Phakisa Freeway

The Phakisa Freeway is located at Welkom, close to Bloemfontein in Free State and is aptly named, as ‘phakisa’ means ‘hurry up’ in Sotho. Although the circuit boasts a full oval superspeedway, it is the Grand Prix circuit on its infield that has seen almost all of the racing action, though today the facility is largely only used for testing and track day events.

The infield Grand Prix course was soon awarded a round of the Motorcycle World Championships and the track held the South African MotoGP between 1999 and 2004. A largely flat circuit, Phakisa has a habit of throwing up some peculiar race results and has a gained consistent reputation of featuring a slippery surface due to the dusty environment.

Garry McCoy slid his Yamaha to a well-earned first victory in 2000, while Tohru Ukawa chalked up his first win at Phakisa in 2002. In the final MotoGP race in 2004, Valentino Rossi scored a historic first victory for Yamaha, in the process becoming the first rider to win consecutive events for different manufacturers.

Circuit length: 2.6m / 4.2kms
Corners: 10 (3 left / 7 right)