Team gives Cape fans a day to remember

Q4 Fuels Husqvarna Racing left Cape Town’s Zone 7 still in the lead of the TRP South African National 65cc and 500cc MX1 Motocross Championships after another dominant performance by the team’s 11-year old sensation Neil van der Vyver and a heroic ride by Maddy Malan, while Nick Adams pulled off another good haul in the 250cc MX2 races.

It was a case of utter domination as young van der Vyver cleared off at the front to deliver a resounding first moto 65cc win, but the Cape Town local hero had to work a little harder in the second race before ultimately delivering another easy win. “I am very happy to have won both races today — that’s four out of four for the season so far,” a delighted Neil confirmed.

“I was a little surprised twice today — once by my first moto winning margin, but I found out several rivals had a startline crash behind me and then in the second race, Jordan van Wyk caught me about three-quarters of the way in, but I put the hammer back down and beat him to the finish. “MY Q4 Fuels Husqvarna was brilliant all weekend and I have the best team behind me, but we now have a long break before Bloemfontein and I’m already counting the sleeps — I can’t wait!”

Probably the darling of Zone 7 on Saturday, like his little protege Neil, Maddy Malan also dominated the first race of the half-litre class, before delivering an incredible ride in the second moto. “I had a great start in the second moto and I was controlling the race,” Maddy explained. “Then I took a little tumble and Lloyd Vercueil snuck past me — luckily I never lost too much time, chased him down and got back into the lead.

“But it was not over — I picked up a puncture five laps from home and I thought it was all over. “But I adapted my riding style and did my best to protect the wheel and tyre, I was gentler on the power and brakes and took much less air in the jumps. “Still, I could not hold Lloyd back and he rode away to win, but I was still second and somehow managed to keep ahead of Tristan Purdon to equal Vercueil on points for the day and keep ahead in the championship — what a save! “Special thanks to my awesome team for a brilliant bike as usual — now for Bloemfontein!” 

Q4 Fuels Husqvarna Racing’s MX2 250cc rider Nick Adams may not have won a race over the weekend, but the Durban lad enjoyed a strong points haul in the Cape with third in the opening heat before fighting back to fourth in the second moto.

“The first race was a pretty straightforward ride to third, but the second was more complicated,” Nick admitted. “I had a great start but dropped it and had to fight back to third. “Then I took another tumble and had to come back again — a pity because my pace was good, but I scored good points and we are still in there and fighting.”

“Q4 Fuels Husqvarna Racing enjoyed a great weekend in Cape Town,” Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa brand manager Fred Fensham concluded. “Neil put on an incredible show today and can be proud of four wins on the trot, Maddy was just as impressive and put in a heroic ride in the second race and Nick scored good points today too — well done to the entire team on an awesome weekend of racing.”