Richard van der Westhuizen 

Nickname: Richie or Rich

Age: 27

Website: www.rv717.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rv717

Hometown: Randburg

Sport: Motocross

Years Competing: 22


-12 times South African National Motocross Champion

-Raced extensively all over Europe in World Championship, AMA and European and National Championships

Bikes: YZ 250F and YZ 450F

Sponsors: Full Throttle Yamaha, Monster Energy, Fever, Ohlins Suspension, Oakley, Shoei, Thor, Leatt Brace, Gaerne, Unit, Cti2, Pure, Pirelli, FMF, Vortex, GYTR, Repsol, Zeta, Progrip, Delta, Renthal, DID,32 GI, Racestrong Training, Extreme Clean & Racestar Graffix

Bio: I started racing when I was 5 and loved it! I only started doing really well when i was 14 and won my first SA title, a Pro Mini 85cc National Championship. I then started taking it really serious and went overseas quite a bit. In 2002 I won another title, a High School National 125cc championship and I raced all over europe. I lived in Scotland in 2003 and had my best result ever in a British Championship when i was 16, a 5th place. Shortly after that I broke my wrist, recovered and broke it again forcing me to come back home. After nearly throwing in the towel in 2004, I came back to win the Premier class 450 Open Class Championship at the age of 19. I won it the following year. In 2008 and 2009 I won both MX1 and MX2 championships. After missing out narrowly in 2010, I came back in 2011 and 2012 to win the MX1 championship. In 2013 I won both MX1 and MX2 and have retired from Pro MX racing

Favourite Quote: The harder you train, the luckier you get