The Autopage Cellular Yamaha team anticipates a tough task at the Port Elizabeth Aldo Scribante circuit next Saturday (April 12), during Rounds 5 and 6 of this year’s South African Superbike Championship. -

- Going to the Eastern Cape, the team’s multiple - and current - South African Champion Russell Wood heads up the national 2003 Superbike title chase. Following three wins and a second place from four race starts, Wood has 75 points behind his name on the Number One Autopage Cellular Yamaha. His closest title challengers - respectively on 61 and 58 points - are First Technology Yamaha racers Shaun Whyte and Arushen Moodley, followed by Stewart MacLeod (Cell C Suzuki) on 35 points. With riders able to score a maximum of 40 points on a particular race day, any of the above riders could catch Wood on the title ladder at Scribante, should he fail to score points. -

- “This is the hard part of any season - all the teams and riders are developing towards maximum efficiency with their new motorcycles, and the gaps between the top six riders get smaller, race by race.” -

- “From here onwards, every title point will be earned the hard way, Likewise, what looks like a healthy points lead can disappear with a single mistake,” Wood said this week. -

- Assisting him at Aldo Scribante - riding his Autopage Cellular Yamaha with two injured feet - will be former South African Champion Greg Dreyer. Following huge crashes during the season’s respective opening rounds at Kyalami and Killarney, Dreyer will be determined to prove a point in the Eastern Cape. -

- “The new Yamaha R6 is radically different from the Hondas and Suzukis that I rode in the previous three years, and it takes a while to adapt.” -

- “We shall try to get as much seat time as possible at Aldo Scribante next Thursday, to determine whether my injured left foot will impede my riding.” -

- “However, I am sure to race, and be on the front-running pace - that way, Russell and I can ride as a team,” Dreyer said. -

- Wood reckons that wise tyre choices and a cool head will be the success recipe next weekend. -

- “The Scribante circuit is extremely abrasive and tough on tyres. Our new race day format - a short Sprint race in the morning, followed by a long Feature race in the afternoon - will make tyre preservation of prime importance.” -

- “Victory in the morning’s race counts for 15 points, while winning the afternoon’s race earns 25 points. Clearly, those who can preserve their tyres and have usable rubber left to push over the final few laps will be the day’s most successful point earners,” Wood said. -

- Autopage Cellular Yamaha’s third rider, Charles Grassie, currently occupies sixth place in the year’s Superbike Privateers’ Challenge - a position he would wish to improve next Saturday.

Original article from Car