All about round 2 at Phakisa Freeway

All about round 2 at Phakisa Freeway


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<strong>MRSSA</strong> Round 2 Phakisa<br />

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

welcome you all to Issue 2 of <strong>MRSSA</strong>.<br />

Round 2 of the <strong>MRSSA</strong> series was held at Phakisa<br />

Raceway on the 20th and 21st of May. Despite the<br />

prospect of rain, there were over 125 entries for this<br />

round proving once again what a success it has become.<br />

It truly is a series by the riders, for the riders. The pits<br />

were already a buzz on Thursday with most people<br />

arriving early to set up ready for action on Friday.<br />

Unfortunately, the weather had other plans causing<br />

most categories to only get one or two at the most, dry<br />

sessions in. A few riders took the rain as a positive<br />

and used it to gain that all-important wet weather<br />

experience. With many riders not chancing it though,<br />

everyone was looking forward to Saturday’s programme<br />

which unfortunately also looked bleak.<br />

This didn’t stop most of the 125 riders from arriving<br />

early morning to set their bikes up for what looked like it<br />

was going to be a dry qualifying. This wasn’t to be though<br />

and unfortunately, the rain started tumbling down soon<br />

after the Ultimate and Unlimited 1000cc bikes took to<br />

the track, who were moved down to second last on the<br />

programme during rider’s briefing. This meant that the<br />

Classics, BOTTS/V4/Masters, Sub 500’s and Ultimate<br />

Superbikes 600cc all had a relatively dry qualifying. The<br />

Unlimited/Ultimate 1000’s and Open Superbikes Novice/<br />

Premier were not so lucky although a few riders in the<br />

Unlimited/Ultimate 1000’s did manage to get 1 dry lap in.<br />

With qualifying done it was time to focus on racing and<br />

unfortunately for the classics it was still wet for their<br />

first race so they decided not to do Race 1. Luckily it<br />

had dried enough for the Sub 500s to take to the track<br />

followed by the Ultimate Superbike 600cc’s, Unlimited/<br />

Ultimate 1000s and the Open Superbikes Novice/<br />

Premier. These categories would all get a dry race in<br />

before the rain started falling down just in time for the<br />

Classics to have their second heat. They would brave the<br />

conditions and set out on track, most of them still on dry<br />

set-ups.<br />

Unfortunately, the rest of the day was cancelled due<br />

to the thunder and lightning and relentless rain which<br />

caused a lot of standing water out on track. The race<br />

organisers, COC and marshals all agreed that the track<br />

conditions were not safe to continue racing. This did put<br />

a damper on what many were hoping to be a stand out<br />

weekend where lost points from Round 1 could have<br />

been made up. All-in-all though and we can argue that<br />

the weekend was a huge success with no major incidents<br />

or injuries despite the conditions.<br />

A huge thanks as always must go out to the<br />

race organisers, officials, medics, marshals,<br />

photographers(BEAM Productions) who were out taking<br />

photos in the rain and sunshine, LEKKA Racing for<br />

changing tyres(Over 700 tyres were changed over the<br />

weekend) and to the series sponsors/partners of course<br />

who are listed below:<br />

Profound Software<br />

BEAM Productions<br />

Moto Rider World<br />

Elegant Fuel<br />

Cannabis Energy Drink<br />

And to the following companies who have come on board<br />

sponsoring prizes and/or discount to their store:<br />

Bike Kings( Offering a 10% discount to all <strong>MRSSA</strong> racers)<br />

SBK Eyewear (For once again providing a hamper to give<br />

away)<br />

Samsung South Africa (For supplying an amazing<br />

hamper and prizes to give away)<br />

And of course, to you, the riders who without there<br />

would be no series.<br />

See you all at Aldo Scribante in PE for Round 3 of<br />

<strong>MRSSA</strong>.<br />

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With the weather conditions changing after Qualifying, the Classics decided to can<br />

their first Race. They would get a chance at redemption later on though but it would be<br />

on a wet and tricky Phakisa race track.<br />

Most of the grid would be on dry set-ups, as well as some on dry tyres but this didn’t<br />

dampen the racing action at all. But it would be a dry qualifying session and it was<br />

