Disaster stalked the Vodacom Nashua Yamaha team at AA Kyalami on Saturday (September 8 ) during Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2001 Dark Dog South African Superbike Championship. Following a series of mishaps, the three-Yamaha equipe could only show ...
Disaster stalked the Vodacom Nashua Yamaha team at AA Kyalami on Saturday (September 8 ) during Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2001 Dark Dog South African Superbike Championship.
Following a series of mishaps, the three-Yamaha equipe could only show a second and fourth place for their efforts in the two races.
Things looked up after Saturday morning's official qualifying session with Vodacom Nashua Yamaha team leader Russell Wood and Lance Isaacs both on the front row of the grid.
Arushen Moodley, suffering handling problems with the third Yamaha, had to be content with the eight place on the starting order.
In the opening race Greg Dreyer (Honda) streaked to an unchallenged victory, setting a new Dark Dog Superbike Kyalami lap record in the process.
Meanwhile Wood fought long and hard for second place, beating off a determined challenge by Trevor Crookes (Ducati) and Robbie Petersen (Honda).
Isaac's race ended on the fourth tour with a dropped valve in his machine's engine, while Moodley was lucky to emerge unscathed from a spectacular crash in the Esses a lap later.
A Herculian effort by the team's technicians saw the engine from Moodley's crashed motorcycle installed in Lance's Yamaha before the start of the second race, with Moodley forced into the role of spectator.
This time, while chasing for the lead, Wood's luck ran out with an engine failure on the fourth lap.
Isaac's joined the fight at the front, but was barged off the track in the final corner of the last lap, and had to settle for fourth place.
The net results of the day saw Wood conceding eight championship points to the title chase leader Dreyer.
"A bad day at the office," Wood said afterwards
"We could simply not match the Hondas in terms of pace today, they have found extra power from somewhere, and we were stretching our machinery over the limit to keep up."
"We will not give up - there are eight Dark Dog Superbike races left in this season, and championships are not won in a single day. We shall work flat out to be on terms with the Hondas before the next race of the season, at the Free State Phakisa Raceway on September 29," he added.