Motocross rider wins the championship
AMANZIMTOTI’s Luke Grundy (15) was crowned SA MX High School Division Champion at the final round of the South African National Motocross Championships, held in Pretoria.
Luke entered the National Series event at Chestnut Hill Motocross Park already 33 points clear in the championship standings. He came first in Race 1 and second in Race 2, securing a first place overall out of 25 competitors, aged 15-18.
“I had already won the championship after Race 1. It had rained a lot and the track was muddy, but everything went according to plan and I got the title,” said Luke.
He has been riding since 2014 and signed with Redbull KTM South Africa this year. He has participated in many national events, however, this is the first one he has won. For the race, he had the opportunity to ride KTM’s new 2023 125cc model. In August he was also chosen to represent SA at the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship in Finland.
SA Champion Day included trophies, medals and big celebrations. “We as a family are so proud of him. He put a lot of hard work and dedication into going to the gym, training in motocross and juggling homework,” said his mother, Moira Grundy.
Now that he is champion and will be racing the number one bike and not his usual 450, he will have to work hard to defend his title.
“I still can’t believe I won the championship – it’s unbelievable. I think I’ll only feel real once we’re on the track again. My biggest challenge next year will be everyone biting at my heels, trying to get that top spot,” said Luke.
Prior to the event, he trained on his bike once a week and visited the Infinity Fitness gym twice a week to ensure his fitness level was where it needed to be for the high endurance sport.
The athlete added that he plans to go abroad more often, open more doors in his motocross journey and be at the same level of competition as the riders in preparation for the world championship. “They race on a completely different level, but that’s where you want to be,” he said.
Luke thanked his team, coaches, sponsors, managers, mechanics, family, KTM South Africa and everyone who helped make his dream come true.
It is currently on hiatus as competitive races are taking place for the year. However, he will soon be back in training for the Junior Worlds to be held in Romania in July.
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