EXCLUSIVE LOCAL TEST: 2020 SUPABETS BMW S1000RR RACER Words: Donovan Fourie | Pics: Beam Productions LETHAL WEAPON 3 After 15million messages and 10million calls we finally got the chance to test the Supabets BMW S1000RR. The new one that is, the 2020 M sport version. But on arrival at the track top tech Dean Ferreira rolled out both Lance Issacs 2019 and 2020 machines for Rob to test back-toback to feel first hand the big difference between the two. I had tested the 2018 version of the Supabets race machine and was keen to see the progression made by Dean and Lance on the 2019 machine, and now with the new 2020 bike. It’s been a frustrating time for Lance as he has had the 2020 bike for sometime now but has not been able to unleash it due to all the drama with the stock bikes and all the recalls. So finally Lance was given the go ahead to use the new M Sport bike literally a week before the first SA SBK Series race of the season at Zwartkops. Lance rolled out the new 2020, which had not had 1 lap of testing prior, but also had the good old faithful waiting in the wings if needed. The 2019 bike was properly sorted and helped Lance to 2nd overall in the 2019 championship, missing out by only a few points at the final round. For 2020, Lance is determined to go one better and with the new machine is confidant of doing so, even at the tender age of 238... just kidding, think he’s around 42 but no one actually knows for sure as it seems he has been around for decades. Lance was one of the first people to call me after the world launch of the new bike last year, asking if it truly was this amazing machine Zie Germans made it out to be. I sung nothing but praise to him about the new beast and he was eager to get his hands on it. But alas, he has had to wait a full year to finally race the new bike, but is now more ready than ever to take the fight to Clint Seller and the rest of the SA SBK boys. 40 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE MARCH 2020
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