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It was a rollercoaster of emotion for the Husqvarna Racing team this past weekend at the fifth and final round of the National Cross Country Championship conquering the relentless heat and challenges. In a race marked by adversity, Davin Cocker’s remarkable performance in the OR2 class and the team’s determination stood as a testament to their unwavering commitment to excellence and the sport.

Despite facing a couple of difficulties, Davin Cocker showcased his exceptional riding capabilities and commitment by piloting his Husqvarna FX350 to the top spot in the OR2 class after dealing with setbacks and unfortunately losing the formidable Overall Championship. Clawing his way back from 16th to 12th overall and first in OR2 class in just two laps. Cocker’s tenacity and talent ensured that he maintained his remarkable form and secured another victory for round 5, further solidifying his status as a force to be reckoned with in off-road racing.

He commented, “2023 ended with a twist, not necessarily what we wanted but still happy with my end result. I’m super stoked to come away with the victory in OR2 and 2nd in the overall championship. I can’t wait to get back into the racing next year with new changes and improvements, thanks to the Husqvarna Racing team, everyone behind me, and for all the support they give. I couldn’t do it without you all.”

Group Marketing Coordinator, Megan Prinsloo, commended Davin Cocker’s remarkable achievement, saying, “Davin’s performance in Bloemfontein was nothing short of remarkable. He faced a challenging race with the odds stacked against him, but his determination and skill prevailed. Winning the OR2 class is a testament to his talent and the exceptional capabilities of the Husqvarna FX350.”

Ryan Pelser, competing in the OR3 class, having a solid day in the saddle, secured a seventh-place finish. Despite the challenges encountered, Pelser stayed committed to the race and the team to persevere in challenging conditions.

Pelser said, “It was my first time racing in Bloemfontein and it was the fastest race of the season. I enjoyed the Time Trial and finished 3rd in OR3. The main race was fast and challenging. I will work hard to come back stronger!”

Closing off the season Megan Prinsloo commented, “It was a long and hard year of racing, and we are very proud of our riders. We will come back strong and fight for the Overall Championship win next year!”

Published by: Grant Frerichs

Photography by: ZCMC Media

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