Every member of Team Shimwells Yamaha finished the recent Hluhluwe Queen Pineapple Off-road Spectacular, the 4th round of the National Off-road Championship for Motorcycles, and walked away with trophies as well as some valuable points...
Every member of Team Shimwells Yamaha finished the recent Hluhluwe Queen Pineapple Off-road Spectacular, the 4th round of the National Off-road Championship for Motorcycles, and walked away with trophies as well as some valuable points towards the different class and overall championships.
The defending off-road motorcycle champion, Gray Dick, also racing in the colours of Nashua Mobile Racing together with his teammate, Brian Capper, started the race in the 6th and 7th positions overall respectively and supported one another along the way - like true teammates. Unfortunately they wrong-slotted and lost about one minute, but luckily realised their mistake, found the right route and continued.
Then, disaster struck - when Dick stopped at a marshall point, Capper accidentally collided with his teammate and injured his hand. This extreme motorcycle show-artist kept on racing, but had to stop often because of his injured hand. He managed to finish in an excellent 13th place overall and scored valuable points as the 5th rider home in the Open Class.
Dick had a good race until the mousse in the tyre of his motorcycle collapsed - the same happened to him last year at this race. This meant that he had to take it easy until he could fix it at the first designated service point on the second loop. He was the 6th motorcycle rider home and strengthened his position towards successfully defending his title.
The rest of the Shimwells Yamaha team all brought good results home - the young Zac Botha finished 6th in the 200cc Class on his 250cc Yamaha four-stroke motorcycle even though he is still suffering from a shoulder injury since crashing at the Kalahari 1000 race earlier this season. The Pongola rider, Bernard Johnstone, also had a good race and was one of the many riders who was impressed with how well the route was marked. He had a troublefree race and finished 8th in the fiercely contended 250cc Class on his two-stroke Shimwells Yamaha.
The 125cc Class is once again going through a seesaw phase -- Gavin Louw won this class after the previous two events and was leading the class together with Hylton Smith. He had to settle for a second place behind Smith at Hluhluwe, but is still in a strong second position in the 125cc Class.
In the Senior Pro Championship, the ever consistent Johnny Lochner was the 3rd rider home to finish his first Hluhluwe Off-road race.
It seems as if all their luck at Hluhluwe has now changed and with the national off-road season now halfway, the team is looking forward to the next race - the Tarka 400 that will take place on August 1st and 2nd at Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape.