team in the National Cross-Country Championship. He currently holds the red plate in the OR1 class after winning the season opener in Lesotho.
“I have always seen the KTM team as the pinnacle of our sport. As a youngster the riders I looked up to, like Alfie Cox, Darryl Curtis, Riaan van Niekerk and Louwrens Mahoney; were all a part of this brand and team. To say joining this team is something I had dreamed of is an understatement. I think that this opportunity has come my way after years of hard work and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Moore.
Motorcycles have always been a part of Moore’s life. As a child, his early years were spent going to races and his passion for riding naturally followed. “I remember spending hours at the races supporting and admiring the riders - daydreaming of one day being one of the guys on the track,” he explained.
At 16 years old Moore entered into his first full year of racing and has spent the last 12 years living his passion. What started as a goal to simply cross the finish line soon progressed into the ultimate goal of attaining the number one plate.
He went on to snatch up three Regional Championships, one National Championship, and a top 10 finish at the Roof of Africa. He has also received an International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) gold medal and represented South Africa three times in the 2014 and 2017 ISDE; and 2018 Motocross of African Nations. At the end of 2019 things really started coming together for Moore when he stormed to OR1 victory in the GXCC Racing Series and finished second overall at a National event.
“This was huge for me, so to start 2020 by taking my first overall win at a National event felt like a culmination of all the hard work and dedication to this dream. This was definitely the highlight of my racing career!” said Moore.
“To now have the opportunity to race for the Brother Leader Tread KTM team is a dream come true. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but it means nothing if I don’t take advantage of it. So, the goal is to put even more in! I have all the resources, knowledge and skills of the entire KTM group behind me, as well as the associated sponsors and partners. The time is now. I want to win races, championships and become a part of the orange family,” he added.
KTM South Africa’s Marketing Manager Louwrens Mahoney commented, “I am really excited to have Charan Moore on the Brother Leader Tread KTM Team! With his talent, experience and work ethic; and the team’s passion, hard work and love for the sport - together we can only achieve great things. Charan is professional in everything he does and I am really looking forward to working alongside him and the team to showcase this amazing brand – KTM.”
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Honda Motor Southern Africa has decided to postpone Quest True Adventure 2020.
To safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the competitors and organisers of this event the management of Honda Motor Southern Africa has decided to postpone Quest True Adventure 2020 until further notice.
Bootcamp for Quest 2020 recently took place in Cape Town from 10th to the 12th March 2020 where 14 finalists were chosen. The names of the 14 finalists will be released on March 29, 2020.
The new date for Quest True Adventure 2020 will be communicated in due course.
For further information visit www.quest-trueadventure.com
With a new sponsor, NGK Spark Plugs, onboard the SA Superbike Series supported by Bridgestone made its way to Zwartkops Raceway for the second round of the 2020 championship on 13 and 14 March. After what was, by his high standards, a poor start to the season at the opening round, defending SA Superbike Champion Clint Seller bounced back, powering his King Price Xtreme Yamaha R1 to both heat wins.
In the SuperSport 600 class, Ricardo Otto (Otto Racing Yamaha R6) took an easy win in the first heat but had to fight all the way to the flag to secure his second win of the day.
At the opening round at the beginning of February, it was David McFadden (RPM Center/Stunt SA Yamaha R1) who took both heat wins and during Friday’s qualifying sessions he signalled his intention to carry on in that vein, topping the timesheets in both sessions. It was, however, very tight at the top with just 0.162” separating the top three at the end of the day. Seller set the second quickest time with Lance Isaacs (Superbets BMW Motorrad S1000RR) in third.
Reigning SuperSport 600 champion Blaze Baker made the step up to the litre class and was very happy with fourth on the grid after his first competitive outing on his new JBR/Rapid Bike Kawasaki ZX10R. Byron Bester (Hi-Tech Racing Kawasaki ZX10R) set the fifth-fastest time but injured his knee in the final session which could see him on the sidelines for as long as four months. Otto was the quickest of the 600s, lining up in sixth place on the combined grid. Hendrick de Bruin (NETCB Yamaha R1) headed the third row of the grid with Damion Purificati (Andala FT Racing BMW S1000RR) and the second of the 600 contenders, Taric van der Merwe (Dragon Energy Yamaha R6), alongside him. Capetonian Brett Roberts (Lights by Linea Yamaha R6) just got the better of Marius Koekemoer (Libra Racing Ducati Panigale) to take tenth with Gareth Gehlig (Superbets/BMW Motorrad S1000RR), another rider making the step up from the 600 class, in twelfth. Shaun Vermaak (DT Automotive/Gapcon Honda Fireblade) and Garrick Vlok (DCCS Coring, Cutting and Sealing Yamaha R1) completed the grid.In Saturday morning’s warm-up session Seller gave an indication of what was to come, setting a time comfortably quicker than his best qualifying effort the day before. He put that speed to good use in the opening race, quickly opening up a gap over McFadden, who was the only rider able to maintain any sort of contact. Seller looked to be cruising to the win until about two-thirds of the way through the race when his Yamaha tried to spit him off at the exit of turn six. This gave McFadden a chance to close the gap, but he could not find a way through and had to settle for second. Behind the leading duo, there was a great three-way fight for the final podium position with Baker, Isaacs and Vlok circulating within a couple of bike lengths of each other. Unfortunately for Vlok, his challenge came to an end when his front brake failed, leaving Baker and Isaacs to continue the fight. Isaacs eventually found a way through but could not do anything about the leaders so settled for third. Baker took fourth ahead of Purificati who had Otto, on the first of the 600s, in his wheel tracks. Gehlig and Koekemoer were the last of the classified finished after mechanical maladies sidelined the rest of the field.In the second race, Seller again grabbed the lead when the lights went out. Behind him, Baker got a great start and moved up to second with Isaacs, McFadden and Vlok right behind him. Vlok’s Yamaha let him down again so it was left to Isaacs and McFadden to put the pressure on Baker while Seller disappeared up the road. Isaacs was the first to get past the Kawasaki but despite being quicker than the reigning champion almost every lap, the lead that Seller had built up in the early stages of the race was too big to close down and the BMW man ended up just under a second and a half shy. McFadden took another couple of laps to get past Baker but by then his chances of closing the gap to the front had gone and he settled for third. Baker took another fourth place ahead of Purificati who again had Otto snapping at his heels. This time Otto didn’t have it all his way in the 600 class, van der Merwe hounded him for the whole race with the two youngsters never more than a couple of bike lengths apart and only 0.132” separating them at the flag. De Bruin was next up in eighth with Gehlig ninth, just ahead of Roberts on the third of the 600s. Koekemoer, who claimed the masters trophy ended eleventh.
The next round of the NGK SA Superbike series is scheduled to take place at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday, 25 April 2020, however, this could change depending on whether further restrictions are imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.