Pre Race 3 – East London

Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup – Pre Race 3 Report East London

With Graeme van Breda (#41) leading the overall championship at the moment, we are heading to our first coastal event for the year, the breathtaking seaside track East London, hosted by Border Motorsport Club. With the extra power the coastal air adds to your bike, the riders are always eager to leave Gauteng and are looking forward to spend the weekend of 26 & 27 April at the beach. This time around we will have an all bike event, included in the line-up are some of the local talent, the Bridgestone Superbike category and the Supermotards of the Superbike Magazine short circuit series. So if you are a motorcycle fanatic, like we are, better you get yourself to the track this coming weekend. We will be there as from Thursday for a track-day, Friday is practice and Saturday the races!

So talking about the racing, my eyes will be glued to the second place battle, because there are 3 riders who are in an all-out battle for this position, but these three riders are also fighting it out for the Masters Class championship. Jonty Collard (#11), Jaco Gous (#43) and Michael Smit (#49) is really stepping up this year and they have been working themselves up from being top ten riders to being the leaders in the Red Square ZX10 Masters Cup. Interesting enough all three of them come from the off road scene, and they have also ridden in the Motard series some time or the other.

But let’s just bring things into perspective, the crowd pleaser Brian Bontekoning (#16) has entered for this event, and we all know that he is a top three finisher himself, he is certainly going to upset these three riders. Another but, is the comeback for this event! Kyle Robinson (#18) has rejoined the Club and yes you remember correctly, he is also a top three finisher and also in the Master’s Class championship.

But we have a train of “new” riders who have joined from the start of the season, and we have no idea of their talents at tracks we have not visited yet this year, such as East London. Talking about new riders, we welcome to the ZX10 family Carl Rohrbeck (#36), a very welcome Carl! Carl hanged up his racing boots for a while, but he kept on riding, and is now hungry to get back to the racing.

Gareth (Action) Jackson (#21), Colin Preller (#79), Rob Morf (#55) and Clifford Ogle (#95) are riders to watch as being “new” we do not know what they could surprise us with on the day. Do not forget about Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22), a very determined rider and he is sure to be top 3. Sounds like a lot who are usual top 3 contenders, only Saturday, 27 April will give us the answers; it is going to be an epic race!

With the top 3 Extreme Veteran Class riders not being able to attend this event, it gives an opportunity to Johan le Roux (#44), Henk Schuiling (#69) (back after a 6 month break), and Teddy Brooke (#93) to cash in on some points to climb up the leaderboard.

Going to the 3rd event of the year the points look as follow:

  1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Graeme van Breda(#41) 100 Jonty Collard (#11) 60 Michael Smit (#49) & Jaco Gous (#43) 58
Masters Jonty Collard (#11) 76 Jaco Gous (#43) 72 Michael Smit (#43) 72
Veterans Graeme van Breda(#41) 100 Greg Bezuidenhout (#10) 80 Wayne Spicer (#90) 64
Extreme Veterans Stewie Christi (#65) 76 Andre van Vollenstee (#82) 74 Rodney McLachlan (#42) 50

 

On behalf of all the members of the ZX10 Masters Cup we would like to thank everybody involved that made this event happen and also our main sponsors: Bridgestone, Kawasaki and Red Square.

See you on the beach!

Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

Pre Race 9 – Zwartkops

And so another great, majestic and thrilling season comes to an end for the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup riders. The final round for 2018 will be at our home track, the Big Z (Zwartkops) on 20 October and what a great way to end the year! Sven Grüne (#66) looks set to be the overall champion for the year, it will be his second overall win, as he wore this crown in 2016 as well. But anything can happen in racing, as we all know and be rest assured Graeme (#1) will fight up until the checkered flag as he still has a chance on retaining his title. Sven has been consistent throughout the year, and had no reliability issues with his bike at all while Graeme’s season was full of ups and down as you all saw at Cape Town with that massive save when his damper broke during heat 1. Good luck for the race Sven & Graeme, and so to all the other riders! We can expect some action for the fight over the 7th and 8th overall places as Johan le Roux (#44) is only 10 points behind Teddy Brooke (#93) and Michael Smit (#49) is 2 points behind Johan.

