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Womza Report North Vs South

Published by webmaster in news · 8/10/2014 21:23:50

Building on the success of the 2013 competition, the WOMZA Inter-provincial / North Vs South challenge, again emerged as the premier MX event in South Africa.  We can confidently say that this event was the largest gathering of SA MX riders in the last two decades.

The race administration, logistics and operations were world class, and together with the awesome MX talent, the event was simply BRILLIANT.  Entries exceeded the 250 of last year and many more sponsors came on board.

As we rolled into the circuit at 06h00 on Saturday morning, the atmosphere was electric and many had resolved to unseat the SA champions who were declared last month.  Chatting to a runner- up in one of the senior classes of the national series, the rider uttered the following “In this one, it is the winner who takes all”.

The MX 2 class – packed with talent, delivered some brilliant racing

French junior regional champion Tristan Tavares, impressed the crowds with his brilliant handling of the big wheel 85 as he floated over Seventh Heaven and Mammoth Mountain. It was, however, our own Justin Thompson who proved that he was the best in SA.

The Pro – mini class ready for their second practice

This year Limpopo had a substantial presence, so with six well represented regions, the event lived up to the claim of a true inter-provincial challenge.  Racing was absolutely amazing and the roar of thirty 250cc machines on the line sent shivers down the spine.

The Eastern Cape nearly caused an upset and was ahead of the Western Cape up until lunch time on Sunday.  The Free State was cheered on by the home fans at the march past and KZN fared substantially better than last year.  Watch out for them next year.

Watching the ladies were fantastic and to see Amy-Leigh Sawyer jump Seventh Heaven was a sobering experience.  Three ladies also cleared Mammoth Mountain and to do this, demonstrates the sheer talent, guts and determination of our ladies.  We accordingly salute you!!!

A sea of colour as teams prepare to ‘parade’

During lunch time we were treated to an air display, much to the delight of the riders and the close to 2500 spectators.  The march past was just as colourful and ALL the teams looked so smart in their jerseys.  The Western Cape were the brightest and their war cry had us cracking up with laughter – “Make like a petrol bomb “ - watch the video clip - it was priceless !!

To elaborate on all the action of the 2 day event is beyond the scope of this report, but please visit either the WOMZA website or ESMK for all the times and overall results.

MX 2 - Nicholas Adams on top of the box, flanked by Michael Kok (left) and Tristan Purdon

Next year, there will be a second big event, but with a different format and additional stakeholders.   Mark Sangster has come up with an exciting new concept and will be presenting the idea to the National MX committee at their meeting next week.  Rumour has it that it will be part of an MX Festival, so more exciting MX news on the WOMZA horizon.

Thanks to all the riders – you did yourselves proud and certainly entertained and captivated the crowds.  Thanks also to all the team managers and regional representatives for your sterling cooperation, hard work and the effort you ploughed into your teams. Then, lastly, to all the officials, sponsors and the BORC committee.  You rock!!

Yes, there had to be a winner and deservedly the North (Gauteng and Limpopo) took the trophy away from the South, albeit by the narrowest of margins.  The Northern region (Gauteng), defended their inter-provincial title.

The winners of the 2014 Inter-provincial – Team Gauteng

We look forward to the 2015 challenge, as fun, camaraderie, sportsmanship, friendship and a relaxed family atmosphere certainly characterised the previous 2 events.

Well done – it was simply the BEST!!     

Race convenors
7 October 2014

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