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RideFast Nov 2019

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Words by Rob Portman / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus & Daniella Kerby (Beam Productions) Lady racer Mo Mahope once again impressed on her Ducati V4. ANOTHER SCORCHER The finale round of the Monocle Racing Series took place at a very hot Redstar Raceway. Riders and machines had to deal with scorching hot conditions both on and off track. David Buckham and Mick Landi. What started out as an idea by a couple of guys around a table in Misano Italy has now turned into the most exciting and most attended motorcycle racing series in SA. The Monocle Motorcycle Racing series has been a huge hit attracting in average 150 riders over the 7 rounds hosted this year. The variety of categories, limited rules and affordable R1500 entry which includes Friday practice and Saturday race day is the formula that has made it such a huge success. After 6 rounds of intense, super fun racing the finale took place at Redstar Raceway, fitting as that’s where the season started off. It was another spectacular race meeting and even though both riders and machines nearly got burnt to death by the searing heat, the pits and prize giving was once again plastered with nothing but happy faces. On and off track condition were tough to deal with. Early morning and the windy conditions from the night before had thrown plenty of dust in the circuit. The team from RSR did an amazing job at cleaning the track as much as possible for the riders to enjoy and be safe. The rest of the day was greeted by blazing heat, which pushed riders, their bikes and tyres to the limit. Overheating bikes and brakes were the order of the day, but New BOTTS champ Alan Hulscher The Shez Show loving life on the Ducati V4 thankfully no major incidents to report so hats off to all involved. Racing action in all classes was once again world class, but the highlights of the day came in the BOTTS, Supersport 300, 600 and Superbike 1000cc classes. The days racing action started off with the Supersport 300s and Yamaha R3 mounted Ryno Pretorius was looking to be crowned 2019 champ. The absence of title rival, Chris Wright who was over in Spain for Red Bull Rookies Cup tryouts, meant Ryno was left with only Nicole van Aswegen to try and beat to the title. Both riders went at it in both races with Ryno picking up the heat 1 win and the number 1 plate for the year. Nicole pushes him all the way in race one but just ran out of steam in the final stages. The fastest mother in the world would have her revenge though AJ Venter on his Lekka Racing Suzuki GSXR1000. as she and Ryno put on one of the races of the season for the packed crowned to enjoy. Nicole held onto the win, securing 2nd place in the championship. Behind the leaders it was another impressive ride by Clinton Fourie who picked up two more podium finishes for the year. Following the 300s it was more world class racing this time from the BOTTS class. Joining the ever presents was SA Superstar Sheridan Morais, who lined up on the Ducati SA sponsored V4 racer fitted with Dunlop D213 tyres. It was an awesome sight seeing the Shez Shuffle in full flight once again on home soil and an even better sound hearing him scream the V4! As expected, Shez went on to pick up both race wins but behind him the action was thick and fast. Great racing as always in the Masters class. Adrenaline Powersport rider Chris vd Merwe and Tyron Piper. Another podium finish for Chase Hulscher. Donovan Moolman on his Castrol Honda. Mark vd Berg impressed first time out at RSR. Another packed grid of BOTTS riders doing battle, with Shez Morais on the Dunlop D213 shod Ducati SA V4 Racer out front from the start.