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BOTTS & V4<br />



SUB 500<br />

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Hello all, Robert Portman here and I<br />

would like to welcome you all to the<br />

first digital issue for the <strong>MRSSA</strong> series<br />

covering <strong>round</strong> 1 held at Redstar<br />

Raceway on Saturday the 12th March.<br />

This is an absolute first for motorcycle<br />

racing in SA, where a magazine gets<br />

sent out for free for all to enjoy.<br />

We as Moto Rider World and Beam<br />

Productions are very proud to not only<br />

be the official media partners to the<br />

series, but also sponsors and our aim<br />

is to expose and promote the series as<br />

best as possible using our resources and<br />

skills.<br />

We’ve put this free digital magazine<br />

together for you to all enjoy, and to<br />

use as a marketing tool to send out to<br />

all sponsors, companies etc. to help<br />

showcase the series and you as a rider.<br />

The slogan for the new <strong>MRSSA</strong> Series<br />

is simple - For the riders, by the riders<br />

- and this is how we aim to keep it<br />

for a very long time. In the past there<br />

has been individuals or companies<br />

running the series, and sadly that<br />

brings problems and damages the<br />

sustainability. If it does not make money<br />

for those in charge, and becomes no<br />

longer viable, interest is lost, as we have<br />

seen in the past. Going forward, <strong>MRSSA</strong><br />

has been setup as a non-profit company<br />

with a board of directors who are racers<br />

themselves. Every cent gained and<br />

spent will be on an open book system to<br />

whomever would like to see. What ever<br />

profit is made, if any, will go straight<br />

into the next race. NO ONE makes any<br />

money out of this. Even myself, MRW, or<br />

Beam Productions don’t take one cent<br />

for any of the work we do for the series.<br />

We do it because we want to contribute<br />

to the longevity of the series and more<br />

so because of our passion for the sport.<br />

A lot of hard work has gone into making<br />

this series possible. Countless hours<br />

on the phone, meetings, paper work,<br />

admin, logistics etc. all at the cost of all<br />

involved, and we are happy to do this for<br />

the good of the sport, and after seeing<br />

how well <strong>round</strong> 1 went off, we are now<br />

even more motivated than ever. But, it’s<br />

easy when numbers are good and races<br />

go as it did at <strong>round</strong> 1, it’s when things<br />

get tough, that’s when people start<br />

running. We will not be doing that. We<br />

have committed to the series 100% - on<br />

and off track!!!<br />

It’s a very exciting time for us all, and<br />

the series aims to cater for all riders<br />

- young and old, experienced and not,<br />

new and old, slow and fast - we have a<br />

category for all riders to fit into. And,<br />

the best part, there are no rules, other<br />

than good, safe, fun racing!!! NO BS<br />

allowed!!!<br />

Until next time I hope you enjoy the<br />

magazine we have set out for you and<br />

hope to see you at the races!!! A big<br />

thanks to all our supporting sponsors<br />

listed below.<br />

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We must give a big thanks to the Classics riders as they have once again<br />

backed us and brought numbers to the series. Twenty one riders lined up on<br />

the grid for the first <strong>round</strong> featuring a great variety of machines from years<br />

gone by. Still very much a eye-catcher to all and the racing on track is always<br />

worth a watch. Yes, they are old bikes, and mostly older riders, but what a<br />

show they put on.<br />

Both races were tightly contested all the way through the field. Out front it<br />

was the two younger men in the field battling it out for overall honours. Paul<br />

Jacobs would take overall top spot holding off the charge from Jaco Gous, who<br />

would have issues and end up only managing 4th overall for the day.<br />

Great rides from Lionel Black and Tom Maritz saw them pick up 2nd and 3rd<br />

overall for the day. Mike McSkimming, on his Katana, picked up 5th overall just<br />

ahead of Sakkie Pottas and Iain Pinkerton.<br />

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SUB 500<br />

A new introduction for the 2022 season is the Sub 500 class - anything under<br />

500cc goes. This also creates a perfect platform for new and old machines to<br />

come race - from old school Honda 400’s, which Robert Coutts pulled out on the<br />

day to modern day Supersport 300 and 400 racers.<br />

Majority of the class was filled with young, fast riders on Supersport 300 and<br />

400 machines. A fine display of racing from the young stars in the class, with<br />

lady racer Nicole Fourie taking overall honours on her Kawasaki Ninja 400.<br />

Just behind her, and making the step up from the Short Circuit Series was KJ<br />

Monyoyane and Taigh Janse Van Rensberg, also both on Kawasaki Ninja 400’s.<br />

Exciting talent all the way from PE, Oliver McKay, made the trip to RSR and<br />

impressed picking up 4th overall, ahead of another top youngster Arno Erasmus<br />

on his KTM 390. Robert Coutts would end up in 6th on his Honda 400.<br />

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Catering for riders 45 years and older, the Masters class was well represented<br />

and displayed “Master Class” racing in both races on the day. Some Redstar<br />

specialists took to the track but it was a rider from Cape Town that stole the<br />

show. Mark Van Den Berg on his GFP Suzuki took the overall win and continues<br />

his great form from 2021, proving to be the man to beat in this class.<br />

Behind him and 2nd overall for the day was Jaco Gous, on double duty racing<br />

both in the Masters class and the Classics. Marius Marais would pick up 3rd<br />

overall for the day with another Suzuki rider, Lourens Badenhorst in 4th.<br />

Good battles all the way through the field with a great variety of bikes - Suzuki,<br />

