First non-white competitor to enter a national race

History

Arushen was born in Port Elizabeth in May 1978. After taking an early interest in motorcycles, he was the first non-white copetetitor to enter a National race meeting at the tender age of 17 in 1995.

Arushen jumped in both feet first, competing on a Yamaha FZR 1000. His talent was quickly recognised and after two rounds he was signed by Team Vance and Hines.

When the National formula changed to 600cc in 1996, Arushen was signed by the Official Shell Yamaha Team to ride their FZR 600. During his two years with Shell Yamaha, Arushen won the Eastern Cape and Border Championships as well as a host of top ten placings in the National Series.

For 1998 he switched to the Illgman Frost Team on their GSX 600. 1999, 2000 and 2001 saw Arushen riding the Vodacom Nashua Yamaha R6's under the guidance of Russel Wood

Arushen finished on the podium 7 times out of 10 races. In 2003 and 2004, Arushen remained with the First Technology Team finishing 5th, 4th and 5th in the National Championship over the three years.

In 2005, Arushen finished 4th overall in the South African National Championship despite having missed two rounds with a broken leg caused by a super motard accident.

2006 saw Arushen finish 2nd in the National Championship riding as a privateer team on a Suzuki GSX-R 1000. Arushen even out raced the official factory Suzuki team.

Suzuki South Africa was so impressed with Arushen's performance in 2006, that they made Arushen's privateer outfit the new official Suzuki factory team for 2007. Based from Port Elizabeth, Team Suzuki and Arushen Moodley with race engineer Dean Bosch won the 2007 CitiBike South African Superbike Championship.

Making History

Arushen is now in the history books, not only as a local hero, but an inspiration to many world wide. Arushen made hsitory when he was the first non-white competitor to enter a national race meeting at the young age of 17 in 1995 and has made history again as the first non-white superbike champion in the world by winning the 2007 CitiBike South African Superbike Championship.

 

Arushen is extremely ambitious, his motivation is to compete in a World Championship series within the next two years.

 

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