Dirt bike riders turn up the heat in freezing Bulwer Bash

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

Riders endured extreme weather conditions in Round Five of the KwaZulu-Natal Regional Motorcycle Cross-Country Series in Bulwer.

Whereas Round Four brought fire, Sunday’s Bulwer Bash brought ice with light snowfall for most of the morning and the temperature dropping to -5 at times.

The junior race was cut short after an hour-and-a-half due to the conditions, however, senior riders battled through three hours of racing on a slippery yet enjoyable track.

Brett Swanepoel brought the heat as he made it a hat-trick of overall wins and clinched a fifth consecutive win in the 200cc Class.

A returning Blake Gutzeit had a solid first outing for Proudly Bidvest Yamaha, finishing second overall and winning the Open Class.

It was Gutzeit’s first race after he sustained a knee injury in the Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship finale in Madrid, Spain in March and the Oslo Beach star showed little to no rust.

Paddock rider Kyle Flanagan, fresh off a dream Romaniacs debut, rounded off the overall podium and won the Under-21 Class for the third time this season.

The rest of the top 10 were Haydn Louw (second in Open Class), Dylan Barker (second in Under-21 Class), Gareth Cole (third in Open Class), Lloyd Kirk (third in Under-21 Class), Ryan Trollip, Senior Class winner Bruce May and Shelly Beach rider Chayse Orsmond.

Paddock stalwart Denzil Torlage won the Masters Class, Roger Griffith got the win in the Weekend Warrior Class, Calvin Hume made it four-from-four in the Junior 250cc Class, Stefan van Deventer won the Junior 125cc Class for the second successive time and Brian Dorning won the Clubmans Class.

Kyle Purchase picked up his fourth Senior 85cc Class win, Gerald Conway beat Umzumbe’s Guy Henderson to the Junior 65cc Class honours, Cameron West won the Junior Weekend Warrior Class and Jay Baxendale bagged the win in the Junior Clubmans Class.

KwaZulu-Natal Racing secretary Karen Vorster said it was one of the coldest regional races in history.

“The riders appeared to have enjoyed the event,” she told eHowzit. “The rain affected the track as it always does and definitely made it a lot more challenging.

“Thank you to all the riders for their contributions to our fundraiser for the local school to buy stationery and as always, thank you to the landowners – without them we wouldn’t have an event.”

Round Six of the KwaZulu-Natal Regional Motorcycle Cross-Country Series will take place at Richmond Country Club on 21 August.

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