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W E L C O M E THE TEAM:
As I type this I have just finished watching the Assen
MotoGP race. What an incredible race. The wet
weather sure does make things interesting. You
have to take your hat off to these guys, riding a
MotoGP bike in those conditions must be one of
the hardest things on the planet to do. It’s crazy, and
just proves what gladiators these guys really are.
What an incredible ride from Jack Miller, who
proved all his doubters, are there are loads out
there, wrong by winning his first ever MotoGP race,
and comfortably it must be said. He came from
nowhere and to be honest I was, and I’m sure not
the only one, waiting for him to make a mistake
and crash out, as he has done many times before.
But, it never happened and he cruised home for a
A big, uncharacteristic mistake from Rossi who
was looking so comfortable and on course to close
the gap on Marquez at the top of the standings. It
was not to be and you could see by his reaction
that he knows that was probably the end of his title
challenge. Although, if there is anyone that can pull
off a miracle it’s THE DOCTOR!
Speaking of The G.O.A.T, we have a review of
his new game in this issue - Valentino Rossi: The
Game, as well as an exclusive competition where
you could win one of 5 copies of the game. Full
details on page 17.
As for our hero, Brad Binder, well he once again
showed that he is the man to beat in the Moto3
class. Yes he had bad luck and ran off track to only
finish in 12th place but he was lucky to stay on the
bike. What a huge moment and I could hear the
whole of SA gasp as it happened. It was a minor
setback but despite that he still managed to extend
his lead in the championship by a few extra points.
I was lucky enough to meet up with Brad and
Darryn on their brief visit back to SA. Always love
chatting and catching up with these 2 superstars,
who have plenty of gossip and inside news. All off
the record of course so unfortunately I can’t spill
the beans. What I can tell you is that I did ask him
about his future plans, which are looking very good
indeed. He had some great offers on the table, but
in the end I think he made the best decision. He will
out his plans in the near future and has promised us
exclusive so keep a look out on our Facebook page.
We have an exclusive Q&A in this
issue with Brad, who tells us a bit more
about his training and race day routines.
I am also happy to announce that
RideFast has signed an exclusive
license with Brad and his manager to
do all Brad Binder merchandise. Some
exciting designs coming soon, from
caps to sticker kits, for men, ladies and
kids so look out!
It’s very exciting times for SA riders
overseas, and we have a page in our
paddock news filling you in of some of
the top performers. This has without
a doubt put a huge spark in the SA motorcycling
industry. Everyone seems to be buzzing and
despite going through tough times, seems to be
on the up.
The all-new, re-vamped Kyalami Grand Prix
circuit held the first ever South Africa Bike Festival
from 27-29 May. What an amazing event it was.
Thousands upon thousands of motorcyclists
flooded to the track, making it one of the best
ever biking events ever seen here in SA. I even
managed to get out on track and do a few laps
on the circuit testing new Michelin tyres (full story
in next montsh issue), which I can tell you is
absolutely world class! Toby Venter and his team
have done a great job, not only with the change of
layout, but the facilities as well. Felt like I was at a
world GP circuit never mind in JHB.
A big thanks to all who came and not only
supported the event, but also our stand that we
had there. We just about sold out of all the Brad
Binder merch we had on sale, and it’s always
great chatting to our passionate readers. The
response to what we are doing here at RideFast
was phenomenal, and I can assure you that we will
do everything to keep up the high standard that we
One of those passionate readers, Mr Wayne van
Tonder, has even come onboard and will be helping
us out with some articles. He covers the SA Bike
Festival as well as the Isle of Man TT event for us in
this issue. Check out his blog for some other great
articles - wayneswordblog.wordpress.com.
Our hidden identity freak, The Singh, is back
once again for part 3 of our Sportsbike road test,
this time on the gorgeous Ducati Panigale 1299
S. He also helps us out on our main feature in this
issue - the 6 bike Multi test, where we take bikes
that don’t always get the spotlight and put them
through their paces on some famous breakfast run
roads here in SA.
So, I’m done and time to pack as I am off to
World Ducati Week, an event that I have always
dreamed of going to and finally will be.
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Contents JULY 2016
16: REVIEW: ROSSI THE GAME
24: ROAD TEST: PART 3: DUCATI 1299
22: Q&A: JULIEN WELSCH
34: FEATURE: MOTOGP VS WORLD SBK
52: RACING: ISLE OF MAN TT
38: BIG TEST: 6 BIKE MULTI TEST
60: SA RACING: SUPERGP REVIEW
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AUDI DOESN’T PLAN TO SELL
DUCATI DESPITE DIESELGATE
Audi has no intentions to sell Ducati, not now, and not for the
mid-term future, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller says.
Ducati is, for VW AG, a jewel, he adds, and the rumours that it
would be sold are, well, false.
Over the last month, rumours emerged online mentioned that the Volkswagen
Group would be allegedly looking for a buyer willing to pay what they demanded
in exchange for Ducati. Such a move was, reportedly, motivated by the need to
reduce the massive impact of the “Dieselgate.”
We remind you that Volkswagen was confronted with evidence that they had
altered the emissions results for a large number of cars, and are now forced to pay
billions to fix the issue.
Financial sources estimate that the VW Group could get as much as one billion
Euro (a trillion rand) if they sold Ducati, as the money invested by Audi in the Italian
maker led to an increase in the company’s performance.
From a maker suffocated by debts that reached several hundred million Euro to a
company that started breaking economic records never thought possible in nine
decades, Ducati evolved into a valuable asset for the VW Group.
Thanks to the business plans laid out by Ducati and Audi, and using the financial
support of the German company, Borgo Panigale appears to grow stronger by the
year as more and more models are added to the range.
Also, Ducati recently started to open up to the younger demographic, shifting a bit
their position in the market to reach more customers. However, even with a sale
value of one billion euros, this money would be rather insignificant in the big VW
Group picture, as the German giant is valued at 213 billion euros (a gazzillion rand),
so selling it would not exactly mean a huge step up in the books.
And with over 700 million euros (and growing) annual revenue from Ducati, selling
the company doesn’t make too much sense. Mueller also mentioned that Ducati
will remain in the Germans’ portofolio, with even better prospects for the future,
and the employees have nothing to fear.
GARETH LAVERICK TO JOIN
TEAM HYGENICA YAMAHA
RACING IN SUPER GP FOR
THE REMAINDER OF 2016.
The newly formed Team Hygenica Yamaha Racing
was created in the early parts of 2016 with the view
of running SA’s International Road Racer AJ Venter
in the SuperGP Champions Trophy. Team Hygenica
Yamaha Racing have joined forces with “up and
coming” youngster Gareth Laverick to compete in the
remaining 2016 SuperGP category. Gareth, the 2015
Regional Formula Extreme Champion will be riding
the teams second 2016 Yamaha R1 prepared by Ricky
Morais from Emtek Racing.
“I am pleased to announce the combination of Gareth
and Team Hygenica Yamaha racing for the balance of
the 2016 season. Gareth has not had an ideal start to
his 2016 campaign due to unforeseen circumstances
out of his control and now with the new team and an
experienced rider in AJ Venter, the plan is to help turn
the season around for the young 22-year old and get
him to the front where he belongs” mentioned Gary
van den Berg (Team Manager Team Hygenica Racing).
Further news on Gareth and the team’s progress will
be updated within the next few weeks building up to
the next SuperGP Round at Redstar Raceway on the
“I would just like to thank all those who are involved
in Team Hyenica Racing for this great opportunity. I
am really humbled and honored to be chosen to join
such a #Lekka team. I cannot wait to give my all to
my new team and my racing career. I hope to be able
to represent the team at their level of expectation
and excel passed it. It is an honor and privilege
to be teamed up with AJ Venter. I see it as a great
opportunity to learn from him, with all his years and
experience as an international racer there is no better
mentor I could ask for. A big thank you to the team
for having the confidence in me to get the job done.
A further thank you to We Sell Parts for helping and
supporting me from the start of my racing career to
making this opportunity possible.” – Gareth Laverick
Hygenica Racing Yamaha would like to thank all the
sponsors involved with the team who make it possible
for all involved to be able to compete in 2016.
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New Lock up bike garage
Dyno By Quint have seperate lock up garages now available for your
motorcycle. If finding a place to park your bike is a problem this could very
well be the solution. They are fully waterproof and lockable. Available now at
R20,000 each. Call 011 609 9275.
Batt Holdings lightweight, compact antigravity
batteries - Superbikes, motards…etc
Anti gravity batteries are with extremely powerful and lightweight lithium
cells but with the case moulded as tightly as possible to make for the most
compact motorcycle batteries available.
Though great for everyday use, they are often chosen by those seeking the
most compact fit and lightest weight possible. The compact fit allows for
more room in the battery tray for electronics like Power Commander, while
the extremely light weight helps with handling, braking, acceleration and
even mileage. They tell us that these batteries deliver huge cranking power
and that they do not require a trickle charge even after standing for long
periods. We’ll try it for ourselves soon.
These are a Universal-fit battery that come with adhesive backed foam for
installation. They offer a one bolt top-mount low profile terminals.
Yamaha R3 now available in
Rossi replica colours
Bred from the ground up using Yamaha R Series DNA,
the Yamaha R3 features a punchy 320cc, liquid-cooled,
in-line two-cyclinder fuel injected motor, delivering
decent amounts of power and performance.
The styling of the bike stays true to the racy R series,
and now even more so with the addition of the Rossi
MotoGP race colours, which are now available in SA.
If you were lucky enough to make it to the SA Bike
Festival held at Kyalami at the end of May, you would
have caught a glimpse of this stunning new replica on
the Yamaha stand.
Yamaha dealers through-out the country have been
stocked up with the new Rossi inspired R3 models,
and priced at only R64,999, we can’t see them staying
on showroom floors for very long so make sure you
don’t miss out.
(011) 205-0216. www.battholdings.co.za Test rides and new Thruxton R
available at Centurion Lifestyle
The premium Kawasaki, Triumph and SYM dealer out
in Centurion, Pretoria, recently held a demo ride day
where customers and potential buyers got to take
various models out for a ride. One of the favourite
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was the all-new Triumph Thruxton R, which has
just landed in SA and is now available at Centurion
Lifestyle. To book a test ride, or to see the full line-up
of Triumph, Kawasaki and SYM scooters, call them on
0861 460 460.
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SA RACERS CONTINUE TO SHINE
All across the world in various championships, SA riders showing their worth
It’s been a great year so far for SA riders
racing in overseas championships, and the
great results just keep coming in.
Not only is Brad binder dominating in
the Moto3 class, but the likes of Steven
Odendaal, Dorren Lourerio, Byron Bester,
Troy Bezuidenhout and Mathew Scholtz, have
all proved what world class riders they are
picking up great results at the highest level.
Steven Odendaal (#40), racing in the Spanish
Moto2 championship, went into round
two after picking up his first ever win in the
category at round one in Valencia.
Odendaal would once again stamp his
authority in round two by taking a clean sweep
- pole position and 2 race wins.
That put the current SA 600cc champion top
of the pile in the points standing heading into
round three at Catalunya.
Steven managed another front row start
but unfortunately luck was not on his side
as he suffered a puncture to his rear tyre in
the opening stages of race 1. He bounced
back in race two and was stood back on the
podium, where he finished in third position,
extending his championship lead to 39 points
from Alan Techer.
Moving over to America where current SA
SuperGP championship leader, Mathew
Scholtz (#720), filled in for the injured Shez
Morais (Shez tells all in his exclusive column
later on in this issue).
Mathew’s first outing was at road America
where he managed to qualify 2nd fastest
Superstock bike. He managed a thrilling
3rd place finish in race one. After another
intense battle in race two, he was
unfortunately hit off track by another rider
pretty much ending his race.
Mathew then travelled to Barber Motorsports
park and under the expert guidance of Shez
and Ricky Morais once again impressed,
picking up another podium finish in race one.
He managed to back that up with a 5th place
in race two. Those great results secured
Scholtz a ride in the Westby/Yamahalube
team for the remainder of the season. His first
race for the new team was at Utah and again
Mathew impressed, picking up 2nd place in
the superstock class in both races.
Cam Petersen also had another good race
weekend by picking up two 4th place finishes
in the supersport class.
Mathew will continue to also race here in SA
for Team Emtek/Nashua Yamaha, where he is
looking to win the SuperGP title.
In the European Junior Cup, Dorren Lourerio
(#20), Troy Bezuidenhout and Byron Bester
(#12) continue to improve.
The three youngsters were once again in
action at the Donnington round of the WSBK
championship. Dorren managed his best race
result in his two year EJC campaign finishing
5th overall and just over a second from the
winner (Perez). Dorren was involved in a six
way battle for the lead for the entire race and
was as high as second position at one stage.
Byron went into race one recovering from a
big crash in the Friday practice session and
had a poor start to the race and fell back
to 23rd position in the first lap, making it
difficult to fight back on this evenly matched
machinery. He did however manage to gain
a few positions and finished 18th overall for
the day. Troy was forced wide in the Fogarty
Esses (turn 9) by another competitor resulting
in a crash on lap 2 of the race. That would
see him miss the next round at Misano,
leaving Dorren and Byron to fly the SA flag.
Dorren was on form all weekend and again
qualified fifth as he did in the previous round
in Donnington, UK, but a crash on lap 3 of
the race ruled him out of another top points
scoring position. Byron struggled getting
to terms with the circuit and managed a
sixteenth place qualification. His race start and
some determined manoeuvres gained him
track position and a ninth place finish overall,
his first top ten in the championship.
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LORENZO GOING ALONE
Jorge Lorenzo’s Crew Will Not Follow Him at Ducati
It’s off to a new start for Jorge Lorenzo at the post-race test in
Valencia when he will ride a Desmosedici GP bike for the first
time as an official Ducati factory pilot. Still, there’s more than
the motorcycle that will introduce the novelty factor - the entire
team, save for one single man, will also be new.
That is, only one member of his current crew will follow the
2015 MotoGP World Champion from Yamaha at Ducati. The
guy who will exchange the racing blue livery with the Ducati red
one is Juan Llansa Hernandez, his trustworthy mechanic with
whom Lorenzo worked from day one in Grand Prix racing.
