|Posted on May 31, 2018 at 4:05 AM|
It was a weekend of highs, lows and emotional goodbyes for Hayden Jonas during Round 4 of the 2018 Super-GP Champions Trophy at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. The Super600 podium finish that he secured on the Samurai Racing Yamaha R6 during Sunday’s second race will stand as one of his most enjoyable experiences in the national championship.
Friday, May 25 saw the team participating in a frantic practice schedule as Jonas explains: “With only two classes competing on the weekend, the practice schedule was very compressed. We had three 25 minute sessions within 25 minutes from each other. Given the time it takes to debrief and fill fuel this didn’t leave us with much time to do anything else. The morning basically consisted of getting in as many laps as possible to learn the circuit and compile some notes of what we wanted to change.”
This was followed by a lengthy break prior to the afternoon’s qualifying session during which the team prepared a setup which they perceived to be competitive. It paid off with Jonas securing third place on the gird for both Race 1 and Race 2.
Saturday, May 26 saw the team determined for a good result during the afternoon’s race. Following a good start where Jonas retained his grid position it ended with an accident at the first left-hand corner on the second lap: “I guess I was pushing a bit too hard to stay in touch with the battle between Blaze Baker and Adolf Boshoff up front. Fortunately there was no serious damage to either myself or the bike and we were able to prepare for the next day.”
On Sunday morning May, 27 fans of popular Cape Town based rider woke up to the announcement of his retirement from the Super-GP Champions Trophy following the Kyalami event: “This decision has indeed been coming for some time. During the week prior to the event I’ve discussed this with both my team and PR agent. The timing of our announcement was also decided upfront and would never have been influenced by any results this weekend.
Jonas continues regarding the reasons for his retirement: “At the end of the day competing in the national championship is a costly exercise and as privateer team we simply cannot afford it any further. A host of good results in recent times does not provide us with funding to continue. We will be continuing with are regional commitments in the Western Cape in the meantime while I’ll also focussing a bit more on my other sporting interest; kiteboarding.”
Determined to finish his career on a high, Jonas again made a good start and retained his third place during the early laps with Byron Bester hounding him. For a short while Jonas relinquished the position, but fought back valiantly to retake third place which he held onto until the end.
An emotional Jonas rates the race as one of the most enjoyable of his career: “To be part of such an awesome battle at this great race track was an amazing experience. Although I’m not walking away as a winner, I’m leaving knowing that I had to race my heart out. I like to thank everyone who have supported me through the years: fans, friends, family, there are too many to mention. I would also extend a sincere thank you to my 2018 sponsors: Samurai Racing South Africa, Yamaha South Africa, Yamalube, OneX South Africa, 7Stars Energy, Arai Helmets, FG Distributors, Reynolds Auto Care, Lindsay Swim School, GFP International, Woolich Racing, JR Racing MP Custom and Öhlins Suspension.”
For further announcements on Heyden Jonas’ future endeavours, please follow his facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Hayden58ZA
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: One final podium celebration. Hayden Jonas and his brother Brandon Storey celebrating a superb race weekend
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