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World Superbike and World Supersport 2014 – Round 02: Aragon – Spain – April 13, 2014

Rea takes his First Podium of the 2014 Season in Spain

Jonathan Rea

The second round of the FIM Superbike World Championship delivered a first podium of the season to Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who finished third in race one and then fifth in race two. His team-mate Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) was ninth and then eighth after finding issues in practice at the long 5.344km Motorland Aragon circuit.

The Pata Honda team had conducted extensive tests at Cartagena and Jerez prior to this race and the work paid off for Rea, who is now sixth in the championship, with Haslam ninth overall after two rounds and four races.

In the first race Rea was never lower than fourth and after passing the Ducati of Davide Giugliano an attempted re-pass on Jonathan ended with a collision as Giugliano and he met at the end of the long straight, exiting the hairpin turn. Giugliano fell, but Rea continued to finish third. Leon’s first race was a case of making gradual progress up the rankings from his qualifying position of 12th in the first lap to finish ninth.

In the second race a front grip issue for Rea meant he could not compete for the win or a podium place, but he scored a fifth that puts him sixth in the championship overall. Haslam, battling against some issues with his corner exits and entries in race two as well as race one, was eighth, fighting to keep Toni Elias behind him at the flag after 17-tough laps.

Leon Haslam

The races, each 17 laps as opposed to last year’s scheduled 20, were won by new championship leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) from his team-mate Loris Baz in each event. Marco Melandri (Aprilia) secured the only other podium place on offer in race two.

Hard Earned Second Place for Battling van Der Mark
Michael van Der Mark secured his first points of the FIM Supersport World championship campaign with a second place finish at Motorland Aragon, having led the 15-lap contest for six laps at one time. Michael had been fifth on the grid but made a great start to mix it with the early race leaders.

He had to give best to eventual winner Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) after two riders who were contesting the lead, Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta) and Kev Coghlan (Yamaha), collided following an attempted pass by Cluzel and both fell. Coghlan got back on to claim fifth place and take the championship lead. Van Der Mark pushed hard on the closing laps but could not catch Sofuoglu and finished only 0.869 seconds from the race win. Florian Marino (Kawasaki) took the final podium place.

Michael van der Mark

Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) enjoyed his comeback ride after injuring his finger at the first round finishing fourth, having qualified seventh in the new look single qualifying session. He took his first points and is now eighth in the table with almost an entire season in front of him.

Phillip Island podium rider Raffaele De Rosa (Core PTR Honda) put in a hard ride from 12th place on the grid to sixth, and went third in the championship table. He is the best-ranked Honda rider so far, after two rounds.

Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda) learned more about WSS racing in only his second race in this class, and finished in the top ten after outbraking himself at the end of the long back straight at Motorland. His tenth place put him just one place ahead of another rider returning from injury, Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) who was 11th today, he had to battle against the pain of his recently broken ankle and despite dropping back in the race after making a mistake he recovered strongly at the end.

Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda) finished out of the points by one position in 16th, while his team-mate Riccardo Russo (Team Lorini Honda) did not score, retiring after running into the gravel traps. Fraser Rogers (Com Plus SMS Racing) was 19th and Nacho Calero (CIA Insurance Honda) was 20th of the 20 finishers.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2014
 – Round 02: Aragon – Spain

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

2

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

3

J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)

4

C. DAVIES (Ducati Superbike Team)

5

E. LAVERTY (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)

6

S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)

9

L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

2

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

3

M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)

4

S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)

5

J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)

6

E. LAVERTY (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)

8

L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)

1

K. SOFUOGLU (MAHI Racing Team India)

2

M. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Supersport)

3

F. MARINO (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)

4

L. ZANETTI (PATA Honda World Supersport)

5

K. COGHLAN (DMC Panavto-Yamaha)

6

R. DE ROSA (CIA Insurance Honda)

10

R. WILAIROT (Core PTR Honda)

11

J. KENNEDY (CIA Insurance Honda)

16

M. BUSSOLOTTI (Team Lorini)

18

F. ROGERS (Com Plus SMS Racing)

20

N. CALERO (CIA Insurance Honda)

RT

R. RUSSO (Team Lorini)

 

HONDA RACING NEWS

WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2014 – Round 02: April 20, 2014

Honda Takes First Podium as Tarquini Races to Third in Race 1

Gabriele Tarquini

Gabriele Tarquini stood proudly on the podium after bringing his Castrol Honda Civic home a fighting third overall in the first race of the FIA WTCC event at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The Italian ace mastered the wet and slippery conditions to make a great start to his season.

