Going for Gold:
Perfect conditions on the 2 loop course saw the time trial winner, Wade Young, on his Sherco , set a blistering pace. Travis Teasdale shadowed him all the way on his KTM. As the course climbed the mountains, the riders traversed a snowfield. Teasdale in particular, was spectacular, leaving a snowy roost in his wake. Blake Gutzeit, continuing his current good form, lay in third with Graham Jarvis , the first foreign rider, on his tail. The route took the riders over Belekomo Pass, and then a little further on over Mokopo Pass. Jarvis on his Husqvarna passed Gutzeit, and set off after the two flying South Africans.
Young and Teasdale rode together, swopping the lead as they ebbed and flowed through the magnificent Lesotho landscape. Jarvis was quite simply not able to run at the pace of the leading pair. We know how skilled the Brit is on technical terrain, and I suspect he was praying for some gnarly stuff to claw back some time. It was not to be. Wade put the hammer down and started to eke out a small gap over Travis. Teasdale was having some problems of his own. 15 odd kays from the finish, he sheared the right foot peg off his Brother Leader Tread KTM. Incredibly he only lost a few hundred metres on the shrieking Sherco.
Wade Young brought his Liqui Moly Racing Sherco home in 4hrs 59,49, with Travis Teasdale’s KTM hot on his heels in 4hrs 58,50. Graham Jarvis rode into third on his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna exactly 11 minutes astern. Rounding out the top 5 were Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha of Blake Gutzeit, and Scott Bouverie on his Brother Leader Tread KTM in 5hrs 13,14 and 5hrs 16,08 respectively. Alfredo Gomez Cantero, the spanish ace, hampered by a nagging wrist injury, was the next foreign rider home in 6th. Will fortune favour the bold, or will the wily foreign stars fight back into contention? All will be revealed tomorrow.
Striving for Silver:
The Silver class lead was dominated from the get go by Alfie Cox Motul KTM team riders. Bradley Cox, son of 9 times Roof legend Alfie, lead in the early stages. He was steadily hunted down by teammate Heinrich Zellhuber, who really got a good rhythm going, building up a significant buffer over Bradley. At the flag it was Zellhuber in 5hrs 12,07, with Cox trailing him in 5hrs 35,56. At the time of posting, Wilhelm Schonfeldt from BCR Arrow Yamaha, was third in 5hrs 56,19.
Battle for Bronze:
The Bronze leader board after day 2 was dominated by orange. Ryan Pelzer, TRP-RAD Moto KTM crossed the line first in 3hrs 56,56, with Hannes Saaijman sneaking into 2nd spot on his Q- Kon EMD KTM IN 3hrs 58,20. Filling the top 3 was Brett Geary, also KTM mounted, in 4hrs 05,57. With the fine weather set to continue, tomorrow’s racing should be epic!
Photos: Tyrone Bradley/Red Bull Content Pool
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