P/C: Eric Palmer

The penultimate round of the SA National Motocross Championship was held in Harrismith this past weekend and once again our GAC Laser Ace Sports team excelled with fantastic results.

MX2
In the Premier MX2 class, the day belonged to GAC Laser Ace Sports’ Anthony Raynard, crowning off a memorable racing day for him as he took a 1-2 for first overall. Many commented that the racing in this class was the best they had seen all year with the top 4 riders within a bike length of each other. Undoubtedly the final round will not disappoint at Terra Topia, Johannesburg in October.
Overall Result: 1 – 2 = 1st overall

MX1
In the Premier MX1 class, GAC Laser Ace Sports’ Anthony Raynard stole the show in the second heat taking the 4-1 for the day sealing his second overall position. Anthony claimed 3 out of 4 hole shots today in the premier classes and led 2 races from start to finish!
Overall Result: 4 – 1 = 2nd overall

Round 7 will take place in Johannesburg on the 14 October.

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2017 SA Motocross National Round 5 – Pietermaritzburg

P/C: Sam Clark

Round 5 of the SA National Motocross Championship took place this Saturday, 22 July, at Thunder Valley MX Track in Kwazulu-Natal.

MX2
Heat 1, Anthony fought hard for the hole shot but just got edged out into the first turn. Charging in 2nd place Anthony looked for a way around the leader but with the track being extremely muddy, rough and dangerous it was a big task on hand. Around the half way mark of the race, the 3rd place rider jumped off the track to pass Anthony which is illegal. Anthony then passed him back and once again on the following lap he did the same thing. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time for Anthony to pass again as they crossed the line and the clerk of the course did not want to take the issue further.
Heat 2, bike problems caused Anthony’s bike to cut out on the first lap which saw him remount right at the back of the field. He rode hard and smooth to come from outside the top 20 to finish in 7th place. Definitely not the results that Anthony wanted but our sport is challenging!
Overall Result: 3 – 7 = 6th overall


Round 6 will take place in Harrismith on the 2 September.

Thank you for being apart of this journey and supporting me! Onwards and upwards!

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Round 4 of the SA National Motocross Championship took place this past weekend at Dirt Bronco MX Track in Johannesburg on Saturday, 3 June. The national series hadn’t raced at this venue for the last 3 years so there was a lot of excitement and anticipation in the air.

MX2
With MX2 being the first class out on track for practice and qualifying, it was a complete mud show and difficult to put in a clean fast lap. Anthony took the time to learn the track and focus on the races.
Heat 1, holeshot, holeshot, holeshot! Anthony flew out the gates to grab the lead from the start. It was a fast race with the top 4 riders separating from the rest of the field. Anthony made no mistake and remained consistent all throughout the race to come away with top honors! Welcome back Anthony!
Heat 2, it was a fight into a muddy first turn where Anthony came out in 2nd place. The top 3 were running fast consistent lap times with the gap between each rider staying the same. Anthony set his fastest lap time in the last lap of the race trying to hunt down the leader. Another brilliant and strong finish in heat 2!
Overall Result: 1 – 2 = 1st overall

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Round 5 will take place in Pietermaritzburg on the 22 July.

Thank you to all the incredible brands and companies supporting me!

2017 SA Motocross National Round 3 – Bloemfontein

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2017 SA Motocross Nationals – Bloemfontein Race Report
Round 3 of the SA National Motocross Championship took place in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 6 May. After being on the sidelines for 6 weeks with a broken hand, Anthony was excited to get back on track and racing. It wasn’t going to be an easy task with his hand still healing and very tender.

MX1
Heat 1, Anthony fought hard all race to come from the back of the pack in the start to finish in a well deserved 3rd place.
Heat 2, the top 4 riders were like a freight train for most of the race with Anthony in 4th. Unfortunately with 5 minutes of the race to go, the injured hand of Anthony started bleeding and paining. Anthony tried his best but lost two positions in the process.
Overall Result: 3 – 6 = 5th overall
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MX2
Heat 1 and 2 were frustrating races for Anthony. Bike problems saw Anthony get out the start gate in both races way at the back of the field. He had to work his way through the field and fight for a top 5 finish. Onwards and upwards!
Overall Result: 5 – 6 = 6th overall

Anthony says, “Thank you to each and everyone that plays a vital role in making my racing possible. I will keep charging on for the rest of the SA season.”

Round 4 will take place in Johannesburg on the 3 June.

2017 Western Cape Regional Round 1 – Zone 7

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Round 1 of the 2017 Western Cape MX Championship took place at Zone 7 on Saturday, 4 March. Qualifying, Anthony went out flying and clinched the 1st place spot in both the MX1 and MX2 class.

