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DOUBLE WIN FOR MOTUL’S TT ROAD RACING LEGEND IAN SIMPSON AT CAPE TOWN’S KILLARNEY RACEWAY

Motul’s Ian Simpson ended his tour in South Africa with four wins in a row at the packed Killarney race track in Cape Town this last weekend.  The Scotsman, multiple road racing superstar, 3 times winner of the Isle of Man TT, with a record 8 podiums to his name and five British Superbike championships as well as two Ulster GP wins to his credit, totally dominated the 2014 SA Tourist Trophy with 2 wins at Zwartkops which he repeated at Killarney on Saturday.

At Killarney though, Simpson did not have it all his own way as he did at Zwartkops the week before.  The Killarney race saw the former SA National champion Les van Breda give Simpson a run for his money over two superb races.

Simpson, on the 1981 Motul sponsored Suzuki XR69, put up an outstanding 1 min 19.054 qualifying time to put him on pole position for both races.  A bad start in Race 1 saw van Breda and local champion David Bolding, both on a Suzuki Katana’s, and John Kosterman on a 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750  all hold off Simpson into turn 1.

The multiple international champion got settled on the big Suzuki and more comfortable in the next few corners, out-braking both Katana’s  on turn 5 to take the lead and finish a good 12 seconds ahead on his rival van Breda.

Behind him, however, things were by no means as clear cut; Bolding made the most of home-track advantage to hold off the vastly experienced Van Breda in a stunning battle for second that lasted until the final lap, when the former SA champion out-braked the Cape Town rider in a bold move to take second place by 0.67 sec.

Kosterman held on as best he could for a few laps, but there was no way his essentially standard Suzuki GSX 750 cc was going to stay with a litre-class works endurance racer and two super-hot Katana’s.  He trailed home half a minute in arrears, ahead of Robbie Burns - another Scot on an XR69, followed by five-times former Scottish champion Alan Duffus, now 67 years old, on a four-cylinder two-stroke Yamaha TZ750, and Mike Mc Skimming on Tony Sparg’s Suzuki GSX 1100.

Behind these front runners, locals and visitors from all over the world were mixing it all afternoon in two superb races that had the huge crowd on its feet, with battles throughout the field that in some cases weren’t settled until the last few seconds in a final sprint to the checkered flag.

The closest finish of the race however was between Tony Jones, riding Lourens Rossouw’s GSX-R750 after he blew the engine of his Ducati Paul Smart replica in practice, and Kevin Spratley’s remarkably well sorted Yamaha RZ 350 R, who finished just 0.287 sec apart after a race-long duel.

Van Breda got another scorching start in Race 2 to lead the field into Turn 1, only for Simpson to sweep by on to the back straight for another remarkable victory. Four seconds behind him Van Breda and Bolding swopped places at least twice a lap until Van Breda out braked the local man in to Turn 1 three laps from the flag and held him off to take second by 0.669 sec.

Kosterman and Burns took the next two places, closely shadowed by Simpson’s father Bill, who’d blown his Suzuki GS 1000 R in practice and was riding Alan Walker’s gorgeous 888 Ducati to considerable effect, Jones, Mc Skimming and Spratley - all of whom finished within four seconds, while Duffus passed Etienne Louw’s Kawasaki Z1 on the final lap to grab 10th by 0.189 sec.Killarney Historic Motorcycles

Overall results

  1. Ian Simpson Motul Suzuki, Scotland
  2. Les van Breda Suzuki, RSA
  3. David Bolding Suzuki, RSA
  4. John Kosterman Suzuki, RSA
  5. Rob Burns Suzuki, UK
  6. Mike Mc Skimming Suzuki, RSA
  7. Tony Jones Ducati, RSA
  8. Kevin Spratley Yamaha, UK
  9. Alan Duffus Yamaha, UK
  10. Etienne Louw, RSA
  11. Bill Simpson Suzuki, UK
  12. Nigel Rigg Honda VFR 400

ABOUT MOTUL

Motul is a world-class French company specialised in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its MotulTech activity.

