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RideFast Nov 2019

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Alan Hulscher would pick

Alan Hulscher would pick up 2nd place in race one and in doing so also the 2019 BOTTS title. Brian Bontekoning would end up 3rd. Over the two heats of racing Mick Landi and David Buckham battled hard for the final podium spot for the day. Shez would withdraw from the overall results which saw Bontekoning puck up the win ahead of Landi and Buckham in third, who pick up his first trophy of the season. Lady rider, Mo Mahope, once again stole the show with her performance on the day. Mo, on her brand new Ducati SA V4, raced to an impressive 8th place in race one and 7th in race two. She is no doubt going to be a big threat heading into 2020 especially with the backing of Ducati SA and World of Motorcycles. For the for time this year the Supersport 600 and Superbike 1000 classes had to be split and race separately due to high numbers. Some of SA’s top riders joined the Monocle series for some saddle time around RSR before the SA SBK National season finale the week later (more on that after these pages). The racing in the Supersport 600 class was world class with the likes of Blaze Baker, Kewyn Snyman, Jared Schultz, Riccardo Otto and Dino Iozzo fighting hard through our both races. In the 1000cc class it was Clint Seller and AJ Venter who took race wins, but the show was stolen by Damion Purificati who managed to finish in 2nd overall for the day ahead of closest rival George Hadji who was third. That handed the title to Damion. A big thank you and well done to all who raced and succeeded in this years Series. We as RideFast Magazine are proud to have been part of the first season and look forward to another 3 years (at least) with the ever growing series which will expand to a 8 round championship for 2020, including 2 rounds at Kyalami where Friday practice and Saturday race day will only cost riders R1500each. Here is the full calendar for 2020: • Round 1: 31 January & 1 February - Redstar Raceway • Invitational Round: 7 & 8 February - East London Grand Prix Circuit (Not A Monocle Race - Supporting The Classic TT) • Round 2: 6 & 7 March - Aldo Scribante, Port Elizabeth • Round 3: 8 & 9 May - Phakisa Freeway, Welkom • Round 4: 5 & 6 June - East London Grand Prix Circuit • Round 5: 17 & 18 July - Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit • Round 6: 4 & 5 September - Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit • Round 7: 2 & 3 October - Redstar Raceway • RounD 8: 6 & 7 November - Phakisa Freeway, Welkom Check out the Monocle Facebook page for more info. Ryno Pretorius was crowned 300 Supersport champion. BMW RR Cup The RR Cup has found a new home with the monocle Series and so far it is turning into a great partnership. More and more BMW riders are joining in and hopefully come 2020 we will have enough riders to form their own class and enough to split them into fast, intermediate and beginner groups. That is our ultimate aim for the RR Cup and we will work hard to make that happen. We encourage all you BMW riders to join in, no matter if your bike is in road or race trim, we want you enjoying the on and off track experience with us. For the final round a new champion was crowned. Damion Purificati took the overall honours in the Superbike 1000 class and made it a perfect weekend by wrapping up the RR Cup championship as well, stealing the crown from George Hadji, who narrowly missed out on both titles. It was great seeing a host of BMW riders compete in the various categories throughout the day and we look forward to 2020. A couple of BMW riders battling it out in the Streetbike class. Morne Pretorius cranking it! SEALED WITH A KISS WE BID FAREWELL TO OUR HONDA CBR1000RR STREETBIKE RACER One of our big aims here at RF at the start of 2019 was to find a bike to go race in the new Monocle Series. Not only did we want to be a part of and help expose this new series but also show off just how good, competitive and enjoyable modern-day superbikes could be without throwing huge amounts of money at them. We immediately got hold of Honda SA to try get our hands on their CBR1000RR machine as it in our eyes was/is one of the most underrated machines on the market. We wanted to highlight just what a good overall package the Blade is and how competitive it could do and break the tag of “its not fast enough” and “it can’t compete against the others”. Priced at only R209,000 for the base CBR1000RR we consider this a steal off showroom floors and our season pushing this machine to the limit again highlighted that. I’m sure you’ve all followed our journey with the CBR1000RR streetbike racer, which was called that as it started life off in the Monocle Streetbike class but was soon bumped out as every rider who raced it in that class would go too fast and be pushed out. We decided to throw a few essential go-fast parts at it so we went shopping at GFP International and fitted a set of rearsets, radiator guard, sharkfin and carbon lever protector. These don’t really help in the power department so without spending ridiculous amounts of money we did the simple “get more power” conversion and fitted shorter Renthal sprockets and DID MotoGP inspired 520pitch chain. This immediately made a difference and from there a Racetec pipe, new HRC inspired paint job by Syndicate Customs and Powerbronze racing screen were also fitted. Both my brother and I enjoyed loads of success on the bike. I managed 2 wins and a 3rd place from the 4 races I did on the machine while my bro picked up top ten finished in just about every race in the ultra-competitive SBK 1000 class. Shaun even managed a podium at the Phakisa round, this after our “more ponies” conversion was done by the team at Performance Technic who flashed the ECU and added a Rapid Bike fueling module. This bumped up power figures by almost 30hp. One of the best decisions we made for the bike however was installing EBC brake pads. These things really work and we could get a lot more life out of them than most others. In fact, we managed 2 full race meetings (2 qualifying and 2 practice sessions and 4 races) on one set of pads. Exceptional value for money make sure you contact Keith Agliotti from Brake Late and give them a go. I promise you won’t be sorry and won’t install any other pads after using them. Heading into our final hoorah with the Blade and we couldn’t help but get emotional, but there was no time to dwell on that as Shaun had work to do. With a couple of good results at the finale at RSR he could put our streetbike blade, with headlights and all, in 5th overall in the championship against full blown race machines. Shaun started the day off well qualifying in 8th overall with all the National boys thrown in. That put him 3rd in the Monocle class right where he needed to be. Unfortunately, the races did not go to plan. Shaun battled hard in race 1 with George Hadji and this pushed the Blade to the limit so a bit of overheating occurred on a day when even the devil himself would have melted from the heat. Shaun cruised home in 3rd place in his class ahead of the riders he had to be ahead of. Not bad but it was frustrating as he knew he had more pace with the Pirelli SC2 front and SC1 rear slicks working to perfections. Race two started off on a high but sadly ended on a sour note. Shaun got a great start and pulled clear of George and the rest of his rivals to hold down 2nd overall until he made a mistake under braking heading onto the back straight. Then the overheating problems came back to haunt him this time pushing out fluid which got onto the back tyre almost resulting in a massive highside. A combination of rider skill, traction control and grippy Pirelli tyres (more so TC and tyres) helped keep Shaun from hitting the deck. He managed to cruise home in 6th spot but behind his rivals which meant 6th in the overall standings. Still a massive achievement for both Shaun and the Honda CBR1000RR who both raised plenty of eyebrows throughout the 2019 season. It’s now a sad farewell to the bike that did not give us one mechanical hiccup and this despite over 5000 hard kilos of racing and testing with very little TLC from our side. Bulletproof, enjoyable, competitive, stylish and most of all well priced - we love you Honda CBR1000RR and you proved to everyone just what a capable machine you really are!!! A big thanks to Honda SA are all the associate sponsors for supporting us this year! Shaun says goodbye with a kiss. It has been an honour racing the Honda CBR1000RR. It is by far the most underrated machine in the production superbike game.