Supersport Champion Ted Collins pumped for YMI Superbike debut

Newly crowned Motul Supersport Champion, Ted Collins (NextGen Motorsports, BMW S1000RR) will be making his debut for the YMI Superbike Class at the Spokes.com.au presents Round 7 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Ted Collins celebrates pole position at Winton Motor Raceway today after topping Supersport Qualifying - Image by Andrew Gosling
Ted Collins celebrates pole position at Winton Motor Raceway today after topping Supersport Qualifying – Image by Andrew Gosling

The rising star of the Australian motorcycle racing scene has impressed many with his vast improvement and his domination of his respective class. As a reward for taking out the championship a round early, Collins will compete in his first YMI Superbike race, this weekend October 6-8.

Ted Collins - Image by TBG
Ted Collins – Image by TBG

Collins will be riding a BMW S1000RR at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with his NextGen Motorsports Team and the 18-year-old Victorian recently completed a test at the famous track last week, in preparation for his YMI Superbike debut.

Ted Collins

“The goal was to win the championship and we could see with each passing round that the gap was getting bigger and bigger. We quickly realised that the 2017 title was a possibility.”

Ted Collins after wrapping up the Supersport Championship in Sydney - Image by TBG
Ted Collins after wrapping up the Supersport Championship in Sydney – Image by TBG

“We knew going into Round 1 at Phillip Island that it was not going to be my strongest, as the track didn’t really suit my riding style or the bike too well,” Collins continued.

Ted Collins
Ted Collins

“Round 2 at Wakefield was a turning point, as I took the win for Race Two in trying conditions and it was a confidence booster. It wasn’t until Winton, which is a track I love, that it all really started to take shape. I was able to keep the points lead and set up the title challenge from there.

NextGen Suzuki's Ted Collins - 2017 Australian Supersport Champion - Image by TBG
NextGen Suzuki’s Ted Collins – 2017 Australian Supersport Champion – Image by TBG

“The S1000RR is an incredible machine, I’ve been out on it a few times last week and it’s just a monster. The acceleration and top speeds are just insane compared to the Supersport bike I was on. At first, I had to adapt to the power of the bike and the way it handles, as it is much different to what I am used to.

Ted Collins - Image by Half Light
Ted Collins – Image by Half Light

“It’s a challenge for sure, however I’m really looking forward to it. Phillip Island is such a fast track that suits a Superbike and I will be focusing on gelling properly with the machine and circuit for Round 7 next week, so that I can carry it all forward for Round 1 in 2018.

NextGen Motorsports Team Manager, Wayne Hepburn

“We’re very excited that Ted will be making his YMI Superbike debut for the final round of 2017 ASBK. Ted has had a phenomenal season in the Motul Supersport class and his development has been very impressive.

Ted Collins - Image by TBG
Ted Collins – Image by TBG

“There are no expectations, results wise, with Ted in the final round. This is simply an opportunity for him to adapt to a Superbike in preparation for next year. Nethertheless, we were impressed with his first outing on the S1000RR at Phillip Island last week.

ASBK is live on SBS and Live Streaming

Fans will be treated to plenty of action on and off the track next weekend, however for the fans who can’t be at Phillip Island, the ASBK has provided them with the best opportunity to stay up to speed with everything happening on October 8.

From 9:30 am AEST the ASBK will be broadcast LIVE to everyone in the world via the ASBK website. Capturing the live racing moments, exclusive interviews with past and present champions and so much more, the Live Stream is not to be missed.

Starting from 1:00 pm, the ASBK will be shown on free to air television on channel SBS, with two hours of pulsating coverage.

Start planning your journey to ‘the Island’ for the Spokes.com.au presents Round 7 at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC on 6th- 8th October 2017.