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Title: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Plothond on April 28, 2010, 06:43:14 am
The 3rd Motorcycle National offroad is in Mafikeng on the 8th May - approx 10 days from now

Our team - LCP/Infraset/STI Racing has entered 4 bike riders and two quads
I will be competing on a bike in the seniors class and as long as I don't come stone last -I'll be happy  8)

The layout of the race is a bit different and there will be 2 outside pits on the one loop and one outside on the other loop making it 4 in total
Our normal groupies  ;D who follow us around are all otherwise tied-up that weekend

We require the help of 4 (or more) helpers to man the outside pits and assist with refuels, cleaning goggles  etc
This would require you to arrive on Friday afternoon (7th), help on the Saturday, party Sat night and return home anytime on Sunday


In return we offer our "limited edition" LCP Racing Pit shirt  :biggrin: :ricky: , camping with our world famous team  :peepwall: about 30km from the race venue, a braai on both Friday and Sat nights and Sat AM breakfast.
You need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, lots of humour and your own "refreshments"
If the Sat night party at the race venue is not up to scratch, we promise a jol at our campsite

Come see the top National riders - Jade Gudzeit, Louwrens Mahony, Riaan van Niekerk, and of course ourselves  :biggrin: ;D  8) in action

I need committments by this Friday please
Please reply on this thread


Cheers,

Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Malibu on April 28, 2010, 06:49:43 am
Sorry guys, tied up with training that weekend...

Please guys, Plottie has the best pits ever!  And the comraderie and professionalism of the team is really impressive.  Grub is fantastic and it really is the sort of experience you will totally enjoy and remember!!

Help them out, they are seriously in need of assistance and you will really have a fantastic time!

I know, I did!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Plothond on April 28, 2010, 06:57:49 am
Thanks Malibu,
Vryburg was an absolute cracker from an entertainment perspective. Pity that even your dancing on the container did not fix the bikes. We hope to have a better run this time.

Mafikeng will probably be the last "2-stroke breaker" - The Northern Province races are all flat-out
After Mafikeng we go to Lesotho, Hluhluwe, Brits and Ceres. These are all of a more technical nature and should favour the 2 strokes more
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: GRIM on April 28, 2010, 07:48:29 am
I will have to check with the minister, but chances are slim - got a sons birthday party on the 9th.

Will see if I can help out & duck on Saturday night.
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Huggels on April 28, 2010, 07:58:22 am
Plottie laat ek myself nomineer as n kanidaat asb. Wil net seker maak oor my eksamens in Mei maar sal rerig dit bietjie weer wil beleef, het enduro gedoen toe ek jonger was maar amateur en vir fun so dit sal lekker wees.
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Plothond on April 28, 2010, 09:41:40 pm
Plottie laat ek myself nomineer as n kanidaat asb. Wil net seker maak oor my eksamens in Mei maar sal rerig dit bietjie weer wil beleef, het enduro gedoen toe ek jonger was maar amateur en vir fun so dit sal lekker wees.

Thanks man - you very welcome
I can arrange transport to Mafikeng, or you come on the bike

There is also a vehicle going back to pretoria on Sat night

I'll post directions in the next few days

Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Etienne2T on April 28, 2010, 09:59:42 pm
Best of luck with the race, a national 'offroad' is going to be some pretty fast stuff! Respect to you!

Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 30, 2010, 06:39:35 am
Great to hear you are back on board plottie  :thumleft:

I wish I could be there :( , would love to help (and race :ricky:).
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: GRIM on April 30, 2010, 08:10:30 am
Sorry, I am out. I was hoping to sort out my work life to be up in Swartruggens for that week, then just extend the trip a bit, but instead it looks like I'll be in Theunisen  ::)

Sorry.

Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Malibu on April 30, 2010, 08:22:11 am
Oh heng guys, there must be 2 guys willing to sit out in the bush, under an awning... cooler box, chairs, great environment, terrific food, great crowd... evening entertainment provided. 
The smell of fuel, burnt rubber, sweating men, etc, etc... in the day, the smell of beer and braai in the evening... what more could you ask for? 

