After an exciting 2018 year of tough competition and successful events across the country, it is time to look forward to the 2019 South African National Cross-Country Motorcycle Championship that will again take competitors to the corners of SA to participate in a series that will suit them like a glove.
The 2019 national championship series will consist of seven events and competitors are in for an action-packed race series. A short time-trial on the morning of the race will determine the starting order for the race that will take place on the same day. This format will not only test the preparation of both riders and their racing equipment but also their endurance and fitness.
The season will start on 09th March in KwaZulu-Natal where Round One will take riders to Jolivet, an area that is perfect for cross-country racing. The route will take the two-wheelers past sugar cane fields and through gum tree plantations while the pit crew and supporters will be able to see their riders after each of the 55 kilometre loops.
After a break in April, the series will then move to the Western Cape where the Western Cape Off-Road Club (WCOC) will host Round Two at the Koue Bokkeveld on 04th May. The organising club has visited this area often and has perfected the routes to be an enjoyable and testing 400km. Riders will experience the beauty of the fruit producing area in the Witzenberg mountains of Ceres where a mixed track varying from farm roads to scenic mountain tracks will be the order of the day.
After the first two events, riders will stay inland for the rest of the series. Round 3 will take place in Gauteng on 01st June before riders will have to brace themselves for the winter as they will return to racing in the Free State in the Bloemfontein area on 27th July for the fourth round of the season. The Free State has a long history of off-road racing and the more experienced riders will have fond memories of participating here again. With the season now just over the halfway mark, this event can be quite a game changer and competitors with their goals on the titles will have to make sure they stay focussed and stick to their strategies.
The final two events will take place in the North-West Province, an area not only liked by competitors but also supported by hundreds of local supporters who welcome the visitors with their well-known hospitality. On 31st August riders will return to Stella and, after a break of two months, it will be back to Vryburg on 08th and 09th November for a double-header event. Vryburg is traditionally an off-road racing heaven and this back-to-back event will round the season off perfectly.
With Kalahari-type routes with sandy sections and grass fields, the Vryburg event will remind riders why off-road racing is so popular in this area. Here it is not only the fastest rider with the biggest machine that will necessarily walk away with the laurels as fitness and endurance will play an important role in the results.
Rules and regulations for the 2019 national cross-country motorcycle racing series will be available on www.motorsport.co.za soon and riders, sponsors and teams can start planning for an exciting season of cross-country racing.
Picture Caption: Ross Branch (2018 National Cross Country - Botswana Desert 1000 - Day 2)
Photography by: ZC Marketing Consulting