2020 National Motocross Champions Crowned in Bloemfontein
The country’s 2020 National Motocross champions were crowned in Bloemfontein this weekend. The series came to a close with an exciting double-header round where Red Bull KTM’s Tristan Purdon took top honours in the premier MX1 Class. Effectively dubbing Purdon as the best Motocross rider in the country.
The victory came especially sweet for Purdon after last year’s season finale where he finished as runner-up. In a bid to set the record straight this time around, Purdon lined-up in Bloemfontein leading the MX1 Class by a single point. In excruciatingly hot conditions with temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius, the rider launched his attack. With consecutive victories in the first three heats and a third place in the final moto, Purdon took the victory overall in both rounds to secure the 2020 title.“I can finally say it – I'm the 2020 MX1 Champion! That is a wrap for the season – thank you is not enough to everyone in my corner,” said an elated Purdon.
Adding to the celebrations in the orange camp was yet another championship title courtesy of young gun Jonathan Mlimi, who stormed to victory in the High School Class. Having fought his way back from an injury that ruled him out of the 2019 season, Mlimi was determined to reinstate himself as the frontrunner in his class.“We did it! This time I managed to take three hole shots and another four wins – which makes it 8/8 victories since the season restarted. The hard work and training really payed off – thank you to everyone who supported me,” said Mlimi.
Rounding out the orange squad this weekend was Kerim Fitz-Gerald. While the rider was unable to make up the 20-point deficit keeping him from the top of the MX2 leaderboard, he finished off the season with an outstanding performance.
KTM South Africa’s Marketing Manager Louwrens Mahoney gave a parting shot as the season came to a close: “What a tough and demanding weekend it was with the track getting so rough, the unbearable heat and two solid days of racing! I am so proud of the team and their achievements, not just at this event but over the entire year. We’re going into 2021 with the MX1 and High School Championship, which is a massive confidence boost for the riders and the team. We will work hard in the off season to maintain this form and to come back even stronger!”
Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Thibault Benistant locked up the 2020 EMX250 Championship title following a dramatic showdown at the 10th and final round of the championship in Lommel, Belgium.
Guarding a lead of 24-points going into the EMX250 round of Limburg, Benistant only had to beat his closest rival, Mattia Guadagnini, at the final round to be crowned champion.
After setting the pace in qualifying for the second time this season, the ‘198’ took full advantage of Pole Position and rocketed to an impressive holeshot. Drama soon unfolded with Guadagnini determined to take the championship fight to the last race. Benistant opted out of playing a risky game with his main competitor and settled for second position in Race 1.
Going down to the wire, Benistant had to finish within 21-points of Guadagnini in the final race. With race intelligence beyond his years, the 18-year-old Frenchman rode a smooth and steady race for his eighth race win and sixth overall victory to be crowned European Champion for the second time in his career – his first was back in 2018 when he won the EMX125 Championship onboard a GYTR kitted YZ125.
This season was Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s first term as Yamaha Motor Europe’s Official EMX250 team. Although Benistant has been a long-time Yamaha rider, it was his first year on the Dutch-based team. A solid combination of team and rider effort saw Benistant take his GYTR kitted YZ250F to eight race wins, six round wins and seven podium finishes in 2020.
In celebration of his 2020 European Championship success, Benistant will make his MX2 debut at the MXGP of Lommel on Sunday 25th October.
The ride doesn’t need to end when the road does… Rolling into view as the perfect choice for finding new boundaries off the beaten tracks, the 2021 KTM 890 ADVENTURE comes with more engine grunt, improved handling, added suspension adjustability and rider focused technology to form the right tool for endless road or gravel exploration.
