The OLX SA Pro SuperEnduro double header which took place at the Johannesburg Outdoor Lifestyle Show at Nasrec on the 15th and 16th August 2015, once again produced the incredibly exciting, bar-banging and nail-biting racing the series has come to be known for.
Twelve of South Africa’s top enduro stars, including the twice Roof of Africa and double SA champion, Wade Young (Brother Leader Tread KTM), as well as motocross stars, David Goosen (ABE Midas Husqvarna) and Richard vd Westhuizen (Linex Yamaha), 10 times SA Supermoto champ Brian Capper (Red Bull Yamaha) and Travis Teasdale (Brother Leader Tread KTM), participated in the two days of thrilling racing.
In addition to the 12 Pro riders, 17 advanced riders also took part in the Intermediate class. Thanks to the Jhb Outdoor Lifestyle Show organizers, SA Shows, who put up R50 000.00 in prize-money, and the support of sponsors OLX Classifieds, Red Bull, Yamaha SA, Leader Tread, Brother, Brookfield Heavy Transport, Motul, Metzeler, Gazebo World, EVS and Powasol; Enduro World Events was able to put on a very successful and exciting event which had the crowd on their toes for each day’s two heat races and the final rounds.
Both classes produced an extremely high calibre of racing with the surprise of the event coming from newcomer to enduro racing, David Goosen. Goosen is an MX champ who rides for the ABE Midas Husqvarna Factory racing team and had only two weeks practise riding an enduro bike prior to the event. He is known for his holeshots and this combined with the ability to ride really fast from start to finish, made him almost unbeatable, even for the normally untouchable Wade Young. Goosen was in the lead in Saturday’s final when a mistake saw him go down, enabling Young to take the lead and the win, with the MX rider taking a strong and impressive 2nd spot ahead of Brian Capper.
In the Intermediate class it was up and coming young rider, Erhardt Beukes, who dominated with his nearest rivals having issues. Brandon Petrie (FDBR Yamaha) got a puncture whilst Tyler Cunniffe (Agrisales Yamaha) battled with his rhythm and Shaun Kirk (Liqui Moly Cayenne Beta) crashed hard.
Round two on Sunday was always going to be an even more thrilling final as Goosen had a point to prove, as did some of the other riders like Travis Teasdale who had not performed as they would have liked on Saturday.
As the final flag dropped it was Capper with the holeshot as he put his head down and put his Yamaha out front, with Teasdale followed by Goosen and Young in pursuit. But Wade Young was taking decide “no more Mr. Nice Guy” and charged to the front within the opening 3 laps, going on to open a gap and leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is the best enduro rider in South Africa. Teasdale did his best to hold onto 2nd place but eventually succumbed to the immense pressure from Goosen who forced the mistake from Travis and went on to take another 2ndplace, with Travis taking the final podium spot.
In the Intermediate class final it was the soon-to-be 50-year old Masters rider, Shaun Kirk, who took the holeshot and did his best to make his Liqui Moly Cayenne Beta 300RR as wide as possible to hold off the hungry pack. Brandon Petrie got buried in the pack and had to fight his way through but he was determined and was soon yapping at Kirk’s heels. That Beta was just not wide enough and Petrie went on to get the win ahead of Kirk who managed to hold off the recent Romaniacs Silver class finisher, Steven Carr (Roost KTM).
Well done to all the riders and thanks to them for an amazing display of riding talent and super-exciting racing that really was top-drawer stuff.
The premier of this event will be televised on Kings of Dirt on Supersport 8 – on the 11th September at 19:30 with repeats thereafter and of course it will also be covered in Enduro World Magazine’s October issue.