MX1
Heat 1, hole shot into the first corner which saw Anthony fight hard leading the strong pack of riders. He had tough competition behind him so it was a race where Anthony needed to focus and be consistent every lap. He delivered exactly that and took the win from start to finish.
Heat 2 was much of the same for Anthony; hole shot and led the race for every lap of the 20 min heat finishing with a demanding lead. 1st overall for the day with 1-1 results!
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MX2
Heat 1 & 2, absolutely superb heat races for Anthony. Hole shots in both races and lap after lap increased his lead into 30 seconds by the end of both races. 1st overall for the day with his 1-1 results!

Thank you so much to all the sponsors for all the support and being a part of this incredible journey. All the hard work and effort is well worth it, we can’t wait for the upcoming Cape Town National taking place on the 8 April at the Zone 7 facility. Please diarize this date and come join us in our pits for a great day of racing.

2017 SA Motocross National Round 1 – Port Elizabeth

Round 1 of the SA National Motocross Championship took place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 18 February.

MX1
Qualifying saw Anthony set good lap times and look forward to a great day of racing.
Heat 1, Anthony got out the gates into a mid-pack start. He had to work hard the first few laps to get himself into 2nd position. Anthony rode a smooth, consistent race behind the leader and playing the waiting game. Unfortunately on the second last lap, Anthony tried to make a move for the lead and dropped the bike in a sandy corner. Anthony remounted in 4th place and with only one lap remaining he had to settle in 4th.
Heat 2, saw another great heat with the top 4 riders breaking away from the rest and switching positions every lap. Anthony fought hard until the end and crossed the line in 3rd place.
Overall Result: 4 – 3 = 4th overall

MX2
Heat 1, resulted in a tough start for Anthony had him challenging from the back of the field and fighting through the entire race. Anthony caught back to 3rd place from being in 10th on lap 1. Good fight!

Heat 2, Anthony started the race in 4th place after the first lap. It was a hard fought race for the full moto between the top 4. While trying to make a move on the 2nd place rider, Anthony slid out on a wet, slippery corner which saw him get up in 4th place and have to race hard to catch up again. Anthony finished the race in 3rd place.
Overall Result: 3 – 3 = 3rd overall

Thank you so much to all the sponsors for all the support in the 2017 SA season!
Round 2 will take place in Cape Town on the 8 April.

2016 SA Motocross National Round 6 – Harrismith

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Round 6 of the 2016 SA National Motocross Championship took place in Harrismith on Saturday, 17 September. Freezing temperatures, heavy wind and tight racing was the call of the day.

MX1
Heat 1, Anthony rocketed off the start line to grab the holeshot and lead the strong field around the track on lap 1. Anthony put his head down and put in fast, consistent lap times to win the first heat by 15 seconds.
Heat 2, another smooth fast start saw Anthony grab 2nd place in the start corner and settle in a comfortable spot. Unfortunately on lap 3, the unthinkable happened… Anthony was coming through a fast section of the track and his bike bounced skew causing to go have a hard crash. Anthony got up right a way but he remounted in 5th place and with his bike being bent and broken he had to settle in that position. With the bad second heat, the first heat helped to score a good overall for the day.
FINAL RESULT MX1: 1-5 = 2nd overall
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MX2
Both MX2 heat races were really good for Anthony, however the results didn’t show for the quality of his riding on the day. Anthony set the fastest lap times in both races by over 1 second , but bad starts made life difficult for Anthony on the tight and twisty Harrismith circuit. 
FINAL RESULT MX2: 4-4 = 3rd overall

Anthony is in 2nd place in the MX1 and MX2 SA National Championships. Going into the final round in 2 weeks, Anthony is putting in everything he can to fight for the top spots in both classes.

Upcoming Races:
* 24 September – Zone 7 MX Track Regional Race (Cape Town) 
* 1 October – North vs South Invitational Race (Bloemfontein)
* 8 October – Terra Topia MX Track Round 7 SA National Championship  (Johannesburg)

Thank you to all my sponsors for all the continued support and making my dream a reality! 

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2016 SA Motocross National Round 5 – Thunder Valley, Durban

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Round 5 of the 2016 SA National Motocross Championship took place at Thunder Valley in Kwazulu-Natal on Saturday, 6 August. The weekend got off to a good start with sun shine and humid Durban conditions. Although being warm temperatures the track was well watered and rather muddy for the start of practice on Saturday morning.

MX1
Heat 1, Anthony got off the line and into the first turn in 5th place. He managed to make quick progress to get into 3rd place and battle for the podium. With the track being tight, it was difficult to make ground on the riders in front. Anthony settled in 3rd for the first heat.
With gate selection and good starts being crucial Anthony tried a different gate for heat 2. Unfortunately, it didn’t go in his favour and resulted in Anthony being way back in the field after the first lap. He charged hard and gained good ground and made passes every lap to find himself in 4th after 15 minutes of racing. Without being told, the event organisers cut the race at 17 minutes due to the event running late which left Anthony in 4th place and no time to keep fighting for a podium.
FINAL RESULT MX1: 3-4 = 4th overall
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MX2
The start in heat 1 made life difficult for Anthony. He got far too much wheel spin off the line causing him to be mid-pack in the field. He fought hard all race to work his way into 3rd and then the unthinkable happened twice. His bike stalled twice in two corners which allowed 2 riders past him. He had to ride hard to pass into 4th again before the race ended.
Heat 2 saw Anthony off to a much better start and challenging for a podium spot all race. Anthony tried hard by pushing over the limit into turns and pushing the boundaries. However, it was so difficult to close the gap between the top 3. Anthony finished right behind the 2nd place rider.
FINAL RESULT MX2: 4-3 = 3rd overall

With the SA National Championships being extremely close in the MX1 and MX2 championship for Anthony, the last 2 national rounds is going to be intense racing.

