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Team Lekka Racing Yamaha – Race Report

📁 Team Media Releases 🕔31.March 2017
Team Lekka Racing Yamaha – Race Report

Team Lekka Yamaha Racing headed off to the Killarney Race track in Cape Town for Round 1 of the Super GP championship for 2017.

This would be a first for the team around the notorious Cape Town venue.

The race weekend started off with the 3x Friday Free practice session all 20min long. All three riders focused on learning the track, understanding the bumps, and making sure they could achieve the maximum out of their Lekka Racing Yamaha’s.

For the Teams Super 600 Rookie, this meant learning a new circuit and a new motorcycle as prior to the weekend he had only put his leg over the R6 once. By the end of the Free Practice sessions, Dian was already sticking his nose into the top 12 of the Super 600 Class. John on the Lekka Racing R1 was however running top 3 in the Super Masters category for most of the day and AJ running in the top 8, a mere 1,5sec off the top man Clint Sellar who was absolutely flying.

With Dian once again improving his lap times in Qualifying, he was set for P10 for the Race one start.

After an incredible launch, Nelson made a great start and was running straight into the top 10 on lap 1! However, a slight error forced him to run off the circuit dropping him down to P26. Dian managed to fight his way back up to P20 when a red flag halted his charge due to another incident on the track. In the restart, Nelson made a superb charge from P20 and was already running P14 on first lap. However, yet another red flag came out which made the result stand from first red flag. Thus, dropping Dian’s result back to P20.

Race 2 in the Super 600 race saw Dian start from P16 and from there, he made steady progress through the 10-lap race resulting in a very solid P11 and great points in the bag for 2017.
In the Super GP category (the main event for the day), AJ Venter worked hard through all the practice sessions making sure he could get the maximum out of his Lekka Racing R1. AJ’s focus for the day was to get a good race set-up for the 2x 18 lap races.

Qualifying conditions were tricky with the Cape Town wind blowing the bikes all over the place, however Venter managed to qualify in P10 for Race 1. AJ made a strong start and by the end of the first lap was already up to P7. After narrowly missing a fellow rider who had a technical issue halfway through one of the turns, AJ fell back a couple of places again losing some valuable time on the front pack. Venter managed to fight his way back with a top 6 result.

Race 2 was a P13 grid position start for AJ, leaving him with a lot of work to do in a shortened 10lap race. Venter once again made a perfect start and pushed himself up to finish P6 again giving him 6th overall for the day in SuperGP.

In the Super Masters Category, John Krieger was out on the 2nd of the Lekka Racing Yamaha R1’s. After running at within the top 4 for most of practice and qualifying, John knew he was in line for a podium finish on race day. In Race 1, John set a new PB lap time resulting in him taking P4. With one or two small changes made for Race 2, Krieger was determined to climb that extra position and make a step on the podium. After 10 hard fought laps, John found his momentum ending in a remarkable 3rd place.

The team were happy with the solid start to the season and we are looking to continue our momentum as we head to East London for Round 2 of Super GP championship.

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