It has never been a better time to reach out to the world on a bike. Getting from A to B safely, quickly and efficiently has always been important but to do it aboard a machine carrying KTM’s READY TO RACE DNA takes the experience to new levels. A new model for 2021, the KTM 890 ADVENTURE takes the lightweight and sporty characteristics you’d expect from a KTM ADVENTURE motorcycle to deliver a supremely capable adventure tourer - both on and off the tarmac.The KTM 790 ADVENTURE formed a robust basis for KTM engineers to begin their search to offer more - much more – while still maintaining that resourcefulness, light touch and confidence-inspiring handling. The new 889cc compact engine raises performance figures to 105 hp and 100 Nm of torque and the 20% extra rotating mass of the crankshaft brings an improved feeling at low revs while augmenting the centralized sensation and traction through corners. The KTM 890 ADVENTURE comes with a refined and stronger clutch to cope with the boosted performance and the powerplant is Euro5 compliant.
A new WP APEX rear shock offers greater customization potential through a new rebound damping adjuster and an additional hand adjuster for spring preload. The suspension matches the rest of the chassis configuration in placing the bike firmly between use for the tarmac and the trail.Want the thrill of the gravel and breaking traction? Then count on 200mm of suspension travel, Dakar Rally-inspired ergonomics that mean the bike is comparably slim, light and manageable, an accessible seat height, a low fender, a 20-liter tank and KTM MY RIDE navigation.
Prefer the flat expanses of the road? The KTM 890 ADVENTURE has Adventure-spec tires, a full-size TFT dashboard, Cornering ABS, Motorcycle Traction Control and Motor Slip Regulation, a seat that is adjustable in two heights and a strong yet lightweight subframe for pillion or baggage.A range of KTM PowerPart upgrades means that Cruise Control (with the handlebar switch now provided as standard), a Quickshifter+ (with optimized settings), heated seat and grips together with a wide compliment of luggage widens the travel potential of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE even more.
KTM 890 ADVENTURE – MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// New engine with 90 cc added displacement
// Improved performance with 105 hp & 100 Nm (Euro5)
// Better rideability thanks to 20% increased rotating mass
// Stronger clutch adapted to increased performance
// Engine knock control system (use of low Octane fuel)
// High-quality WP suspension components & new rear shock
// Reworked front & rear brakes for added control
// Improved ABS & MTC settings
// Anodized wheel hubs instead of powder coated
// Handlebar switch with Cruise Control button (software additional)
// Weight optimization thanks to compact motor & fuel tank
// Slim profile, refined ergonomics & new graphics
// Travel-ready with two-part, adjustable seat & low fender
// Smartphone connectivity giving access to music, calls
// Optional KTM MY RIDE app for turn-by-turn navigation
AVAILABLE NOW: THE MYKTM APP & CONNECTIVITY UNIT KIT OFFER FACTORY BIKE SET-UP AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON
Placing added control in the hands of KTM SX-F riders, the myKTM app allows for quick and easy bike set-up with key tuning tools and helpful advice from the comfort of your smartphone device. With the software now downloadable for both iOS and Android, the KTM PowerParts Connectivity Unit kit is now available to purchase.
Thousands of hours and testing have gone into the creation of KTM’s advanced myKTM app that for 2021 graces the complete line-up of KTM SX-F 4-stroke bikes. This innovative tool places simple and concise adjustability of engine mapping and performance, along with precise recommendations for suspension settings using well-presented and intuitive menu screens.
The myKTM app functions through a straightforward Bluetooth connection with a Connectivity Unit that is located on the handlebars. Once synced, the bike will be added onto your virtual GARAGE and will immediately become available for a range of tuning options and recommendations described in the respective ENGINE and SUSPENSION sections.
Entering ENGINE allows riders to customize parameters of the engine to their taste or to suit the terrain and conditions they are about to face. It involves a basic ‘sliding scale’ approach, with several pre-sets allowing modifications of vital parameters such as ENGINE BRAKING, THROTTLE RESPONSE, TRACTION CONTROL and LAUNCH CONTROL. The changes made through the app are tangible, effective and very noticeable from the first metres of a new lap.
Selecting SUSPENSION means that riders can make their KTM SX-Fs even more specialized in terms of handling. It removes some of the guesswork to deal with hard-pack, muddy or sandy tracks thanks to the SAG ASSISTANT and the SUSPENSION SETTING recommendation. Again, the choices can be clear-cut for the first-term user but still a valuable guide for the experienced rider and racer.
