The second round of the National Enduro season took place down in Port Elizabeth at Van der Kemp’s Kloof on the 28th April 2018.
About Van der Kemp’s Kloof Nature Reserve
The Van Der Kemp’s Kloof Trail starts at the historical Bethelsdorp Village (outside the Van der Kemp’s Kloof Church), the first missionary settlement in Port Elizabeth.
It proceeds up the kloof into wilderness atmosphere, returning along the plateau through botanically interesting grassy Fynbos, with magnificent views across the Swartkops Valley and Algoa Bay.
A very tough and demanding 35km loop, filled with loads of rock trails, awaited the riders on Saturday. The first lap was sure to be dusty as the riders took off in various groups, and five laps needed to be completed to finish the race.
Kyle Flanagan – 3rd in E1 category
“Firstly, I am super happy to be riding after my injury sustained at Round 1. I knew coming into this round, it was going to be tough and, so I started the first lap slow and steady, to build up to the finish. During the first lap I unfortunately took a wrong turn, which resulted in losing some time but once back on track, the laps went smooth. The track was very demanding and my fitness was down from not being able to train for the past couple of weeks. Five laps of 35km were completed and we came through the finish in a respectable 3rd place in the E1 class. I know that I have what it takes to challenge for the win and will be pushing hard at the next round to improve on our results.”
Blake Gutzeit – 2nd in E2 category
“I started on the 19th row so I knew dust was going to be a big factor on the first lap, so I had to calculate the risks for overtakes to make sure we didn’t make any mistakes. It was hard for me trying to overtake on the first lap, second was better but once I got to the third lap, the race was on. I managed to close the gap to Travis Teasdale, but coming into the fourth lap I felt a little lethargic and my reactions were a bit slow so I had to slow down a bit. I then filled up and fuelled my body and got going again to close down Teasdale, but managed to beat me by 40 seconds, which gave me second in E2 and second overall. A massive thanks to Yamaha and my Team!”
Bruce May – 5th in National Seniors
“I had a good battle with Bolle, and in the process took the wrong route at one of the splits. Realising my mistake, I stopped, and waited for Bolle to pass me to giveaway my advantage however, a crash on a technical climb at the end of the last lap resulted in failure to re-overtake Bolle. It was great racing, the track was hard on the hands, and definitely felt like we had done some work. Unfortunately my wrong-route taken caused me a 30min penalty which dropped me from second down to fifth.”
Denzil Torlage – 2nd in National Masters
“The first lap started quite intense with a lot of dust and a lot of riders to overtake. Coming into the second, the dust had settled somewhat but from passing so many riders early on, I started to get a bit tired and that’s when local rider, Steve Landman passed me for the lead of the race. I managed to settle into a good rhythm by lap three and held second position to the flag. The course was hectic and very demanding on the body.”
South Coast Bike Festival Super Enduro – 30 April 2018
Other news: South Coast Bike Festival Super Enduro
Two of our Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha riders made the trip up to Margate to compete in the Super Enduro event held at the South Coast Bike Festival. Both Blake Gutzeit and Kyle Flanagan dominated proceedings with Blake Gutzeit taking the win, and Kyle Flanagan in second position.
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The season opener of the ADAC MX Masters was held at an incredible venue that I have never been to before. Fürstlich Drehna is a sandy track that went from well-manicured and developed into an extremely challenging track with massive rutted jumps.
Saturday started with free practice allowing me to get to know the track and lay down a few fast laps. Timed practice I went out mid pack, made a silly mistake and crashed in the first lap putting me right at the back of the field where I now needed to try put in a fast lap to get that all important gate pick. At the end I managed a 5th fastest giving me a decent gate pick. My lap times were good considering I was always moving through traffic, this gave me confidence I could match the leaders in the race.
Moto 1 started with an average start coming out in about 10th place but avoiding a first corner crash held me up a bit putting me outside of the top 15. A few mistakes in the opening laps hindered my progress but I did find good rhythm and could charge through the field finishing the moto in a comfortable 2nd place.
Moto 2 was a better start and rounded the first turn in about 10th place. I was able to steadily make my way through the field to 2nd place and set my sights on the leader. I consistently put in fast laps and could see the gap closing between us. I put pressure on the leader and was able to capitalise on a small mistake and lead the last lap and a half for the win. I am happy to have the red plate going into round 2 of the ADAC MX Master series held in Mölln, 26th & 27th May. Next stop is the first round of the EMX Championship in Denmark.
