To end off the racing season the Gallina Motocross Club decided to end it with a bang.
For the last race they decided to once again reach out to South Africa, as well as to Botswana to try and organize ons huge final race. We as the riders were more than extatic when we heard that 10 riders were coming from South Africa and 2 from Botswana. It’s always exciting to race against new competitors, it makes all of the riders race with renewed vigour.
One of the riders from Botswana, Ross, is one of the African Motocross Champions. On the practice laps he already broke the record lap time. The race between the A class riders was something to behold. At the end of the day Ross won 1st place and our own champion got 2nd and a South African rider got 3rd place.
In my riding class we had 2 additional riders from South Africa, they performed quite well, finishing 3rd and 6th. I managed to finish 4th, barely snatching up that 3rd position. No worries, next year I’ll came back swinging.
All in all the last event of the season was a heap load of fun, there were tons of people and it was a huge turnout.
An Endurocross event was held last weekend, Endurocross is an event similar to rally where riders follow a pre-planned route. Each rider’s time is recorded from start to finish. Checkpoints are also scattered throughout the course to ensure that all the riders follow the correct route.
Unfortunately I only found out the day before about the event otherwise I would have loved to participate. Non the less we went out on Saturday to watch some of the obstacles the riders needed to treverse over. Some of the riders also gave in their GoPro footage as they finished a certain course, which was played on a large projector for the spectators to get a feel of what the riders are going through. There was also a tent with music, food, drinks and more. It was an awesome event and something a bit different from the normal Motocross races.
Some of the obstacles that the riders had to tackle looked daunting to say the least. Huge wooden logs, a stone pit, tractor tires and much more, this made up the “technical” section of the course. The rest of the course was mainly offroad trails, over mountains and through rivers.
The whole day was alot of fun and next time I will definitely be more on the look out for the event, so that I can partake as well.
It is safe to say that last weekend’s race was one of the most fun events in a very long time.
The new track layout received heaps of positive feedback from all the riders in all the classes. Some of the new jumps that were added looked daunting at first but proved to be fun as the day grew longer and more and more riders started jumping them.
However, as always with the addition of new jumps and turns there is always going to be a few crashes as well. Nothing serious luckily, all the riders that tumbled and fell quickly got up and tried their very best to get back in the race.
I personally had one of the most epic falls ever. As I was attempting to jump one of the new jumps for the first time, I misjudged the distance between the take-off ramp and the landing. I did not have enough speed and I hit the landing too short, as soon as I left the take-off I knew, this could not end well and waited for the inevitable as I soured through the sky.
After what felt like an eternity I hit the flat side of the landing and bottomed out the bike, this flung me forward and up into the air. As I was flying through the air, a good 3 meters off the ground, I did a complete frontflip and when I hit the ground I landed on my feet (none of which was planned of course), I stumbled forward from the momentum I was still carrying but managed to stay on my feet. I froze for a moment, not believing what just happened. And then out of pure joy and amazement I threw up my arms and yelled “that was awesome”. I rushed back to my bike and got back into the race.
I managed to finish 5th overall for the day in my class, but the main highlight of my day was that epic crash that could not have gone any better. I hoped and prayed that one of the photographers managed to catch my moment as an Acrobat on a photo, but sadly none did. Non the less it was great fun and an awesome day of racing.
The big race against South Africa’s Zone 7 racing club was as much, if not more fun than we all anticipated.
12 riders from South Africa, 9 Bikes and 3 Quads, signed up for the race on Saturday. Most of the bikes rode in the A and B class, however there was 2 riders in the C class who I raced against. One of whom was a 14 year old rider with an 85cc bike, despite the age difference and bike size difference the young rider gave the rest of us quite a run for our money.
The main event of the day however was the A class race. More specifically the battle between our best rider and the South African best rider. Jaws dropped and knees shook when the two of them battled it out, overtaking one another time and time again. At the end of the day our rider won the overall position, but merely by a second or two.
The two Quadbike riders that came to race also gave our champion a run for his money but at the end he to was able to take the win. I have to take my hat off for the South Africans however, not practicing on our track before and then doing as well as they did is truly very impressive. If they had the chance to practice once or twice the outcome of the races would most probably have been different.
All together the event was loads of adrenaline filled fun with great music and even better company. The South African riders along with our riders all want to make this an annual event. I personally hope and pray that they do make this a yearly event, the fun we all had was beyond comprehension.