Juan Llansa worked with Lorenzo from his debut in the 125cc
class through Moto2 and MotoGP, and he said that he will
follow the Mallorcan wherever he might go. And thinking that
he is willing to leave from one of the best teams in MotoGP...
As we said, Llansa is the only Yamaha crew member who
will follow Lorenzo at Ducati. The chief mechanic Ramon
Forcada, alongside Wilco Zeelenberg, electronics specialist
Davide Marelli and mechanics Javier Ullate, Ian Gilpin and Juri
Pellegrini will all stay with Yamaha.
Forcada, who has been on Lorenzo’s team since his arrival in
the premier class in 2008, already said that he will take over
the same role in Maverick Vinales’ outfit.
Jorge Lorenzo managed to hide his disappointment and
replied: “It is a choice that I respect, it is not that easy to leave
a team such as Yamaha.”
It’s still a bit of a mystery how all the decisions were made
because Spanish magazines also mention that the significant
differences between the two motorcycles and the fact that
Ducati was not too happy to lay off people also weighed a lot.
Either way, both Ducati and Lorenzo have a lot of work ahead,
and until they set off on a new adventure together, we’re curious
to see who will be the new crew chief. It looks like the two
names tipped for the position are those of Christian Gabarrini,
who worked with Casey Stoner, and Daniele Romagnoli,
currently working for Danilo Petrucci at Pramac Ducati.
MOTOGP MUSICAL CHAIRS
Rins to Suzuki, Espargaro brothers also on the move
There was some big news confirmed before and at the Assen
round of the 2016 MotoGP championship. The biggest being that
of Moto2 rider Alex Rins, who signed a two-year deal with the
factory Suzuki team. That defined the Team Suzuki MotoGP rider
line-up for 2017 and 2018 with Rins alongside Andrea Iannone
aboard the factory GSX-RR. A really impressive duo who are sure
to shine on the ever improving Suzuki machine.
That move pretty much pushed a not so happy Aleix Espargaro
out the door at Suzuki. Not soon after the Rins news broke,
rumours surfaced that Aleix was in talks with Aprilia, and not too
long after that the Italian manufacturer confirmed he would be
riding for them in 2017 alongside Sam Lowes. Aleix Espargaro
had offers from both Kawasaki and Yamaha to join their respective
teams in World Superbike. Also, in MotoGP, Aspar Ducati wanted
him but Aleix sought a factory team. Espargaro signed a two-year
deal with Aprilia, with the option to end the contract after one year
in case either part will be unhappy with the results.
No news yet about the plans of Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista,
only rumours about a possible Aprilia satellite team that would
retain the two. We hope to see them move to WSBK to give the
likes of Rea, Sykes and Davies a good run for their money...
Pol Espargaro, younger brother to Aleix, was also on the move as
he stepped out of the Tech3 Yamaha team for 2017 and into the
newly formed KTM Factory team. He joins a familiar face in the
team, Bradley smith, who has been his team-mate in the Tech3
Yamaha team for the past 2 years.
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360FLY ACTION CAMERA: Now available in SA
Imagine riding your motorbike on your favourite stretch of road and filming the riders alongside
you as well as the passing scenery. That is now possible with the new 360Fly action camera.
The 360Fly action camera is somewhere between a small tennis ball
or big squash ball. It can be hand held or mounted to your bike
or helmet, although it might create a bit of aero resistance. Its
field of view is 360 degrees horizontally and 240 degrees
vertically, which the company, EyeSee360, claims is the
widest viewing camera in the world. Video is captured
at a resolution of 1500 x1500px at 30 frames a second.
The camera weighs only 120g and is waterproof up to
5m, so creek crossings are definitely possible!
The entry level action camera has 16GB of memory
which can record two hours of video. There are expected
to be more expensive models with more memory capacity.
The 360Fly is now available in SA, being imported by
Langston Motorsports. Available at leading motorcycle
stores nation-wide. Retail: R9,000, 32 gig HD.
SHEZ MORAIS: Hoods and Shirts
We here at RideFast Magazine do everything we can to support
our SA racing heros. We recently did a range of Brad Binder
shirts and hoods and will be doing a new full range in the near
future after having been given the exclusive rights. Our
other rider that we are doing merch for is Shez Morais.
We have a awesome printed, high quality hoodie
and shirt available in sizes from small
right up to 2xl. The new gear is now
available at Randburg Motorcycles
in, well, Randburg. If you buy a
shirt or hood from them you
go into the draw to win a
exclusive signed one of a
kind Shez Morais Arai RX-
7GP helmet! Shirt are R215
and Hoodies are R375. Only
While stocks, don’t miss out!
Call 011 792 6829 or visit their
store at 3 Rabie Street, Randburg.
MICRO START: Jump Starters
Batt Holdings has secured the sole rights for
the USA brand Anti-Gravity Batteries and the
Micro Jump Starters.
We looked at the Micro-Start XP-1 from Batt
racing. The zipped pouch that it comes in is
no bigger than a biggish calculator. Inside is
a mad array of adapters for charging various
electronic devices from phones to laptops,
and a ridiculously lightweight (15 ounces),
225-amp-hour lithium/ion battery, just one
by three by six inches, which, incidentally,
can also be used to jump-start your BAKKIE.
What? It’s true. The pouch includes a set
of battery-post clamps, and the company
claims the power pack will start a V8-engined
vehicle—not once, but several times.
Could this mean the end of jumper cables?
We’ve always hated those things, and
especially hate what happens when we play
good Samaritan to jump some poor bloke’s
dead ATV, Bakkie, superbike or SXS. And
then – they take off with your jumper cables.
With the Micro-Start you are in complete
control of the situation. And of course if
your own vehicle becomes stranded you
are completely removed from the need for a
donor vehicle—handy if you are in the middle
So how well does the XP-1 work?
We disconnected Bruces’ Batt Racings
Bakkie Battery (That’s lots of B’s) to give it
a try by clamping the leads directly to the
battery cables. Hit the starter and it sounded
just like the bakkies standard battery was
swinging things. Ain’t technology grand? This
little job will slip into your bumbag or even
your jacket pocket. What a pleasure.
Stock arrives at Batt Holdings soon. Trade
enquiries are welcome.
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G A M E R E V I E W
VALENTINO ROSSI: THE GAME
• Rossi Story – Experience the career of
Valentino from his perspective in 20 challenges
from 1996 to 2015
• Career – Start from the VR|46 Academy and
work your way up to World Championship under
the guidance of Valentino
• Game Modes – Test your racing skills in
several different race types: Flat Track, Rally,
Drift, and R1M-only races
• Online – Prove yourself in the toughest of
environments, facing off against up to 12 players
• Roster – Includes all official riders from
• 18 official tracks from 2016 season + 5
Milestone has built a reputation for
creating interesting racing games over the
last decade, from taking over development
of the MotoGP games in 2007, to the
more hardcore simulation of its SBK series,
proving that it is a developer capable of
breathing new life into the motorcycle subgenre
of racing games.
When Milestone took over the WRC
series in 2010, and particularly when it
returned to the series with WRC 2 in 2011,
it began to build a robust career mode that
included building a rally team and bringing
in new mechanics and other team members
to help grow the brand and keep the player
competitive as they moved up from an
amateur driver, all the way up to a potential
WRC champion. In Valentino Rossi: The
Game, the developer has brought that same
energy into the world of motorcycle racing.
Instead of creating your own team however,
the focus is shifted to a more personal level
as you’re tasked with creating your own
rider with the aim of taking them to the top
level of MotoGP racing.
With Valentino Rossi, one of the
biggest names ever to grace the world
of motorcycle racing, your rider will
be guided through the various sports
on offer in this new game. He will be
with you when you start your career,
competing at his MotorRanch track
and learning how to handle a bike.
The odd thing about this opening race
is that it’s not actually on a traditional
circuit, instead focusing on the new
Flat Track style which is essentially dirt
bikes, handling very differently to the
Moto 3 bikes you’ll be racing on initially.
It throws you in at the deep end, trying to
teach you how the handling model works
and how shifting weight around quickly can
throw the bike off-balance through twisting
chicanes, but it doesn’t punish the player
for not winning. It is designed as a tutorial of
sorts, and once you’ve completed that race
you’re free to explore in any way you see fit.
There is plenty to explore here, too.
There is the full career mode mentioned
earlier, in which you move from the lower
Moto3 class all the way up to MotoGP;
there is the standard MotoGP mode in
which you can run a championship at the
top level right from the off, based on the
current 2016 season; the VR46 mode
allows you to take part in the various Riders’
Academy events, such as the Flat Track
races and even rally and drifting events.
On top of these modes, there are even
historical challenges in which you will be
taken back to various points in Valentino
Rossi’s career, and tasked with recreating
those events in-game. It sounds tedious
and is definitely a bit too much of an advert
for the titular rider, but it adds an extra layer
to an already generous amount of content in
The handling here is incredibly realistic
but, much like its four-wheeled counterparts
in the Forza Motorsport and F1 series, can
be tailored to suit almost any player. Braking
and steering assists can aid new players,
along with a racing line to help them learn
how to ride each track, and a realistic
physics option can be applied for the
more hardcore player, recreating the more
punishing style of Milestone’s SBK series.
This game also introduces something
that all racing game studios could learn
from: a guided set-up for tweaking the
handling during practice runs. Just tell the
mechanics how the bike is behaving, via
a simple menu, and they’ll tweak the bike
Racing itself is great fun, even on lower
difficulties it can offer some exciting and
tense races against over 30 opponents,
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thanks to its full grids. The AI is a bit too
aggressive though, as it rigidly sticks to
the racing line like in a PS2 game, no
matter who is in its way. It doesn’t stop
the game from being fun, but it’s definitely
frustrating when you’re on a qualifying lap
and a slow rider just blocks your path.
Luckily, the rewind feature made popular
by other games enables you to correct
these mistakes – or mistakes of your own,
as you inevitably take a spill off your bike
during your career.
Visually it has some nice lighting and
some sharp textures, but trackside detail
is lacking a tad, making it look like a game
that was developed for the PS4/Xbox One
launch, rather than a game released over
two years into their lifespan. It is detailed
in places and night races or wet races
look very nice, plus the framerate is silky
smooth, but perhaps it will take another
release in 2017 to get things 100% right.
Overall, the breadth of content available
in Valentino Rossi: The Game is astonishing,
and will keep players going for months at
least. New players are finally welcomed
properly, only time will tell if they’ll stick
around, but the hefty career mode and
its friendly nature will be a big help in that
department. Maybe it’s time for twowheeled
racers to make a comeback.
Rating: It’s a game about Rossi, THE
G.O.A.T - of course we are going to give it
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2 0 1 6 S O U T H A F R I C A B I K E F E S T I V A L
A HUGE SUCCESS!
The inaugural South Africa Bike Festival celebrated huge success at the all new Kyalami Grand
Prix Circuit. Words: Wayne van Tonder - wayneswordblog.wordpress.com and Rob Pics: SA Bike Festival, Rob and Zenon
This weekend of the 27-29th of May
saw the South Africa Bike Festival
hit a newly renovated Kyalami
Grand Prix Circuit, and what an amazing
job they have done with the place.
I remember coming to these bike
weekends with my Dad and brother when I
was younger, watching them go out of the
pits onto the track for a ride around, going
through the pit garages seeing all the latest
models from the top manufactures, seeing
all the latest accessories and all the while
having a great day out with friends and
family with plenty to keep you engaged
and some really great food too from the
food trucks and stalls.
The Singh posing with Julien
They did a fantastic job reignighting
those memories from years gone by,
and made it even better with great
entertainment, live music on each day
echoing through the pits while the sound
of motorcycles flying down the pit straight
brought a real feeling of excitement.
I really enjoyed the day out, going
through on Sunday, the final day of the
event. I never ended up going around
on the track, which was a pity (there is
always next year), however I did meet up
with someone who did, and that someone
was Rob Portman, editor of this great
magazine, who has been a massive
influence for me starting my blog and
writing about the things I am passionate
about. The passion and amount of work
he puts into RideFast Magazine is truly
inspiring. It really is a quality magazine and
I never miss an issue. Thank you Rob!
While visting the RideFast stall I picked
up a Brad Binder shirt, Go Brad! Rob and
Ridefast are now also the official supplier
of Brad Binder merchandise, which is really
great because Brad is doing South Africa
proud and we need to get behind him and
support him. I spoke to Rob about Brad
and he says that Brad is truly determined
to win the championship and that riders
like Valentino Rossi are big fans of Brad,
that along with what he has achieved so
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far shows what a bright future he has. “At
20 he has the world at his feet”, said Rob.
I mentioned that all first as that was a
true highlight of my day, however before
that point I had gone through the pit
garages having a look at some of the latest
motorcycles. The new 959 Ducati Panigale
being one that really caught my eye, the
first time I’ve seen it in person, what a
beautiful machine! (getting a picture of it
proving a difficult task as it was clearly a
favourite at the festival).
Suzuki and Yamaha had MotoGP
race replicas on show, that exciting me
obviously, not hesitating for a second to
get a picture with both. Yamaha had the
Valentino Rossi colours, while Suzuki going
with the Aleix Espargaro colours for their
replica, that brining me to another point.
The Suzuki paint scheme for their 2016
bikes is absolutely stunning, the MotoGP
colours now on their road bike and what
a great choice that is as those Suzuki
MotoGP bikes are beautiful!
The other two bikes to catch my
attention were from Honda and Yamaha.
The Honda Fireblade, as old as
it may be now in comparison to the
latest technology filled bikes from their
competitors, to me is still one of the best
looking around, especially in that beautiful
Of course I can’t not mention the new
R1. What a stunner! Yamaha had the 60th
anniversary model on show and while
having a look at the one on display, the one
out on track came screaming down the
main straight of Kyalami, what a gorgeous
sound that MotoGP inspired machine
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As for the venue itself, it looks incredible! An all new
modern design. I truly hope that with a circuit that looks
this good we will see both national and international racing
here soon, there is no doubt I will be there to watch the
racing. How great would it be to see Valentino Rossi race
at Kyalami before he retires? Not only that but how great
it would be to see Brad Binder and Darryn Binder race
around Kyalami in MotoGP?
