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“I have always had a passion for all bikes, especially dirt bikes and the sport of Motocross. That pretty much sums up how I got into this amazing sport-it was all passion.
My dream was, and still is to one day race in America as a professional athlete against the best in the world, I will always try my best to do that and nothing will stop me from trying my hardest to make that a reality.
In my opinion, there is no other sport like motocross. The rush, the thrill and the time you get to spend with your friends & family is something I could not ask for in any other way.
Motocross is something that has taught me so much in life so far and has definitely shown me how to stay committed and dedicated to what I love, I’m truly grateful for that.
So far in the time that I have been racing, I have achieved a few things that I am very proud of. I represented my country at the MXOAN (Motocross Of African Nations) in 2017 and finished 2nd in the 85cc Pro Mini class, third Place in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Regional championships, multiple National and regional podiums as well as winning a regional in 2018. Most recently, I competed at Mini O’s in the United States of America where I was able to achieve an 18th overall in supercross.
Some of my goals for the future include, getting my first national Win, and possibly becoming a national champion in my country. My ultimate goal is to one day race full time as a professional overseas.”
Name: Miguel de Waal
Region: Johannesburg, South Africa
Class: 125cc High School Class
Name: Robert Gibbon Age: 36
Claim to fame/Position at RAD: Brand ambassador and all round nice guy😛
How long have you been in the industry/or riding: Adventure and off-road since Jan 2018
When and what did you start riding: Got my first bike (Yammermaaa PW 80) when I was 5, crashed my first bike the same day and broke both legs. I road superbikes and track in my late teens and early 20’s and then focused on my career for the last decade with very little riding till this year. What are you riding now: A lot KTM 450 XCW, KTM 690, KTM 690 Rally and a KTM 1090R ADV
A brief history of your riding: Wow, so much riding this year I don’t know where to start, I’ve done over 40 000kms offroad riding since January 2018, starting with sand riding in Namaqua, then Skills training with iRide, GXCC, EWXC, all the Red Cherry Rally Raids, KTM adventure Rally, LDBA, NDBA, Pongola 500, FarmJam, Kalahari Rally and so many other events I can’t keep track.
Favourite place to ride: So far the Drakensburg and Transkei
Favourite bike (remember we’re ktm around here): All my KTM’s for different reasons. They just the best and READY to RACE!
Bucket list event on a bike: DAKAR
What piece of advice do you wish you knew when you started riding: Honestly I’ve learnt so much and still am every ride. Best advice so far would probably be to “Look where you want to go, not where you want to crash” Look ahead.
Place to visit for riding: Cant single one out, just ride and explore everywhere you can, you would be amazed what’s just around the corner.
Best memory on a bike: So far, The finish line for Kalahari Rally. Very proud moment I will never forget.
What does biking mean to you: Biking is freedom in the most simple and pure form of the word. The ability to lose yourself in focus, in your surroundings and in the adventure.
Favourite motorcycle hack (Windowlene for visors/carrying a cargo net around etc): Head and shoulders shampoo for anti fog and rain on visors and goggles. Best thing for it.
Your motorcycle idol: Joey Evans Goals for next year on a motorcycle: I’ve entered the Merzouga rally in Marocco to qualify for Dakar
What is the most important safety tip: Plan your protection. Sometimes less is more. I’ve found that in our hot climate if you wear too much bulky protective gear you can get so fatigued and overheated that you end up having and accident you would not have had in the first place. I am a big fan of the layered system, wearing multiple light layers and adjusting them according to the conditions, i.e Compression vest, Light 3DF body armour, MX jersey, Thermal vest, Rally Jacket and Thin light rain coat.
Random fact about you: ummm, Really don’t know what to put here… (From the RAD team – he could be a voice over artist)
Do you like rad. Multiple choice: yes, a lot, yes LOL
Name: Warren Barwell
Name: Ruan Smith
“So it my racing started back last year with my first 2 races of the ewxc got DNF’s due to bike failer .
And the when I got on the sherco missed the ewxc in hiddle burg but got a 5th place in high school at the last race of ewxc.
Then got a 10th out of 65 in the last round of GXCC in o3 class.
At now the latest race got 21 out 89 riders but was in too 5 but that massive accident put back.“
We are so proud of our @justkidsracingmotocross kids . Here is Lyla van Breda representing that girls can do this too!
We are so proud of our @justkidsracingmotocross kids . Here is James Reilly posing with the mates. Great stuff guys.
We are so proud of our @justkidsracingmotocross kids . Here is Jake Pretoruis showing his skills. Awesome!
Region: Johannesburg, South Africa
Race Number: 77
I consider myself as a naturally born adrenalin junkie, who has and forever will give my dearest parents heart failure. To explain, my Dad caught me climbing up a tall ladder when I just started crawling. As a small child you’d find me doing any and all adrenaline filled activities. I started riding an electric two wheeler bike as early as two years old, then a PW50 at five years old, and progressed eagerly with the passion for speed from there.
I believe that the need for adrenalin and speed is in my blood having already experienced zip lining when I was seven years old. I remember the guides running around trying to find the smallest gloves, safety harness and helmet, all which were way to big, but I insisted on joining my parents on this adventure anyway. When I was twelve I really wanted to do a bungee jump unfortunaly I could not due to safety regulations, but I got my way at 16 doing a bungee jump at the Vic Falls. I have done one sky dive jump and plan to do many more.
Speed, speed and more speed at 16, I was fortunate enough to do maltiple advanced driving courses at Jerotek where I mastered a reverse 360 on the skidpan.
But on the slower, softer side, I really love children and giving back, providing motor bike coaching to the youth and supporting the Riding for a Limb cause whenever I can. I am a big softy for animals with the current love of my life being – Nitro my Pit Bull.
But more about my love for motorbikes -I started riding my PW50 in my garden at home at the tender age of 5 years old. But kept on crashing into trees, bushes and after almost dumping my bike into the pool my Dad decided to take me to an off road track. There my passion started, the following year I competed in my first off-road race and finished the season in 3rd. After 5 years of competing in Motocross and Enduros I moved to Superbikes competeing in the SAMRA Honda NSF 100 Class, much to my Mom’s delight. The following year I was 1 of 10 South Africans to be selected to participate in an event at Assen raceway in the Netherlands, a rose among the thorns, being the only girl amongst the boys.
My passion enabled me to be selected to attend the Red Bull Rookie selection event in Spain, proudly the only SA female to be selected todate.
A few years later, after finishing on the podium in the Zimbabwe Nationals (once again the first SA Female), South Africa National 300 cup, and 1st at the Harare 1 hour endurance race I was invited to represent Africa in the Italika Womens World Cup.
Unfortunately in 2018 I sustained a traumatic brain injury, which put my dreams of competing in MotoGP/World SBK on hold. But this has not stopped my need for speed as I have had a full recovery I am fighting my way back to racing overseas once again.
Yes Motorsport is extremely competitive, but you won’t find a better closer second family anywhere else but in the racing community..
To conclude I can see myself, when I am old and grey, many many years to come, chasing down the road next to children riding their bikes, on my motorized walker, laughing for joy – forever young with the continuing need for speed.