001As the 2018 hard enduro season draws to a close, it is only fitting to repeat the line from an international commentator at Red Bull Romaniacs this year – “What is it that they feed these South African riders?”

With the likes of current stars such as Wade Young and Travis Teasdale, and former enduro giants Alfie Cox and Darryl Curtis, it is clear that South African riders are doing something right.

Having recently wrapped up the Roof of Africa, it is obvious that our hard enduro success will only go from strength to strength in the future. A name that stood out this year was PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING star, Matt Green.002The youngster turned 17-years old recently, and had tongues wagging in Lesotho when he chased down the country’s top racing talent on the smallest motorcycle in his class to claim 6th overall in the coveted event.

His growth over the past year has been truly ground-breaking. In 2017 he managed to finish 20th in a Roof of Africa edition that some Gold riders claimed to be ‘too easy’. The general comments that were repeated about this year’s route described an extreme challenge that had top riders sweating from start to finish, yet Green improved his standings tremendously.003 “Super stoked with my results. There’s a lot of experience that’s required to do well in this race, and I learnt some valuable lessons that will hopefully see me crack the top five next year or even better. I’ve come a long way this season, and I feel confident about the potential I have for the future,” said Green.

His hard enduro efforts were picked up on the international radar too this season.

Green made headlines when he stormed to a top five Gold Class finish at the renowned Red Bull Sea to Sky in Turkey. He also snatched up sixth overall in Silver at Red Bull Romaniacs, which was boasted to be the most ‘epic’ edition yet.

The future looks bright for the young Kwa-Zulu Natal star, as does the country’s future in this sport.end bike test







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