INFORMATION – FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – FINAL 2020 SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX DATE SET FOR TORUN

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Final 2020 Speedway Grand Prix Date Set For Torun
The FIM and BSI Speedway announced today the final venue in the 2020 FIM Speedway Grand Prix calendar.
The Friday, October 2nd event will take place at Marian Rose Motoarena in Torun, preceding the Saturday event at the same venue, in Poland.

The final 2020 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship Calendar is as follows:

  • 28 – 29 August, Poland (Olympic Stadium, Wroclaw)
  • 11 – 12 September, Poland (Edward Jancarz Stadium, Gorzow)
  • 18 – 19 September, Czech Republic (Marketa Stadium, Prague)
  • 2 – 3 October, Poland (Marian Rose Motoarena, Torun)

“We are pleased we are able to have the last two events in Torun, a longtime partner of the series. We appreciate their years of support, and are delighted to now finalise the full 2020 calendar,” stated Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG.

As previously announced, each night, riders will compete for the maximum 20 points and full prize money per Grant Prix round.

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DOUBLE WIN FOR SELLER ON SA SUPERBIKES RETURN

Almost five months ago Clint Seller (King Price Xtreme Yamaha R1) won both heats at the second round of the 2020 NGK Spark Plugs SA Superbike championship. The series, which is supported by Bridgestone, returned after the Covid-19 lockdown on 8 August and Seller didn’t let the break worry him. He continued where he left off back in March, taking another two wins to take a slender, 2-point lead at the top of the championship standings. In both races, he was followed over the line by Garrick Vlok (DCCS Coring, Cutting and Sealing Yamaha R1) and David McFadden (RPM Center/Stunt SA Yamaha R1). In the SuperSport 600 class, Jared Schultz (ASAP World Yamaha R6) took both heats from Ricardo Otto (Otto Racing Yamaha R6).

The first of Friday’s three qualifying sessions came to a premature end when Blaze Baker lost the front of his JBR/Rapid Bike Kawasaki ZX10R through turn one, giving himself a concussion and bringing his race weekend to an early halt. He wasn’t the only one to miss the weekend’s racing. Dino Iozzo (King Price Extreme Yamaha R6) broke his collar bone in a training accident on the Wednesday before the event and a day later Brett Roberts (Lights by Linea Yamaha R6) had a massive high-side through turn 7 at Zwartkops, destroying his bike and concussing himself. Conditions were not ideal in the first session – it was cold with a gusting wind – but Seller put down the early marker, eight tenths quicker than Vlok with Damion Purificati (Andalaft Racing BMW S1000RR), the first of the Bridgestone Superbike brigade, in third. Otto was the quickest of the 600s.

It was a little warmer in the second session, but conditions were still not ideal. A collision between Seller and Schultz brought out the red flag to allow the marshals and medical crew to do their jobs. Luckily both riders were not injured although their crews had a lot of work to do to get their bikes repaired in time for race day. At the end of the session, Vlok was quickest with Purificati second and Seller third. Otto again led the way in the 600s.

In the final qualifying session, Vlok set his quickest time of the day to claim pole position from McFadden with Purificati joining them on the front row of the grid. Dian Nelson (TRD Motorcycles Kawasaki ZX10R), who was having his first outing in national SuperBike class, headed the second row with Seller alongside him in fifth. 2018 champion Michael White and his crew spent most of the day tracing an electrical problem that prevented his Dent Carpets Yamaha R1 revving beyond 2000 RPM. They solved the problem shortly before the final session and he was able to do enough to claim sixth on the grid. Otto’s time in the final session was good enough to give him seventh place on the grid as the leading 600 bike with Luca Bertolini (Izinga Worx/Willcom Racing Yamaha R1), the second of the Bridgestone Superbikes, in eighth. The only lady rider in the field, Nicole van Aswegen (Gem Auto/Andalaft Racing Ducati 1299) completed the third row of the grid. Schultz’ second session time set before his crash was good enough for tenth with Hein McMahon (BDJ Freight BMW S1000RR) and Brian Bontekoning (Jaguar Power Products Ducati) rounding out the top twelve.

After the hard work by his crew to get his bike back on the grid after Friday’s accident, Seller thanked them in the best way possible, charging off the line in the opening race. He was up to second by the end of the first lap and half a lap later took the lead. Vlok didn’t let him get away but, despite a few attempts, couldn’t find a way past, eventually having to settle for second just under four-tenths behind the defending champion. McFadden, who was still getting to grips with some of the new parts on his bike, had a lonely ride to third ahead of a great dice between White and Purificati which eventually went the way of White by a couple of bike lengths. Otto was the early leader in the 600s, but Schultz worked his way past on the third lap. The Capetonian took the class win and sixth overall ahead of Bertolini with Otto in eighth. McMahon was next up ahead of Bontekoning who won the battle of the Ducatis, leading van Aswegen across the line by just three-tenths of a second. Nasief Wadvalla (Fast Bike Racing Yamaha R1) finished in twelfth. Ian Thomas (SA Compressor Hire Kawasaki ZX10R) spent the early part of the race in a scrap with Sifiso Themba (King Price Extreme Kawasaki ZX10R) but was able to find a way through just after half distance. He was then able to open a gap and ended in thirteenth. A first lap incident spoilt Nelson’s fourth place on the grid and he dropped to the back of the field, eventually coming home in fifteenth.

