GP thrills and spills
Standard of racing at Dezzi’s has world champ eager to be back
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).
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.”