-- Tassie riders set for QBE Australian Superbike Championship debut
The 18-strong rider line-up for this weekend’s first point-scoring event for the QBE Australian Superbike class at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway will include three local pilots.
Ulverstone rider Kurt Sushames, Josh King of Rosebery and Devonports Shaun Murfet will all make their ASBK debut.
Sushames, who currently sits second in the Tasmanian Motorcycle Club Championship, has enjoyed a good start to the 2013 season on board his Suzuki GSXR1000 and is looking forward to stepping up to the premier class.
“I am really looking forward to this weekend,” Sushames said. “It is a great opportunity and I am excited to be racing alongside the factory riders.
“It will be interesting to see just where we sit in the scheme of things. I am currently second in the local series so hopefully a bit of home track knowledge will put me in good stead for a reasonable result.
With the QBE Australian Superbike Championship competing alongside V8 Supercars as part of the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365 event, Devonport Carpenter Shaun Murfet said he is also looking forward to racing in front of an expected record crowd.
“It is a big step-up for all of us this weekend but it is also a fantastic opportunity,” Murfet said. “We get to pit ourselves against the best in the country.
“I have done a lot of miles around Symmons Plains so I am really looking forward to this weekends event.”
Completing the Tassie trio is Rosebery’s Josh King, a recent newcomer to the sport. The 28-year old father of one who raced motocross and supermotard made the switch to road racing 18months ago.
“While I haven’t been road racing for as long as the others, I started riding when I was 6 years old and raced motocross and supermotard for many years.
“This weekend for me will be about learning all I can. I want to take as much as I can from the weekend.”
The QBE Australian Superbikes will open tomorrow’s on track action at Symmons Plains Raceway with practice at 8.00am.
The QBE Australian Superbike races from the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365 will be broadcast live on the 7 Network (check local guides for details).
Symmons Plains ASBK Circuit Facts:
Length: 2.41 kilometres
Lap record: 53.475s, Josh Waters (Suzuki)
Qualifying record: 53.271s, Jamie Stauffer (Honda)
QBE Australian Superbike Championship Rider List:
6. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki GSX-R1000)
14. Glenn ALLERTON (Next Gen Motorsports BMW HP4)
15. Ben NICOLSON (Next Gen Motorsports BMW S1000RR)
16. Brett SIMMONDS (Honda CBR1000RR)
17. Sophie LOVETT (Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R)
18. Ben HENRY (CUBE Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000)
19. Phil LOVETT (Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R)
24. Chas HERN (CM Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000)
27. Jamie STAUFFER (Team Honda Racing CBR1000RR)
31. Shaun MURFET (Honda CBR1000RR)
34. Josh HOOK (Team Honda Racing CBR1000RR)
38. Linden MAGEE (Next Gen Motorsports BMW S1000RR)
47. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki GSX-R1000)
68. Glenn SCOTT (Team InsureMyRide Racing Honda CBR1000RR)
70. Josh KING (Yamaha YZF-R1)71. Kurt SUSHAMES (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
77. Adam SENIOR (Honda CBR1000RR)
86. Beau BEATON (Racers Edge Performance Suzuki GSX-R1000)
QBE Australian Superbike Championship Event Schedule:
Friday 5th April
8:00-8:20am – Superbike practice one
4:00-4:20pm – Superbike qualifying
4:30-5:00pm – Superbike meeting rides
Saturday 6th April
7:50-8:30am – Superpole
12:30-1:00pm – Superbike race one
Sunday 7th April
8:35-8:55am – Superbike warm-up
3:20-3:50pm – Superbike race two
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