Joachim Sauer, KTM Senior Product Manager Offroad: “It’s exciting to bring the myKTM app to the market. Allowing for a whole new spectrum of adjustment possibilities, this is a tool designed to enhance the riding experience and make every KTM SX-F rider get the best out of their bike. We’re happy with the versatility of the app and how alterations made with a smartphone can have such an interesting and immediate effect once out on the track. The work continues for us and for the foreseeable future we look at expanding the use and scope of myKTM to many more models from the KTM Offroad range.”
For more information on pricing and availability of the KTM PowerParts Connectivity Unit kit, please contact your local authorized KTM dealer.
Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier claimed his fifth MotoAmerica Superbike title with third and second-place finishes at Sunday’s doubleheader at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Teammate and title rival Jake Gagne took solid points finishes in both races, crossing the line fourth in race two and recovering from a crash in race three to finish seventh.
Mixed fortunes in race one at The Brickyard on Saturday saw Gagne take second and Beaubier crash out, but Sunday was a new day. They lined up for race two in their qualifying positions of sixth and fourth, respectively. At lights out, Gagne got the better launch and advanced to fifth on the first lap. Beaubier on the other hand struggled in the opening stages of the race and lost a position, but quickly settled into a rhythm and held steady in sixth.Gagne kept moving forward and worked his way up to fourth. He began to break away with the leaders, dicing with the rider behind before finding more pace and fighting up to third by the seventh lap. After finding a groove with his R1, Beaubier began his charge on lap 11, easing past fifth place and within reach of the podium. Ahead of him, Gagne had been setting a series of quick times as both Yamaha riders closed the leaders down. It became a four-rider battle in the closing stages making for a thrilling final lap. Champion-elect Beaubier made his move on the final lap into the first turn and managed to hold him off to secure his first podium of the weekend, scoring vital points over his teammate in fourth.
Anticipation rose heading into race three with Beaubier in reach to clinch the 2020 championship, only needing to leave The Brickyard 75 points clear of his teammate whilst sitting at 86. After the start he lost a place to the rapid-starting Gagne, the duo holding fourth and fifth, respectively, as they finished the opening lap. Before they could progress, the action was stopped for the third time this weekend with a red flag after the race leader crashed on lap two.With the track conditions good to go, the race resumed. Beaubier dropped to sixth at the restart with Gagne moving up into third on the first lap and quickly muscling his way into second. Behind him, the defending champ was making his way forward. On lap six, he made his move into a podium position and a title-winning shot, chasing down Gagne ahead. With only four laps to go, a small mistake by Gagne caused him to go down, but he quickly re-joined the action to finish seventh.
Beaubier controlled his pace and saw off a late challenge from third place to cross the line second and score his fifth MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. In a dominant season which saw him take 13 wins, two podiums, and 361 points, Beaubier has set the standard all year with a sublime season. With 75 points still available from the final round at Laguna Seca, the 2020 Superbike champ also has a chance to surpass the record of the most points scored in a MotoAmerica season, currently held by Josh Hayes with 410.The MotoAmerica series concludes at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on October 23-25, with another triple-header and a final chance for podium glory for the Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha squad.
Richard Stanboli – Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha Racing Team Manager
“It wasn’t the weekend we expected, but the mission was accomplished. This was Cameron’s fifth championship and our first Superbike championship with Yamaha. It was mostly a seamless season; everything just fell into place perfectly. We now have to work hard to make sure that Jake solidifies the second place in the championship at Laguna Seca. I can say for sure that Cameron, Jake, and the entire team are looking forward to the season finale at Laguna. It has always been a great track for them and Yamaha.”
Cameron Beaubier – Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha Racing
“It doesn’t seem real that we have racked up five superbike championships. It was such a tough weekend crashing three times and having a couple of issues, but with how great of a year we were having, we were due for a challenging one! I’m so happy going forward to Laguna and to be able to just enjoy the weekend with my team. It’s definitely my favorite year I’ve had racing a motorcycle.”
