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Dirco at WOMZA Full Throttle Championship

Mar 30, 2012

A character-building day for Dirco in Bloemfontein

Pietermaritzburg teenager Dirco van der Westhuizen endured a character-building second round of the WOMZA Full Throttle national motocross championship in Bloemfontein last weekend, following up a fighting second place in race one in the Pro Mini class with a troubled 11th place in race two.

A poor start in the opening moto on his Portable Shade/Bridgestone/Supa Quick Honda CRF150R saw the 13-year-old reigning MX85 champion drop back to fifth place, but he fought back to take a hard-earned second place behind team-mate and defending champion Tristan Purdon and ahead of Bradley Cox (KTM).

He was again slow off the mark in race two and dropped the Honda as he battled for position in the rough and tumble of the opening lap. The fall bent his left foot peg and he was forced to complete the race without the benefit of anywhere to rest his left foot. He crossed the finish line in 11th place for sixth overall for the day. Purdon won the race to make it two out of two for the day, with Cox second and Joshua Mlimi third.

“I couldn’t change gears or jump or corner properly and it was extremely difficult to ride the Honda,” said the disappointed youngster. He has now lost the seven-point lead he earned in the opening round at Sun City in February, where he finished second and first in the two races.

Purdon, with his back-to-back victories in Bloemfontein to go with his win and 14th place at Sun City, is now the unofficial leader with 84 points, three ahead of Van der Westhuizen and 15 in front of Jason Visser.

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