YOUNG OFF-ROAD RACERS LOOKING FORWARD TO JUNIOR ROOF OF AFRICA IN LESOTHO
It is time for the popular Junior Roof of Africa, the fifth event on the World of Accessories (WOA) Junior National Off-road Championship calendar and the young competitors have been looking forward to this race for the whole year! The race will take place on 7 August in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and will provide title contenders with another chance to earn valuable points towards the championship challenges.
There are only three races left and according to the current point standings, almost all the titles are still up for grabs.
After some bad luck at the Naboomspruit race, Scott Bouverie (Criterion Yamaha) dropped to second place in the Open Motorcycle Class where Tyron Miller (Miller Moore Sandton Honda) has now taken the lead while race winner, Michael Pentacost (Perry Yamaha) has moved into third place. Meiring Vermeulen (Salley's Yamaha) could also not finish this event and is now fifth with Moore's team-mate, Gerald Campher, a few points ahead of him in fourth place. Bouverie and Miller have also won this year and a victory can go to any one of them again.
In the Open Quad Class the leader, Giacomo Antiga (Team Can-Am) could also not complete the previous event due to an injury, but he has kept his lead ahead of Michael Wagner (Factory Racing KTM) who has won last time out. Wagner's team-mate, Julian Greef-Hoffman, has dropped to the third place and as he has not experienced too much luck in Lesotho before, he would hope to do so this year to reclaim his position. A victory can go to anyone of these racers while Tinus Bredenkamp (CDV Racing Can-Am), who finished second at the previous event, has recently won the Silver Challenge Class in the senior off-road championship in Lesotho and this experience can come in handy at the upcoming Junior Roof of Africa.
Quad riders in the Junior Modified and Junior Open Classes are competing for the overall junior title where Melchior Huskisson (Dirtrider Motorcycles Yamaha) is currently leading. He is also leading the Junior Modified Class ahead of Wynie Steyn (FD Racing Hybrid) and Christopher Petersen (JAG Quad Racing Yamaha). Huskisson has won three of the four events this season with the only other victory going to Pandelis Kafaltis (FD Racing Arctic Cat). Brandon Darlow (Boesman Racing Yamaha) has won his class last year in Lesotho and would like to do so again.
The Junior Open Class rider, Shaun Smith (Honda) is leading his class and is second behind Huskisson in the battle for the overall junior title. He has a comfortable lead in his class ahead of the winner of the past three events, Heinrich von Gessellen (FD Racing Honda) with Tyronne Renwick (Yamaha) third. Only a few points separate the front runners and a good result can change the standings dramatically.
It seems as if Wade Young (Criterion Yamaha) is unstoppable in the Senior Motorcycle Class after winning three of the four events so far this season. He is, however, not far enough ahead to be totally save and if anything happens, second-placed Jason Helm (Honda) will be there to pick up the pieces. Jan Human (Miller Moore Sandton Honda) and FD Racing's Willie Heyns (Honda) are respectively third and fourth.
Competitors in the 65cc and 85cc Junior Classes are fighting for the overall Junior Motorcycle Champion title and although he had to settle for second place at the previous race, Calvin Wiltshire (Shimwells Yamaha) is still leading the overall standings while he is also ahead in the Junior 85cc Class. Naboomspruit class winner, Aeron Thompson (Keeler Racing Suzuki) is on his heels with Alastair Drennan (The Roost KTM) and Dylan McGovern (Criterion Yamaha) not too far off.
After winning the last three events, Tiaan Shattock (Kawasaki) is leading the 65cc Class with Marco de Sousa (The Roost KTM) second. Dean Lindsay (KTM) is still third although he could not finish the last event.
It is, however, important to keep in mind that only six of the seven events will count towards the various championships at the end of the season. This means that competitors will have to throw a set of points away and this could make a difference to the points' standings.
The Junior Roof of Africa race will take place in the Machache area in Lesotho with the start and finish at the Molangoane Lodge. Junior racers will start at 09h00 and after their two-hour race, the senior classes will tackle a longer loop at 12h00 and will race for about three hours.