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Round 2 of the Full Throttle Monster Energy MX Nationals rolled into the Mother City this past Easter Weekend and put on a display of hardcore Motocross action.
The Melkbos Motocross Track is renown as one of the toughest tracks on the circuit and with the new 2-day race format, competitors where anxious to see how the track would hold up through the weekend.
Monster Energy continue to set a new standard for local racing and once again built a spectacular arena for the bar banging action.
Saturday`s qualifying and first Moto action was on fire and almost literally as the Cape unleashed a Gale Force South Easter and runaway fire right next to the track nearly stopping racing for the day.
Richard van der Westhuizen came out swinging in both the MX 1 and MX 2 qualifying setting the fastest`s times and showing his intent on taking both titles home at the end of the season.
Monster Energy youngster Jesse Wright was impressive with a 4th place qualifier in the premier MX 2 class before mechanical issues through the rest of the weekend saw him drop back through the field.
The MX 1 class saw a fierce battle between Richie van der Westhuizen and Sacha Naude through the entire weekend with Naude having been in the Cape for the past 2 weeks training in the sand.
Van der Westhuizen was reeling off consistant laps times but if he back off for a second Naude was ready to pounce, a small mistake in Moto 2 was all Naude needed to end Richie`s clean sweep.
MX 2 must be the most hotly contested class at the moment with the gate packed with 26 of the countries quickest riders. With 10 riders capable of winning it was going to come down to sheer speed and fitness to determined the winner. Richie van der Westhuizen dominated this class throughout the weekend with great starts and strong consistent Moto`s while it was all guns blazing behind him.
Reigning Champ and local hero, Anthony Reynard put in a brave effort with pins still sticking out of his broken finger, finishing in 4th just ahead of Darryl Fitzgerald who was showing great pace on the 250F.
Tristan Purdon was the surprise runner up with a 3rd/4th/4th for the weekend shunting Caleb Tennant back to 3rd after his disastrous first Moto.
The 125 High School Class was a highly anticipated class to watch with fans split between who would win the show down between local boy Dylan Stokes and the much talked about Bradley Cox.
Despite 3 impressive starts Cox succumbed to the speed of Stokes, that would have had him running top 10 in MX 2.
One of the most nail bitting battles of the weekend was saved for last in the Pro Mini`s where Jason Visser and Bevin Potgieter were banging bars and swopping the lead right to the checkered flag.
After the riders received there awards spectators got their chance to win as Monster Energy announced the winner of the Richie Van der Westhuizen replica Yamaha BWS scooter, before banging out the rest of the night at the Monster After party.
The circus moves to Rover MX in Port Elizabeth next, so if you are around the Windy City 4/5 May, be sure to come check out the action.