:)
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: ROOI on April 30, 2010, 08:47:06 am
Hey plottie Kurt het conections in daai area ,het julle toe die Kwat uitgesort ,en wat het die melt down veroorsaak?
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: gser on April 30, 2010, 11:40:44 am
 
 Has anybody entered the two Adventure Bike classes Plottie?
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Roof of Africa on May 03, 2010, 06:12:16 pm
PREVIEW: MAFIKENG 400
3rd Round of the 2010 SA National Off-road Motorcycle & Quad Championships
7 & 8 May 2010 (Mafikeng, North-West Province)

CURRENT LEADERS, CHAMPIONS AND FORMER CHAMPS IN ACTION AT MAFIKENG 400

Current leaders of the 2010 SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championships as well as defending and former champions and even past race winners, who have not been in action for a while, will be in action at the Mafikeng 400, the third round of the national championships that takes place on 7 and 8 May in the North-West Province.

DCM Yamaha’s Jade Gutzeit and Louwrens Mahoney has been dominating the season so far and while Mahoney would like to repeat his 2009 result by winning at Mafikeng again, a national victory in this area has evaded Gutzeit and he would like to add a victory in the North-West Province to his list.

They can expect competition from the 2008 Mafikeng race winner, Clayton Enslin, who will team up with the rest of the Brother KTM team including the current 250cc class champ and 2009 overall winner of the motorcycle category, Riaan van Niekerk and the enduro ace, Altus de Wet.
The KTM contingent will be out in full force with another former champion, Spencer Kriel (ORD/Insurance Zone/Pro Action KTM) aiming for a repetition of his recent Kalahari 400 podium position and Marius Venter (JCP Steel KTM) who finished in the top ten at the season opener.

In the quad category, Mafikeng winners from as far back as 2003 will be in action. Last year’s winner, Brian Baragwanath (EMD Racing Lonestar Pep Yamaha) would not only like to add another race victory to his earlier win this year, but would like to keep his lead in the overall standings. Brother KTM’s Brendan Badenhorst has won here in 2006 and 2008 and will provide stiff competition while the winner of the recent Kalahari 400, Leander Pienaar (Connix Internet Can-Am) would aim to win again.

It will only be the second Mafikeng outing for the 2009 overall quad category winner and 450cc class champ, Dirkie Baard (Honda Windhoek) who has just returned from the USA after finishing eighth in the Pro ATV Class at a WORCS race while another former champion, Shaun Gunther – the 2003 Mafikeng winner and 2008 overall quad winner – is back from England and he might cause an upset competing on a Can-Am DS450 in the Pro 450 (Q1) Class.

The competition at the front of the quad category is fierce with riders like Quad Revolution/Race Nation Honda’s Juan Coetzee and Kyle-James Holburn (Suzuki); FD Racing’s Danie Coetzer (KTM) and Boesman Racing’s Jacques Struwig (Hybrid) all leading a race at some stage this year.

On two wheels there are also a few dark horses who have shown intent of scoring good results this season. These include the Webster brothers Christopher and Jonathan (Mick’s Motorcycles Yamaha) as well as Theo Potgieter and Laurence Murton (Ramco Cayenne Honda) while Wynand Delport (BMW) will also be back in action after an injury.
Kawasaki racers Bollie van Rooyen (The Roost/Out of Africa Dev) and Gavin Louw (The Roost) have yet to get onto the podium this year while Wade Blaauw (Connix Internet/Salley’s Yamaha) is getting back into the swing of racing after recovering from a serious injury last year.

The class championships are now in full swing – Gutzeit and Mahoney are tied in the OR1 Open Class while Van Niekerk is fighting off Venter and the experienced racer, Alex Vowles (FDBR Racing Yamaha) in the OR2 250cc Class. In the OR3 200cc Class Ruan Roberts (Brother KTM) leads Bradley van Aswegen (DCM Yamaha) and youngster Jarryd Coetzee (Miller Moore Honda Sandton) while Dominic Mantle (Yamaha Support) leads Charan Moore (Connix Internet/Salley’s Yamaha)  and local racer, Kent Plecia (Mafikeng Dirt Riders Honda) in the OR4 125cc Class.

