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As the dust settled at Legends Adventure Farm, the country’s top offroad riders gathered for the second round of the National Cross Country championship in KZN, Jolivet. The tension was high, the adrenaline was pumping, and the competition was fierce. The riders from the Husqvarna South Africa Racing team faced the tough and technical terrain with bravery and determination, leaving everything on the track.
Leading the pack for the team was Davin Cocker, who overcame his nerves and injury to take on the challenge. Cocker faced a tough time in the OR2 class, but he dug deep and displayed the fighting spirit that defines him as a racer. He commented, “I had a bit of nerves coming into the race because of the crash on Thursday, but I managed to keep my head in the right place and compete for the win.” And he did just that, finishing first in class and proving that he has what it takes to be a champion.
Ryan Pelser, racing in the OR3 class, had a challenging race and was visibly disappointed with his results. He stated, “I didn’t plan to ride like this, and I need to work on myself to get comfortable on the bike.” Despite his disappointment, Pelser remained positive, grateful to finish the race safely, and focused on the next round of the competition.
The Enduro Riders for the team, Travis Teasdale and Heinrich Aust, proved their versatility by competing in the race over the weekend. Travis, in OR1, and Heinrich, in OR3, showed their grit and determination, with both riders finishing in 4th place in their respective classes.
Team manager, Grant Frerichs commented: “Challenging conditions faced us in Jolivet and Davin put on a superb performance clinching his class win and extending his championship points lead. Ryan struggled with the route conditions but fought on to gain valuable championship points in his quest for damage control.”

Published by:  Grant Frerichs

Photography by:   Mpho Ramathikithi – ZCMC Media

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