Having made a brilliant start Gabriele led the Civic of Norbert Michelisz into the first corner and continued to lead the race for the first two laps before being passed by Yvan Muller. Michelisz hung onto the leading pair until lap 5 when he was passed by Sebastien Loeb and gradually dropped down the order to finish 7th, one place ahead of Tiago Monteiro who made a poor start and found his car lacking grip but improving as the race went on. He moved up to 8th position two laps from the end. Mehdi Bennani finished 13th.

“I was very happy with the start of course but the setup was not so comfortable in these conditions. It was quite a handful and I had to be very gentle with the car for all the race. To be on the podium is such a great difference to the feeling last weekend in Marrakesh and this result is a tribute to the team for all the work to repair my car in time for this event,” smiled Gabriele.

Tiago Monteiro worked hard to bring the number 18 Civic home. “I had a poor start. Not so much wheelspin, but it just did not want to get away. Maybe I was too careful with the power to avoid spinning the wheels. I was really surprised with the lack of grip to be honest. I had not driven in the wet this year until today and it was very difficult to be sure. It improved as the race went on and I was able to take the place from Morbidelli but by then the next group were too far ahead to challenge.”

Norbert Michelisz

For Norbert Michelisz this was a race that gave him more experience of the car especially in the wet conditions. “This was my first time in the wet and really I am very happy with the result to keep the car under control for the whole race. I made a slight mistake in the fight with Lopez and lost the place and then was passed by Huff and Valente but we will race again and see what happens.”

Alessandro Mariani, Managing Director of JAS Motorsport praised both his drivers and the team. “I am really happy with this result, as you know we are still at the early stage of our development program. This shows we have already found progress and this motivates us for the next steps.”

Daisuke Horiuchi, Large Project Leader for WTCC engine development from Honda R&D; “I am praising the talents of Gabriele and Nobert who exploited the drivability of the engine to make such good starts. All the software work we have done has paid off and built our data knowledge.”

RACE 2
Tiago Monteiro made a lightning start from the second row of the grid to lead the field into the first corner, closely followed by Mehdi Bennani in the Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC. Equally quick off the line was Gabriele Tarquini who cut through the pack to hold 4th place at the end of lap 1. Gabriele moved into third by lap three to form an impressive Honda trio at the front. Tiago had pulled out a three second lead when the safety car slowed the race on lap 8 whilst debris was removed from the circuit.

The Portuguese star was quickly into his stride again as the caution ended, moving away from his pursuers. However another on-track incident required the safety car again almost immediately and once racing resumed Tiago was passed by Lopez and Muller. Monteiro held third position to the finish to earn another podium appearance for Honda with Gabriele shadowing him home in fourth and Bennani showing increasing confidence in a three car battle where he held off Sebastian Loeb and Dusan Borkovic for a well-deserved 5th place.

“I had a very good car for this race,” reported Tiago as he waited for the podium ceremony. “I had a great start especially as it didn’t work so well for me in Race 1. I had built a decent 3 second lead and felt pretty comfortable but then the safety car came out. It was really bad timing for me those two safety car periods. We are certainly improving all the time and I would like to congratulate the whole team for a superb job well done.”

For Tarquini 4th place was another step forward. “Two podiums this weekend really is the maximum of our ambitions presently so it is a very good weekend for us and we have a positive view for the next races.”

Fifth place overall was a great result for Mehdi Bennani but he had to fight all the way. “It was so close racing. At every corner towards the end the others were trying all they could to get past. I just had to take my line and drive my race. I’m pleased to give Honda 5th place here in only our third race in the Civic.”

Norbert Michelisz finished in 8th position making it four Honda Civics in the top 10. “I would have liked to take more points for the weekend but it was not a tragedy. My start was not brilliant and then in the middle of the pack there was so much happening. I had a couple of knocks but overall I am happy with the car and the Zengo team did a very good job. We expected a tough start to the season with a brand new car so I am happy to be heading for my home race at Hungaroring with many improvements to the car included.”

Two races and two podium appearances – a positive weekend for the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team.

