Reigning South African Superbike champion Greg Gildenhuys (BMW S1000RR) will be aiming for an historic hat trick when he takes to the grid for the 2012 season Gildenhuys dominated the 2010 season and wrapped up the 2011 title with one round remaining. With a new BMW S1000RR carrying the sought-after No.1 plate, Gildenhuys, who runs a family-owned panel-beating shop in Randburg, will be the rider to beat. He said: “I’m really stoked with my new BMW, which is awesome. There are a number of improvements on the bike, which is more nimble and has a bit more horsepower. "I’m confident we’re going to be very competitive this year,” he said. EIGHT ROUNDS Standing between him and a third title will be 2011 championship runner-up Chris Leeson, who has switched from Kawasaki to Ducati, 2011 Supersport champion Dave McFadden on a Kawasaki and leading BMW privateer Nicholas Grobler. Grobler, Ryan Ottens and Christo Rheeder will all enjoy support from BMW Motorrad on their S1000RR superbikes. The 1000cc Superbike and 600cc Supersport championships will again form part of the WesBank Super Series, with the 2012 season consisting of eight rounds from March to October. Three rounds are scheduled at the 2.4km Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria, two at Cape Town’s 3.2km Killarney circuit, one at the 4.2km Phakisa Freeway in the Free State and a final round at the 4.2km Kyalami GP near Johannesburg.The Superbike series will start on March 3 at Zwartkops.