Kyle Flanagan (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Racing) was in dominant form in the 2019 IMPI Hard Enduro that took place in Eshowe at the weekend.
The three-day event, made up of a time trial and two racing days, doubled as a MSA National Enduro Championship double header and delivered red-hot racing.
Having won rounds one and three, Flanagan held a narrow lead in the E2 championship over Round Two winner Scott Bouverie (Brother Leader Tread KTM) going into the weekend, setting the stage for a crucial showdown.
The Paddock rider was a man on a mission and widened the gap with convincing back-to-back wins. Time trial winner Luke Walker further aided Flanagan as he recorded his highest-ever finish in second place, relegating Bouverie to third for the weekend.
Meanwhile, William Oosthuizen (Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing) recovered from a shaky time trial to continue his unbeaten run in this year’s E1 championship.
Lloyd Kirk (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Racing) had set himself up nicely with a top time trial performance but picked up a niggling injury when he crashed on Day One and ultimately finished second, with Matthew Green (Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing) third.
In the hotly-contested Senior Class, Adrian Werner (KTM Durban) pipped Hannes Saaijman with Port Edward rider Stuart Gregory rounding off the podium on both days, while Bruce May (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Racing) took the Masters Class spoils ahead of George Purchase and Gideon Malherbe.
The High School Class saw Heinrich Aust extend his championship lead. Ryan Pelser (Alfie Cox Racing) and Cayden Purchase (Alfie Cox Racing) placed second and third respectively, while Leon Els, Francois du Toit and Arnu Welgemoed were the top three riders in the Clubmans Class.