The Free State motocross team reigned supreme on Saturday morning at the Tempe Motocross track in Bloemfontein as they managed to win the North vs. South Interprovincial Challenge title for a second time.
In doing so, Free State retained their title, which they won in 2018. The sixth edition of the North vs. South was held in near perfect conditions, which even made it enjoyable for the spectators as the wind did not kick up too much dust on the day.
A total of 12 Free State riders made it onto the podium on Saturday, and of those six were right and the top with wins in their various classes.
In the 50cc Juniors, Xavier Victor claimed silver is his class, while Maxwell Fourie took gold, and Seth van der Walt took bronze.
In the 50cc Pros, WJ van Niekerk rode into second in the class, which his teammate, Casey Tilley, took 3rd overall. Aiden Retief won the class.
In the 65cc, Blade Tilley claimed Free State’s first win, while the Gauteng duo of Joshua Williams had to settle for second and Matthew Correia took third.
In the 85cc Small Wheel, Pieter Brink, who recently represented South Africa, claimed first overall, followed by Deegan Bloomfield and Joshua Williams.
The Pro Mini also saw a double podium for the Free State with André van der Berg riding in second, by Cole Meyer, while Jordan Venter claimed the bronze.
The High School class produced another winner for the province while Thabo Verster took the first place, while Josh de Hutton took second and Liam Gilchrist took third.
In the Support Class, Morné Sommer rode in third overall, with Justin Buist winning, while James Kok came in second.
The Masters Class was won by Warrick van Schalkwyk, with Shaun Lloyd in second and André Swart in third.
The former South African champion and Free State team captain, Tyson Engelbrecht, won the Vets class, followed by Ryan Hunt in second and Roger Bergstrom completing the podium. Engelbrecht has his sights set on the second national title, and will be competing in the final round of the SA National Championship at Terra Topia in Johannesburg on 26 October. He is currently third in the national standings.
In MX1 & MX2 class, Johan Vogelesang took the honours in both classes. In the MX1, Garric Pretorius took second, with Charan Moore in third. In the MX2 Blake Gutzeit was in second and last year’s national high school champion, Justin Sangster, rode in third.
The next event at Tempe will be on 2 November, with the sixth and final round of the MSA Free State Regionals. – MORGAN PIEK