September 30, 2020
Things didn’t go according to plan when we made the trip to Red Star Raceway for the fourth round of the 2020 NGK SA SuperBike Championship on 25 & 26 September. We couldn’t find an intermittent electronic problem with the new bike and had to use the old one, not an ideal situation in our quest for championship points.
None the less, I managed to qualify at the front of the second row of the grid, directly behind my championship rival Clint Seller. We had spent much of Friday setting the bike up for the races rather than single lap pace so I was confident that with a good start I could mount a serious challenge at the front of the pack. Unfortunately, that good start didn’t happen in the first race and I had to fight my way up the field. Just as I was getting back into podium contention, an old nerve injury flared up again. This left me unable to exert the necessary force on the front brake lever and I ran off the track. Rather than running the risk of a crash, I decided to just circulate and grab as many points as possible, eventually taking fourth.
The same problem returned in the second race, but even more severely and I decided that it would be safer for me and my fellow competitors if I withdrew from the race. I have since chatted to my doctor and hope to have the problem sorted out before we have to make our way to Port Elizabeth for the final round of the championship at the end of October.