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Tristan Purdon storms to MX1 victory in Pietermaritzburg. Captured by www.zcmc.co.za
RED BULL KTM ON THE CUSP OF DOUBLE MOTOCROSS GLORY

The excitement in the orange motocross camp is at an all-time high…
 
For the second time this season, Red Bull KTM stormed to a double victory in the National Motocross Championship. The fifth round of the series took riders to Pietermaritzburg where Tristan Purdon and Kerim Fitz-Gerald won the MX1 and MX2 class respectively.
 
Purdon, who made his Red Bull KTM debut this year, is now a mere 3 points away from the top step of the leader board. The rider was held back from his full potential at the start of the season by a lingering wrist injury. Having put that behind him, Purdon has proven to be more than capable of snatching up the second MX1 title of his still young motocross career.

Fitz-Gerald also left a deep impression on his competitors in Pietermaritzburg. It was a clean sweep for the nine-time national champion who went 1-1 in his heats to take the victory overall. He currently holds the second spot on the leader board behind arch rival Anthony Raynard.
 
Adding an exciting spin to the championship is Fitz-Gerald’s teammate, Joshua Mlimi, who is just a hair’s breadth behind him in third. With only two rounds left and less than 10 points separating Raynard, Fitz-Gerald and Mlimi, the riders will be preparing to fight tooth and nail in a battle for national glory.
 
With strong riders pushing the pace up front in both classes, the prospect of KTM South Africa snatching up a double championship this season is at an all-time high. It has been some time since the team found themselves in this position as Managing Director Franziska Brandl explains:

“It’s exciting to finally see the hard work paying off that our athletes put in year after year. Their determination and drive is something I admire and I have no doubt our talented Red Bull KTM athletes will bring home more victories this season. We’ve been breathing down the championship leaders’ necks and are ready to take over that red plate at the next round of the championship.”

Welkom will host the penultimate round of the series next month, where riders will attempt to put one hand on the championship trophy.
Nine-time national champion Kerim Fitz-Gerald in Pietermaritzburg. Captured by www.zcmc.co.za

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