The 3rd of March 2007 saw the running of the first National Championship race of the season and what a frustrating time it was for most, including Honda Race Nation rider, Lance Isaacs.
Isaacs arrived at the Kyalami round filled with confidence and expected to put in a race win to show his worth, but after a two race long battle, Isaacs could only manage 6th overall for the day. To compound things, the heat was stifling with ambient temperatures hovering just above the 32 degree Celsius mark and the SA Superbike riders being faced with no option but to brave the heat and battle through the 12 lap race.
Isaacs, riding the Honda Race Nation CBR1000RR Fireblade, could not take full advantage of his fitness as he got off to a bad start, but all was not lost. Closing down on the leaders with every lap, Isaacs was on a charge, but a coming together with Robert Portman, who had out braked himself trying to regain his position lost to Isaacs just a few corners before, would send them both off and into the gravel.
This however, did not deter the gritty Honda rider and he was soon back on the track, only this time in 12th. Lap after lap, Isaacs fought on and eventually, come race end, finished in 8th place with a fastest lap of 1:46.884, a mere 20 seconds behind the race winner, Hudson Kennaugh.
Undeterred by the then unbearable Highveld heat, the excitable Isaacs started race two with the same amount of determination as he did the first, but it seemed as though his problems were not over. The Honda CBR1000RR, along with a host of other bikes, was taking strain in the heat, running extremely high temperatures in the sweltering tack conditions.
With the race 1 battle scars still fresh in his mind, Isaacs quickly latched onto World Superstock rider, Sheridan Morias, who seemed to be using every trick in the book to hold Isaacs up.
Isaacs ended up in 5th position after the 12 laps of race 2 with an overall race time of 24:51.965 and a best lap time of 1:47.492 which he was able to set on lap 9.
"I am pleased with my results," said Isaacs. "We were a full second faster here than we were at the last race of the 2006 season, so we are definitely going in the right direction," added Isaacs.
"We go away from this race filled with confidence. The Championship is not won in a race, but rather over the whole season and we are happy to walk away with a bag full of points," claimed the Honda rider. "The next race, March 31st, is at my home track, Killarney, and it is here that I am expecting to show my hand as a race winner." He concluded.
Lance Isaacs of the Honda Race Nation Team is supported by his title sponsor, Seesa along with CourierIT, Dunlop, All About, Oakley, Red Bull, Castrol and Print It.