Reigning South African Superbike champion Greg Gildenhuys (BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000RR) will be aiming for an historic hat-trick of titles when he takes to the grid for the 2012 season, which starts at Zwartkops Raceway in Gauteng on Saturday (March 3).
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The 22-year-old from Johannesburg wrapped up the 2011 title with one round remaining after dominating the 2010 season on his way to his first Superbike title. With a brand new BMW S1000RR carrying the sought-after #1 plate, the tall young man from Boskruin, who runs a family-owned panel-beating shop in Randburg, will be the rider to beat.
“I’m really stoked with my new BMW, which is awesome,” said Gildenhuys. “There are a number of improvements on the bike, which is more nimble and has a bit more horsepower. I’m confident we’re going to be very competitive this year.”
Standing between him and a third title will be the likes of 2011 championship runner-up Chris Leeson, who has switched from Kawasaki to Ducati, 2011 Supersport champion Dave McFadden on a Kawasaki and leading BMW privateer Nicholas Grobler.
Grobler, Ryan Ottens and Christo Rheeder will all enjoy privateer support from BMW Motorrad on their S1000RR superbikes.
The 1 000 cc Superbike and 600 cc Supersport championships will again form part of the WesBank Super Series, with the 2012 season consisting of eight rounds between March and October. Three rounds are scheduled at the 2,4 kilometre Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria, two at Cape Town’s 3,2 kilometre Killarney circuit, one at the 4,2 kilometre Phakisa Freeway in the Free State, and a final round at the 4,2 kilometre Kyalami grand prix circuit near Johannesburg.