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What South African Cross Country Moto Round 2 Preview
Where Elim Farm, Gauteng
When Saturday 13 April 2024
Community South Africa National

UB TFC Sleepover Honda set for Gauteng home glory

UB Leisure TFC Sleepover Honda Wing Racing with Tork Craft and Dunlop Tyres is ready to continue its winning ways at the second round of the 2024 Trademore South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship at the Elim Farm in the middle of the West Gauteng goldfields on Saturday 13 April. And only gold will do for the Red Rockets, fresh off a dominant display in the most recent GXCC Gauteng regional last time out.

“Elim is our home race and we intend to stamp that local advantage on our opposition,” UB Leisure TFC Sleepover Honda Wing Racing team boss Harry Grobler warned. “We had a brilliant outing at our most recent regional with the overall win. We also won the 450cc OR1, 250cc, OR3 and Masters classes and our Hondas were 1-2-3 in High School too. There’s a little more competition in the Nationals, but we’re ready to take them all on!”

Mike Pentecost tops the UB Leisure TFC Sleepover Honda Wing entry following that dominant 450cc win last time out. Mike was on top in the opening National too, before being delayed by a crash, but he picked himself up and brought it home fourth for a handy points haul after all. Pentecost is not taking any prisoners at Elim and will be backed there by Hayden Louw aboard a similar UB Leisure TFC Sleepover Honda CRF 450 RX in OR1.

UB Leisure TFC Sleepover Honda Wing Racing has a three-bike team entered in 250cc OR3. High School graduate Blake Young is looking to add a National win to his GXCC success last time out. Erick Merry and Tyron Beverley meanwhile bring strength to the team’s Honda CRF 250 RX attack. It’s just as exciting in the High School class, where Nathan Westerside now joins Seth Young and Murray Smith for his first National for UB Leisure TFC Sleepover Honda after their sensational GXCC 1-2-3. Sticking with the youngsters, ever-improving Ruald Potgieter races 85cc Seniors.

Moving on to the team madalas, Louwrens Mahoney has proven unstoppable in over-30 Seniors aboard his UB Leisure TFC Sleepover Honda, regularly mixing it with the young guns in the overall top six. Mahoney is hell-bent on adding another win at Elim. Super-fast Over-40s Masters rider Warrick van Schalkwyk is also back in the saddle after a prolonged bout of recuperation from an injury last year. He’s determined to bounce back in style in Gauteng on Saturday.

“UB Leisure TFC Sleepover Honda Racing with Tork Craft and Dunlop Tyres is ready to paint the goldfields red in the second round of the 2024 Trademore South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship at Elim this weekend,” team boss Harry Grobler concludes. “We are on a bit of a roll already, so a little hometown National success can only add a few more trophies to our cabinet. So best of luck boys, bring it on!”

*Honda Wing Racing salutes its partners, UB Leisure, The Franchise Co, Sleepover Motels, Tork Craft Tools, Henderson Racing Products & Dunlop Tyres, Motul Oils, Justiracing USA, Bikewise, TBR Suspension & 515 Racing.

Issued on behalf of Honda Cross Country

Photography by: Action in Motion

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