100 PERCENT FINISH RECORD AND VICTORIES FOR TEAM SHIMWELLS YAMAHA The recent Mafikeng Desert 1000 off-road race was probably one of the most gruelling events on the calendar, but Team Shimwells Yamaha showed their steel at this event...
100 PERCENT FINISH RECORD AND VICTORIES FOR TEAM SHIMWELLS YAMAHA
The recent Mafikeng Desert 1000 off-road race was probably one of the most gruelling events on the calendar, but Team Shimwells Yamaha showed their steel at this event when all their riders completed this event.
The Mafikeng Desert 1000 consisted of almost one thousand kilometres in harsh desert conditions in the Mafikeng area in the North-West Province which riders had to complete over three days (9 - 11 August) on their off- road motorcycles.
Gray Dick (Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic) took the overall lead during the second day (Friday, 10 August) and started the 450 kilometre loop the last day as the leading motorcycle and Open Class competitor. Louwrens Mahoney, who has just arrived back in South Africa after racing in the USA, overtook him to take the victory with Dick in second place and the winner of the Open Class.
Dick has won this event in 2006 and has scored three consecutive desert race victories from 2002 to 2004 in the Vryburg area. He has also won the Toyota 1000 Desert Race earlier this year.
Another class victory went to Wynand Delport who finished in an excellent eighth place overall with his 125cc powered Yamaha. He experienced a trouble free race while his Shimwells Yamaha did not put a wheel wrong. Delport is now leading the extremely competitive 125cc Class championship.
Casper Badenhorst also did the team proud by finishing fifth in the 200cc Class - a mere 17 seconds slower than another 200cc rider, Brett Cummings, after almost a thousand kilometres. Although he did not have any major problems during the race, he - like many other riders - also got lost and lost valuable time. But in the end, there are more points on the scoreboard for this former jet-ski champion.
The young Zac Botha also completed the gruelling Mafikeng Desert 1000 and scored points as the 10th finisher in the 200cc Class.
Two class victories (the Open Class and the 125cc Class) and two Shimwells Yamaha riders in the top ten - this is quite an achievement for Team Shimwells Yamaha after such a tough event.
Team Shimwells Yamaha is now preparing for the penultimate round of the championship, the Caledon 400 off-road race that will take place on 21 and 22 September in the Dewetsdorp area in the Free State.