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Almost 5 months after their last outing, the NGK Spark Plugs SA Superbike Series riders return to Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 8 August for the third round of the 2020 championship. The Bridgestone supported series managed to get just two rounds of the championship in before all motorsport was brought to a halt by the Covid-19 lockdown.

David McFadden (RPM Center/Stunt SA Yamaha R1) has yet to finish off the podium this year and will look to continue that run of good form which put him at the top of the Superbike championship standings. Fellow Capetonian Lance Isaacs is 14 points behind McFadden in second place but he won’t be in action this weekend as he is currently in the USA. This leaves the likely challenge at the front of the field to come from a couple of former champions. Multiple champion Clint Seller (King Price Xtreme Yamaha R1) is only 16 points behind in the standings and will be out to repeat the double win he took in the last round back in March while 2018 champion Michael White makes a welcome return to South Africa’s premier motorcycle racing class on a Dent Carpets supported Yamaha R1.

Blaze Baker (JBR/Rapid Bike Kawasaki ZX10R) made his debut in the litre class at the last round, coming away with a pair of fourth places. With a bit more track time, he could also challenge the front runners while Garrick Vlok (DCCS Coring, Cutting and Sealing Yamaha R1) will be looking to bounce back after brake problems spoilt his last outing. Former Supersport 600 rider Dian Nelson has made the step up to the top class and will join the field on the TRD Motorcycles Kawasaki ZX10R.

With Women’s Day celebrated in South Africa the day after the event, Nicole van Aswegen (Gem Auto/Analaft Ducati 1299) will be flying the flag for the ladies. She will be doing her utmost to get the better of her partner, Damian Purificati, who will be on the Andalaft Racing BMW S1000RR. Sifiso Themba (King Price Extreme Kawasaki ZX10R) has made the move from the Kawasaki Masters Cup and will be joined on the grid by Hein McMohan (BDJ Freight BMW S1000RR), Luca Bertolini (Izinga Worx/Willcom Racing Yamaha R1), Brian Bontekoning (Jaguar Power Products Ducati), Naasief Wadvalla (Fast Bike Racing Yamaha R1) and Ian Thomas (SA Compressor Hire Kawasaki ZX10R) should also be chasing points.

In the SuperSport 600 class, Ricardo Otto (Power Motorsport Yamaha R6) has already built up a comfortable championship lead. His closest rival, Dino Iozzo (King Price Extreme Yamaha R6) will miss the race after a training accident ruled him out but both Jared Schultz (ASAP World Yamaha R6) and Brett Roberts (Lights by Linea/PRM Center Yamaha R6) will be looking to take as many points as possible off Otto.

As usual, there will be three qualifying practice sessions on Friday which will determine the grid positions for Saturday’s races. The first of those is scheduled for 10h40 with race 2 due to start at 14h05.

Unfortunately, due to the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, no spectators will be admitted to Zwartkops for the event, however, regular updates will be posted to the SA Superbike Series’ social media pages.

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Picture Caption:  David McFadden leads the SuperBike championship standings
Photography by:  Paul Bedford



Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup & FIM EX-Bike World Cup 2020 Calendars UPDATE 04 August.

2020 FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup cancelled
Following recent meetings and after careful discussions regarding the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at the organisational level, the FIM, the Belgium Motorcycle Federation (FMB), the French Motorcycle Federation (FFM) and the local organisers have been forced to cancel the Belgium and French rounds which were scheduled to take place at Lac de l’Eau d’Heure (BEL) and at Charade (FRA). In light of this a decision was made to focus on next year and to postpone the FIM E-bike Enduro World Cup in 2021.

The FIM EX-Bike World Cup will take place as originally planned at the Two-Off Circuit, Boves/Cuneo, Italy on 18 October 2020.

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The FIM is pleased to announce the return of the FIM Historic events, namely Charade Heroes on 26/27th September to be held in Charade, France.

The event will go ahead whilst fully respecting all the restrictions and guidelines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all involved.