In the masters category Pelo Seate (#80) stands a change to snatch the 10th spot, since Rob Craig (#78) will be sitting this event out, Rob and Jacques Ackermann (#70) will be racing in their regional championships in Cape Town on the same day. Ruan Oberholster (#34) is leading Sifiso Themba (#63) with only 4 points in the 8th place and we could expect some fireworks from them as well. In the masters category Jaco Gous (#43) is the leader with Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) in second place.

Pieter de Vos (#17) has already secured the win for the year in the extreme veterans class, a big congratulations to him! Pieter will be sitting this event out, but his 54 point lead has secured him that win already. Could we see Guy Didcott (#88) taking the 5th place of the veterans championship away from Wayne Spicer (#90)? Wayne has been super strong this year, but an unfortunate incident in Port Elizabeth has cost him dearly.

  The point standings before Zwartkops look like this:

  1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) 362 Graeme van Breda (#1) 337 Jaco Gous (#43) 187
Masters Jaco Gous (#43) 326 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 282 Jonty Collard (#11) 223
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66) 366 Graeme van Breda (#1) 345 Ian Harwood (#90) 169
Extreme Veterans Pieter de Vos (#17) 317 Johan le Roux (#44) 263 Teddy Brooke (#93) 245

 

We will see you at Zwartkops on 20 October for a fun filled day and the end of an amazing season!

Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

 

Pre Race 8 – Killarney: Cape Town

The Killarney event of 22 September, is the penultimate event of the year and the riders are very excited, as they only have one opportunity to race at Killarney’s awesome track per year. Killarney is also the home track of two of our members Jacques Ackermann (#70) and Rob Cragg (#78) and as they are part of the ZX10 family, it makes Cape Town part of the ZX10 family as well!

Sven Grüne (#66) is leading the overall and veterans’ championships with Graeme van Breda (#1) in second place. Third overall is currently Jaco Gous’s (#43) spot, showing why he was crowned Rider of the Year in 2017.

Jaco Gous (#43) is also the master of the masters’ class and Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) in second spot. Jonty Collard (#11) is hot on their heels and he has shown what an excellent contender he is at the PE event, and is now being called the master of the rain! But there’s an interesting battle in the masters class between Ruan Oberholster (#34), who is only 2 points ahead of Sifiso Themba (63) and 15 points ahead of Pelo Seata (#80). The race between these riders is something to keep your eyes on. Will be interesting to see who is where after this race!

Ian Harwood (#24) (the Bridgestone man) is currently third in the Veterans class, but Sanjiv Singh (#12) is not going to give that spot to Ian on a platter, and will be riding at full force to get it back from Ian.

The extreme veteran class flag is in the hands of Pieter de Vos (#17), Teddy Brook (#93) is second in line followed by Johan le Roux (#44) in third place.  

The point standing before Killarney looks like this:

  1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) 321 Graeme van Breda (#1) 266 Jaco Gous (#43) 166
Masters Jaco Gous (#43) 297 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 253 Jonty Collard (#11) 203
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66) 321 Graeme van Breda (#1) 300 Ian Harwood (#90) 140
Extreme Veterans Pieter de Vos (#17) 297 Teddy Brooke (#93) 245 Johan le Roux (#44) 213

 

Please come and visit us if you are at Killarney!

Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

 

Pre Race 7 – Zwartkops

With two thirds of the events done and dusted for the year, we are moving to our home track, the Big-Z (Zwartkops) for the annual Sasol Race Day on 18 August! The battle between the frontrunners is still hot and it is going to be something to get out of bed for. Graeme van Breda (#1) will not give up defending his championship title against Sven Grüne (#66), the 2016 champion. Jonty Collard (#11) and Ian Harwood (#24) have moved up to the third places in their respective championships, after their great performances at the sopping wet Port Elizabeth event. Well done Ian and Jonty, for both of them it is a personal best.   

But back in the mix are some of the riders who have sat out for the coastal events, such as Appanna Ganapathy (#77), Jacques Ackermann (#70) and Sanjiv Singh (#12) whose families have been keeping them busy. Andre van Vollenstee (#82) and Rodney McLachlan (#42) will also be back for the Zwartkops event, both of them well seasoned riders who are not scared to show the others how it is supposed to be done. Guy Didcott (#88) will also join in the fun this time, one of the new members in the Club. Michael Smit (#49) only has good memories of his previous super performance at Zwartkops, when he was crowned rider of the day.

