Dezzis will be roar­ing

Luck will favour the brave as spotty showers wet the track

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

BIK­ERS are al­ready set­ting up for the week­end’s fi­nal races in the Deod Su­perGP Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy at Dezzi Race­way in Mar­burg to­mor­row and Satur­day.

The first leg of the tro­phy races was held at the Phak­isa Free­way out­side the Free State town of Welkom, and the riders have since criss­crossed the coun­try in the build-up to the fi­nale which will take place at the Dezzi South Coast Race­way on Satur­day. The pun­dits who spoke to

Wheels, rang­ing from the Impi riders (fa­mous on YouTube for their mu­si­cal revving) to the women at iStyle bike shop, ex­pect rac­ing that will be even more ex­cit­ing than Sun­day’s now-dry-now-wet nail-biter at the San Marino in Spain.

That race saw Valentino “The Doc­tor” Rossi lose to Marc Mar­gues on his Honda as The Doc­tor’s army of Ital­ian fans yelled as one man: “Put on yer f****ing slicks!”

Bri­tish riders Bradley Smith (Yamaha) and Scott Red­ding (Honda) flashed by in sec­ond and third places.

Smith (24) de­cided to stay bravely on slick tyres for two wet laps as the rain fell on the plains in Spain. “I went one lap, then two laps [on slicks], but I just kept say­ing ‘luck favours the brave, luck favours the brave, luck favours the brave’, and all the oth­ers were mak­ing two pit stops, but I never ex­pected to be on the podium,” said the Ox­ford rider whose pre­vi­ous best fin­ish in the high­est cat­e­gory was third in Aus­tralia in 2014.

With Ac­cuWeather pre­dict­ing “spotty showers” to­mor­row and showers on Satur­day, the South African riders keen to gather some last points will ei­ther have to tap off, or go off onto the lush green grass verg­ing on Dezzi’s steep, tight turns. But the fans know most of these brave/crazy riders will be think­ing like Smith, and they look for­ward to a humdinger fi­nale of the year’s bik­ing.

Go­ing into the week­end’s fi­nal round, de­fend­ing Su­perGP cham­pion Clint Seller (Ne­o­Life Africa Yamaha R1) needs 24 points to make sure of his sec­ond suc­ces­sive Su­perGP ti­tle.

In the Su­per600, Steven Oden­daal missed only one of the 11 podi­ums this year, when he crashed out in Cape Town.

The Su­perJu­niors will go throt­tle wide open as Wil­liam Friend is as­sured of the ti­tle, but not of a win, chased by Bran­don Staffen, Kewyn Sny­man Luca Coc­cioni and Do­minic Doyle.

In the Su­perM, Beau Levey has a com­fort­able lead and Neil van Log­geren­berg will have to win both races at Dezzi Race­way to deny him the ti­tle.

Bik­ers with a tin of food en­ter free be­fore 9h30. More on www.Su­


Adolf Boshoff leads the Su­per600 pack.

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