Paul Jacobs who would take Pole Position ahead of Matthew Herbert, Tom Maritz,<br />

Jaco Gouws, Hilton Redelinghuys and Lionel Black in 6th.<br />

The race however was a different story and dominated by Tom Maritz who was the<br />

bravest in the wet and took the win by over 21 seconds. There was a great battle for<br />

second between Jaco Gouws and Paul Jacobs who were covered by less than a tenth<br />

of a second at the finish line. Lionel Black was a further 20 seconds behind them in<br />

fourth and Marlo Ferreira in 5th and was the last of the riders not to get lapped. The<br />

rest of the field would all suffer and finish 1 to 3 laps down on eventual winner Tom<br />

Maritz but still put on an amazing show and braved the conditions to finish.<br />

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SUB 500<br />

The sub 500 class has grown in numbers since Redstar and would once again<br />

provide close shoulder-rubbing action. Seven bikes set out for Qualifying on a<br />

dry track and it would be lady rider Nicole Fourie who grabbed Pole Position<br />

followed by Taig Janse van Rensburg in second, Kgopotso Mononyane in third,<br />

Arno Erasmus in fourth, Mitch Mortimer in fifth, Raees Daya in sixth and Siya<br />

Tshabalala closing of the grid in seventh.<br />

Race one was dry and a close affair between Taig Janse van Rensburg and<br />

Nicole Fourie who had a race-long battle. It was Taig who would come out on top<br />

beating Nicole by just over half a second. KJ Mononyane closed out the podium<br />

positions in 3rd a further 22 seconds back followed by Arno Erasmus in fourth<br />

and Mitch Mortimer in fifth.<br />

Unfortunately, Race 2 was canned due to the weather but the Sub 500s once<br />

again provided us with a great show despite their lack of track time over the<br />

weekend.<br />

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The Masters always provide spectacular racing and they didn’t disappoint. Jaco<br />

Gouws took Pole in Qualifying ahead of Lourens Badenhorst and Mark van Den<br />

Berg. Augustin Ntwari put his Yamaha R1 in an amazing fourth place ahead<br />

of local Lafras Fritz in fifth and Colin Hume in sixth. Race 1 and it was Mark<br />

van Den Berg who took top honours just ahead of Jaco Gouws who was pulling<br />

double duties in the Masters and Classics.<br />

These two were a class above the rest and finished over 22 seconds ahead of<br />

Marius Marais in third. Joao Cruz crossed the line in fourth followed by Lourens<br />

Badenhorst in fifth, Lafras Fritz in sixth, Leon Pretorius in seventh, Augustin<br />

Ntwari from the pitlane in eighth after not making it out of pitlane before it<br />

closed.<br />

Wayne Morgan took ninth, Greg Waddington in tenth, Corrie Swanepoel<br />

in eleventh, Gavin Aab in twelfth, Tim Green in thirteenth, Martyn Parry<br />

in fourteenth and Grant Furrows in fifteenth. The Masters put all of their<br />

experience to the test over the weekend with the iffy weather, truly proving that<br />

with age, comes experience.<br />

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BOTTS & V4<br />

The BOTTS class is one of the oldest classes that has stood the test of time and is now<br />

separated into Twin and V4 classes.<br />

They would also be joined by the Masters for the weekend. In Qualifying, it was a returning<br />

Greg Gildenhuys who took pole on his RAD KTM 1290 Superduke R taking full advantage of<br />

a dry track ahead of Ricky Morais onboard his Aprilia and George Hadji also on an Aprilia<br />

in 3rd. Race 1 and in the BOTTS class it was Greg Gildenhuys who took the overall win<br />

ahead of Paul Kruger also on a KTM 1290 in Second, Alan Hulscher on his Ducati in third,<br />