In the end it was a fantastic day out and I can already
feel the vibe of a race weekend flowing around the place,
not only that but it was a really friendly environment. Well
done to the organisers of the event, you did a stellar job
and I am confident that all who attended would agree.
The South African bike industry seems to have plenty
support and with a number of South African riders racing
in different series around the world, things look good for
the future of motorcycles in this country. With guys like Rob
Portman in the industry doing great things and Brad Binder
showing the world how it’s done, it’s in good hands.
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After what has been a tough past 5 or so years, the SA
motorcycle industry got a much needed boost with the
South Africa Bike Festival, at the re-vamped Kyalami
Grand Prix Circuit. Over 24 000 visitors, 124 industry
related exhibitors, 16 motorcycle manufacturers, 20
of Joburg’s finest food trucks and 13 of South Africa’s
favourite bands, all had the unique opportunity to
experience the brand new circuit facilities at the newly
refurbished and much anticipated re-opening of Kyalami
Grand Prix Circuit.
The highlight for 2016, apart from the RideFast Magazine
stand, was undoubtedly the Michelin SuperBike
School Circuit Test Rides on offer from participating
manufacturers BMW, Triumph, Kawasaki, Polaris,
Linhai, Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, SYM, KTM, Can-Am,
Husqvarna, Victory, Indian, Ducati, and Harley Davidson
showcasing their latest models throughout the weekend.
Those with a motorcycle license had the opportunity to
test the new circuit on a total of 74 models to choose
from. More than 2500 visitor test rides took place over
the three days, from cruisers to cutting-edge sports bikes
and more. The festival also hosted a variety of stunts and
jumps with International Stunt & Wheelie Champion, Julien
“RazorBack” Welsch entertaining viewers with his amazing
freestyle tricks on a Triumph Street Triple R (exclusive Q&A
interview coming up on next couple of pages).
Mass rides, mini-motos, supermotards, anything and
everything to do with motorcycling was on display at what
can only be described as a very successful event.
A big shout out to Jan Schoeman, one of our many
passionate readers who rode his Yamaha R1 all the way
from Piketberg (1458km away), to come enjoy the festival
and visit our stand. Thanks Jan!
Jan and his “Lady” as he calls it...
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One of the main acts at this years South Africa Bike Festival was
world renowned stunt rider - Julien Welsch. The Singh managed to
catch up with the Triumph stunt rider at Centurion Lifestyle for an
exclusive one on one interview.
Words: The Singh Pics: The Singh and SA Bike Festival
When I inadvertently stopped for my weekly
cup of coffee at Centurion Lifestyle or
Triumph centurion, I tend to get confused.
Theunis mentioned that Julien Welsh would be
performing at the Kyalami Bike Festival. I squinted
a bit and innocently asked who? To which I got a
tirade of expletives and finally an explanation as to
who this guy is. In short, a few months back there
was an XDL video that was exploding its way across
social media with a maniac who was using an R6 as
one would use a Frisbee. YES. That’s the guy. Julien
I arrived slightly early for the interview and one can
imagine my surprise when Theunis introduced me to
this charming French stunt rider. Who, was as humble
as the Dalai Lama at a peace prize ceremony. He
came complete with a French
accent and a friendly disposition.
He shook my hand firmly and
went back to tinkering with his
bike. I politely stepped back and
watched in amazement as he
wheelied the bike in the distance
it would take the average person
to open a door.
I must add the only time I get the
front wheel off the ground is by mistake
and apart from my cousin who lifted a ZX14 R
up Long Tom Pass in the wet, most of the people I
know, have no idea what it looks like when a
professional does it.
Please check out www.julienwelsch.com.
He then placed it down gently
and smiled happily in my direction. His
accolades are pretty impressive with
multiple podium finishes across the
world and as a Test rider for Triumph
International; this young inspiring fellow is
easy to talk to and even offered me a few
stunt lessons which I declined. Due mostly,
to a lack of courage and fear of injury on
I asked him a series of questions that
we at Ride Fast hope the reader finds
entertaining and informative.
Q: How did you become a test rider for
Two years ago I was the international
stunt rider for Triumph and proposed
to them that I could assist with on
road testing of their new products and
with press launches of their products
The Singh posing with Julien
Q: What does testing a bike entail?
I am not the factory test rider, I ride the
finished product and make sure the
press understands the bike and answer
any questions around it.
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Q: How many people test a bike before it is
released to the public?
10 -15 professional riders work on the
bikes before us. There are various stages
of testing like the ABS, Traction Control,
Handling. Engineers work with these testers
every step of the way.
Q: Is it good money?
I get paid per event, so it is not a
traditional monthly salary. I am also
paid by Triumph for the press
launches, So, it is per project.
Q: How many hours do you
I train for 2 hours every
day on fitness, normally
from 10-12 after I have
me sponsors and
employers. I then train
on the motorbike in the
parking lot close
to my home for
2-3 hours or as
needed. But I
train every day,
rain, shine, snow. I
Q: What’s the worst injury you’ve
sustained in stunting?
I have many injuries, the most
severe one was a knee injury that
dislocated my patella and because I cannot
earn if I do not ride I continued riding with
it broken knee cap. After 6 dislocations
I could not walk for 6 months, but I still
practiced as I was helped to get onto the
bike by loved ones.
Q: Do you fear anything when you stunt?
A dissatisfied crowd.
Q: How many years have you been riding?
16 years, pro for 6.
Q: What goes into your bike prep?
Crash bars, big sprockets, rear brake
button like GP riders and lots of callipers on
back wheel. Rear pressure, 3.5 and Front
Q: How do you choose what stunt to
We have various routines and we work from
Q: It is said no one else can do the 360
rotation that you do, what inspired you to
It was discovered by mistake but only 4
people in the world can do it.
Q: What’s your favourite race track?
It is national race track in France, lots of
Q: How easy is it to learn to wheelie?
Very easy, it is coming down safely that is
the problem. If you want to wheelie, known
that at some point you will crash. So once
you make peace with that, It is easy.
Q: What s your advice to anyone who
would like to become a professional stunt
Practice , practice, and have no fear, If you
want to make money rather play football. I
do this for passion not money.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
Wife, kid and music.
Q: Any pets?
Dogs – jack Russell, who is hyperactive like
Q: Favourite movie?
The wolf of wall street
Q: Favourite book?
Q: Who is your role model?
Tom Paguet and Usain Bolt.
Q: Favourite bike for everyday use?
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Some say that Lego made a
minifig of him but could not
match his skin tone. Others say
that Chuck Norris asks him for
riding advice, we don’t know
about that but what we do know
is that “The Singh” will test bikes
for us no matter the weather...
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PANIGALE 1299 S
In Part 3 of our Sportsbike road test, “The Singh” takes the red hot Ducati
Panigale 1299 S out on test in the freezing cold.
The Ducati 1199 was one of the most
spellbinding bikes that had ever been
conceived. From its smouldering
press launch to its chess based
campaign it truly promised an exhilarating
experience. It oozed sexuality like a superstar
at an audition for a local drama. It bespoke
volumes about its unexplored potential and
whether you loved the brand or hated it, you
were enthralled from the first moment that
you glimpsed this spectacle.
Unfortunately, apart from its looks and
sound, it was a terribly disappointing bike
for me. It was wildly erratic, unpredictable
and an uncomfortable ride, the poor folk
that forked out 289K for these bikes were
not the most satisfied customers in the
biking world at that stage. I know many a
disgruntled owner that was offered ridiculous
trade in values when trying to upgrade.
The brand though, appeals to a more
discerning customer who may not balk at
losing a 100k after only a 1000km of use.
For me personally, I would have a complete
breakdown if my bike lost value like that. But
I am just the average guy on the street, and
most of us mortals still have to finance our
toys, so it is by far an interesting model to
watch going further.
Like a pre-ordered game that failed to
even satisfy one deliverable, the 1199 was
bought and rapidly sold at large losses. Yes,
there were die-hard Ducati fans who testified
to its grand character and poise, but even
they would not be caught riding it for longer
than the occasional ego-trip to a cafe.
Then Ducati did an amazing thing and
released the 1299, bigger engine, more
torque, an upgraded suspension system,
higher screen and a comfier seat are some of
the big improvements on the previous model.
It also has been graced with auto blip and
cornering ABS, which could mostly prevent
those unwanted low sides.
My scenic ride on the Ducati 1299 S at
Red Star had me immediately fall in love
with this bike. The 1299 is a huge and
evolutionary step forward from the much
ignored 1199. The new bike feels lighter,
more responsive and much more predictable
than the old model.
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For the little while that I had the bike, I was fortunate to
ride it in frigid temperatures’ where the engine heat was
very welcome to my frozen anatomy. Without heated grips,
the 4 degree odd ride was managed by the voluminous
induction noise and the whip like crack of the quick shifter,
which made me forget the cold.
Whether I could do it every day just because of the
orgasmic sounds the bike creates, is a discussion for
another time. Suffice to say, the gunshots and backfire the
Akrapovics generate will not only turn heads, but will even
wake up the dead from any nearby cemeteries, you may
happen to traverse on your ride. YES. It is that f%$#ing
loud, but oh so satisfying.
The screen and electronics menus are easy to navigate,
although the position of the indicators and switches could
have been simpler. The different modes are precise and
definite in what they present. Rain mode really keeps
you slow and race is as rigid as a bucking bronco. Sport
was used for the test and would probably be the most
convenient mode to navigate corners and traffic with.
The twin accelerates you like the proverbial bat
out of hell and keeps going till the 11k limit where you
realize there is gleefully another gear to go. The power is
relentless and the bikes fueling with the full system on is
The test bike is a year old and being a demo, I do not
think it receives the level of care that a privately owned
bike will. I am saying this because the paintwork and the
some of the levers etc look tired. Nothing some TLC will
not remedy but it will be interesting to see what a regularly
used bike looks like after 20000 km.
Add the sex appeal, new power delivery and comfort of
the 1299 S and you have a truly versatile and under-rated
bike. The fact that Ducati SA will not increase the price
(R274,400) for now is another great benefit in considering
this bike as a unique and over-looked weekend cruiser
RATINGS: PANIGALE 1299 S
Heat 10 (winter) - 4
Fuel 6 (hard to ride slowly)
Acceleration 9 (never stops accelerating)
Throttle 8 (twist, hold on)
Traffic 7 (they will stop, just to stare)
Servicing 4 (it’s a Ducati, better use DRP)
Lights 10 (it’s so pretty, like a rainbow)
Wind 8 (not for taller rider’s - works for Rob)
New Rider 3 (if you are suicidal, then yes)
Total: 74/100 (winter test) - 68/100
Remember this rating applies to the bike as a commuter
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SHERIDAN MORAIS: WORLD ENDURANCE & MOTOAMERICA
It has been a really long time
since I have had the pleasure
of writing to you all, and I
am ecstatic that I finally have
something to write about.
It has been a tough year so far
to say the least, so let me break
it down from where I was first
declared unfit to ride for you.
At the New Jersey Motorsports
round of the MotoAmerica
championship I took a tumble and
smashed my head into the earth
while tumbling, which had me
asking weird things to the assisting
marshals, and as it turned out,
not only did I have a concussion
but also bad whiplash. Due to the
concussion, I was immediately
put onto the “Unfit” list. I guess
that flying back all the way to the
mother land never helped my
cause, but I came back home
for one week and managed to
get out to Redstar Raceway and
get in a few laps to test not only
myself, but also some setup for my
MotoAmerica Yamaha R1.
It was then onto Virginia
Raceway where we were on form
from the get go and setting fast
lap times on a brand new track
for me. Then it happened again, I
took a massive blow to my head
and was stumbling around like a
fool after what was a huge high
speed crash. Concussed for the
2nd time in 2 weeks, I was once
again put onto the “Unfit” list and
Dr Rossi (no, not Valentino) was
concerned for my safety after
taking two big blows to the head,
and so close together. I had 2 full
weeks of unwanted rest after that
and then went to Donnington Park
for World Superbikes, for Team
Grillini Kawasaki, who I had just
I was pretty fast on day 1 but
never felt right on the bike. Ran off
track a couple of times due to lack
of concentration and even had a
small tip over on the 3rd mistake in
the gravel (my short legs once again
not helping). I put it down to jet lag
from all the travelling I had done in
the weeks leading up to the race.
Because of my reports from the
MotoAmerica Dr Rossi to WSBK’s
doctors, I had to perform a test to
be passed riding fit to take part in
the weekends racing.
The following day I went out for
the morning session and after just
2 laps I was off track again and
not feeling good at all. I was dizzy
and overwhelmed, which had me
confused as to what the hell was
going on. I went to the doctors and
was again declared unfit to ride for
30 days, or until they had received
my MRI scans. Finally, our great
friend Paul Pacheco, arranged
for me to have the MRI done in
Portugal. It took 10 days to receive
the results, but when we did get
the report it showed that all of my
fluids and functions were normal
but there was a little swelling from
trauma. I then missed a further 2
race meeting in MotoAmerica, and
arranged Mathew Scholtz to fill in
for me along with my pops to come
along and help. They did a great
job with my Team Rabid Transit
Yamaha R1 and developed the bike
really well. My team arranged for
me to take an R6 to a track day to
test. I felt really rusty but none of
my previous issues showed up and
by the end of the day I was on the
gas and churning out some fast
times. This had me ready to give
Miller Motorsport Park a go, and
man I am happy I did.
Understandably, I was rusty after
not having ridden for 2 months
but by the end of the weekend I
managed to fight at the front of
the group and collected decent
championship points with 2 top 6
finishes in the superstock class.
The support I received from
everyone has been overwhelming
and I am too happy to be back.
Unfortunately, because I was
forced to miss the Misano WSBK
race, the Grillini team decided to
go with another rider for the rest
of the season. That leaves me
to concentrate fully on getting
some wins in the MotoAmerica
Now it’s onto Laguna Seca
where I have no doubt that we are
ready to pick up some race wins!
