Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul enjoyed a great debut in the 2021 South African Cross Country Moto Championship opener at Jolivet in KwaZulu Natal on Saturday. Open rider D’artagnan Lobjoit rode his KX450XC to a splendid fifth in the competitive OR1 class, Taki Bogiages came home seventh in an even harder fought OR3 on a KX450XC and Senior stand-in Achim Bergman ended a fine podium third among the over-30s.
“Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul had a very good start to our South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship campaign,” team boss Iain Pepper confirmed. “Jolivet was a good event and we are happy with our results — Dart was fifth in OR1, Taki was seventh in OR3 and Achim a fine third in Seniors — it was a great start for the team and we now look forward to improve and move forward.”
“Jolivet was very rough, rutted and gruelling,” D’artagnan Lobjoit pointed out. “ It took five hours to ride 250 kilometres and my big Pepson Plastics Kawasaki ran like a train all the way. “It’s also always a really tough one to race against the locals in KZN, so to be the first upcountry bike home on our team debut was a brilliant result and a fine way to thank Kawasaki, Pepson Plastics, Motul and the whole team for their faith in me.”
“Wow that was a tough one,” Taki Bogiages explained. “But my Pepson Plastics Kawasaki racing with Motul KX250XC was so well suited to the terrain and allowed me to fight hard all the way “My quickest lap was competitive too and we have so much more to come — this was only our first national on my green machine and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
“A week ago I thought I would be braaing at home on Saturday!” Achim Bergman grinned. “Then Iain called and told me that he’d hurt his shoulder and asked if I wanted to ride his Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul KX250XC at Jolivet. “And here I am on the podium! “What a week — I really enjoyed riding the Kawasaki and am hugely grateful for the experience — I trust the Pepson team is satisfied with my weekend!”
“We now have a month before the second round in Madimode in four weeks time,” Iain Pepper concluded. “That terrain is also a little more suited to our Gauteng-based team’s forte of a faster route, so we’re looking forward to spending a little more time testing and fettling our bikes to be even better prepared for Nylstroom. “These are exciting times for the team!”