Altus "Altie" de Wet

Born: 18 March 1985

Racing Category: Enduro / Extreme Enduro

Racing Region: National

Altus de Wet bought his first motorcycle in 2002 at the age of 17, and started competing in regional enduro races in the Western Cape in 2004. He is a multiple South African National Champion and has won various titles in the South African National Off-Road Motorcycle Championships as well as the South Africa National Enduro Championships. He also competes regularly on international level.

Over the years, he has received Provincial (Western Province and KwaZulu Natal) and South African Colours for his racing achievements. 

In 2015 Altus started Altus de Wet Racing, and continues to give his sponsors and supporters exposure and coverage through his racing. In 2016 he joined forces with Yamaha SA and BCR Arrow Yamaha team.

His first international race was the Roof or Africa in Lesotho in 2004 and he finished 35th (of only 40 finishers). In 2012 he finished as the runner-up in this gruelling event, beating the world’s leading extreme enduro rider, Graham Jarvis (UK).

For 2017, Altus has his eye on winning the South African E1 Championship, a podium placing at the Roof of Africa, and placing in the top 10 at Red Bull’s Erzberg Rodeo (Austria), Romaniacs (Romania), Sea to Sky (Turkey) and Meggawatt 111 (Poland).

Career Highlights:

  • 2005 Western Cape Championship: 200cc Overall Champion
  • 2006 National Enduro Championship: 200cc South African Champion
  • 2007 Kansas Harescramble Championship (USA): 2nd Overall
  • 2008 National Enduro Championship: 200cc South African Champion & Overall Champion
  • 2009 National Enduro Championship: Open Class South African Champion
  • 2012 National Off-Road Championship: OR2 South African Champion
  • 2012 Roof of Africa (Lesotho): 2nd Overall
  • 2013 National Enduro Championship: E2 Class South African Champion
  • 2013 Roof of Africa (Lesotho): 7th Overall
  • 2014 National Enduro Championship: E2 Class South African Champion
  • 2014 ISDE: Silver Medal (E3)
  • 2015 Red Bull Brave Man (Namibia): 3rd Overall
  • 2016 National Enduro Championship: 2nd E2 Class

Motto:

How bad do you want it and how hard will you work for it?

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Anthony "Ace" Raynard

Birthday: 19 Feb 1990

Racing Category: MX1 + MX2
Racing Region: Western Province Regional and Club Championship, South African National Championship, World MX Grand Prix’s & Selected International events

Anthony started motocross riding at age 10 on a 65cc, but it was in 2008 that he started taking racing seriously and joined a professional racing team. 2009 could be seen as a “breakthrough year” for him, stepping onto the podium on a number of occasions throughout the year, but ultimately finishing 3rd in the MX1 and MX2 classes. Since then, Anthony has dedicated himself to every facet of the sport to continue his success.

Besides time at the track and gym, Anthony has also studied sports science, sports management and business management to deepen his knowledge and train other riders. Since he does a lot of work in the film industry, he also studied film production. Anthony believes the only way we are going to grow motorsport in South Africa is by getting involved and helping young, upcoming riders, and has made this a prominent personal goal. With the support of sponsors, he runs MX riding schools and training camps for previously disadvantages riders and young riders coming up in the sport.

Both on the track and off, Anthony is a role model to upcoming riders. With countless falls and broken bones, his motto of “quitters never win, winners never quit” has ensured that he gets back on his bike every time, stronger and more determined than last.

Constantly pushing himself beyond his limits, Anthony lives for right now, and believe it when he says “This isn’t the last you have seen of me.”

Career Highlights:

  • 2008 - Awarded Senior Western Province Colours
  • 2009 - Awarded South African (Springbok) Colours for Motocross
  • 2010 - Compete in the AMU for South Africa (2nd place)
  • 2011 - Competed in the Coupe de L’Avenir in Belgium for Team South Africa (9th place)
  • 2012 - Placed 1st at MX2 South African National Motocross Championship
  • 2012 - Placed 1st at Dubai Arab International Championship
  • 2013 - Placed 1st at MX2 Qatar MX GP International Class

Motto:

Quitters never win, winners never quit!
Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul!

