2014 Swann Australasian Superbike Championship – Round Three – QLD Raceway
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Consistency was the key on Sunday as Team Honda Racing’s Josh Hook took out overall hounours in the Superbike class at the 2014 Swann Insurance Australian Superbike Championship at Queensland Raceway.
Hook managed to record second, second and third placings from the three races to finish five points clear of teammate Jamie Stauffer (first six and fourth) and another point ahead of Troy Herfoss (fourth, fourth and second).
The result capped off a wonderful weekend for Team Honda Racing – the Superbike podium stamping the team’s authority on the prestigious class.
An accident in the opening race proved costly for Next Gen Motorsports BMW’s Glenn Allerton, as his 18th place finish netted him a measley 3 round points.
Allerton bounced back to win the second and third races of the class, but it was only enough to hand him fourth place overall for the round.
Leading the class coming into the day, Team Motul Honda rider Wayne Maxwell had a mixed day of results (15th, third and fifth), rounding out the top-five.
At the halfway point of the series, Stauffer has taken an 11-point lead in the outright standings from Maxwell, with Herfoss a further 23 points behind.
In the Supersport category, South Australian Daniel Falzon performed a clean sweep, winning all three races and laying his claim as a series championship contender.
Series leader Aaron Morris had a consistent day out on the track, finishing second in all three of the races to finish clear in third outright.
Maxima Yamaha rider Aiden Wagner rounded out the overall round podium with a fourth and two third-place finishes from his three races.
On the overall championship leaderboard, Morris has a five-point lead from Falzon, with Wagner a further 10-points behind in third. Callum Spriggs, who was leading heading into the round, was a non-starter due to injury.
Round 4 of the 2014 Swann Insurance Australian Superbike Championship will take place at Winton Raceway from 1-3 August.
Superbikes – Round Results:
- Josh Hook 64 (22, 22, 20)
- Jamie Stauffer 59 (25, 16, 18)
- Troy Herfoss 58 (18, 18, 22)
- Glenn Allerton 53 (3, 25, 25)
- Wayne Maxwell 42 (6, 20, 16)
- Robbie Bugden 40 (14, 12, 14)
- Glenn Scott 40 (15, 14, 11)
- Cry Halliday 39 (16, 11, 12)
- Linden Magee 35 (12, 10, 13)
- Mike Jones 35 (25, 15, 0)
Superbikes – Overall standings
- Jamie Stauffer 190
- Wayne Maxwell 179
- Troy Herfoss 156
- Glenn Alerton 149
- Cru Halliday 131
- Sean Condon 127
- Glenn Scott 114
- Robbie Bugden 113
- Josh Hook 102
- Rick Olsen 99
Supersport – Round Results:
- Daniel Falzon 75 (25, 25, 25)
- Aaron Morris 66 (22, 22, 22)
- Aiden Wagner 58 (18, 20, 20)
- Jay Presepio 50 (16, 16, 18)
- Aiden Coote 42 (13, 15, 14)
- Sam Lambert 38 (11, 14, 13)
- Mason Coote 38 (14, 18, 6)
- William Davidson 35 (10, 13, 12)
- Mitch Levy 34 (9, 10, 15)
- Cambridge Oliver 31 (8, 12, 11)
Supersport – Overall standings:
- Aaron Morris 195
- Daniel Falzon 190
- Aiden Wagner 180
- Callum Spriggs 132
- Mason Coote 107
- Aiden Coote 98
- Patrick Medcalf 96
- Jay Presepio 95
- Justin Di Giandomenico 74
- Mitchell Levy 73
Team Honda Racing Report
Team Honda Racing maintain their championship lead in the Australasian Superbike Championship and take the podium as their own in the overall Round 3 standings at Queensland Raceway today.
Making a definitive comeback this weekend, #16 Josh Hook departs the overall Round winner ahead of #27 Jamie Stauffer and #17 Troy Herfoss.
