During a very consistent race day, Kerim Fitz-Gerald enjoyed great starts and amazing finishes to take both the MX1 and MX2 divisions in fine style. It was a perfect day for competing, with the morning coolness soon offset by the nice afternoon warmth, and the great BORC track that was tacky all day, despite the dryness. Fitz-Gerald had obviously been training hard, and was determined to regain his form at this event. His hard work and competitive edge came through as he put in an excellent day’s work on the track.
In the second MX2 heat it was quite the tussle between Kerim, Anthony Raynard and Tristan Purdon. It was hometown rider Johan Vogelesang who got the holeshot, and started off the heat in the lead for the first few laps, which was a great moment for the local rider. Ant then snuck into the lead and managed to stay ahead for a few laps before Tristan came out of nowhere to take the lead from him. He managed to hold the lead for the rest of the race, and looked like he was heading for victory before Kerim snuck past him on the outside on one of the last corners for an exciting win.
“I wasn’t feeling so good at practice, and the track felt a bit thick, so I was a bit surprised at getting pole position, but I really wanted to be there, you know, I was excited to be in Bloem,” said Fitz-Gerald. “I got good starts in my MX1 races, and Ant and I were yoyo-ing back and forth up front, but I managed to get through a little bit quicker than him. In the MX2 races I also got two really good starts and controlled the races from the offset. I was really happy with my performance on the day.”
The MX1 division saw Fitz-Gerald dominating from the start, along with Anthony Raynard, but Kerim proved his superiority and form to keep Ant at bay throughout, putting down two division wins for the day.
Raynard posted pocket 3rd places in both the MX1 and MX2 divisions, which saw him retain the lead in MX2, and sneak ahead of Neville Bradshaw in MX1, to place him as points leader in both MX1 and MX2 going into the next event.
Ian Topliss was back to his comfortable spot up front of the MX3 divisions, where he took both heats with comfortable leads. Ryan Hunt was in the chase throughout, as was Brett Bircher, but Topliss managed to stave them off for the win.
In the MX Ladies division it was once again all about Brittany Cuthbert, who stayed out front all day pretty much. Nanda Clows and Toni Jardine chased her hard, but neither of them was quick enough to get into the lead.
In the 125 High School Division Marco De Vrye was looking like a winner, and held onto the lead for most of the 2nd heat with ease. Slade Smith however managed to close the gap with some smooth riding and shot into the lead while De Vrye ran out of steam and fell back a few places to take third behind Smith and Keegan Hickson-Mahony in second.
A massive turn out and some great racing made for a very special day and a great welcome back into the SA Nationals for Bloemfontein. The BORC track impressed all, and was well maintained throughout the day.
The next event in the Monster Energy TRP Distributors SA National MX Champs is set to take place at Syringa, Muldersdrift SA on 2 July.
All the results from Bloem!
|1. Neil van der Vyver||1. Hayden Tully||1. Jonathan Mimi|
|2. Jordan Van Wyk||2. Daiyaan Manuel||2. Ike Klaasen|
|3. Kyle Townsend||3. Blake Young||3. Hayden Tully|
|125cc High School:||Mini Pro:||Ladies:|
|1. Slade Smith||1. Cameron Durow||1. Brittany Cuthbert|
|2. Keegan Hickson-Mahony||2. Camden McLellen||2. Toni Jardine|
|3. Marco De Vrye||3. Dalton Venter||3. Nanda Clowes|
|1. Ian Topliss||1. Bevan Christie||1. Kerim Fitzgerald|
|2. Ryan Hunt||2. Jay van der Walt||2. Tristan Purdon|
|3. Brett Bircher||3. Mason Buist||3. Anthony Raynard|
|1. Kerim Fitzgerald|
|2. Sacha Naude|
|3. Anthony Raynard|
Images: Eric Palmer