The Concept Store at World of Yamaha and Bikers Lives Matter got together to start a “Back-to-School” initiative to benefit the youth going back to school after the Covid-19 lockdown.
The students of Zenzeleni Primary School were pleasantly surprised to see their brand-new school uniforms when they started school on Monday morning, 15thFebruary 2021. “We are pleased to have started this initiative alongside Bikers Lives Matter and be able to give back to our youth as their 2021 curriculum begins after such a challenging year last year,” says Ben Robertson - Dealer Principal of The Concept Store at World of Yamaha.
Red Bull KTM Open Motocross Season in Victory
Red Bull KTM couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2021 National Motocross Championship. Star rider Tristan Purdon snatched up three out the four heats he raced in to stamp his authority in both the MX1 and MX2 Class overall.
Having stepped into the season as the 2020 MX1 Champion, Purdon was especially pleased to taste victory in the MX2 Class for a change. He commented, “I usually feel a bit heavier in the MX2 Class than the rest of the guys, so it was really good to prove that I have what it takes to keep the pace up front on my KTM 250 SX-F.”Purdon will now prepare for the next round in Port Elizabeth – a track the rider is particularly fond of for its thick sand and deep ruts.
It was an epic start to the season for Red Bull KTM’s newest recruit Cameron Durow, who got off to blistering starts in both MX2 heats, securing the holeshot on each occasion. After battling it out with some of the country’s top riders, the 18-year-old secured a spot on the podium in third overall.“To be honest, I feel like I got a bit tired in the second heat and made some mistakes that cost me. Overall, I’m really happy with my results but also know what I need to work on for the next round,” said Durow.
Red Bull KTM’s High School Class hero Jonathan Mlimi also ended the day with silverware. As the reigning National Champion, the rider entered the season with a steely determination to defend his 2020 title. After a victory in the first heat and third place in the second heat, Mlimi finished in second overall.
“Something I learnt last year is that the championship isn’t won in the first round – last year I ended sixth in the first round, I’m feeling good about the way I’ve started the season and still have the red plate,” he said.Rounding out a successful day for Red Bull KTM was Trey Cox, who made his debut race for the orange team in the 85cc Class. The rider had the perfect start to the season with a win in the first heat. Despite an unfortunate crash in the second heat, he managed to finish fifth to take second place overall.
2021 National Motocross Championship Kicks Off
The wait is over and the gates are about to drop for the start of a brand new season of racing.
The National Motocross Championship kicks off in Terra Topia this Saturday and Red Bull KTM are ready to race for the country’s highest level motocross glory.
Tristan Purdon will once again take centre stage as he spearheads the hunt for the MX1 and MX2 Championship. With his eyes set on taking a double victory this year, Purdon will pull out all the stops as he builds on what was an unforgettable 2020 season of racing.
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. Having overcome various setbacks in his climb to the top step of his class, Mlimi will fight tooth and nail in an attempt to hold onto the highly sought-after red plate.
Bringing a fresh sense of excitement to the team this season 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 and three-time Motocross of African Nations Champion.
When asked about the accolade he is most proud of, Durow recalls winning the opening round of the 2019 National Motocross Championship in the MX2 Class – an achievement he will look to repeat this weekend.
“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,” said Durow.
Another new addition to the team is rising star Trey Cox, who will represent the team in the 85cc Class. 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 and will be a force to be reckoned on Saturday.
“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,” said Cox.
After a highly successful career racing for Red Bull KTM, the team will be guided by the experience of manager Kerim Fitz-Gerald this weekend. As a multiple national champion, his knowledge will undoubtedly bring great value to the orange squad.