Extract from race organiser report: ADAC MX Junior Cup 85 (link)
In the ADAC MX Junior Cup 85, the first race was already held on Saturday. Liam Everts (KTM), the son of ten-time world champion Stefan Everts, dominated the prelude and was able to win safely. On Sunday, however, the 13-year-old was harassed by Camden McLellan (Kosak Racing Team / KTM) midway through and had to give in to pressure from the South African in the closing stages of the race. "I had a few lapses and Camden was just a bit faster in the end," admitted Everts. "But it was still a good showing with the victory on Saturday, so in the next race I'll try to do better and win the overall title." McLellan had already announced after the first race that he can fight with a good start to the victory and the 13-year-old kept his word. " I caught up with Liam at the end of the race and put pressure on him, "said Mc Lellan happily," and when he made a small mistake, I was there to grab the win. I am very satisfied with my performance here and think that I can show even more on tracks with hard ground.
Huge thanks to my sponsors in Germany and back home:
KOSAK, KTM, Motorex, SN Hydraulik, Troy Lee Designs, Bridgestone, Mefo Mousse, Xtrig, ORS Suspension, Matura, Goldfren, Twinair, Pepp Underwear, Herschel Supply Co, KTM South Africa, Red Bull South Africa, Esjots Sprockets, Werthaus Wohnbau
Auto Fabrica is one of the UK's most exciting custom builders, bringing cutting edge design to classic style. Yamaha contacted them knowing they'd craft something unique without sacrificing the energy beneath. A Sports Heritage staple, the XSR900, was chosen as the base for its extensive customisation capabilities, as well as the proven power of its 847cc three cylinder power plant.
Auto Fabrica co-founders Bujar and Gaz Muharremi linked up with designer and close friend Toby Mellor to lay down the blueprints for the Type 11 Prototype One. This design focused on blurring the lines between classic style and modern surface language. The team decided this would be a track machine so they wouldn't be held back by the regulations for day to day road use.
The Story Begins with the Prototype One
The Prototype One was race ready down to the smallest detail and oozed raw power. Custom Öhlins suspension, Brembo calipers, specialist PFM brake discs and BST Carbon Wheels provide stunning handling. Carbon-nylon 3D printed, CAD designed elements combined with a hand laid carbon fibre elements and featuring Zirotek coatings were specially selected and designed to fit harmoniously with the traditionally made, radically styled, handmade wrap over aluminum body. A flush fitted dial, contrasting seat unit, quick fill race tank and handmade sand bent, 3-into-3 exhaust topped it all off.
The Tale Develops as the Prototype Three Emerges
It quickly became clear that this bike was only the beginning of the story. They wanted something with the same DNA they could take to the road. The Prototype Three took shape, this time using a true legend as the base; the Yamaha XS750. With the style of the 70s, the XS750 fit with the Auto Fabrica love of modern design on classic lines. Performance parts added the power and the team brought the historic machine right into the future. Brembo calipers and a Motogadget Speedo mix with flowing forms created using traditional panel beating techniques and hand forming. All these blended with creative interpretations of classic designs, like the 3D printed velocity stacks and bespoke headlight structures. The signature sand bent exhaust marked the creation as unmistakably Auto Fabrica.
A Legend is Born in the Prototype Two
After the Prototype One and Prototype Three, there was only one place to go. The Type 11 Prototype Two took everything from first two builds and combined it into a road going machine. The Prototype Two was built on the Yamaha XSR900 base and takes its performance perks from the Prototype One where the Prototype Three shines through on the aesthetics. High quality, bespoke, blended collections of design philosophies and techniques give the Prototype Two it's powerful visage. A round headlight, conventional fuelling, trimmed seats, indicators, road tires and matching metallic silver paint finish tie the Prototype Two to the classic style of the Prototype Three.
"Seeing this project evolve has been something really special for all of us," commented Antoin Clémot, Yamaha Motor Europe Motorcycle Product Manager. "This went from a beautiful idea with a great bike to three incredible creations that speak to everything Yamaha's Yard Built platform represents. That the Prototype Two is going to find its way into enthusiasts hands is
thrilling as well. So often these are one off pieces and knowing that this bike will be ridden out there in the real world, by people with a love for unique design, is something we can all get a kick out of."
Yamaha Motor Europe and Auto Fabrica will be holding an open event this weekend from 10am to 8pm, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st, at Iris Studios in London to launch the machine and give the press and public a chance to experience the bike. The Prototype Two will be supplied in a strictly limited run, sold as the Auto Fabrica Type 11 and tailored to order with the first deliveries expected between Summer and Autumn 2018.
Round 15 - AMA Supercross Championship - April 21, 2018
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin charged his way to victory in the 450SX class on Saturday in front of a packed crowd at Gillette Stadium for Round 15 of the 2018 AMA Supercross Championship.
