|Around this time last year, a fired-up Louwrens Mahoney arrived in the Koue Bokkveld with his sights set on victory. As a multiple national champion, Mahoney had finally returned to his competitive racing form after a sabbatical and was determined to reclaim the top step of the National Cross Country podium.|
The event ended with a devastating blow, however, when a crash not only ended his race but his chance of winning the OR2 Championship.
Mahoney explained his frustration during that time: “During that year I took off, I realised that racing is what makes me tick – it’s what I wanted to do. I got back into things in the OR2 Class on a KTM 350 4-stroke. It was an amazing bike, but it just wasn’t what I was used to. I’d been racing bigger bikes in the OR1 Class for years and knew how to prepare myself mentally and physically for that. I couldn’t apply all that knowledge to the smaller bike – you need to be far more aggressive. I started overriding the bike and just felt frustrated – I knew that I could do better…”
|Fast forward to 2019, and Mahoney is about to make his grand return to the rugged Koue Bokkeveld. Things have changed this time around, however, and Mahoney will take his place at the start line with the country’s front runners in the OR1 Class.|
The Brother Leader Tread KTM star couldn’t be happier about the move and described feeling like he was ‘back where he belongs’ from the moment he got onto the KTM 500 EXC-F.
Instead of narrowing his focus on a class win this season, the overall victory is now on Mahoney’s horizon. As he gears up for the second round of the National Cross Country Championship this weekend, he enthused:
“Moving up to the OR1 Class has ignited a new passion inside of me. I can run with the likes of Kenny and Ross now – I don’t just have to focus on my class anymore. Knowing that I can chase the overall win really fires me up!”