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Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing kicked its 2019 South African National Enduro Championship campaign off in winning style, when William Oosthuizen rode to E1 200cc victory and Brett Swanepoel enjoyed a most encouraging comeback to end fourth in Open class E2 in the ultra-tough WFO New Hanover Enduro in KwaZulu Natal over the weekend.

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“What a super awesome weekend at the first national enduro of the year,” an elated William Oosthuizen from Mossel Bay explained. “It was a tough day out on the track and I’m super happy to kick the season off with a win — now the work starts for the next one. “Special thanks to my incredible team for my brilliant Pepson Plastics Husqvarna and a big thanks to Dylan Bauer for helping me when I got stuck in the mud hole — you are a legend!”

“It was absolutely wonderful to be back on my Pepson Plastics Husqvarna in anger again and I managed a good result too,” Salt Rock rider Brett Swanepoel admitted. “I have been patient and worked so hard to get back in a racing saddle after a year and a half away, so that fourth place is a bit more like a win. “Special thanks to the team for believing in and supporting me through it all — it’s onward and upward from here!”

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Pepson Plastics Husqvarna’s third rider, Nottingham Road lad Matthew Green had a positive run aboard his E1 200 class machine, but he retired on the final loop of what proved a torturous route. “We’ll be back,” Matthew summed it up. “That was a tough weekend but the season is long.”

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“Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing enjoyed a solid start to the SA Enduro season,” Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa brand manager Fred Fensham concluded. “William Oosthuizen delivered a great E1 win and Brett Swanepoel was a fine comeback fourth — well done to the entire team on a great effort at a super-tough New Hannover race.”