2017 MX season opener in PE was a humdinger with the sand track at Rover perfectly prepped for 187 Championship hopefuls! Newly launched lean and mean team for HUSQVARNA RACING looked outstanding in the new Portable Shade pit – what was also evident was an air of readiness and confidence!
First on the gate for us was MX1 and a revived and fit Richie V/D Westhuizen (717) got off to a slightly delayed start coming of the first turn 6th – he however fought bravely and finished in a very competitive 3rd – second MX1 moto saw a similar start but a different 717 – storming through the field Richie hit the front and ran away – 2nd overall for the day for 717 and a dream start to the season!
MX2 was a tense affair with the talk no doubt about the return and signing by HUSQVARNA of Maddy Malan (57) – well you could not script a return better – first moto saw the 57 3rd of the first turn but within a lap Maddy hit the front and opened a gap of 6 seconds that no one could close – second moto saw the 57 pull off a bike and half lead holeshot into the first turn and from there it was the Maddy Malan show – a 1/1 and red plate for the 57 on his FC 250 debut!
Rounding off the heats were the flying 125’s with a fit and ready Slade Smith on the 737 TC 125 – great start and class riding saw the 737 hit the front and show the field real speed – unfortunately a jetting niggle saw Slade battle bravely to come home 4th – awesome teamwork and knowledge saw Slade back on the gate for moto 2 more determined than ever – second into the first turn it took the 737 a lap to hit the front and disappear into the distance – 2nd overall for the day for the talented Smith!
2nd overall in MX1, 1st overall in MX2 and 2nd overall in 125 was a dream start – but it got better with the HUSQVARNA RACING outfit getting the Manufacturers Award and the Environmental Award on the day –