Open Apology to Competitors, Organisers
of the WP REG MX and MXSA
09 April 2015
In my capacity as the Brand Manager of Husqvarna Motorcycles
in South Africa, and hence the Principle of Husqvarna
Factory Racing (collectively Husqvarna), I would like
to register the following statement and apology, on
behalf of Husqvarna, to the competitors and organizers
of the WP MX Regional held at Zone 7 on Saturday 4th
April, as well as to MXSA and its members.
1. Having not been present at the event this past weekend,
I was made aware of the incident by Morne Visser, our
MX Team Principle once he had been with his Son, Jason
to the hospital to get clarity on the extent of his
injuries, ostensibly incurred as a result of a on track
incident between Jason and Triston Purdon.
2. I have also seen a written submission of the incident
by Mrs Purdon.
3. After applying myself to gathering and trying to
check the facts, it is my humble opinion that the unfortunate
incident was driven by firstly adrenalin, emotion and
concern for the safety and wellbeing of sons, competitors
and lead by short tempers from all involved.
4. It is most unfortunate that decisions made were incorrect
from both the involved parties, witnesses and difficulties
in clarity. I however must commend the COC and officials
for doing all they could to defuse and bring calmness
to the situation.
5. To remedy this wrong from, as far as I am concerned,
all involved, is to take the incident as a lesson to
all and apply our minds to being mindful of safety,
level headedness and a general concern towards all the
competitors and parties involved not only those
nearest and dearest, not only to those with large investments,
but to all those involved in the sport that we so fiercely
compete in it is after all a sport not
Finally, on behalf of Husqvarna Factory Racing, I submit
humble apologies to all mentioned, for an involvement
in this unpleasant incident and ask that no bitterness
is created as a consequence of it. I wish all the competitors
and teams good racing at the 2nd round of the Nationals
at Zone 7 this coming weekend lets make
it safe, fun and spectacular for the supporters of the
this exciting form of motorsport.