2nd Round of the SA National Off-road Championship for Motorcycles and Quads Shimwells Yamaha Took Top Honours At New Off-Road Race Shimwells Yamaha took top honours at the recent Noodsberg 400, a new off- road race on the calendar and the ...
2nd Round of the SA National Off-road Championship for Motorcycles and Quads
Shimwells Yamaha Took Top Honours At New Off-Road Race
Shimwells Yamaha took top honours at the recent Noodsberg 400, a new off- road race on the calendar and the second round of the SA National Off-road Championship for Motorcycles and Quads that took place in the Wartburg area in KwaZulu-Natal, when the 2002 champion, Gray Dick (Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic Car Audio YZ450F) won overall followed by his team-mate and the current champion, Jade Gutzeit.
Dick is now also leading the overall championship and after winning the Open Class, he is currently sharing the leading position in this class with Darryl Curtis who finished fourth overall this past weekend.
And after his second consecutive victory in the 250cc Class, Gutzeit is now comfortably leading this class while he is filling the third position in the overall championship.
It was a competitive race with the first four riders finishing within one minute and 30 seconds. After the 45km time trial on Friday, Dick was the fourth rider on the starting grid - only seven seconds behind the first rider, Curtis, and a mere three seconds behind his team-mate, Gutzeit.
He passed Gutzeit as well as local rider, Geoffrey Wolhuter who started second and later he flew past Curtis to take the lead that he kept until the end.
Guzeit, a businessman from Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal, had to eat dust from the front riders, but still managed to pass Spencer Kriel, the last rider between him and Dick, at the last refuel point on the last loop to follow his team-mate home.
With the first two places on the podium in the bag for Shimwells Yamaha, it was the young Gavin Louw who finished off the top ten with a well-deserved third place in the 200cc Class. Louw was not too happy with the time-trial and he had to start in the 18th place. Except for the dust, he did not experience any problems with his Shimwells Yamaha four-stroke 250cc with which he participates in the 200cc Class and, like the first race of the season, this resulted in three of the four members of Team Shimwells Yamaha finishing in the top ten.
Zac Botha could unfortunately not finish the time trial due to mechanical problems and was the very last motorcycle competitor off the starting grid to tackle the two 180km loops. But he showed perseverance and finished in an excellent 49th place overall.
This is how all four members racing in the colours of the Shimwells Yamaha dealership in Springs on the East Rand showed that they can take on the rest of the motorcycle off-road field - and that they mean serious business about winning the overall championship as well as the class championships.
The next round of the SA National Off-road Championship is the Kalahari 1000 that will take place from April 29 to May 1 in the Vryburg area in the Northern Cape. Last year Dick lead this three day race from start to finish and both he and Gutzeit would like to be the first rider to receive the chequered flag.
RESULTS: NOODSBERG 400 (MARCH 19/20, 2004)
Motorcycle Category: RIDER MANUFACTURER CLASS TIME TRIAL MAIN RACE 1 Gray Dick Yamaha Open 00:26,21 04:29,16 2 Jade Gutzeit Yamaha 250cc 00:26,18 04:29,35 3 Spencer Kriel KTM 250cc 00:26,30 04:29,45 4 Darryl Curtis KTM 250cc 00:26,14 04:30,50 5 Clayton Enslin KTM 250cc 00:26,51 04:33,33 6 Riaan van Niekerk KTM 200cc 00:26,22 04:34,03 7 Louwrens Mahoney KTM 125cc 00:27,34 04:34,34 8 Hylton Smith Suzuki 125cc 00:27,41 04:34,52 9 Michael Barton Suzuki 200cc 00:26,35 04:35,15 10 Gavin Louw Yamaha 200cc 00:28,00 04:39,58