Luke van As #1 takes the holeshot in the Dean Hoffman Development Class event crop. Lorenzo Lategan #257 flying over the whoops in the 50cc Newbies event. and friends in attendance, both on the track and on the side-lines. The initial idea was for the riders to start from the entry to the Zone junior track (which is situated in the centre of the main track) but after the first heat they insisted on starting from the main starting gates, then going down the straight and entering the junior track as normally ridden by the Newbies and 50cc Pro classes. That did, however, mean the parents had to assist a bit more in the sand of the start straight as accelerator control was a skill most still had to acquire. Parents were all over the track - picking up those who fell, kick-starting the bikes that choked off, pushing young participants up some of the steeper slopes … the action was everywhere! And the highlight of the day was prize giving with everyone receiving participatory medals. One parent described the happenings as “organized chaos – but the best event of the day! “ As it was off season, the Zone again took the initiative to hold the first Zone 7 50cc Fun Day on Saturday 13 July, and include the 50cc Newbies and Pro classes to give the all riders some extra practice and training ahead of the upcoming Nationals and Regionals in August. Each class ran four heats with some Newbies taking the opportunity to step up and ride in the Pro heats with the “fast boys”. This time around Development Class had a strong field of 17 riders on the line with some girls taking their places at the starting gates. The 50cc Newbies class had the welcome addition of some outside riders and fielded a strong line-up of 13 riders when the gates dropped. Although only five riders from the 50cc Pro class were present, they took full opportunity to get in some good racing on the day. The day went extremely well as most of the young riders were now aware of the protocols and procedures of a race day. Less chaos means more fun! The heats saw a lot of good competition in each run. Sunday 4th August saw the second Zone 7 50cc Event Day taking place at the track. The Development Class fielded a strong 12 young riders with the added excitement of Lara van der Vyver, sister of SA National 65cc championship leader Neil van der Vyver #18, joining the line-up. And boy can she ride! Another motocross champ in the making? All the riders who took part in the 50cc Newbies Class on the day. Dean Hoffman on the stage with all the riders who participated in the Dean Hoffman Development Class. The 50cc Newbies class numbers were boosted by riders from both enduro and off road, as well as Marne Smit, sister of nationals’ rider Nicol Smit #22 from the 65cc class. One of the smaller riders was somewhat put out that she was riding Nicol’s bike – “ You can’t ride that here! It’s a 65!” he informed her, to the amusement of the onlookers. A healthy line-up of 13 riders rode the class for the day. 68 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2019
The riders of the 50cc Pro class take their turn on the podium. Dean Hoffman MX Coach congratulates Luke van As #1 on taking number one for the day in the Dean Hoffman Development Class. Lara van der Vyver proudly shows her Rider of the Day in the Dean Hoffman Development Class. Although small in number, the Pro class saw some of the hottest riding on the day with the “fast boys” getting in their final practice ahead of the National in Pietermaritzburg this coming Saturday 10 August. Fast … faster …. fastest! At the moment Ethan Williamson #171 is leading the 50cc Pro class, both regionally and nationally, and Sunday was no exception. Keenan Strauss #38 and Chase Bekker #36 were having a fine battle for 2nd position while Michael Enslin #277 and Ryan Gulliver #C6, Newbie riders riding Pro for the day, were having a 2-way tussle at the tail end. An exciting class that kept the spectators and parents on their toes. The enthusiasm and excitement generated at Zone 7 on the 50cc Event Days definitely bodes well for the future of the sport in the Western Cape. Everyone at Zone is looking forward to the next Zone 7 50cc Event! Marne Smit with her Rider of the Day trophy in the 50cc Newbies Class. Chase Bekker Proudly show his Rider of the Day trophy in the 50cc Pro Class - very well deserved!