Terra Topia organizers/track owners Dave White and Rob Bowen had their all new circuit tested to the limit for the annual Tork Craft Global ASP Legends Motocross Challenge this last weekend by all motocross riders young and the older die hard veterans all very capable of showing that they had what it takes and were still very quick.
“We changed the direction of track for the first time, adding some new radicle, turns, jumps, a switchback plus the largest jump/hill ever built at a South African MX track,” said Dave White
“We wanted to give the guys a different new challenge and lots of airtime, judging from the response all the riders seemed to like the new track and the conditions. Otherwise it was an awesome fun filled & chilled days racing, despite the extreme temperature of 34 deg. And the constant windy conditions that dried out the top surface too quickly, but our watering team circulated and managed to keep track conditions great for racing all day,” said White.
Both sponsors Tork Crafts Director Ryan Hunt and Global ASP’s CEO Gavin Williams admitted that the heat was the biggest challenge on the day for all the riders and paid tribute to all who rode on the day.
“The heat was certainly a lot tougher for the older veteran riders but watching all the riders it really did not slow them down on the day,” said Gavin Williams. A big collector of MX Motor cycles, I was not only impressed with the turnout of the older veterans and their performance on the day, but also with the older race machines and the guys race prep in getting them ready to race, as far as I am aware I did not see or hear of any breakdowns on the day only the odd fall and crash that goes with MX racing and there were a few of these during the days racing. The older machines are certainly a handful on today’s tracks not many of the younger riders would be aware of how the older twin shock machines handle the jumps and bumps of today’s tracks, going forward when we race together they should be on similar machines, that would even the playing field somewhat.
The Terra Topia owners impressed fans and riders with a well-prepared track and a meticulously organised venue. Racing was good in all classes. The short sprint style races kept fans engaged however punished riders who made mistakes in the short heats. It was a real treat to see so many old faces and a mix of old and modern bikes and riders all racing together.
The days sponsors Tork Craft and Global ASP agreed that the organizers had done a fine job for their event. “It’s great working with the likes of Dave and Rob from Terra Topia, who are both MX riders, they know what riders, sponsors and spectators want,” said Multiple SA National Champion Ryan Hunt. “They prepared a super track that allowed new and old riders to be challenged safely and to have some fun,”
Some of the best racing of the day came from the 2 & 4 Stroke Open Seniors and the MX 125 Open class, where Kerim Fitzgerald KTM was on a roll taking overall honours in both classes dominating all 4 heats, he was also the quickest rider to lap the new track. Finishing the 2 & 4 Stroke Open Seniors in 2nd and 3rd place overall was the two Husky riders Ricky Raaff and Keegan Du Plooy
Overall honours again going to KTM’s Fitzgerald in the MX 125 Open class and another fastest lap, there was nothing stopping him in a perfect days racing, he was again followed home by two Husky riders another 2nd overall for Ricky Raaff and third going to Callum Broskie. Both Raaff and Fitzgerald are past winners at the Tork Craft Global ASP Legends Motocross Challenge after winning and finishing well at last year’s event.
In the Legends class overall for the 30’s plus went to Raymond Woolls, Grey Dick Yamaha snatched overall in the over 40’s and Gary Killian Kawasaki in the over 50’s with Clive Watkins KTM taking the over 60’s class overall. MX legends competing in this class and still going strong were Marc Angsley Yamaha, David De Witt KTM, Bruce Heine KTM, Gavin Kelsey Yamaha, Quintin Foster, Ryan Shapiro Suzuki, Shaun Kirk KTM and Gavin Williams Honda.
In the over 60’s and still competitive running with the guys was, Bertus Bekker Beta and Johnny Nel Suzuki, The VMX class even more legends Cameron Roach, Darryl Hancock and Mark Roach
Fastest laps on the day Heat 2 VMX Cameron Roach, Heat 1 Gavin Williams, Grey Dick had the quickest laps in both heats of the Legends class
Racing finished on time & prize giving lucky draw was done by 16h00. A big thank you to Tork Craft / Vermont Sales and Global ASP for their continued support of this annual event. The give-away prizes during the lucky draw were very well received by the surprised winners.this is my text