Curtis Won Roof of Africa For Second Time The winner of the 2004 SA National Off-road Championship for motorcycles, Darryl Curtis (AGA LG KTM), won his second Roof of Africa, this year sponsored by Vodacom and Lesotho Sun. Curtis won...
Curtis Won Roof of Africa For Second Time
The winner of the 2004 SA National Off-road Championship for motorcycles, Darryl Curtis (AGA LG KTM), won his second Roof of Africa, this year sponsored by Vodacom and Lesotho Sun. Curtis won it for the first time in 1996 and lead the race almost from start to finish.
Except from getting stranded without fuel on the first day of the main race, Curtis did not experience any other problems and enjoyed the 38th Roof of Africa in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
He was followed home by Barry Kriel (Alfie Cox Adventures/Natro Freight KTM) who also won the 250cc Class. The 2004 SA National Enduro Champion, Lourens Mahoney (AGA LG KTM) finished in an excellent third place overall and walked away with the 125cc laurels. He started the last day in the sixth position and except for running out of fuel on Friday, he had a trouble-free race.
In the national quad category, Brendan Badenhorst (ATV Powersport Lonestar 440) won his first Roof of Africa race after he started the first and the second day in the first position. He was challenged by the French rider, Christoph Kuhnl (Bombardier Speed Quad) who had to settle for the second place.
There was a serious fight for the third, fourth and fifth positions and Jacques Struwig (Southern Yamaha YFZ450), Hendrik Potgieter (Bombardier Speed Quad) and Ricky da Silva (Yamaha YFZ450) swopped places even during the last 50km section. Struwig took the third place and was followed by Potgieter who won his first SA National Off-road title while Da Silva finished fifth overall.
The rest of the top ten in the quad category consisted of Hanru Fourie (Bombardier) while Hennie Michau (Bombardier) was the seventh quad rider and the winner of the Senior Championship. With this position he also confirmed the championship title for 2004.
Dallie Terblanche (CIT Honda TRX450) had a consistent event to finish eighth overall followed by Zane Davidson (Perry Yamaha YFZ450) and Sipho Mhlanga on a Bombardier from Swaziland.
In the motorcycle category Geoffrey Wolhuter (Miller Moore KTM) was the fourth rider back at the finish at Matsieng and won the 250cc Class Championship for 2004; Errol Dalton (KTM) was fifth; Quinton Milton (Miller Moore KTM) was sixth and the winner of the 200cc Class although Gavin Louw (Shimwells Yamaha) won the championship when he finished in the 15 place overall; the two privateer riders, Jason Krause and Dom Finnis, both on KTM motorcycles were seventh and eight respectively while Alex Vowles (The Roost KTM) came home in ninth place and Kenneth Gilbert (Enzo Chiocchi KTM) tenth.
Tom Classen (Miller Moore KTM) was the first Senior Pro ride rhome and was followed by Denzil Torlage (TM) and Ralf Bochnig (KTM).
KTM won all the national motorcycle classes this year and only 40 of the riders in this championship managed to finish the gruelling Vodacom Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa. And, like so many times in history, the Roof of Africa race, known for bringing rain to the people of Lesotho, did just that again - as soon as the race was finished, it started raining.