GO rider wins, others do well - 15 March 2010

GO Rider Wins again

Riding for the GO Chain Wax supported Anassis Racing Bikefin Honda team, Capetonian Lance Isaacs made round two of the Interfile Superbike championship his own this past weekend.

Having won one of the two races at Kyalami last month, he was unstoppable on his home track winning both rounds and opening up a useful championship lead.

Isaacs qualified second fastest, with teammates Dane Hellyer and Chris Leeson third and fifth respectively.

The opening race turned out to be a thriller. A good start from Isaacs saw him lead every lap as poleman Greg Gildenhuys (Honda), Hellyer and Aprilia mounted Sheridan Morias had their own scrap while glued to his rear wheel. At the end of nine hectic laps (shortened by one due to an accident) Isaacs took the flag by a wheel, as Hellyer got the better of Morias to make it a GO one-two for the first time in the series.

Just off this pack, Leeson had a lonely race to fifth.

If race one was good, race two was in another class. After 10 intense laps, four riders flashed across the line covered by just over two tenths of a second. Isaacs had a slender advantage as he led Hellyer past the chequered flag, with Morias just pipping Gildenhuys to the final step on the podium.

Aboard the three-cylinder Triumph Daytona Robert Portman claimed pole position for the Supersport race as the squad of young GO equipped riders got to grips with the track. Bikefin Honda riders Jacques Peskens and Brent Harran were on row two in fifth and eighth places, while Dean Vos VTR Metals/GO Kawasaki) was 11th fastest on his first visit to the Cape track.

Harran was the surprise package as he came home in fourth place, after Peskens was an innocent victim in a massive last lap multi-bike crash. Vos kept out of trouble to take ninth. Dylan White won the race on a Suzuki.

Race two was another thriller. White won again, but this time it was Vos who grabbed sixth ahead of Harran. Peskens overcame his pain to take a hard earned ninth.

Meanwhile, in Australia theHighway Performance Bikes Off Road Teamcompeted in the opening rounds of the Australian Off Road championship over the weekend.

The track conditions that greeted the team on Saturday morning were unfortunately extremely wet and muddy. Despite the best efforts of the organisers and the club, the track deteriorated badly over the day’s cross country events to the point where Sunday’s track had to be shorten dramatically to just over 4min lap times.

The club managed to keep the event running and the track as fair as possible for every rider despite the ruts, mud, water and slop. Much to the appreciation of all riders competing.

For David Hogan #517, the 2hr cross country on Saturday couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. David holeshot the clubman race easily and set about checking out on the opening lap. Despite being passed and having a minor crash whilst trying to regain the lead, David fought hard on the energy sapping track to lead the race to the half way mark.

After completing his pit stop David’s race went down hill when he cramped up and crashed into a tree. Losing time from being trapped under his bike David rejoined the track to come away with 8th and salvage some points for the round.

On Sunday, David’s speed came to the fore with the shortened track and trying conditions as he finished fourth outright in the clubman class, and posted one of the fastest laps of the class in the process.

Jennifer Blackwood #771 set about beginning her AORC campaign with a strong ride to begin her season. In trying conditions in the cross country that saw many of the Women’s class DNF Jen pushed on thru the mud and ruts to place 6th.

With Sunday’s track consisting mostly of the motocross track Jen was in her element, she chased down as many as 3 riders in one sprint lap. If it has not been for one crash on the short track her result could have been much higher.

All in all it was once again a good weekend for GO Performance Products users.


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