Shez #32 (86)
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BRAD BINDER: MOTO3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
We think it’s safe to say that Brad Binder
is the talk of the town at the moment. His
world class, mature, skilful rides so far this
season have earned him top spot on the
Moto3 standings and favourite to become
We have followed and supported Brad’s
career from day one, releasing his first race
column back when he was just 14 racing
in the RedBull rookies Cup. Since then we
have watched him grow into the insanely
fast rider he is today.
We managed to catch up with him and
ask him some questions. We even got a
couple of our readers to post questions on
our Facebook page that they would like
Q: What is your training program and
It’s actually quite simple. The first thing I
do in the morning after I wake up is go get
some cardio done, 90% of the time I go
cycling, otherwise I go for a run. Then in the
afternoon it’s time to hit the gym, which I do
4 days of the week. Then I also try and get
some supermotard riding in at least once or
twice a week.
As for my diet, I follow a strict eating plan
that Adelene Morais (wife of Shez) did up
for me. Just try to eat as clean as possible
and as much protein as I can.
Q. How do you prepare for a race?
What do you eat and drink on race day
and how do you warm up or stretch?
First thing I do as I get to the track is have
a bit of breakfast. Then before I head out
on the bike I do a bit of stretching, and
something my old Italian trainer use to call
mobility. It’s a bit weird, I look a bit strange
when I’m doing it, I have to swing my arms
and legs around like a ballerina.
Then just before the race I go to Arai to
drop my helmet off for a quick service.
Then I head off to what we call the RedBull
Energy Station for some white pasta,
always have white pasta an hour before
the race. Then 30 minutes before the race
I have half a can of RedBull, just to give me
some sugar and caffeine. Obviously I drink
water as well leading up to the race to keep
Q: Do you get along with all the other
riders in the paddock?
Yes, I feel like I get along with everyone I
ever meet. Obviously there are a few of us
that don’t talk that much, but 90% of us in
Moto3 and Moto2 are all good mates.
Q: Is there a lot of drama in the
No, well, basically I feel the media do blow
things up a bit bigger than they actually are.
Everything in the paddock actually seems
Q: We notice that you don’t do the leg
out riding style that most do these
days. Have you tried doing it or just
don’t feel the need too?
Yes I have tried the leg out riding style
before, but I feel like on a Moto3 bike they
are so light and easy to manoeuvre it really
doesn’t change much, and you don’t
gain an advantage by it. I feel a lot more
comfortable with my toes on the pegs. I do
think that when I get onto the bigger bikes
it might be a different story.
Q: Most riders here in SA don’t use
back brake. Do you, and if so how
much and when?
This was the biggest thing I had to learn
when riding a GP bike. Everyone in the
MotoGP championship uses the back
brake. It’s one of those things that can
definitely help you. Besides just the
stopping power, it helps keep the bike
more stable, and it makes it easier for you
to enter the corners. The correct time to
use your back brake is just after you have
finished down shifting through the gears
and entering the apex, it helps keep the
bike in line and allows you to pull the front
brake a bit harder. Also helps you to brake
that little bit later.
I also tend to drag the back brake until the
moment I touch the throttle, that’s when I
release all pressure on the back brake.
Q: What are your future plans? Did you
get any offers for MotoGP?
My future plans are not 100% decided
yet but definitely with the better results I
have been getting lately I have a few good
options on the table. At this stage I am just
trying to stay focussed on the job in Moto3
so that hopefully next time I come home it
will be with the number one plate.
Q: So you might be moving up to Moto2
next year. One of our readers, Kewyn
Snyman, would like to know what your
thoughts were after testing Zarco‘s
Moto2 bike? How different is it to the
600’s you have ridden in the past?
When I tested Zarco’s bike at Valencia it
was really strange. The engine had a lot
more power than a normal 600, but the big
difference was how rigid the Moto2 bikes
chassis is. It was a great experience and I
loved every lap on the bike.
Q: Aldo Rollandi would like to know
could you plot the best possible path for
a young South African to make his way
up to MotoGP... From literally 3 years
old, what form of bike racing to take up
and how to progress if possible?
The best advice for any young rider is just
to practise as much as possible, and then
once you are winning on the local scene
try and apply for the RedBull Rookies,
because when you get into the RedBull
Rookies Cup you get to travel and race
with the MotoGP guys, so you get to
expose your talent to potential teams in
Moto3. That’s the way I went.
Q: Trisha Moolman “Are you aware of
your South African fan base & do you
see all our posts about you?”
Yes I do and its overwhelming to see the
amount of support I get. I do see and read
all the messages on Facebook but it would
take me days to reply to them all. I really do
appreciate all the messages and support,
it definitely helps motivate me and get me
through the hard times.
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IANNONE & LORENZO
A definitive guide towards the differences between WSBK and MotoGP race bikes.
Many race fans out their are still quite
unaware of the differences between
the race bikes in WSBK (world Superbike
Championship) against their MotoGP
The short answer is that MotoGP bikes
are in fact purpose built prototype race
machines while WSBK machines are series
production road bikes that have been
specially tuned for racing.
In relation to the world of car racing,
think of MotoGP as the two-wheeled
equivalent to Formula 1 while WSBK is the
two-wheeled equivalent of GT cars.
Still don’t get it? Well, don’t worry because
here comes our version of the long answer.
Words: Thoriq Azmi - www.bikesrepublic.com
To make things easier, we’ve separated our
guides into key sections accompanied with a
detailed explanation with it.
MotoGP and WSBK conform to different
sets of technical regulations set by Dorna,
the commercial rights holder of both
championships, and the FIM ruling body.
These regulations are designed to keep
competition as fair as possible in each
A quick overview reveals that MotoGP
benefits from lesser restrictions, giving
manufacturers more flexibility towards
engine construction and chassis designs.
What’s the difference?
This also explains the extensive use of
lightweight and exotic materials like carbon
fibre, titanium and magnesium alloys in
building a modern GP bike.
WSBK, on the other hand, is much
more restricted. All bikes must retain their
original production chassis constructions
and designs whilst the use of carbon fibre,
titanium and magnesium alloys are limited.
Notably, the FIM has banned carbon
fibre wheels in both classes. Carbon brake
rotors are banned in WSBK, along with
the use of titanium when constructing the
chassis, front forks, handlebars,swingarms,
the swingarm spindles and the wheel
spindles as well.
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Both classes have minimum weight figures to meet. While
MotoGP’s stands at 157kg, WSBK’s minimum figure stands a
little heavier at 168kg instead. Interestingly, both classes employ
competition ballast as a means to counter the varied sizes and
weights of its riders too.
MotoGP’s ruling in this area quite simple. Designs are
open so as long the displacement doesn’t exceed
1,000cc, the bore figure can be no greater than 81mm
and have a maximum of four cylinders. Since 2012, twostroke
engines are banned and most teams today use a V4
cylinder arrangement design.
The story is a little more complicated in WSBK though.
Again, two-stroke engines are banned here. The class
welcomes production-based three- and four-cylinder
engines with a minimum capacity of 750cc and
maximum of 1,000cc. Also permitted are productionbased
four-stroke two-cylinder engines with a
minimum capacity of 850cc and maximum of
While some engine types have their own
respective advantages over the other, the
competition is again kept levelled thanks to
the use of competition air restrictors. The air
restrictor’s sizes are then adjusted by FIM
officials depending on engine type and or the
bike’s performance in the championship season.
The beauty of WSBK’s ruling is the greater
variation in bikes and engine types that line up
the grid. Highlights here include the V4 engine
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On the left is the 2016 Pata Yamaha R1
World SBK machine dash along with
all the Playstation buttons, and on the
right is the 2016 Ducati MotoGP
bike dash and buttons.
found in Aprilia RSV4, the V-twin mill
powering the Ducati Panigale R, in-line
fours from Yamaha, Honda and MV Agusta.
Equalisers – Spec ECU and tuning
The starkest difference between the two lies
in their ‘great equalisers’. MotoGP keeps
its playing field levelled thanks to its newly
introduced standardised onboard electronics
and software or ‘Spec ECU’ ruling.
Starting this year, all MotoGP bikes
have had their powertrains and
electronics paired with the Magentti
Marelli-supplied ECU and software that
acts as a digital power cap. Together with
the minimum weight ruling, it theoretically
keeps all MotoGP bikes equal in
performance despite the varied engine and
WSBK, on the other hand, restricts
the amount of changes or modifications
allowed in the top part of the bike’s stock
engine, and displacement increases are
banned as well. This explains why the
hardware in WSBK race bikes closely mirror
what is already available in their
road-going base bikes
A clear example of this is the Ducati
WSBK machine based on the current Ducati
Panigale R model. When the improved
new Ducati 1299 Panigale road bike was
launched, it succeeded the previous 1199
Panigale model with a new and larger
1,285cc V-twin. Only the Panigale R variant
retained the previous bike’s 1,198cc V-twin
engine, allowing Ducati to use it as the basis
of its WSBK machine.
Never before has MotoGP and WSBK technology featured so prominently in production based
motorcycles that are available to the public. Bikes such as the Ducati Panigale R, Yamaha R1 and R1M
and Aprilia’s 2016 RSV4 R-FW, which is basically a 230hp+ MotoGP Bike, are now available to buy at
ridiculous amounts of money.
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S I X B I K E M U L T I T E S T
We take 6 very underated, and different motorcycles on one of JHB’s most famous breakfast runs.
Words: The Sing & Clive Strugnell Pics: Kyle Lawrenson & others
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Since we managed to convince Rob that
there is life after Redstar, he has begun
his sojourn in the hopes of becoming a real
biker and not a race track rock-star.
Cold frigid winds, crappy roads, push
starting bikes and even the occasional
run-away native are all becoming part of his
evolving bike repertoire.
We chose a stable of bikes from the
thundering S1000XR to the ferociously
under-rated Kawasaki Versys. These
machines have certain sport blood lines in
their genetics and like cross breeds in the
equine kingdom show moments of genius
coupled with stages of practicality.
The six bikes we tested were BMW’s S
1000XR, a bike that at its launch was slated
as the next “superbike” killer. Straddled
with a detuned S1000RR engine and
the comfort levels of the over-sold BMW
1200GS, it promised incredible performance
with solid practicality.
The all new KTM 1290 GT which, love it
or hate it, is a conversation starter with its
vulture like looks and bright orange paintjob.
It was dismally launched at the Kyalami Bike
Festival where the “privileged press” were
given one slippery, skittish lap around the
new circuit at a pace that would have made
a tortoise blush and then we were sent on
our way wondering about the overload of
electronic options on the new bike.
A beautifully rendered Ducati 1200S
Multistrada, which with the advent of the new
Enduro Model, is scheduled to take on the
BMW dominated adventure market soon.
The strangely alien looking Honda 800
Cross Runner, which apparently has sold
less models than the Helen Zille’s biography
and who I had not even known existed.
The revised and updated 3 cylinder
Yamaha Tracer MT09, which in the previous
incarnation received much critism for its
wallowy suspension and irregular fueling
system. The new model looks like the
lovechild of an angry Multistrada and a
And finally the guest bike of the test,
the new and improved bumblebee
yellow Kawasaki Versys 650. A bike that
I thought was similar to the NC700, but,
was I so wrong.
With bike tests, like when filming a movie
it’s all about location, location, location.
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And, as we had six bikes to test and not much time to travel, we
chose the closest road with a few twisties. This was represented
in the form of the nature reserve and wildlife infested Kromdraai.
I felt we cannot compare all the bikes on the same level as
the “Big” three were not only double the price of the others but
also double the performance. Realistically buyers in this segment
would either be looking at bike over 180K or wondering how
much fuel they can conserve with the other three.
BMW was clever enough to lend us an XR that had not been
run in, so it was annoyingly limited to 9000rpm or 203km/h.
Clad with an Akrapovic slip on, auto blipping and all the usual
bells and whistles, the BMW was the brutal go to bike during the
test. Relentless power, razor-sharp handling and butter smooth
gearbox, The XR delivered (although restricted) flawlessly on all
fronts. It’s a high bike so if you cannot change a room’s lighbulb
without a ladder I would look at other options.
The Multistrada with 10000km on it and river sand in the air
box, felt clunky and aged in comparison. Like a boxer who has
taken one too many head shots or perhaps a demo bike with
one too many cold starts. The Ducati is fast, aggressive and
turns with precision. The challenge I had was that this particular
bike felt ragged and abused. As journalists our impressions
and emotions are normally transferred to text, so it makes me
wonder whether the dealers care or our opinion might as well be
like political promises. Of no substance.
The KTM 1290 GT is an impressive little vixen that bares its
teeth at the merest feathering of the throttle and is relentless in
its acceleration. Dynamically stable at speed, the bike displays
odd stability characteristics at very slow speeds. It’s has a new
fully electronic suspension system so perhaps it’s demonstrating
some ghosts in that new machine. Its looks shorter than the
“I LOVED EVERY SECOND
IN THE SADDLE. THE SEAT MIGHT NOT BE
AS COMFY, BUT WHILST ON THE BACK WHEEL ITS
THE LAST THING ON YOUR MIND. THE GT IS MORE OF
A SUPERBIKE AND IS WAY MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN
OTHER SPORTS TOURERS. BUT IN THE RIGHT HANDS
IT CAN DO WHEELIES FROM ROBOT TO ROBOT
AND STILL BE A BIKE THAT YOU CAN TOUR
DOWN THE 22 IN STYLE.” Kyle
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other bikes but is in itself quiet tall as well. Its possibly the
predatory long beak that makes it appear lower than the others.
The Honda Cross Runner was not a successful bike four years
ago when the original model was launched and it continues its
desolate sales figures. With this bike, Honda also tried to tackle
the half sports/half adventure market and unlike Ducati and BMW
failed to make much of an impact. There is nothing distinctly
critical or adversely complementary about the Cross Runner as it
stands. It is well assembled, easy to ride, not harsh on the eye and
comfortable. So why is it that I have not seen one on the road.