As the gate dropped for the 450SX Main Event, Musquin powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to the front and assumed the lead on the opening lap. The Frenchmen dominated the first 21 laps of the race until Eli Tomac interjected just before the white flag. With victory on his mind, Musquin fought back to make a last-lap pass on Tomac and capture his third win of the season in Foxborough.
Musquin: “After Eli got past me, I knew I had to do something – it’s for the win. I led so many laps and I was bummed but I felt like I was riding really good so I knew I could charge. I was going into the main rut the whole Main Event and he cut really tight, I definitely didn’t expect it. Obviously, the outcome was pretty brutal and I’m sorry about what happened with the crash but it could have been bad for me too. It was for a 450 Main Event win, sometimes you have to try your hardest and I know I did that.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordon Smith rode to his second-straight podium finish in the 250SX East Championship on Saturday with a solid second-place performance. Smith got off to a great start aboard his KTM 250 SX-F and maintained a consistent pace in second throughout the entire 17-lap Main Event. Smith heads into the Las Vegas finale with only a 15-point deficit from the overall leader in the 250SX East Championship
450SX Main Event Results - Foxborough 2018
1. Marvin Musquin, KTM
2. Eli Tomac, Kawasaki
3. Jason Anderson, Husqvarna
4. Blake Baggett, KTM
450SX Championship Standings
1. Anderson, 332 points
2. Musquin, 298
3. Tomac, 269
4. Brayton, 247
5. Baggett, 243
250SX East Main Event Results - Foxborough 2018
1. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna
2. Jordon Smith, KTM
3. Kyle Peters, Suzuki
250SX East Championship Standings
1. Osborne, 180 points
2. Smith, 142
3. Martin, 165
4. Forkner, 157
5. Renzland, 137
Blistering sunshine at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA), with blue sky as far as the eye could see, was an omen for a faultless race by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi. The pair had a rather lonely ride at the Grand Prix of The Americas, securing second and fourth place respectively.
Viñales started from first place on the grid and was in third place after the first corner. He needed a couple of laps to find a good rhythm before he started chasing the man in front of him, with Rossi in his wake.
With 14 laps to go, the Spaniard put in a block pass into turn 1 on Andrea Iannone, so he had a clear track ahead of him to hunt down the race leader. He consistently dropped laps in the 2'05s, but was not able to inch closer and decided to focus on managing the gap to the riders in pursuit. He did so brilliantly, finishing the race in second place, holding a 3.560s gap to the front over the finish line.
Rossi speeded to the first corner from P5 on the grid, but with all riders squeezing through the tight left-hander, he was pushed back a position. He soon reclaimed fifth place though, as he passed Johann Zarco in the first lap in turn 12. The next lap he also picked off Cal Crutchlow, so he was directly behind Viñales.
As his teammate passed Iannone at the start of lap 6, the Doctor pressed to do the same. He was looking threatening behind his compatriot, but couldn't quite manoeuvre his bike into third position. As his tyres started to lose grip, Rossi lost touch with the fellow Italian. For the remainder of the race he clocked high 2'05s and low 2'06s laps in a lonely ride and finished taking the chequered flag in fourth place, 9.587s from first.
Today's race results see Viñales climb up to third place in the championship standings, with 41 points. Rossi also gained a place, holding seventh with a 29-point total. Yamaha is now in second place in the Constructor Championship with 56 points, while Movistar Yamaha MotoGP moved up to first position in the Team Championship, having scored 70 points.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action in two weeks' time, when the MotoGP paddock will arrive in Jerez, Spain, for the Gran Premio de España.
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias leaves Round 4 of the 2018 Supersport World Championship at Assen still leading the overall standings after a strong ride to fourth, although he was disappointed not to be able to fight for the race win on Sunday. His teammate Federico Caricasulo was pushing as hard as he could during the race before contact with another rider saw him crash out while battling in the leading group. In the European Supersport Cup, Alfonso Coppolamade a strong start but faded towards the end of the race to finish in 20th place.
Mahias struggled to find the perfect setup in Aragon and, unfortunately, he suffered from a similar issue throughout the weekend in Assen. Starting from the middle of the front row, the reigning WorldSSP Champion led in the early stages of the race but was riding on the absolute limit for the entire 18 laps. He fought hard in the leading group and battled all the way to the line with some sensational riding. In a dramatic finish, it looked like he might be on the podium but he ended up missing out in the sprint to the line and finished in fourth, just 0.341s behind the winner. Despite being disappointed on missing out on the podium for the second consecutive race, the 29-year-old French rider leaves the TT Circuit Assen still leading the overall championship with 71 points, although his lead has now been reduced to one-point heading into Round 5 at Imola.
