A title, a win & podiums all-round in PE
Saturday’s Rover Motorcycle Club’s season-ending Winterberg South African National Enduro round proved a huge success for Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing with Liqui Moly as William Oosthuizen clinched the 2019 SA 200cc E1 championship by riding home a steady third behind teammate Matthew Green. Pepson Plastics Husqvarna E2 open class rider Brett Swanepoel meanwhile stormed to overall victory in the Port Elizabeth race.
“Today a dream came true!” Mossel Bay star William Oosthuizen explained. “I am the 2019 South African E1 national enduro champion — what a feeling! “It has been an incredible season — the whole team put everything into it and we’ve reaped the rewards and I have to thank everyone who has had a part in this splendid story. “For now I’ll take a little gap top take it all in, but the season is not over — we have the Roof of Africa in December and I go there with nothing to lose — bring it on!”
Salt Rock KZN star Brett Swanepoel closed his comeback season off with a splendid overall win to clinch third in the E2 title race in Port Elizabeth. “I promised to end in style in PE and I am delighted with my first win today since the wrist injury that almost ended my career. “I have only recently been able to ride my Husqvarna flat out again and this win completes my recovery, so now we can concentrate on the Roof of Africa. “That has always been a good race for me and after today, I know I’m ready to reward my Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing for standing by me through thick and thin, so bring it on!”
Hard enduro expert, Nottingham Road KZN lad Matthew Green likewise closed off by riding to his best result of his 2019 SA enduro season in second in 200cc E1 in Port Elizabeth, en route to fourth in his class championship “I had a great ride in Port Elizabeth and my best result in the SA championship this year. “Now it’s onward and upward and I’m really looking forward to the Roof of Africa, where I plan to end my hard enduro season in style on home soil. “I can’t wait!”
The weekend also capped a 100% mechanical record for Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing with Liqui Moly — a tribute too for Anthony Trichardt and the technical team who provide the riders with the machinery to win.
“Today was a great day for Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing with Liqui Moly,” Husqvarna South Africa Motorcycles brand manager Fred Fensham concluded. “William Oosthuizen closed an incredible year by wrapping up the 2019 South African national enduro championship, Brett Swanepoel completed his comeback season with a sensational overall and E2 victory and Matthew Green likewise delivered a best of 2019 second in E1.
“We need to thank all our sponsors and supporters and commend our three star enduro riders, Anthony Trichardt and our entire race team on a splendid effort all season. “Now all three of our riders are raring and ready to go for the big one — the Roof of Africa in December, where we have another surprise in store for South African hard enduro fans, so watch this space for more on that soon. “More importantly right now, well done to our entire enduro team — bravo guys — you are the champions!”