The current Senior Class title holder, Wayne Farmer (World of Accessories Gas Gas) is playing second fiddle to Errol Dalton (Connix Internet/Salley’s Yamaha) – Guy Henley (The Roost/Out of Africa Dev Kawasaki) is currently third with Brian Bader (The Roost Kawasaki) having to make up points to get onto the championship podium.

Henk Leenstra (ECS/Alfie Cox KTM) is leading the Master Class championship while Timothy Young (Xtreme Yamaha) is the Silver Challenge leader.

In the Senior Quad Class the 2009 champion, Paul Chomse, has entered his Laeger’s Banshee again after not competing in the first two events this season. This might be a cause of concern for the class leader, Colin Joubert (JAG Quad Racing Suzuki) who finished the 2009 season as the runner-up behind Chomse. Jam Burger (Can-Am) and CJ Smith (EMD Racing Lonestar Pep Suzuki) will also have to fight to keep their current podium positions.

The Master Class (quad) championship has seen some serious competition with Clive Crouse (JAG Quad Racing Yamaha) leading Kobus Visser (Eco 4x4 Powersport Can-Am) and Jurie Meyer (Yamaha) and more than 15 riders will again tackle this event.

The Mafikeng 400 will also form the third round of the Southern Off-road Championship (SORC) as well as the AMU Championship with various racers from Kenya, Zambia and Namibia. The race will start with a time-trial on Friday (7 May) that will determine the starting order for the 400km main race on Saturday (8 May) where the first riders will be off at 07h30.

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Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Roof of Africa on May 03, 2010, 06:13:16 pm
MAFIKENG 400
African Motorcycle Union (AMU) Championship
3rd Round of the Southern Off-road Championship (SORC)
7 & 8 May 2010
Mafikeng (North-West Province)

KENYA, ZAMBIA, NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA WILL FIGHT FOR TITLES

Teams from as far as Kenya, Zambia and Namibia will compete in the Mafikeng 400 African Motorcycle Union (AMU) Championship that will take place in conjunction with the Mafikeng 400, the third round of the 2010 SA National Off-road Championships for motorcycle and quad competitors on 7 and 8 May in the North-West Province.

The Mafikeng 400 will also form the third round of the Southern Off-road Championship (SORC) and competitors have already competed in Ermelo (Mpumalanga, South Africa) and Windhoek (Namibia).

The AMU championship is a once-off event that takes place annually and teams consisting of five competitors competing in three classes (two motorcycle classes and one quad class) from African countries compete for the title. This year Harry Guelker (KTM) is the lonely entrant from Kenya in the B2 (motorcycle) Class for bikes with engines smaller than 250cc.

Namibia will be out in full force with Zose Texeira, Kai Hennes, Bjorn Bierbrauer, Henner Rusch and Heiko Hennes all competing on Honda two-wheelers. In the quad category (Class B3) Jaco Snyman, Jannes Augustyn; Lois Marius Steyl and Bart Louis Steyl will take on the rest on their Honda quads.

A team from Zambia will also visit South Africa with Barrett Maddocs (KTM); Kevin Mulders (Honda); Alan Gordon (KTM); Dale Holliday (KTM); Rainer Ihaman (KTM); Ryan Stasser (KTM) and Yamaha racers; Paddy Fisher and Nicholas Heygate all competing in the two motorcycle classes.

The motorcycle competitors will take on the likes of DCM Yamaha’s Louwrens Mahoney and Jade Gutzeit who are in the same class than Brother KTM’s Riaan van Niekerk and Clayton Enslin with Spencer Kriel (ORD/Insurance Zone/Pro Action KTM) making up the five-man Class B2 team.

Class B1 will see Brother KTM’s Ruan Roberts and Ramco Cayenne Honda’s Jonathan van Wyk and Brandon Bouwer teaming up with Yamaha racers Bradley van Aswegen (DCM Yamaha) and Juan Wilken (Shimwells Yamaha) to take on the rest of the African teams.
 
