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<strong>ISSUE</strong> 3<br />

ROUND 3<br />

NEXT ROUND<br />

29 & 30 JULY<br />

PRINCE GEORGE CIRCUIT<br />

EAST -LONDON<br />

ALDO<br />

SCRIBANTE


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Hello all, Shaun Portman here and I would like to<br />

welcome you all to Issue 3 of <strong>MRSSA</strong>.<br />

Rain greeted all the riders on Friday morning as<br />

they prepared to head to practice for Round 3 of the<br />

<strong>MRSSA</strong> held at the Aldo Scribante racetrack in Port<br />

Elizabeth on the 24th and 25th of June. Definitely a fan<br />

favourite amongst the riders and spectators alike. The<br />

2,480-metre-long paved circuit with eight curves and<br />

pit system was built in the 1970sThe 2,480-metre-long<br />

paved circuit with eight curves and pit system was built<br />

in the 1970s. Many riders headed down to PE earlier that<br />

week to try and get some much-needed practice in as<br />

the weather forecast was looking bleak, to say the least.<br />

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t playing ball on Friday<br />

morning, forcing a lot of first-time visitors to the track<br />

to fit wet weather tyres and head out for some muchneeded<br />

track time. Luckily by about lunchtime, the rain<br />

did stop and riders headed out on the track in cars to try<br />

and dry the track as much as possible so that the track<br />

action could continue. Every category did manage to<br />

get one or two dry sessions in with the sessions being<br />

combined to try and get everyone some much-needed<br />

track time around the tight and tricky Aldo Scribante<br />

racetrack.<br />

The racing was fast and close with everyone singing<br />

nothing but praise for the coastal track. Next up is<br />

Round 4 which will be held at the fastest track in the<br />

land, East London’s Prince George Circuit on the 29 and<br />

30th of July. This is one not to be missed! Remember<br />

spectators are allowed.<br />

A huge thank you must go out to all our sponsors once<br />

again, who without we would not be able to go racing:<br />

-Cannabis Energy Drink<br />

-Profound Software<br />

-BEAM Productions<br />

-Moto Rider World<br />

-Elegant Fuel<br />

-Bike Kings Moto Accessory Shop for offering all the<br />

riders in the series a 10% discount in any of their stores<br />

-SBK Eyewear for giving away the amazing SBK<br />

Sunglasses hamper as always.<br />

We look forward to seeing you all down in East London!<br />

With Friday’s practice coming to an end, the weather<br />

forecast for Saturday looked 100% better than Friday<br />

much to the rider’s joy. With just over 90 entries for<br />

the race weekend, the scene was set for some of the<br />

best and fastest two-wheeled action in the land. The<br />

categories remained the same being the Classics,<br />

BOTTS/V4s, Masters, Sub500s, Ultimate 600’s, Unlimited<br />

1000’s who would be riding with the Ultimate 1000s once<br />

again and finally the Open Superbike Novice and Premier<br />

class who would also share the track but score points<br />

separately.<br />

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CLASSICS<br />

The 10-rider line-up of the Classics grid would once again not disappoint. These superbikes<br />

of days gone by were making so much power and torque down at the coast that some riders<br />

could be seen fitting new clutches after qualifying. Unfortunately, Paul Jacobs would have<br />

a technical issue on his bike but as is with the Classic group he was soon lent a bike which<br />

meant that he would still score some valuable points. Race 1 went to the experienced Jaco<br />

Gous who would be pulling double duties in the Masters class as well for the day.<br />

Second place went to Tom Maritz on his beautiful Suzuki despite fitting a new clutch from their<br />

spare bike before the race. Third place went to Mike Mcskimming who also took first place in<br />

the F2 class followed by fourth overall and second in the F2 class Fergal McAdam. Paul Jacobs<br />

took fifth overall on an F2 machine(He normally rides in the F1 class). Gary Edwards was sixth<br />

over the line and first of the F3 machines home followed by John Kosterman also on an F3<br />

machine and Etienne Louw who took eighth overall and third in the F2 class.<br />

Lionel Black took ninth across the line and third in the F3 class with James Alexander last of<br />

the finishers in tenth place on his F2 machine. Race 2 and it was once again Jaco Gouws who<br />

took victory by almost ten seconds ahead of Tom Maritz, Paul Jacobs who had a stronger ride<br />

this time, Mike Mcskimming, Fergal McAdam, John Kosterman, Etienne Louw, Gary Edwards,<br />

and James Alexander. Unfortunately, Lionel Black didn’t make the start of Race 2 missing out<br />

on some valuable championship points.<br />

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SUB 500<br />

The sub-500 class is growing in numbers steadily this time boasting a five-bike<br />

grid. Anything goes in this class so long as your bike is below a 500cc. Lady rider<br />

Nicole Fourie dominantly took Race 1 victory despite a technical issue with her<br />

