Shimwells Yamaha Kalahari summary

3rd Round of the ATV Powrsport ITP National Off-road Championship for Motorbikes . Winners of the 200cc Class . Winners of the 125cc Class . Enslin still leading overall championship CLAYTON ENSLIN STILL CHAMPIONSHIP-LEADER AFTER GOOD...

3rd Round of the ATV Powrsport ITP National Off-road Championship for Motorbikes

. Winners of the 200cc Class
. Winners of the 125cc Class
. Enslin still leading overall championship

CLAYTON ENSLIN STILL CHAMPIONSHIP-LEADER AFTER GOOD KALAHARI 1000 RESULT

Clayton Enslin (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) kept his overall lead in the ATV Powersport ITP national off-road championship for motorcycles, as well as the lead in the extremely competitive 250cc Class after finishing second at the recent Kalahari 1000.

Enslin experienced a good race, but due to the sandy riverbed, he ran out of fuel during the last day of the 1 000km race and had to push his bike to the refuel point. He also lost valuable time when part of a fence got tangled up in the back wheel of his 250cc two-stroke Yamaha, but he still managed to give the winner, Louwrens Mahoney, a good run for his money although he had to settle for second place overall.

After winning the opening round of the 2005 season and finishing third at the second race, Enslin has kept the lead in the overall championship as well as the 250cc Class. And with Enslin on the highest podium position, Gavin Louw (Shimwells Yamaha) charged to the third position in the overall championship after an excellent Kalahari 1000 result. He successfully fought off his class-rival, Riaan van Niekerk, to win the 200cc Class and finished fourth overall with his 250cc four-stroke Yamaha. Zac Botha (Shimwells Yamaha) finished 11th in the 250cc Class after an uneventful race except for spending some time with an injured rider.

Another class-victory - his third for the season - went to Kenneth Gilbert (EPH Shimwells Yamaha/Wasa Racing) who trampled his opposition by winning the 125cc Class by 45 min 27 sec. He lost some time and a few overall positions with a flat tyre, but is still leading this class-championship. Only six riders in this class managed to finish the race and this included Gilbert's team-mate, Kyle Poppleton, who finished fifth. Poppleton could not finish time-trail and a penalty time of 2 hours 12 min was added to his overall time.

In the Senior Pro Championship, both Enzo Chiocchi (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) and Johnny Lochner (Shimwells Yamaha) finished the event and Chiocchi kept his personal 100% finishing-record as he finished all the desert races he has entered. Lochner, the 2003 Senior Pro Champion, finished fourth while Chiocchi was the 11th senior rider home.

Unfortunately Gray Dick (Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic Car Audio) could not finish the Kalahari 1000. He started the main race in pole position, but crashed during the first day.

His team-mate, Jade Gutzeit, who made his come-back after a serious knee- injury last year, enjoyed his new 250cc four-stroke Shimwells Yamaha in the desert conditions, but damaged the waterpumpcover during the first day of the main race and could not finish the event.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Riaan van Niekerk