South African race fans have rallied up for the start of the 2019 National Motocross season. The lineup that the series has attracted is once again mouth-watering as riders prepare to battle it out for the country’s premier motocross title.
After walking away with both the MX1 and MX2 Championship in 2018, all eyes will be on Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing as they step into the new season.
Flying the team’s flag in the prestigious MX1 class is 22-year old Maddy Malan.The Pietermaritzburg based rider came painfully close to taking a championship title last year, but a series of unfortunate mishaps kept him from motocross glory. Having unleashed but a glimpse of his potential, Malan is preparing to pull out all the stops in 2019.
“With the team that's backing me, I know it's going to be a good year. I can't wait for it all to start on Saturday - it's time rewrite the wrongs from the last two years," said Malan.
A notable change that has been made to the team this year is the addition of rising star Nick Adams, who will be racing in MX2.
Adams’ motocross career kicked off in South Africa when he started racing at four years old. After snatching up the 85cc Championship and AMU 125cc title, he went on to gain invaluable experience on the international motocross circuit. Not only did he represent South Africa in the renowned Motocross of Nations series but managed to secure a second spot in the ADAC Championship for MX2, and a top ten finish in the Junior World Championship.
As Husqvarna’s newest recruit, the 21-year old will certainly enter the 2019 National season with a target on his back. “This is one of the best teams in the country, and now that I’m backed by the right resources the MX2 Championship is definitely the goal for me this year,” said Adams.
As he prepares to face the notorious sand of Port Elizabeth for the first race of the season, Adams added, “I lived in Lommel for 5 years, which is renowned as the toughest sand track in the world. I like riding in sand a lot, which will hopefully play to my advantage. I’ve also always done really well in Port Elizabeth, so looking forward to it.”
Rounding out the Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing squad is young gun Neil van der Vyver.
Having already snatched up the 50cc crown in 2017, van der Vyver is on the hunt for a new championship title. The youngster made the step up to the 65cc Class last season, and despite writing the year off a ‘learning curve’ finished on the podium several times.
With the top priority to win the championship this year, van der Vyver commented, “I’ve had an unbelievable off season - spent a lot of time on my bike and worked hard on my fitness levels. I learnt a lot from last year and can’t wait for that gate to drop in PE. With the awesome team I have behind me, I have only one goal this year and that’s to be the 2019 65cc MX Champion!”