Team Shimwells Yamaha Tarka 400 summary

It was a disappointed Gray Dick, the 2002 National Off-road Motorcycle Champion, who had to give up the fight already through the first lap of 170km with an engine failure. The rest of the team bagged some more points towards the ...

It was a disappointed Gray Dick, the 2002 National Off-road Motorcycle Champion, who had to give up the fight already through the first lap of 170km with an engine failure. The rest of the team bagged some more points towards the overall as well as the different class championships. Bernard Johnstone finished in an excellent 9th place overall and 7th in the 250cc Class. It was a race where the 250cc motorcycles did extremely well and the class winner (Barry Kriel) also won the event followed by a local rider also on a 250cc motorcycle, Andrew Ogden, who is leading the motorcycle championship. Johnstone had a trouble-free race after starting in the 15th overall place and these results will see him move up both points ladders.

Newcomer to the team, Juan van Rooyen, participated on the 250cc four- stroke in the 200cc Class and had to get use to this machine. He started 24th and had to face lots of dust starting only 2sec behind Graham McClachlan. But he nevertheless scored points when he finished 5th in his class.

His teammate in this class, the scholar Zac Botha, had another good race and after he started in the 27th position overall, he finished 8th in the 200cc Class. This young rider is learning quickly and is getting better all the time and has a bright feature ahead.

Although only the first 15 riders score points towards the overall championship, riders can still score points in the different classes and Johnstone, Van Rooyen and Botha added some value points to their challenge of the class championships.

In the 125cc Class, Gavin Louw was up against some stiff opposition, but managed to finish in the 4th place. He will keep his 2nd place in the 125cc Class Championship behind Hylton Smith who finished 2nd in this class.

In the Senior Championship - riders only race 75% of the route - the Shimwells Yamaha rider, Johnny Lochner, was the 4th rider home.

Brian Capper participating in the Nashua Mobile Racing/Shimwells Yamaha colours, is still recovering from three operations and will not be participating in the next round (Caledon 400) of the championship.

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