Quintin van Jaarsveld
Graham Jarvis (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) dashed South African riders’ hopes as he secured back-to-back Motul Roof of Africa titles in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho on Saturday.
The Briton won his fourth career Roof title in 16:14:40, with a mere nine seconds separating him and Spanish runner-up Alfredo Gómez (KTM Factory Racing) after three days and 425km of racing.
In the injury-enforced absence of Paddock prodigy Wade Young, Harding star Scott Bouverie (pictured) led the South African challenge and finished his year on a high by taking the final place on the podium.
His Brother Leader Tread KTM team mate Travis Teasdale finished fourth while Oslo Beach ace Blake Gutzeit (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) took fifth.
Gutzeit’s teammate Brett Swanepoel was sixth, international stars Billy Bolt (Motul Alfie Cox Racing) and Andreas Lettenbichler (Brother Leader Tread KTM) followed with South African duo Altus de Wet (BCR Arrow Yamaha) and Dwayne Kleynhans (Brother Leader Tread KTM) rounding off the top 10.
Paddock rider Kyle Flanagan (Sherco South Africa/JT Racing), Shelly Beach teenager Chayse Orsmond (Motul Alfie Cox KTM Racing) and ex-Ramsgate rider Tristan Robins also had strong performances, crossing in 11th, 14th and 25th respectively.
Known for its gruelling nature, this year’s Roof was no different with only 45 riders managing to go the distance in the Gold Class.
Among the unfortunate riders who failed in their bids to finish were South Coasters Tyler Robins and Stuart Gregory.
Calvin Hume won the Silver Class, where South Coasters Josh Bailey, Pierre Stapelberg and Jason Palmer were among the 95 riders who finished.
Uvongo teenager Bailey finished his Roof debut in ninth place, Ramsgate rider Stapelberg placed 38th while Uvongo’s Palmer was the last official finisher.