The starting grid also housed a predominance of red with #47 Wayne Maxwell on Pole, Herfoss in P2 and Stauffer in P3 for today’s races after recording the 3 fastest times in yesterday’s AFX-Superbike races. Josh Hook just missed out on completing an all Honda front row and started today’s races in P5 on the grid.
An impressive start in Superbike Race 1 this morning saw a formidable line of Honda CBR1000RR SPs surge to the front of the field immediately. However, Race 1 belonged to Stauffer who was unchallenged throughout and crossed the finish line with a clear gap and the fastest lap time of 1:09.347 sec. Team mate Josh Hook took 2nd with Herfoss having to settle for 4th place after a solid battle for the 3rd position on the podium. An extremely unfortunate incident mid-race saw Maxwell run off the track with 2 other riders only to rejoin the race and finish down the field.
Race 2 saw another terrific start from Team Honda Racing, but it was Allerton that took the lead. The Hondas did not give the BMW of Allerton any breathing space and the battle for the win was race long. Hook proved he is well and truly back in form and finished 2nd by just .112 sec, recording the fastest lap of the race, a 1:09.286 sec. Maxwell finished 3rd, Herfoss 4th, and Stauffer in 5th place with just .485 sec between the top 4 positions.
The final race of the day looked set to bring a second Superbike race win for Troy Herfoss as he took the lead and held it until the dying moments. Herfoss raced extremely well, but was pipped at the post by Allerton across the finish line by just .032 sec. Hook finished 3rd, Stauffer 4th and Maxwell 5th.
Overall, #16 Josh Hook took Round 3 honours and was very happy with his weekend. “Today was a great day for us after struggling a little yesterday with set up. We made changes overnight and the bike worked really well in today’s races which meant I was able to score solid points. I am really happy to take the overall round win and would like to thank the team for all their hard work. It feels good to give them the win.”
Second overall for Round 3 and now back in the championship lead is #27 Jamie Stauffer. “It was a really good day for us to come away with the championship lead. I had a very good run in the first race and felt really comfortable on the bike, but just didn’t quite get there in the other two races. I am looking forward to Round 4 where hopefully I can keep the momentum going and come away with maximum points.”
#17 Troy Herfoss finished 3rd for Round 3 and also now sits in 3rd place in the championship after a successful weekend. “I am really happy for Team Honda Racing to take the top 3 spots on the podium overall this weekend and pleased with my own results. I have really moved forward and to take my first Superbike race win yesterday was terrific. I am now 3rd in the championship so I look forward to racing again at Winton for Round 4 in August.”
#47 Wayne Maxwell now sits in 2nd place in the championship standings. “Today was not ideal for me obviously, but it is just one event and I have to look ahead and focus on Round 4. There are still many races to go in the championship and I am still in a good position. We have a strong team and a strong bike in the CBR1000RR SP so I will remain positive and look to Round 4 to get the winning momentum back.”
Team Principal, Paul Free departs Queensland Raceway pleased with his team’s results. “This weekend went extremely well for Team Honda Racing. To finish 1-2-3 on the podium and to hold onto the championship lead is fantastic. All 4 riders put in 100% and the crew likewise. Not everything went according to plan, but overall we had a very successful event. The next event will be held at Winton Raceway where I believe the CBR1000RR SP will be very competitive. There is a long way to go in the championship, but we have a solid team and a good package in the CB1000RR SP so I look forward to our next event at Winton in August.”
Sophie Lovett Report
This weekend of racing was at Queensland Raceway, for Round 3 of the Formula Extreme Road Race series. The weekend was certainly eventful and exciting. Saturday was full of positives, where I placed 10th, 9th and 8th in FormulaOz on the trusty zx10r, taking 2nd in B-grade, and 4th, 4th and 3rd, in FX300 on the Ninja 300, taking 3rd overall, and 1st in the Ladies class.
