Round 4 of the 2019 SA MX National Championship was held at Dirt Bronco in Krugersdorp on Saturday, 6 July.
With temperatures of 2-3 degrees at 7:30am, qualifying was sure to be fresh on an icy, wet track. Anthony was confident and looking forward to getting out there. He shot out and set the fastest lap time for most of the session, however just got clinched out at the end of the session leaving Ant in 2nd place for gate picks.
Heat 1, good jump out the gates but another rider fell over onto Ant going down the start almost causing them both to go down but Ant kept it upright and forced his way through turn one into 5th spot. From then on, it was going to be a hard fight! Ant put his head down and made calculated moves to work his way through the field. Around the half way mark he was in 2nd place behind the leader looking for a way past. Ant saw a gap and in spectacular fashion railed around the outside for the lead! Anthony continued to push and win the heat with a nice margin!
Heat 2, fighting for the hole shot Ant came out of turn one in 3rd place. He battled most of the race and found his into 2nd place. With the track getting extremely demanding and slippery, the racing was very close and lots of passing took place all moto. Ant rode a smart race thinking about the valuable points gained and the extending his championship lead to finish the heat in 3rd place.
Round 4 of the SA Nationals in the bag! Anthony increased his championship points lead in the premier MX2 class, he now leads by 13 points! Round 5 takes us to Pietermaritzburg on 10 August.
Overall MX2 Result: 1 – 3 = 1st overall
Round 3 of the 2019 SA MX National Championship was held at BORC MX in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 25 May.
Anthony arrived back from California 2 weeks ago where he trained hard on and off the bike at some of the best facilities in the world. The trip was a dream for Anthony and a great investment for himself to learn and improve. Anthony hopes to go back next year for more racing and continue the challenge. Since Anthony arrived back he went straight into a regional race at Zone 7 last weekend coming away with 4 out of 4 race wins.
Qualifying, as always Bloemfontein provided a well groomed track that was bound to be rough and muddy all day. Anthony set out to put in a few hot laps and top the time chart all qualifying until another rider snatched the top spot by 0.200 of a second. This saw Ant finish in 2nd for qualifying.
Heat 1, Ant got a great jump out the gates but was boxed in half way down the start straight causing him to play it safe and get out the first turn out of the top 10. It was going to be a war scene for Ant making his way through the field. Anthony rode his heart out making big moves to find his way to 2nd place and unfortunately running out of time to challenge for the lead. Solid, amazing finish!
Heat 2, another tough start for Ant coming out in 6th place from the start. Once again Ant rode smart and chose his passes carefully to stay off the ground and out of the way of the madness going on. On lap 1 Ant was 20 seconds down from the lead. He charged every lap and got into 2nd with three laps to go. Closing the gap by 2-3 seconds every lap, he caught the lead rider on the last lap and tried everything but the rider was blocking him and defending. Ant gave it his all and narrowly crossed the line with less than a second between him and the lead rider. Great 2nd place finish with good points for the championship!
Anthony leaves Round 3 of the SA Nationals extending the championship points lead in the premier MX2 class! He is excited and ready to take on Round 4 in Johannesburg on July 6th.
Overall MX2 Result: 2 – 2 = 2nd overall
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Round 2 of the 2019 SA MX National Championship was held at Zone 7 Raceway in Cape Town on Saturday, 30 March.
Anthony has got the 2019 season off to a great start winning three regional events in Cape Town in the MX1 and MX2 class as well as securing a solid 2nd place MX2 result at Round 1 of the SA Nationals in Port Elizabeth. With Zone 7 Raceway being his home track, he came into this round with high expectations backed by hours of hard training on the track. He is extremely happy and content with being apart of the Tintswalo Yamaha Racing Team for 2019.
Due to the motorsport federation changing the class rules and order for the 2019 season, Anthony and the top runners in SA have chosen to compete in the premier MX2 class at nationals. The MX2 Championship is going to be a well deserved, hard fought race to the end.
Qualifying, 15 minutes to test the track and set your fastest lap time which will determine your gate pick. Anthony made sure to make his way to the front of the field and set faster lap times every lap ending with the best time by more than a second. Great confidence boost going into heat 1.
Heat 1, Anthony was off to a good start but got funnelled in towards the first turn leaving him down in 6th place. He made quick moves on the first lap to jump into 3rd. Anthony was looking for passing opportunities right away and found lines that shocked riders with Anthony flying by and snatching the lead at the end of the fourth lap. Head down and consistent lap times, Anthony raced away to win by 15 seconds!
Heat 2, Anthony got out the gates smooth and was into 3rd place in turn one. He played it safe and settled in third and started making moves into 2nd after lap two. He then went on to challenge the leader and after roughly four laps Anthony made a spectacular pass for the lead. He never looked back and rode another faultless race to win by a big margin. Anthony finished the race feeling so comfortable and like he could’ve raced for another 20 minutes. All the hours of training and bike setup has Anthony’ loving every second on his 2019 Yamaha YZ250F!
