Thunder Valley, Pietermaritzburg KZN - The South African National Motocross Championship exploded back into action with a double-header round 2 and 3 at Thunder Valley in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday and Sunday. It proved a thrilling weekend of spectacular, muddy racing with multiple winners and with David Goosen taking the double.
SA champion Maddy Malan started the weekend perfectly with a double open class Moto 1 victory on Saturday. He beat David Goosen and Cameron Durow in the first race. Malan then took heat 2 over Goosen and Tristan Purdon. It was a different story on Sunday however, as Monster Energy Out of Africa Yamaha rider Goosen took his chance to do the double as Purdon and Malan shared out the lower podium steps.
Goosen on his way victory at a very wet and muddy Thunder Valley.
Goosen took race 2 from Smith, Fitz-Gerald and Purdon. Goosen then went five wins up for the weekend across Moto 1 and Moto 2 when he beat Smith and Tristan Purdon in Moto 2 race 2. All in, it was a good weekend for The Goose.
"Saturday was warm, and the track was nice and grippy," said Goosen of the weekend's conditions. "Then it drizzled overnight, and all day Sunday and all we had was mud. It was a tough day, but the conditions actually suited me. I got into a rhythm early and just kept it going."
Goosen hasn't been able to compete on a national level for six months, with the weekend's event being his first race since lockdown. "It was quite hectic on the nerves, to be honest," said Goosen. "It was a great weekend away, though. There was a good vibe, and there was so much positive energy, and it was great spending time with the team."
Being locked down in the suburbs in Cape Town, Goosen never rode his bike for a full two months. "I kept fit on a spinning bike, and when the track opened, we put the hammer down, recalled Goosen. "We had about two months of training before this race, so it was all weekend every weekend at the track for the entire two months." The hard work paid off for Goosen, as the weekend's results proved.