Since racing in New Zealand on the tight circuits, I’ve started developing valuable braking skills, which were advantageous at Wakefield Park for Round 1, so I had been counting down the days until Queensland Raceway racing. Waking up at 3am Friday morning (1am Qld time), I was ready to go racing. I was off to the airport and bound for Brisbane.
When I arrived at the track on Friday, it was go go go. Weather conditions were ideal, with the track temperature increasing throughout the day. With the support of the Dunlop tyre crew, and Al Samuels making a few tweaks to the suspension, I was feeling very comfortable on both the zx10r and the Ninja 300. I was loving the extra stability the heavier spring in the Ninja was providing on the long sweeping turns. I was ready for Saturday’s racing.
Everything on Saturday went really well. In the FX300 class, I finished 4th, 4th and 3rd, with plenty of close racing, and a whole lot of risky (yet safe!) slip stream and braking passes, where we were racing 4 bikes wide into turns 3 and 6 many times. I finishing 10th, 9th and 8th in the FormulaOz class, finishing 2nd in B-grade.
Sunday’s racing was certainly another eventful day. Unfortunately I had a low slide in Race 1 of FormulaOz at Turn 4. After an embarrassing 4 minute attempt to pick up my bike (haha), I jumped back on and finished the race. After starting from the back of the grid of 27 racers, I worked my way through the field to finish 15th in Race 2, and 14th in Race 3.
The FX300 class was possibly the most exciting racing class of the weekend, with the race leader changing every lap. The racing was so close and the adrenaline was running high. We all had trust in each other’s ability. I finished 5th, 4th and 4th, and 1st in the Ladies Class.
Overall, I am really happy with how I finished up over the weekend, and I have good points to take into Round 4 in the Championship.
The weekend would not have been possible without Dad and everything he does for me, Al Samuels of RaceDynamics, Kawasaki Australia, Shark helmets, Ricondi leathers, Vesrah brakes, and Held gloves. A special thank you to Murray Sayle of Kawasaki for providing great support throughout the weekend. Oh, and the support of the crowd while racing on Saturday and Sunday was incredible.
See you next round at Winton.
Angus Reekie and his brilliant new naked KTM 1290 Super Duke R have extended their lead in this year’s Naked Bike division of the 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship series with a domination of the third round of the series at Queensland Raceway.
The Queenslander, who also won the preceding rounds at Wakefield Park and Mallala, has a perfect record in the Naked Bike category which runs in conjunction with the fully-faired Pro Twins, and at the weekend he stretched his lead to 53 points.
Reekie’s KTM again proved a thorn in the side of the fully-faired twins it shares the track with, and Reekie was able to finish with outright 4, 4, 3 scores from Saturday’s racing, bettering that to 3, 3, 2 scores on Sunday as the KTM’s traction control gave it an advantage in tyre management.
The next round of the series takes place at Winton Raceway on August 1-3
Angus Reekie – “The KTM presence at QR was unreal; the amount of bikes, particularly 390 and 1200 Dukes that had been ridden in to watch the racing was unbelievable. I saw at least 20 different models in the parking area.
Saturday was really good, we only made minor adjustments to the bike and got the thing really looking after its tyres, because we’re on a control tyre and we can only have one set per day. It worked into our favour because we got stronger as the day went on and we were right up the front of the field showing the faired Aprilias and Ducatis a bit, which is great.
Sunday was even better. We adjusted our tyre pressures a little bit, and we were able to keep it consistently in the low 12-second bracket and were able to capitalise on the track temperatures coming up, with two thirds and a second.
With good starts I was able to battle with Craig McMartin on the Ducati Panigale, the Aprilia RSV4s of Brendan Clarke and Michael McMillan, and James Arnold on another Panigale.
The bike was fantastic, we got it handling perfectly and it never missed a beat all day. The brakes were phenomenal and were a strong point again. Also as the day went on the traction control really helped manage the tyre wear, it worked unbelievably well.
I’m really looking forward to Winton now, it’s quite tight and with the 1290 being so nimble it definitely suits those sorts of tracks best because it stops well, it turns really well, and it accelerates well.”