Anthony leaves Round 2 of the SA Nationals with the championship points lead and looks forward to the next round taking place in Bloemfontein on the 25th of May.
Overall MX2 Result: 1 – 1 = 1st overall
MX1 & MX2
Anthony has been the star of the show at the Western Cape races. He has had stiff competition at every round and proven to step it up at every race. Anthony has competed in both the MX1 and MX2 classes at every race which is 2 heats of racing per class on the day.
Anthony is well chuffed with achieving 15 out of 16 race wins and one 2nd place finish. It is a huge achievement so far and Anthony looks to continue working hard to race for more wins. Anthony is leading both the MX1 and MX2 championship with a good points margin so it will take consistency and lots of effort to keep it alive until the end.
The next round will take place on the 4 August at Zone 7 MX Track. Followed by the Cape Town National on the 11 August. If you are in Cape Town that weekend, please come support and enjoy a great day out at the track!
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MX1 & MX2
Bloemfontein always hosting a very exciting national, we were in for yet another show stopper race weekend. Anthony had still been on the mend from the serious flu that had him man down at the previous national. He has been working hard but not being able to train excessively due to being sick. Anthony felt that he wasn’t 100% ready for this national due to the circumstances but would tackle it full steam.
Anthony qualified 3rd on Saturday morning which gave him choice of third gate pick for the races. With the track being extremely one lined and difficult to make passes; the start of the race was going to prove crucial.
Anthony has great reaction time and his start were superb as always but his bikes ran out of legs down the long start straight of Bloemfontein. He fought his way through the first two corners every heat to make it out safe and had to charge hard to make passes quickly. Unfortunately it all just wasn’t enough. Anthony felt disappointed with everything he put into the races, compared to the positions he achieved. It’s never over until the final race of the year, back to the drawing board to work on Anthony and his race machines. Thank you for the support no matter the situation!
MX1: 7 – 5
MX2: 4 – 7
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MX1 & MX2
With the week leading up to the national being an easy training week for Anthony, he was really looking forward to the PMB National. Unfortunately on Wednesday, Anthony was caught with a bad head cold and flu. He immediately went to the doctor for medication to try kick it out his system asap. He then flew to Durban on Friday morning, however it all turned for the worse. Anthony felt absolutely ill and didn’t look positive to race on Saturday. Anthony decided to have an early night and make the call on Saturday morning.
5am wake up time to head to the track and Anthony felt like death. He was in a terrible state with no physical strength and pounding head. Anthony made his own decision to go out on track and try his best in both classes to suffice some valuable championship points. Anthony showed huge character by fighting until the end in every race but he certainly didn’t have the charge in him to race for the win. We are all happy to achieve points and move forward to the next round. Words from Anthony, “Thank you to my team and amazing sponsors, without you guys none of this would be possible. Time to get healthy and bounce back. It’s a long season. Championships aren’t won in one race day.”
The first round of the 2018 SA National Motocross Championship was held in Port Elizabeth at Rover Raceway on the 17 February.
In the competitive MX2 class, it was going to be a very tough day with the track being extremely gnarly and sandy. Heat 1 saw Anthony get off to a great start and lead the field out for most of the race. Unfortunately made a small error by running wide in a corner and let the 2nd place rider slip past. With minimal time remaining, Anthony had to settle for 2nd place.
Heat 2, Anthony got off the line a bit slower than the first moto and saw himself in 6th on lap 1. Anthony was on charge and picked off riders lap by lap. By the half way mark of the race, Anthony grabbed the lead and was running solid lap times edging his lead bigger and bigger every lap. First moto win of the 2018 season and 1st overall for the day!
Overall Result: 2 – 1 = 1st overall
Unfortunately bad luck struck in the MX1 class for Anthony. After setting a good qualifying time and feeling very comfortable on the bike, Ant was ready to race for the win in both MX1 heats.
Heat 1 saw a rider crash on the start and Anthony had no room to get around him, Ant collided into him and caused major damage to his bike. Ant remounted as quick as possible; he was in last position and within 4 laps caught into 4th place. This is when things went wrong; the crash damaged the electric start button which caused the bike to run the battery flat and the bike stopped. Disappointment for Anthony but this is all part of racing.
Heat 2, lots of work had to be done to repair the bike between the heats and get the bike ready to race. Anthony’s team worked overtime and got the bike on the line for him. The bike still wasn’t 100%, therefore Ant rode hard but safe to finish the heat and score points. Onwards and upwards we move into Round 2 of the SA National Series!
Overall Result: DNF – 6
Words from Anthony, “Thank you so much for all the support for my 2018 season! I am working hard on and off the bike to achieve the best results.”