PREVIEW : RYSMIERBULT NATIONAL OFF-ROAD
Round 6 of the 2013 SA National Off-road Motorcycle & Quad Championship 10 August (Ventersdorp, North West)
PENULTIMATE ROUND WILL TEST NATIONAL OFF-ROAD BIKE/QUAD COMPETITORS AT RYSMIERBULT
Time is running out for competitors in the 2013 SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championship to score points towards the titles and the penultimate round of the season, the ‘Rysmierbult National Off-road’ will take riders to the Carletonville / Ventersdorp area on Saturday (10 August) where a route totalling 180 kilometres will be available to them to attempt to secure or better their current positions in the championships.
This Sprint Event, organised by the Gauteng Off-road Club (GOC) has proven to be popular with off-road motorcycle and quad riders although they can expect the terrain to be quite dry and dusty. Riders from all over the country will travel to the North West Province to tackle the third Sprint Event of the season before they get a few more kilometres (360 in total) at the last event of the season in October.
Six Yamaha riders are filling the top three overall positions in both the motorcycle and quad categories with Kenny Gilbert (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) and Jurie Meyer (Yamaha Support) currently leading on two and four wheels respectively. They are, however, not home safe yet and will have to tread carefully if they want to stay in the lead as their opposition can still catch them. One will also have to keep in mind that the points of only six of the seven events will eventually count towards the final standings and riders who have scored points after each event, will have to get rid of their worst set of points. This scenario is already making a difference, but the chickens will be counted when they are hatched...
Privateer rider, Ruan Roberts, will aim for a hat trick of victories and will chase Gilbert to take the overall and OR1 (Open Class) lead. The scholar, Michael Pentecost (Kargo Racing Yamaha) is somewhat behind them and will fight to keep his third place overall. Another OR3 (200cc Class) victory will not only strengthen his lead in this class, but will also ensure a continuation of his clean sweep so far this season. Altus de Wet (Husqvarna Racing) is fourth overall and close enough to overtake Pentecost, but he is also within the reach of Nicholas Pienaar (C3 Roost KTM) who will hope for a second victory; JC de Bruin (Yamaha) and Timothy Young (Kargo Racing Yamaha) who is chasing the OR2 (250cc Class) championship.
Young finished on the overall podium at the previous off-road event and is currently second behind Jonathan van Wyk (Brother Broadlink KTM) in OR2, but the situation can change when the ‘Drop Points’ system is being applied. Dillon Inggs (Naledi Motors Wesbank Racing KTM) is third in OR2 and has moved into the top ten overall – only four points separate him from Juan ‘Bollie’ van Rooyen (Brother Broadlink KTM) in ninth place. Van Rooyen could not receive the chequered flag at the previous event and it was his first DNF in six years while Chris Webster (Micks Motorcycles Yamaha) dropped to eight place (one point ahead of Van Rooyen) after he could also not finish the last race.
Only a handful of points separate the riders and serious battles can be expected as they will fight tooth and nail to better their situations.
In the quad category Brian Baragwanath (BB Motorsport Lonestar PEP Yamaha) has already won thrice this season and he has caught up with Meyer while he has a gap of some 11 points to John Aylward (Yamaha) in third place. There is a little gap between the three podium sitters and the rest, but the season long battle at the front will continue at Rysmierbult.
There were only two points between the consistent Rorke Millar (Can-Am Racing) and Freddie Taljaard (CHM Carriers Suzuki) for the last few events and they will defend their fourth and fifth places respectively.
Behind them André du Plessis (Yamaha) is still moving up the leader board from having no points after the first two events to sixth place overall and while Du Plessis aims for a top five place, Paul Chomse (PS Storm Racing Banshee) and Jacques Struwig (Boesman Racing Suzuki), who are seventh and eighth overall, are battling it out in the Senior Class Championship. Chomse is currently leading the class after three victories while Struwig has dropped to third place after he could not finish two races.
Jaco Moller (Extreme ATV Tzaneen Yamaha) is back in the top ten overall after missing the two events in Botswana and has the same amount of points than Struwig while Dino do Amaral (Factory Racing KTM) and Damien Lee (Honda) also share the same amount of points behind them. The rest is not too far behind and will put in a huge effort to move up.
Oz Osbourne (X Factor Sport / Factory Racing Yamaha) leads Justin Robert (Sign Wonder / Form & Fitness Suzuki) in the Q2 Class for riders older than 28 years with Robert’s team-mate, Chris Pieters (Honda) in third place, only two points ahead of Leonard dos Santos (Suzuki) who might have to give up his fourth place to Paul dos Santos (Factory Racing Suzuki) if he decides not to compete in this event.
In the Senior Quad Class Championship, second-placed Kobus Erasmus (Suzuki) can still catch Chomse while fourth-placed Russell Ferreira (Diamond Trailers Honda) can overtake Struwig.
On two wheels Gilbert and Roberts are at each other’s throats for the OR1 title while Jaycee Nienaber (Manhand Shimwells Yamaha) is second behind Pentecost in OR3 from where he had to fend off Bernard McGee (McGee Yamaha Lydenburg) and Kargo Racing’s Brandon Youell (Yamaha). Louw Schmidt (Brother Broadlink KTM) leads OR4 (Under 21) ahead of Taki Bogiages (Diamond Trailers KTM) and Wilhelm Schonfeldt (Helderberg Yamaha) who travels all the way from the Cape.
If everything goes right for Pieter Holl (Bert Smith Racing Powered by RAD KTM), he can cruise to his first Senior Class title in the motorcycle category. Only three points separate second-placed Justin Broughton (KTM) from Wayne Farmer (LCP Racing Gas Gas) in third and this battle will go down to the wire.
The battles for both Master Class titles are not settled yet – only six points separate the motorcycle class leader, Martin Poole (Yamaha) from Jan Berning (Just Sell Properties KTM) while Jurie Meyer Snr (Yamaha Support) leads Tony dos Santos (Factory Racing Suzuki) on four wheels. All four riders scored points at each event and ‘Drop Points’ can make a difference in the standings.
The battles in the Silver Class Challenge as well as the Ladies Classes in both categories will also continue at the ‘Rysmierbult National Off-road’.
The ‘Rysmierbult National Off-road’ starts on Saturday (10 August) at 08h00 when the leading quads tackle the loop while the first motorcycles will start the race at 12h00. Spectators are welcome at the farm Rysmierbult (S26° 18’ 09.12” / E27° 08’ 40.79”)
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