BCperformance A1 Kawasaki
Ben Burke and Patrick Li both claimed their best results of the season on board the BCperformance A1 Kawasaki’s at a hot and windy Queensland Raceway over the weekend.
Having just landed from a successful trip to China, where Burke claimed two wins in the Chinese Superbike Championship, spirits were high and the Burke was keen to get his season back on track after some bad luck in the previous rounds. Qualifying was cursed with a niggling issue and Burke could only manage to put his Kawasaki ZX-10R in 17th place, unable to show his true speed.
Saturdays YMF Loan Nationals gave Burke the opportunity to improve his grid position for the Sunday Swann series by claiming a good lap time during the day’s three races and Burke made the most from a worn tyre to claim 11th, 9th and 7th place finishes and more importantly a 11th spot on the grid for Sunday’s races – his season’s best so far.
A windy but warm Sunday made for some tricky conditions but Burke was confident of a good showing. With 15 riders all within a 1 second of each other, the racing was to be fraught and intense all day and Burke put in some sterling overtakes after not getting the best starts in each race to claim 10th in the first outing, an unlucky DNF due to a faulty tip over sensor and a hard fought 12th in the final outing. Overall, a good day with Burke closing the gap to the lead group in every race, helping maintain 13th position in the championship.
“I was looking forward to QLD Raceway as this was the first track I rode the BCperformance A1 Kawasaki during the previous year and had fond memories of the place” Burke explains. “Saturday went well and I was happy with my finishes after a poor qualifying, I was hoping for a little bit more on Sunday but was happy to pick up some points. I would like to thanks the whole team for their efforts and my new mechanic, Ollie, for his hard work and blending in with the team so well. A massive thanks to all sponsors too”.
BCperformance A1 Kawasaki Supersport rider, Li, had never seen the Queensland Raceway circuit before Friday morning and set about learning the circuit known as the ‘paperclip’. Incredibly, Li, who is still carrying injuries from a recent crash in China the week before put in a great effort to bring his Kawasaki ZX-6R home in 22nd place for qualifying.
After a good night’s rest, Li was upbeat for the Saturday’s nationals but his hand injury forced him out of the first race before making a strong comeback, riding to a brilliant 20th in the second outing. The final outing of the day was cancelled.
The all-important Sunday Swann series was to see the best showing from Li to date as he rode with great nerve to put aside the pain from his injured hand and claim a 19th in the first race, pulled in from the second race due to a brake issue but rode to an excellent 16th in the final outing, the best we have seen Li.
“After having a good result in China, I was really looking forward to learning a new track ” said Li
“Although the injuries hampered me a little, I got my head down and concentrated on improving every session. I was really pleased to get my best finish and cut the gap down in lap times to the leaders. Thanks to my team for helping through this weekend”.
Carr Bros Motorsport Report
Carr Bros Motorsport welcomed Fastway Couriers as the team’s naming right sponsor for the 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship (Formula Oz Class). The first outing for the new team was held at Queensland Raceway over the weekend of the 27th to 29th June.
Brayden Carr aboard the Fastway Couriers Kawasaki ZX10R improved strongly over the weekend, qualifying in 4th position and placing 3rd overall for the round, while improving on his race position for each race and his qualifying time by more than 0.5 seconds and posting the second fastest lap time over the round.
The results of the round has lead to a compression of the series points between the top runners, with Brayden currently in 4th place and determined to make further inroads in the final three rounds.
Team InsureMyRide Racing Report
Central Coast rider Glenn Scott has come away from the third round of the Australasian Championship with increased confidence following a successful weekend that saw him move closer towards his factory backed opposition riders in the Championship standings and further improving his overall speed on the Team InsureMyRide Racing Honda Superbike.