South Africa will push a strong Class B3 (quad) team consisting of various current and former champions into the field – Dirkie Baard (Windhoek Honda) will compete against his Namibian counterparts and will be supported by Brian Baragwanath (EMD Racing Lonestar Pep Yamaha); Brendan Badenhorst (Brother KTM); Jacques Struwig (Boesman Racing Suzuki) and Juan Coetzee (Quad Revolution Race Nation Honda).

The Mafikeng 400 will also see various South African entries into the SORC leg of the Mafikeng 400 where JAG Quad Racing’s Clive Crouse (Yamaha) and Colin Joubert (Suzuki) from Cape Town are between the leaders in the Masters and Senior Classes.

All the South African competitors will also compete in the national championship leg of the Mafikeng 400 that will start on Friday, 7 May with a short time-trial that will determine the starting order for the main race on Saturday (8 May) where the first competitors will tackle the 400km route from 07h30.

The time-trial will take place at the Mafikeng Club on the outskirts of Mafikeng while the start and finish of the main event as well as the central service point will be on the opposite side of Mafikeng at Disaneng Dam.

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Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Roof of Africa on May 03, 2010, 06:15:41 pm

 Has anybody entered the two Adventure Bike classes Plottie?
Entry list at

http://www.mqoecommission.co.za/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=86
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Plothond on May 03, 2010, 09:50:03 pm
Hey plottie Kurt het conections in daai area ,het julle toe die Kwat uitgesort ,en wat het die melt down veroorsaak?

Ja, we are staying on the connections farm. This does worry me "ever so slightly" as the connection "het nie brieke nie"
But that is Saturday nights worry  :biggrin:

Yes the Kwat is sorted
It's actualy amazing that it takes MAJOR time, effort and money to sort out a sometimes insignificant problem
It basically boiled (excuse the pun) down to 2 things:
a. a faulty CDI
b. a miniscule leak in the clutch hydraulic line

I must PRAISE KTM PRO-ACTION with their sterling efforts in helping us find the problems

I want to make a prediction - if the plumbers kwat is definately sorted - We WILL be bringing a trophy home on Sat !!!!

For the rest of us - the two 250's are raring to go. The race preps are being finalised and the suspensions come back from the guru's tomorrow.
Me, well..... the BUFF MAN killed me in the Gym again tonight, so I'll take it easier for the rest of the week and hope for a finish on Sat

Mafikeng is said to be one of the toughest in the series .......... 
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Plothond on May 03, 2010, 09:59:03 pm

 Has anybody entered the two Adventure Bike classes Plottie?

Not sure,
But likely to be the same 2 (or 3) that entered the Vryburg 400
Ron Baily from The Roost is sure to be there

The KTM 690 is perfect for this race
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: GlenInk on May 03, 2010, 10:15:29 pm
Plottie I`d so love to help you out on that weekend but I`m in Elliot.   :'(

Mafikeng is a bit far . . .  :'(

Maybe if you guys do something closer to my part of the world  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 04, 2010, 03:54:19 am
Plottie what will you be riding this weekend? (Or should I say powerslide pozing ;D )
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: ROOI on May 04, 2010, 08:56:50 am
Hey plottie Kurt het conections in daai area ,het julle toe die Kwat uitgesort ,en wat het die melt down veroorsaak?

Ja, we are staying on the connections farm. This does worry me "ever so slightly" as the connection "het nie brieke nie"
But that is Saturday nights worry  :biggrin:

Yes the Kwat is sorted
It's actualy amazing that it takes MAJOR time, effort and money to sort out a sometimes insignificant problem
It basically boiled (excuse the pun) down to 2 things:
a. a faulty CDI
b. a miniscule leak in the clutch hydraulic line

I must PRAISE KTM PRO-ACTION with their sterling efforts in helping us find the problems

I want to make a prediction - if the plumbers kwat is definately sorted - We WILL be bringing a trophy home on Sat !!!!