When the lights went out to signal the start of the second race, it was McFadden that reacted quickest, grabbing the hole-shot to lead the way from Seller and Vlok. Purificati lost the front at turn five on the opening lap, dropping him to the back of the field and leaving Nelson, White and Bertolini to fight for fourth. Up front, Seller was looking for a way past McFadden. He got a move to stick on lap five and was able to pull away to take a comfortable win. A couple of laps later, Vlok got past McFadden to move into second, where he stayed until the finish. Once White got past Nelson he was able to open a slight gap, which he held until the flag. Nelson ended in fifth ahead of Bertolini, the leading rider in the Bridgestone Superbikes, with Schultz, again the leading 600, in seventh. McMahon went one better than he did in the opening race, taking eighth ahead of Bontekoning who had Wadvalla and Van Aswegen in his wheel tracks. Otto had to settle for twelfth ahead of a recovering Purificati with Thomas again getting the better of Themba.

In the day’s overall standings, Seller took the national NGK Spark Plugs SuperBike class from Vlok and McFadden. Two wins gave Schultz the overall SuperSport 600 win ahead of Otto while Bertolini took the Bridgestone SuperBike win from McMahon and Bontekoning.

The next round of the NGK SA Superbike series is scheduled to take place at Red Star Raceway in September although, with the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this could be changed.

Published by NGK SA Superbikes

Picture Caption: Clint Seller leads Garrick Vlok
Photography by: Paul Bedford

BRAD TAKES HISTORIC MOTOGP VICTORY FOR KTM AND FOR SOUTH AFRICA IN BRNO

Red Bull KTM marked a major racing milestone today at a hot Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky for the third round of the 2020 season. Brad Binder, in just his third outing in the premier class, took the KTM RC16 to a clear victory: the first for the company in MotoGP, the first for the South African (and for his country) and the second trophy from only three-and-a-half years KTM have been on the grid.

MotoGP basked in more elevated summer temperatures for the annual visit to the Automotodrom Brno. Teams and riders had spent the better part of two days refining set-ups in the search for traction and to preserve tire life across the bumpy asphalt. Red Bull KTM saw Pol Espargaro and Brad Binder launch away from the second and third rows of the starting grid with the Red Bull KTM Tech3 RC16s machines of Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona also in the mix.

Both Espargaro and Binder settled into the top five from the outset. While Brad found extra speed to work his way to the front, Espargaro was in hot pursuit until he collided with Johann Zarco in the tussle for 3rd place and crashed out on lap 10. Lecuona was also a faller.

Brad went from strength to strength as he passed the winner of the first two Grands Prix, Fabio Quartararo, and also Franco Morbidelli to control the race from P1 and with authority for the last nine laps of the 21.

Brad Binder:
“Honestly, right now, I’m lost for words. I’ve dreamt of this since I was a little boy and today it came true. It is amazing to win my first GP [in MotoGP]. Thank you to everybody who supported me, and the whole team: they put an insane motorcycle beneath me today! I didn’t know if we could win but I knew we would have a go. It was the craziest ten laps of my life at the end. I was being as soft as I could. It was incredible. Unbelievable.”

Published by: https://bradbinder33.net

RPM CENTER RIDERS RETURN TO ZWARTKOPS

RPM Center riders David McFadden and Brett Roberts will make their third trip of 2020 to Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 8 August when the SA Superbike championship will resume after the Covid-19 enforced break.

The Pretoria circuit has been good to team principal McFadden this year. He has yet to finish off the podium on the Stunt SA supported Yamaha R1, winning both heats in the opening round and taking a second and third place back in March shortly before the national lockdown was introduced.

Speaking before the race weekend, McFadden said, “I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the bars of the RPM Center Stunt SA Yamaha R1. I am excited to see whether all of the training and fine-tuning myself and the bike during lockdown pays off. I am grateful that all our sponsors have stayed on board during these difficult times and thank Light by Linea for their additional support.”

Mechanical problems have made former motocrosser Brett Roberts’ transition to circuit racing difficult, but he has taken the opportunities that presented themselves to lie fourth in the SuperSport 600 championship standings. With the niggling problems solved, he is looking to finish on the podium this time out.

Speaking in the week before the event, Roberts said, “I am very excited to get racing underway this weekend at Zwartkops Raceway. I have been able to get a couple of days of training in however the training situation hasn’t been ideal in Cape Town. Never the less, I’m more than ready to race.”

In addition to the sponsorship from Stunt SA and Lights by Linea, the team acknowledges the support received from RST, Nix Graphics, Arata by Racetec, Forma Boots, TBR Engineering and Schuberth Helmets.

Published by: RPM Center

Picture Caption: Brett Roberts
Photography by: Paul Bedford

RIP – CLIVE MAWSON

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing away of Clive Mawson from Zimbabwe, Clive played an integral part in Leisure and Touring for FIM AFRICA and served as an Executive Council member for many years.

FIM AFRICA and the FIM extends condolences to the Mawson family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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