Terra Topia put together a great regional on a moment’s notice. The track looked great and despite the dry wind, they managed to keep the dust a bay. A few changes were made to the track to make it more technical and the lap times were a little longer than normal, but made for great racing.
Being the final round of the series it is always expected to be low numbers, but this event still managed to attract 124 riders.
The 50 juniors rode with the 50 pros and it was great to see the progress of the junior riders. There are a few young riders starting to show great talent, like James Thompson who finished 3 rd in the 50 pros and will be a firm favourite for the 2015 season. Luke Borchers won the 50cc junior class and is also showing some incredible skill as he mixed it with the pros. They all couldn’t catch Nate McLellan though, who showed them a clean set of heals in both races to win overall ahead of Nathan Bester who is returning to some top form. Brandon Burley managed a 2 nd in the junior class.
The MX2 class was combined with the MX2B’s and was a nice strong field. Jesse Wright had a healthy points lead in the championship and with an easy win in heat 1, did the job securing the title. Jesse had some pressure from an in form Michael Kok in heat 1, but a small mistake from Michael in heat 1 meant he had to settle for 2 nd. Sacha Naude seemed a little lethargic in heat 1 and only finished 3 rd, but came out after the break like a man possessed and rode to a great win. Michael Kok and Jesse Wright got tangled in a turn and Jesse went down hard, effectively ending his day. Sacha won overall from Michael Kok and William Sutherland who is looking great on a 250.
MX85cc PRO MINI
The MX3 and open support rode together and had to start separately as it was such a big field. Jason Jackman won the first heat as Greg Aspinall had to borrow a smaller 250F after his bike had technical issues before the start. Jason really rode well and went out in heat 2 to do the same. Jason was leading by far when his misfortune came and a technical issue left him on the side-
The support class was a battle royal. There was loads of chopping and changing of positions, with overall points Louis Stofberg finished in 1 st place, followed by Calvin Gloster in 2 nd and Douglas Morris in 3 rd.
The 65cc class saw a return to form for Jono Mlimi. Jono was shadowed for a while by Christiaan Cilliers, but on the final lap, Christiaan went down trying to make a move for the lead. He managed to remount and still finish 2 nd. In heat 2, Christiaan got the holeshot and put in a few fast laps to pull away. It seemed that he would win with ease, but Jono found a turbo button and suddenly went 3 seconds a lap quicker. He managed to pass Christiaan and win heat 2.
The MX1 class was won by Michael Kok. Michael has really peaked of late and if he can carry this form into 2015, he will be hard to beat. Sacha Naude was 2 nd and in heat 1 Jesse Wright was 3 rd on his 250F. In heat 2, Jesse didn’t ride after his MX2 crash, so 3 rd belonged to a well-
The 125 class has become one of my favourite to watch. Young, fearless kamikaze pilots who hold back for nothing. Jason Visser rode one of his best races to win overall ahead of an in form Joshua Mlimi who tried everything to steal a win. Charl Van Eeden was a lonely 3 rd, but the battle for 4 th was awesome, with Justin Thompson and Slade Smith thrown in the mix. Both riders can’t even touch the ground on the 125, but had crazy pace. Justin managed to finish 4 th ahead of Tyron Nel. Slade Smith actually lead the 2 nd heat for a lap, but a small crash put him down the field.
The final heat of the day was the 85 juniors. Without Slade Smith there, it was an easy race for a talented Calvin Jean Jacques. Jonathan Blom has improved in leaps and bounds and rode hard for a 2 nd overall ahead of Mark Carty and Kayla Raaff.
The season ended off on a high, with a great prize-
Looking forward to 2015, with new teams and new riders to keep us entertained.