Camden McLellan won the 85 cc Pro Mini class in round five of the South African National Motocross Championship near near Maritzburg last weekend.
National cross country bike and quad riders head to the orchards of Ceres after a long break in racing
AFTER a nine-week break in the 2016 SA National Cross Country Motorcycle and Quad Championship, riders head next to the Koue Bokkeveld 400 in the Ceres area for the fifth, penultimate round in the championship.
Many competitors welcomed the long break after a tough Toyota Kalahari Botswana Desert Race where they completed the best part of 1 000 km over three days under gruelling conditions, and not competing at national level for just over two months, would see them preparing for the final onslaught.
Only motorcycle and quads will compete in round five of the SACC KB400, which will be combined with the Western Cape Regional Championship.
The sixth and final round, the Atlas Copco race in Westonaria on October 28 and 29, will again be combined with the Donaldson Cross Country Motor Racing Championship for production and special vehicles.
To get to the fifth round, competitors had to take on a variety of terrain, including the dusty and rocky Kalahari at Vryburg, the Battlefields in a cold KwaZulu-Natal and the iconic three-day marathon event in Botswana’s desert.
At this stage of the championship, the title contenders will know how important it is to play it safe while aiming for a rich haul of points.
They will also be fully aware of the fact that it is of vital importance to keep an eye on the number of entrants as a minimum of 10 starters per class is required at each event for the championship to be valid at the end of the season.
Strong local competition
Regional off-road racing is alive and well in the Western Cape and the national events are normally well supported by “local” competitors.
This year, quite a number of Cape riders competed in the national series. The KB400 also counts towards their regional championship and allows them the opportunity to shine in front of their home crowd, while more valuable points can push them closer to a coveted South African national title.
Caledon rider Wilhelm Schönfeldt (BCR Arrow Yamaha Racing) is currently second in the OR3 (200cc) motorcycle championship (only one point behind the leader) while another Cape rider, Calvin Wiltshire (Droomers Yamaha), is fifth in this class. Schönfeldt’s team-mate, Altus de Wet, who is from Montagu, won this event in 2010 and another victory would not only look good, but the points would improve his current third position in the OR1 (Open Class) Championship.
Riki Mans (Droomers Yamaha) is leading the Ladies’ Class in the motorcycle category while husband and team-mate Izak is third in the 125cc Class D Challenge — a mere eight points behind the leader.
Durbanville youngster Troy Sullivan (KTM) has also moved up after the two Botswana events and is now fourth in the High School Class Championship.
On the quads
In the quad category, Brackenfell’s Dewald Theron, who led the standings earlier this year, has dropped to fifth in the Open Quad Championship after not competing in Botswana.
The participation of local quad competitors, who have not competed at national level this year, could see some interesting results in this championship.
Racing in their “backyard” will also contribute to the confidence of the local riders and the “North vs South Challenge” will add to the excitement of the event as will a contingent of Namibian competitors.
The race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service point for the SACC KB 400 will be located at a central point from where a time-trial will take place on August 26 to determine the starting order for the next day’s racing.
Caledon rider Wilhelm Schönfeldt (BCR Arrow Yamaha Racing) is hoping to win one point to lead in the 200cc championship.