The fourth round of the National Motocross Championship met all expectations of being nothing other than action-packed. The atmosphere at Terra Topia this weekend was tense as a strong group of riders chased down what has proved to be one of the tightest championships in years.
Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing’s Caleb Tennant breathed a heavy sigh of relief to hold onto both the MX1 and MX2 red plate on Saturday.
Things looked promising for the rider as he kick started the day with familiar MX1 glory and a second spot behind teammate Maddy Malan in MX2.
His successful streak continued into the second moto when he wrapped up MX2 with a win and ultimately the championship lead. While Tennant looked confident as he took his place at the start line for the final moto in MX1, he soon encountered the unpredictable nature that comes with this sport.
After a crash around the corner on the first lap, Tennant picked up his bike and began chasing down competitors from the back for the first time this season. In a true ‘never-say-die’ attitude, the rider clawed his way back up the ranks to secure a third place overall and cling to the MX1 red plate.
“Compared to other tracks, Terra Topia is definitely not my strong point. The top riders push a very similar pace here, and the track gets super rough by the end of the day. I’m happy with the way things turned out today - it took everything to fight back from stone last after that crash! At the end of the day, I extended my lead in both championships and that’s all that counts,” said Tennant.
Malan encountered his own set of obstacles in MX1. A mechanical issue in the first heat and slow start in the second moto saw the frustrated rider settle for an eighth place overall.
From the moment the gates dropped in MX2, however, the rider was hell-bent on making up for lost points. He swept up the win in the first moto, and pushed past competitors to finish in a close second behind Tennant in the second moto.
While the day came with a massive blow for each of the riders, the team will head into the next round on a positive note.
“It feels good to be back to winning ways! I managed to make up points that I really needed in MX2 and if anyone was going to be beat me today - at least it was my teammate. Sitting fourth in the championship now, and there’s still a lot that can be done this season,” said a satisfied Malan.
For 65cc star Neil van der Vyver, every race in his new class just gets better.
While the youngster admits that Terra Topia was the toughest track he has ever taken on, he was elated with the way he performed. With a fifth place for the day, Van der Vyver commented: “It wasn’t an easy race today, probably the hardest I’ve had so far! I’m really enjoying my bike though, and feel like I’m getting stronger and stronger with every event this season.”
The team has high hopes for the next round of the premier series which is set to take place at Zone 7 - Tennant’s Western Cape home track!
Published by: Husqvarna Media
Picture Caption: Caleb Tennant gears up for glory at Terra Topia
Photography by: www.zcmc.co.za
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