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Jun 14, 2001

Isaacs Wins In South Africa, Hopes For Sponsorship To Return To U.S.

After filling in for injured Matt Wait on the Synergy Racing Honda's during the Formula USA round at Willow Springs in April, Lance Isaacs returned home to take his first-ever win in the South African Superbike Series, on May 27. Following a second-place finish in the first of two races, Isaacs got the better of a nine-bike battle and won in the second race at Western Cape Killarney.<BR><BR>A press release from Isaacs' management company OMS LTD. quotes Isaacs as saying, "I am over the moon – winning in front of my home crowd was the best thing that could possibly happen. Coming back to South Africa after two years in the World Superbike arena was not easy, but I have learned an enormous amount from the whole Vodacom Nashua Yamaha team over the past few months. Now that I know that I can win here, and that will be the aim from now on."<BR><BR>Isaacs will ride again in the next round of the 2001 Dark Dog South African Superbike Championship at East London Grand Prix circuit on June 23. Although it is called a "Superbike" Championship, South Africa's premier series is a 600cc class. Riding a Yamaha YZF-R6 on Metzeler tires, Isaacs now sits third in the Championship points after his victory.<BR><BR>Isaacs is not scheduled to return to action for Synergy Racing here in America as Matt Wait has been cleared by doctors to resume his place on the team. According to Synergy Racing's Bert Silos, the team is currently looking for additional sponsorship to keep Isaacs racing for Synergy for the rest of the year. Isaacs said that he would be happy to return and race in America if the opportunity arises. <BR>