This will mark the second edition of this event, the return coming two years after Charade Heroes celebrated its sixtieth anniversary. Once again, the Charade Circuit close to Clermont-Ferrand, will welcome an exceptional array of motorcycles and cars that have given the event its legendary status over many years. The weekend will create a moment that goes back in time and celebrates the machines from a golden age and from eras past.
Around one hundred and twenty bikes are expected and will include classic motorcycles and sidecars from 1959 to 1974. This FIM Historic Event organised by the Spirit of Speed association covers over fifty years of motorcycling in total with exhibits ranging from 1950 to 2006. Visitors will be able to enjoy a selection of Grand Prix machines from all classes, plus Endurance, Superbike, amongst them the Yamaha 750 TZ; the Moto-Guzzi 500 Dondolino from 1950 – this being one of the first real competition machines sold to private riders and capable of reaching 170 kph with its 33hp and 4-speed gearbox. The line up will also boast the 1974 Suzuki 500 G-54, developed by Suzuki to enter into the 500cc Grands Prix and tested by Barry Sheene in particular. Jack Findlay also rode the Suzuki 500 G-54 in the famous film “Continental Circus”.

During the two-day event a tribute will be paid to the outstanding career of the two Sarron brothers, with 2020 marking the occasion of the sixty-fifth birthday of Christian Sarron and sixty-five years of Yamaha for whom the rider from Auvergne is an ambassador.

The next FIM Historic event, the Estoril Classics 2020 will take place on 09-11 October in Estoril, Portugal

Picture Caption:  Photo Barry Sheene Charade 1974 © Jacques Bussillet


Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Trial World Championships & Prizes 2020 Calendars, REVISED 03 August.

The FIM and the Italian Motorcycling Federation (FMI) would like to provide the following update. The FIM Trial World Championships (TrialGP / Trial2 / Trial125) and TrialE Cup originally announced as – to be confirmed in Tolmezzo – will now take place in Lazzate. The revised calendars are as follows:

FIM Trial World Championships (TrialGP / Trial2 / Trial125)
Date    FMN    Country    Venue

  • 04-06 September    FFM    France    Isola 2000
  • 11-13 September    RFME    Spain     Pobladura de las Regueras
  • 18-20 September    FMA    Andorra     Sant Julià
  • 09-11 October     FMI     Italy     Lazzate

FIM Women’s Trial World Championship (TrialGP Women)
FIM Women’s Trial2 World Cup (Trial2 Women)
Date    FMN    Country    Venue

  • 04-06 September    FFM    France    Isola 2000
  • 11-13 September    RFME    Spain     Pobladura de las Regueras
  • 18-20 September    FMA    Andorra     Sant Julià

FIM Trial-E Cup (Trial-E)
Date    FMN    Country    Venue

  • 04-06 September    FFM    France    Isola 2000
  • 09-11 October     FMI     Italy     Lazzate
  • All rounds will have two counting days of competition.
  • All dates and Events are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of the corresponding Governments and authorities.
  • All final Championship results will be homologated, regardless of the number of counting days of competition.

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Long five months have passed since the opening round of the 2020 World Supersport campaign in Australia before Steven Odendaal and his team EAB Ten Kate Racing were able to rev up their engines and see the red lights go off again on the circuit of Jerez de la Frontera this weekend for round 2 of the championship.

Two races for the WorldSSP class due to the exceptional circumstances and a reduced calendar meant a jam-packed weekend for all protagonists of the world championship.

Steven Odendaal (Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 8th): “After a strict lockdown in South Africa where I was only able to train at home for several weeks, I was really looking forward to being back on the bike! I’ve never had such a long break! We managed to do a test in Barcelona and Assen before to get our feeling back. The test was really positive. We started off really well on Friday in Jerez, we were the second fastest which was encouraging. The scorching hot conditions were challenging (almost 65 degrees track temperature!) but I was able to prove myself that I was physically ready for the comeback because it did not affect my performance at all. We did not have the best qualifying on Saturday, which is something my team and I now have to work on so we don’t have to make up for this in the race every time. In the first race, I was up to 5th from 12th on the grid quite quickly and was able to go with the front group but then I run a bit wide and another rider pushed me off track. I dropped back to 12th position and had to fight my way back through the field once again to finish in 6th position. It was a positive race for us, we had a good pace and were able to recover twice. If I didn’t make the mistake, we could have challenged for the podium. The second race was more difficult. We realised that we battle to get up to speed at the beginning of the race. We need more grip with a new tyre and get a bit more out of the tyres in general. We are always much stronger at the end of the race and the second race was shortened to an 11-lap sprint race due to a red flag, which did not work in our favour. We have analysed our data and we know the direction we need to go in Portugal next week. It is one of my favourite tracks where I have great memories, winning the European Moto2 championship here in 2016 with a double victory, I can’t wait to be back on my Yamaha again and try to get closer to the podium. Thanks to my team for all their hard work this weekend.”

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