Shimwells Yamaha Kalahari 1000 preview

. Gray Dick wants to stay King of the Kalahari . Clayton Enslin still championship leader . Shimwells Yamaha leads every class in championship SHIMWELLS YAMAHA RIDERS LEAD EVERY CLASS IN OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP The Shimwells Yamaha and...

. Gray Dick wants to stay King of the Kalahari
. Clayton Enslin still championship leader
. Shimwells Yamaha leads every class in championship

SHIMWELLS YAMAHA RIDERS LEAD EVERY CLASS IN OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP

The Shimwells Yamaha and EPH Shimwells Yamaha riders are currently leading every class of the motorcycle category of the ATV Powersport ITP national off-road championship while they are also leading the overall championship.

Clayton Enslin (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) started the season with a bang by winning the opening round of the championship and the 250cc Class in Swaziland while he finished third overall at the second race. He will start the Kalahari 1000 this weekend as the overall championship leader and the leader of the 250cc Class where he is two points ahead of the current class champion, Geoffrey Wolhuter.

Gray Dick (Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic Car Audio) might still be looking for a victory this year, but two podium finishes so far this season put him in a comfortable second position in the overall championship where he is only three points behind his team-mate, Enslin. He is also leading the Open Class, but he shares this position with his racing rival, Darryl Curtis. But Dick is unbeatable in the Kalahari and after three consecutive victories there, the King of the Kalahari will be looking for a record fourth this weekend.

The 200cc class leader, Gavin Louw (Shimwells Yamaha) will, for the first time this season, be competing with his team-mate, Jade Gutzeit, who made a huge come-back after a serious knee-injury when he won the recent Castrol Winterberg Enduro. Both riders will be participating with the 250cc four- stroker and while Louw, who is sharing the lead with Riaan van Niekerk, will be aiming for a second class victory, Gutzeit would like to score valuable points to get his championship onslaught underway.

With two class victories behind his name, the EPH Shimwells Yamaha/Wasa Racing rider, Kenneth Gilbert, has a lead of six points over Terry Waters in the 125cc Class. The young rider is not only hoping for a top ten finish, but would like to score a hat-trick at the Kalahari 1000 with another class victory.

Zac Botha will be trying his luck at the Kalahari 1000 on the 250cc two- stroke Shimwells Yamaha and will hope for a finish while Kyle Poppleton (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) would like to better his 28th place of last year. His young team-mate, Shannon Frost, will gain more experience of the desert- like conditions and more points will push both these riders up a few places in the 125cc Class Championship.

Johnny Lochner (Shimwells Yamaha) and Enzo Chiocchi (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) will represent their teams in the Senior Championship.

Interesting Note: Last year Gray Dick, Clayton Enslin and Gavin Louw finished the Kalahari 1000 in the top ten. And after winning the manufacturer's award after both the Orion Piggs Peak 400 in Swaziland and the Noodsberg 400 in KZN, this team will hope to do so again at the Kalahari event.

The Kalahari 1000 will start on Thursday, 28 April, at the Excelsior Club 50km outside Vryburg with a 65km time-trail that will determine the starting-order and starting-times for the first day of the main race on Friday. The quads will start the main race first and tackle the first of two 250km loops at 7h30 while the two-wheelers will be off at 8h00. On Saturday the surviving quads will take-on one of the loops of the previous day at 7h00 followed by a new Eastern Loop while the bikers will follow at 7h30.

-www.shimwellsyamaha.co.za

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