UNDER IN THUNDER VALLEY!
Photographer: Mark Lynn Karocki Media
Round 2 of the SA MX Nationals took place in Pietermaritzburg
on the 8th of April. Having only 1 d-force rider on
the start line made Pocket Rocket Raaff feel the pressure,
but having her teammates there to support her put her at
The track changes made it a little tough for Kayla in practice.
Trying to get into the swing of things on a slippery track
she hardly knew. Not managing the fastest time in qualifying,
Kayla knew what she had to work on for the following heats.
Tiegan Reed was once again unable to race due to an injury
she is recovering from but was there to support with teammate
Heat 1 didnt go as planned for young Raaffy. Not
getting the start she wanted she was around 5th into the
first corner keeping it steady through the support riders.
Unfortunately, on lap 1, a mistake was made which resulted
in Kayla going otb (over the bars). Kayla got up as quick
as she could, feeling very frustrated and determined to
get to the front as well as fight her way through the pack.
She lived up to the nickname of Pocket Rocket Raaff (given
to her by teammate, Tiegan Reed), young Raaff managed to
take the lead out of the ladies and set the fastest time
out of 22 riders.
Photographer: Eric Palmer Afreakin Photography
By the end of the day, the track had deteriorated and dried
out. Heat 2 was going to be rough. Once again Kayla went
down in a major collision in the start involving a few riders.
Raaff feeling very tender after the fall knew she had to
finish the day safely and had to settle for a second-place
Kayla says It was a good and a bad day. We all
have our ups and downs. Im just happy to still walk
away with the lead.
Onwards and upwards for the next round in Bloemfontein
Thank you to our sponsors for keeping the team looking
so good on and off the track.
d-force, Just1 Helmets, Maxima Oils, Cycra, Alpinestars,
Dunlop, ZETA, EVS, EkSbrand Goggles, KTM Factory Racing,
Nithrone, U-Flex headwear and Fearless.