Troy Bezuidenhout, the youngest rider on the grid for this year’s Pata European Junior Cup once again demonstrated maturity and racecraft beyond his 14 years, battling throughout the 6 lap race at the Autodromo Internazionale Dino E Enzo Ferrari to claim another two championship points courtesy of a 14th place finish.
The weekend started well with Troy achieving his best grid position of the year to date before going on to slice a huge amount of time off his personal best lap of the weekend during the shortened 6 lap encounter to grab his second consecutive point scoring result.
Troy also became a bit of TV star during the stoppage of the first attempt to run the race, as he pointed out the sponsors on his new leathers, his Arai helmet and the logos of his main sponsor – Into The Blue Diving, Costa Del Sol as well as shouting ‘hello Bianca’ to his sister watching at home in Spain, which is where the Bezuidenhout family are now based, with the biggest smile in Imola.
Troy was also racing for the first time with his new Cdream leathers and his personalised Arai helmet.
The weekend was also made quite special by the attendance of representatives from the South African in Italy who were watching trackside. It was a privilege for Troy along with the other two South African competitors in the series to pose for photos in the paddock before the race.
Troy Bezuidenhout – 14th position: “Imola! What more do I need to say? The TV doesn’t do this place justice! My weekend overall was an improvement on Assen and a big improvement on Aragon. I got faster each time I went out and loved every minute of riding this iconic circuit. My start was terrible, as I hooked 2nd gear the bike dropped straight back into first. I was almost involved in the collision at the end of the first lap but luckily I avoided it. The race was red flagged and when we all returned to the pits I got some quality TV footage! I was a bit surprised at how many people sent tweets after seeing me on the screen but it was good fun and I enjoy racing so I think it’s important to show it. The 2nd start was perhaps even worse than the first and for the rest of the race I struggled with changing gear. Nevertheless I will take this experience and look forward to Donington in 2 weeks time! Big thanks to all my sponsors, especially Into The Blue Diving, Arai, my mum and dad, and to the South African Embassy in Italy who came out to support me. Thanks also to Cdream leathers and to Sander for the great job on my Arai helmet”
Looking ahead, round 4 of the series will take place at the only UK round of WorldSBK in 2015, Donington Park in a fortnight.
If you want to follow Troy, he is now on Twitter: @Troy52Bez