The race season is done, and it’s been one hell of a ride. After finishing just inside the Top 10 in 2014, Dustin Rudman stayed focused all through 2015, to not only better his spot on the rankings but also leave a mark on the downhill scene.
After some gruelling races this year in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape, Dusty managed to pull through and his performance this year has been monumental from the start to finsish.
Dustin is now ranked in the top 10 for the downhill national CUP series, in 9th spot.
He competed in the Natal CHAMPS and placed 7th in pro elites and 9th overall.
In the recent SA CHAMPS he placed 9th elites and 20th overall despite a messy ruin and a crash during practice.
Dustin Rudman seen at the SA Champs. Pic by: ©Andrew King
In total, Rudman has competed in a total of 8 races, 5 on a National level and 3 going down in Natal.
So what happens now during the season’s down-time?
Gauteng, compared to our neighbouring provinces, doesn’t have a well-structured downhill series nor does Gauteng rank up there in terms of producing some of the country’s top downhill racing beasts. Dustin wants to change that.
During the next few months, Rudman and the team have set the goal and mind-set to grow and develop the sport and to work on both the skills and the proficiency of the thriving riders we have.
That being said, Dustin has already laid down the first event to kick start the Gauteng downhill development project. No doubt, we are stoked to get involved and see what the Gauteng riders have to offer.
See you on the tracks.