Jake Gagne – Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha Racing
“I didn’t get off the line too great in the first race, but I started getting into a rhythm after a few laps. There were some parts of the track I was struggling with quite a bit with the front end, so I made a few mistakes and ended up fourth. In the second race, the crew made some great changes to the bike and I was feeling much better. Once I got into second I put my head down to try and inch my way forward to the leader. I really wanted to fight for that win. Unfortunately, I asked a little much of the front tire and low sided in Turn 10. I’m glad the bike was okay and we could remount to get some points for the Monster Energy Attack Yamaha team. Hats off to Cam for an incredible year and another Superbike championship for Yamaha!”
THE 2021 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY & KTM 890 ADVENTURE R OPEN NEW HORIZONS
Two years ago, KTM funneled track experience, premium technology and race-inspired design into some of the most versatile and exciting Adventure motorcycles to roll off the brand’s production lines. As a result, the KTM 790 ADVENTURE line-up quickened the pulse in the midweight segment. For 2021 and beyond, KTM is raising heartrates further with the launch of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY and KTM 890 ADVENTURE R machines; a pair of new bikes based on new engine platforms with more power and torque, which are ready for extreme escapes off the beaten track.In the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY, KTM is crafting one of the most desirable Adventure offerings in any catalog thanks to a series of components and settings derived from the efforts of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally team. The data recorded across landscapes around the world has been analyzed and applied directly to the form of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY.Top of the range WP Pro Components ensure all-action, fully adjustable suspension while the power output of the new 4-stroke, twin, DOHC, Euro5-ready engine is boosted by an ultra-light Akrapovic silencer. The KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY is a top of the range, specialized motorcycle for the hardcore Adventurer with a raft of niche details like specific chassis race settings, rally footpegs (wider, lighter and mud-free), straight seat, clear screen and winglets, racing graphics along with Quickshifter+ and RALLY ride mode as standard.KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY – MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// Limited edition, 700 units [500 INT & 200 US]
// Updated engine & electronics
// WP XPLOR Pro Components Suspension
// Akrapovic exhaust (35% lighter than standard)
// Straight racing seat (with 910 mm height)
// RALLY mode and Quickshifter+ included
// Narrow anodized wheel rims with tubes
// Clear screen winglets and racing graphics and colors
// Carbon fiber tank protectors and Rally footrests
The KTM 890 ADVENTURE R improves and accelerates the riding sensation that many came to love with the KTM 790 ADVENTURE model family. The new engine generates 105 hp and 100 Nm of torque, that is 10 hp and 12 Nm more than the bike’s smaller brother. The crankshaft features 20% more rotating mass and the overall effect of the engineering around the powerplant means a more stable and consistent output, noticeable with low RPM torque. The added mass also means added cornering stability for long distance riding on the throttle. Fully adjustable WP XPLOR suspension, overhauled ABS software and new traction control algorithms are just three aspects that mold the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R as the company’s refined definition of an exhilarating ‘allrounder’.KTM 890 ADVENTURE R – MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// New 889cc engine with an added 90cc of displacement
// Engine featuring 20% more rotating masses (Euro5)
// More power with 105 hp @ 8,000rpm
// Added torque with 100 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
// Reinforced clutch
// Improved ABS and Traction Control
// Reworked shifting for faster gear changes
// Updated Quickshifter+ (optional)
// New handlebar switch for Cruise Control function
// Chassis upgrades with aluminum steering head tube & lighter subframe
// Reworked front & rear brakes
// New suspension settings
In a post Covid world, what’s better than getting back out into nature?
The experience of riding a brand new 2020 Honda Africa Twin of course, with the possibility of winning this ultimate adventure bike.
The finalists for the 2020 Honda Africa Quest battled through Quest Bootcamp in March; only to have the event postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.With intense anticipation the 14 finalists will be stepping aboard their 2020 Honda Africa Twins in Springbok this November to compete for the grand prize as winners of Honda Quest True Adventure 2020.
