|Posted on March 9, 2018 at 6:20 AM|
Sunday, March 4 saw Zoé Bosch delivering a host of impressive performances for the Monroe Racing team during the first round of the 2018 Zimbabwe Main Circuit Superbike Championship. She bagged a host of fourth positions for the day in only her second visit to the circuit; her first riding a 600cc machine.
The weekend started with Saturday afternoon’s practice sessions. Having only ridden a 250cc machine at the circuit on her previous visit, the first session was used primarily to learn the racing line and identify braking markers. For this purpose she didn’t use her race bike, but instead a spare Honda CBR600. The second and third sessions saw Bosch back on her Kawasaki ZX-6R; fine-tuning her setup while increasing her pace ahead of Sunday’s race day.
Sunday morning started as a beautiful, sunny day in Zimbabwe’s capital city, but rapidly changing weather conditions along with a heavy bank of clouds approaching from the south kept the team on their strategic toes. Fortunately the riders had one more practice session available ahead of qualifying with the team banking on good weather. Due to uncertainties regarding the weather as well as an incident during one of the sessions, the programme soon started running behind schedule which resulted in the qualifying sessions being reduced from 15 to 10 minutes. Another concern especially for the riders was the interruption in the electricity supply which meant that the tyre warmers couldn’t be used. Bosch compensated by using the initial laps of the qualifying session to ensure that the tyres were operating at optimum temperature prior to starting her hot lap to qualify in fourth position on the grid.
Despite a great start in the first heat Bosch didn’t have the best of opening laps, but soon found her rhythm again. Although she increased her pace after the initial portion she couldn’t improve on her position and finished the heat in fourth position. The second heat saw her making an even better start; finding herself in second position at the first corner. This proved to be a good confidence booster, but in the end she finished in fourth position following some entertaining tussles with far more experienced riders. The final race for the day was the customary handicap race where she again finished in fourth position.
Bosch however undertook another challenge on the day. Following the withdrawal of one of the original competitors, she also competed in the Megelli 250 Cup with the purpose of ensuring that the minimum amount of entries would be met to constitute a point-scoring round. While this was an unexpected learning curve she did a splendid job to record a host of second positions on the day.
Zoé Bosch – Rider, Monroe Racing:
“Our trip to Zimbabwe proved to be another awesome experience. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and have learned a lot from the weekend. I’m already looking forward to the next encounter and would like to thank my team, our sponsors and everyone who made the weekend possible for everything that you’ve done.”
Vic Rich – Team Manager, Monroe Racing:
We are all very proud of Zoé following this weekend. The progress that she made throughout the weekend was evident. For us to end the weekend with a host of results to be proud of amidst some strong competition is huge bonus. Our team was operating as a bit of skeleton-crew this weekend, but everyone worked hard and I’d like to thank you all for it. I’d also sincerely like to extend a thank you to everyone who assisted with the logistics surrounding this weekend. We’re looking forward to returning to Harare.”
The Monroe Racing team would like to thank their sponsors Monroe South Africa, Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, OneX South Africa, Better Drive, Yoshimura as well as Fuchs Lubricants in Zimbabwe and Banff Lodge Hotel for making their season and the weekend possible.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Zoé Bosch thoroughly enjoyed her second visit to Zimbabwe with the Monroe Racing team