During these testing times it’s refreshing to see a new motorcycle dealership opening its doors in 2021. KTM Paarl is the new venture and we certainly wish them a prosperous future.KTM SA boss, Franziska Brandl, who skillfully severed the tape allowing business to commence, attended the unveiling of the new premises. Also, Miguel Lage from RADMOTO, the driving force behind the new dealership, added his assistance and will certainly pass on his knowledge. You’ll notice Clinton Pienaar looks very happy too, as he’s the new store manager with his charming personality adding to the new retail pie.So, if you’re in and around the Cape Town area please visit the guys for all your KTM needs, including sales, accessories, rentals, and a modern workshop facility. Not to mention friendly chats and hot coffees.
Visit: www.ktmpaarl.co.za to see what’s on offer (021 879 4630)
DAVID GOOSEN SIGNED FOR 2021 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS SEASON
It is with great excitement that Husqvarna South Africa announces the signing of motocross star David Goosen. After what has been an unpredictable season of racing, the rider well-known for his “21” number board will bring a breath of fresh air into a highly anticipated 2021.
Motocross has been a part of Goosen’s life since he got his first motorcycle at 3 years old. Growing up in Zimbabwe, he fondly remembers spending weekends with his family at the track for a great portion of his childhood. His riding was taken to a new level of professionalism when he later immigrated to the UK with his family where he described experiencing “flashes of brilliance” in his racing career.
A devastating knee injury would eventually see him return to South Africa – a time in his life Goosen recalls feeling extremely lost: “Until 2016 I was really quite lost. I couldn’t quite find a job I liked to do and wasn’t getting the results to earn anything from it. It was during this time that I met my wife, Shannon, and suddenly had this drive to sort my stuff out.”
Goosen worked hard to settle down with a job outside of racing and it wasn’t long before he married his wife, Shannon Goosen. As he looks back at that time in his life, he believes that it set him up for success in what would soon become a flourishing racing career.“I settled down with Shannon and we became a really good team. As we grew in our careers and ‘climbed the ladder of life’, it wasn’t long before I noticed a shift in my racing. With her support, I stepped into a new season and suddenly started winning races and finishing on the podium,” said Goosen.
The rider was crowned the country’s National Motocross Champion in 2017 – a defining moment in Goosen’s racing career. While championship titles have narrowly evaded his grasp since then, the rider firmly believes that his race for national glory has only just begun.
With his sights set on chasing down both the MX1 and MX2 titles in 2021, Goosen commented: “I’m almost 30 years old now and I’m at the peak of my career. I feel like I’m just getting better and better, and the idea of a new team has refreshed me. The whole adjustment with a new brand has made me more motivated than ever. It’s a very professional set up and I look forward to working with the family of Husqvarna.”
Red Bull KTM announce 2021 lineup
As the curtains of a tumultuous 2020 begin to draw to a close, it is with great excitement that Red Bull KTM announces new additions to their star-studded line-up for 2021.
Bringing a fresh sense of excitement to the team is new recruit Cameron Durow, who will be racing in the prestigious MX2 Class. Having just turned 18 years old, Durow is a rider bristling with talent. He boasts an array of titles as a three-time MSA National Champion, two-time WOMZA National Champion and three-time Motocross of African Nations Champion. He has also represented the country in four FIM Junior World Championship events and achieved fourth overall in the German ADAC 85cc Championship.
When asked about the accolade he is most proud of, Durow recalls winning the opening round of the 2019 National Motocross Championship in not only the High School Class, but MX2 Class as well. He reminisced, “It’s something I will never forget. At 16 years old, I was the first person to achieve an overall win in both classes on the same day.”With his sights set on snatching up the MX2 Championship in 2021, Durow commented, “Riding for Red Bull KTM has been my goal for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to ride for a professional team and the one I’ve always looked at was Red Bull KTM. Signing with them at this point in my career has really been a huge confidence boost to me. I believe partnering with them will help me really push the sport further and show everyone what I am truly capable of.”
KTM South Africa’s Louwrens Mahoney added, “We are so excited to have Cameron on the team for 2021 - he is a hardworking, talented rider. He has also got a lot of international racing experience – we can’t wait to get the new year started!”
Another new addition to the team is rising star Trey Cox, who will step up to the 85cc Class next year. As the brother of motorsport sensation Bradley Cox and son of legendary racer Alfie Cox, the youngster clearly inherited a full dose of the competitive racing genes.
While he has been riding since he was two years old, Cox started taking racing seriously when his brother took him to a few National events when he turned ten. It wasn’t long before the racing bug bit and Cox finished the 65cc Championship second in 2019 and third in 2020.
“It’s every young rider’s dream to race for a factory team and coming into it this young is really good for my future. It’s the best team in the paddock and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together as I step up to the 85cc Championship next year,” said Cox.After his rise to national glory this season, fans will be pleased to discover that leading rider Tristan Purdon will once again be spearheading the hunt for the MX1 and MX2 Championship. Also looking to continue his winning streak is Jonathan Mlimi, who will remain in the High School Class with the hope of defending his 2020 title.
After a highly successful career racing for Red Bull KTM, Kerim Fitz-Gerald will step into the role of team manager next year. As a multiple national champion, Fitz-Gerald’s experience and knowledge will undoubtedly bring great value to the orange squad.
“I’m very excited about my new role with the team – it’s brand new to me so I have some learning to do, but I have been with KTM for a long time and know all the riders well. I’m looking forward to working with the team’s newest riders –they have both been around the team for a long time and I have no doubt that they will fit in perfectly. I’m also really excited to be supporting our two champions - Jono and Tristan. They both know what they are capable of now and so does the team. Here’s to a successful 2021 and bringing home some championships!” said Fitz-Gerald.