RICARDO Otto (Otto Racing/ Inex Construction KTM390) and Taric van der Merwe (Evolve Nutrition KTM390) were the quickest of the Super Junior contingent around Phakisa Freeway on Saturday, with Otto slightly quicker in qualifying.
Tyreece Robert (Uncle Andy Racing KTM390) and Luca Coccioni (KTM390) were next up with Chase Hulscher (KTM390), making a welcome return to racing after a huge practice accident earlier in the year, in fifth.
Otto and Van der Merwe fought it out at the head of the field in the first race, swapping positions on a regular basis.
Otto was in front when it counted, taking the flag by just 0,053”. Behind the leading duo, Coccioni and Robert were involved in a race-long struggle for the final podium spot that eventually went the way of Coccioni. Hulscher came home in fifth.
Race two was similar to the first in that Otto and Van der Merwe were in a fight for the win, with Coccioni and Robert again in a tussle for third.
This time it was Van der Merwe who took the flag from Otto with Coccioni in third. Robert and Hulscher were fourth and fifth respectively.
In the support categories Shaun Jubber (KTM) and Jade Gutzeit (Ducati) shared the BOTTS wins, with Antionio Iozzo (Ducati) taking third in both races.
Augustin Ntwari took two victories in the Brunch Run category, which gave him an unassailable lead in the 2017 championship. — Gas Sports.