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Round 4 of the <strong>MRSSA</strong> was held at the<br />

fastest track on the land on the 29/30 of<br />

July, the Prince George Circuit out in East<br />

London. A fan and rider’s favourite track<br />

set the tone for what was to be an exciting<br />

day’s racing. Perched on the coast to the<br />

south of the city of East London, the track<br />

is one of the fastest in the country, with a<br />

layout unchanged since its debut in the<br />

1950s. Prime among its challenges is the<br />

230km/h plus first corner, Potter’s Pass,<br />

which certainly requires commitment and<br />

big brass given the lack of camber. Turn<br />

two is known as Rifle and is generally<br />

taken at even higher speeds of over<br />

250kph in 5th or 6th gear.<br />

Unusually, the circuit cannot be<br />

completely closed off for racing, as it<br />

incorporates a public road from Beacon<br />

Bend to Cocobana Corner. This can<br />

make for tricky and changeable riding<br />

conditions between Friday’s practice and<br />

Saturday’s race.<br />

Despite being an away race for many the<br />

entries were looking good with the usual<br />

classes ready to do battle- Sub500s,<br />

BOTTs and V4s, Classics, Masters,<br />

Ultimate 600s, Unlimited 1000s, Ultimate<br />

1000s and Open Superbikes Novice and<br />

Premier.<br />

The days racing went well with few serious<br />

incidents and serious injuries out on<br />

track despite some scary falls in Potters<br />

and Rifle. We would once again like to<br />

apologise to all the riders and supporters<br />

alike for the issues that were experienced<br />

with the timing on the day. The organisers<br />

of <strong>MRSSA</strong> are in discussions with the<br />

East London Circuit and timing personnel<br />

to have this rectified and ensure it will<br />

never happen again. To this degree please<br />

ensure that your positions and points were<br />

scored correctly. If not please contact your<br />

class representative as soon as possible.<br />

On this note, a huge congratulations must<br />

go out to Ricky Morais on his new lap<br />

record of a 1min 11sec lap time thanks to<br />

the dodgy timing.<br />

As always the atmosphere was<br />

spectacular and comradery amongst<br />

competitors un-rivalled. This is what we<br />

at <strong>MRSSA</strong> strive to create, a no-nonsense,<br />

fun place for people of all ages to come<br />

together and enjoy their passion for<br />

motorcycle racing.<br />

A huge thank you must once again go out<br />

to the series sponsors who we wouldn’t be<br />

able to go racing without:<br />

-BEAM Productions<br />

-Moto Rider World<br />

-Elegant Fuels<br />

-Profound Software<br />

-Cannabis Energy Drink<br />

-SBK Eyewear(For sponsoring prizes and<br />

hampers)<br />

-Bike Kings Stores(For giving competitors<br />

a 10% discount on accessories)<br />

Round 5 is to be held at the Redstar<br />

Raceway Track out in Delmas on the 19/20<br />

of August. See you all there!<br />

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The Classics once again put on a spectacle on bikes from yesteryear. The F1<br />

class was once again all about Jaco Gous taking the double victory for the day<br />

ahead of Paul Jacobs with two fine second-place finishes. A welcome return<br />

from injury for Leon Van Den Berg who took two third-place finishes after<br />

missing a few races. John Kosterman claimed an impressive and hard-fought<br />

fourth place in both races of the day.<br />

Mike Mcskimming took the double for the day in the F2 class followed home by<br />

Fergal McAdams with two second-place finishes and Etienne Louw in third with<br />

two third-place finishes for the day while Gary Edwards took top honours in the<br />

F3 class with two victories.<br />

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SUB 500<br />

Due to the numbers, the Classics and Sub500s were combined for the days<br />

qualifying and races. Nicole Fourie once again dominated the sub-500 category<br />

with two wins. She even mixed it up with a lot of the much older but quicker Classic<br />

bike, showcasing her talent and just how quick a sub-500 machine can be. The<br />

experienced Johnny Krieger took second overall for the day due to pacing third in<br />

race one and second in race two on his Yamaha R3. Rookie Mathew Schultz put on<br />

another brilliant ride to finish third for the day despite finishing second in race 1.<br />

