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ROUND three of the South African Na­tional En­duro cham­pi­onship, which was held at Bul­wer in KwaZulu-Natal on Au­gust 12 and 13, saw Pi­eter­mar­itzburg’s Travis Teasdale set­tling for a good sec­ond place af­ter a hard-rid­ing bat­tle with SA’s top rider, Wade Young, on the Sherco 300 SE-R.

Young, who clinched a third place in the Red Bull Ro­ma­ni­acs Ex­treme En­duro Rally in Ro­ma­nia in July, is the cur­rent South African Na­tional En­duro cham­pion and the youngest rider to win the Roof of Africa yet.

Teasdale, who rides for the Brother Leader Tread KTM team, had gone into the race lead­ing the E2 cham­pi­onship, and had opted for the newly launched 2017 KTM 300 XC-W.

Rid­ers had to com­plete five laps of a 38 km loop that in­cluded a very tight 1,4 km MX test. which was raced from lap one, a 2,5 km Ex­treme test and a seven-kilome­tre En­duro test, which were both timed from lap two.

Teasdale bat­tled to get into a rhythm rac­ing the MX spe­cial, which cost the tal­ented Pi­eter­mar­itzburg young­ster the win. He fin­ished a few sec­onds off first-placed Young.

Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Kirsten Land­man fin­ished the Sil­ver class in sec­ond place. She still leads the Sil­ver class. — Wheels Re­porter.

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