A Hero Returns; Brilliant Bike Racing At Aldo Scribante
He visited, he saw, he conquered.
That is how enthusiasts will remember rounds five and six of this year’s South African Motorcycle championship at the Eastern Cape Aldo Scribante circuit on Saturday, April 6. Former South African champion and current international contender Sheridan Morais was in the country. He stood in for the Emtek Yamaha team’s injured Dean Vos in the weekend’s two 600 Supersport races.
Morais immediately showed that he meant business, planting the Yamaha on pole position during Saturday morning’s official qualifying session. He shared the front row of the starting grid with Lance Isaacs (Pta North Toyota Kawasaki), plus Liqui Moly MV Agusta riders Cam Petersen and Brent Harran. Isaacs and Morais blasted around at the front of the field in the opening race, crossing the line in the same second throughout.
Two laps from the end Morais calmly outbraked his adversary at the end of the pit straight, took the lead and hung on to win, just two-tenths of a second ahead of Isaacs. Petersen and Harran finished third and fourth, ahead of Nicholas Kershaw (Race Bike Rentals Kawasaki) and Gareth Davidson (TK Imports Kawasaki).
Morais fluffed the start of the second race, dropping down to fifth place. Isaacs led the race from Harran, Petersen and Darryn Binder (Tymad Suzuki). Morais fought back, passing one competitor per lap. Then, just as he got into third place, Isaacs and Harran touched in the pit corner, causing Isaacs to fall, and Harran to run wide.
That left Morais to cruise to his second victory on the day, leading home Cam Petersen, Darryn Binder, Nicholas Kershaw, Brant Harran and Brandon Goode (Adrenalin Powersport Kawasaki).
Clint Seller (PS Czank Kawasaki) led the opening Unlimited Superbike race from the start, challenged by Nicholas Grobler (Pta North Kawasaki), Ryan Ottens (Motorrad BMW), Dylan White (Emtek Yamaha) and Stephen Steenkamp (Pta North Kawasaki).
Way behind them Chris Leeson, who managed to select neutral as the lights went out, started to blast his way through the 14-bike field on his Motorrad BMW. Grobler challenged Seller for the lead on various occasions, but then ran wide at the end of the pit straight and dropped back.
That enabled Seller to take an easy victory. Meanwhile Ryan Ottens moved over to gift the hard charging Chris Leeson the second place. Ottens finished third, ahead of Grobler, Stephen Steenkamp and Dylan White.
Seller repeated his winning feat in race two, leading home Grobler, Leeson, Ottens, White and Trevor Westman (Adrenaline Powersport BMW).
The next round of the 2013 South African Superbike championship will take place at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on Saturday, May 4.