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.
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
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.
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