RideFast August 2019


South Africa's Best Motorcycle Magazine!

Words by Rob Portman / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus & Daniella Kerby (Beam Productions)


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.

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