Local biker pens two-year deal with Kawasaki

Done deal: Lobjoit has signed a two-year deal with Kawasaki PIC: KEVIN SANDERS
Done deal: Lobjoit has signed a two-year deal with Kawasaki PIC: KEVIN SANDERS

Local biker, D’artagnan Lobjoit has signed a two-year deal with Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Team after leaving Black Iron Racing Team.

Pepson Plastics is a South African-based franchise of American manufacturer and distributor of motorcycles. Lobjoit has an option of renewal. “Honestly, it feels like a dream come true. I have always believed in myself and my ability to ride a motorcycle, but to have a team believe in you and back you financially really makes all the blood, sweat and tears over the years all worth it,” Lobjoit said.

The Maun-based biker is in his fourth season as a professional. He together with Ross Branch made history in 2016 when they won the South African National Cross Country Championship (SACCS), becoming the first local bikers to achieve the feat. At the time, Lobjoit was riding in OR3 class and has since elevated to the OR1 class. Following his 2016 triumph, Peak Yamaha Team recruited him in 2017 and 2018, before he joined Shimwells Yamaha in 2019. With the support of a team, Lobjoit has told Mmegi Sport he is targeting both the SACCS and Gauteng Cross Country (GXCC) Championships. He will be one of Batswana bikers following the Toyota 1000 Desert Race (TDR) to Upington, South Africa after it was cancelled in Botswana. “I will be competing in the Southern African Cross County Series as well as the Gauteng Cross Country Regional Series. Both these Championships are in South Africa and I will be up against some of the best off-road racers Africa has to offer. These two series will be my primary focus and to win both championships is my goal for this year,” the two-time GXCC champion said.

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