Team Shimwells Yamaha Irvine Bell summary

SHIMWELLS YAMAHA ON IRVINE BELL OFF-ROAD CHALLENGE PODIUM Team Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic's Gray Dick was the first non-KZN rider home when he finished third overall at the recent Irvine Bell Off-road Challenge, the fifth ...

SHIMWELLS YAMAHA ON IRVINE BELL OFF-ROAD CHALLENGE PODIUM

Team Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic's Gray Dick was the first non-KZN rider home when he finished third overall at the recent Irvine Bell Off-road Challenge, the fifth round of the national off-road motorcycle championship that took place at Empangeni on Friday, 6 July.

The race was won by Spencer Kriel, formerly from Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal with local Richards Bay rider, Theo Potgieter second. Potgieter managed to beat Dick by a mere 12 seconds over the 330 kilometre race that took place mainly in the sugar cane fields around Empangeni.

The Irvine Bell Off-road Challenge took on a different format with off-road racers only participating on Friday (6 July). They started according to a seeding list with only five seconds separating the riders. Dick did not experience any problems during the race although he fell twice, but was quickly on his powerful 450cc Yamaha again. He finished second in the Open Class.

Casper Badenhorst scored his best result so far this season when he finished 13th overall while he was fourth in the 200cc Class. Badenhorst, a young farmer from Balfour who only recently started participating in the national off-road championship, had a trouble free race on his 250cc four- stroke Yamaha.

Zac Botha finished ninth in the 200cc Class. The young Botha was stung by a bee during the race and had to endure a sore and swollen face, but managed to finish the race.

Lady Luck did not have a present for Wynand Delport who was leading the 125cc Class halfway through the season. Delport experienced mechanical problems after completing about a third of the race and had only one reason left to celebrate - his birthday.

Team Shimwells Yamaha is looking forward to the sixth round of the championship, the Mafikeng 1000 Desert Challenge that will take place over three days and almost a thousand kilometres from 9 to 11 August in the Northwest Province. Dick has won this marathon event four times in five years while he has also won the recent Toyota 1000 Desert Race in Botswana.

-credit: www.shimwellsyamaha.co.za

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