Husqvarna on point in Britz. Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing enjoyed a strong second round of the 2019 South African National Enduro Championship when William Oosthuizen powered to a dominant E1 class victory at the Powersol Piesangsberg Enduro in Britz in the Northwest Province on Saturday, while teammates Brett Swanepoel and Matthew Green came home fourth in E2 and E1 respectively.
Mossel Bay lad Oosthuizen rode his Pepson Plastics Husqvarna to third overall and E1 200cc honours in the torturous and rocky race to open up his lead at the top of the E1 title chase as he did the double by adding the Britz win to his success in the KZN season opener. “Today was brilliant,” William explained. “I worked super-hard to prepare for Britz and it paid off, so I’m very happy with another good weekend of racing in the bag.
“The going was tough, but I piled on the pressure early on to open a good E1 class lead at the end of the first loop and then concentrated on consolidating from there.
“There’s no overall champion but it’s still good to have scored most points this year and now I have a handy E1 lead, so it’s a matter of keeping it going from here. “Special thanks to my awesome team for a superb machine today and to my family for making all of this possible — it makes all the difference to go to war armed with the best weapons — now let’s keep doing this for the rest of the year!”
Brett Swanepoel from Salt Rock was content on another strong finish with sixth overall and fourth in E2 as he continued his comeback after missing the 2018 season due to injury. “National Enduro Round 2 was a hard day’s work, but I’ll take those 18 points, thank you very much!” Brett smiled.
“More importantly, today was the next step in my return and a big improvement in my riding from Round 1, so I’ll just keep working towards my goals and I’m looking forward to the next one — onward and upward to Lesotho!”
Pepson Plastics Husqvarna’s third rider, Nottingham Road lad Matthew Green was happy to have points on the board as he jumped up into the middle of a five-bike five-point spat for fourth in the national E2 title race. “Now we have points on the board, I can start worrying about chasing the guys in front, Matthew admitted. “ My Pepson Plastics Husqvarna rode like a charm and thanks to the team for great prep and all the support.”
“William is riding like a superstar to put Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing on top of the E1 SA Enduro championship log,” Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa brand manager Fred Fensham concluded. “Brett and Matt Green also delivered great results this weekend so all-round a good weekend – well done to our riders and the whole team on a cracking effort.”
The SA Enduro Championship now moves up to Maseru for the Live Lesotho round 3 on 11 May.