Seller smokes it

Yamaha rider opens a gap on the crash­ers to re­claim the Su­perGP ti­tle

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING -

CLINT Seller (MiWay Yamaha Rac­ing R1) claimed his fifth South African na­tional mo­tor­cy­cle cham­pi­onship when he won both pre­mier class races at the sev­enth round of the 2017 DEOD Su­perGP Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, held at Phak­isa Free­way on Satur­day, Au­gust 26.

Seller, who had a 47-point lead at the start of the week­end, claimed vic­tory over Greg Gilden­huys (Au­to­haus Tow­ing/ Trans­port.co.za Kawasaki ZX10R) in the day’s two heats to re­claim the ti­tle he last won in 2015, with one round left.

In Fri­day af­ter­noon’s qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion, Seller emerged on top, 0,783 sec­onds quicker than Gilden­huys, but the Kawasaki rider was con­fi­dent that he would have pace in the lat­ter stages of the races, which would al­low him to chal­lenge Seller on Satur­day.

They were joined on the front row by Gar­rick Vlok (Di­a­mond Core Drilling/Shop #74 Yamaha R1) with Lance Isaacs (Su­pa­bets/ Sand­ton BMW Mo­tor­rad S1000RR) get­ting the bet­ter of David McFad­den (Sand­ton Auto / BMW Mo­tor­rad S1000RR) to head the sec­ond row of the grid. Bran­don Goode (Linex Yamaha R1) com­pleted the sec­ond row.

As he has done so of­ten in the past, Seller opened up a sub­stan­tial gap in the early stages of the first race. Isaacs, with Gilden­huys close be­hind, was clos­ing the gap un­til he tucked the front go­ing into turn three.

While the vet­eran was un­hurt, his bike was in no state to con­tinue.

This left Gilden­huys to con­tinue the chase on his own.

He did catch Seller a cou­ple of laps be­fore the end, but was un­able to find a way through and had to set­tle for sec­ond.

Michael White (Con­sor­tium Ship­ping Yamaha R1), in a great deal of pain af­ter an ac­ci­dent on Fri­day, was able to hang on to third ahead of McFad­den. Goode and AJ Ven­ter (Lekka Rac­ing Team Hy­genica Yamaha R1) rounded out the top six.

Seller had things a bit eas­ier in the sec­ond race.

He again opened up an early gap but Gilden­huys had prob­lems with the elec­tron­ics on his bike and wasn’t able to close the gap at the front this time.

Seller went on to win the race, and the ti­tle. Gilden­huys man­aged to hold off McFad­den to take an­other sec­ond place on the day.

White ended a slightly lonely fourth ahead of Adolf Boshoff, who made his pre­mier class de­but on a MiWay Yamaha Rac­ing R1 af­ter a long in­jury lay­off.

AJ Ven­ter took an­other sixth place. Clint Seller smokes his tyres at Phak­isa.

Su­perMasters In­ter­provin­cial

While the Su­perGP ti­tle has been de­cided, the same can­not be said for the Su­perMasters cham­pi­onship.

Beau Levey (Mo­tos Blu Cru Yamaha R1) took both race wins from Hein­rich Rheeder (BMW Mo­tor­rad/Rheeder Rac­ing S1000RR) and Johnny Krieger (Lekka Rac­ing Team Hy­genica Yamaha R1).

This leaves the trio with just two points be­tween them head­ing into the fi­nal round at Red Star Race­way at the end of Septem­ber.

Su­per 600

For­mer cham­pion Steven Oden­daal (Pe­tra Yamaha R6) com­pletely dom­i­nated the Su­per600 pro­ceed­ings. His qual­i­fy­ing time on Fri­day af­ter­noon was over two sec­onds quicker than clos­est ri­val Hay­den Jonas (MiWay Yamaha R6) with Ai­den Lieben­berg (Fer­cor Con­struc­tion/Shop #74 Kawasaki ZX6) next up an­other four tenths back. The Un­cle Andy Rac­ing Suzuki GXSR600 pair­ing of Blaze Baker and Wil­liam Friend were fourth and fifth with By­ron Bester (Hi-Tech El­e­ments/Grange Work­wear Kawasaki ZX6) round­ing out the top six.

In the open­ing race, Oden­daal did ex­actly what was ex­pected, open­ing up a huge lead and leav­ing the rest to fight over sec­ond place.

This bat­tle was a five-way af­fair for much of the race with var­i­ous riders at the front.

To­wards the end it spread out slightly with Jonas tak­ing the run­ner-up spot from Lieben­berg with Mal­colm Rud­man (Mont­clair Mo­tor­cy­cles Kawasaki ZX6) less than a bike length be­hind in fourth.

Friend and Baker rounded out the top six.

Race two was more of the same, with Oden­daal out front and a bat­tle for the mi­nor plac­ings go­ing on be­hind him although some of the pro­tag­o­nists had changed.

Rud­man crashed out through the fast sweep at the end of the back straight, while Lieben­berg couldn’t match the pace he showed in the open­ing race.

Jonas again took sec­ond, this time from Baker who had made some ma­jor im­prove­ments to the han­dling of his Suzuki be­tween races. Jesse Boshoff (Phoenix Pay­roll Sys­tems Kawasaki ZX6) ended in fourth ahead of Bester and Friend.

250 Cup

In the 250 Cup Luca Balona (Hi-Tech Rac­ing /Grange Work­wear Kawasaki) held off Dee­gan Claasens (Team Hy­genica Kawasaki) and Ri­cardo Otto (Otto Rac­ing/Inex Con­struc­tion Kawasaki) to take the first race win but he crashed on the open­ing lap of the sec­ond race. While he was able to re­mount, he fin­ished off the podium. Claasens took the win from Otto with Ryno Pre­to­ri­ous (Pre­to­ri­ous Blomme Kawasaki) com­plet­ing the podium.

• Red Star Race­way, out­side Del­mas, will host the fi­nal round of the 2017 DOED Su­perGP Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23.

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

Blaze Baker leads the chas­ing pack in the Su­per 600 race at Phak­isa Free­way near Welkom.

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