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Both Masters races were won by Jason Lamb who impressed many on<br />

board his Kawasaki ZX10R machine. Johan Le Roux took an impressive<br />

second for the day thanks to his two second-place finishes. Championship<br />

leader Mark van den Berg took two third places and now has a<br />

commanding lead in the Master’s championship with only a few races to go.<br />

Brian Bontekonong took two strong fourth places ahead of second place<br />

man in the championship Jaco Gous in fifth. Travis Warne crossed the line<br />

in sixth followed by Jason Wessels in seventh on his Honda CBR600RR.<br />

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BOTTS & V4<br />

The BOTTs class was once again all about Greg Gildenhuys who was this time<br />

on a Ducati and not his usual KTM 1290 Superduke. He was pushed all the<br />

way by Ricky Morais on his Aprilia RSV4 in both heats but still managed to take<br />

the double victory for the day. Frans Fourie and Alan Hulscher had an almighty<br />

battle in both heats with Frans claiming second for the day by virtue of his race<br />

two-second place with Hulscher claiming third for the day. Peter Bosch took a<br />

spectacular fourth ahead of Kaz Hauzer with his best ride of the year in fifth after<br />

a hard-fought battle with Gavin Aab who claimed sixth for the day.<br />

The V4 class was dominated by Ricky Morais on his Aprilia RSV4 ahead of<br />

Christo Reeders in second. Morais now only sits 3 points behind Reeders for top<br />

honours in the V4 championship.<br />

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Overall honours in the Open Superbike Novice Class went to lady rider Senshe<br />

Smith who was pulling double duties for the day on her Yamaha R6 thanks to her<br />

victory in race two. Nkululeko Majola took second for the day despite winning race<br />

1 ahead of Gerrie Havenga who took two third place finished on the day. Darryl<br />

Barrington had his best ride of the season and ended up taking two fourth-place<br />

finishes and fourth for the day ahead of Aiden Murray in fifth.<br />

Open Superbike Premier<br />

Close racing as always took place in the Open Superbike Premier Class. Ahmed<br />

Amanjee took victory for the day with a fourth and first-place finish just ahead of<br />

Bradley Dawson who got a first-place finish and a fourth-place finish in race two.<br />

Amanjee took the victory thanks to his race two victory. Bradley Rehse took third<br />

thanks to his third and second position ahead of championship leader Tieme<br />

Nankervis who came second in race 1 and third in race two, earning him a fourth for<br />

the day. Keo Mokonyane took two-fifths for the day, giving him fifth overall.<br />

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Race one was all about Shaun Portman on his World of Carbon powered by BMW<br />

Motorrad S1000R taking his first victory for the year. He was closely followed home<br />

by Tiaan Fouche on his Andalaft Yamaha R1 who posted impressive lap times.<br />

Fouche would set things right with a dominant victory over Portman in race two.<br />

Lady rider Morongoa Mahope took two impressive third places on board her World<br />

of Carbon powered by BMW Motorrad S1000R and showed just how quick she can<br />

be if given the opportunity. Yamaha pilot Armand Veldman took fourth on his first<br />

visit to the Prince George Circuit setting some impressive lap times along the way.<br />

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ULTIMATE 600’S<br />

Once again combined with the Ultimate and Unlimited 1000s due to numbers, the BRAT<br />

pack as they are known put on a great show for the spectators as always. Ryno Pretorius<br />

took the race one win ahead of Graigen Nel on his CBR600RR who got caught behind the<br />

battle for the Unlimited 1000 win and lost time to Pretorius. He would, however, set things<br />

right in race two where he beat Pretorius to the line and in doing so took overall top honours<br />

for the day ahead of Pretorius in second. Leungo Gaorekwe had terrible luck on Friday<br />

when he crashed his King Price Xtreme Honda. It couldn’t be repaired so he was kindly lent<br />

a Yamaha R6 which he unfortunately also crashed on Friday. Luckily his team managed to<br />

repair the Yamaha and put him on the grid for Saturday where he took one-third and onefourth<br />

place finish earning him a well-deserved third for the day ahead of Clinton Fourie who<br />

had a DNF in race 1 but managed to regroup and claim third place in race two.<br />

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Clinton Seller once again took the double on his King Price Xtreme Honda CBR1000RR-R<br />

machine ahead of Lekka Racings AJ Venter on his Suzuki GSXR1000 in second. World of<br />

Carbon powered by BMW Motorrad S1000R continued their great weekend with Nicole Van<br />

Aswegen who took third for the day with her third place in race one and fourth in race two.<br />

Fourth for the day was Ronald Slamet on his Kawasaki ZX10R with Michael White in fifth<br />

despite having to retire out of race one after having a mechanical issue on his Aprilia. Frans<br />

Fourie lent White his Ducati 1299 for race two and despite no setup or never having ridden the<br />

bike until then, White still managed to pick up an impressive third place in race two.<br />

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