Over half of the 2017 DEOD SuperGP Champions Trophy is behind the riders and, as they enter the final stretch, they head down to Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast and Dezzi Raceway for the next round of the championship. Round 6 takes place on 14 & 15 July 2017.
Clint Seller (MiWay Yamaha Racing R1) has dominated the SuperGP category this season. He has only failed to win on one occasion, and in that instance, he finished in the runner’s up spot and now heads to a circuit where he has won every SuperGP race he has started, which makes him the clear favorite to take a step closer to the 2017 title after the coastal sojourn.
Greg Gildenhuys (Autohaus Towing / Transport.co.za Kawasaki ZX10R) is the only other rider to have taken a SuperGP win this season and lies second on the championship log, 56 points behind Seller. After a slow start to the season, 2016 championship runner-up Michael White (Consortium Shipping Yamaha R1) has recorded some good results and has moved up to third place a further 38 points back.
Veteran Lance Issacs has had mixed fortunes on his Supabets / Sandton BMW Motorrad S1000RR this season, but is in a strong fourth place ahead of David McFadden (Sandton Auto BMW Motorrad S1000RR) with AJ Venter (Lekka Racing Team Hygenica Yamaha R1) just a couple of points back in sixth.
In the SuperMasters category Heinrich Rheeder (BMW Motorrad Rheeder Racing S1000RR) has a slender six-point lead over Johnny Krieger (Lekka Racing Team Hygenica Yamaha R1) at the top of the log. Beau Levey (Motos Blu Cru Yamaha R1) is in third place 13 points behind Krieger.
Despite missing the second round of the championship due to international commitments, Steven Odendaal (Petra Yamaha R6) is only five points adrift of Super600 championship leader Hayden Jonas (MiWay Yamaha R6). Blaze Baker (Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR600) is next up with Aiden Liebenberg (Fercor Construction / Shop #74 Kawasaki ZX6), Jesse Boshoff (Phoenix Payroll Systems Kawasaki ZX6) and Malcolm Rudman (Montclair Motorcycles Kawasaki ZX6) not far behind.
The SuperJunior championship battle has turned into a three-way affair between Taric van der Merwe (Evolve Nutrition KTM390), Ricardo Otto (Otto Racing / Inex Construction KTM390) and Tyreece Robert (KTM390). The trio have a comfortable lead of the rest of the pack and it is hard to see anyone else challenging for the title with just three rounds to go.
The national championship categories will be supported by a number of regional races. As usual, practice and qualifying take place on Friday with a full day of racing on Saturday.