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What GXCC Cross Country Race Report
Where Rustenburg
When Saturday 14 October 2023
Community Gauteng Regional

Smith stars as Franchise Co Tork Craft Hondas score in GXCC

Franchise Co Tork Craft Sleepover Honda Wing Racing enjoyed another great outing at the penultimate fifth round of the Gauteng GXCC regional cross country motorcycle championship at Rustenburg on Saturday.

The Junior team starred as Murray Smith added the Gauteng 85 cc Senior title to his National championship as he remains unbeaten in both series. Class teammate Jaden Els ended sixth and Liam Scheepers came home second in 85cc Juniors. The team’s senior riders also shone as John Botha came home third overall and second in OR1, and Tyron Beverley finished eighth overall and fourth in OR3.

“We have enjoyed a special season so far and I am truly thankful to my Franchise Co Tork Craft Sleepover team for everything they have done,” Murray Smith admitted on adding the GXCC title to his National championship in Rustenburg. Twelve-year old Smith has totally dominated the 85cc senior class in 2023, winning every race so far in both championships.

John Botha is meanwhile thriving on the big machine since stepping up to the open OR1 as he sped to third overall and second in class aboard his Co Tork Craft Sleepover Honda CRF 450 RX. “I had a lot of fun at this weekend’s GXCC,” John confirmed. “I surprised myself with my result and I’m super stoked with the best result thus far in the series! A big thank you to Harry Grobler and the team, Cycleworx suspension and my family for all their support.

*Honda Racing salutes its partners, Tork Craft Tools, The Franchise Co, Sleepover Motels, CIT Accessories, Motul Oils, Mitas, Leatt Protectives, Pollisport, TNT Nutrition, Galfermoto brakes & Nitro Mousse

Tyron Beverley was also chuffed with his ride to eighth overall and fourth in OR3 aboard his Franchise Co Tork Craft Sleepover Honda CRF 250 RX. “Rustenburg was super-hot and super dusty,” Tyron pointed out. “I did not get a good start but managed to keep it consistent and bring my Honda home fourth in class and eighth overall. “Thanks to Harry and the team for an immaculate bike as always, and for all the great support!”

“Rustenburg was another brilliant weekend at the races,” Franchise Co Tork Craft Sleepover Honda Wing Racing team boss Harry Grobler concluded. “The whole team is immensely proud of Murray Smith remaining unbeaten and scoring a double championship this year, while John, Tyron and the rest of the team continue to fly the flag high. Well done one and all. Now to close the season at Carletonville in November.”

Issued on behalf of Honda Cross Country

Photography by: Action in Motion

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