Caricasulo also found it hard to get the perfect setup with his GRT Yamaha R6. Despite this, he fought valiantly all weekend and during the race, he had made his way up to fifth from seventh on the grid and was battling with his teammate in the leading group. That is when disaster struck, as there was contact with another rider on lap 13 at Turn 6 and his race ended prematurely. Luckily, despite it being a very fast crash, he walked away battered and bruised but without any serious injury. After his DNF, the 22-year-old Italian is now fifth in the championship standings with 49 points, trailing his teammate at the top by 21 points but confident he can fight back at Imola.
Coppola once again showed great progress throughout the race weekend, as the inaugural Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge winner continues to adjust to the WorldSSP championship. Lining up on the grid in 25th place, he enjoyed a number of good battles with other riders before the extra weight of the R6 and the longer duration of the race started to tell. Battling all the way to the line, he finished in 20th place and is now determined to work hard on his strength and stamina before the next round at Imola.
The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team now head to a private test at Brno later in the week, before it is time to set their sights on Round 4 of the WorldSSP Championship at Imola on the 11th-13th May. Check out the full WorldSSP race results from Assen.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled to Austin, Texas in the United States of America for this weekend's Grand Prix of The Americas. After a chaotic race day at the Termas de Río Honda Circuit both Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi are keen to get straight back in the hot seat of their YZR-M1s to score some solid points.
Viñales arrives in the USA holding fourth place in the championship standings and beaming with his usual fiery determination. The Spanish rider counts the Circuit of The Americas as one of his favourite tracks and is eager to put the learnings from his Argentina experience to good use here.
When COTA was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2013, the then 18-year-old secured a strong second place in the Moto3 class. He followed this up with his first Moto2 race win in 2014. His best MotoGP finish at the American track was a fourth place, just off the podium, in 2016. He was unable to finish his first race on a Yamaha on American soil last year, but the solid pace he showed throughout the weekend suggests that he will be a strong contender also this time round.
Rossi currently sits in eighth place in the championship standings after scoring no points at the last Grand Prix. However, the nine-time World Champion is not a rider that should ever be ruled out. He and his team will pull together and give their 100% to make a strong comeback and turn their fortunes around.
The Italian acknowledged in the past that the COTA track has an interesting lay-out that's not easy to master, but that makes riding there all the more fun for the Doctor. Through recent years he improved his performance at COTA, with a hard fought third place in 2015 and a second place in last year's race as his best results so far.
The Circuit of The Americas was constructed in 2012 and was added as a permanent fixture on the MotoGP calendar the following year. The 5.5km-long track is run counter-clockwise, has 20 corners in total (11 left turns and 9 right turns), a longest straight of 1.2km and has a 41m-elevation change. Its tight hairpins, inclines, declines and fast straight make finding a well-balanced setting vital, but the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is up for the challenge, in order to snatch places on the podium in front of the 120,000-capacity crowd.
Altherm Yamaha Official WMX's Courtney Duncan dominated the second round of the FIM Women's Motocross World Championship on the rut-strewn clay of Agueda, Portugal to claim her first round victory of 2018 and the WMX Championship Red Plate as the new series leader.
Joining the 'Kiwi Girl' on the podium, No Fear Yamaha Official WMX's Nancy van de Venput in two solid races for third overall, while the defending champion MXFonta Yamaha Official WMX's Kiara Fontanesi bounced back from the adversity she faced in Race 1, where she finished 7th, for 3rd place in Race 2 and 4th overall.
The track in Agueda had been battered by rain across the days leading in, which made the typically hard-pack surface very soft and technical. Fresh off her first race victory in the final race at the opening round in Trentino, Italy, Courtney Duncan stamped her authority on the 2018 WMX Championship with a convincing double race win in Portugal.
In the opening race of the weekend, Duncan got off to a blistering start, leading van de Ven around turn one, while Fontanesi was left for dust and forced to charge her way through the field.
What Fontanesi lacked in speed off the gate she made up for on the track as she impressively charged her way up into the Top-10 before the end of lap 2. After 10-minutes of weaving her way through the pack, the defending champ made light work of the championship leader, Larissa Papenmeier, before hitting a kicker on a short and sharp decent, which caused her to crash. Following a quick remount, the Italian was resurgent and managed to fight back to 7th place.
Meanwhile, Duncan remained superior in her craft on the rough and rutty red clay as she led every single lap to win by 13-seconds over van de Ven who crossed the line in 2nd place.
