BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Johannesburg, 02/12/2014, South African Motorcycle Road Racing Championship
‘Throw caution to the wind’ was the name of the game last weekend for BMW S 1000 RR rider Lance Isaacs. He was 24 points behind the leader in the South African Motorcycle Championship (SAM) Super GP class before the final round at the Red Star Raceway close to Johannesburg. 50 points were up for grabs on this weekend.
Isaacs’ strategy was crystal clear: leave no stone unturned in his efforts to win both races on his Black Swan Racing entered BMW S 1000 RR, and to score the maximum number of points possible. However, Lady Luck was not on Isaacs’ side. In the first race, he crashed while battling for the lead.
“Unfortunately, I probably wanted too much in the first race and cost myself the title as a result,” said the 36-year old from Cape Town. “Fortunately, I was able to get going again and finally finished in tenth place.” Isaacs scored valuable points for the championship runner-up title as a result.
Even so, a BMW S 1000 RR clinched a podium finish in the first race: Isaacs’ team mate and countryman Brent Harran was third.
In the second race, it was Isaacs again who enjoyed spraying the champagne. He took third place on the podium. Harran finished fifth.
“These are the risks you have to take as racer. When you are the leader’s closest rival, you have to risk everything to have a chance at the end. Unfortunately this didn’t pay off,” commented Isaacs after the race.
Isaacs finished the season as championship runner-up and already has his eye on next year with the brand new S 1000 RR. “I’m convinced that the new DoubleR will be the bike to beat in the Super GP class in 2015,” he says. “I can hardly wait for it to arrive and am already looking forward to the first test.”
Isaacs’ team mate Harran finished third in the overall standings. The two riders took a combined total of two wins and 16 podium positions this season with their Black Swan Racing RRs.
Isaacs also announced that he would participate in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy again next year. He finished ninth in the premiere season of the competition for privateer BMW motorbike riders. “I’ve only raced the RR since the beginning of this season, and look forward to a long and fruitful cooperation with BMW Motorrad.”
In addition to Isaacs and Harran in the Super GP, privateer BMW motorcyclist Janine Davies raced in the Super M class in the South African Motorcycle Championship. The 26-year old from Cape Town had resolved to up the ante in the season finale.
However, the rapid South African girl crashed heavily in qualifying on Saturday. She suffered a fractured right wrist, concussion and an elbow injury. Davies remained in hospital for observation for several days. The entire BMW Motorrad Motorsport family wishes her a speedy recovery.