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DIGI

MAG

ALL THE

CLASSES

COVERED

OPEN SBK PREMIER

OPEN SBK NOVICE

ULTIMATE SBK

UNLIMITED SBK

BOTTS & V4

CLASSICS

MASTERS

SUB 500

BACK ON

TRACK!

ROUND 1: REDSTAR RACEWAY


WELCOME

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Hello all, Robert Portman here and I

would like to welcome you all to the

first digital issue for the MRSSA series

covering round 1 held at Redstar

Raceway on Saturday the 12th March.

This is an absolute first for motorcycle

racing in SA, where a magazine gets

sent out for free for all to enjoy.

We as Moto Rider World and Beam

Productions are very proud to not only

be the official media partners to the

series, but also sponsors and our aim

is to expose and promote the series as

best as possible using our resources and

skills.

We’ve put this free digital magazine

together for you to all enjoy, and to

use as a marketing tool to send out to

all sponsors, companies etc. to help

showcase the series and you as a rider.

The slogan for the new MRSSA Series

is simple - For the riders, by the riders

- and this is how we aim to keep it

for a very long time. In the past there

has been individuals or companies

running the series, and sadly that

brings problems and damages the

sustainability. If it does not make money

for those in charge, and becomes no

longer viable, interest is lost, as we have

seen in the past. Going forward, MRSSA

has been setup as a non-profit company

with a board of directors who are racers

themselves. Every cent gained and

spent will be on an open book system to

whomever would like to see. What ever

profit is made, if any, will go straight

into the next race. NO ONE makes any

money out of this. Even myself, MRW, or

Beam Productions don’t take one cent

for any of the work we do for the series.

We do it because we want to contribute

to the longevity of the series and more

so because of our passion for the sport.

A lot of hard work has gone into making

this series possible. Countless hours

on the phone, meetings, paper work,

admin, logistics etc. all at the cost of all

involved, and we are happy to do this for

the good of the sport, and after seeing

how well round 1 went off, we are now

even more motivated than ever. But, it’s

easy when numbers are good and races

go as it did at round 1, it’s when things

get tough, that’s when people start

running. We will not be doing that. We

have committed to the series 100% - on

and off track!!!

It’s a very exciting time for us all, and

the series aims to cater for all riders

- young and old, experienced and not,

new and old, slow and fast - we have a

category for all riders to fit into. And,

the best part, there are no rules, other

than good, safe, fun racing!!! NO BS

allowed!!!

Until next time I hope you enjoy the

magazine we have set out for you and

hope to see you at the races!!! A big

thanks to all our supporting sponsors

listed below.

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CLASSICS

We must give a big thanks to the Classics riders as they have once again

backed us and brought numbers to the series. Twenty one riders lined up on

the grid for the first round featuring a great variety of machines from years

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

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

show they put on.

Both races were tightly contested all the way through the field. Out front it

was the two younger men in the field battling it out for overall honours. Paul

Jacobs would take overall top spot holding off the charge from Jaco Gous, who

would have issues and end up only managing 4th overall for the day.

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

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

ahead of Sakkie Pottas and Iain Pinkerton.

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SUB 500

A new introduction for the 2022 season is the Sub 500 class - anything under

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

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

day to modern day Supersport 300 and 400 racers.

Majority of the class was filled with young, fast riders on Supersport 300 and

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

lady racer Nicole Fourie taking overall honours on her Kawasaki Ninja 400.

Just behind her, and making the step up from the Short Circuit Series was KJ

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

Exciting talent all the way from PE, Oliver McKay, made the trip to RSR and

impressed picking up 4th overall, ahead of another top youngster Arno Erasmus

on his KTM 390. Robert Coutts would end up in 6th on his Honda 400.

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MASTERS

Catering for riders 45 years and older, the Masters class was well represented

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

specialists took to the track but it was a rider from Cape Town that stole the

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

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

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

both in the Masters class and the Classics. Marius Marais would pick up 3rd

overall for the day with another Suzuki rider, Lourens Badenhorst in 4th.

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

Kawasaki, Yamaha - past and present, big and small. Laptimes were really

impressive from the elder statesmen.

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BOTTS & V4

One of the longest serving, if not the longest serving class in SA motorcycle

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

behind this series happening, these riders are the back bone of our sport, and

without them there simply would not be the great, fun, safe racing experiened

on this day for all to enjoy.

A mixture of Italian and Austrian machines, some twins and some V4s, this

blend and mix of riders and bikes always makes for great entertainment. The

sights and sounds from those booming Ducati and KTM twins, and that roaring

scream from the Aprilia and Ducati V4s just compliment what can only be

desicbed as the most desirable machines on the planet.

For years, this category has been dominated by Ducati, but things have changed,

with Aprilia taking the overall title in 2021 in the hands of Michael White,

who has now stepped up to the Ultimate SBK class on his RSV4 1100 Factory

machine. But Aprilia have another strong contender in the form of George Hadji,

who showed why he is the favourite for the title by taking both wins comfortably

on the day. Behind the Aprilia rider was a man making his return to BOTTS

racing after some time away. Frans Fourie on his Ducati Panigale 1299 put on a

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

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

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

pick up 3rd overall and 2nd in the Twins class. Alan Hulscher rounded out the

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

this time the RAD KTM 890 Duke R racer in the hands of the very capable Shaun

Portman who proved just what a littel charger the 890 can be.

Rounding out the podium in the V4 class was Christo Rheeders, on his

ridiculously fast, loud and good looking Ducati V4 machine in 2nd and Ryan

Demoser doing a great job on his modified Aprilia Tuono V4 racer.

