Next Gen Motorsports have confirmed that Aaron Morris will race with the Victorian based Superbike team at the fourth round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), which takes place at Queensland’s Morgan Park Raceway over the first weekend of July.
After a successful test at the Pirelli Masters of Morgan Park race meeting earlier this month Morris exhibited encouraging pace aboard the Maxima BMW S 1000RR machine.
In terms of ASBK competition, Morris, who hails from Newcastle in New South Wales, has racked up a total of 51 race starts in the Australian Superstock 600 Championship, when he raced in the category from 2008 through to 2010. In 2013, the 27-year-old did one year in the Australian Supersport Championship, which saw him starting a total of twelve races that year and finishing second overall in the six-round championship.
Morris is however quite new to the premier category, having only competed in the opening round of the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, which saw him scoring a 6-10-10 results, carding him ninth overall for the round.
“I’m extremely grateful that both Wayne [Hepburn] and Shane [Kinderis] have decided to give me a go for round four,” said Morris. I just hope I can do the team and their sponsors proud by delivering them a good result.
“My weaknesses across the three-and-a-half days at Morgan Park was definitely my fitness. Obviously if my fitness is better, my mental strength will be stronger as well. Towards the end of the test I found I was getting a bit tired, which meant I was probably not performing as well as I should have been.”
Maxima BMW’s Team Manager, Wayne Hepburn expressed that he was more than happy with Morris’ performance at the recent test at Morgan Park.
“It goes without saying that Aaron impressed both Shane and I with how he performed a few weeks ago,” said Hepburn.
“We always knew he was going to be fast, but it was his attitude and his way he gave feedback about the bike is which impressed us the most. It was a no brainer to offer him a one-off ride for round four of the ASBK to see what he can do under race conditions.
“At this stage, Aaron will only do round four of the championship. We’ll see how he goes and then make up our minds for what happens for the remining three rounds of the championship.”
Round four of the Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park is scheduled for 5-7 July.
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