As they did in 2020, RPM Center, the Cape Town-based race bike preparation operation, will have two bikes running in the NGK SA Superbike Series for 2021.
Team principal David McFadden will be back in the 1000cc class on the Yamaha R1 he used to win the final two races of the 2020 season, this time with support from Mad Macs Motorcycles as well as long-time supporter Stunt SA.
Speaking before the opening round, McFadden said, “The goal stays the same, we will be working to win. I’m really happy to be back on the grid for the 2021 SA SBK national championship and want to thank everyone who has backed my dream for another year.
For 2021 we will continue where we left off with our 2020 Yamaha R1 after spending most of last year developing the bike. After a great performance at the final round of 2020, we decided to continue racing it.
It is great to have the opening round at our home circuit, Killarney Raceway. There is a lot less pressure on me and the rest of the team when we don’t have to travel. We aim to start strongly and then build on that base at the other rounds.
We will continue working with Brett Roberts in the 600 class. We have spent time with him during the off-season and look forward to seeing positive results.
Rob Cragg, a multiple Western Province championship winner, has also joined the team. He will be competing under the Mad Macs Motorcycles/RPM Center banner in the Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup.”
Roberts will tackle the 600cc class on his Lights by Linea supported Yamaha R6. Talking about his hopes for 2021, he said, “I have done a lot of work in the offseason with the team and was happy with the results when I competed in a regional race meeting in February. I felt very comfortable on the bike and am looking forward to finally competing at the national level on my home circuit.”
The opening round of the 2021 championship takes place at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday, 20 March with two 15-lap races on the programme.