While much of the talk and focus is usually reserved for the marquee Group 4 category,
and some may argue rightfully so, due to firepower that exist in the division, the Superbikers have quietly, but cogently earned the spotlight over the past two years thanks to the intense rivalry that they managed to generate.
Fans, having watched the Canadian maestro Kevin Graham dominate the local scene for many years before Guyana’s own Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi’ Vieira snatched the reins of power over the aging champion, now have the opportunity to witness a new and exciting cadre of riders who’re already creating headaches for the more established riders such as Vieira, Joel Neblett and Carlos Rodrigues.
The new kids on the block Nikhil Seereeram, Matthew Vieira, Elliott Vieira, Stephan and Nicholas Boodhram have been displaying steady improvement over the past two years coming through the ‘B’ Class category and are now posing a serious threat to the rein of ‘Rossi’, Neblett and Rodrigues.
Then there is Carey Griffith and Ricardo Fagundes, two riders who dominated the ‘B’ Class for quite some time, but just like the others are finding the chasing flock hard to isolate.
Seereeram and Matthew Vieira seems to be the most talented of the young brigade with the former already posting impressive victories over local champion Stephen Vieira, while he also had an impressive debut at the opening leg of the CMRC in Barbados, securing a victory against some of the best riders in the Caribbean.
Most of the young riders have come through a well coordinated junior programme starting with karting where they honed their dexterity and handling skills and come September 28 at the South Dakota Circuit, motor racing fans will have an excellent opportunity to see these young daredevils showcase their skills against riders who’re considered the best both locally and regionally.
The script is set for a day of exhilarating rivalry when the older boys with their superior experience flex their muscles against the youthful exuberance and raw skill of the young brigade.
Fans are being urged not to miss this must see spectacle as experience and skill clash with youth and enthusiasm in a showdown for bragging rights and championship supremacy.
It promises to be fireworks from the lowering of the starter’s flag to the waving of the chequered flag and who will be the last rider standing is anyone’s guess right now, but come race day what will be witnessed is a motor racing fan’s dream.
What is certain is that the ‘old boys’ did not take too kind to the younger guys attempt to upstage them so since then battle lines were drawn and in five days time who wins the war will be known.
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