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MONDAY 14 AUGUST 2017

 

KTM DOMINATION AT HARDING NATIONAL ENDURO

This weekend saw the fifth round of the Liquorland National Enduro championship descend on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal and the small forestry town of Harding.

With none of the many category championships decided and with the last venue of Lesotho hosting the final two rounds as a double header event it was important for everyone wanting their name on the big trophy come the end of the season to perform well.

The track was laid out in a very international style of forest sections for the regularity and Enduro test, open and steep rocky terrain for the extreme test and the wide open grass of the natural amphitheatre used for the X test made the event really stand out on the series as the first ‘forest’ race of the year that has seen its fair share of dust and rocks in 2017.

Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Travis Teasdale was no doubt still buzzing from his International performance just two weeks earlier at Romaniacs where he took his orange steed to a fifth place finish and with it climbed the World Extreme Enduro rankings to take fifth place overall on points after the halfway marker of the season.

Teasdale carried this momentum and confidence forward as he dominated the day with the most special test wins and an overall event and category win in the ultra competitive E2 class. This now sees him lead the Championship heading into the last double header in Lesotho.

Team mates Dwayne Kleynhans and Scott Bouverie were also in good form for the E1 category. The area used for the racing was right in Bouverie’s back yard so he was under some pressure to perform. He led the class early on but a late race charge from Kleynhans dropped him down one notch on the last lap. Kleynhans went on to win the category which will have improved his spirits and overall after a disappointing start to the beginning of the domestic season. Bouverie was solid in his performance and with a second place finish in Harding sees him lead the E1 points standings once again.

For Kirsten Landman who was also coming back into SA racing after a top silver class finish at Romaniacs just a few weeks earlier, another win in the silver class at the Harding National sees her with one hand on the trophy heading to the final events of the season.

The Brother Leader Tread KTM Enduro team will be in action once again at the end of September for the two final rounds of the Liquorland National Championship Series in Lesotho.  After this they will make final preparations for the end of season finale, the Roof of Africa 2017.

ENDS.

Scott Bouverie, pre-race interview.
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Travis Teasdale preps his KTM 250 XC-W.
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Dwayne Kleynhans and KTM mechanic work on his KTM 250 XC-F prior to race start.
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KTM pit crew preps for riders expected lap times.
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Scott Bouverie full throttle on his KTM 250 EXC-F as he shoots through the X test.
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Kirsten Landman on her KTM 150 XC-W as she finishes her 1st lap of the X test.
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No hesitation from Travis Teasdale as he flies down 3 metre drop in the extreme test with his KTM 250 XC-W.
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Kirsten Landman navigates tight forest section of the enduro test with ease on her KTM 150 XC-W.
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Travis Teasdale full tap on his KTM 250 XC-W as he speeds through the enduro test.
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Dwayne Kleynhans slides into a tight corner with style on his KTM 250 XC-F as he shoots through the enduro test.
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