Kawasaki, Yamaha - past and present, big and small. Laptimes were really<br />

impressive from the elder statesmen.<br />

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BOTTS & V4<br />

One of the longest serving, if not the longest serving class in SA motorcycle<br />

racing, the BOTTS lined up to do battle for the first time in 2022. A big reason<br />

behind this series happening, these riders are the back bone of our sport, and<br />

without them there simply would not be the great, fun, safe racing experiened<br />

on this day for all to enjoy.<br />

A mixture of Italian and Austrian machines, some twins and some V4s, this<br />

blend and mix of riders and bikes always makes for great entertainment. The<br />

sights and sounds from those booming Ducati and KTM twins, and that roaring<br />

scream from the Aprilia and Ducati V4s just compliment what can only be<br />

desicbed as the most desirable machines on the planet.<br />

For years, this category has been dominated by Ducati, but things have changed,<br />

with Aprilia taking the overall title in 2021 in the hands of Michael White,<br />

who has now stepped up to the Ultimate SBK class on his RSV4 1100 Factory<br />

machine. But Aprilia have another strong contender in the form of George Hadji,<br />

who showed why he is the favourite for the title by taking both wins comfortably<br />

on the day. Behind the Aprilia rider was a man making his return to BOTTS<br />

racing after some time away. Frans Fourie on his Ducati Panigale 1299 put on a<br />

great show and picked up 2nd overall and the win in the Twins class, holding off<br />

the strong challenge from the Elegant Fuel Frankfort/RAD KTM 1290 SuperDuke<br />

R mounted Paul Kruger, who put in some very fast times on his naked steed to<br />

pick up 3rd overall and 2nd in the Twins class. Alan Hulscher <strong>round</strong>ed out the<br />

top 3 in the Twins class with a very impressive ride coming from another KTM,<br />

this time the RAD KTM 890 Duke R racer in the hands of the very capable Shaun<br />

Portman who proved just what a littel charger the 890 can be.<br />

Rounding out the podium in the V4 class was Christo Rheeders, on his<br />

ridiculously fast, loud and good looking Ducati V4 machine in 2nd and Ryan<br />

Demoser doing a great job on his modified Aprilia Tuono V4 racer.<br />

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Heading into <strong>round</strong> 1 there were close on 40 entries for the Open SBK class. For<br />

this reason we decided to split the classes into two groups - Open SBK Premier and<br />

Open SBK Novice - with cut off times set in both classes. The aim is to make all the<br />

riders happy and most importantly comfortable racing against riders on the same<br />

level. This turned out to be a real hit as both classes put on a great show.<br />

In the Novice class, where riders from 2,13 minute lap times and slower were<br />

placed, put on a great show for the many fans that packed into the RSR circuit.<br />

Plenty of thrills with a couple of spills, and in the end it was Nkululeko Majola who<br />

took the overall win ahead of Rudi Du Preez and young PE rider Oliver McKay on<br />

his Kawasaki Ninja 400.<br />

Newcomer to the Open SBK class and BMW S1000RR mounted, Ryno Albrecht,<br />

held down 4th overall ahead of Aiden Murray in 5th with Senshe Simone Smith<br />

putting on a great display to pick up 6th place.<br />

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The Premier group of the Open SBK class was decided from the qualifying<br />

session in the morning, where the top 18 riders were put into the Premier class.<br />

Just like with the Novice class there was a great blend of big bikes and small,<br />

young riders and old doing battle out on the tricky RSR track.<br />

A new name to the series, Tieme Nankervis, stole the show and took the overall<br />

win with a fine display of racing skills. Lady racer, Zoe Bosch, who literally<br />

landed in SA on the Friday night from her new home country of Austria, raised<br />

many an eye-brow, including mine with her pace and skill. Zoe, who was sharing<br />

the RAD KTM 890 Duke R racer with Shaun Portman on the day, missed the<br />

entire Friday practice and had not raced a motorcycle for over 2 years, yet was<br />

still able to set 2,05 lap times on the 890 racer and finish in 2nd overall. Great<br />

job by Zoe and the RAD racer - full story coming out in the next digital issue of<br />

