Husqvarna star wants Harrismith gold

Husqvarna South Africa motocross star Richie van der Westhiuzen heads to Harrismith’s final round for the 2017 South African motocross championship off a winning streak and he’s keen to go one better on winning three out of the four motos last time out. 

Van der Westhuizen was the star of July's slippery Thunder Valley MX Nationals in Pietermaritzburg, winning both MX1 races and a MX2 moto too, while Caleb Tennant took second in the first heat of MX2 riding as substitute to the injured Maddy Malan.

“I can’t wait for Harrismith,” van der Westhuizen admitted. “I had an amazing day at a gnarly Pietermaritzburg and I’m looking to carry on where I left off at Harrismith. “I have been working hard in the gym and on my Husqvarnas and I am ready to carry on doing my team and my sponsors proud - let’s do this!”

Caleb Tennant is looking forward to keep progressing as he substitutes for the injured Husqvarna lead rider Maddy Malan in MX2. “I have two targets this weekend - I want to have more consistent top three results and I would really like to go one better on my second position last time out on this wonderful factory Husqvarna. “I’m also can’t wait to work as part of the Husqvarna team again and I hope to do the team proud.”

Husqvarna Motorcycles brand manager Fred Fensham is also keen to see his charges racing in the Free State. “Husqvarna Racing is on a roll,” he confirmed. “Richie won three out of four last time out and I know he is amped to make it four-up in Harismith — the 717 is ready! “Caleb is learning fast and benefiting being part of the factory set-up and he will be back and strong in round 6 and let’s see if little Neil van der Vyfer can make it 12 out of 12 on his Husqvarna TC 50.”