Upcoming Races:
17 September – Holeshot Harry’s Track Round 6 SA National Championship (Harrismith)
8 October – Terra Topia MX Track Round 7 SA National Championship (Johannesburg)

Thank you to all my sponsors for all the continued support and making my dream a reality!

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2016 SA Motocross National Round 4 – Syringa, Johannesburg

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Round 4 of the 2016 SA National Motocross Championship took place at Syringa Park in Muldersdrift, Gauteng on Saturday, 2 July. We were welcomed with freezing temperatures, hard-pack terrain and extremely tight track resulting in close racing throughout the day.

MX1
Heat 1, after practice/qualifying Anthony wasn’t feeling comfortable on his 450 bike. Struggling with bike suspension and setup made it a difficult two races. Anthony’s starts were good as always but he felt unsettled and on the edge throughout the 20 minute heat race. Anthony slowed down and kept it on two wheels for 5th place.
Heat 2, Anthony decided to race his 250 bike in the second heat due to not being settled on the bigger bike. It was a tough one because the bigger machines were out the gates first and Anthony had to play catch up from way down in the field to 6th place right behind the 4th place battle.
FINAL RESULT MX2: 5-6 = 5th overall

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MX2
Heat 1, Anthony flew out the gates to grab the hole shot and lead the field around the track. Unfortunately the track was muddy and Anthony ran wide in one of the turns allowing 2 riders through. Anthony fought hard for the full duration of the race and brought it home in 3rd place.
Heat 2, once again Anthony rocketed off the start gates to claim the hole shot and laid down his mark by gaining a 6 second lead after the first 2 laps. Anthony led the race until the last 3 laps where the back markers made the racing a bit difficult due to the track being very narrow and only had one or two lines in corners. Anthony caught the back markers at wrong times which resulted in the 2nd place rider to close on to Anthony and find a way past while working through the back markers. Anthony fought hard until the checkered flag and crossed the line 0.2 seconds behind the leader.
FINAL RESULT MX2: 3-2 = 3rd overall

Anthony still leads the championship in the MX2 championship and is now 2nd in the MX1 championship. Only 4 points separates Anthony from the lead with 3 National Rounds still to go.

Upcoming Races:
6 August – Thunder Valley MX Track Round 5 SA National Championship (Pietermaritzburg, KZN)
13 August – Zone 7 MX Track Regional (Cape Town)

Thank you to all my incredible sponsors for all the support!

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2016 SA Motocross National Round 3 – BORC, Bloemfontein

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A muddy and loamy BORC Tempe MX Circuit welcomed Round 3 of the SA National Motocross Championship over the weekend, 28 May. An exciting and well-maintained track made for great racing throughout the day.

MX1
Heat 1, Anthony got around the first corner in 3rd place and charged hard to try get around the 2nd place rider but the track was still very muddy causing the circuit to only have one main race line. Anthony had to settle for 3rd place and not risk losing points by crashing.
Heat 2 resulted in Anthony having a similar situation as heat 1. Anthony fought for the lead down the start line but ran a bit wide in the first corner dropping him into 3rd. The MX1 class top 3 riders set a high pace and were in a league of there own. Unfortunately with a one lined track Anthony tried but couldn’t successfully challenge for the win.
FINAL RESULT MX1: 3-3 = 3rd overall

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MX2
Heat 1, Anthony jumped into 3rd position from the start and fought his way into 2nd early in the race. He then set his target for the 1st place spot and closed down the gap to 1 second. Unfortunately, at that point the lapped riders were being passed and a few of them blocked Anthony from getting through which opened the gap to 4 seconds and only one lap left of the race. Anthony settled for a comfortable 2nd place.
Heat 2, Anthony started the race in 2nd place from the start. After two laps Anthony passed for the lead but it was a hot contested heat with a 3 way race and switching places. Running out of laps caused Anthony to finish in 3rd with 1.5 seconds between the top 3 places. Extremely close racing.
FINAL RESULT MX2: 2-3 = 3rd overall

Anthony now takes over the championship points lead in both the MX1 and MX2 SA MX National Championships. A massive achievement and proud moment for Anthony and his team.

Upcoming Races:
11 June – Killarney Race Track Regional (Cape Town)
2 July – Syringa MX Track Round 4 SA National Championship (Johannesburg)

Thank you to all my incredible sponsors for all the support!

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