The 2012 edition of the gruelling endurance event was won by a precociously talented 16-year-old!
This year’s Roof of Africa was won by 16-year-old Wade Young, who beat a host of vastly more experienced riders to take the 2012 endurance event held in Lesotho.
Young (Fever Criterion Yamaha) rode to second place in Thursday’s time trial, and was fastest through the second day’s riding on Friday before sealing his victory with another fantastic effort on Saturday to beat Altus de Wet (Brother Broadlink KTM) and last year’s winner Graham Jarvis (Flite Extreme Husaberg) who completed the podium.
Young went into day three with around an eight-minute lead over Jarvis, and the Brit made up the time to his young rival before a few detours saw him drop to third behind De Wet.
Two-times Roof of Africa winner Darryl Curtis (Brother Broadlink KTM) came in fourth overall, with Thursday’s time trial winner Marc Torlage (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) taking fifth.
Chris Birch (Comsol Bell ACR), a three-times winner of the event, came home in 10th after struggling to overcome what appeared to be heat exhaustion, and Ben Hemingway (cc Gallery KTM) came in 12th in the provisional results.