Day Two of the 2018 Motul Roof of Africa Hard Enduro ended with a fourth overall victory for defending champion Wade Young. 

 

After a convincing lead after the first day's action Sherco Racing rider Wade Young went on to add a fourth Roof of Africa crown to his name with victory in the 2018 event in mountains of Lesotho.

The threatening rain didn’t materialise but water was a factor on day two, with Young sacrificing almost half his overnight lead over Travis Teasdale (Beta) by being cautious at several of the river crossings.

 

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Teasdale – who was recovering from the stomach illness that plagued him on day one – was unable to overhaul the deficit however and Young’s overall winning time of 14h47’28” was 23 minutes faster than his fellow KZN rider.  

Speaking in the winner’s enclosure after his victory, Young described the Motul Roof of Africa 2018 as “gruelling and super-tough” and a “really physical event”. 

Behind the leading pair, Kyle Flanagan and Lloyd Kirk (both Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha) resumed their battle for the final podium spot. Flanagan clinched third place from Kirk by nine seconds.  

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Silver class win for Mante

Kayde Mante (RBS Yamaha) topped the Silver class podium. At the start of Day Two, he held a 1-second advantage over veteran Roof rider Warren Barwell (KTM), who jokingly complained that he had spent the entire event “chasing youngsters.” 

Barwell’s pursuit included a crash on day two and resulted in Mante finishing over 30 minutes clear. Paul Grobler (KTM) completed the Silver Class podium line-up.

 

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While the route was praised by many of the Silver competitors, the inclusion of so many new route sections made navigation difficult and saw a high attrition rate for riders, with almost 50% failing to finish. 

In his first-ever Roof, Matt Burger (Leader Tread Husqvarna) won the Bronze Class with a time of 14h07’09”. Well-known quadbike racer Hannes Saaijman was just under 13 minutes behind in second. Nuno Pereira (Portugal) was the highest-placed international Bronze rider, finishing in third place. 

More Motul Roof of Africa information: roofofafrica.info

 

Photo Credit: ZCMC

 

 

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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester
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