Don’t forget the riders who are just consistent at every event, sure to get the limelight they deserve, Sifiso (iam63), JLR (#44), Pelo (#80), Teddy (#93) and Ruan (#34). We cannot wait to smell the rubber and toxic fumes, that is part of a race day, and which we need every now and again to get our addiction under control, that is circuit motorcycle racing!

The point standing before Zwartkops looks like this:

  1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) 271 Graeme van Breda (#1) 256 Jaco Gous (#43) 142
Masters Jaco Gous (#43) 257 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 203 Jonty Collard (#11) 171
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66) 271 Graeme van Breda (#1) 260 Ian Harwood (#90) 116
Extreme Veterans Pieter de Vos (#17) 261 Johan le Roux (#44) 213 Teddy Brooke (#93) 209

A big hoha to Jacques (#70) with the birth of your child, what a blessing!

On behalf of all the ZX10 Masters Cup family we invite you to a day of fun and excitement, come join us on 18 August and forget about all your worries for one day!

And a big thank to all our sponsors: Bridgestone, Kawasaki, and Red Square.

See you at Zwartkops!

Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

Pre Race 5 – East London

We are loading the Red Square truck and heading to East London’s Grand Prix Circuit, run by the Border
Motorsport Club! Welcoming two new members from there, although one would not say that Pierre le
Roux (#56) and Jason Lamb (#46) are strangers to the ZX10 Club, they both used to be members of the
Club in the distant past and we still got to see them at our events there. We are super exited having
them back in our midst and we are looking forward to this very fast circuit and the extra horsepower
courtesy of the fresh coastal air and sea-level. We can also call it our annual “road race” as the track is
used as roads every day. Imagine going through Potters Pass on a daily basis, can only be fun!

Sven Grüne (#66) currently leads the overall championship with 10 points, with Graeme van Breda (#1)
in second place. But there is also an epic battle for the third overall spot between Pieter de Vos (#17),
Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) and Jaco Gous (#43). Gareth is also starting to catch up to Jaco in the
Masters Class championship and they are to be super focused at this event. These riders have just
proven themselves so much this season and all deserve the spot, really an exciting contest to keep your
eyes on. From the 7 th overall place to 10 th place there is a similar race happening between Michael Smit
(#49) who has 56 points, Appanna Ganapathy (#77) with 55 points, Johan le Roux (#44) and Jonty Collard
(#11) both with 54 points.

But there are also a few riders who have consistently improved their personal best times this year, and
they are sure to make an impact, such as Sifiso Thamba (#63), Jacques Ackermann (#70) and Rob Cragg
(#78) who has more experience at the coastal circuits, than the bunch from Gauteng. And also keep your
eyes on the two East Londoners, sure to wow the crowd.
Going to East London the points look like this:

 

1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) 185 Graeme van Breda (#1) 175 Pieter de Vos (#17) 98
Masters  Jaco Gous (#43) 180 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 171 Michael Smit (#49)  111
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66)   185 Graeme van Breda (#1) 175  Sanjiv Singh (#12)  96
Extreme
Veterans
 Pieter de Vos (#17)  170  Teddy Brooke (#93)  144  Johan le Roux (#44)  132

 

On behalf of all the members of the ZX10 Masters Cup we would like to thank our sponsors:
Bridgestone, Kawasaki, and Red Square and a sincere thank you to everybody at MSA.

We will see you at the track!

Lynette

Pre Race 4 Zwartkops

We are moving to our home track, Zwartkops for 12 May. If you are a Gautenger make use of the
opportunity to come witness all the ZX10 Masters Cup action!! And for our East London and Port
Elizabeth fans, we are heading your way in June and July.

So going to Zwartkops one might ask what has changed? Nothing …….yes, nothing has changed in the
Overall and Veterans’ championships as Graeme (#1) and Sven (#66) is fighting like raging bulls for those
leadership points. And there is still no difference in points between the two of them. It is truly
something to watch. With Sanjiv (#12) not able to attend this event, Wayne (#90) and Greg (#10) have
an opportunity to move up to that third spot in the Veterans championship.

