Binder grabs silverware, Baker blazes into glory
THE MOTORSPORT LAP/ Could Kyalami be back on the WSBK calendar?
SA is rumoured to be on the calendar to stage a round of the World Superbike (WSBK) championship next year. The bikesportnews.com website says the Kyalami circuit in Midrand will host the 10th round of the 14-round series at an as-yet unnamed date.
There is no official word yet from the organisers of the WSBK series, but a Kyalami spokesperson confirmed to Motor News this week that talks to host a race at the recently upgraded circuit are ongoing.
SA last hosted a WSBK round at Kyalami in 2010, with the two races won respectively by Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) and Leon Haslam (Suzuki).
World Superbikes is a popular series for production-based motorcycles which has produced world champions such as Troy Corser, Max Biaggi and Carl Fogarty. Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea has won the title for the past three years.
Kyalami, which fell into disrepair under its former owners, has had substantial upgrades since being purchased by Porsche South Africa’s Toby Venter in 2014, which has placed the circuit back into the international spotlight.
It was recently announced that Kyalami will next year also host a round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, an international series for GT sports cars such as the Audi R8, Bentley Continental, McLaren 650S and Porsche 911 GT3.
The nine-hour race will take place on November 3 next year.
BINDER BRINGS HOME THE SILVERWARE
SA’s Brad Binder won the Moto2 motorcycle race in Aragon, Spain on Sunday, solidifying his third place in the championship.
It was the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider’s second win of the season. Starting from pole position, the South African lost the lead to Alex Marquez on lap two and then got involved in an intense three-way battle that saw Binder make contact with championship leader Francesco Bagnaia.
Binder finally passed Marquez and opened a lead of just over a second by the time he crossed the line, followed by Bagnaia and Lorenzo Baldassari in third.
Reigning champion Marc Marquez won the MotoGP race to extend his series lead. The Honda rider beat Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso after a racelong duel to claim his sixth win of the season and extend his points lead to 72 with five races remaining. Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone was third, while Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo crashed out on the first lap after starting from pole position.
Valentino Rossi finished in eighth place after qualifying 17th, on a track that didn’t suit his Yamaha. The multiple world champion is third in the championship but has dropped to 87 points behind Marquez and 15 behind Dovizioso.
The next round is in Thailand on October 7.
BLAZE OF GLORY
Blaze Baker was crowned this year’s South African Super600 motorcycle champion at the final round held at Welkom’s Phakisa Freeway on the weekend. The King Price Extreme/ BikeFin Yamaha R6 rider won both Saturday’s races to take the title from his closest rival, Adolf Boshoff (Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR600).
At the same event Kewyn Snyman (The Mag Workshop KTM RC390) clinched the Super300 title.
Michael White (Consortium Shipping Yamaha R1), who wrapped up the premier SuperGP championship last time out at Aldo Scribante, won both 1000cc heats.
South African racing enthusiasts may be able to see World Superbikes on local soil next year.
SA’s Brad Binder celebrates.