The Yamaha is sporty, fun and just different enough to attract
some casual interest at a parking lot. It’s a bike that you can
commute on and ride the odd corner here and there without too
much effort. With three power modes which felt like they only
needed two. A set of brightly lit headlights and smoothly restful
riding position, the Tracer was rapid and pulled very strongly for
a three cylinder.
The bike that impressed me the most in the class for sheer
performance and value for money was the Kawasaki Versys. An
under-rated and under-priced motorcycle, this little fire-cracker
joined the test by sheer co-incidence as the Miss Singh had
pillioned with me to the venue and then felt that she also needed
to ride. Do not get me wrong, it is a simple bike, no electronics,
no power modes and nothing to make you feel more skilful than
you are. Like a good home cooked meal the Versys delivers a
skilful, well built and cost effective bike that can easily fulfil the
role of the sports tourer, adventure bike for half, and sometimes
a third, of the cost. You will not beat anybody or set a new lap
record at the Isle of Man but if you saving R120K does it matter?
As a road test you have two trinities within this group, The
BMW, Ducati and KTM followed by the Honda, Yamaha and
Kawasaki. For the daily grind of traffic riding there is nothing
in it between the top three apart from the god-awful seat of
the KTM and ineffectual heated grips of the XR. Twist the
throttle and all these Sports bikes will leave most things in the
dust, including the infamous GS, Tenere and Africa Twin. I say
most things because in a flat race these bikes will more than
hold their own against most current superbikes. Up to about
175km/h after that, well, it’s pretty much over.
That, is the advantage of straight line acceleration, any half-wit
can open the throttle, hold on and the bike will do the rest.
The true test of riding combines cornering, acceleration and
braking. The high positions of these bikes handle bars and
the incredible grip that these machines offer implies that as a
superbike rider you will have to work pretty hard to keep up with
these three rides in the right hands. I say right hands because
these top three bikes have ballistic speed and wrist-wrenching
And here we thought
The Singh was the tallest
animal on the planet...
So once again I have discovered that there is life outside
the track. Really enjoyed this test, not only the bikes and
the riding but also hanging out and having a big laugh with
mates. Froze my heinie off but did enjoy it.
This test was really more about bikes that don’t get enough
attention in the market. Bikes that are never the brides but
rather always the bridesmaids. In fact, they are more like
that couple that you were forced to invite to the wedding so
you put them at the table right at the back by the kitchen.
So we decided to give them some time in the spotlight
and they really did shine. Each bike represents strong
characteristics and have great selling points. From
performance, build quality to price, they are bikes that
should seriously be considered.
So many times I have seen models come into SA and
wonder whether or not they can actually work in our brutal
motorcycling market, where only the big bad wolfs seem
The 6 bikes we have on test here are a good blend of
performance and comfort, which is really what we are all
looking for in a motorcycle. Oh yes, and they won’t leave you
eating beans and soup for the rest of your life.
This test opened my eyes to a new spectrum of motorcycles
that can be enjoyed, even by a horse power, performance,
sportsbike junky like myself. It was one big love affair for
me, jumper from lover to lover. Each bike impressed me in
their own little way, but the BMW and the Yamaha really did
leave me with the biggest smile on my face.
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You can’t help but be impressed with KTM and Ducati.
Even though they are not as BIG as the Japanese and German
manufacturers, they still manages to produce exquisite motorcycles.
KTM’s all-new Superduke GT is a great blend of everything you
could ask for in a road motorcycle. It will take you a couple of rides
to fully understand the phenomenal electronics package on the GT.
There is so much available in terms of adjustment, and it is so easy
to operate and use. And finally, KTM have put a quick-shifter on their
road bike. It needs a little fine tuning but at least it’s there.
Also featured for the first time is the new semi-active WP
electronic suspension. It’s a good first attempt by KTM and WP, but
just like the shifter it could use a tweak here and there.
The 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75° 1301 cm³ LC8 motor still produces
huge amounts of power, maybe even a bit more than you actually need
on a bike like this, but you have to admire KTM pushing the limits.
Although I do think it’s a bit long in the tooth now, having been used in
previous models like the RC8 and 1290 Superduke naked. I suppose
they went with the old “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” expression, and
I really do think now that they are back in MotoGP it’s only a matter
of time before we see a new “mind blowing” motor come out of the
Austrian factory. Exciting times ahead for the big oranges...
The Ducati is a gorgeous piece of art, and it goes just as good as
it looks. The same can pretty much be said for all the bikes on test
here. They all have a cheeky sporty side to them just waiting to come
out at a split seconds notice for the odd thrash, while still offering that
comfortable, satisfactory joyride that you need on a 400km plus ride
such as the one we did.
It amazes me that we do not see more of these models out on our
roads. Especially the BMW S1000XR. What a machine! While cruising
on the BMW my mind would often wonder, to me thrashing it around
the 22. Let me tell you, this bike would makes some of the best
sportsbikes on the market today blush. Zie Germans have done an
incredible job with the XR.
I have always been a huge admirer of 3-cyclinder engines, so it
was no huge surprise that I loved the Yamaha Tracer. That sound the
engines produces is sexual, and the aggressive, yet easy to handle
throttle gets the heart racing every time.
It’s a thrilling ride in every sense of the word, and was no slouch
against the 3 bigger dogs in this test, like an annoying Jack Russell
that thinks he is bigger than he actually is trying to take on dogs twice
his size. You just got to love the attitude of the bike.
thrust. Coupled with plenty of
horsepower and it is mighty
easy to get it wrong. So, from a
cautionary point of view handle
these monsters with care.
The other three in the utopian
idealist world of commuting, would
be right up there with the BMW
3 series that represents a hint of
the M4 but not the real deal. They
are all practical, reasonably priced
and fun to ride. (I am still trying to
remember if I have ever seen a
Cross Runner on the roads).
But this is a road test of
adrenaline and forbidden
performance that would make
a traffic cop blanch. The BMW
stands confidently above the rest.
It growls and can be flung around
like an experienced pole dancer,
never flinching, always inviting you,
tempting you be harder, faster and
take absolute control. It was so
popular in fact that one of the other
testers, who has been riding bikes
since Moses was discovered in
the reeds, had to be pried off the
XR, inch by painful inch (will hear
what Clive “The Relic” has to say a
bit later). The Ducati on the other
hand is like the 1st princess, quick,
pretty and will still turn heads, but
unfortunately she never gets to
wear the crown. She will always be
the bike that could have been, but
never quiet had it all.
“IN AT NUMBER THREE FOR ME IS THE HONDA.
YIP YOUR EYES ARE NOT DECEIVING YOU, ITS A
STRAIGHT FORWARD NO-NONSENSE BIKE. NOW I
RIDE ON AVERAGE 5HRS A DAY ON A MOTORCYCLE
SO I TACKLE HIGHWAYS PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC AND
SUBURBAN BACK ROADS. THE ONLY ELECTRONICS
IS THE TRACTION CONTROL, SO IN A WAY, LESS IS
MORE IT JUST DID EVERYTHING THE WAY I WANTED
IT TO FOR THE RIDING I DO. OH! AND THE FRONT
HEADLIGHTS LOOKED SO PRETTY.” Zenon
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As you can see, the
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The KTM needs to be judged on its
own merits, take the 1290 Adventure and
combine it with a healthy dollop of the
Super-duke 1290R and voila you have the
1290GT. Brilliant, dominant but just missing a
little something. Perhaps the next update will
fill those almost perfect gaps in its appeal.
The top three are all within a pinstripe of
each other but my vote goes in favour of the
The other three hybrid commuters have
to be looked at for what they represent
and after gathering my information of retail
cost and servicing I must re-evaluate my
initial choice of bike. Sadly the Versys
has to give way to the Yamaha Tracer
as the choice of bike for first place here.
This particular market is an odd segment
considering the price variances. A few
months ago the older Versys was 79K,
now it’s above a hundred. That’s a massive
jump not only in affordability but in choice.
For the Yamaha the thrust of the
three cylinders and the hostile lights
just give it the edge over the other two.
The Honda, although exceptional just
feels lackadaisical and lacklustre when
one places it near the other two. The
Versys in its bright canary yellow paint is
physically not the most attractive of the
bunch but is good value for money.
I can’t really rave or fault the Honda CrossRunner
or Kawasaki Versys. Both bikes are, well, nice, nothing
more and nothing less, just nice. The Honda’s 4-stroke
16-valve DOHC 90° V-4 engine is tried and tested over
many years, and a legend for many. Again, it’s just nice
for me. It could use a couple of extra ponies but then
again it’s not aimed at horsepower addicts. The same
can be said for the 4-stroke, four valves per cylinder
parallel twin 649cc Versys. The engines power will far
from rip your arms out their sockets.
Both bikes are simplistic but enjoyable, good for
the odd thrash, or, kind of thrash. Their oddly attractive
styling do somewhat paint a different picture, as they
do look a lot faster and sporty than they actually are.
Whilst 200hp, or close to, motorcycles are still my
preferred choice, I have come to enjoy and appreciate
the lighter side of biking, and these two machines
played a big part in that.
Here are the approximate running costs of these bikes over a standard two year cycle:
BIKE PRICE AS TESTED SERVICE 1 SERVICE 2 SERVICE 3 COST PER KM
10 000km R2100
20 000km R2100
R12.64/km including retail value
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200
15 000km R2500
30 000km R10 000
R8.21/km including retail value
KTM 1290 SUPERDUKE GT
15 000km R2000
30 000km R5000
R7.95/km including retail value
10 000km R1800
20 000km R2800
R7.72/km including retail value
HONDA CROSS RUNNER
12 000km R1800
24 000km R3500
R6.52/km including retail value
KAWASAKI VERYS 650
12 000km R3000
R9.42/km including retail value
ONTO THE RATINGS: Heat - The amount of physical heat the bike generates in traffic. Does the fan help, is the heat diffused reasonably well. The higher the number the better the
heat management. Steering - The lightness of the bike in turning in tight situations, the higher the number the quicker it turns. Fuel Consumption - The higher the number the better the
consumption. Acceleration - The physical power of the bike. Throttle response - How light and progressive the throttle is, a high number hear signifies quick light throttle. Traffic Comfort
- Sometimes it bumper to bumper for 50km, the high number signifies a more comfortable ride related rider position, foot pegs, weight on wrists. Servicing Costs - The costs of servicing,
tyres, etc... Lights - Day time visibility of the bike and night time visibility for the rider. Wind protection - For the Rider. New Rider - Ease of bike for a new rider to use.
New Rider 7
New Rider 7
New Rider 7
New Rider 9
New Rider 9
New Rider 10
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WHAT THEY SAY:
WHAT OUR OTHER 4 MASTER
TESTERS HAVE TO SAY:
Clive “The Classic” Strugnell says:
It is always fascinating to compare the
conclusions each person in a group of
riders reach after riding the same bikes
on the same day over exactly the same
route. There are times when some of
the impressions are totally different. This
was one of those times. If it is difficult
for a small group of us to agree on the
merits and feel of a particular bike how
do the manufacturers ever manage to
successfully cope with the thousands of
riders worldwide form who they design and
develop that particular model?
Let’s start with what was the most
contentious bike in this group, the Honda
800 Cross Tourer. Most of us agreed that
it was one of the best looking bikes in the
bunch….but we only realized this when we
parked them all together for group picture.
Have a look and see what you think.
The Honda delivers exactly what it
promises.. excellent design, superb
engineering, careful finish and attention
to detail, and a very capable package
designed to provide everything a sports
touring rider could ask for. Firstly this
bike has an absolute gem of an engine. It
starts instantly at the touch of the button,
and won’t stop until the rider switches it
off. No matter if it is held on the red line
all the way to Cape Town for 12 hours, or
lugged through the heaviest traffic, this
engine never gets hot, and simply purrs
along. Talking about running at the red
line, this occurs at just over 11 000 rpm,
and winding it through the silky smooth
gearbox at full bore hurls the bike forward
with a thrilling V4 shriek. The ergonomics
are great, the seat is continent crossingly
comfortable, it will stop on a dime with no
fuss thanks to the linked brakes and ABS.
The only bit of electronic trickery is three
stage traction control, which is selected
by one big button on the handlebar
marked “T” It really is a versatile and
satisfying bike which will top 200km/h at
11 000rpm in 4th gear!
The Ducati Multistrada is superb. It
matches the big KTM for size, weight and
performance, and is more comfortable. It
has the best instrument panel of the bunch,
and also has the most user friendly selector
system for the state of the art electronic
menu. It matches any bike
on the road for performance
delivered by the awesome
90 degree four cam V twin
motor derived from Ducati’s
World Superbike race winning
Panigale engine. The fit and
finish and the quality of the
components used on the bike
match anything on the market
as well. Here comes the
clincher. This bike is beautiful,
and full of very pleasing “Character” that
only Italians can combine into a practical
package. It’s the one bike you would park
in your lounge when you aren’t riding it
because it is so good to look at.
The new KTM 1290 GT is a new kettle
of fish in this market sector. It is derived
from the KTM factory parts bin, and is
an incredibly capable and satisfying bike
to ride. It’s styling is, well, very orange,
very aquiline and predatory, and if Cagiva
hadn’t used the name “Raptor” long ago
this would be ideal for this bike. Man
is this thing fast! The 60 degree V twin
matches the Ducati for grunt but makes
a completely different noise. Like the
Honda V 4 the KTM delivers an intoxicating
induction roar that makes you want to keep
the throttle WFO all the time. If you wanted
to get somewhere far in a hurry this bike is
The new S1000XR BMW is so different
from the tow big V twins in every way
except it delivers pure performance on the
road. In terms of handling, comfort and
speed this bike in the right hands will easily
keep the twins in it’s rear view mirrors. The
in-line double cam four cylinder engine just
pumps out fuel injected power from idle
to eye watering red-line, and remains rock
steady whilst doing so. It uses the now
standard uber-electronic package of ABS,
traction control and suspension adjustment,
and adds a little more in the form of an
electronic quick-shifter for those who need
that millisecond faster rush through the very
slick gearbox. With these superfast bikes,
who cares if the windscreens are just a tad
too high, or low, or the exhaust is a little
ugly. Just find an open road, tuck in and
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The Yamaha Tracer triple seems a
little overawed by this competition, and
perhaps it is. However, not everyone can
manage one of the maxi- sportsters,
and on one of these you certainly won’t
be left behind or out run on the twisties
if that’s the kind of riding you enjoy. The
styling is very Japanese and reminds one
of those awesomely fierce Samurai suits
of armour…it’s impressive in a martial art
kind of way. This is accentuated by the
impressive scowling headlight design. The
three cylinder motor has it’s own charm,
and certainly delivers a strong punch every
time the throttle is twisted. What’s more it is
nice and low and the stretch to the ground
is less than any other bike in the group.
In fact, when all is said and done, this is a
No-one seems to know quite why the
Kawasaki Versys ended up as part of this
group, but it was welcomed along anyway,
and added a certain bit of down to earth
perspective. After all, it is an almost basic
parallel twin four stroke commuter type of
machine, It proved, however, that a good
design and good packaging can get the job
done well, and we all enjoyed it’s cheerful
nature and willingness to chase anything in
the group for all it’s worth. It was certainly
not left far behind very often, and we were
happy to have spent some time on it.
Glenn “Roley” Foley says:
I think that the Singh is quite right in
dividing the bikes into two groups cost is
a major factor when you consider any bike
So the big 3:
For me there was a social misfit in this
group in the form of the KTM - and I’ll
support this comment by saying that - of
all the bikes on test, it felt the most to me
like a true blue sports bike. All the others
were sit-up and beg position, whilst you
are in a proper sports bike crouch on the
big Katoom. In saying this, KTM has made
something really special in this bike - and
I’d love to have one parked in my garage...
massive power from the big twin, faultless
handling and distinctive looks - a proper
Although the big Ducati had a lot of
kilometres on the clock, it still ran like the
stink and handled like a charm. In my
opinion, it is the most comfortable for
distance of the three big machines and
really fits the sports tourer niche perfectly. A
fantastic, fun to ride bike. PLEASE Mr bank
manager can I get one... I reckon for me -
this one would just edge out the Beemer for
top honours and this is purely thanks to the
beautiful twin cylinder donk.
I had the pleasure of being invited for
a 600 odd km ride on BMW’s XR when
they launched it, so I kinda know the bike
intimately. It is an amazing machine in no
uncertain terms, and BMW has married
their sports prowess with a bit of adventure
quite seamlessly. But - perhaps, to me the
bike is just a bit too perfect... make sense?
A fantastic bike by all accounts - if you are
a BMW aficionado, or even if you aren’t
you’ll fall in love all over again.
And for the smaller bikes:
Once again, I have to comment that,
perhaps the Versys was out of it’s depth in
a test like this - but I was proved wrong.
This is an honest no frills bike that you
can use to work and back - and then
you can head out on the weekend for a
sedate breakfast run - or you can head out
to ET for a bit of touring. It has the most
comfortable seat on the group, a great
faring that offers lots of protection and is
very un-intimidating to ride. The price has
escalated a lot in recent months but the
simple fact is that old stock has run out
and we are now buying bikes with a weaker
rand. It would be great to compare this bike
with the new NC750.
This was the first time that I got to ride
the VFR powered 800 X-Runner and the
Singh is quite right - I have not seen
too many of these things
around. Honda has
a knack of purpose
whilst I really enjoyed
the V-4 motor
and the excellent
handling - for me
the woody factor
was missing. Its a
great bike that does
everything really well,
but does it make sense to
say that it lacks a little bit of
personality? At 150k It’s good value
in todays terms...
The Yamaha Tracer. HMMM. Ask
anyone who knows me and they will
tell you how I extol the virtues of a big
triple cylinder engine. The engine is
then single outstanding feature on this
motorcycle - seamless power all the way
from the bottom to the top. Rider comfort
is more than adequate and this bike sings
along happily all day. Of the 3 smaller bikes,
the 140k price tag seems spot on. This
bike is less hooligan than her MT09 cousin
- an incredibly well rounded, well thought
Kyle “One wheel” Lawrenson says:
2016 BMW S 1000XR - (The CEO). As an
all round bike the BMW really is something
special. The one we rode still had its rev
limiter set at 9000rpm, quiet frankly I am
nowhere near fast enough for anything
more. I enjoyed the ergonomics of the bike,
comfort was most definitely kept in mind.
Smooth controllable power but an absolute
blast once in the revs.
2016 Ducati 1200 Multistrada - (The
Supermodel). Having spent a week with the
bike, I really got to grips with the Multistrada.
The controls were very simple and easy to
use whilst on the go. Flick of the thumb,
there you have it. I did find the bike to be
rather top heavy but having said that you
don’t notice it hurling along the roads and
2016 KTM 1290 GT - (The Hooligan).
I loved every second in the saddle. The seat
might not be as comfy, but whilst on the
back wheel its the last thing on your mind.
The GT is more of a superbike and is way
more aggressive than other sports tourers.
But in the right hands it can do wheelies
from robot to robot and still be a bike that
you can tour down the 22 in style.
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2016 Honda 800 X-Runner - (The
Lawyer) Smooth, stylish and comfortable.
You don’t see many of the on the road, but
after riding the Honda you have to ask why.
This bike just does everything well. There
were even debates about whether this is the
best looking or not.
2016 Kawasaki 650 Versys - (The
Teacher) I love this bike, most underrated
motorcycle Kawasaki has ever made. Would
I buy one? Yes.
Woefully, I did not get to swing a leg over
Zenon “Zenooobs” Birkby says:
Ducati’s Multistrada was my favourite as it
felt like a couch I could ride on the bike all
day it was planted on the road and best
of all, for the biggest bike on the test had
the lowest seat height so turning the bike
around during our photo shoots was a
breeze. The throttle response was perfect
as were the brakes in my books best sports
tourer out there.
Second for me was the BMW XR. I was
lucky enough to go on the SA launch and
the electronics package literally saved my
life. Its a good all rounder just the seat height
is a bit high and it feels a little heavy when
balancing on your on your toes. Otherwise,
its the best cross over between an all out
sportsbike and tourer.
In at number three for me is the Honda.
Yip your eyes are not deceiving you, its a
straight forward no-nonsense bike. Now I
ride on average 5hrs a day on a motorcycle
so I tackle highways peak hour traffic and
suburban back roads. The only electronics
is the traction control, so in a way, less is
more it just did everything the way I wanted
it to for the riding I do. Oh, and the front
headlights looked so pretty.
Number four and not far off the
Honda was the Yamaha Tracer. Also not
mountains of electronics which the 1000cc
plus bikes can get away with and, in
today’s world NEED. The styling alone just
invites you to jump on and go for a ride.
The second shortest in the group when it
comes to ride height so that’s big browny
points in my book. The only dislike are the
hand guards. They did not quite cover my
hands in the coldest day of the year when
we did this test...
Now I see a few frowns coming my way
from the other testers, when I put the KTM
GT so far down the list. Its not a bad bike at
all in any way, I just think it wasn’t in the right
class of motorcycle for this story. It’s actually
the benchmark for the next generation of
sports X tourer. This bike is sure to have
your missus stabbing you in the sides when
you grab a fist full of throttle.
The baby Kawasaki Versys wasn’t last,
it just was with the wrong bunch of bikes,
the Versys should have been taking on the
NC750 Honda and Yamaha MT07. It’s very
tall for a 650 , so not many beginner or lady
riders will swing a leg over this one.
The styling has improved ten fold over
the previous models, also a bike with no
frills of thrills so as a pure commuter a very
respectable thumbs up...
Mieke “Miss Singh” Oelofson says:
I can only comment on the Yamaha Tracer
and ducati Multistrada as they were the only
two bikes that I could comfortably touch
both my tiny feet on the ground with.
The Yamaha Tracer is a real hooligan tool
in a middleweight package, full of character
and with enough grunt to make the ride
a thrill. Definitely one for a lady looking to
broaden her horizons.
Winking at you with big bug like eyes as
you approach, the distinct Ducati rumble
emphasizes its powerful capabilities, and
once on the road, the acute handling
makes you wish the road goes on forever.
The only complaint was from my battered
knee, which had been injured in a previous
occasion and did not cope well with the
aggressive riding position.
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T H E F U N P A R T O F
THE BREAKFAST RUN
If you live in Gauteng and anyone
Smith or Jones so that they could have
The one thing that hasn’t changed
mentions the Breakfast Run it is
bacon and eggs. That done everyone would though is how much fun it is to sit and tell
immediately accepted that you mean race off as fast as they could to the hotel. biking stories with all your mates and their
a motorcycle ride from anywhere on the
Reef to somewhere around Hartebeespoort
Dam. The funny thing about the Breakfast
Run is that it started off as quite a formal
thing… a bunch of guys who had bought
the motorcycle that really changed the
world, the original Honda CB 750, wanted
somewhere to go where they could ride
fast, and where there was hardly any traffic
(or Spietcops). This was back in 1970,
especially at 7am on a Sunday morning.
Guys with the first real production superbike
would meet at the old Bryanston Post Office,
count how many people had pitched, and
phone Mrs Gray at the old Hartebeespoort
Hotel opposite the Zoo, (it’s now a steak
house) to tell her how many s she should
prepare. The Jewish guys left their
yarmulkes at home and called themselves
Breakfast was a great event, more for the
rubbish that everyone talked than the food.
It was just a laugh a minute from beginning
to the end. It was also the place to show off
anything new and was just so enjoyable.
Over the years a lot has changed. The
bikes are better and faster, there are lots
more of them, the old Hotel is long gone
but it has been replaced by literally dozens
of really cool breakfast places. The roads
have actually got worse and the traffic is
hectic, partly because where this part of
the Magaliesberg used to be a backward
place where robbers and highwaymen hid
from the cops it’s now one huge up-market
suburb. So it’s now an ever better place to
show off all the best biking stuff at trendy
mates well - everyone’s mates.
So when we recently decided to try out
a collection of the latest super touring bikes
we decided the only way to do this properly
was to go on a Breakfast Run. Being a bit
old school I thought this meant meeting
at the designated spot at about 7 am. No
way Jose’…this is 2016, we met at 10am.
Frikadel….maybe we will be in time for
lunch. Anyway, we eventually all managed
to find our group, and after confusing each
other properly trying to get photo’s with cell
phones and a Go Pro, we decided to swop
bikes. The idea was to ride each of them
and then build up a story with everyone’s
opinions combined. So we stopped at the
Cradle where lots of guys in funny tights
hissed past us on pedal bikes, and moved
to the next bike.
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One of them was the new Ducati
Multistrada, a bike full of electronic trickery,
just like most of the others in the group. Of
course being fast and sexy we all made a
bee line for it. It was like a Le Mans start
every time we swopped. Most of the time
we would just leave the bikes in neutral with
the engine running so that once aboard we
could take off as fast as possible to stay in
front. The big Duc was no exception, except
that more than once the poor guy riding the
bike pulled off only to grind to a halt a few
meters later with a dead engine. The reason
was that this bike has one more electronic
gizmo than any of the others. It has a trick
electronic key. You put it in your pocket and
as long as you are on the bike or standing
right next to it all you have to do is press
the starter. Move away and it switches off
completely. No idle, no light, no hooter.
Nada. So what would happen in the rush to
jump onto something new the Ducati rider
would leap onto another bike and rush off
with the electronic key still in his pocket.
The new Ducati rider, especially those who
didn’t know about the key yet, would be
left standing, desperately trying to work
out what had happened, which included
trying to find the key slot….of
course there isn’t
one. Everyone else had hurtled off over the
horizon by this time, and only kays away
would they realise the Ducati was missing.
Then the delinquent with the key had to go
back in disgrace. When we eventually sat
down for breakfast (at lunchtime) everyone
hosed themselves at the expense of the
guys left stranded. And so we got talking
about mishaps that had befallen riders on
other groups. There were many, each one
funnier than the next.
The story that topped them all though
featured the famous Zenon Birkby, who
works for Rob at RideFast. Zenoob as he is
known, is that one guy that always seems
to land in the worst situations. The story
that had us cracking up on this particular
breakfast was how, on a previous foray
down to the Lowveld, the group stopped for
lunch. As always happens just as everyone
is finished eating, drinking, smoking and
generally fussing about and is ready to
saddle up and leave, someone needs the
loo…invariably it’s The Great Zenoob. On
this occasion no one noticed that he had
gone to the crapper and everyone rode off,
only to discover a while later that he was
missing. So after waiting for a while and
no sign of him, Rob got a bit worried, as
one does (sometimes) and headed back
to find him. When he got to the lunch spot
Zenoob’s bike was still standing outside.
After a quick look around Rob came to the
only conclusion; He must have
gone to the toilet, so off he
went in search of the
First thing he saw on entering the gents
was a pair of bike boots behind a partly
closed loo door. Peeking around the door
there was Zenoob, lying on the floor groggily
shaking his head. “Geez Zen, that must
have been some dump” called Rob, only to
be met by a gradually refocusing stare….
In the end it turned out that whilst sitting on
the throne, with the door not quite closed
because of a broken lock, someone had
bashed it open in haste thinking the cubicle
was empty. The door hit the Z flat on his
bowed head, dropping him senseless
on the spot. The offender dashed off in
embarrassment not knowing the result of
his rush to the toilet. Needless to say this
story will become an urban legend and live
forever, perfect fodder for many Breakfast
run meals to come!
But we digress. 200 odd kilometres for
the day, from the East Rand, to the garage
at the bottom of Krugersdorp hill and then
off to the Cradle of Mankind to visit the
friendly giraffe at the Rhino park restaurant.
From there, a circular route around harties
and back to the Oos. A great ride with lots
to see, plenty of twisties and some really
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The 2016 TT was all about two gladiators, both on BMW S1000RR machines.
Words: Wayne van Tonder - wayneswordblog.wordpress.com
The Isle of Man called for late
evenings and early mornings
in order to catch the featured
races that in fact were highlights.
It’s unfortunate really that we have
to watch the races like this. Watching
live coverage would be amazing. I feel
like more should be invested in getting
live coverage of these races because
in all honesty we are watching history
being made every time these guys
go around this historic track. Not only
that but it is breathtaking racing!
This years TT was the tale of two
men, Ian Hutchinson and Michael
Dunlop started it all off with a win
in the Superbike race. Hutchinson
then took three wins in a row with the
Supersport and Superstock races
going his way and by some distance
too. Dunlop being disqualified from
the first Supersport race with the use
of a part deemed to be illegal.
With Hutchinson dominating the
mountain course it seemed Dunlop
was out of it and all money was
suddenly on Hutchinson to take the
Senior as well. Dunlop however would
have the final say, breaking every
course record on the way to victory in
the Senior TT.
The post race interviews got
heated when Hutchinson got his turn
to speak, making note of what had
taken place behind the scenes with
Michael Dunlop and his team. A little
Rossi, Marquez and Lorenzo moment
going down at the Isle of Man.
Hutchinson very surprisingly stating
that it may take some convincing
to get him back to the TT next year
because of everything that happened.
Let’s hope for the sake of the Isle of
Man and the racing that he was just
speaking out emotion.
Back to the racing itself though
and I will admit that the Supersport
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aces are my personal favourite. Watching these guys ride those
600’s to the absolute limit is just extraordinary. Hearing the
600cc engines scream their way around the mountain course,
there is nothing else like it and in this particular race you can
see why 600’s are still great bikes. Long live the 600 class!
As for the Superbikes and Superstock races. The speed of
those machines is unbelievable and in the hands of these guys
it’s frankly scary to watch but at the same time you can’t take
your eyes off the screen.
As old as the Honda Fireblade may be in comparison to the
new technological wonders, it still amazes and competes. It
actually is still preferred ahead of the likes of the new Yamaha
R1 by the top guys. Not only that but I still think it’s a beautiful
bike. Honda got it right with that bike and with rumours from
the commentators, backed up by McGuinness in the post race
interviews, that Honda will have a new bike for next years race,
they have a lot to live up to.
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The BMW’s though were supremely quick, especially
in the hands of Hutchinson and Dunlop.
As I expected the Honda RC213V of Bruce Anstey,
sounded extraordinary. Maybe a new race could be
born from it, (hint hint MotoGP manufacturers). The road
replicas of course. How amazing would that be. What
a beautiful soundtrack that would produce around the
Isle. Unfortunately Anstey was not fully fit, however he
did take a victory in the week, winning the Zero TT.
One of the stories of the week though was
undoubtedly Dean Harrison. The young gun having a
great week. No doubt he will be one to watch next year
and records may again be falling, look out Hutchinson
and Dunlop. Even the commentators saying Harrison
doesn’t know just how good he is yet.
On the other end of the scale though, we may have
seen the end to the reign of John McGuinness. He
took no victories this year and it seems the younger
guys now have his number. He however did say he
will be back to ride the new Honda next year and with
McGuinness you just never know.
The Lightweight class was won by Ivan Lintin while
the two sidecar races, not my cup of tea I have to say,
went to John Holde and Andrew Winkle in race one.
Race two going to brothers Ben and Tom Birchall.
All in all it was another year of unbelievable racing.
Next year already seems as though it will be a tasty
one with new Honda’s set to line up and let’s not forget
Suzuki’s new Gixxer will be out. Let’s hope one of the
top guys will be on it and maybe the R1’s will make a
better showing. Bike wise, it should be an interesting
watch, rider wise it could be much closer.
Hutchinson took the overall points win with Harrison
second, Dunlop third.
Sadly there were four deaths in the week with Paul
Shoesmith, Andrew Soar, Dwight Bear and Ian Bell
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Great to see former SA champ
Arushen Moodley back racing on his
Dynamic Express services Kawasaki.
Pic by Eugene’s Digital Images
Words & Pics: Adriaan Venter—www.rainmakerbell.com
Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters:
CHAPTER FIVE: / You can take a picture
of something you see/ In the future where
will I be?/ You can climb a ladder up to the
sun/ Or write a song nobody has sung/ Or
do something that’s never been done/ … —
I stare at Bloubergstrand. The leadenblue
sea has some kind of gravitational
force, dragging me closer and closer to the
water’s edge. The wind hits me mercilessly
in my face. Through my watery eyes, I see
Table Mountain in the backdrop. And as
far as the eye can see, kitesurfers take to
the wind, in all their glory, in all the colours
of the rainbow. Their inexhaustible energy
makes me want to stay. And it’s exactly
what I did…
Not far from here is Killarney racetrack,
one of the first international racing circuits.
If I’m finished here (with my deep stare into
the dull blue), taking pictures, I would like
to visit the old lady. Maybe, just maybe,
there is thunder, something to grace her old
coarse skin, giving her a voice again.
I finally got to the main gate, and there
is was … the bleak thunder. A mundane
public track day, unfolding into something
not very exciting, not very exhilarating at
all. White collars, abusing their normal
9-5-cars (without number plates), for a few
thrilling rounds. Are they aware that the
Extreme Festival plays host to this type of
“genre”, the Extreme Supercars? There is
a Lotus Exige, a yellow one, standing in
the pit lane; a Mercedes V8 Bi-turbo GTS;
an old Nissan Skyline; a very slow Nissan
GTR, and about 20 common cars under
As the thunder dissipates into turn one,
I think of the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R
Masters in the silence. I wonder, how it all
due east, lies Aldo Scribante. This weekend,
the Kawasaki Masters will put the thunder
properly back into the black. Two new
faces are on the books: Wayne Spicer and
Eighteen superbikes riders, 18 Kawasaki
ZX10R superbikes, 72 Bridgestone Battlax
R10 tyres; Red Square Reload, Crabbie’s,
Carlsberg, and Red Square colours, by the
case load. And … they are ready to bring
the sky down over Port Elizabeth. Without
further ado, here they are: Arushen Moodley
#21, Pieter de Vos #17, Sven Grüne #66,
Kyle Robinson #18, Jaco Gous #43, Teddy
Brooke #93, Johan Le Roux #44, Sanjiv
Singh #12, Jason Joshua #76, Raymond
Keel #33, Michael Smit #49, Russ Page
#46, Abrie Marais #48, Henk Schuiling #69,
Ian Harwood #24, Mike McSkimming #71,
Etienne Louw #56, Wayne Spicer #90.
The winter has finally shown her face.
It is not a cruel one, just one that we all
expected. My things are not packed. I still
lie in bed, watching the ceiling, waiting for
the damn white light to appear, and for
some vague spectre to touch my feet. (This
happens from time to time to me.) Port
Elizabeth is not seeing me this year. It’s
actually a pity. In some reluctant sense I do
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understand the Club’s decision. Sometimes
we are left behind for the greater good,
whatever that means. The Aliens never
came, neither Judgement Day. Graeme Van
Breda (#1), took a leave of absence, off to
America, or somewhere exotic; and Bono
(U2) sings: it’s a beautiful day.
(For those who still don’t know me, my
name is Adriaan Venter (abc@rainmakerbell.
com)—creative/freestyle writer and
photographer for the Red Square Kawasaki
ZX10R Masters. Well, I try my utmost.
Unfortunately, I’m useless, when it comes
to writing unstimulating race-reports. That
would just kill me, probably the Club too.
Motorsport has more to it than you can
ever imagine: there is a world within a world
connecting us all, since the beginning of
time. Remember the BIG BANG? And THIS
is what I love to write about: the thunder, the
thrills, the spills, the people; and the smell of
race fuel in the morning. And many thanks
to RideFast Magazine, for advancing my
words/features, beyond further.)
I can only assume that most of the
wives, ladies, if you prefer, will remain
behind. Just like me. To man the stove,
doing dishes, darning a few socks, or
even vacuum the carpets in a sensual/
provocative way. I never do dishes, or push
anything with wheels, unless it’s a shopping
cart. Keeping the “Atom Heart Mother”,
from killing my wallet. Oh! This is going to
hurt, the next time they see me. May God
have mercy on me.
Away in PE, we can entertain our
thoughts, by believing, that they will work
their hands to stumps. Wrong! Cooking
shows make up their intrinsic, delicate
characteristics, believe me; SuperSport
8 (channel 208), 2Wheels (and other high
octane channels), is what makes up our
“true” alter egos. Will they ever understand
us? Hmmm. No!
Subject yourself to the ordinary, to the
mundane in life, and old age will surely come
looking for you. These Masters engage
themselves in THIS genre: to test life’s limits,
to defy the bump-and-grind of common
life, to launch inspirational moments—to be
the pinnacle, of what we take for granted.
Great—Red Square—moments, define our
lives (to some extend)…
As the wind wells my eyes (and the
thought of not being there), I can only image
what it must be like at Aldo Scribante …
The Internet is a great source of
information, Lynette (Fourie) too: Practice
session one, recorded Kyle Robinson, in
top spot; second Sven Grüne; and in third,
Teddy Brooke, racing a new 2016 Kawasaki
ZX10R. Practice 2: Arushen Moodley,
Sven, Kyle. Pieter De Vos, just missed
third. Newcomer, Wayne Spicer, recorded
a twelve place. Practice 3: #21, #66, #17.
These results show potential, hoping Pieter,
will capitalize on the absence of Graeme.
(Pieter is an old hand of the track, not
always realising his own greatness.)
I can only imagine: I have never ridden
a superbike in my life. How it must feel.
The agony these riders must go through
(except Johan Le Roux #44, he’s a machine
in his own sense). From turn to turn, down
the pit straight, lap after lap, keeping your
senses, letting the muscle come
through. White knuckles, as
they turn full throttle, hitting the
brakes, releasing the clutch-lever.
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Sven Grüne, Arushen
Moodley (21), Kyle
Sustaining full composure for 12 laps.
Reflect on this for a moment, next time
you feel agitated with your life. There
are people doing it for sport; these
Masters, are doing it, to defy the laws of
life. Rejuvenating the senses, we forgot
The parallel universe: “It is a
hypothetical self-contained reality coexisting
with one’s own.” That would
be mine. On the west end of my reality
lives my ego; on the east end of the
tunnel, presumably it’s a tunnel, lives my
alter ego—the Kawasaki Masters realm.
The waves break over my feet, wetting
my shoes. Kitesurfers take to the sky,
living every moment. On the east end,
Arushan Moodley takes a double
chequered flag for the day, disrupting
the order of things. Pieter took second
in heat one. Congratulations, to the
“Terrier”. Sven, just missed the second
rung. How will this affect him, you may
ask. Retaliation is the answer to most of
our niggling problems. He (Sven) took
second, in heat two, making space for
the amazing Kyle Robinson. Johan Le
Roux took the fourth place with the
same expression as the Cheshire Cat.
The “Terrier” ended up in fifth. Buoyant,
Russ Page, recorded a 12 and 13 for
the day. How does this affect the points
standing: Season favourite Kyle, is in
second, with 116, towered by Sven
with 139. Third is Pieter (98). Fourth,
tenacious Johan Le Roux (97), followed
by Teddy Brooke (80). Closing the gate
in sixth, Graeme Van Breda, with 75.
The sun drags itself over the horizon
with difficulty. I don’t want it to go, but
that’s life. / So you run and you run to
catch up with the sun but it’s sinking/
Racing around to come up behind you
again/ The sun is the same in a relative
way but you’re older/ Shorter of breath
and one day closer to death/...
It has become time to leave
the beach behind. The kitesurfers
detached themselves from what is wet
and wonderful. On the east end, the
flames lick the evening sky. Coolers
flip open, the smell of matured steak
fills the evening air. The day is over (for
me), my parallel universe collapses,
making way for new thoughts, for new
moments. I was there. —Godspeed!
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INSIDE MAN: ERIC COOK
SUB 10 THUNDERBIKES
This Season has had a lot of ups, and quite a few
downs, but nevertheless it has been a great first half
of the season and it has put a lot of good strain on
the team. We are working harder on the bike and in
the gym to get things better.
The season started off quite badly with a crash
on the second lap of the first heat. This puts a lot
of doubt in ones head for the rest of the season,
but we took good data away and looked forward
to the next round. Through out the year we have
tried a lot to get to the top, since we are backed
by the NO.1 Sportbike Magazine in South Africa,
Ridefast! We were trying to live up to their name and
The season so far has been great, with great
people by my side pushing me harder and after
the last round at Zwartkops on the 21st of May,
we are currently leading the Sub10 Superbike
Championship, which is just going to make us work
harder and push more to ensure that we bring home
that No.1 plate!
I just want to say a HUGE thank you to my sponsors
to sticking with me during this season and I look
forward to working with all of my amazing sponsors
for the second half of the season!
Thank you to; Burgess and Partners Plumbing,
Brunational, B4 Plastics, Mic’s Barber Shop,
Crusader Graphics and Signs, Kim
Tiley Racing, Meric Distribution,
Suga Chix and the No.1 Magazine
in South Africa, Ridefast!
SA SBK RACING:
SUPER GP NATIONALS: SEASON SO FAR
THE STORY SO FAR
The 2016 SuperGP National championship so far been nothing short of spectacular. World class racing from world
class riders. The glory days might just be on their way back. Words: Rob Portman Pics: Eric Buijs / Eugene Liebenberg
It pleases me to be writing positive stuff
about our local SuperGP Championship.
For long there was not much to get that
excited about but the 2016 season has reignited
the old flame.
Packed grids and world class racing
is what this season has been about so
far, and I have been lucky enough to have
the best seat in the house behind the
microphone commentating on what has
literally been throat tearing stuff. I have lost
count on the amount of times I have lost my
voice whilst commentating this year, good
thing I have the voice of motorsport himself,
Greg Moloney next to me to bail me out.
The season got off to a bang at round
one held at Redstar Raceway. New riders
and new teams were out to do battle, and
battle they did.
It was familiar faces out front in the
Super 600 category, with 2015 champ,
Steven Odendaal, no longer with anassis
Racing but rather his own private team,
taking on young gun and new Anassis
racing star, Adolf Boshoff.
After banging elbows from the first
corner to last it was Adolf that drew first
blood, taking the win ahead of the number
1 plate holder. Odendaal would get his
revenge in race number two, stamping his
authority on the race and showing why he
is the champion.
It was a welcome return to racing in SA
for Suzuki, who under the Uncle Andy’s
Racing banner, would run two GSXR600’s
in the Super600 class and one GSXR1000
in the SuperGP class. Durban hot shot,
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Blaze Baker was joined by 2014 Northern
regions 600cc champion Darien Kayser.
Baker would go on to pick up two 3rd
place finishes for the Suzuki team, not bad
for their first time back.
In the SuperGP class it was all about the
Clint Seller and Mathew Scholtz rivalry. The
Yamaha R1 mounted riders would once
again go at it, and it was Seller who had
the upper-hand in the opening laps of race
one, pulling out a 2.5 second lead in the
first 3 laps. Pole man Scholtz had showed
great pace through-out the practise
sessions and started to recover after a not
so good start and slowly closed the gap
on the leader. Seller would then make the
first big mistake of the season, crashing his
Neo Life Yamaha big style going into the
final turn. Seller admitted to just pushing to
hard. That left Scholtz to go and take the
flag and the first 25-points of the season.
Anthony Shelley, who is sadly no longer
with us, took a well deserved second place
on his new Fercor construction Yamaha R1
ahead of BMW mounted Daryn Upton, who
surprised all with his great pace on his full
return to National Superbike racing.
Seller would suffer further
disappointment as he was not able to
make it out for race two as his bike was
too badly damaged after the crash. That
pretty much left Scholtz out front all on
his lonesome, but the battle behind him
was heating up. Newcomer to the 1000cc
category for 2016 was 2015 600cc runnerup,
Michael White, who had also opted to
go with a Yamaha R1 for the 2016 season,
backed by Consortium Shipping.
Michael did not have much time on the
bike leading up to the race, yet somehow
still managed to find great pace after
picking up a well deserved 4th place in
race one first time out on the big bike.
Race two and White was a little more
comfortable on the bike and it showed. He
was now right on the tail pipe of Shelley,
pushing him every lap trying to force
a mistake out of the 19-year old. That
mistake never came and Shelley would
pull a slight gap on White in the closing
stages of the race, but a great ride from the
newcomer. That was the first, and certainly
not the last podium sweep for Yamaha so
far this season.
Round two moved onto Phakisa
Freeway out in Welkom and after what was
a sunny Friday practise, quickly turned
into a nightmare as an overnight storm/
hurricane hit the small town pretty much
destroying the track and its facilities.
I arrived at the track bright and early
on Saturday morning and what I saw
was something out of a Zombie movie.
Destroyed team gazebos were lying
stranded everywhere while the pits were
knee deep in water thanks to blocked
drains. How all the teams managed to get
everything sorted and go racing is still a
mystery to me but as they say “The show
must go on”, and on it went.
4-time SA champ Clint Seller was
determined to out what was a disastrous
Redstar race meeting behind, and
focussed on clawing back the 50-points he
had lost to Scholtz.
The SuperGP grid looked more like a
World Superstock grid with big names like
David McFadden, Greg Gildenhuys and
Nicolas Grobler all making an appearance.
Seller was out to prove a point and
that he did by dominating the weekends
racing, winning both races in style and
somehow posting super fast lap times on
the not ideal track.
Scholtz would pick up 2nd place in race
one and then disaster struck in race two
when he crashed out in a freaky way. On
the warm-up lap, Scholtz had dug his knee
in the grass, ripping his knee slider off in the
process. Little did he know how costly that
would be as a couple of laps into the race
that same knee slider was hit up by Seller
and somehow found its way under the front
wheel of Scholtz, who was sent down in a
big heap of dust. No points for the leader
who lost 30-points to his main rival.
Michael White would go on to have
another impressive weekend picking up
a 4th place in race one, just behind 3rd
place Lance Isaacs after a race long battle
with the veteran, and another podium
finish in race two, this time in 2nd. That put
him just a couple of points behind Scholtz
in the standings heading into the next
round at Zwartkops.
It was all action happened behind the
leading pair. The fight for the final podium
position was a nine-way struggle that saw
the lead swap almost every lap. Isaacs
eventually emerged on top taking third
from Daryn Upton (Turnskill Engineering
BMW S1000RR), Dean Vos (Trolan Bikes
Kawasaki ZX10R) and Gildenhuys (~Kreepy
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The Super600 class was once again all
about Odendaal and Boshoff, and just like
at Redstar, they would go onto to share the
days spoils with a win and a second place
each. Both riders displayed breathtaking
bike skills and some of the passes they
pulled off left me speechless, and that’s not
an easy thing to do...
Blaze baker would again go on to pick
up two more podium finishes and getting
more data out of his Suzuki GSXR600.
Next up it was Zwartkops and it was
great to see a massive crowd come to
enjoy the days racing, even though it
was freezing cold on raceday. The crowd
certainly did get their moneys worth as
the racing on track was nothing short of
spectacular. Everyone quickly forgot about
the cold conditions as the racing action
was so hot it warmed the body and soul.
By now things were really starting to get
tasty between the Yamaha riders in both the
SuperGP and Super600 championships.
Seller has always been a hard man to beat,
especially at the Zwartkops track where
he seems to find that bit extra. It was up
to Scholtz and White to try and stop Seller,
who was determined to get himself back to
the top of the standing and go for his 5th
SA title in a row.
The lap times set in practise and
qualifying were simply outrageous, with
both Seller and Scholtz going under the
1,01 minute mark. Those kind of lap times
have not been seen in a long time.
Scholtz would take pole position, setting
a unbelievable 1,01.2, ahead of Seller and
Gildenhuys who made a welcomed return
to the front row. Going into the Zwartkops
race and there was a new contender for
podium finishes. AJ Venter had started
the season off on the Uncle Andy’s racing
Suzuki GSXR1000, but parted ways with
the team after Phakisa. He soon joined
the new Hygenica Racing team on board
another Yamaha R1. Venter would make an
immediate impact picking up 3rd place in
race one first time out on the new machine,
showing what a talent he is and how good
the R1 machine is.
Seller dominated race one, after opting
to go out on a new set of sticky Pirelli
tyres while Scholtz opted to use his slightly
used Pirelli tyres from qualifying, keeping
his new set for race number two. That
proved to be a big factor as Seller had to
push hard at the start of race two to keep
Scholtz at bay. The Emtek rider eventually
making his way past after showing better
pace. It was up to Seller to try and disrupt
Scholtz’ rhythm, something he is very
good at doing, trust me, I have been there.
Disaster would strike the Neo Life Yamaha
rider once again, this time brake fade
heading into the very fast, and dangerous
for me, turn number 4. Seller used all his
experience and through his R1 machine to
the ground to avoid hitting the wall head
on. Seller went head over heals in a huge
crash that looked very bad. Somehow he
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managed to walk away with only minor
injuries but it was another 25-points lost
to Scholtz who went on to win by miles.
Behind him Isaacs had worked his
way up to second on the road but a
30 second penalty for jumping the
start dropped the veteran down to
tenth in the overall results. The battle
for the remaining podium positions
eventually came down to a two-way
fight between Gildenhuys and White,
with Gidenhuys just taking second.
Venter recovered from a poor start to
take fourth ahead of Dean Vos (Trolan
Bikes Yamaha R1) with Brandon
Goode not far behind in sixth.
Boshoff was proving to be the
master of Super600 qualifying as
he took his third pole position of the
season at Zwartkops. Watching this kid
throw his Neo life Yamaha R6 into turn
one really was a scary yet impressive
sight. NO FEAR! Odendaal had to be
content with second with Blaze Baker
completing the front row.
The opening race was not even a
lap old when the red flags came out
after Baker had a spectacular accident
through turn 7. While he was not
hurt the same cannot be said for his
bike and he was forced to become a
spectator. From the re-start it was all
about Odendaal and Boshoff at the
front of the field with the pair swapping
positions, and paint, in 16 laps of
thrilling racing. In the end it was Boshoff
who was in front when it counted,
taking the win by just 0.111 seconds.
Behind the leading duo, the
impressive Dylan Barnard had his best
result of the season, taking third ahead
of lady rider Nicole van Aswegen.
Race two provided more thrilling
action at the front with Odendaal and
Boshoff again pulling away from the
rest of the pack. Boshoff’s bike almost
threw him off when the rear tyre started
to lose grip and, when a back-marker
caused him drop further back, he
decided to settle for second. Baker’s
pit crew had done an amazing job
to get his bike back together for the
second race although he was forced to
start from pit lane after a problem with
his bike on the grid. He didn’t let this
worry him however, and fought his way
through the field eventually joining the
battle for the final podium spot, at that
time being fought out between Barnard
and van Aswegen, with a couple of
laps to go. Baker was able to get past
van Aswegen just ran out laps before
he could find a way past Barnard and
had to settle for fourth. Van Aswegen
ended the race in fifth ahead of Jesse
Boshoff (Kawasaki ZX6).
The championship moved to the
latest instalment of what had already
been a mouth watering season. The
Killarney track down in Cape Town
hosted round 4, and this, without a
doubt, had to be one of the best racing
weekends I have seen in SA in a very
long time, if not ever!
From the KTM RC390 Junior Cup
right up to the SuperGP class, the racing
action was thrilling and intense. This is
where my poor voice stood no chance!
Seller got off to a great start in
race one, barging his way through on
Scholtz who had got the holeshot.
Seller looked to have it in the bag after
pulling out a comfortable lead in the
opening laps. That was until Scholtz put
in lap record after lap record. He closed
the gap down to Seller, who looked to
be struggling with arm pump. Seller,
being the fighter he is, tried to fight
back at Scholtz heading into the final
turn but was forced to run wide and off
track after going in just a little too fast.
Maybe that feeling of having no brakes
at Zwartkops came back to haunt him,
something that happens to me very
often after a similar incident happened
to me back in 2013. Nasty feeling...
That mistake dropped Seller down
to 4th position behind White and
Gildenhuys, who was starting to look
really good on the new 2016 Kawasaki.
That was more points for Scholtz
who headed into race two with a
comfortable lead over Seller and White
in the overall standings.
In race two it was White who led the
way in the early stages with Seller and
Scholtz chasing hard. White looked
calm and comfortable out front and
actually started to pull away from the
rest. Slowly but surely both seller and
Scholtz closed the gap to White, and
close on half way through the race
is when things really got heated. The
leaders caught the back markers
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Mathew Scholtz - 165
Michael White - 118
Clint Seller - 108
and Seller used them to his advantage,
muscling his way through on White who
had been held up slightly by a back marker
in turn one. One thing you need to know
about Seller is that he don’t need no
second invitation and if he sees a gap he
takes it, and that he did, almost like a bully
on the school playground stealing another
kids candy. There was a big coming
together between Seller and White, with
coming out worst dropping down to fourth
after having to run off track. That promoted
Scholtz to the lead followed by the hard
charging Seller and Gildenhuys, and that’s
how it would finish.
Although hard it was a good lesson for
White who I’m sure will never let himself be
bullied like that again. What doesn’t kill you
makes you stronger hey...
Once again Adolf Boshoff showed what
an amazing talent he is by posting a time
in qualifying that would have put him in 4th
position on the 1000cc grid. A 1,11.4 on
his 600cc machine. Incredible stuff. Clearly
he was motivated by the fact that his
closest rival, Steven Odendaal was away
on international duties, and doing a great
job mind you winning in the Spanish Moto2
championship. You would think Adolf might
sit back and take it easy, well if you did
think that then you don’t know the man
at all. Boshoff came out charging harder
than ever and once again watching this
guy in action in both frightening and super
impressive at the same time. It’s amazing
what he can do, in and out of corners. And
yes, you guessed it, he took the double win
on the day, but, it must be said that he did
not have it all his own way in race number
two especially. While he cruised home to
a comfortable win in race one, race two
was a different ball game. Suzuki’s Blaze
Baker was sick of the sight of the Yamaha
rider ahead of him and set out to get his,
and Suzuki’s first win of the season. The
GSXR600 was fast, really fast making up
bike lengths down the two long straights.
While Boshoff still hand the upper-hand
Adolf Boshoff - 185
Steven Odendaal - 135
Blaze Baker - 117
under braking, Baker was becoming a big
nuisance to the championship leader, who
was having to ride harder and take more
chances than he would have liked I’m sure.
In the end it came right down to the
wire, with Boshoff just taking the win ahead
of Baker, and local man Hayden Jonas
who was racing the Yamaha R6 vacated by
Steven Odendaal for the weekend in hopes
that the local lad would be able to take
some points away from Boshoff. It was
not to be but a great ride from Jonas none
the less. The local riders always manage
to shine down at Killarney and once again
they did. Warren Guantario and Alex van
den Berg both challenging right up at the
sharp end of the field, and while Guantario
did mange to get himself on the podium in
both races, was entered as a regional rider
so did not stand on the National podium.
But, he did prove that he has what it takes
to run at the front, as did van den Berg
who picked up a podium finish himself.
I must also give a mention to the riders
in the KTM RC390 Cup. They really have
put on a great show so far this year,
especially at Killarney where it was similar
to the Mugello Moto3 race that had
happened the week before, and we all
know how frantic that was, and yes, a KTM
rider won that as well I believe, a certain Mr
Brad Binder... you beauty!
Well, these young riders are certainly
on their way to becoming the next Brad
Binder, the racing they put on in Cape town
was world class. 6 riders dicing for top
spot, and all 6 more often that not side by
side rubbing fairing, elbows and whatever
else. What’s even more impressive is how
they still respect each other, both on and
off the track. Really is great to see the
future of SA racing in good hands. Now it’s
just up to the rest of us to do as much as
we can to help support them and get them
to the world stage, where SA riders are
proving they belong.
A big thanks to all who come out and
support our local racing. You really don’t
know what a huge impact you have and
I hope it continues. The crowd down in
Cape Town always impress and we down
here in JHB can learn a thing or two
from them about supporting and being
passionate about your local motorsport.
Long may this hype surrounding
two-wheeled motorcycle racing at the
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