Take one look at the championship standings and it’s clear that motocross fans are in for some bar-to-bar action this weekend.
South Africa’s top talent will make their way to the Free State for the third round of the National Motocross series which will take place in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Leading the premiere MX1 pack is Caleb Tennant. After a strong start to the season, the rider will attempt to widen the 7 point gap he has on defending national champion Tristan Purdon.
In a highly competitive class that allows very little room for error, the Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing athlete remains calm:
“There are so many guys that are hungry for this title, but it's still early in the season. The key to keeping that lead going is good starts, remaining consistent and staying on the bike! I plan to take it race by race and give 100% in each moto,” said Tennant.
The rider mentions being in the best form of his career and added: “I’m in the best place I have ever been - my bike feels great, my fitness is at a new level, and I know my pace is definitely there. All the tools I need to perform are in place – now I just need to put it all together.”
Teammate Maddy Malan is another hot contender this weekend.
He heads to the Free State fresh off double victories after he set Pietermaritzburg alight at the last round. It was a breakthrough win for Malan who has fought back to fitness following an injury in 2017.
Ready to take his place as the man to beat on Saturday, a calm and collected Malan commented:
“I actually enjoy this kind of pressure; it helps me focus and makes me dig deep. I’m confident going into this race – all I have to do is focus on myself and not on what my competitors are doing around me.”
The rider holds the top spot of the MX2 standings and has clawed his way up to third in MX1. With his sights set on maintaining his lead and narrowing the MX1 gap, he has a tight weekend of racing ahead of him.
“I’m taking this season moto by moto - it’s not who has the red plate now but who has it at the last national. I want to hopefully extend my points lead in MX2 this weekend and try make up some points in MX1 to get closer to that red plate,” said Malan.
South African 50cc champion Neil van der Vyver aims to continue his solid progress since stepping up to the 65cc class. As he takes on his third race of the season, the rising star is showing a stronger sense of confidence in his new class.
Hungry to get back onto the podium, van der Vyver commented, “We started the season with two sixth places and improved to a couple of thirds. Now we need to keep the trend going in the right direction! I can’t wait for Bloemfontein and the chance of getting my bike on that podium.”
A final parting shot from Husqvarna South Africa Brand Manager, Fred Fensham, ahead of a nail-biting weekend of racing:
“The racing season for Husqvarna has started off at an incredible pace and I feel like we are in a pressure cooker! Across all three disciplines we are holding and or sharing 5 red plates! Leading MX1 and MX2 adds a new level of focus and prep, but the whole team has stepped up their game - Caleb and Maddy are looking awesome and it’s so amazing that our youngest team mate Neil is performing way above expectations - I would not be surprised if he gets on a podium soon - just hope my nerves hold together!”
Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing races with Liqui Moly lubricants, Metzeler tyres, FMF Racing Exhausts and WP Suspension.
Published by: Husqvarna Motorcycles
Picture Caption: Caleb Tennant makes waves at the National Motocross season opener in Port Elizabeth
Photography by: www.zcmc.co.za
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