TEAM BERT SMITH RACING POWERED BY RAD KTM 2013 NATIONAL OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE CHAMPIONSHIP MEDIA RELEASE 13 August 2013 TEAM ‘BERT SMITH RACING POWERED BY RAD KTM’ MAKES AN OFF-ROAD IMPACT There is a new team on the block – Team Bert Smith Racing Powered by RAD KTM – and they have already made an impact in off-road motorcycle racing as two of their team-members are leading their classes in the 2013 National Off-road Motorcycle Championship. With only the last of the seven rounds of the 2013 national season remaining, Pieter Holl and the only female rider in the team, Taye Perry, are currently leading the Senior Class Championship and Ladies Class Challenge respectively after scoring consistently during the year. It was especially at the gruelling two-day ‘Mantshwabisi Desert Race’ in Botswana where the team showed what they are made of when Perry won the Ladies Class after both days while Holl scored a victory and a second place. Senior Class Championship Title Won: Holl’s results after completing almost a thousand kilometres over two days in Botswana saw him taking the lead in the Senior Class Championship. He then added a third victory to this season’s list by winning the class at the BELL 400 at Vryheid resulting in him stretching his lead. A second place at the recent Rysmierbult National Off-road (his team-mate Kobus Jonck beat him…) did not influence his lead and he has accumulated enough points to ensure the Senior Class Championship Title for 2013! This is the team’s first national title and the rest of the team-mates (Bert Smith, Ian Venter, Jonck and Paul Bothma) are adding more points to their standings. They are currently filling the fourth (Smith); fifth (Jonck); sixth (Bothma) and seventh (Venter) positions in the Senior Class championship standings for riders older than 38 claiming five places between the top seven riders in this class. Ladies Class Challenge: It was quite an achievement for young Ms Perry (21) to win her class after both days in the desert as she was competing against more experienced ladies. Female competitors had to do only half of the full race distance meaning she completed almost 500 kilometres over two days. And just to rub some salt in the wounds of a few broken ego’s: she competed on a 450cc powered KTM and beat quite a few experienced men in the desert! After finishing in a close second place at the BELL 400 (she completed the full race distance of 360 kilometres at this event) and another runner-up result at the Rysmierbult event, she now leads by seven points. Unfortunately she has been too consistent and will have to get rid of her worst set of points at the end of the season as the points of only six of the seven events will count towards the final standings.
Master Class Championship: The team’s Leon Gerber has already won three times in the Master Class for riders over the age of 46 years. He scored one of these victories in Botswana adding to the team’s four victories over two days in the desert and claimed his third victory at the recent Rysmierbult event. Gerber broke his collarbone resulting in him missing a race and he is currently third in the Master Class Championship.
Other riders who fly the flag for the team, include Deon du Toit (he is just outside the top 10 in the OR2 / 250cc Championship); well-known KTM mechanic, Lood Bouwer; Izaak Holl who competes in the Silver Class Challenge and Maeder Labuschagne. Youngster Renier Kotze has been competing in the
OR3 (200cc) Championship. He was unfortunately injured during a crash in Botswana and is currently out of action.
So, a title and three class podium positions in their first season competing on national level!
These team-mates, all from Gauteng who started riding and racing together as friends, are now looking forward to the final round of the national championship (5 October) as well as the remaining two events in the 2013 PS Portable Shade GOC Series where they compete as friends and enjoy the racing.
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