Snow melted on the mountain caps as day two of the 2017 Motul Roof of Africa dawned. A welcome change in weather for spectators and riders.
Africa felt more like Africa with higher temperatures than the snowy day before.
A remarkable day in the world of Hard Enduro saw South Coast rider Wade Young, Sherco Liquimoly Racing, finish first.
Travis Teasdale, Brother Leadertread KTM, came in under a minute after Young despite losing his right foot peg fairly close to the finish and having to balance precariously in the Maluti Mountains.
Graham Jarvis, Rockstar Husqvarna, last year’s winner, crossed the finish line over 10 minutes after Young taking third.
Blake Gutzeit, Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha, followed in fourth with Alfredo Gomez, Red Bull KTM, last year’s Motul Roof of Africa runner up, close behind. A great contest between the top five.
James Hillier, the fifth fastest lap record holder at the Isle of Man TT, gave it his all but unfortunately did not make the cut and was time barred.
The ladies battle continued on day 2 with Kirsten Landman, Brother Leadertread KTM, persevering through mechanical issues for most of the day and placing a respectable 41st. Sandra Gomez setting an impressive pace during her first full day of racing at the Motul Roof, finished a cool 31st.
Emotions are high in anticipation of the third and final day with most riders choosing to turn in early.
Spectators are looking forward to watch the top 5 battle it out tomorrow.
Will the 50th edition of the Motul Roof of Africa favour the South African riders or will the wily approach of the international riders pay off?
Reporting: Listen Up