South Africa’s rising motocross star Neil van der Vyver waged war in Welkom this weekend. The Q4 Fuel Husqvarna rider lined up for the penultimate round of the National Motocross Championship with an impressive 25-point lead in the 65cc Class.
Having tasted national glory twice in his career, he pulled out all the stops in defense of the red plate on Saturday. It was another stand-out race for Van Der Vyver who went 2-1 to take the victory overall.
With the third national title of his still young career on the horizon, the 11-year old commented:
“Just one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of 2019! Sportsmanship is the best expression of your true character, and it’s been a real privilege racing alongside guys like Trey Cox and Liam Botha who will keep me fighting until the very end.”.
His teammate Maddy Malan has been on the podium for all but one race this season, but will need to return to his winning ways to salvage his hope of taking the MX1 Championship.
After taking the second step on the podium in Welkom this weeknd, the KwaZulu-Natal rider lost his 3-point championship lead to arch rival Tristan Purdon. Malan came painfully close to his first national title in 2018, but after a series of unfortunate mishaps was kept from the highly sought-after victory. With a strong determination to keep history from repeating itself, Malan commented:
“It always sucks to lose the red plate, but it’s also motivating. The math is pretty simple now – I need to come back swinging at the season finale in Terra Topia. I don’t have any excuses and know what I need to work on until then.”