POLARIS WINNERS AT TOUGH QUAD ROOF OF AFRICA IN LESOTHO Polaris racers walked away as winners at the recent Quad Roof of Africa that was described as one of the toughest off-road races in Lesotho when they won the Open Class as well as the ...
POLARIS WINNERS AT TOUGH QUAD ROOF OF AFRICA IN LESOTHO
Polaris racers walked away as winners at the recent Quad Roof of Africa that was described as one of the toughest off-road races in Lesotho when they won the Open Class as well as the Side-by-Side Class and finished third overall after two days of racing.
The Quad Roof of Africa, the opening round of the SA National Off-road Quad Championship held on 15 and 16 February, took its toll on racers who had to tackle a distance of 550 kilometers in the treacherous Lesotho Mountains.
Jacques "Boesman" Struwig won the Open Class with the KTM 525-powered Polaris Outlaw with independent rear suspension and finished in an excellent third place overall. Struwig, who lost time during the first day when he went over a cliff and got stuck, posted the fastest time over the 250 kilometer route on day two.
Confusing route marking also resulted in riders - including the experienced Struwig who has won the Roof of Africa twice in the past - getting lost, but except for a flat tyre, he did not experience any problems and claimed the first podium position for the Polaris Outlaw in Lesotho when he finished in third place overall. The race was won by Leander Pienaar with Brian Baragwanath second.
The 16 year-old Benoni scholar, Clinton Petersen, competed in his first ever Roof of Africa race and finished fourth in the Open Class on his new Polaris Outlaw 525. Petersen, who only started competing in the national championship last season, also scored points towards the overall standings as he was the 17th quad home.
Another victory for Polaris went to Kiri Oberholzer and his navigator in the Side-by-Side Class, Eugene Geyser in their Polaris Ranger RZR. Team Oberholzer and Geyser proved the capability of the 800cc RZR and outlasted the rest of the Side-by-Side entries when they were the only team to complete the route on Friday.
The Polaris RZR tackled the Lesotho Mountains with standard suspension and only suffered from a broken rubber housing at the right front shock that was fixed at the end of the first day's racing. It was the first victory for the Ranger RZR at a national off-road race in South Africa and at the Roof of Africa in Lesotho.
In the Master Class for racers older than 46 years of age, veteran motorcycle and car racer, Jurie Human, put the Polaris Sportsman 800 on the podium when he finished third. Human crashed on Friday and was injured somewhat, but stuck in out and was beaten by a mere 12 seconds by Pietro Cutino with Peter Jack winning this class.
The second round of the SA National Off-road Quad Championship is the Red Cherry 400 that will take place on 15 March in the Port Elizabeth area in the Eastern Cape.