The Shimwells Yamaha off-road team participating in the SA National Off- road Championship for Motorcycles, will have one more chance to win the 2003 Overall National Off-road Motorcycle title and the Open Class as well as the 125cc titles.
They moved even closer to these titles after good results at the recent Roost Carousel 400, but unfortunately the Senior Motorcycle Championship is out of reach after the current champion, Johnny Lochner, fell and broke his arm. He will most probably not be participating in the gruelling Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa event at the end of November.
The 2002 Champion, Gray Dick, also in the colours of Nashua Mobile Racing, started the race in the 13th position, 5 min 17 sec behind the leading rider (Barry Kriel), but finished in an excellent third position overall to get closer to the riders ahead of him - the current championship leader, Geoffrey Wolhuter and Jade Gutzeit (second).
After the Roost Carousel 400, Dick has moved into the second position in the Overall Motorcycle Championship and only two points separate him from Wolhuter. He has also moved into the second position in the Open Class and is six points behind the leader, Darryl Curtis (who won the Roost Carousel 400 overall as well as the Open Class).
But once again, it was Gavin Louw who put up a brilliant performance when he was the eighth rider to receive the chequered flag and the second 125cc rider (Louwrence Mahoney won the 125cc Class). This resulted in him and his arch racing rival, Hylton Smith, now tying for the 125cc crown and, like the Overall Championship and almost every other class championship, this extremely competitive championship will go down to the wire.
Unfortunately, it was the first race Juan van Rooyen could not complete in Shimwells Yamaha colours. He finished every race since he started racing for this team and is currently lying 9th in the 200cc Class where he competes with his Shimwells Yamaha 250cc four-stroke.
The Nashua Mobile Racing/Shimwells Yamaha rider, Brian Capper, who was out of action for a few months after several operations to his wrists and ankles, will be in action again in Lesotho at the Roof of Africa. Capper is practicing hard to support his team and fellow Open Class rider, Dick, in the Kingdom of Lesotho and is looking forward to a good result to end the 2003 off-road season.