After qualifying tenth for the first of Saturday’s three races, Glenn exhibited late race speed in the first ten lap event subsequently finishing ninth. An improvement prior to the second event saw Scott rise to sixth also reflecting an improvement in overall lap times. With the grid positions for Sunday’s races to be determined based upon lap times from Saturday’s events, Glenn remained determined to rise further aboard his Team InsureMyRide Racing Honda Superbike.
Another strong sixth place finish in race three handed Glenn sixth place for the day and cemented him in second for the series with three rounds remaining.
For Sunday’s Australasian Superbike Championship events, Glenn looked to continue his strong form from Saturday, securing sixth in the opening race. A further improvement in lap times inside 1min9sec saw Glenn finish seventh with his times being replicated in race three to finish tenth, reflective of the high level of competitiveness at the front of the Superbike field. Glenn’s results for the day handed him seventh for the day and locking away seventh in the series points.
Glenn Scott: “The weekend has been another great learning curve for myself and the whole team. We managed to grab some solid results over the two days with sixth on Saturday and seventh on Sunday just behind our factory opposition. Unfortunately they aren’t podiums but are positive results for us which have helped us move up the leader board in the overall standings.”
“After suffering some setup issues we took our Team InsureMyRide Racing Honda CBR 1000 to its limits on the weekend. My team worked hard to give me the best bike possible and I pushed as hard as I could every race. I have to thank my team for putting in the effort they did and also a massive thank you to Bernie Hatton from Top Rider for helping me ride the Queensland Raceway circuit in the best way I possibly could.”
“The racing was amazingly close yet again, there was plenty of elbow rubbing and fairing scrubbing going on at the front and it was great to be able to battle it out with my factory backed opposition. We proved we can fight for podiums with a little more time on the bike so that will definitely become a focus for me.”
“The weekend really was positive for me and I’m confident with what we have learnt this weekend, the next round at Winton will be rewarding for us. I have to extend a massive thank you to my amazing sponsors for their support and my team not only for their hard work but for continuing to create an amazing atmosphere around the pits all weekend,” Scott said.
Yamaha Supersport Report
Daniel Falzon has won round three of the Supersport 600cc class at the Australasian Superbike Championship, at Queensland Raceway, after just edging out rival Aaron Morris in an exciting days racing.
Falzon, on his Caterpillar Yamaha R6, was locked in a day long due with Morris (Maxima Yamaha R6) that saw some of the best racing of the year. Falzon and Morris sprinted away from the pack and an intense battle between the two developed in each of the three races.
Falzon clung on to win all three legs by the barest of margins with less than a second separating the pair across all three races. Falzon gained the maximum 75 points on offer and is now just five points behind Morris in the championship chase.
Morris finished alongside Falzon in every race but can take comfort that he now has the series lead after three rounds.
Morris also leads the Saturday Yamaha YMF -Loan Championship and is on track to win a brand new YZF-R1 after winning the round at Queensland Raceway.
Aiden Wagner finished third for the day in another solid performance on his Wagner Soil Testing Yamaha R6 and also holds down third in the championship.
Championship leader after round two, Callum Spriggs was unable to compete in Sunday’s events after a heavy fall resulting in a broken collar bone. Despite missing the round, Spriggs maintains fourth in the points
It was another impressive performance by the Yamaha R6, with the bike dominating the top 10 for the round and the championship.
“The Supersport class again proved some intense racing with Daniel and Aaron almost racing in each- others’ pockets. It was a great spectacle as both riders are quite aggressive on the track and it bought the crowd to the fence line,” states Yamaha’s John Redding.
“With Callum missing the round, the championship has opened up a little and the top three are only 15 points apart so the championship tension is really starting to build.”
BCperformance Ninja Report
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 cup moved to Queensland Raceway over the weekend with the BCperformance A1 Kawasaki riders of Kyle Buckley, Di Jones and Phil Burke all bagging excellent results and individual standout performances.
