Brian Bontekoning, Kawasaki ZX10R, Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup

Kawasaki ZX10R Masters: the essence of dynamism

Next on the motorsport calendar is the Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup motorcycle racing event on 11 May 2013. Their next frontier: the illustrious Kyalami International Race Circuit. (Friday Slackers are more than welcome to join in the action. Get a taste of what can be expected on the action filled motorsport race day on Saturday. Good news is: ADMISSION to Friday’s official practice sessions is FREE.) My advice ... phone in a sickie, and be there!—the KAWASAKI MASTERS NEEDS YOUR VOICE!

Kyalami is not dead, lethargic maybe, but not dead. Thirty-two (32) Kawasaki Masters will blow the dust off THIS once famed motor racing circuit, up into high air, obscuring the sun on battle day. They will be putting back the energy it needs to shine bright once more, if only for a day. Round four of this quintessential race genre (Masters Series), will have you hanging onto every nerve and fibre of your body. Amalgamated with the Extreme Festival (Extreme Supercars, Thunderbikes, Brunch Run, Superhatch, Rosso Challenge, Formula Vee, 111 Sports and Saloons) this symbiotic speed-fair (of fast cars, music and superbikes), will unquestionably get the black blood flowing through Kyalami’s coarse veins again. Entertaining spectators and close followers beyond their wildest imagination; labouring motorcycle racing action beyond comparison. Could this be the essence of dynamism?

The first races of the season belonged to Stewart MacLeod #46, until he lost two top podium hot spots to Gavin Lightfoot #32, at Red Star Raceway (RSR). Gavin caused a surprise shockwave through the Masters’ camp, ruffling a few feathers, when he took first place in both races (with a best time of 01:57.092, on the day). That was the river, this is the sea—Waterboys; RSR is not Kyalami, and vice versa.
Even though the two racetracks might sport a similarity (13 turns), they vary in length. Kyalami boasts a length of 4.26 km compared to the 4 km of RSR. The other (in)significant features are the width of the track, and the fact that Kyalami have “softer”, more evenly spaced turns throughout the length of the race circuit.
Now, you might ask which track is the fastest. Well, taking into account Stewart MacLeod’s best lap time of 01:45.378 (November 2012) at Kyalami, and Gavin Lightfoot’s Red Star time of 01:57.092, it seems that Kyalami is a much faster racetrack than RSR. With a velocity at Kyalami of 40.425 m/s, compared to 34.161 m/s at RSR (even though RSR is shorter); thus producing an average speed of 145km/h (also take into consideration the 13 turns, dear reader). Could this be the essence of dynamism?

With confidence I can announce that all members of the Kawasaki Masters Club have first-hand experience on Kyalami (some have been racing here since the 90s). THIS, will subsequently provide a churn of mass battle and close contention. This might just be the Waterloo of motorcycle racing.
Contenders like Stewart MacLeod #46, Gavin Lightfoot #32, Paul Jacobs #37, Pieter de Vos #17, Brian Bontekoning #16, Tony Klem #13, and Johan le Roux #44 (not necessarily in this specific order), will keep the war-cannons firing, with the drop of every red light. And they will keep on throttling high-speed eye-candy into the grandstand, until the chequered flag decides the end result (in both heats). Close on their Bridgestone R10 back tyres will be the hunters of the middle- and back order. Without their predatory drive, their voracious forward momentum, there could be no fierce battle. Could this be the essence of dynamism?

Dynamism (from the Greek word "dunamis", meaning "power"). A word not often used in everyday conversation. Some might be familiar with it, others not (basic education is a bliss). Only used in rare and special circumstances like, 32 men-at-war taking to the racetrack on Saturday; declaring war on the ribbon of black; sending thunderous engine roars through the hearts of animated onlookers; causing the hair on their forearms to stand upright.
A noun, meaning the quality of being full of energy, enthusiasm, and new ideas (Oxford). Not so much the latter, but definitely the first two explanations. The Kawasaki Masters are the pure definition of dynamism!

WORD TO READERS: Be proud of who you are. Stand tall. Get some DYNAMISM in your core, and unshackle yourself from your sedentary lifestyles. Then, drive west, until you hear the delicate sound of thunder—32 Kawasakis, in full throttle. —Godspeed!

Words & Photo: Adriaan & Martine Venter (Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup, Kyalami Raceway, South African Motorsport, 2013/05/01, Prequel 2 Sequel) Main Image: Brian Bontekoning #16, Kawasaki ZX10R.