Mini Roof Lesotho Quad preview

Exciting Quadworx Mini Roof awaits off-road quad competitors in Lesotho The Quadworx Mini Roof, the third round of the national off-road championship for quads that will take place on 26 and 27 May 2006 in the Mountain Kingdom of...

Exciting Quadworx Mini Roof awaits off-road quad competitors in Lesotho

The Quadworx Mini Roof, the third round of the national off-road championship for quads that will take place on 26 and 27 May 2006 in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, will not only cater for all the national championship classes, but will also include a section for beginners (Novice Class) while a 4x4 Class, Utility and Touring Class will also be introduced.

The national competitors will strut their stuff in the extremely competitive Pro Open Class (four-stroke quads with engines bigger than 510cc and two-stroke quads bigger than 350cc) and Pro 500 Class, generally for quads with engine sizes not bigger than 500cc. Riders in these two classes have battled for the overall laurels at the first two events of the season with Brendan Badenhorst (ATV Powersport Lonestar 450) winning both races as well as the Pro 500 Class.

The 2006 Quadworx Mini Roof will have classes catering for almost every type of quad racers - and riders. In the national championship, riders will again also compete in the Sportsman Class as well as the Senior Class for competitors older than 36 years of age. Riders in both these classes will have to complete the full race distance while competitors in the new 4x4 Class will also have to prepare themselves to be on their quads for the full distance of the race.

In the national non-championship Masters and Ladies Classes, competitors will only have to complete half the distance as will the Utility and Novice Class riders. The Touring Class is the ideal class for those riders who would like to take it easy and enjoy the spectacular views in Lesotho - they will only have to complete one loop of about 70 kilometres. The Mini Roof, which took place for the first time in 2003, brought a new dimension to quad racing and the introduction of the 4x4 Class as well as the Utility and Touring Classes, has revolutionised this facet of off-road racing even more.

To win in Lesotho counts for a lot and the top riders will all have their sights on the overall laurels and champagne. The competition will be fierce and red-hot although the weather bureau forecasts some icy cold weather for the weekend. It has also been raining recently in the area, but even though the Roof of Africa race is known for bringing rain to the country, a repetition of last year's Mini Roof where flooded rivers caused many quads to "drown", will be dreaded by all.

Badenhorst might have won the first two events of the season, but he has not won in Lesotho since 2004. This year, he and his team-mate, Brian Baragwanath, who finished on the podium twice this season, will have to proof themselves as both could not finish this event last year. It will, however, be the Bombardier SA team who would like to turn the tables in their favour like they did last year in Lesotho by clinching all the podium positions of the Mini Roof. Four-time champion, Cornel de Villiers, was the 2005 Mini Roof victor and was followed by his team-mates, Carl Wichmann and former champ, Hendrik Potgieter. He will once again be participating on the impressive 800cc Bombardier Outlander 4x4 in the Pro Open Class. So far this season, only Potgieter could make it onto the podium while an overall victory has also escaped them. Newcomer to the team, Leander Pienaar from Bloemfontein, has already proven himself and would like to do the Free State proud by finishing on the podium.

Jacques "Boesman" Struwig (Southern ATV Laeger 350), winner of the Roof of Africa last year, is leading the Pro Open Class with his 350cc Banshee powered Laeger, but although he has won the even tougher event in Lesotho, he would like to win this all-quad event. Other possible race winners are Ricky da Silva (Yamaha YFZ450); Danie Coetzer (Polaris SA Racing) and Johan van Lill (Quadworx VLS 450) who have all consistently been scoring this season.

Off-road newcomer, Kabelo Ledwaba, is leading the Sportsman Class with his ATV Powersport Lonestar while his team-mate, Hennie Michau, is leading the Senior Class after winning this class twice so far. Kiri Oberholzer (Polaris SA Racing Outlaw) crashed before the opening round of the season, but has fully recovered from his injuries and would like to repeat his good result of last year's event by scoring another good result in Lesotho while Simon Thesen (Lonestar 450) and Vincent Loubser (Yamaha YFZ450) are also capable of a top ten finish.

The Quadworx Mini Roof will start on Friday, 26 May, with documentation and scrutineering at the Lesotho Sun in Maseru and competitors will tackle the 60km time-trail at 13h30. The time-trail will determine the starting order and start-times for the 350km main race that will start on Saturday, 27 May, at 7h00 when the leading quad rider will take on the route consisting of 350 kilometres. The first quads are expected back at the finish at 13h00.

-lora-

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