Team Shimwells Yamaha Battlefields 400 preview

Battlefields 400 3rd Round: National Off-road Racing Championship for Bikes & Quads 7 & 8 July 2006 Vryheid, KZN SHIMWELLS YAMAHA READY TO TAKE ON THE BIG GUNS ON THE BATTLEFIELD "The best things come in small packages" and this is Team...

Battlefields 400
3rd Round: National Off-road Racing Championship for Bikes & Quads
7 & 8 July 2006
Vryheid, KZN

SHIMWELLS YAMAHA READY TO TAKE ON THE BIG GUNS ON THE BATTLEFIELD

"The best things come in small packages" and this is Team Shimwells Yamaha who will go the off-road "battle" with a small team, but some of its four team-members stand a good chance of winning the Battlefields 400, the third round of the national off-road championship that will take place in the Vryheid area this weekend (7 and 8 July).

Gray Dick (Open Class); Gavin Louw (250cc Class); Kenneth Gilbert (200cc Class) and newcomer, Wynand Delport (125cc Class) will fight the battle without the rest of their team-members, Clayton Enslin and Enzo Chiocchi (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) who are both still injured while work-commitments prevent Zac Botha and Johnny Lochner (Shimwells Yamaha) to participated in the Battlefields 400.

And after two events, all four riders have scored points towards the overall as well as the different class championships. Mixed results saw Louw, who finished second in the 200cc Class championship in 2005, participating on the two-stroke Shimwells Yamaha in the 250cc Class where he is currently fifth overall while he is third in the extremely competitive 250cc Class championship. Louw, an excellent all-rounder who enjoys off-road and enduro events as well as track and motocross races, had had some bad luck this year and would like to proof what he is really capable of.

Youngster Kenneth Gilbert scored valuable points at the opening round of the season in Swaziland when he finished fourth overall on the 250cc four- stroke Shimwells Yamaha and he will go to the Battlefields 400 as the leader in the 200cc Class.

Former champion, Gray Dick, finished fourth overall at the last event in the Eastern Cape earlier this season to score his first points of the season. He damaged his big 450cc Shimwells Yamaha at the opening round and was demoted to a spectator. The upcoming race will suite his style and he is aiming for the overall podium.

The newcomer to the Shimwells Yamaha team, Wynand Delport, is flying the flag in the 125cc Class where he is filling the second place. He has shown that he can be a class-winner when he beat the rest at the last outing in the Easter Cape.

The Battlefields 400 will start on Friday, 7 July, with an 85km time-trail that will determine the starting positions and starting order for the main race on Saturday, 8 July, when the first rider will tackle the first of two 85km loops at 09h00. They will have to complete each loop twice.

-www.shimwellsyamaha.co.za

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