16 February – First round of the 2019 GXCC race season and first race on my new Honda CRF450RX. Race conditions were perfect with the recent rains eliminating the dust factor. The 450’s performance and handling was unbelievable. I secured a comfortable 2nd on the podium. I’ve got some great competition this season and looking forward to an exciting race year ahead.
16 March -GXCC round 2 started off great with the holeshot and I was leading the race until my chain link broke. What are the chances… like one in a million. Managed to get back to the pits to replace the master link but lost a lot of time. At least 7 of the 8 races count towards your championship points for the year, so I’ll use this as my ‘throw away’ event.
06 April -The Casterbridge Enduro was a tough race due to all the rain that we had. After 5hrs of racing in the mud, I was just glad that I was riding my CRF250RX with a Dunlop ‘gummy’ tyre which was ideal for the harsh conditions and pulled me up into 2nd place.
13 April – GXCC in Secunda was fast and flowing and I held my CRF450RX wide open the whole way. Finished 2nd on the day.
04 May – This weekend’s Heidelberg EWXC enduro was the toughest one of the season. Enduro World set out a great technical route, which tested a rider’s skill and fitness. My CRF250RX running Dunlop tyres was a winning combination, which put me on the top step with a 1st in class. Thanks to everyone that assisted me in the pits Douglas James Farrell Chantal Kirstein and to my awesome sponsors:
13 May – I entered a motocross event at Smoking Pistons and joined the Bikers Warehouse MX boys.
I haven’t raced motocross in over a decade and happy that I with a 3rd place in class. Motocross was the foundation of my racing career and it brought back some great memories.
18 May – GXCC 4 in Bapsfontein was a dusty affair. I pushed and raced through the dust with around 10% visibility for most of the day but also didn’t take any unnecessary risks. This strategy secured me with a solid 2nd place.
Biker's Warehouse Honda Race Team
MSA NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY 1 – Cold and wet KZN hills made for an interesting and slippery national off-road. My GEOMAX MX33 tyres were a perfect match for the terrain. Finished in good time in the most competitive fastest class, OR1 OPEN Bikes. Got a 10th. Bike handled the technical climbs like a dream.
GXCC 2 – Moved up into the Pro OR1 class for the first time in GXCC, trying to learn a few things from the best. And putting a Honda between the top guys. Finished strong, not far off the leading pack.
GXCC 3 – Straight into a GXCC after a week long Moroccan Rally, I surprised everyone and myself by keeping it together to take a 6th place in the PRO OR1 class. Best GXCC result for me between the men so far!
MSA NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY 2 – We headed down to the chilly Western Cape for round 2 of the National off-roads. We were the only Honda in the National. Time trial was tricky. The race was tough and hard on both the bikes and bodies. But both made it through, taking a deserving 9th place in the OR1 OPEN class.
GXCC 4 – This was by far the toughest GXCC of the year so far, but I was on the right tool and had the right equipment to achieve a 37th overall in a field of 170 bikes. A successful day for the Honda’s in the dusty rough terrain.
MSA NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY 3 – this race was in Gauteng, mining terrain mixed with rocky flats and railway crossings. Tyres took a beating, and the dust was bad. It was a long day in the saddle, but the finish flag was reached, adding another few points to the bag.
Botswana TDR1000 Race Report:
The SACCS TOYOTA DESERT 1000 RACE in Botswana moved north to Selebi-Phikwe, completely new terrain to all competitors, the cars, SxS’s and bikes. The bush veld denser and more unpredictable than that of Jwaneng in previous years.
Taye chose to use the Dunlop GEOMAX AT81 tyres for the TDR1000, which was an excellent choice, keeping it’s traction and grip throughout the distance.
It kicked off with a cold, tight and twisty, low speed 40km Time trial on Friday the 21st June, where Taye managed to secure a starting position in 6th place for Day 1’s racing.
Day 1’s route was 218km, to be done twice. The average speed was low, and the terrain demanded a lot from riders physically and mentally, with many falling out either due to mechanical trouble or injuries. Taye pushed and found a steady pace moving up the field to finish Day 1 in 4th overall.
Day 2’s route was 200km, also to be done twice. The cars having ploughed through and raced it the previous day, made for interesting tracks. Again it was tight and demanding on the body. But average speed was higher than the previous day. Taye found a good rhythm, with her fitness kicking in, and the route more flowing. She toughed out the last 400km, her Honda 450RX performing flawlessly, to move up into 3rd Overall.
Taye was on the Overall podium in 3rd Place, the first woman in the Moto Category to do so, making some history at the TDR1000, on her Honda 450RX.