Although it is still a round trip of 1600km or so, RPM Center riders David McFadden and Brett Roberts will head to Aldo Scribante Racetrack in Port Elizabeth on 30 & 31 October grateful that the final round of the 2020 NGK SA Superbike championship is closer to their Cape Town base that the four previous rounds.
The team are looking to bounce back after a disappointing outing at the last national and had a good outing at the regional race at their home circuit last weekend.
While McFadden does have a mathematical chance of taking the 2020 SA SuperBike crown, it is unlikely to happen as his rival only needs a second place in one of the weekend’s two heats to sew up the championship.
Talking about the event, McFadden said, “It was a last-minute decision to enter the final round of the SA SBK national championship. I was unsure whether I would be able to complete the season due to the pinched nerve that forced me out of the second race at Red Star, but I have been working daily with specialists and together we have managed to pinpoint the issue. Once we found the problem, we and have been working non-stop to get back to full strength without having to have an operation.”
“Last weekend I raced a regional race at Killarney Raceway to test out how my arm would last. I was very happy to win both heats and be able to attack every lap of the race. After such a positive race/test I knew we had to give the final national a go. We also used this regional race as a test to work on fuel maps for the new Rapid bike Evo system in the 2020 R1. Thanks to Rapid Bike SA for the support. With both the bike and me feeling good the hopes are high to end the season with a strong performance.”
Roberts is looking forward to the trip, “I am very excited for the last national of the year. After having a constructive regional this past weekend, I feel ready for the PE. While I haven’t raced at the circuit, I have spent some time practising there and I like the track. This is a lot better than the last round where I had to learn the circuit from scratch.”
In addition to the sponsorship from Stunt SA and Lights by Linea, the team acknowledges the support received from RST, Nix Graphics, Arata by Racetec, Forma Boots, TBR Engineering and Schuberth Helmets.