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Boesman Aims To Win Roof of Africa Again on Yamaha Quad Jacques "Boesman" Struwig might not be able to win the 2004 SA National Off- road Championship for Quads anymore, but he is a definite favourite to win the Vodacom Lesotho Sun Roof of ...

Boesman Aims To Win Roof of Africa Again on Yamaha Quad

Jacques "Boesman" Struwig might not be able to win the 2004 SA National Off- road Championship for Quads anymore, but he is a definite favourite to win the Vodacom Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa that will take place from November 24 to November 27 in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

Struwig, racing in the colours of Team Southern Yamaha Racing, won this gruelling three day, 1000 km event event last year on the new Yamaha YFZ450 and finished second in the quad category the previous year and based on current performance, he might just walk away with back-to-back victories after this, the 38th Roof of Africa.

Having last won an event in the 2004 SA National Off-road Championship for Quads in Swaziland at the beginning of the season, Struwig is hungry for another victory. It was a season where he was leading several races, but where Lady Luck turned her back on him time and again with the finish line almost in sight. After convincingly winning the Skyoil Swazi 400, he was leading the Noodsberg 400 and then lying second overall, 15sec behind the leader, when mechanical problems kept him from winning.

He was also leading the Kalahari 1000 after the first and second days and opening a gap between him and the rest of the field during the last day when the engine on his Yamaha YFZ450 gave trouble resulting in him falling to the back of the field. But he did not give up and fought his way back to be the 6th quad rider home. At the Mafikeng 500, he was 80th quad to start the race after he noticed a problem with his quad on the starting grid, but reeled the rest of the riders in and finished in an excellent 4th place overall!

He participated in the Hluhluwe event with a wrist injury and finished 6th in the pineapple country and at the penultimate event, the Vilagama 400, he was leading the quad category overall when Lady Luck decided again to turn a blind eye on him with 30km to go and his Yamaha YFZ450 suffered a mechanical failure.

Struwig is currently lying 6th in the overall quad championship with only three points separating him from the defending champion, Shaun Gunther (5th overall) and five points the difference between him and Cornel de Villiers (4th overall).

Boesman can still finish 3rd in the overall championship - if he wins the Vodacom Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa and scores 20 points and depending on Zane Davidson's performance, who is currently 3rd overall and also on a Yamaha YFZ450.

Hendrik Potgieter is currently leading the overall championship followed by Stefan Coetzee.

The Vodacom Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa starts on Wednesday, November 24, with documentation and scrutineering at the Lesotho Sun at Maseru. The traditional Round the Houses, a 3,6km route in the streets of Maseru that the riders have to complete three times, will kick-off at 09h00 where after the riders will depart immediately to the start of the 70km time trial near Lancer's Gap.

On Friday, November 26, the first National Quad rider will be departing at 06h45 on a 410km route and on Saturday, the surviving riders will be starting at the same time on a 364km loop in the Lesotho Mountains.

-tsyr-

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