Gutzeit won Rover Enduro and Scored Hat Trick
The defending Open Class enduro champion, Jade Gutzeit (Full Throttle Racing Yamaha), has scored a hat trick in the 2010 SA National Liquorland Enduro Motorcycle Championship when he won the Rover National Enduro, the third round of the championship held in the Humansdorp area in the Eastern Cape. He has also won the first two rounds held in Lesotho and Montagu.
Jade Gutzeit takes it again
Gutzeit has also won the first two rounds of the championship in Lesotho and Montagu and had a fairly clean run in the Eastern Cape. He was followed by Brother KTM team-mates, Altus de Wet, who has just returned from Italy where he competed in the third round of the World Enduro Championship and Darryl Curtis. They were separated by a mere 30 seconds and finished second and third overall and in the Open Class after both lost time being stuck behind slower competitors in a very tight special stage.
The Rover National Enduro consisted of six times special stages and Marc Torlage (Red Yamaha) was the winner of the 200cc Class for the second consecutive race - he finished fourth overall after a consistent race. Torlage was followed by multiple trials and super-motard champ, Brian Capper (Full Throttle/Red Bull KTM) who made a come-back to enduro racing after an absence of eight years. He endured a crash and lost more time when the spokes in a new wheel broke out. Marc Torlage taking it home in the 200's
Capper will compete in the upcoming Erzberg Rodeo (he has finished this event in 10th place in 2008) together with fellow South African racers Gutzeit, De Wet, Curtis and Riaan van Niekerk who could unfortunately not finish the Rover National Enduro due to clutch problems.
Also in the top ten was Louwrens Mahoney (DCM Yamaha) who experienced bad luck being stuck in a bottleneck behind struggling riders. He finished second in the 200cc Class with the young 125cc racer, Dominic Mantle (Imas Racing/Yamaha Support) rounding off the 200cc podium and finishing in an excellent ninth place overall.
The Swiss racer, Lionel Seydoux (Habitat KTM Cape Town) continued his good performance in South Africa by finishing the race in seventh place - only a handful of seconds behind Mahoney - with Spencer Kriel (ORD/Insurance Zone/Pro Action KTM) close on his heels. Kriel, who is still suffering from an injured knee after hitting a cow during the recent Mafikeng 400 off-road race, survived a crash in the ice-cold river. His team-mate, Mark Garland, was 16th while JC de Bruin experienced wheel-bearing problems.
Local Port Elizabeth racer, Juan "Bollie" van Rooyen (The Roost/Out of Africa Dev. Kawasaki) lost time when the chain of his bike came off, but he scored points in 10th place overall - just ahead of another local PE racer, the youngster Tom Moolenschot (Rockstar Energy Drink KTM).
Also in the top 15 was Scott Scheepers (Brother KTM) who finished 12th with Rory Gower (KTM) 14th and Team Liquorland Racing's Stephen Landman (Gas Gas) 15th overall.
BMW racer, Gray Dick, is back in the saddle after recovering from a back operation - he was 13th overall while his team-mate, Wynand Delport, was 21st.
The Senior Class was won by William Gillitt (Red Yamaha) who just pipped Gary Sox Smith (BMW) who lost time when he crashed in the river. Richard Moore (La La Nathi Guest House KTM) rounded off the podium.
It was also a second consecutive Master Class victory for Marc Torlage's dad, Denzil (Red Yamaha) who beat the current class leader, Mark du Plessis (Habitat KTM Cape Town) with Brian Conacher (TM Racing Cape Town) third.
KTM ruled the Silver Challenge podium with the laurels belonging to Chad Hill who was followed by Chris Strampe and Craig McGregor.
The fourth round of the 2010 Liquorland Enduro Motorcycle Championship, the Kei Enduro, will take place on 10 July in the East Londen area in the Eastern Cape. This event has a long history of tradition and the organisers, the East London Motorcycle and Car Club (ELMCC), have added the Best Enduro Event of 2009 to their list of achievements.
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