Marcus Phelps has been the name on everyone’s mind in 2013. The talk is that of the “next possible South African world champ” and he didn’t disappoint.
Giving 110% in every moment he spends on the track. Marcus went into the final round of the Full Throttle, Monster energy national champs with an outside chance to win the championship if he won all 3 heats and had a little luck. Mechanical failures through the season had left him further back than he had hoped. Having not pre-practiced TEZA track, Marcus was relying on his ability to quickly adapt to new tracks, to pull off a good weekend. Marcus was 3rd fastest in practice and fastest in qualifying. He had worked the track out well and looked good for the win.
In heat 1, Marcus was about 4th off the start and worked his way to 2nd behind home town favourite, Charl Van Eeden. It wasn’t long before Marcus had figured out where to pass and made his move to the front. The man in 2nd miscalculated his corner entry and ran into Marcus in the lead. Marcus dropped the bike and had to remount down the field. He was able to fight back to 3rd.
The next day, saw the riders coming back to the track for the final 2 heats. Marcus knew he had it all to do. He had an average start again and worked his way steadily to the front. The final lap was a “bar to bar” battle with the championship leader and with 3 corners left to go, Marcus ran wide in the sand section and had to settle for 2nd.
With the championship already wrapped up by his competitor, Marcus wanted to end with a win. Another mediocre start in the final heat found him fighting hard to come through. Unfortunately, a big pile up on the landing of a jump right in front of him, put an end to his charge and he would have to settle for 4th.
Marcus would end up 4th for the day and 2nd in the championship.
Marcus would like to thank his sponsors who made it all possible: Intertherm, Raceworx KTM, Thor and Works connection.