South African riders AA Kyalami preview

Five South African riders will compete in round three of the Supersport world championship at AA Kyalami from April 5 to 7. The Supersport event forms part of a motorcycle-racing bonanza, presented by Vodacom, at the Midrand circuit. The...

Five South African riders will compete in round three of the Supersport world championship at AA Kyalami from April 5 to 7.

The Supersport event forms part of a motorcycle-racing bonanza, presented by Vodacom, at the Midrand circuit. The weekend also sees the running of round three of the World Superbike Championship, and a round of the Superside Sidecar world championship.

South African Motorcycle Racing Association chairman Norman Macleod confirmed over the weekend that five South Africans will compete in the Supersport world championship event. They are reigning South African Superbike champion Greg Dreyer, former champions Stewart Macleod and Trevor Crookes, rising star Arushen Moodley and top privateer Noel Haarhof.

Dreyer, from the Cell C Suzuki team, and Honda rider Moodley are the official two wild card entries granted to the host country at each Supersport round. Dreyer last season rode for the Autopage Cellular Honda team, while Moodley was a member of the Vodacom Nashua Yamaha squad.

Macleod (Cell C Suzuki), Crookes (UUNET Ducati) and Haarhof (De Walt Suzuki) will all compete under a one event licences. Negotiations in this respect are currently being finalised.

All five riders had a successful weekend in the second round of this year’s national championship at Killarney– although Crookes was lucky to escape with only minor bruising from a huge first race crash. Crookes and multiple South African champion Russell Wood (Vodacom Nashua Honda), touched at the end of the main straight at around 240 km/h.

Wood was taken to hospital with concussion and other injuries, but Crookes bravely reappeared for race two on the spare Ducati– and won. The KwaZulu-Natalian fought back from 10th on the opening lap to lead home Macleod, Dreyer and Haarhoff.

The first race was won by Macleod ahead of team-mate Dreyer and Haarhof. Cell C Suzuki pair Dreyer and Macleod have previous world Supersport experience, but the AA Kyalami event will be first time out in the series for Crookes, Haarhoff and Moodley.

Booking for the AA Kyalami extravaganza is open at Computicket outlets. There will also be a free paddock day– with no entry fee for the general public– on April 4 with riders from the World Superbike, Supersport and Superside Sidecar series on hand to sign autographs and chat to race enthusiasts.

-aa racing-

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