Coming into the weekend on a high after winning 5 from 6 at the previous round, local boy Buckley was hopeful of a similar performance at his home circuit. The weekend started well with pole position by a comfortable margin and then a Win in Saturday’s YMF Loan Nationals opener but a fast crash in the second outing resulted in a dislocated shoulder. The worst was feared and it was thought that teenager would have to sit out the remainder of the weekend but a good night’s rest and some pretty handy work by the circuit medical team and Buckley was fit to ride on Sunday.
Buckley braved the pain and rode with a maturity beyond his years to finish Sunday’s Swann Series with 4th, 2nd and 2nd place finishes to keep his championship well and truly alive with only a few points lost and now sits just 5 points behind rival and series leader Demmery.
“It was an up and down weekend which started well and I was able to get on the pace early but as I started to push we found some issues resulting in a few crashes and a dislocated shoulder” says Buckley “The team managed to iron out the issues and got the bike working great and looking good for Sunday were I managed to not drop too many points and finish 2nd overall. It was not the weekend we had planned on but will be working extra hard to come back stronger at Winton” Buckley adds “I would like to give a massive thanks to my team who worked tirelessly all weekend to give me the best bike possible and Held Australia for providing some pretty tough gear”.
BCperformance A1 Kawasaki rider, Di Jones put in a standout performance too as she started the weekend well with her first front row start by qualifying 4th fastest and fastest female in only her second appearance for the team. Saturday’s three races were a breakthrough for the Adelaide resident as Jones found herself battling with the lead group for the first time and posting 6th, 5th and an inspired 5th in the final encounter which she bagged the fastest lap of the race.
Sunday’s three races were much the same as Jones carried her Saturday form into Sunday, posting consistent 6th, 6th and 5th place finishes to boost her series position up to 5th overall and sits comfortably at 2nd in the Ladies championship.
“The transition to riding the little Ninja 300 from the litre bikes has been a real challenge for me but I am now starting to get the hang of it” said Jones. “I am pretty pleased to have cut down the gap to the leaders with the final race on the Saturday being a highlight. Thanks again to the team and sponsors who help make it happen”
The elder member of the Ninja 300 trio, Phil Burke had a strong weekend with a good start from an 11th place starting position after having an early crash in qualifying and only managing six laps. Saturday’s nationals saw Burke fighting for 6th in the first encounter but then slid off, resulting in a DNF but fought back for two 8th place finishes for the remaining outings.
Sunday’s Swann series Ninja 300 races saw Burke push himself further up the series with some good consistent riding to 9th, 7th and 6th place finishes boosting his championship position to 6th overall making for an excellent finish to the weekend for the 57 year old.
Kawasaki riders flew the green flag proudly at the 3rd round of the 2014 Australasian Superbike Championship at QLD Raceway last weekend. Sean Condon and Mike Jones finished 1-2 in the final Superbike race on Saturday, Mathew Harding won the Formula Oz class on board his Ninja ZX-10R and of course the Kawasaki Insurances FX300 Ninja Cup provided some of the most exciting racing of the round with Brandon Demmery taking top honours and Kawasaki supported rider Sophie Lovett finishing in 4th place overall (1st in Women’s class).
Sean Condon had his Ninja ZX-10R dialed for Saturday’s racing when he crossed the line 1st in the final Superbike race of the day followed by fellow Kawasaki rider Mike Jones to give the Ninja ZX-10R a 1-2 finish. However a crash and subsequent DNF in the opening Superbike race on Sunday would leave him playing catch up for the rest of the day. His DNF-8-6 results left him in 11th overall for the round. He currently sits in 6th place in the championship.
Sean Condon say’s, “I’m definitely feeling more comfortable on the Ninja ZX-10R and that showed with a race win on Saturday. I was confident of taking that momentum into Sunday’s racing but I crashed in the first race and I was left pretty dizzy for the rest of the day. I’ve definitely got the pace of the others and I’m looking forward to getting the Ninja ZX-10R back on the podium at Winton.”
Defending champion Matt Walters struggled to find an optimum set-up for his #1 wearing Ninja ZX-10R. The Australian champion struggled to 11-13-11 results for 12th overall.
