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:
|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)