LIGHTS BY LINEA TEAM MAKE
DEBUT IN PORT ELIZABETH!
22 February 2017
Keegan Hickson-Mahony (# 1)
PE is a very sandy track and is regarded as the most trying
track in the country. Preparation to ride this track is
like no other track in SA and the fitness level required
is unmatched on any of the 7 tracks throughout the series.
One requires special tyres and sophisticated suspension
settings to ensure the handling of the machine is optimised.
Team Lights by Linea Pro MX was well represented with current
South African Champion #1 Keegan Hickson-Mahony and #202
Brett Roberts. The now iconic LUMO Yellow colours drew huge
attraction and the fans and photographers had a field day,
with the Athletes been asked for photos throughout the day.
Heat 1 was action packed from the first corner with Keegan
leading into the first corner, he came down hard and was
stone last by around 100m. Brett was in Fourth place and
riding at a pace that he has never experienced before, this
took its toll as he tired as the heat progressed and he
would finish in 6th place.
The 125cc High School Class heat, lasts for 15min plus one
lap, this was enough time for a now charged and on fire
Keegan to majestically power his way through the field moving
into first spot with 2 laps to go. The local boy had a huge
following and massive support from the local fans. When
he overtook second position, the cheering from around the
circuit was enough to bring goose bumps to a Polar Bear.
Heat 2 started with huge expectations and a little bit
of pressure now. Keegan got the holeshot(first through the
first corner), Brett was in 5th and 3rd after the second
corner. Keegan powered away. As the Heat wore on, the pressure
and emotional demands of the first heat started taking its
toll. Keegan got a solid 2nd in Heat 2 for an overall first
for the day.
Brett rode well above his capabilities and was progressing
well until he fell and a fellow competitor collided into
him while he was on the ground. With a damaged radiator
and bent ego he soldiered on only to have a very hard fall
on the last corner. He finished in 11th and overall 8th
for the day.
The next Round is on the 8th April at Zone 7. Until then
the testing, training and preparation will continue and
the challenge to become the best, makes for a wonderful