Gabriele Tarquini

WTCC World Touring Car Championship – 
Round 02: France

Race 1

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Yvan MULLER (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

2

Sebastien LOEB (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

3

Gabriele TARQUINI (Honda Civic WTCC)

4

Jose LOPEZ (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

5

Rob HUFF (LADA Granta 1.6T)

6

Hugo VALENTE (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)

7

Norbert MICHELISZ (Honda Civic WTCC)

8

Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)

13

Mehdi BENNANI (Honda Civic WTCC)

Race 2

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Jose LOPEZ (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

2

Yvan MULLER (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

3

Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)

4

Gabriele TARQUINI (Honda Civic WTCC)

5

Mehdi BENNANI (Honda Civic WTCC)

6

Sebastien LOEB (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

8

Norbert MICHELISZ (Honda Civic WTCC)

 

HONDA RACING NEWS

IndyCar Series 2014 – Round 02: Long Beach – April 13, 2014

Munoz Claims Podium Finish at Long Beach

Carlos Munoz

A dominating performance by Honda during the first half of the Grand Prix of Long Beach came to naught, as no fewer than a half-dozen Honda-powered potential winners saw their races either ended early or significantly delayed by contact on the concrete-lined Southern California street circuit.

Despite the high attrition, star rookie Carlos Munoz claimed his first Indy car podium of 2014 for Honda and Andretti Autosport with a well-judged run to third, while Simon Pagenaud finished fifth, despite a Lap 30 incident that saw the Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports driver knocked off course, resuming at the rear of the field.

Starting from the pole – after Honda drivers claimed five of the top six starting positions in qualifying – Ryan Hunter-Reay led the first 26 laps, until his first scheduled pit stop. After out of sequence drivers cycled through their second round of stops, Hunter-Reay returned to the lead until the second round of stops took place just after the 50-lap mark.

The exchange of second-round stops saw Josef Newgarden – who had spent much of the first half of the race running a very competitive third for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing – emerge from pit lane with a narrow lead over Hunter-Reay at the start of Lap 56.

Takuma Sato

After closely following Newgarden for several corners, Hunter-Reay attempted a pass, only to see the two Honda-powered Dallaras make contact, sending both into the wall and out of the race. In addition to the leaders, third-place James Hinchcliffe’s Andretti Autosport Honda and the Hondas of Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato were also collected in the incident.

Only Hawksworth was able to resume, after a long pit stop for repairs to his Bryan Herta Autosport Honda. He finished three laps down, in 15th, after running solidly in the top six prior to the incident.

Before the multi-car Lap 56 crash, a tap from Will Power sent Pagenaud’s Honda into the Turn 9 tyre wall, while another Honda front-runner, Justin Wilson, was tapped into a spin in the Turn 11 hairpin after contact from Graham Rahal. Pagenaud recovered, posting some of the fastest laps of the race to finish fifth. But Wilson’s attempt at a similar move through the field ended after a second incident of contact – this time with Scott Dixon – sent Wilson’s Dale Coyne Racing Honda into the wall and out of the race.

Pagenaud’s IndyCar rookie teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, finished sixth, followed by veterans Oriol Servia and Marco Andretti as, despite the crashes, Honda-powered drivers claimed five of the top eight finishing positions.

In recognition of his efforts on behalf of Teen Cancer America, rock and roll legend Roger Daltrey paired up with a racing legend – Mario Andretti – to lead the field in the two-seat Honda Indy car just prior to the start of the race. Daltrey and “The Who” bandmate Pete Townshend are the founders of Teen Cancer America, intended to ensure that teenagers and young adults with cancer get access to special facilities and treatments designed for them, in every cancer hospital in the U.S.

Carlos Munoz claims Podium Finish at Long Beach

IndyCar Series

Round 02: Long Beach

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing)

2

Will Power (Team Penske)

3

Carlos Munoz-R (Andretti Autosport)

4

Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske)

5

Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Hamilton)

6

Mikhail Aleshin-R (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

7

Oriol Servia (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

8

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)

9

Sebastian Saavedra (KVSH Racing)

10

Carlos Huertas-R (Dale Coyne Racing)

13

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

15

Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)

16

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

19

Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)

20

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

21

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)

22

Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)

 

HONDA RACING NEWS

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2014 – Round 02: Americas – April 13, 2014            

Marquez Heads Home Honda Team-mate Pedrosa in Stunning Ride

Marc Marquez

Magnificent Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) was in a class of his own at the Circuit of the Americas, making the race all his own, as he did a year ago, when he won his first MotoGP race at this track. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) was the only man who got close to his young compatriot, but even he had to give up the chase and settle for a strong second place to put him second in the World Championship points chase behind his team-mate.

