Husqvarna sets ground work for national Mx Championship in PE

MARCH 2, 2016

The long awaited start of the 2016 Motocross season headed down to the windy but friendly city of Port Elizabeth - and we were greeted on Friday with a traditional gale blowing through the pit area - thankfully a good storm on Friday night gave us a perfect day on Saturday and excellent racing conditions on the Rover sand track.

Practice and qualifying showed up some interesting times - none more than a second gate pick for Richard van der Westhuizen, who made a return to Motocross aboard his Husqvarna FC 450 in MX 1, after a two year break from Motocross.

The days results were a mixed bag of manufacturers on the top steps but standing out from the crowd was the overall presence of Husqvarna and truly showing that the brand had arrived in South Africa. "ABE Midas Husqvarna Racing" and the privateer Husqvarna mounted team "Team ABE Midas" all had a great start to the season and poised for big things.

The 125 High School class saw last year's 85 Pro Mini champion Slade Smith moving onto the big bike. The talented youngster had an excellent day onboard his TC 125 and finished in third place overall. Jason Visser, the young flyer in the MX 2 class had his hopes of a great day dashed in a first corner crash with various other riders and, with a damaged shoulder, still hung onto a sixth place overall for the day, scoring some valuable points towards the championship.

Ryan Angilley of Team ABE Midas came home in fifth place in MX2. MX 1 saw two solid performances from Richard van der Westhuizen and a second podium for the year in third place. Sacha Naude of Team ABE Midas had a tough one with a blown rear shock ruining his ride and bringing him home in fourth place overall.

Stand out performance of the day certainly went to Cape Town's Anthony Raynard on board his Eddy2Race supported Husqvarna FC 450 with a second place overall in MX 1 and a overall win in MX 2. To note, youngster Seth van den Abeele gave a great showing of things to come in the 125 High School class with a solid second place overall on the day on board his Eddy2Race Husqvarna TC 125.

All in all an awesome season opener and some exciting racing to come - Husqvarna Motorcycles certainly have made their mark in Motocross for the year with 3 in the top 4 MX1 standings, 3 in the top 6 of the MX 2 standings an 2 of the top 3 in the 125 standings.

The second round of the National Motocross championship will be held at the Zone 7 track in Cape Town on 2 April.

ABE Midas Husqvarna Racing is proud to be associated with their valuable sponsors: ABE Midas, Fox, Bel-Ray, Pirelli, FMF, Portable Shade, Prepsol, Hyde and 32Gi