Gareth (#22) on the other hand has made progress in the Masters’ championship by winning both races
in this class at the Phakisa event and snatching up 50 points, thank you very much! He is now only 19
points behind Jaco (#43), but Jaco is fast around Zwartkops, he lead a Zwartkops race somewhere last
year, maybe he will do it again. Jonty (#11), Appanna (#77) and Michael (#49) are in for a fears battle for
the 3 rd place with 1 point each between them.

The Extreme Veteran class is the only class where the leader Pieter (#17) has managed to pull a slight
lead on the other riders in this class. But he will not relax, he knows that Teddy (#93) and Brian (#16) in
2 nd and 3 rd place are not going to let him get away with it for long. Brian has found first gear since Phakisa
(where he tried to pull away in 10 th /no gear) and will be all concentration.

Come and enjoy some racing and the autumn sunshine with us at Zwartkops, we would love to see you
there. We are pitting just next to the canteen, what more do you want!
Going to Zwartkops the points look like this:

 

  1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Graeme van Breda (#1) 135 Sven Grüne (#66) 135 Pieter de Vos (#17) 82
Masters  Jaco Gous (#43) 140 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 121 Jonty Collard (#11)  81
Veterans   Graeme van Breda (#1)  135 Sven Grüne (#66)  135  Sanjiv Singh (#12)  96
Extreme
Veterans
 Pieter de Vos (#17)  145  Teddy Brooke (#93)  108  Brian Bontekoning (#16)  91

 

On behalf of all the members of the ZX10 Masters Cup we would like to thank our sponsors:
Bridgestone, Kawasaki, and Red Square and a sincere thank you to everybody at MSA.

We will see you at the track!

Lynette

Pre Race 3 Report Phakisa

Phakisa here we come, you are not missing out on the ZX10 Masters show as in the 2017 season! In
racing, there are always a few riders who are good at certain track, maybe because it is their home track
or maybe they just like a specific track. And talking about home tracks, Phakisa is the home of Pelo Seate
(#80); keep your eyes on him! There are also a few other riders who can go around Phakisa with their
eyes closed, like Stewie Christi (#65) who has instructed at so many track days there, that I think he has
lost count.

Don’t close your eyes on 14 April though, the season has just started and the championship “fights” are
already heating up! In the Overall and Veteran’s championships there’s a zero (0) point difference
between the 2017 champion, Graeme van Breda (#1) and 2016 champion, Sven Grüne (#66), both with
90 points in their pockets. And in the Masters class Jonty Collard (#11) and Michael Smit (#49) both have
their eyes set on that 3 rd place with 58 point each. In the masters class Jaco Gous (#43) has grabbed up
all the winning points so far, but can Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) catch him? The Extreme Veteran class
has all the riders with the most experience in the Club. Most of them have been members of the Club
since its inception; between them they have experience that will put the others to shame. We salute
you! (Pieter #17, Teddy #93, Brian #16, JLR #44, Andre #82, Stuart #83, Stewie #65, Rodney #42, JB #23,
Peter #64, Henk #69 and Hannes #15) Their first wives have keys and they love them to bits.
Before we all need tissues, back to the racing! Take a weekend off, pack your bags and come to Phakisa
on 14 April which is where the legends of circuit motorcycle racing in South Africa will be.
Going to Phakisa the points look like this:

 

1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Graeme van Breda (#1) 90 Sven Grüne (#66) 90 Pieter de Vos (#17) 56
Masters  Jaco Gous (#43) 100 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 71 Jonty Collard (#11)  58
Veterans   Graeme van Breda (#1)  90 Sven Grüne (#66)  90  Sanjiv Singh (#12)  64
Extreme
Veterans
 Pieter de Vos (#17)  95  Teddy Brooke (#93)  72  Brian Bontekoning (#16)  58

 

On behalf of all the members of the ZX10 Masters Cup we would like to thank our sponsors:
Bridgestone, Kawasaki, and Red Square and a sincere thank you to everybody at MSA.

We will see you at the track!

Lynette