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The Husqvarna Racing Team faced a rollercoaster weekend of highs and lows at the fourth round of the South African National Motocross Championship held at the renowned Teza Motocross track. Located near Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, Teza is considered one of the most challenging tracks in the country with both hard-packed and sandy sections as well as big elevation changes. Bike setup is integral to a successful weekend with the variety of terrain the track has. The Husqvarna team entered the weekend ready to test their limits on the demanding course, but unforeseen challenges would test their mettle.

Davin Cocker claims second place podium finish in MX1. Cocker showed impressive speed throughout the weekend, qualifying well in the MX1 class. However, a run of bad starts made things difficult early on. In the first heat, Cocker fought back from a tough starting position to secure a hard-earned second place finish. The second heat presented another challenge when his bike cut out just before the gates dropped, forcing him to chase the pack from behind. Despite the setback, Davin battled his way through the field to finish fourth. His combined results landed him a strong second-place podium finish overall in the MX1 class.

Cocker commented, “Practice went well, qualifying in third place. I knew I had the speed to push even harder and identified areas for improvement. I’m very happy to finish second overall. This is my best result so far this season and gives me a confidence boost heading into the next rounds.”

Coming into the Teza round, Barend du Toit aimed to leave behind his earlier season struggles. Motivated to establish himself as a contender in the MX2 class, Barend got off to a great start by grabbing the holeshot in the first heat. Unfortunately, his promising run was cut short when his bike highsided on the first jump, resulting in a crash. Thankfully, Barend escaped serious injury and continued the race. The second heat demanded a cautious approach as he raced through pain to secure a sixth-place finish overall in the MX2 class.

Du Toit reflected, “The fourth round was definitely eventful. I had a tough crash in the first heat, which was a setback considering I felt good coming into the weekend.”

Team manager, Kerim Fitz-Gerald, added, “Despite the setbacks, both Davin and Barend showed incredible grit and tenacity for the weekend. We’re proud of their performances and are eager to carry this fighting spirit into the upcoming rounds.”

The Husqvarna Racing Team looks to build on the positives from the Teza round and gain momentum as they head into the next races of the South African National Motocross Championship.

Published by: Megan Prinsloo

Photography by: Justin Reinecke – ZCMC Media

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