JB Schoeman, Pro Tour Series, Kawasaki ZX10R Masters

Pro Tour Series: JB—Rare Vintage

Today I will be knocking on JB Schoeman's garage door.
Although it's not a well known fact, he once invited me for a cold one after a Phakisa race day but I had to decline his bold offer. Still remember answering, 'JB, unfortunately I can't accept, I know what bikers are up to after six at night.' This foolish response still haunts me whenever I see JB. Now the internet will immortalize it—forever. Shame on me.

Fast forwarding to a more perpetual thought. The fact remains that JB with his rare-vintage persona is one of the apex members of the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup. The emphasis being on Masters, meaning that he and fellow scoot jockeys are all older than 35. They might not be out racing Valentino Rossi or Casey Stoner in due course (I mean, they are over there and we are here, duh), but THEY are the Kings of our local tracks. Fridays and Saturdays are even better when they are at your local racetrack—never a dull moment. If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of a track on race day, make you way to their motorcycle camp—you will always feel welcome.

The first time you meet the burly JB Schoeman, you can't help but wonder what he does for a living. Imagine this tranquil picture: you're having a cuppa at you favourite coffee-shop and across from you sits a beautiful woman (if your a woman, imagine a man) and you wonder what she does for a living. Actually, you don't really wanna know, as this knowledge could spoil your fantasy. Well, I think the same goes for JB. Out there on the race track he is JB the motorcycle rider and I'm completely satisfied with that; out in the real world his family's pride...
If I could make a wild assumption, I would say, 'Hollywood you have missed out on the real Tony Soprano.'

If there is one thing that he can pride himself about, it is the fact that he is a diligent Kawasaki Master. He loves racing motorcycles, he loves being part of the team and the camaraderie. But when it comes to racing he admits that there is still a lot of TRACK for improvement.
'I still need to knock off one more second of my track time,' he uttered in a calm voice.
I just smiled and said, 'My advice, throttle harder and hold on for dear life, the bike will find its own way around the track.' THE END. •

Words & Photos: Adriaan & Martine Venter (Pro Tour Series, Zwartkops Raceway, South African Motorsport, 2012/04/13, 108 images) Main Image: JB Schoeman #23, Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters.