Words by Rob Portman / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus & Daniella Kerby (Beam Productions) WHEELIE GOOD No, that’s not a spelling error in the headline, but rather a simple and perfect way to explain what happened at round 5 of the Monocle Racing Series down at the fastest circuit in the land - the East London Grand Prix Circuit. 147 riders from near and far made the trip to the iconic high-speed circuit in East London for another exciting and thrilling round of Monocle Series two wheeled only racing in the 11 categories on offer. Everything from big booming Ducati V4 machines to legendary classic Honda CB1100’s were on display for the big crowds who came out to admire. The beauty about the Monocle Series is that is caters for everyone and everything - from newbie riders, boys and girls, to the elder statesman - they all have a home here and they love it! The days racing action kicked off with the Supersport 300 class and again these boys and girls put on a terrific show. Top World Supersport 300 rider Dorren Lourerio joined the series for the first time on his Kawasaki Ninja 400 for some saddle time during his international break and he quickly found out that the pace at the Monocle Series is world class. Doz managed to put it on pole for both races and after a titanic 4-way battle with the fastest mother in the world, Nicole van Aswegen, and Yamaha R3 mounted riders Ryno Pretorius and Chris Wright, Doz managed to take the win after a classic block pass move going into the final turn. Nicole would take 2nd with Pretorius in 3rd and Chris Wright in 4th. Race two and this time Nicole decided not to stick around and play with the boys and checked out taking the win by 5 seconds and smashing the lap record with a time of a 1,34.5. Lourerio picked up 2nd ahead of Pretorius and Wright again. Twenty-four bikes lined up for the combined 1000cc and 600cc class with some of the fastest riders in the land doing battle. AJ Venter had to work hard for his two race wins after being pushed all the way by Matthew Herbert with Damion Purificati not too far behind in 3rd. AJ Venter also went on to take the famous “Balls for Potters” award clocking 201kph in the fast right hander.
Connor Hagan made the move up from the 300 class to the 600 on his new Suzuki and impressed all taking the overall win in the Supersport 600 class. Local riders Kevin Redman and Nathan Ashington round out the podium. Racing was intense all the way through the field with some stand out rides coming from the likes of Travis Naude (4th overall), Adriaan van Dalen (5th overall) and first-time racer Ryno Crafford (6th overall). In the Masters class, it was a 3-way battle at the front in both races. Top Kawasaki ZX10 R Masters Cup rider, Johan Le Roux, once again proved that age is just a number after setting fast times and finishing 3rd overall - a true Master! Johnny Krieger would pick up 2nd only just behind overall winner Robert Portman (yes, our editor, hence why the mag is called RideFast). The BOTTS class graced the track next with their beautiful big red, and one yellow, Ducati machines. There was also a KTM 790 Duke racing around in the capable hands of Paul Kruger, who ended up 10th overall for the day.