SA SuperBikes head for The Friendly City

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The SA SuperBike Series moves up the coast to Port Elizabeth for the fourth round of the 2019 championship, which takes place at the Aldo Scribante circuit on 14 & 15 June 2019.

Clint Seller
SuperBike championship leader Clint Seller

Approaching the half-way mark of the season, former champion Clint Seller (King Price Yamaha Racing R1) leads the points standings in the 1000cc SuperBike but he hasn’t had things all his own way this year. Lance Isaacs (LIR/Superbets Gaming Group BMW S1000RR) lies second in the standings after a couple of wins at Zwartkops in the second round and a podium finish last time out in Cape Town. David McFadden (RPM Centre/Stunt SA Yamaha R1) is three points behind Isaacs in third. He bounced back after a disappointing second round to take a win and a second place at his home circuit.

Hayden Jonas (WP Motors/Samurai SA Yamaha R1) made his return to the national stage in Cape Town and was immediately on the pace. Electronic gremlins robbed him of an almost certain podium in the opening race, but he bounced back to claim third in the second heat. Allan-Jon Venter (Lekka Racing/JHB Express Suzuki GSXR1000), who missed the last round as he was preparing for the Isle of Mann TT, remains in fourth place in the standings ahead of Garrick Vlok (DCCS Coring Cutting and Sealing Yamaha R1) and Dylan Barnard (NPL Yamaha R1).

Blaze Baker
Blaze Baker

After deputizing for Dino Iozzo on the King Price Yamaha Racing R6 at the last two rounds while Iozzo was busy on the international stage, Blaze Baker will be back on his own Yamaha R6 in Port Elizabeth. The reigning champion has opened up a comfortable lead at the top of the championship log after winning five of the six heats so far this season. His closest rival is Kewyn Snyman (Hillbilly Racing Team Yamaha R6), the only man to beat him this year. Jared Schultz (ASAP World/FFC/Brown Property Yamaha R6) had been the model of consistency so far this season, finishing in third place in all six heats. He occupies third place on the log ahead of Ricardo Otto (Otto Racing Team Yamaha R6) and Brandon Staffen (AJH Cooling/RPM Centre Kawasaki ZX6R).

As usual, Friday will see the riders tackle the three qualifying sessions used to determine the grid for both of Saturday’s heats. The riders will head out for a warm-up session just at 08h30 on Saturday morning they tackle two heats.