Alex Phillis will return to compete the 2017 ASBK season following a successful start to the year in the NZSBK, riding the Apex Civil Construction Yamaha YZF-R1 privateer machine, with his family run privateer team on April 28 – 30.
It’s been a crazy year for young Phillis, son of multiple Australian Champion Robbie Phillis, who will be making his return with his privateer Yamaha YZF-R1, after only originally planning on competing in the NZSBK Championship this year, to sensationally find himself back in ASBK.
With a successful run at the Official ASBK Test at Winton Motor Raceway earlier this month where he finished in the top eight overall times, Phillis is looking to back up his impressive pace with a positive result at the upcoming Round this weekend.
Phillis’ team has gelled extremely well, and the rider is looking forward to competing this weekend with the squad;and has been very complementary of the assistance Yamaha Australia have provided to his privateer team.
“It’s mainly been my brother that has assisted me. We’re running his bike from last year. We have run as a family team in the past but it has always been on a tight budget. Now we’ve got something that’s really accessible to achieve great results on. Although we are running as a privateer outfit, the support from Yamaha’s YRD program has been phenomenal, they’ve really made racing more affordable. Originally my plan was to only race in NZSBK. Their Championship starts in January and ends in March. We started off very well and achieved great results. We also competed in the Phillip Island Classic and got a solid result there. That impressed enough people for me to get a ride for Round One at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with the Race Dynamics team. They helped me a lot and kick-started us along. We then realised we had to make the most of the opportunity and display what I was capable of.”
“I did three years in Germany, doing one year of Supersport and two years of Superstock 1000. Unfortunately, after those years, I had no ride and it looked to be done. I then achieved a Wild Card entry for the first round of the 2015 Supersport World Championship season. Out of that, I did land four races in World Superbikes (WSBK) later in that year, but the experience was difficult. The highlight of that experience was a one-off ride with Andy Offer, where we finished 14th and scored two points, which was awesome. In the German Superstock 1000, I managed a few podiums over the years and fourth in the championship over there.”
Phillis is now incredibly excited to be back racing in Australia, his first hit out with his new privateer team was extremely successful, at the Official ASBK Test at Winton Motor Raceway a few weeks ago.
“Its great to be able to live at home and to have the opportunity to race with my family as a team. I’m comfortable with the people I’m working with and I hope we can bring home great results by the end of the season. We were very happy with the performance at the Test. We spent the first day getting used to the YZF-R1 and adjusting the bike for a good setup. We did get some great laps in the end but it will be really close. There are about ten riders, which are capable of doing really well this weekend. It won’t be easy, but If we can take-off where we left-off at the Official ASBK Test, a top five result may be possible. Whether its achievable, we don’t know but there’s a goal there!”
Attend Round 3 at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend April 28 – 30 to witness how Alex Phillis performs with his new privateer team!
Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship Points
Daniel FALZON (SA) – 106
Troy HERFOSS (QLD) – 93
Robbie BUGDEN (QLD) – 89
Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) – 79
Bryan STARING (WA) – 69
Beau BEATON (NSW) – 60
Josh WATERS (VIC) – 58
Mitchell LEVY (NSW) – 49
Cru HALLIDAY (NSW) – 48
Kyle BUCKLEY (QLD) – 47
2017 Australian Superbike Championship Calendar
Round 3 Spokes.com.au presents Winton Motor Raceway, VIC 28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT 7-9 July
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, QLD 25-27 August
Round 6 SMSP Eastern Creek, NSW 8-10 September
Round 7 Spokes.com.au presents Phillip Island Circuit, VIC 6-8 October
Don’t forget to catch live ASBK footage from Round 3 at Winton Motor Raceway on SBS and Live Streaming. SBS will be broadcasting Live from 12:30 AEST, with direct action from the track.
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