Kawasaki shone in the Formula Oz class with Matthew Harding winning every race on his Ninja ZX-10R to win the round. He currently sits 2nd in the championship. Race 3 on Sunday proved successful for the Kawasaki Ninja with the ZX-10R going 1-2 thanks to Matthew Harding and Brayden Carr. Carr’s 4-3-2 results left him in 3rd place overall for the round giving Kawasaki riders 2 positions on the podium.
Kawasaki’s Sophie Lovett rode extremely well in the popular Kawasaki Insurances FX300 Ninja Cup class. She managed a 2nd place finish in race 3 on Saturday and then came out swinging on Sunday to go 5-5-4 for 4th overall. She currently sits in 4th place overall in the series and 1st in the Women’s class.
The class was won by Brandon Demmery who was flawless on the day going 1-1-1.
Sophie Lovett say’s, “Overall I am really happy with how I finished up this weekend. The FX300 class was possibly the most exciting racing class of the weekend, with the race leader changing every lap. The racing was so close and the adrenaline was running high. I have good points to take into Round 4 of the Championship”.
15 year old guest rider Jack Baker, who is the son of Kawasaki dealer Richard Baker from Crazy Dogs Kawasaki in QLD, was on track for a successful weekend on board the Kawasaki Motors Finance Ninja 300 when he rode to a 2nd place finish in the opening race on Sunday. However a DNF in the final race as a result of being taken out would affect his overall. His 2-4-DNF left him in 7th place overall.
Jack Baker say’s, “Thank you very much to Kawasaki Motors Finance for the opportunity to race an awesome bike. I enjoyed it a lot. I haven’t raced all year so I was really pleased for this opportunity and I was glad that my pace is still good. I’d like to thank Richard Harding from KMF for the opportunity and Murray Sayle at Kawasaki for his assistance.”
Dynotech Pirelli BMW Report
The Dynotech Pirelli BMW team were busy this weekend as Glenn Allerton and Ben Nicolson both competed at the 2014 Australasian Superbike Championship Round three – Queensland Raceway. Both Ben and Glenn put their BMW HP 4 bikes on pole in both classes and both recorded the fastest race laps of the weekend in their respective classes. Ben enjoyed a podium finish, coming second overall in the Formula OZ class. Glenn finished with a win on Saturday and two wins from the three races on Sunday.
Dynotech Pirelli BMW team co team principle Wayne Hepburn said of Ben’s result “We went to QLD really needing a good result after the frustrating Mallala round. All through practice and qualifying things looked to be on track and both boys were on pole for Saturday’s racing. Ben rode well, improving every session and won overall for Formula Oz.”
“The round started well for me, qualifying at pole position and coming first, second and third for Saturday’s racing – winning overall! I started at pole again on Sunday, and came third, second and third, managing to finish second overall. It was good to take home some valuable points for the series and I look forward to Round 4 at Winton” said Nicolson.
Ben also added “A huge thanks to all the guys on the team for their hard work every weekend and especially to the team’s sponsors!”
It was a sensational return to form for Glenn Allerton with two emphatic victories and a third step on the podium, the former Australian Superbike Champion was back to his best on the BMW HP 4.
Allerton dominated practise and qualifying, determined to return to the top in Australia’s premier class. The BMW HP 4 was set up perfectly to give Allerton the edge in performance over his rivals.
Wayne Hepburn said of Glenn’s weekend: “It was a great result for Glenn and the Dynotech Pirelli BMW team who have been working tirelessly to get the results we had this weekend and we are now looking forward to building on this result.”
“It was good to get back and not only win and get on the podium but also be able to set very competitive times across the weekend” said Allerton.
Once again our bikes performed faultlessly and were bullet fast proving just how good the BMW HP4 are. We now move on to the Phillip Island round of the Australian superbike championship confident that the Dynotech Pirelli BMW’s will be at the front.