Unanimously recognised for more than 150 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also recognised as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology and issued from the aeronautical industry.

All along the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and contributes with them to further technological development in motorsports.

 

Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motor cycles), FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, IRC, Drift, Pikes Peak, Japanese championship SUPER FORMULA, Blancpain Endurance Series, FIA Lotus Cup Europe, Moto GP, World Superbike, World MX, Endurance World Championship, Supercross, IOM TT, Motul FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship, Rallycross, F1 Boat and scores of others.

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MOTUL’S IAN SIMPSON WINS THE ZWARTKOP SA MOTORCYCLE TT

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The ultra-fast 43 year Scottish born road racing legend Ian Simpson on a 1981 Motul Suzuki XR 69 FI won both heats of the Zwartkops Motor Cycle SA TT on Saturday, running 7 sec short of the current Superbike lap times on a superbly turned bike that ran like clockwork for both races.

 A packed Zwartkops Raceway saw, Simpson a 3 times winner of the Isle of Man TT with another 8 podium appearances, 5 Northwest 200 wins, 2 Ulster GP titles and 5 British SB Championships lead from start to finish in both heats at Zwartkops on the weekend.

Simpson held off SA legend the very quick 65 year old Les van Breda on a Suzuki Katana, who finished second, third place went to Alan Duffus on a Yamaha TZ 750, followed by 65 year old Bill Simpson, Ian’s father on the second Motul Suzuki GS1000 and close behind him Mike Mc Skimming on yet another Suzuki GS 1000.

Ian was so quick and super smooth throughout the day for a retired rider that he was lapping the tail enders and finished both races with his normal customary ear to ear grin that he is so well known for.

“We had a great time at Zwartkops” said the Motul rider Simpson, and look forward to another double win in Cape Town.”

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Results Saturday Motor Cycle SA TT

  1. Ian Simpson Motul Suzuki 1000 XR 69 F1 (UK)
  2. Les van Breda Suzuki 1981 Katana 1000 (SA)
  3. Alan Duffus Yamaha TZ 750 (UK)
  4. Bill Simpson Suzuki GS 1000 SR (UK)
  5. Mike Mc Skimming Suzuki 1980 GS 1000 (SA)

The Day of Champions International series moves to the Cape Town Killarney Circuit for next weekend Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th Feb 

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ABOUT MOTUL

Motul is a world-class French company specialised in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its MotulTech activity.

Unanimously recognised for more than 150 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also recognised as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology and issued from the aeronautical industry.

All along the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and contributes with them to further technological development in motorsports.

Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motor cycles), FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, IRC, Drift, Pikes Peak, Japanese championship SUPER FORMULA, Blancpain Endurance Series, FIA Lotus Cup Europe, Moto GP, World Superbike, World MX, Endurance World Championship, Supercross, IOM TT, Motul FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship, Rallycross, F1 Boat and scores of others.end bike test

SA TT Revival

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 Story by Ian Groat and Pics by Jay Groat

It’s that time of the year again when history on wheels and the sounds of long forgotten era race bikes will fill the air. Mick Grant’s touring team of British champions have been coming for a sunshine tour around South Africa’s race tracks for nearly a decade and this year his visiting team of former champions and friends will be out on the tarmac once again.

The big news is the participation by Norton Motorcycle Ltd, from the UK. They will be sending a selection of famous Norton race bikes to the event for this special day. Owner and CEO of the re-incarnated Norton motorcycle company, Stuart Garner, who will be there as well, says this is because South Africa played a unique part in the history of Norton motorcycles, and will always have a place in the future plans for the famous Marque. “After all,” says Garner, “South Africa was the breeding ground of so many famous Norton riders, with men like Jim Redman, Gary Hocking, Paddy Driver, and many, many more learning their craft on Norton’s and then arriving in Europe and successfully taking on the world’s best. We want to celebrate that, and what better way than by taking part in the wonderful event put on every year by Zwartkops?”

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