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.”