Dezzis will be roaring
Luck will favour the brave as spotty showers wet the track
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.SuperGP.co.za
Adolf Boshoff leads the Super600 pack.