Steven Odendaal and his team Evan Bros. Racing Team were back in action in Autodrom Most, Czech Republic, last weekend and did not take long to get back to where they left off before the summer break with Odendaal showing strong pace from the opening session. Despite a more difficult Superpole, which saw the currently second man in the overall world championship standings qualify 7th on the grid, Odendaal managed to claw his way back through the field to take a dominant victory in a red-flagged race 1. The second race on Sunday was even more dramatic as Odendaal had to fight his way through from a 9th position after a mistake in the opening stages of the race to take a second position and a new race lap record closely behind his main championship rival Dominique Aegerter, who took a flag-to-flag win.
Steven Odendaal (1st, 2th): “Overall it was a fantastic weekend for us. I was a bit disappointed with the second position in race 2 because I knew we could have won that race too, if I did not make a mistake at the beginning and did not have to close over a 4-second gap and overtake so many riders. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to catch Dominique as a result but we still managed to reduce his points advantage this weekend, which is important for the championship, although we are not thinking about that as yet, the goal is now to win as many races as possible. Because we do not race in South Africa, Czech Republic is like a home race for me and it was great to race in front of the local fans. Our goal for Navarra is to make sure we qualify more in the front because starting from the third row this weekend really made my job much more difficult and most probably cost us a double win this weekend. We definitely learned a few things this weekend that will help us to be even stronger at the next round. I would also like to say huge thanks to my team for all their hard work. Their ability to give me exactly what I need to feel confident on my Yamaha machine is truly impressive.”