Kawasaki Ninja 400 which lost her chunks of time.<br />

Siya Tshabalala on his Yamaha R3 took second after a brilliant race-long dual<br />

with experienced rider Johnny Krieger also on a Yamaha in third. Robert Coutts<br />

on his special Aprilia took fourth followed by Matthew Schultz in fifth. Race 2<br />

and it was a repeat of Race 1 with Fourie running away with the race by close to<br />

25 seconds.<br />

Tshabalala and Krieger were covered by just 0.5 seconds across the line but it<br />

was once again Tshabalala who would take second. Robert Coutts once again in<br />

fourth followed by the ever-improving Matthew Schultz in fifth.<br />

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MASTERS<br />

After a tense qualifying session, it was clear that Race one would be about two<br />

of the big hitters in the Masters Class this year. After an epic dual it was GFP<br />

Suzuki rider Mark van den Berg who narrowly beat Jaco Gouws who was also on<br />

a Suzuki to the line by just 0.349 seconds.<br />

Marius Marais took third on his Kawasaki ZX10R ahead of yet another Suzuki in<br />

fourth piloted by Lourens Badenhorst. Jason Wessels an impressive P5 on his<br />

Honda CBR600RR. Behind them, it was another close affair for P6 between Leon<br />

Pretorius and Roberto Jonker with Leon beating Jonker to the line by just 0.029<br />

of a second. Augustin Ntwari came home in eighth followed by Joao Cruz despite<br />

his injury after crashing in Friday’s practice in ninth.<br />

Vernon Smith crossed the line in tenth followed by Wayne Morgan who rounded<br />

out the finishers in eleventh. Race 2 and this time van den Berg and Gouws were<br />

joined up front by Marais. After a thrilling, action-packed race it would be van<br />

den Berg who would once again take the win followed by Gouws in second and<br />

Marais in third.<br />

Wessels took a strong P4 on his 600 followed by Badenhorst in P5. Joao Cruz<br />

had a much better race in P6 this time around followed home by Pretorius in<br />

P7, Ntwari in P8, and Jonker on his beautiful World of Carbon powered by BMW<br />

Motorrad S1000RR in P9. Smith and Morgan once again rounded up the finishers<br />

in P10 and P11 respectively.<br />

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BOTTS & V4<br />

With a 14-rider line-up, the BOTTS/V4s were looking to put on a show for the crowd and that they<br />

did. It was once again Greg Gildenhuys or Marnie Gildenhuys as he was known as for the weekend<br />

who took top honours overall and in the Twin Class in Race 1 onboard his beautiful RAD KTM 1290<br />

Superduke RR. After an Aprillia battle for second, it was Ricky Morais who came out on top in the V4<br />

class beating George Hadji to the line by less than a second. Alan Hulscher took fourth overall and<br />

second Twin home followed closely by Frans Fourie in fifth overall and third in the Twins class on his<br />

Ducati.<br />

Peter bosch crossed the line in sixth followed by Paul Kruger, Vusani Mutshinya, third V4 home<br />

in ninth Christo Reeders, Kaz Hauzer in tenth, Gavin Aab in eleventh, Allan Barratt in twelfth on a<br />

road-going Aprilia, Paul Hennings in thirteenth and Desmond Acutt in fourteenth. Race 2 would<br />

only see 12 finishers thanks to Vusani Mutshinya crashing out early and Desmond Acutt failing to<br />

start the race.<br />

Top honours once again went to Gildenhuys followed by first-timer at Aldo Scribante Ricky Morais(P1<br />

in V4s) and George Hadji(P2 in V4s) in third. This time Frans Fourie beat out Alan Hulscher<br />

for fourth and P2 in the Twin class with Hulscher having to settle for fifth and P3 in the Twin class.<br />

Christo Rheeders came home in Sixth(3rd in V4s), Bosch in seventh, Kruger in eighth, Aab in ninth,<br />

Hauzer in tenth, Barrat in eleventh and Hennings in P12.<br />

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OPEN SBK NOVICE<br />

Race 1 of the Novice class went to Nkululeko Majola after a dominant ride and P8<br />

overall. He was followed home by Oliver McKay in second. Aiden Murray on his<br />

Aprilia RS660 in third, Senshe Smith in fourth and Donavan Van der Merwe in P5<br />

after a close dual all race long.<br />

Muhammed Essop came home in P18 overall and P6 in the Novice Class followed<br />

by an impressive ride by Siphiwe Tom on his BMW in P19 overall and P7 in the<br />

Novice Class. Rounding out the Novice Class in Race 1 was Kevin Collings in P20<br />

overall and P8 in the Novice standings. Race 2 and this time it was Oliver McKay<br />

who took a dominant and the overall victory for the day ahead of Majola in P2.<br />

Senshe Smith took an outstanding P3 on her Yamaha R6 ahead of Van der Merwe<br />

in P4, Murray in P5, Essop in P6, Tom in P7 and finally Collings in P8. It was close<br />

racing throughout and the pace was getting faster and faster with every passing<br />

lap for the Novice riders.<br />

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OPEN SBK PREMIER<br />

The Open Superbikes Novice and Premier riders would be sharing the track together in a strong<br />