For the rest of us - the two 250's are raring to go. The race preps are being finalised and the suspensions come back from the guru's tomorrow.
Me, well..... the BUFF MAN killed me in the Gym again tonight, so I'll take it easier for the rest of the week and hope for a finish on Sat

Mafikeng is said to be one of the toughest in the series .......... 
Good luck with races and the brieke. I will be holding thumbs for u guys .And a big up to pro-action  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Splash on May 09, 2010, 05:39:07 pm
Life being rushed and work hectic, eventually leaving late on Friday afternoon – and so sadly missing the time trial. Would have started at the back of the field anyway. Did just make the fuel drop off’s 9:00pm deadline. A friend had booked accommodation and straight to bed I went, expecting a long day ahead. Started at 4:30am with a wakeup call. Bikes impound closed at 7:00am and the start was a 40km drive away.

At the pits, I squatted at the Full Throttle gazebo - really nice of them - not having my own service crew. Basically me, myself and bike. The regional riders had one 200km loop to do and the senior national’s another 100km loop. All in all, I needed to do five refuels. The decontrol (15 minutes rest) after the first loop was at the main pits. Without asking I was helped at each refuelling. Dirt bike people are just the best. Thanks to everyone, passion is obviously part of the sport.

Did this race last year as a regional event. Had been long and took almost the whole day to finish. Was I being over ambitious adding another 100km of racing? Would I need to use my bike’s light to get home? Thankfully, it was not that bad - they had left out the slower riverbed sections which helped due to them being flooded from extensive rain. Then I had not had the pleasure of exploring the ‘digtebos’ loop. Nothing like riding almost an entire loop in thick whooped sand with bush branches lashing one as one passed, possibly egging on one on to go faster. In no time I was in survival mode. To get to the finish I had to conserve energy. Slowed down and attempted to flow with the track. Easier said than done unfortunately. Did on one or two occasions get it right and glide with the bike through corners and over whoops - just magic. Want to do more of that.

The fast regional riders came flying past in no time. Had no ambition of trying to achieve their speeds. They did seem a little out of control, maybe that is just the way it is at that pace. I wonder how my riding style may still change over time, not to mention my appetite for risk. The feeling of speed is something which is universally understood. The vocal and enthusiastic spectators along the route have their thrills from riders racing past and I have had one spectator pointing at her watch obviously disappointed with my position in the race. Normally a wheelie is demanded which I unfortunately leave them disappointed.

Dust was not a problem which made my life more pleasant especially with passing riders. It is remarkable how many riders thank one for one’s efforts. To all of you, it is only a pleasure and I hope in passing in helps your race. If I am in your way, I am sorry, sometimes, maybe even for no good reason, I need a little time to make way for you. Your patience is appreciated. Do I get a Noddy Badge anyway?

Sand has a dramatic effect on a bikes need for fuel. Along the track I found some bikes, abandoned as if dead. What had happened to the riders? Strange thoughts start going  through one’s mind. How did they break their bikes, will mine do the same? Did the riders fall and need to be rescued? Not much further all my questions were answer when I saw some riders making their way down the track carrying fuel. They had run out of petrol! The fuel stop was near by. Refuelled my bike and was happy I would make the distance to the next stop. I do have an enduro tank which holds 10 litres which should be enough for a max of 100km. I was using around 5 litres for each refuel.

The second loop was almost the total opposite of the first with open tracks across wide plains. What a relief to have this as our second loop. The loop went by in no time. Near the end we rode along a dam shore which was made all the more dramatic by stormy weather. I just started dripping and the wind was howling. It was suddenly a serious quest, with the sound of thunder in the background, to make the finish. What a way to end a race.

Thanks to Mafikeng Motor Club. A long way to race and many, many obstacles. Not always so easy to get back in one piece.
    
