Charl van Eeden ” 57 “

Charl van Eeden ” 57 “

Charl van Eeden ” 57 “

Interviewed by : Laren van der Westhuizen

Images : Brodalka.com

DOB: 15/04/1998
Years Racing : 13, since 2003 from 4 years old.
Home Town / Track:  Teza, KZN. Motocorss ValleyTeza
Current Sponsors : FOX Racing SA, Husqvarna South Africa

Charl van Eeden at North VS South in the 125 cc class had a great weekend with a 2-2, Charl is on his way to the States going to train under our own World Champion Tyla Rattray

MXLaren: Charl you are heading to USA for 2016. Tell us about your plans over there.

CV : Going to compete in America has been a life long dream of mine and many other South African riders , firstly I am grateful for this opportunity.

We ( myself , Maddy , Reid ) will be living in Muareitta ,it’s a small town in California where we will be based with our new coach and trainer Tyla Rattray.

My goal is to race at LL in the 250 B limited class , obviously with my shoulder it has thrown a spanner in the works , thus meaning my speed and fitness won’t be up to scratch and this making the transition into the 4 stroke a bit more challenging as I haven’t been on the bike for odd 3 months +

Charl on his home track at the Teza Nationals just 3 hours from Durban, not to many can say they have there own personal track just off there kitchen doorstep. Teza is one of South Africa's best racks,a European style track with lots of step ups and steps downs on the hilly slopes of iteza.Cape Town Nationals.

MXLaren: You got injured at the last national of 2015. Have you healed up well?

CV : I unfortunately had a big digger at the last heat of our last race after such a solid season .

I was gutted to say the least as it was a major shoulder op , the doctor told me that I have technology to thank because if the injury had accrued pre 2006 I would of probably lost the use of my left arm.

The good news , I am healing a lot faster than what doctors and physio have told me I would . I am way ahead of schedule thanks to my awesome physio and orthopedic surgeon who have really gone above and beyond with me to help me and make sure I am strong and ready to compete at the pinnacle of the sport we love.

Cape Town Nationals, Charl laying it flat over the table top infront of the Monster VIP area.ABE Midas Husqvarna's Charl van Eeden at Dirt Bronco Nationals, Krugersdorp.

MXLaren: What bikes will you be riding in USA and what is the goal for the season?

CV : I will be on board the 2016 250 Husqvarna for 2016 , as we stand now with how my shoulder is going I am hoping to have my first ride in April , this Is late in the season as my competitors would be a few steps ahead thus my goal for the first 3 months is getting set up right on the new 4 stroke machine and string comfortable at a high level of riding.

Young Charl at the East London Nationals in 2014.

MXLaren : will you miss anything about S.A.?

CV ; I am going to miss South Africa , as much as what I can’t wait to be in America I am going to miss home , my family and friends of course and our way of life I also think a big change for me will be American food , I don’t enjoy it too much but I’m sure I will find good healthy food around.

Charl is one of those rider with a very aggressive style, not afraid to bang bars at all, but a really consistent smooth rider, with great riding style.

What a battle between Charl van Eeden and Dirco van der Westhuizen to take 1st and a 2nd, for 2nd overall in the 125cc High School class at Springfield, Durban.

MXLaren : Tell us a bit about your personality and what makes you such a good rider.

CV : I’m a straight forward person, I don’t like to beat around  the bush as some like to say , this does at times get me into sticky situations as I tend be slightly aggressive and passionate in my ways and often this does offend people ( I apologize ) this being said my aggressive attitude is also what makes me the rider I am and the ” never give up attitude ” I guess it’s good to have a balance.

Charl van Eeden at the infamous North VS South event at Borc Motocross in Bloemfontein.

MXLaren : Any last words for your fans in SA?

CV : Thanks to all the people who believe in me and my ability on a motorcycle , I will certainly do my best to make SA Motocross proud on the international stage I will also start a page on social media soon for those who want to follow my progress in the United States of America !

 

You can follow Charl on the following media platforms.

Facebook: Charl van Eeden
Twitter : @Charl_57
Instagram: @vaneeden57

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