SA MX Nationals Round 1
20 February 2021
Terra Topia, Johannesburg
A hot and sunny Saturday morning set the scene for what was an amazing start to the 2021 season, with riders from all over South Africa gathered on a knifes edge, waiting for the gates to drop!
As usual with the MX1 premier class, there was a lot of action in the front of the pack with David Goosen aboard his brand-new Husqvarna taking victory on the first moto with 2020 MX1 National Champion, Tristan Purdan, hot on his heels, coming from way back in the pack to finish in second.
The second moto saw a dominant performance from Purdan to secure the win and overall top spot going into Round 2.
The MX2 class did not disappoint Purdan taking the double over last years MX2 champion, Anthony Raynard, Husqvarna rider, David Goosen as well as Cam Durow and Dalton Venter. This put Purdan in the top spot for both MX1 and MX2 respectively.
The MX 3 class saw Yamaha pair Grant Freichs (Over 30’s) and Ian Topliss (Over 40’s) race hard for the first moto win. The second moto was all Freichs as he took the win over Dwayne Kleynhan on his KTM. Frerichs and Topliss took their respective classes for the day.
MX Ladies class was spectacular as 2020 MX Ladies Champion, Kayla Raaf (Kawasaki) started off the first race of the season with a familiar but tightly contested win over Leah Heygate (KTM). It all changed in the second moto as Heygate took the number 1 spot away from Raaf to win her first moto of the 2021 season. Both riders hold the number 1 spot going into round 2
The battle for the first win of the 125cc High School class saw Jonathan Mlimi once again take the first moto aboard his Red Bull KTM. Miguel de Waal then took the second moto. Mlimi and De Waal both hold the number 1 spot going into the PE National.
The jam-packed grid of the 85cc class saw Trey Cox (Red Bull KTM) take the holeshot and hold the lead to win the Pro Mini. The second moto went to Lucca Mynhardt. This performance earned Mynhardt the Rider of the Day award and free entry to round 2.
Small wheeled 85cc class, saw Matthew Correia (KTM) take the first moto with Tyler Petersen taking the second moto of the day!
The 65cc class had its own fair share of drama as all top 3 finishers of the first moto were disqualified for jumping on a yellow flag, this meant that fourth placed rider Blake Frost (KTM) took the win. Blade Tilley and Jack Pullen took back control in race 2 with a 1st and 2nd respectively.
Trenton Kretzman (Husqvarna) took a dominant 1st win over Rayden Woolls on his Gas Gas in the 50cc class.
Woolls then pulled off a victory right on the line over Kretzman to take the second moto putting them both on the top spot going into the second round!
Special thanks to MSA for the amazing event and all associate sponsors.
We at Allijam “Prepsol” are excited for what’s in store for the rest this 2021 season.
See you at Rover MX Club, Port Elizabeth on the 3rd of April!
See SA MX Nationals website for the full race schedule!