After three inland rounds the SuperGP Champions Trophy riders and teams make their way to Cape Town for the next round of the 2016 championship. Killarney Raceway will host round four on 27 and 28 May 2016.
Mathew Scholtz (ETR Nashua Yamaha R1) leads the premier SuperGP class from with Michael White (Consortium Shipping Yamaha R1) and will be looking to extend his advantage at a circuit where he walked away with two podium positions when the tour visited the circuit last year. Defending champion Clint Seller (NeoLife Africa Yamaha R1) has had a very mixed season so far. Three wins, coupled with three DNFs, have left him third on the championship log, 40 points behind Scholtz, and he will be looking to get his title defence back on track.
Capetonian Lance Isaacs (LIR BMW S1000RR) is next on the log. He showed some serious speed last time out at Zwartkops but a jump start penalty in the second race prevented that from being converted into points. Home circuit advantage should see him up with the leaders. Greg Gildenhuys had a slower start to the season than he would have liked but development on the Kreepy Krauly Kawasaki ZX10R saw him take a huge stride forward at Zwartkops and he is now fifth on the championship log. Daryn Upton (Turnskill Engineering BMW S1000RR) and AJ Venter, who scored a podium finish on his debut on the Hygenica Racing Yamaha R1 at Zwartkops, are also likely to be in the mix.
Local rider Ronald Slamet, who missed the last round after an accident in a regional race, will be back in the saddle and looking to use his knowledge of the Killarney circuit to improve his standing.
Isaacs has yet to be beaten in the SuperMasters Interprovincial Challenge and has a 52-point lead over team mate Justin Gillesen. Unfortunately, an accident at Aldo Scribante left Gillesen with a broken ankle and he could miss the remained of the season. Damion Purificati and Etienne Nelson are next on the log.
Steven Odendaal (Petra Yamaha R6) and Adolf Boshoff (NeoLife Africa Yamaha R6) have been the class of the Super600 field this season. After three wins and three second places each they are tied at the top of the championship log 58 points ahead of Blaze Baker (Uncle Andy Suzuki GSXR 600).
Hayden Jonas (Kawasaki ZX-6R), who has shown that he is very quick around Killarney in the Mike Hopkins Superbike series, should be able to keep the front runners honest. Last year Nicole van Aswegen (Women in Motorsport Triumph 675) got the best result of her Super600 career when she ended the second race on the podium. She will be looking to match the feat this visit.
Dylan Barnard (Kawasaki ZX6) had the best result of his season at Zwartkops, two third places moving him ahead of Byron Bester (Hi-Tech Elements Kawasaki ZX6) on the log and into fifth place.
SuperJunior championship leader Brandon Staffen has won four of the six races held so far this year and will be looking to increase that tally on his home circuit. Camron Hackart, Aidan Liebenberg, Tyreece Robert and Dominic Doyle have all challenged for the top step of the podium this season and will be out to stop Staffen.
In addition to the national and interprovincial classes the local Powersport, Clubman and Classic Superbike categories will also be out on track.
As is the case at all SuperGP Champions Trophy events, there is a charity component to the race meeting. The Tin Run Tour helps charities in the area of the circuit with donations of tinned food. Spectators who arrive before 10h00 on race day will be granted free admission to the circuit in exchange for a tin of food.
Practice sessions and qualifying will take place on Friday, 27 May with a full day of racing getting under way at 09h30 on Saturday, 28 May.
Sheridan Morais at Donington Park GP circuit.
SHERIDAN MORAIS BACK IN SBK WITH TEAM GRILLINI
From Donington Sheridan Morais will race with the Kawasaki of Team Grillini in substitution of Australian Josh Hook. The South African has already raced the WSBK with the Team in 2014 and from Donington will be riding one of the Kawasaki of the team until the end of the championship. “I am very happy with the arrival of Sheridan” said Andrea Grillini “from 2014 we have remained in contact and I finally managed to bring him back in WSBK. He will substitute Josh Hook that I want to thank for the work done with the team and to whom I wish a big good luck for his future. ” Morais said “I am happy to be back in WSBK. 2015 and 2016 have been good years for me racing in both the World Endurance championship and the MotoAmerica championship for Team Rabid Transit. As much as I am excited to join Team Grillini and again I am very thankful to both Mr Andrea Grillini as well as my MotoAmerica Team Rabid Transit and Mr Ronnie Saner for allowing and supporting this great opportunity and I will be representing both teams and championships this season.”
MotoGP Mugello: Binder bags Moto3 win as title rivals fail to finish
Red Bull KTM’s Brad Binder took another Moto3 win at Mugello’s MotoGP round today, extending his championship lead as title rivals Romano Fenati and Jorge Navarro failed to finish.
Binder now has a 49-point – or almost two-race – advantage at the top of the championship after Fenati’s Sky VR46 KTM stopped early in the race and Navarro crashed out.
Poleman Fenati shot off the line and held his advantage into turn one with Binder moving up to third as Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) split the two front-runners. The straight was home to thrilling action as the leading group went five abreast into San Donato, riders easily going from first to fifth in just a few meters. Each lap saw more and more riders join the battle, the slipstream closing the pack up with each run down the 1.141km long straight as the top 20 were all within touching distance.
Replacement rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Schedl GP Racing) had an incredible start to the race, finding himself comfortably inside the top ten and able to battle with the World Championship regulars. Dalla Porta wasn’t the only new name out at the front, rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) taking the lead on several occasions in front of his home crowd.
Disaster struck on lap ten for Fenati as his bike expired while he tried to move into first, the Italian rolling off the track and withdrawing from the race. Fenati’s heartbreak presented a big opportunity for the likes of Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) who made his way up into the frontrunners having started 18th, the Frenchman able to lead at several points.
The championship hopefuls continued to encounter difficulties, Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) coming off at Turn 15 on lap 12 after contact with another rider. This left Binder fighting for victory with his two closest rivals out of the race, the South African guaranteed to leave Mugello with the championship lead.
Binder made his move on the final lap and opened up a quarter of second gap, just enough to break the slipstream. For the third straight race the South African takes to the top step of the podium, extending his championship lead once again. 49 points, almost two race victories, separate Binder in first from Navarro in second.
Di Giannantonio scored his first points of the year with a brilliant second place at home, Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) making it two Italians on the podium. Before Mugello, Di Giannantonio’s best result was 17th.
Try as they might, Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) and Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) were unable to pass in the slipstream, settling for fourth and fifth respectively.
John McPhee came home in 23rd place.
Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay Real Estate) was the first faller of the race, coming off at Turn 8 but able to walk away from the accident free of injury. Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) fell at Turn 2 on the 14th lap, a sad end to his home weekend.
Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) crashed out of a potential top five on the final lap, followed soon after by Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0).
Fabio Spiranelli (CIP-Unicom Starker) and Alexis Masbou (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) also failed to finish.