Bridgestone South Africa

Bridgestone backs Junior Motocross Champion

Dec 08, 2011
Dirco van der Westhuizen

Dirco van der Westhuizen

In action on the track

In action on the track

One of the rising young stars in the hotly contested world of national championship motocross, 12-year-old Dirco van der Westhuizen of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal is the 2011 Full Throttle South African MX85 motocross champion. 
 
The Gert Maritz Primary School pupil, who has been supported in his short motocross career by Bridgestone SA since 2009, got the season off to the best possible start with back-to-back wins in the 85cc class (for riders aged between eight and 12 years) in Durban in February.
 
He went on to dominate the championship on his Bridgestone Yamaha YZ85, winning 10 out of 12 races.  His final points tally for the six-round season was 292, well ahead of Justin Thompson on 228 and Dean Godfrey on 227.
 
He also contested the Pro Mini class for riders aged between 12 and 15 to prepare himself for this more senior category in 2012 and impressed fans and competitors alike by taking fourth place overall at the end of the season behind experienced older riders Tristan Purdon, Zane Farquharson and Bradley Cox.
 
His talents were recognised by Motorsport South Africa when he was invited to be a member of the 19-strong South African team in the annual FIM Africa Motocross of Nations Championship took place in Harare in Zimbabwe.  He didn't disappoint and was a winner in the victorious South African team.
 
Van der Westhuizen finished an impressive second overall in the Africa MX Lite class (equivalent to the South African 85 cc Pro Mini class) for riders aged 11 to 15 behind countryman Farquharson.  It was his best performance of the year in the more senior class, which he will contest in the 2012 Full Throttle South African Championship.  He will be part of the Portable Shade Honda Racing Team and will be sponsored by Bridgestone and Supa Quick.

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