Iconic, beautiful and often challenging terrain of the Western and Northern Cape; namely Namaqua, Bushmanland, Kamieskroon, Cederberg and Richtersveld will host the finalists on this ultimate adventure ride.
Quest will kick off on November 6, 2020, with the winners ceremony taking place on November 13, 2020.
Honda Motor Southern Africa would like to wish the finalists a safe journey as they embark on a life changing adventure challenge with the all new Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L.
Based on the incredibly versatile KTM 350 EXC-F, which has become a favorite among Enduro fans worldwide, the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS features a celebratory livery that pays homage to the diverse challenges of WESS competition. With Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Manuel Lettenbichler enjoying success aboard the KTM 350 EXC-F on multiple occasions, the reigning WESS Champion also unveiled the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS in a special video that is now available on KTM’s digital platforms.
The KTM 350 EXC-F is a highly desirable solution for offroad riders of all ages and backgrounds that combines the agility of a smaller-cylinder machine with the power and torque of a far larger bike. Its advanced 350 cc fuel-injected DOHC engine that weighs less than 28 kg works with the state-of-the-art chromoly steel frame to offer the perfect balance between power and handling.
Using the key elements from KTM’s best-selling 4-stroke competition Enduro machine, the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS augments the serial production model’s package by including factory wheels with hubs anodized in orange, a radiator fan and protectors, CNC machined triple clamps in orange, a plastic skid plate, and a grippy Factory seat.The biggest enhancement on the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS is seen with the inclusion of WP XACT 48 mm air fork technology for the first time on a KTM Enduro machine. Specifically designed for high-performance offroad use, the latest innovation from WP allows for easy and quick adjustments via the air pressure valve for preload (on the left) or the easy-access clickers for damping (on the right), optimizing suspension settings for different tests or the changing conditions of a long riding day. In addition, the WP XACT fork introduces big weight savings compared to the alternative systems.
Built for those looking for the ultimate 4-stroke race machine, the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS comes with further additions in the forms of a floating front disc with guard, a solid rear disc, a Supersprox stealth rear sprocket, an orange oil plug, grey ODI grips, and a standard map select switch. The all-new WESS graphics and orange frame make this unique machine stand out with a close-to-factory look regardless of the depth of the rut or the size of the rocks.
Joachim Sauer, KTM Senior Product Manager Offroad: “There is exclusivity with each one of our special edition machines and with the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS we set out to provide hardcore Enduro fans with a technical upgrade that will help them thrive on in competition or further enhance their general feeling while riding. With the addition of the WP XACT fork technology for the first time on a KTM EXC, the bike is a fantastic tribute to the skills we see in the WESS championship. For WESS fans and Enduro riders that want unique looks and class-leading 4-stroke performance then this is another unmissable offroad bike that we at KTM are really proud of.”
The Yamalube YART Yamaha Team have taken victory in the first-ever Estoril 12-Hour after a sublime performance from Karel Hanika, Marvin Fritz and Niccoló Canepa. The Wojcik Racing Team and Moto AIN team made it a triple celebration for Yamaha on the Estoril podium, with Wojcik finishing third overall and Moto AIN taking the FIM Superstock World Cup race win and 2019/2020 title.
The YART Yamaha squad got their championship-deciding race underway in the hands of Marvin Fritz. The German had a tough start, suffering from a small technical issue, dropping to the back of the field as the pack battled their way into turn one.
The former IDM Superbike champion kept a calm head, quickly making his way through the field, he found himself lying in seventh at the end of the first five minutes. Fritz continued to work his way towards the front, setting an early fastest lap as the track temperature began to rise.
As he found his rhythm, Fritz was just out of podium reach after making his way up to fourth. He wasted no time getting past the F.C.C TSR Honda, swooping around the outside at the final corner, finishing the move into turn one, he began to chase after the race leader.
After an impressive first stint, Fritz handed the YART R1 over to Karel Hanika, who instantly began to pile the pressure on the BMW team. However, his opening stint was made a little easier, taking the lead of the race after the BMW Motorrad team crashed out of contention.
