The Windy City lived up to its reputation for the second round of the National Enduro Championship on Saturday.
Fans huddled in pounding winds to watch riders take on some of Port Elizabeth’s toughest terrain.
With Round One winner Wade Young (Sherco Factory) racing overseas and Scott Bouverie (Brother Leader Tread KTM) recovering from a successful shoulder surgery, Beta’s Travis Teasdale took the overall and E2 win.
Blake Gutzeit (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Racing), back from competing in the SuperEnduro World Championship, finished second overall and in the E2 Class.
After a nail-biting battle, Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Dwayne Kleynhans brought home a hard-fought win in the E1 Class and finished third overall.
The rider went to war with Husqvarna’s new edition, William Oosthuizen, who snatched up the red plate at the season opener in Robertson last month.
While Kleynhans dominated the majority of the Port Elizabeth race, Oosthuizen managed to take the lead in the second last lap.
As the determined pair rapidly approached the finish line, Kleynhans made an attack on a steep climb and ultimately secured the top spot on the podium.
“I was sidelined because of injury after the last round, so I really didn’t expect to pull off the win today. It was a tight out there – with two laps to go the race was on! William and I put on a show for everyone today, it was a lot of fun,” said an elated Kleynhans.
Oosthuizen said, “We were riding right next to each other up a climb when our bikes touched, and Dwayne managed to slip past. I pushed harder than ever to close the gap, but had a fall while I was chasing him. Today was extremely tight!”
Kyle Flanagan (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Racing) won a race against time to be cleared from injury and despite having no preparation time in the saddle, scored a third place in E1.
“All things considered, I wasn’t even supposed to race yesterday so I’ll take the third happily,” said the Paddock rider (pictured above).
Fellow South Coaster Kayde Mante (RBS bLU cRU Yamaha Racing), meanwhile, made it back-to-back wins in the High School Class.
“I had a great weekend of racing. It was an interesting start to the race with gale force winds and rain which quickly dissipated and became hot and sunny.
“The course was very demanding and you had to concentrate at all times. I was happy to see the finish line after a tough four laps,” said the Shelly Beach teen (pictured below).
It was a tough day out for leading enduro lady, Kirsten Landman (Brother Leader Tread KTM).
The disappointed E2 rider was time-barred before she could finish her final lap.
“It was more of a mental challenge for me today. But that’s racing – I just have to move forward from here,” said the Shongweni rider.
Watch Matt ‘Hollywood’ Smith’s race review below.