24-rider grid. Race 1 and it was Tieme Nankervis who would take the top spot narrowly beating out<br />

Declan Grimley and Rentus van Niekerk to the Premier class victory. These three riders were only<br />

covered by 0.5 of a second and put on a great show for the spectators.<br />

Rion Davis on his Kawasaki took fourth followed by Bradley Dawson in P5. Lady rider and first time<br />

riding a BMW, Morongoa Mahope took an impressive P6. Keo Mokonyane followed her home in P7<br />

with BMW rider Morne Jonker coming home in P9 with Darryl Barrington in P11.<br />

Jacques Schutte crossed the line in fifteenth, Robert Ferreira in sixteenth, Pelo Seate in seventeenth,<br />

Derek Jacobs in twenty-first and Rudi Du Preez in twenty-second and last of the finishers after Faaiz<br />

Tar failed to finish and Shane Viljoen failing to start after having a heart attack during qualifying.<br />

We wish Shane a speedy recovery after that huge scare. Race 2 and this time it was Grimley who took<br />

the top spot just 0.033 seconds ahead of Race 1 winner Nankervis who in turn was only two tents of a<br />

second ahead of Mahope in third.<br />

Yamaha rider van Niekerk crossed<br />

the line in P4 ahead of Mokonyane<br />

in P6, Dawson in P7, Du Preez in<br />

P8, Jonker in P11, Schutte in P14,<br />

Barrington in P16, Ferreira in P17<br />

and Seate in P18. The race was redflagged<br />

early on due to a huge crash<br />

by Rion Davis. Get well soon Rion!<br />

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UNLIMITED SBK<br />

After a close qualifying, the Unlimited 1000’s lined up on the same grid as the<br />

Ultimate 1000’s. Yamaha rider Tiaan Fouche took Pole Position closely followed<br />

by Shaun Portman on his BMW in second.<br />

Race 1 and it was Fouche who would get a good start and make his way to the<br />

front of the Unlimited 1000’s to a commanding victory of over 4 seconds ahead<br />

of Portman who fought his way back up after a poor start. Portman was getting<br />

chased down by Armand Veldman in the closing stages but Veldman had to<br />

settle for third on his Yamaha.<br />

Luca Bertolini pulled into the pitlane two laps from the end on his Suzuki but<br />

still picked up P4. Race 2 and it was once again Fouche who would dominate<br />

followed by Portman and Veldman who swopped positions all race long but at<br />

the end, Portman stood firm to take P2 ahead of Veldman in P3. Bertolini had a<br />

stronger Race 2 and would come home in P4 on his Suzuki.<br />

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ULTIMATE SBK 1000’S<br />

The fasters riders on two wheels took to the<br />

Aldo Scribante racetrack for their first race.<br />

King Price Xtreme Honda Rider Clinton Seller<br />

would take victory by just over 3.5 seconds<br />

ahead of a close tussle for second between<br />

Suzuki rider Allann Jon Venter and Aprilia<br />

mounted Michael White.<br />

Venter pipped White to the line by under 1<br />

tenth of a second. Damian Purificati crossed<br />

the line in P4 on his BMW with another BMW<br />

rider Adriaan van Dalen in P5. Lady rider and<br />

the fastest mother in the world Nicole van<br />

Aswegen kept van Dalen honest the whole<br />

race but would have to settle for P6 also<br />

riding a BMW.<br />

Alex van den Berg on his GFP Suzuki rounded<br />

out the finishers in P7. Race 2 was once again<br />

dominated by Seller with Venter and White<br />

having another almighty battle for second.<br />

Venter would once again edge out White to<br />

the line taking P2 in the process.<br />

Purificati with another strong ride came<br />

home in P4, van den Berg in P5 this time after<br />

a much better Race 2. Van Dalen and van<br />

Aswegen would once again be glued together<br />

the whole race but it would be van Dalen<br />

who would cross the line in P6 ahead of van<br />

Aswegen in P7.<br />

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ULTIMATE SBK 600’S<br />

The stars of the future lined up to take part in<br />

Race 1. Ryno Pretorius would take top honours<br />

on his Yamaha after a fine ride despite the early<br />

challenge from King Price Xtreme rider Leungo<br />

Gaorekwe who came home in second despite<br />

his footrest coming loose during the race.<br />

The ever-improving Graigen Nel took third also<br />

riding a Honda. Lady rider Senshe Smith took<br />

P4 benefiting from the issues of Clinton Fourie<br />

who limped home 4 laps behind in fifth. Michael<br />

Hunter was the last of the finishers in P6.<br />

Race 2 was once again dominated by Pretorius<br />

who put the pressure on Gaorekwe early on<br />

forcing him to make a mistake and crash out of<br />

the race while chasing the Yamaha man.<br />

Nel with another impressive ride in second with<br />

Fourie coming home in third this time after the<br />

issues he had in Race 1. Hunter crossed the line<br />

in fourth followed by Smith in fifth.<br />

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