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OPEN SBK NOVICE

Heading into round 1 there were close on 40 entries for the Open SBK class. For

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

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

riders happy and most importantly comfortable racing against riders on the same

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

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

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

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

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

his Kawasaki Ninja 400.

Newcomer to the Open SBK class and BMW S1000RR mounted, Ryno Albrecht,

held down 4th overall ahead of Aiden Murray in 5th with Senshe Simone Smith

putting on a great display to pick up 6th place.

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OPEN SBK PREMIER

The Premier group of the Open SBK class was decided from the qualifying

session in the morning, where the top 18 riders were put into the Premier class.

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

young riders and old doing battle out on the tricky RSR track.

A new name to the series, Tieme Nankervis, stole the show and took the overall

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

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

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

the RAD KTM 890 Duke R racer with Shaun Portman on the day, missed the

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

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

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

Moto Rider World.

Tristan Mathews rounded

out the podium with Riaan

Coetzer in 4th, ahead of

Bradley Dawson in 5th, and

X-Lite helmet lucky draw

winner Ahmed Amanjee in

6th. Yes, X Lite helmets are

back in SA and a big thanks

to Steve and the team for

sponsoring a brand new

R12,500 Chaz Davies X 803

Carbon replica.

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UNLIMITED SBK

Think of the Unlimited SBK class as the old Northern Regions SBK

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

are not yet ready to make the leap up to the Ultimate SBK class - the fastest

men and women in the land.

Sixteen hungry riders lined up on the grid for both races, which were hotly

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

into the mix, luckily no serious injuries to report.

Honda, BMW, Suzuki, and Yamaha were all well represented, but it was a stock

standard BMW S1000RR (headlights and all) in the hands of Adriaan Van Dalen

who took the overall win holding off the charge from Suzuki mounted Luca

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

which almost saw him land up in Nelspruit.

NPL Nutrition backed Stephen Van Den Berg had a great outing on his gorgeous

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

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

on his stunning new Honda CBR1000RR-R SP.

Other impressive rides came in the form of Loodre Spangenberg, who had not

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

team last minute as lady rider Zante Otto could not make it due to testing

positive for Covid. Loodre, the workshop manager at BMW Sandton Motorrad,

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

what was a stock BMW S1000RR he shared with yours truly on the day.

Spanish Supersport bound, Peron Parasaramen, on his Yamaha R6 got some

much needed saddle time in and put in some hot laps ahead of the ever

improving Nicho Jonck in 7th and 8th overall respectively.

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ULTIMATE SBK

The main class on the day featuring the

fastest riders on the fastest machines in the

land. The Ultimate Superbike class is pretty

much your National SBK category from days

gone by, but without the National status.

2021 saw the introduction of the new

Ultimate SBK class with a 3 round sprint

championship setup to see who the Ultimate

SBK rider and machine would be here in SA.

The honours went to Clint Seller on his King

Price Extreme Honda machine and he came

into 2022 with the number 1 plate and a big

target on his back as the man to beat.

Both races lived up to expectation with world

class battles raging throughout. Clint Seller

did take overall honours with both race

wins but behind him the battle for the final

podium spots was epic. AJ Venter, Michael

White, Riccardo Otto and Damion Purificati

put on a great show swapping positions at

almost every corner. Sadly, new BMW rider,

18-year old Ricardo Otto, crashed out of

the battle for the podium in race 1. That left

Venter, White and Purificati to battle it out...

and battle they did!

Seller proved why he is still the man to

beat on his Honda CBR1000RR-R SP while

AJ Venter proved both his and his Suzuki’s

worth by taking second overall for the day

ahead of Michael White on his Aprilia RSV4

1100 Factory.

A great mix of man and machine, with a

very fast lady thrown in the mix. Nicole

van Aswegen, the fastest Mom in the

world, ended up in 4th overall first time

out on her new World of Carbon/BMW

Motorrad S1000RR, setting her fastest time

ever around the RSR track with a 1,55.9.

Sensational!!!

In the 600 Supersport class it was another

King Price Extreme Honda rider taking the

spoils with Leungo Gaorekwe picking up

both wins ahead of Clinton Fourie in 2nd and

Keegan Mills in 3rd. Unfortunately, Ryno

Pretorius crashed out of race one while

mixing it with the big superbikes.

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PRIZE GIVING


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PRIZE GIVING

LUCKY DRAW

WINNERS AND

RIDER OF THE DAY

At the prize giving there were a few more

prizes to give out, other than just the top 3

in each category.

Pictured far left is the winner of the X-Lite

X803 Carbon Davies replica helmet,

Ahmed Amanjee - who had to wear a hair

net before being able to try on the helmet.

Steve and Glen from X-Lite helmets SA

very kindly handed the new helmet, valued

at R12,500, over to the lucky winner. It was

on a lucky draw basis.

For any info regarding X-Lite helmets feel

free to contact Steve on 072 912 4658.

Pictured top right Michael Hunter, all the

way from Cape Town who raced at the

RSR track for the first time and ended

up a creditable 12th overall in the very

competitive Unlimited SBK class on his

Kawasaki ZX6R. Michael walked away with

the “Rider of the Day” trophy.

Bottom right is Dylan Pinkerton who

was the lucky winner of the R2500 SBK

Eyewear hamper. Again, done on a lucky

draw basis and a big thanks to SBK

Eyewear for the great prize.

For more info regarding SBK Eyewear

contact 082 853 4476.

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