Peter Bosch in fourth, Frans Fourie in fifth, Vusani Mutshinya in sixth, Desmond Acutt in<br />

seventh and Miguel Lage on his RAD KTM 890 Duke R in eighth.<br />

The V4 class was all about Ricky Morais who took the win and second overall out on track<br />

ahead of George Hadji in second and third overall for the day ahead of Christo Reeders in<br />

third on his Ducati V4.<br />

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With nine riders on the grid, the Open Superbike Novice Class was set up to be a<br />

real treat. Wet qualifying on dry tyres in the wet taking place it was Neil Fourie who<br />

took pole ahead of Muhammed Essop in second and Nkululeko Majola in third.<br />

Keo Mokonyane qualified an impressive fourth ahead of Kevin Collings in fifth<br />

and Rion Davis in Sixth. A dry race saw Rion Davis take top honours onboard<br />

his Kawasaki ZX10R only three tenths ahead of Keo Mokonyane in second and<br />

Nkululeko Majola a further three seconds back in third.<br />

Jameel Daya finished in fourth 34 seconds behind Rion and Muhammed Essop in<br />

fifth only 0.034 behind Jameel. With trying weather all weekend the<br />

Open Superbike Novice riders used all their<br />

experience gained thus far to stay on track<br />

and put on a show for the spectators.<br />

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Qualifying with the Open Superbike Novice Class, the Open Superbike Premier<br />

riders also took to a wet Phakisa track on slick tyres and it was Mornay Jonker<br />

onboard his BMW S1000RR who took pole ahead of Tieme Nankervis in second,<br />

Aiden Murray in third, Ryan Futter in fourth, Declan Grimley in fifth and Bradley<br />

Dawson in sixth.<br />

Race 1 saw Mornay Jonker battling to keep up the pace slowly slipping down<br />

to ninth. Top honours was taken by Declan Grimley just 0.029 ahead of Tieme<br />

Nankervis in second. They were over 14 seconds clear of Brad Absil in third who<br />

was only 1 tenth ahead of Bradley Dawson in fourth. Ahmed Amanjee claimed<br />

fifth spot just ahead of Jacques Schutte in sixth and Leon Horn in seventh.<br />

The closest racing action of<br />

the day definitely came from<br />

the Open Superbike Premier<br />

Class with almost nothing<br />

separating the riders at the<br />

finish line.<br />

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The Unlimited 1000’s much like most of the classes had limited track time due<br />

to the rain. Come Qualifying and it looked as though it might be a dry one.<br />

As the Unlimited and Ultimate 1000’s headed out though(Combined for the<br />

weekend) most of them were greeted by rain halfway through their first flying<br />

laps. Only two out of the seven riders managed to post a time and it was Loodre<br />

Spangenberg who would take Pole ahead of Shaun Portman in second and Tiaan<br />

Fouche in third despite not setting a time.<br />

Race 1 would luckily be a dry affair and it was Loodre and Shaun out front all<br />

race long. Shaun just couldn’t find his way past Loodre who both set their fastest<br />

laps on the last lap. Loodre Spangenberg took the win ahead of Shaun Portman<br />

in second making it a BMW 1-2. They were 18 seconds ahead of Tiaan Fouche<br />

who recovered after a bad start and getting held up behind other riders in third,<br />

also setting his fastest lap with one lap to go.<br />

Armand Veldman took fourth, Riaan Strydom in fifth, Luca Bertolini in sixth and<br />

