Two second places at the fourth round of the 2019 SA SuperBike championship gave Lance Isaacs (LIR/Superbets Gaming BMW S1000RR) overall victory at Aldo Scribante on Saturday, 15 June and closed the gap to championship leader Clint Seller (King Price Yamaha Racing R1).
Kewyn Snyman (Hillbilly Racing Team Yamaha R6) took two hard-fought wins in the SuperSport 600 class.
David McFadden (RPM Centre/Stunt SA Yamaha R1) looked to have pole position in the bag until late in the final session when Seller dug deep to set the fastest lap by just 0.022”. Isaacs joined them on the front row of the grid.
In the opening heat, Seller grabbed the early lead from McFadden and Isaacs and opened up a comfortable gap before he lost the front in the hairpin on lap five. This handed the lead to McFadden, who then managed things at the front to take the win from Isaacs with Dylan Barnard (NPL Yamaha R1) in third. Seller was able to remount and take fourth.
In race two, Seller and Isaacs pulled away at the front after contact with another rider left McFadden winded and unable to ride to his full potential for a couple of laps. By the time he regained his breath, Seller and Isaacs had opened up a gap that he couldn’t close although he was able to get the better of Barnard to take third. Isaacs spent the race on Seller’s back wheel, waiting for his opportunity to get past, but a minor mistake in the closing stages cost him the chance of a win.
In the day’s overall results, Isaacs took the win from McFadden with Seller in third.
Jared Schultz (ASAP World/FFC/Brown Property Yamaha R6) led the way through qualifying in the SuperSport 600 class, setting the quickest time of the day in the final session to take his first pole position in his national motorcycling career. Snyman was next up, a quarter of a second back with Ricardo Otto (Otto Racing Team Yamaha R6) on the outside of the front row. Defending champion Blaze Baker (King Price Yamaha R6) had to settle for fourth ahead of Brandon Staffen (AJH Cooling/RPM Centre Kawasaki ZX6R) and Dino Iozzo (King Price Yamaha Racing R6).
The opening race was a four-way battle with Schultz initially leading the way from Otto with Snyman and Baker close behind. Both Snyman and Baker got past Otto who lost contact with the leading trio, ending in a somewhat lonely fourth. Snyman got past Schultz to take the lead and managed to hang on until the flag with Baker in third. The top three were separated by just over half a second at the flag. Iozzo and Staffen rounded out the top six.
Race 2 was similar to the opening heat in that it was again developed into a four-way battle at the front, but this time Baker led the pack with Schultz, Otto and Snyman in his wheel tracks. Snyman slowly worked his way through to the head of the group, taking the lead a couple of laps from the end. He was able to keep Baker behind him until the flag and take his second win of the day. Schultz had to settle for third with Otto in fourth. Staffen and Iozzo were fifth and sixth respectively.
Snyman’s two wins gave him overall victory on the day with Schultz just getting the better of Baker to take the runners-up spot.
Rider of the day went to Dylan Barnard for his efforts in fighting through from the back of the grid to a podium finish in the opening race.
The SA SuperBike series in association with Metzler now heads back inland where the fifth round of the championship will take place at Zwartkops Raceway on 27 July 2019.