GP thrills and spills

Stan­dard of rac­ing at Dezzi’s has world champ ea­ger to be back

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - COLIN WINDELL

AFTER their epic bat­tle at the last round of the KZN Re­gional Mo­tor­cy­cle Cham­pi­onships, it looked set to be an­other ti­tanic strug­gle be­tween Blaze Baker and Mal­colm Rud­man for hon­ours in the DEOD Su­per GP Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy that made its an­nual stop on the na­tional tour at Dezzi Race­way at the week­end.

In­deed, in the open­ing laps of the first race for the Su­per600 Class it was Baker (Un­cle Andy Rac­ing Suzuki) hold­ing a slen­der lead from Rud­man (Mont­clair Mo­tor­cy­cles Kawasaki) with Steven Oden­daal (Pe­tra Yamaha) in un­com­fort­ably close at­ten­dance. With only a cou­ple of laps to go, Oden­daal made a de­mon dive through for sec­ond place to fin­ish just 0,3 sec­onds be­hind Baker and a nose ahead of Rud­man.

Fourth was Wil­liam Friend on the sec­ond Un­cle Andy Rac­ing Suzuki, with By­ron Bester (Hi-Tech El­e­ments Kawasaki) in fifth place.

In the sec­ond race it went pear­shaped for Rud­man, who had a scary mo­ment at the hair­pin on the open­ing lap and dropped back in the field, un­able to get into podium con­tention again against the tal­ented field of riders.

With Rud­man bat­tling to get back into con­tention, the race up front was fre­netic with Oden­daal tak­ing full ad­van­tage and cap­i­tal­is­ing on a small er­ror by Baker to lead the field across the line a full five sec­onds ahead of Baker with Friend in third place, Bester fourth and Ai­dan Lieben­berg (Shop #74 Kawasaki) in fifth place ahead of Rud­man. Over­all for the day it was Oden­daal from Baker, Friend, Rud­man and Bester.

In the “big banger” Su­per GP class for 1 000cc mo­tor­cy­cles, Clin­ton Seller (Anas­sis Rac­ing MiWay Yamaha) took a fairly com­fort­able 0,7sec­ond win over the hard-charg­ing Greg Gilden­huys (Au­to­haus Kawasaki), the pair a long way out in front of third-placed Al­lann Jon Ven­ter (Lekka Rac­ing Yamaha) with David McFad­den (Sand­ton Auto BMW) fourth ahead of Michael White (Con­sor­tium Ship­ping Yamaha).

Race Two was shap­ing up to be a knife-edge bat­tle be­tween Seller and Gilden­huys un­til Seller threw it away and crashed his Yamaha — able to re­cover and get go­ing again but con­fined to a fifth place fin­ish.

Out front, Gilden­huys cap­i­talised and main­tained a six-sec­ond gap over Ven­ter, who was un­der con­stant pres­sure through­out from White and McFad­den. The con­so­la­tion for Seller was a third place on the over­all stand­ings for the day be­hind Ven­ter and Gilden­huys, who topped the log with a 46-point haul.

Run­ning in the same race were the Su­perMasters con­tenders and here Dezzi’s own Jade Gutzeit (Dezzi Du­cati) was con­vinc­ing in both races to take top hon­ours for the day.

Sec­ond over­all went to Johnny Krieger (Lekka Rac­ing Yamaha) with Beau Levy (Mo­tos Blu Cru Yamaha) third.

The Su­per Ju­nior class also pro­duced some mes­meris­ing rac­ing with Tyreece Roberts on the Un­cle Andy Rac­ing KTM tak­ing the flag in the first race from Taric van der Merwe (Evolvoe Na­tion KTM) and Ri­cardo Otto (Otto Rac­ing KTM) in third place.

In the sec­ond race it was Van der Merwe who took the win from Otto and Kevin Sny­man (KTM) with Roberts a non-starter due to me­chan­i­cal prob­lems.

The For­mula Xtreme races pro­duced some good dices, with the first race go­ing the way of Luan van Zyl (Dur­ban Used Spares Honda) just 0,5 sec­onds ahead of Kea­gan Wes­sels (Moto Rental Supreme KTM) at the fin­ish, fol­lowed by Cameron Ven­ter (Deons Elec­tri­cal Ser­vices Kawasaki) and San­dra Shel­ley, also Kawasaki mounted.

The Break­fast Run riders saw Clin­ton Massey-Hicks on the Rokkit Dig­i­tal Honda take line hon­ours in the first race from Stephen Puren (Kawasaki) and Erich Ton­s­ing (Claim Au­toma­tion Honda). Ven­ter won race Two by a long way from Van Zyl and Shel­ley, who were ahead of Wes­sels and David Pien­aar (Yamaha).

PHO­TOS: COLIN WINDELL

Martin Os­ner (No 75) and Faroz Kara duk­ing it out in the Open Class. Moto3 GP world champ Brand Bin­der (inset) praised the racers dur­ing his first visit to Dezzi’s: “I am so im­pressed with the stan­dard of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing I have seen to­day and hope­fully, when I am fin­ished rac­ing in Europe I can come back and be part of it.”

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