Alex Van Den Berg had his first taste of road motorcycle racing in 2010 a the age of 16 after coming from a Motorcross-racing background a few years prior.Alex started on a Honda CBR150 and competed at Killarney in the Short Circuit Racing Series in the CBR150 Junior Championship. Within 3 years, Alex managed to win the 2013 CBR150 Junior Championship. After clinching the CBR150 Short Circuit title.
Alex had plans to compete in the Killarney Regional Superbikes on the main circuit or 2014 and was surprised with receiving a Honda CBR600RR at the end of 2013 where he competed in the last race of the year in the Clubmans Superbikes where he managed to win both races with a big gap first time out
2014, Alex completed his first full main circuit season in the Regional 600cc Superbike Championship where he managed to secure 3rd overall in the 600cc Championship, 3rd overall in Class B as well as earning himself Superbike ‘rookie of the year’.
2015, Alex competed in the same series but now piloting the more competitive Kawasaki ZX6R where he managed to win Class B and take 2nd place in the Regional 600cc Championship
2016, Alex decided to go against South Africa’s best and compete in the SuperGP National 600cc Championship where he managed a best finishing position of 3rd place, despite not having raced at any of the circuits besides Killarney. During 2016, while competing at Nationals, was when Alex noticed the gap in the market which later developed into the formation of what GFP is today.
2017, Alex made the move to compete in the Regional Superbike 1000cc class in the Killarney regional championship onboard a Yamaha R1. Things looked great , after taking 3rd place in the first and second round first time out on a 1000cc, unfortunately the motorcycle had major mechanical issues which saw him miss a few races until taking over his fathers motorcycle (Honda CBR1000SP) where he again claimed a few solid top 4 finishes.
2018, Alex changed manufactures to pilot a Suzuki GSXR1000 which he really felt at home on. First time out on the Suzuki, Alex competed at the prestige Kylami Grand Prix Circuit in the Thunderbikes class where he surprisingly got 1st place overall ahead of some seriously fast National racers. This victory was also the first victory for the new Suzuki GSXR1000 in Africa at a National level. Shortly after starting the season is when Alex decided to fully dedicate his time and attention to focusing on building GFP and relocated to Johannesburg, putting his racing on hold for 3 years until 2021 when he decided to make a comeback after GFP was established.
2021, Alex competed in the Monocle Motorcycle Racing series and surprisingly managed to clinch 4th overall in the Premier 1000cc Superbike Class after having not competed on any of the race tracks on 1000cc machinery.
This saw the formation of Team GFP which has gone from strength to strength.
2022, Alex will be competing in the Motorcycle racing series competing against South Africa’s best Superbike racers onboard his Team GFP Suzuki GSXR1000.
Brandon Staffen started racing in May 2013 at Round 2 of the Short Circuit Racing series at Killarney in the Honda NSF100 class, where he won his first-ever race he entered and won 2/3 races that day to take home 1st overall in his first outing.
2013 proved to be a fantastic racing year, winning nearly every race and ending as the Honda NSF 100 champion in his first year of racing.
2014 was a carbon copy for Brandon, taking nearly every race win and his 2nd Honda NSF100 Championship in a row. Brandon got his first taste of away races in July 2014 when he visited the Idube Kart track in Durban for a training camp, where he took all 3 race wins on the day.
Mid-way through 2014, Brandon joined the highly-competitive Honda CBR150 Junior Championship category where he fired off the bat with race wins in his first Round.
2015, Brandon started off his National-Racing career onboard a new KTM RC390 in the brand new Super Junior National Series joining the SuperGP Champions Trophy, as well as a full year of the Honda CBR150 Junior Championship category. Brandon started off the year with a double-victory at Zwartkops Raceway in Round 1 of the SuperGP National series and went on to take multiple National wins that year missing out on the Championship win with a late crash in the season.
A perfect year on the Honda CBR150 saw multiple wins and ended the year off as the Honda CBR150 Junior champion and Rookie of the year.
Brandon ended 2015 with a Killarney Regional Powersport debut onboard a Suzuki SV650 at the well-known All-Bike race day where he finished on the podium from pitlane.
2016, Brandon competed in the KTM RC390 Superjunior for the 2nd year in a row, opening the year with double victories in both Round 1 & 2 at Red Star Raceway and Zwartkops Raceway respectively. Brandon also competed in the Killarney Regional Powersport series onboard a Suzuki SV650 where he took many wins throughout the year and finished 2nd in the championship. Brandon also received a wildcard opportunity to race in the British Superbikes Santander Consumer Finance KTM RC390 Cup at Donington Park, where he took 2/3 wins on the day. While at the British Superbike Round he received a late invitation to attend the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies trials in Spain 2 weeks later, where he made it to the final round going against the best juniors in the World.
Brandon’s National championship lead was lost with a double DNF due to engine failure with 1 round to go in Port Elizabeth costing him the National Championship.
2017, Brandon stepped up to the Super600 National Category and Killarney Regional Superbike category onboard a Triumph Daytona 675 where he struggled to get to grips with the excessive torque of the Triumph, a mid-year switch to a more competitive Kawasaki ZX6R saw drastic improvements.
2018, Brandon’s Killarney Regional Superbike 600cc year consisted of consistent Top 3 finishes with his primary focus on National Racing. A competitive year in the Super600 Category saw Brandon fighting within the top 5 taking podiums as the year progressed, unfortunately, multiple crashes towards the end of the year spoilt a good Championship result.
2019, Brandon started off the year onboard his Kawasaki ZX6R where he fought for Top 5 finishes against the very strong New Yamaha R6’s with top National riders riding them, a mid-year switch to the Yamaha R6 saw Brandon improve his Personal Best at Killarney by 0.4 of a second during testing, giving him the package he required to win.
Sadly during August, Brandon developed Compartment syndrome in his forearms requiring surgery and putting a premature end to the years of racing.
2020/2021, were sadly dull racing years due to the difficulties of the Covid 19 Pandemic, Brandon raced his last national in March 2021 where he took 1st and 2nd place in the Super600 category.
2022, Brandon’s relocation from Cape Town to Johannesburg has his sights set on a comeback to Superbike racing during the course of the year.