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Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 09, 2010, 08:26:00 pm
Splash, thanks for the report, really a pleasure to read, you write well. :thumleft:

I know exactly what you mean by hitting those corners and whoops perfectly. Whoops are so tiring but fun to do when youre skipping the tops.
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Welsh on May 09, 2010, 08:40:28 pm
Theres an ugly old pommie there with the Roost boys called Dave, punch him and say Mr Godsell sent it  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Splash on May 10, 2010, 09:12:31 am
Theres an ugly old pommie there with the Roost boys called Dave, punch him and say Mr Godsell sent it  :biggrin:
I will just roost him! Hopefully, still be able to escape with my life - you know those Roost guys.
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Plothond on May 10, 2010, 09:21:26 am
Here is the report from our team:

This was my third race for the year, and the first since Ermelo 2.5 months ago where I damaged my ACL. The leg was still sore, but much better and I decided to give it a go
The Mafikeng 400 is said to be the toughest in the National series and although the organisers apparently made it much easier this year, it was still a tough race. 95% was deep whooped-out sand and if one was not fit, this race would have broken you.

I did my 200km and was happy with a finish. Well done to Splash who did an additional 100km on the National loop and although the second loop was much easier - it was still another 100km.

Kurt (on the quad), again did not finish, In fact - he almost did not start !!!
The KTM was running VERY well during pre race testing and then suddenly it started to smoke - barrells of smoke. We decided not to risk another blown motor. This created a dilemma - the chances of a win in the silver class this year was now starting to fade.
We phoned around (at 21:00 on Friday night) and managed to RENT, - yes you read right, RENT a YFZ450 for the race. We collected it in Mafikeng and worked until 03:00 in the morning to race prep it.
Problem was, the KTM kill switch was not compatible with the YFZ's ignition, so we have to MAKE a kill switch
So, Kurt started the race on a RENTED quad with a home-made kill switch.
He was either second or leading his class, with only 50km to go (his race was 300km) which the modification failed and the quad died.
So that was it - Another DNF
We really fealt sorry for him - What a disappointment. He is such a good and talented rider

Riaan, - some more sports
During Friday testing, it became apparent that his bike was not pulling well in the sand. We organised additional sprockets, but soon decided that this was not the solution.
The motor was beginning to fail. This bike had ridden a number of races during the season (approx 7) and had so far done well. We deicded to rebuild. A quick call to Pretoria and the ladies picked up the spares late Friday PM.
The motor was stripped down and the parts arrived at 22:00. The motor was reassembled and completed by 01:00. We woke Andri up and he raced through the mielie lande with a headlamp for a light at 01:15. Some adjustments were made and Andri went back to bed.
Bike done by 01:45.
Riaan ended up 7th, just missing a trophy - well done !!!!!!

Andri,
Andri's bike was perfect - It's running well.
Andri came 4th in the Regional class and 7th in the National class (he missed 6th and a trophy by 40 seconds).
Considering that he ran out of fuel just before the 1st DSP and lost a good ten minutes there - the thick sand just ate up the fuel. He also had a VERY bad crash which left him out for about 5 minutes which cost more time.

Jeez, I should be shot !!! - forgot about Morne
Morne,
He did well and came 6th in the National Quad Silver class,


So all in all - we came home with 2 Trophy's

pics to come
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: ROOI on May 10, 2010, 09:37:05 am
Well done to u and your team ,sorry to hear about the plumbers problems  :xxbah:

I see u are considerring this  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=49492.0   :pot:
Would bee a good choice
Sorry could not help myself ,I really feel for him  :3some:
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: Plothond on May 10, 2010, 09:48:51 am
Well done to u and your team ,sorry to hear about the plumbers problems  :xxbah:

I see u are considerring this  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=49492.0   :pot:
Would bee a good choice
Sorry could not help myself ,I really feel for him  :3some:

Ja, don't know where to go from here
The rider is good, the machine is letting him down

The KTM quad does just not seem to be able to cut it in the racing scene - It's a pity as the bikes are doing well and we decided to support KTM this season.
We just cannot disappoint the rider anymore !!
Title: Re: 3rd National Offroad - Mafikeng 400 - Help requested -PLEEEEASE !!!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 10, 2010, 06:07:30 pm
Eish Plottie, are those 2 strokes really cheaper to maintain than 450´s? ;D