Amidst all the controversy and politics surrounding the Bikefin Honda Race team, it is safe to say that perseverance, effort and team spirit paid off in the end.
Torrential rain and extreme cold made the Friday practice session a challenge to say the least. Riders had to be careful as the weather conditions made the track treacherous to ride on. Bikefin Honda riders went out once to get a feel for the track and to literally “Test the waters”.
Saturday morning delivered a still wet track and the race was declared a “wet – race” Rain stayed away and racing could continue as per usual. Clinton Seller claimed pole position for race 1 and showed through skill and talent that he is the master of qualifier. Clinton Seller has maintained pole position every race this year. Lance Isaacs followed in third while Brent Harran struggled with his visor in clearing up conditions. The glare made it impossible to put a decent lap-time on and time was running out after he had to change the visor during the session. He ended up in 12th position on the grid for both races.
Race 1 – BikeFin Honda team took off and left all competition behind. The hard work and talent of the whole team started to show. While Lance Isaacs and Clinton Seller fought over the lead, it was Brent Harran who needed only three laps to join his team mates in third position.
Half way through the race saw Lance Isaacs kick things up a notch and had a solid 5,2second lead off Seller and Harran on the first checkered flag of the day. Lance was thrilled with his first victory of the year and he was happy to put an end to his battle with the CBR600RR.
Race 2 -At the line-up of the second race the team had a clear understanding of what was expected. Repeat the result of race one! That is exactly what happened and in the early stages of the race it was again Lance Isaacs and Clinton Seller who left the rest of the field behind in a display nothing short of masterful. Brent Harran, still frustrated over his bad qualifying, claimed seven positions in the first lap and by lap four he had the two leading Honda CBR600RR’s in sight. Because of his hard work in the first race, he had to settle for third when his tires started to deteriorate. Lance Isaacs and Clint Seller finished in first and second position as in the first race, with the only difference that the gap to number four was now over 10 seconds.
Total domination of the BikeFin Honda Racing Team was long coming and half way through the season the team left Port Elizabeth with maximum points and renewed motivation and drive. It is clear that all three riders are now in contention for the championship.
“The best race ever for the BikeFin Honda Racing team and it is a long time coming” said Brad Anassis, team principle, after the 5thround of the Supersport Championship in Port Elizabeth at the Aldo Scribante Racetrack. The team dominated the race weekend in all aspects and on all fronts, leaving the competition numb. Anassis went on to say – “this is the reward you get when you put SA’s best riders on the finest bike, backed by the most enthusiastic people in the motorcycle industry ‘BikeFin’ you made a dream come true..! but BB this one’s for you, thank you”