Moto Rider World.<br />

Tristan Mathews <strong>round</strong>ed<br />

out the podium with Riaan<br />

Coetzer in 4th, ahead of<br />

Bradley Dawson in 5th, and<br />

X-Lite helmet lucky draw<br />

winner Ahmed Amanjee in<br />

6th. Yes, X Lite helmets are<br />

back in SA and a big thanks<br />

to Steve and the team for<br />

sponsoring a brand new<br />

R12,500 Chaz Davies X 803<br />

Carbon replica.<br />

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Think of the Unlimited SBK class as the old Northern Regions SBK<br />

championship from days gone by. It’s a class aimed at accomadating those who<br />

are not yet ready to make the leap up to the Ultimate SBK class - the fastest<br />

men and women in the land.<br />

Sixteen hungry riders lined up on the grid for both races, which were hotly<br />

contested from the start to finish. Again, plenty of thrills and a few spills thrown<br />

into the mix, luckily no serious injuries to report.<br />

Honda, BMW, Suzuki, and Yamaha were all well represented, but it was a stock<br />

standard BMW S1000RR (headlights and all) in the hands of Adriaan Van Dalen<br />

who took the overall win holding off the charge from Suzuki mounted Luca<br />

Bertolini - who was lucky to escape a massive crash in race two with no injuries,<br />

which almost saw him land up in Nelspruit.<br />

NPL Nutrition backed Stephen Van Den Berg had a great outing on his gorgeous<br />

R1,5m BMW HP4 Race machine, picking up 3rd overall depite suffering a small<br />

get off in race 1. Armand Veldman would get 4th overall ahead of Divan De Wet<br />

on his stunning new Honda CBR1000RR-R SP.<br />

Other impressive rides came in the form of Loodre Spangenberg, who had not<br />

raced in many moons and was drafted in by the World of Carbon/BMW Motorrad<br />

team last minute as lady rider Zante Otto could not make it due to testing<br />

positive for Covid. Loodre, the workshop manager at BMW Sandton Motorrad,<br />

ended up in 6th spot overall setting some very fast lap times in the process, on<br />

what was a stock BMW S1000RR he shared with yours truly on the day.<br />

Spanish Supersport bound, Peron Parasaramen, on his Yamaha R6 got some<br />

much needed saddle time in and put in some hot laps ahead of the ever<br />

improving Nicho Jonck in 7th and 8th overall respectively.<br />

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The main class on the day featuring the<br />

fastest riders on the fastest machines in the<br />

land. The Ultimate Superbike class is pretty<br />

much your National SBK category from days<br />

gone by, but without the National status.<br />

2021 saw the introduction of the new<br />

Ultimate SBK class with a 3 <strong>round</strong> sprint<br />

championship setup to see who the Ultimate<br />

SBK rider and machine would be here in SA.<br />

The honours went to Clint Seller on his King<br />

Price Extreme Honda machine and he came<br />

into 2022 with the number 1 plate and a big<br />

target on his back as the man to beat.<br />

Both races lived up to expectation with world<br />

class battles raging throughout. Clint Seller<br />

did take overall honours with both race<br />

wins but behind him the battle for the final<br />

podium spots was epic. AJ Venter, Michael<br />

White, Riccardo Otto and Damion Purificati<br />

put on a great show swapping positions at<br />

almost every corner. Sadly, new BMW rider,<br />

18-year old Ricardo Otto, crashed out of<br />

the battle for the podium in race 1. That left<br />

Venter, White and Purificati to battle it out...<br />

and battle they did!<br />

Seller proved why he is still the man to<br />

beat on his Honda CBR1000RR-R SP while<br />

AJ Venter proved both his and his Suzuki’s<br />

worth by taking second overall for the day<br />

ahead of Michael White on his Aprilia RSV4<br />

1100 Factory.<br />

A great mix of man and machine, with a<br />

very fast lady thrown in the mix. Nicole<br />

van Aswegen, the fastest Mom in the<br />

world, ended up in 4th overall first time<br />

out on her new World of Carbon/BMW<br />

Motorrad S1000RR, setting her fastest time<br />

ever a<strong>round</strong> the RSR track with a 1,55.9.<br />

Sensational!!!<br />

In the 600 Supersport class it was another<br />

King Price Extreme Honda rider taking the<br />

spoils with Leungo Gaorekwe picking up<br />

both wins ahead of Clinton Fourie in 2nd and<br />

Keegan Mills in 3rd. Unfortunately, Ryno<br />

Pretorius crashed out of race one while<br />

mixing it with the big superbikes.<br />

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At the prize giving there were a few more<br />

prizes to give out, other than just the top 3<br />

in each category.<br />

Pictured far left is the winner of the X-Lite<br />

X803 Carbon Davies replica helmet,<br />

Ahmed Amanjee - who had to wear a hair<br />

net before being able to try on the helmet.<br />

Steve and Glen from X-Lite helmets SA<br />

very kindly handed the new helmet, valued<br />

at R12,500, over to the lucky winner. It was<br />

on a lucky draw basis.<br />

For any info regarding X-Lite helmets feel<br />

free to contact Steve on 072 912 4658.<br />

Pictured top right Michael Hunter, all the<br />

way from Cape Town who raced at the<br />

RSR track for the first time and ended<br />

up a creditable 12th overall in the very<br />

competitive Unlimited SBK class on his<br />

Kawasaki ZX6R. Michael walked away with<br />

the “Rider of the Day” trophy.<br />

Bottom right is Dylan Pinkerton who<br />

was the lucky winner of the R2500 SBK<br />

Eyewear hamper. Again, done on a lucky<br />

draw basis and a big thanks to SBK<br />

Eyewear for the great prize.<br />

For more info regarding SBK Eyewear<br />

contact 082 853 4476.

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