Greg Waddington in seventh.<br />

Race 2 was cancelled due to the weather and track conditions.<br />

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ULTIMATE SBK 1000’S<br />

Much like the Unlimited 1000’s who they were<br />

combined with for the weekends racing the<br />

Ultimate 1000s were lucky to have had one<br />

dry session leading up to qualifying.<br />

With most riders only getting 1 lap in before<br />

it started raining it was Garrick Vlok who took<br />

Pole ahead of Morne Geldenhuis in second,<br />

Damion Purificati in third, Clinton Seller in<br />

fourth, AJ venter in fifth, AD van Dalen in<br />

sixth, Ricardo Otto in seventh, Nicole van<br />

Aswegen in eighth and Dorren Loureiro and<br />

Michael White at the back of the grid with no<br />

time set.<br />

Race 1 was all about Clinton Seller on his King<br />

Price Extreme Honda and AJ Venter on his<br />

Lekka Racing Suzuki out front. Clinton would<br />

edge out Venter for the win by 0.035. Behind<br />

the leading duo, it was Morne Geldenhuis<br />

on his Yamaha in third a further 3.5 seconds<br />

back.<br />

Behind the top three, an almighty battle<br />

ensued between 4 riders who were covered<br />

by just 1.2 seconds at the line.<br />

It was Garrick Vlok who picked up fourth<br />

though, ahead of Michael White on his Aprilia<br />

in fifth, Dorren Loureiro in sixth, Damion<br />

Purificati in seventh, Nicole van Aswegen<br />

further back in eighth, Ricardo Otto in ninth<br />

and AD van Dalen in tenth despite running off<br />

in the last corner.<br />

The racing in the Ultimate 1000 category<br />

was as close and exciting as always, all the<br />

way through the field and you can expect it<br />

to be even closer when we head down to Port<br />

Elizabeth.<br />

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ULTIMATE SBK 600’S<br />

With nine riders heading out for a dry<br />

Qualifying session, it was once again Ryno<br />

Pretorius who would stamp his authority on<br />

the rest of the grid on his Yamaha R6 followed<br />

by King Price Extreme Honda rider Leungo<br />

Gaorekwe in second and Graigen Nel who was<br />

racing on a 600cc for the first time in third.<br />

Keegan Mills set the fourth-fastest time<br />

followed by Clinton Fourie in fifth, Michael<br />

Hunter in sixth, Jason Wessels in seventh,<br />

Mo Mahope returning on her Kawasaki ZX6R<br />

in eighth and Faaiz Tar closing off the grid in<br />

ninth. Race 1 was all about Ryno Pretorius<br />

who would take the win by over 5 seconds.<br />

The battle for second was close and raged on<br />

all race long between Graigen Nel, Leungo<br />

Gaorekwe and Keegan Mills. These three<br />

would all finish within one second of each<br />

other but it was Graigen Nel who claimed<br />

second in his 600cc debut just ahead of<br />

Leungo Gaorekwe in third and Keegan Mills in<br />

fourth.<br />

Clinton Fourie picked up a lonely fifth ahead<br />

of Michael Hunter and Jason Wessels in sixth<br />

and seventh who had a good tussle all race<br />

long. Mo Mahope would be the last of the<br />

finishers in the eighth.<br />

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After all the trophies were handed out<br />

to all our podium finishers, it was time<br />

to hand out some prizes. First up was a<br />

Samsung S22 cellphone kindly sponsored<br />

by Samsung South Africa.<br />

A huge thanks to Samsung and Graeme<br />

Stretton from Samsung for arranging<br />

this amazing prize. This prize went to<br />

new BOTTS rider Vusani Mutshinya.<br />

Congratulations Vusani!<br />

Next up was a Samsung backpack once<br />

again kindly sponsored by Samsung<br />

South Africa. To his surprise, this went to<br />

a very happy Dorren Loureiro who races<br />

in the Ultimate 1000 class.<br />

SBK Eyewear was once again on board<br />

and once again sponsored an SBK<br />

Eyewear hamper. The lucky winner of<br />

this was Masters rider Grant Furrows. A<br />

huge thank you to SBK Eyewear for their<br />

continued support of our series.<br />

A pair of microwavable slippers was<br />

next up to give away and this went to the<br />

oldest rider on the grid who raced in the<br />

Open Superbikes Novice class.<br />

Congratulations to Neil Heslip who I am<br />

sure will appreciate the slippers with the<br />

weather we have been having lately.<br />

Last but not least was the announcement<br />

of the rider of the day. This went to Open<br />

Superbikes Premier lady rider Senshe<br />

Smith.<br />

She did very impressive lap times and<br />

stuck it to the much more experienced<br />

riders in her class. Her first time at<br />

Phakisa as well. Well done Senshe!!!!<br />

Once again a huge thank you to everyone<br />

who makes the <strong>MRSSA</strong> such a huge<br />

success. We are growing together and<br />

it is so positive to see motorcycle racing<br />

flourishing here in SA and is all thanks to<br />

you the riders and our sponsors.<br />

Until Round 3 which will be held at Aldo<br />

Scribante in Port Elizabeth, stay safe and<br />

keep riding those motorcycles!

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