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2017 SuperGP Championship @ Round 5 Zwartkops
June 19, 2017  

Supplied by Motorsport SA Administrator from Motorsport SA
Pretoria, 11th May. Seller remains unbeatable.

 


Four-times South African Motorcycle Champion, Clint Seller, was without peer in the SuperGP Champions Trophy field during Round Five at Red Star Raceway near Delmas on Saturday June 10. Seller was already in top-form leading up to the half-way mark of the championship and left his rivals in awe of his pace on the MiWay Yamaha R1 around the demanding Mpumalanga circuit.

Qualifying Super600: championship leader Hayden Jonas (MiWay Yamaha R6) had a massive task at hand learning the highly-technical, 4-km Red Star Raceway for the first time. He did however impress the team with second place on the grid. Dino Iozzo (#13) however, expected a better result at his home track but qualified a disappointing 10th.

Qualifying SuperGP: Clint Seller was the usual frontrunner in the cold practice sessions and qualified on the front row in P2. The local heroes always prove to be quick around Red Star Raceway and pole went to Garrick Vlok, but it was of little concern to Seller.

Race 1 Super600: Lack of circuit knowledge was the biggest challenge for Jonas ahead of the opening race of the day. He couldn’t capitalise on his grid position and dropped back to fourth on the opening lap. He pushed hard to regain his P2 but was faced with fierce competition and no overtaking opportunities were given away. On lap eight he tried a do- or-die move, but it didn’t pay off and down he went. Fortunately, neither man or machine was too badly damaged to continue and he resumed the race from the back of the field. He was eventually classified 13th.


Dino Iozzo had a very lonely race but thanks to consistent lap times he managed to gain two positions and finished eighth.

Race 2 Super600: Jonas had injured his left hand in the earlier fall and knew he would have an extra battle to fight. A similar start to the opening race saw him drop back and left him fighting with an experienced group of riders. On lap seven he fell again, his weakened hand unable to cope with the strain. Nevertheless, the courageous young racer remounted and soldiered on to finish in eighth position. Iozzo was unable to use his home track advantage
in the second race and after a slow start he managed to bring his MiWay Yamaha R6 home in 11th position.

Race 1 SuperGP: Seller had an unusually bad start and dropped back off the line. At the end of the opening lap of the premier class he was in sixth position, with a gaggle of experienced Red Star Raceway riders ahead of him.

Seller decided to play a waiting game and preserve his tyres – a cautious strategy which paid off and he was able to pick off his rivals one by one. His march through the field was as smooth as it could possibly be and by the sixth lap he was in the lead and in full control. Without taking any unnecessary risks, he dictated the pace and won the first race.

“I really had to work for this one,” Clint confessed immediately afterwards. “Losing positions at the start wasn’t part of the master plan and I gave myself a lot of additional work as a result!”

But team boss Brad Anassis couldn’t be prouder of his Number One rider: “This is how you win races: plan your race pace without jeopardising your tyre life. This could very well have been one of Clint’s best races ever.”

Race 2 SuperGP: As efficient as Clint Seller is, he didn’t want to go through the same amount of work as in the opening race. With a lightning-fast start, Seller took the lead and held on to it until the finish flag dropped. With a typical start-to-finish win, he was keen to demonstrate that this is how he prefers to win races rather than fighting for each position. With four wins in row, Seller is now nearing his best season ever in the premier class.

“We knew beforehand that our youngsters would have a tough job in their first national race season at Red Star Raceway,” said Anassis. “Dino and Hayden have demonstrated that they are the next generation and we can expect a lot of them in the near future. I am particularly keen to see them returning to this track in two months’ time. Clit was once again in a league of his own - he never ceases to impress me and with the fastest lap of the weekend and a double win, he is a dream rider to have in your team.”

Race Results:
Super600 Race 1

1.    Steven Odendaal – Yamaha R6
2.    Blaze Baker – GSX6
3.    Jesse Boshoff – ZX6
8.    Dino Iozzo – MiWay Racing Yamaha R6
13.   Hayden Jonas – MiWay Racing Yamaha R6


Super600 Race 2
1.    Steven Odendaal – Yamaha R6
2.    Malcolm Rudman – ZX6
3.    Jesse Boshoff – ZX6
8.    Hayden Jonas – MiWay Racing Yamaha R6
11.   Dino Iozzo – MiWay Racing Yamaha R6


SuperGP Race 1
1.    Clint Seller – MiWay Racing Yamaha R1
2.    Michael White – Yamaha R1
3.    Greg Gildenhuys – ZX10


SuperGP Race 2
1.    Clint Seller – MiWay Racing Yamaha R1
2.    Garrick Vlok – Yamaha R1
3.    Michael White – Yamaha R1

A big thank you to our team sponsors and partners: MiWay, Finance.co.za, Yamaha, Portable Shade, Sun International, Anassis Racing, MP Custom Valve and Suspension, Race!, Air Age Engineering, Motul, Neolife, Ohlins, Sanrose Auto body, Woolich Racing, Moto Moto Diner, Elite Energy, Twizza, Cobalt Engineering, Samco and Alain from Club House. A special thanks to Sun International Times square for the world class catering.

 

Published by:  Brad Anassis

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