Victory For Wade Young At Scorching Hot Ashton - Enduro Tyres

Victory For Wade Young At Scorching Hot Ashton

Victory For Wade Young At Scorching Hot Ashton
The defending national title holder of the Liquorland National Enduro Championship, Wade Young (Brother KTM) scored a double victory at the ‘Ashton National Enduro’ that was held in scorching hot conditions this past weekend outside Ashton in Western Cape when he won both the second and third rounds of the national series overall.

It was the first time that competitors had to tackle two races back-to-back and the fittest riders with the most determination and least mechanical problems bagged a lot of valuable points after a boiling hot weekend where the temperatures reached more than 35°C each day.

Words: Elza Thiart Kommunikations

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Wade Young won all the special stages on Friday March 21 – there was a short “grass test” and a 10km Enduro Special they had to race three times each – and posted the fastest times after five of the six stages on Saturday March 21 to claim his third overall victory and E1 (200cc Class) win this season.

Competitors described the route as being ‘hard on the body’. The powdery dust and no wind made the passing of slower riders quite difficult. The extreme heat combined with the two consecutive races resulted in the Asthon National Enduro being a real endurance test.

Local Montagu rider, Altus de Wet (Cargo-Tac Husqvarna Factory Racing) also scored a hat trick when he won E2 (Open Class) for the third time this year. He finished as the runner-up after both days despite crashing on the second day. Kenny Gilbert (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) had to settle for a sixth place overall – f ourth in E2 – on the second day after finishing third overall – second in E2 – on the first day. Scott Bouverie (Brother KTM) made up for missing the overall podium on Friday by a mere two seconds and finished third on Saturday. It was a close call however as his teammate Louwrens Mahoney was only one second behind him on the second day. Mahoney was not comfortable with his suspension set-up on Friday and finished sixth overall – fourth in E2.

Travis Teasdale (Brother KTM) scored a fifth and seventh place overall – second and third in E1. Brett Swanepoel (ccGallery KTM Gateway / JOAT) bettered his seventh place – third in E1 – on Friday with a fifth on Saturday – second in E1 – while Blake Gutzeit (Sherco Racing) also struggled with his suspension set-up and finished eight overall on both days – he was fifth in E2 each time). Kargo Racing Yamaha’s Charan Moore finished sixth in E2 on both days and stepped up from his 11th place overall on Friday to the ninth place the next day. There was also two top 10 results for Capetonian Brett Lewis (Eddy2Race Husqvarna) who claimed a ninth (Friday) and 10th place. James Hodson (Liquorland Yamaha) was 10th on Friday, but lost time with electrical problems the next day and had to settle for 14th place.

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There were some mixed results in the Senior Class where the defending champion, William Gillitt (Liquorland Yamaha) experienced mechanical problems on both days, but he managed to clinch the victory on Friday. On Saturday he had to succumb to Bruce May (Yamaha) who took the victory after a disappointing fourth place on Friday. Hilton Hayward (Yamaha) was the most consistent and claimed two runner-up positions, while Jody Engelbrecht (TLB Plant Hire / Alfie Cox KTM) dropped back from his third place on Friday to a fifth on Saturday. Gillitt’s teammate, Steve Landman, was fifth (Friday) and fourth (Saturday).

The top five results in the Master Class were the same on both days. At the front the expected battle between the season’s first winner, Alfie Cox (KTM), and the defending champion, Denzil Torlage (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) continued. Cox claimed two more victories at Ashton – only 21 seconds separated him on Friday from Torlage who had to settle for two runner-up positions. Garth Prost (Cargo-Tac Husqvarna Factory Racing) claimed the final podium position on both days with Shaun Kirk (Cayenne Beta) finishing fourth twice and Stephen Botha (Yamaha) rounded off the top five on each day.

Young competitors in the new High School Class had a tough race and had to complete 75% of the route. Eduan Bester (NUTS Racing / Century Civils KTM) took both victories with the winner of the season opener, Chayse Orsmond (TLB Plant Hire / Alfie Cox KTM) finishing second and third. Dean Lindsay (Manhand Ridgeway Yamaha) could not complete Friday’s race due to engine problems, but made up for it by finishing second on Saturday. Carl Reinhardt-Cronje (KTM) was third on the first day, but could not finish Saturday’s race.

Like Young, De Wet and Cox, the young Dylan Barker (Pa Ma Racing Yamaha) also claimed his hat trick when he added two more Silver Class Challenge victories to his win earlier this year. Reghardt van Nieuwenhuizen (KTM) was eight on Friday, but finished second the next day while the consistent Sage McGregor (KTM) finished third on both days. Angus Coetzee (Yamaha Support) was second on Friday, but had to call it a day after mechanical problems on Saturday while Behan Boshoff (KTM) was sixth and fourth respectively with Christiaan Greeff (KTM) fourth and fifth after the two days. Toni Jardine (KTM) was the only female finisher – she finished seventh in the Silver Class Challenge on both days. Kirsten Landman (Brother KTM) fell on Friday and broke her wrist.

The Liquorland National Enduro Championship has now reached its halfway mark and competitors have a break of four months to prepare for the second half of the season that will continue on 23 July at Lydenburg in Mpumalanga.

Complete results are available on www.racecontrol.co.za and www.dirtracing.co.za