As riders returned to the National Enduro Championship under Covid-19 regulations, this weekend Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing completely stole the show. Both Brett Swanepoel and Matthew Green stormed to victory in the E2 and E1 Class respectively.
Swanepoel entered the event in third overall in the E2 Class and relished the opportunity to fight his way back up the leaderboard. Over the past year, Swanepoel has worked relentlessly to reinstate himself as a force to be reckoned with in the fight for national glory. With a line-up of riders that included names like Scott Bouverie and Blake Guzeit, and an extremely unforgiving route; Swanepoel’s impressive victory was hard-earned.
“I am so stoked to have taken the top step. It was such a demanding day on the bike and the track was so testing and tough on the body. Thank you to my team for all the support,” said Swanepoel.
Swanepoel now holds the red plate in both the National Enduro and Cross Country Championship. With a rider that is spearheading the hunt for national titles, a proud Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham commented: Brett once again showed that hard work, commitment and dedication pays off. After his win in the E2 class, he now holds the red plate in both National Enduro and National Cross Country – wow!”
Having accomplished his goal of winning the High School Championship, teammate Green stepped up to the E1 Class in 2018 to find his place amongst South Africa’s enduro elite. The victory this weekend was a massive milestone for the prestigious young rider, who not only proved that he has the pace to keep up with the frontrunners in this sport, but the talent to beat them.
“It feels so good to take my first win in the E1 Class! There were so many things that contributed to this victory – the track was amazing, my TE 150i was on point, and my team never skipped a beat. All the months of training for this during lockdown has finally paid off!” said Green.
“What an incredible weekend – the second in a row for the PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING team. Not sure my nerves can take much more! To win both E1 and E2 for our team is simply amaizing. Matt Green was on the gas from the start and brings home his maiden victory in the class. Very happy and proud of him and the team! Again I must thank Anthony for his meticulous prep of the Husqvarna racing machines and giving the boys the equipment to win on. My best wishes go to Heindrich Aust, the young gun that we are helping out this season and wish him a speedy recovery after taking a nasty fall and injuring his lower back – I’m sure he will be back soon” said Fensham.