As the ABE MIDAS Husqvarna Racing outfit headed down to Utrecht in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, hopes were high to put the first National Enduro under the belt and score some valuable points. Multiple South African Motocross champion Richard van der Westhuizen, making the move to Enduro this year competing in both Enduro and Motocross, made the move to the E2 (open) class and chose the Husqvarna TE 300 as his race weapon for the year.
The event consisted of an approx. 50 km long loop with three special test which competitors had to complete three times. The third MX style special test was timed from the first loop already while the first and second special tests were only timed from the second loop. Competitors were given 2 hours 10 minutes to complete their first lap, 1 hour 50 minutes to complete the second lap and 1 hours 40 minutes to complete their third and final lap. With the course being quite technical this time around competitors knew that they would have to push their times on the final lap in order not to incur penalties for arriving late.
Van der Westhuizen, getting to grips with National Enduro’s, did not disappoint when he posted the third fastest times int he E2 class, comfortably rounding off the E2 podium for the day. His team mate, Mauritz Meiring, has stayed with his choice of a Husqvarna FE 250 in the highly competitive E1 class and has worked hard to become a serious top ten competitor. Meiring finished the day in seventh place in the E1 class.
The team is looking forward to round 2 in Heidelberg on 30 April.