Bin­der grabs sil­ver­ware, Baker blazes into glory

THE MO­TOR­SPORT LAP/ Could Kyalami be back on the WSBK cal­en­dar?

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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.

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