2016 SA Motocross National Round 4 – Syringa, Johannesburg

Syringa - Eric Palmer

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

Syringa 1 - Eric Palmer

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)

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