SuperBike battle to resume at South Africa’s fastest circuit

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Clint Seller

The SA SuperBike Series in association with Metzler heads to East London for the sixth round of the 2019 championship on 30 & 31 August. The East London Grand Prix Circuit, known as the fastest circuit in the country, will see the riders reach speeds of 300km/h as they battle for supremacy and championship points.

Clint Seller
Clint Seller leads the way in the SuperBike 1000 class

As the championship approaches the final run-in, Clint Seller (King Price Yamaha Racing R1) heads the points standings in the 1000cc SuperBike class but hasn’t dominated proceedings like he has done so often in the past. David McFadden (RPM Centre/Stunt SA Yamaha R1) had a nightmare outing at Zwartkops last time out, with brake problems in both races preventing him from finishing either race. Although McFadden remains third in the standings despite not scoring any points in the round, the title now looks like it will be a two-way fight between Seller and Lance Isaacs (LIR/Superbets Gaming Group BMW S1000RR).

As he did at Zwartkops, where he won both races from pole position, regular Moto2 world championship competitor Steven Odendaal will be making a wild-card appearance on his Yamaha R1.  Dylan Barnard (NPL Yamaha R1) battled a bit at Zwartkops but has shown that he has the speed to finish on the podium. He is in fourth place in the standings, ahead of Garrick Vlok (DCCS Coring Cutting and Sealing Yamaha R1) Injuries have limited Bryon Bester’s outings on his Hi-Tech Racing Yamaha R1 but he is back to full fitness and will be looking to add to his points tally and improve on his sixth position.

Blaze Baker
Blaze Baker has a 33-point advantage at the top of the SuperSport 600 standings

With seven wins in the ten races held so far this season, Blaze Baker (The Rossi Sports Bar Yamaha R6) leads the SuperSport 600 title race by 33 points. The only riders that have any chance of stopping him retaining his title are Kewyn Snyman (Hillbilly Racing Team Yamaha R6) and Jared Schultz (ASAP World/FFC/Brown Property Yamaha R6) who are second and third in the standings. Ricardo Otto missed the last round but is still fourth on the log ahead of Dino Iozzo (King Price Extreme Yamaha R6) who missed a couple of rounds earlier in the season due to international commitments. Brandon Staffen returns, this time on a new AJH Cooling/Fueled Racing Yamaha R6 which replaces his ageing Kawasaki that took him to sixth on the championship log. Dian Nelson (TRD Motorcycles Yamaha R6) and Taric van der Merwe (Hi-Tech Racing Yamaha R6), who scored his first international podium finish in Croatia last weekend, round out the top eight in the standings.

As normal, the riders will have three qualifying sessions on Friday to determine grid positions for the two races which take place on Saturday.