Seth van den Abeele

Birthday: 30 November 2000

Racing Category: MX2
Racing Region: Western Province and National

Seth started riding at the early age of 3-4 years and quickly built the confidence to start jumping small table tops. By the time he was 5 his talent as a future moto-cross star was clear, and in 2006 he competed in his first national at Rover in the 5-9 year events and in 2007 moved on to a KTM Snr water-cooled. In 2009 Seth was in the league of his full potential and winning national events.

In 2010 he moved on to the MX65cc group and proved himself to be a serious threat to the more experienced riders in the group. He quickly moved on to the MX85cc section in 2011 where he has competed since on a Yamaha YZ 85cc small wheel.

He is always committed to learn, and happily takes a punch from the more experienced riders. With the support of his family and sponsors, the sky is the limit for this young rider. At the moment, Seth’s goal is to compete in Belgium GP’s and hopefully get a ride with a works team one day.

Career Highlights:

  • 2008 - 9th at National 5-9 years w/cooled
  • 2009 - 2nd at EC& Border 5-9 years w/cooled
  • 2009 - 4th at National 5-9 years w/cooled
  • 2009 - 3rd at AMU 5-9 years w/cooled
  • 2010 - 5th at National MX 65cc
  • 2011 - 3rd at National MX65cc
  • 2011 - 7th at National MX85cc JNR
  • 2012 - 5th National MX85cc JNR
  • 2013 - 1st at National - MX85cc JNR
  • 2014 - 2nd at National MX85 Pro-mini
  • 2015 - 3rd at National MX85 Pro-mini

Max "the Missile" Ledgerwood

Birthday: 30 May 2004

Racing Category: 85cc MX & Offroad
Racing Region: Western Province and Selected National Championships

When Max crashed hard twice while riding a TTR 50 on a farm at age 6, his parents realised he would need some training, if only to make him a safer rider. One thing lead to another, and the following year he started racing on a KTM 50cc. 2011 saw 7-year- old Max racing MX in Newbie and Senior classes and coming 3rd in the Newbie class. Towards the end of 2011 he started with Offroad. In 2012, Max raced a full season of both Offroad and MX in the 50cc class, as well as starting on a 65cc. In 2013 Max was thrilled to take part in the Junior Roof of Africa in the 65cc class and came 3rd, and later in 2013 he started riding a YZ85. After coming 2nd at his first Offroad national at Rysmierbult early in 2015, a training-injury kept Max off the track for the second part of 2015. However, in 2016 he’s back on track and leading both the regional Offroad and regional Enduro series.

Max lives in Durbanville, and besides riding, also enjoys rock climbing, hiking, surfing, body boarding and camping. He thrives on challenges, and having to figure things out independently. His strength in racing is offroad, but he loves MX, and enjoys trials as well. He loves the sand and enjoys nothing more than going into the dunes with senior riders. 

His current objective is to win regional champion in both Offroad and Enduro, aiming to compete in the Offroad Senior 85cc National Championship in 2017 and if all goes well building up to a podium finish in the 2018 85cc Senior National championship.

Determination is Max the Missile’s key ingredient, and in 2011 he was awarded the Peek Commentators Award for the “never say die guy” at the CTMX Annual Prize Giving.

Career Highlights:

  • 2011 - 3rd in the MX50cc Newbie class
  • 2011 - Received “Most Determined Junior rider Award” at Coastal Challenge
  • 2012 - 1st in WCJOC 50cc Offroad Championship
  • 2012 - 5th in CTMX 65cc class
  • 2013 - 2nd at WCJOC Offroad class
  • 2013 - 3rd in Junior Roof of Africa 65cc
  • 2014 - 1st in CTMX 85cc MX Small Wheel class
  • 2014 - 4th in WCJOC 85cc Junior Offroad class

Motto:

Ride the track you see