Controlling the pace, YART continued to dominate proceedings. Hanika was deep into his second stint when he suffered a small technical issue with his right footrest. Unalarmed, he kept a calm head, alerting the team before pulling in to make the quick repair. With just over four hours on the clock, Niccoló Canepa took over from the Czech rider.
As the race approached its half-way mark, YART held a lead of just one second over the F.C.C TSR Honda, with a battle that was set to go down to the wire.
As the track temperature continued to rise to 43 degrees, Hanika had a steady start to his next stint, building temperature into his Bridgestone tyres. With just under six hours remaining, there was no room for error in the second-longest race of the season. The Czech rider was quick to settle into his next stint, shadowing the F.C.C TSR Honda team and eventually took the lead back at turn six after losing it briefly on his out lap.
With two-thirds race distance approaching, the pressure was back on YART after their lead was closed down once again. With Fritz back on board, the German held on to the lead at the eight-hour mark, collecting ten further championship points, adding to the five they took for pole position.
There were more celebrations at the eight-hour mark as the Moto AIN DAFY squad confirmed their FIM Endurance World Cup title thanks to the efforts of Roby Rolfo, Robin Mulhauser and Hugo Clere.
Back at the front, Hanika ran into further issues, experiencing another problem with his right footrest. Both YART and Hanika were quick to fix the problem and continued to lap comfortably in the low 1:40’s as the sun began to set on the Estoril track.
With two hours remaining, YART Yamaha found themselves in a battle for the lead once again, with two different strategies for the leading two teams. However, YART used their experience to time their final pit stop to perfection, with Fritz pitting for a splash and dash nine minutes before the end of the race, securing the victory by 24.5 seconds.
Unfortunately for the team, despite a clean sweep, it wasn’t enough to take the world championship, finishing the ultra-competitive 2019/2020 EWC season in second overall, 18 points adrift of eventual winners, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.
The Wojcik Yamaha Team had a strong race, running inside the top five throughout the 12-hours to take an overall third place, joining YART on the podium. Meanwhile, Moto AIN rode to an impressive eighth place, taking the World Cup race win and the 2019/2020 crown.
Another strong result saw Yamaha crowned manufacturers champions, picking up 237 points across the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance World Championship season.
With two rounds left to spare, Evan Bros Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Andrea Locatelli is crowned the 2020 FIM Supersport World Champion, after flying to his 10th victory of the season in a superb second race in Barcelona.
After the disappointment of yesterday, where Locatelli was caught out by the timing of the red flag and finished fourth, the Italian was keen to make amends in Race 2. After dropping back to fourth from pole position on the start, the 23-year-old battled hard amongst the leading group throughout the first half of the race.
Locatelli then made his move forwards, retaking the lead on lap 10 and pulling clear to take victory and the championship. This marks the Evan Bros Yamaha team’s second consecutive riders’ title and the fourth in a row for the Yamaha R6, while Locatelli also becomes the first WorldSSP rider to win 10 races in a season.
Elsewhere, Kallio Racing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Isaac Vinales was also looking to score a better result, after dropping to 15th in yesterday’s chaotic race. The Spaniard had a slow initial getaway from the third row and found himself in 12th after lap one. Friday’s pace-setter then made his way through the second group of riders, setting the fastest lap in the process on his way to sixth.
GMT94 Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Corentin Perolari was in amongst the lead group battle for much of the 17-lap race, having got through into second from third on the grid early on. The French rider continued to challenge the leaders, but tyre degradation issues saw him drop back to eighth at the finish.
In 10th was Kallio Racing Yamaha’s Hannes Soomer, who takes his seventh top 10 finish of the season, while bLU cRU Yamaha WorldSSP by MS Racing Team’s Andy Verdoïa, fresh from his emphatic maiden victory in yesterday’s opener, was 14th. Teammate Galang Hendra Pratama was unfortunate to record his second DNF of the weekend, after a fall at Turn 10 on the second lap, with yesterday’s third-place finisher, GMT94 Yamaha’s Kyle Smith, taken out on the third lap.