After overnight rain, the girls lined up first thing this morning ready to brave much sloppier conditions than they raced in yesterday. Duncan got off to another good start and chased Papenmeier around turn-one with Fontanesi in her wake. While frantically pulling tear-off's, after taking a face full of roost, Fontanesi pinned it around the outside of Duncan for 2nd.
Duncan's team owner is none other than Josh Coppins, former MX1 vice world champion, Yamah ace, and fellow 'Kiwi' legend and is always advising her to be patient and bide her time, as a lot can happen over the 20 minute plus 2-Lap course of the race.
After two laps of patiently sliding around in the mud, Duncan found some lines that worked well and she set the fastest lap of the race before executing a text book pass on Fontanesi by charging up the inside and pushing her wide. The 'Kiwi Girl' then went on to chip away at the lead of Papenmeier and eventually used the power of her YZ250F to make a pass by pinning it around the outside line. Papenmeier did get squirly, which made for a heart-stopping moment as the two rubbed plastic. Fortunately, they both managed to keep their bikes on two-wheels with Duncan asserting her place at the front of the field.
Wet conditions always makes for an interesting race and more often than not, it's a battle of survival. Fontanesi & van de Ven both stayed out of trouble and put in strong rides to finish 3rd and 4th, respectively, which was enough to give van de Ven her first podium finish of 2018, with 3rd overall.
As the clear-cut fastest rider this weekend, Courtney Duncan was masterful on the wet and muddy clay. Having won three races, from four, this season, she will go into the third round of the championship with a 3-point lead over Larissa Papenmeier.
Nancy van de Ven has moved up to 3rd place in the WMX World Championship standings with a 6-point buffer over Kiara Fontanesi in 4th.
Yamaha extends its lead in the WMX Manufacturers Classification, and now leads by 10-points.
The next round of the FIM Women's Motocross World Championship will take place in Teutschenthal, Germany on the weekend of May 20th
The National Enduro season kicked off in Robertson, Western Cape, this past weekend.
The atmosphere was tense as South Africa’s best lined up for a fresh start in the shadow of the looming Langeberg Mountain Range.
A new racing format introduced a ‘flag to flag’ style event, which sent riders off in batches to conquer four loops of approximately 35km.
The rugged Western Cape terrain presented a daunting technical valley and rocky river bed to conquer, and leading riders took over an hour to get through each lap.After a testing day in the saddle, the Brother Leader Tread KTM squad managed to bring home two podium positions.
New to the E2 Class this season was Scott Bouverie, who had a rollercoaster day out. As no stranger to rough and rocky terrain, things looked promising for the rider as he blitzed his way through the first loop.
After a calculation error in the second lap, a frustrated Bouverie had to push his bike after running out of fuel: “The day started off really well. I made a misjudgement on the second lap with fuel, and lost a lot of time. I’ve been battling with a shoulder injury, so pushing the bike was a real challenge!”With years of experience and a strong sense of grit, he was able to fight his way back up the ranks to secure a third spot in his class behind Wade Young and Travis Teasdale.
Commenting on his new KTM 300 TPI, he said: “It’s an amazing bike, and it really performed today.”
A determined Dwayne Kleynhans set off guns blazing in the E1 category.
With his sights securely fixed on the championship, the rider was off to a solid start. After leading for some of the race, it was Yamaha’s William Oosthuizen who managed to snatch up the top spot for the day.
Kleynhans finished less than three minutes behind him, but was satisfied with his result:
“This was the best start I’ve had to a National Enduro season, so I’ve got a good platform to build on from here. The E1 class is stacked, and there are a lot of hungry kids looking to beat me!” he said.
Turning his focus to round two, he added, “Going to do some homework now - I have a few things I want to work on so I can come out swinging in the next race.”
Stealing the show was Kirsten Landman.
It was a first-time experience for South Africa’s leading enduro lady as she lined up with the E2 Class.
“Today was tough, and I really had to dig deep on that last lap. I came in after my third lap and I was ready to finish! It was a riding lesson for me, and I’ve just got so much respect for the top guys and the pace that they run at,” said Landman.
After pulling off a sixth place and adding her name to the short list of E2 finishers, she comments: “I’ve realised that I need to work on my overall speed. I’m good at the technical stuff, but I lose so much time on the open sections. It’s a fear I have, and one that I’m determined to overcome.”
As part of her effort to build up her speed, Landman has taken up motocross and has committed to the National Cross-Country season this year.
“I’m trying new things because I want to bridge the gap and finish closer to the guys,” she said.