Shimwells Yamaha Caledon 400 preview

6th Round of the ATV Powersport ITP national off-road championship for motorbikes 23/24 September 2005 Tweespruit, Free State PREVIEW: TEAMS SHIMWELLS YAMAHA & EPH SHIMWELLS YAMAHA . Shimwells Yamaha 1-2 in overall championship . Leaders:...

6th Round of the ATV Powersport ITP national off-road championship for motorbikes
23/24 September 2005
Tweespruit, Free State

PREVIEW: TEAMS SHIMWELLS YAMAHA & EPH SHIMWELLS YAMAHA

. Shimwells Yamaha 1-2 in overall championship

. Leaders: Open Class Championship (Gray Dick: Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic Car Audio)

. Leaders: 250cc Class Championship (Clayton Enslin: EPH Shimwells Yamaha)

. Leaders: 125cc Class Championship three classes (Kenneth Gilbert: EPH Shimwells Yamaha)

SHIMWELLS YAMAHA FIRST AND SECOND IN OVERALL OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP

The Shimwells Yamaha and EPH Shimwells Yamaha teams are leading the overall championship of the ATV Powersport ITP national off-road racing series while they are also filling the second position overall and their riders are the leaders in three of the classes.

Clayton Enslin (EPH Shimwells Yamaha), who won the opening round of the season and who has been leading the overall championship since, would like to add another victory to his name whey they participate in the Caledon 400 off-road event, the sixth of the ATV Powersport ITP national off-road championship that takes places this weekend in the Tweespruit area in the Free State.

Enslin is also leading the hotly contested 250cc Class championship and is leading his team-mate, Gray Dick, racing in the colours of Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic Car Audio, in the overall championship by 19 points. Dick, who is leading the Open Class championship, won the J'Bay Classic 400 earlier this season while he was the overall Caledon 400 winner in 2002 and 2003 and another victory in the Free State would just be what the doctor ordered.

He would, however, feel the pressure as he is only two points ahead of the duo who share the third step on the overall podium, Geoffrey Wolhuter and Louwrens Mahoney.

Kenneth Gilbert (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) is the leader in the 125cc Class after four victories so far this year. He is leading second-placed Deon Enslin comfortably by 45 points and although he does not feel the pressure, he would like to finish his fifth race of the season in the top 15 and score points towards the overall championship.

In the 200cc Class, Gavin Louw (Shimwells Yamaha) has had a consistent year so far with two class victories and three podium positions. He is trailing the class leader, Riaan van Niekerk, by five points in the class championship and eight points in the overall standings where he is two places behind him. This Nigel rider would like to score good points in the Free State as he could not finish the extremely wet and muddy Caledon 400 last year.

Zac Botha (Shimwells Yamaha) has also put in good performances this season in the 250cc Class and he would also like to finish this Free State event this year and break the 2004 spell.

Kyle Poppleton (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) has recently moved from the 125cc Class to the 200cc Class where he participates with the 250cc four-stroker. Although he has to start building up points from scratch, he is getting more experienced with every.

In the Senior Pro Championship, the 2003 champ, Johnny Lochner (Shimwells Yamaha) has moved into the fourth place (two riders are sharing the third position) after consistently scoring after each race. He is only three points the third-placed duo and eight points behind Grant May who is second overall and another good result might just see him getting on the podium of the overall point's ladder.

His team-mate, Enzo Chiocchi (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) could only not finish one race this year, but is still in the Top 15. He would also like to record a good result at the Caledon 400 this year for which the weather bureau is predicting hot and dry conditions.

Shimwells Yamaha riders won the previous three Caledon 400 race (Dick in 2002 and 2003 and Jade Gutzeit in 2004) and they stand an excellent chance to do so again this year.

The Caledon 400 will start on Friday, 23 September, with a 60km time-trail that will determine the starting order and starting times for the main race on Saturday. The fastest bike competitor will tackle the first of two 100km loops at 8h00 on Saturday morning and the national riders have to complete both 100km loops twice.

-www.shimwellsyamaha.co.za

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