Robbie Breakspear, Kawasaki ZX10R Masters, Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup

Kawasaki ZX10R Masters: spring racing

The Kawasaki ZX10R Masters return to the quick and wide Kyalami International race circuit for the second and last time this year. This is also the third last motorcycle racing event/Extreme Festival showdown on the 2013 motorsport calendar. So, do not hesitate, come and enjoy a day out in the sun on the 13th (practice) and 14th of September 2013. Spectators have no excuse this time around; spring is in the air (although it feels like mid-summer) and everybody can look forward to great motorcycle- and extreme supercar racing event.

Yesterday morning I received an email from Lynette Fourie (wife to stevedore and team captain, Johan Fourie #19), reminding me of the Prequel 2 Sequel for the Kawasaki Masters Club. What was even more interesting than the reminder was the request to add the name: Graeme van Breda. Why does this sound so familiar? There are presumable a lot of Graeme van Bredas in South Africa, but only one motorcycle racer! My days of past motorsport racing events are sometimes a bit hazy (between the King’s home and the Weber), but let me do some digging ...

My crude shallow research has revealed some very valuable information (maybe this is old news to some of you). Graeme van Breda: 'Youngest rider ever to win SA championship on a production 250cc in 1993 at the age of 18; 1994 SA champion on a Suzuki 250cc production bike; 6th in 1998 CMS Superbike championship ...'*
In 1995 Graeme raced a Kawasaki ZXR900; 1996 a Kawasaki ZX6R; In the 2000 Dark Dog (now we only drink Red Square) International Superbike Challenge a Kawasaki ZX6R; in 2002 a Suzuki GSXR600 and in 2005 a Suzuki GSXR1000.

During the past year the Kawasaki Club has grown to a massive 42 members (and new members are welcomed with each event). According to my count, this would also mean that they are one of the biggest national Kawasaki 1000cc motorcycle racing fraternities in South Africa.
However, the past few days did not see only Graeme van Breda #41 joining the Kawasaki Club, but also Cheetah, Clinton Watson #55. Clinton has no specific lineage to motorcycle racing (which is not necessarily a bad thing), and might not be such a big threat to the front runners (as appose to #41), but you never know with these Free State boytjies. Maybe "they" run some kind of clandestine motorcycle racing camp down at Phakisa Freeway, and surprise the whole lot over race weekend—WELOME Clinton! WELCOME Graeme!

At age 37, we can appreciate that Graeme van Breda, has a lot of international and national motorcycle experience. And, I believe, Stewart "Mac Attack" MacLeod #46, is well aware of what he is up against (they used to race together in earlier years). As for the rest: Gavin Lightfoot #32, terrier Pieter de Vos #17, Johan le Roux #44, Paul Jacobs #37 and Tony Klem #13 have their work cut out for them. Graeme van Breda might just find it hard to breathe down the Kyalami pit straight, OR, might he be delivering devastating blows, as a welcoming gift?

Other poignant news: Brian Bontekoning #16 will not be featuring on the starting grid this time around. During the previous Super Series, held at Zwartkops Raceway, he had an accident in turn seven, which left him bike-less for the upcoming event. We wish him all the best (oh, before you ask, Brian is fine) in getting his Kawasaki ZX10R race ready for the Killarney motorcycle racing event in October. (Kawasaki twins, Brian and Rodney straddle the exact same look race bikes.) This round however, Rodney McLachlan #42, will have to face the Masters’ onslaught on his own steam.

Current overall points standing (combined) reveals that Stewart MacLeod is well ahead on 290 points, but with three events left (six races) all hope is not lost for second place rider, Pieter de Vos on 178. In 3rd place is contortionist, Gavin Lightfoot on 170, followed by Johan le Roux with 148 points, Paul Jacobs on 130 and lucky-number-thirteen Tony Klem, on 110.

Even though there are two new members to the Red Square Kawasaki Masters team, things will not be easy for them and/or the others. On-track it is every Master for himself, with fierce racing until the chequered flag delivers the final verdict; off-track you’ll find the best camaraderie, ever.

Spring has sprung, come and enjoy the racing. —Godspeed!

Words & Photos: Adriaan & Martine Venter (Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup, Extreme Festival, Kyalami Raceway, South African Motorsport, 2013/09/04, Prequel 2 Sequel) Main Image: Robbie Breakspear #88, Kawasaki ZX10R. * Vodacom Speed Festival Official Programme (25 + 26 Nov 2000).

JB Schoeman, Kawasaki ZX10R Masters, Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup

JB Schoeman: Kawasaki ZX10R