Marquez would have led from start to finish, but for former World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) jumping the start and leading the way, only to ride into the pits at the end of lap one to pay his ride-through penalty. Marquez was ahead from then on, steadily opening a gap over Pedrosa until he had more than five seconds advantage. He crossed the line 4.1 seconds ahead after surviving a lurid front-end slide at the final corner, the result, he said, of a moment’s lack of concentration.

As last year, Marquez was the only rider on the grid able to use the harder compound Bridgestone, which suits his aggressive riding style. The tactic worked perfectly, giving him his second consecutive pole/win/lap record at this challenging, undulating circuit.

The 21-year-old has now won the first two races of 2014 and leads Pedrosa by 14 points with 16 races still to go.

Pedrosa nonetheless had a great weekend: second in the race, second in qualifying and riding the second fastest lap, but there was nothing he could do to match Marquez’s scintillating pace and he was man enough to admit as much after the race. For some laps he stayed close to the leader, learning many things that may help him in the future, but bit by bit the gap grew until he decided to focus on keeping second place, well ahead of a thrilling three-way scrap for the final podium place between Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) and Bradley Smith (Yamaha).

Dani Pedrosa

Bradl did make it into third place during the final laps, but he didn’t quite have the front grip he needed to deal with Dovizioso, so he ended the race in fourth place, two seconds down on the Italian. Upset to miss the podium after such a determined fight, he was nevertheless happy to score his first points of the year, after he had crashed out of the lead of the season-opening Qatar GP.

Nicky Hayden (Drive 7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) was the top finisher on Honda’s production racer in 11th, after a frustrating scrap with several rivals. The last man to come past him at the end of the race was Lorenzo, who spent his whole race fighting his way through from last position to finish tenth.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive 7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) was 12th, three seconds down on his team-mate after starting further back on the grid. He steadily worked his way through once his set-up and tyre choice came into their own and enjoyed the race more with every lap.

Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing Honda RCV1000R) scored his second points of the year in 14th place.

Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) struggled all weekend to get the best out of his machine and yet he still gave it his all in the race, fighting through from 12th on the grid to run with the leading pack and move into eighth place shortly before half-distance. Unfortunately he then made a small mistake and couldn’t save the crash.

MotoGP rookie Scott Redding (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RCV1000R) was having a great ride, until he ran out of front-end grip and slid off without injury.

Moto2
Reigning Moto3 World Champion and Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales (Pons HP 40, Kalex) rode like an established intermediate-class star to win today’s Honda-powered Moto2 race, comfortably ahead of Qatar winner Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex). The 19-year-old Spaniard charged through from eighth place on the first lap to overpower race leader Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert, Suter) in the closing stages. Rabat followed Vinales through into second but had no answer for the leader’s stunning end-of-race pace. Vinales finally crossed the line four seconds in front of his compatriot, with Aegerter a further 1.3 seconds down at the flag.

Vinales was in a class of his own in a race that had been delayed slightly due to a rain shower. The youngster seemed able to find room to pass where others could find none. Qatar runner-up Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex) was in fine form, till the lingering effects of an old injury prevented him from riding at 100 per cent. At the end of the race he led the next group in fourth place, just ahead of Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing, Forward KLX).

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock, Suter) crossed the line another seven seconds down and just ahead of Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team, Speed Up).

There were a number of crashes, including a multiple pile-up at the first corner. Significant fallers included Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham, Caterham Suter) who took out Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team, Kalex) in the early stages.

Moto3
Honda riders Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250R) and Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) played a starring role in the thrilling Moto3 race, which was eventually won by a fraction of a second by Jack Miller (KTM).

Vazquez was in with a chance of victory all the way to the flag, while Marquez slid out of a close fourth place with just a few corners to go, having set the fastest lap of the race in the early stages. Finally Vazquez crossed the line in third pace, just 0.103 seconds behind Roman Fenati (KTM) and a further 0.069 seconds behind winner Miller.

Vazquez and Miller enjoyed most of the limelight in the 18-lap encounter, Vazquez using the impressive speed of his Honda NSF250R to take the lead on several occasions. In the end, however, he didn’t quite have what it took to grab first position from the Australian.

Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) ran with Fenati for much of the race, but couldn’t quite go with the Italian when he zeroed in on the leaders. Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250R) had a good race, battling all the way to secure sixth place after working hard with his crew to improve the race performance of his Honda.

John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250R) rode well to take ninth place, the second top-ten result of his GP career. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Ongetta-AirAsia Honda NSF250R) was 17th, just three seconds outside of a points-scoring finish.

Marc Marquez

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
 – Round 02: Americas

MotoGP

Rank Rider (Team) F/O

1

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team) F

2

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team) F

3

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team) O

4

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP) F

5

Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) F

6

Pol ESPARGARO (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) F

7

Andrea IANNONE (Pramac Racing) O

8

Valentino ROSSI (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) F

9

Aleix ESPARGARO (NGM Forward Racing) O

10

Jorge LORENZO (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) F

11

Nicky HAYDEN (Drive M7 Aspar) O

12

Hiroshi AOYAMA (Drive M7 Aspar) O

13

Yonny HERNANDEZ (Emergy T.I. Pramac Racing) O

14

Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing) O

15

Hector BARBERA (Avintia Racing) O

* F=Factory option, O=Open category

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Maverick VIÑALES (Pons HP 40)

2

Esteve RABAT (Marc VDS Racing Team)

3

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)

4

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

5

Simone CORSI (NGM Forward Racing)

6

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2)

7

Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)

8

Alex DE ANGELIS (Tasca Racing Moto2)

9

Marcel SCHROTTER (Tech 3)

10

Ricard CARDUS (Tech 3)

11

Takaaki NAKAGAMI (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)

12

Mattia PASINI (NGM Forward Racing)

13

Randy KRUMMENACHER (IodaRacing Project)

14

Sandro CORTESE (Dynavolt Intact GP)

15

Hafizh SYAHRIN (Petronas Raceline Malaysia)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Jack MILLER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

2

Romano FENATI (SKY Racing Team VR46)

3

Efren VAZQUEZ (SaxoPrint-RTG)

4

Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

5

Jakub KORNFEIL (Calvo Team)

6

Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)

7

Francesco BAGNAIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)

8

Danny KENT (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo)

9

John MCPHEE (SaxoPrint-RTG)

10

Karel HANIKA (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

11

Juanfran GUEVARA (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)

12

Livio LOI (Marc VDS Racing Team)

13

Enea BASTIANINI (Junior Team Go & FUN Moto3)

14

Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo)

 

PARTNERSHIPS

PS Honda Marine Team move up to 6th Place on the Elite Bass Series overall log (By Chad Anassis)
Hi everybody, the third Elite Bass Series tournament was held at a recently flooded Makolo Dam which lies between Vaalwater and Ellisras on Saturday 5th April 2014 .

This year the series has forsaken a cut off period allowing teams to practice up to the day before the tournament. This is something I am strongly opposed to as it opens itself up to all sorts of unsavoury practices and also puts huge pressure on the lake for the next day competitions. Anyway letting bygones be bygones, a huge storm hit on the Friday afternoon pumping fresh water into the lake overnight.

At the morning start, the PS Honda Marine team pulled away in 3rd spot, with fishing on the day proving really tough with most boats struggling to even get to their 5 fish bag limit. Even after catching a little scrapper, I almost threw it back before some wise words from my partner advised me to put it in the live well, and it turned out that we never upgraded that little fish! On the stroke of twelve, I managed to lock onto a beaut weighing in at 2,28kg which was enough to gain the Honda team the biggest fish prize for the tournament once again, my partner Barry having managed the same feat the month before.

All told at the weigh-in scales PS Honda Marine ended 7th, a mere 300g from third spot. More importantly we have moved up 6 places on the overall log into 6th, currently finding ourselves 2kgs off 2nd place and 4kgs off 1st. Top 3 here we come…

Barry and Chad in the Winner's Circle...

The next tournament in the Elite Bass Series takes place on Saturday 3rd May 2014 at Arabie Dam just outside Marble Hall. It’s this lake that has the largest documented breeding pairs of crocodiles in the southern Hemisphere and reputedly the biggest croc also! I’ve personally seen one the size of my boat, however I’m luckily on a Honda-powered boat giving me the necessary peace of mind to fish all day without concern.

Tight lines everybody
Chad Anassis (President Pretoria Bassmasters)