Robbie Bugden topped a sweltering 15-minute qualifying session at Queensland Raceway at 1600 this afternoon.
The local rider, who will have his Honey Badger cheer squad on hand this weekend finished 0.061 of a second over Yamaha mounted Michael Blair, with Ben Burke finishing the session third quickest.
Craig McMartin is sporting a glaring new colour scheme on his delectable Panigale R this weekend and finished the session fourth quickest ahead of his Racer’s Edge teammate Beau Beaton.
Matt Walters was certainly the most spectacular rider on track today, the Kawasaki Connection rider very entertaining with the ZX-10R set up slideways into turn three every lap. It didn’t translate to outright speed for the Cessnock youngster however, Walters over a second off the pace of Bugden, but with a clear gap over seventh placed Liam Wilkinson.
Racing starts tomorrow and Sunday by 10am both days with every class scheduled to run three races each day.
Warm temperatures are forecast for the entire weekend which will certainly make grip at a premium and tyre preservation vitally important to race results over the course of the weekend with all competitors on a Dunlop control tyre.
De Leon 1m12.434
The hot weather conditions today at Queensland Raceway also saw many Supersport competitors struggling for grip, at one end or the other, or both.
BCperformance’s Kyle Buckley was riding in his usual aggressive and sideways manner on the SA Kawasaki ZX-6R to head off prime foe Mitch Levy for pole position.
Jordan Carlsson was third quickest ahead of Sam Muldoon and Chris Quinn while Callum Spriggs made an appearance aboard a YZF-R6. The Queenslander quickly got down to competitive times and will be one to watch as the weekend unfolds.
Ninja 300 Qualifying
Young Broc Pearson topped the Ninja 300 qualifying with a time only two-tenths off the lap record he set in his first appearance in the class back here in July. Today’s 1m24.772 coming on the last of the ten laps he put in during the 15-minute session.
Second was Sam Condon ahead of Tom Toparis and Jack Dawes while Hunter Ford rounded out the top five.
S Condon 1m25.588
P Condon 1m27.742
Formula OZ Qualifying
Simon Galloway looked very smooth on the Chris Watson Motorcycles YZF-R1 this afternoon and topped the Formula OZ qualifying session despite recording only six laps. Galloway is expected to wrap up the Formula OZ crown this weekend as he has a significant lead heading into the round.
Lucas Vitale was a strong second place today ahead of Brett Kitchin and Stuart Fripp while Evan Byles rounded out the top five.
Pro Twins / Nakedbike Qualifying
The Pro Twins race this weekend sees the return of the delectable Irving Vincent at the hands of Beau Beaton but he will have his work cut out for in keeping Michael McMillan at bay this weekend as only one-hundredth of a second separate the two men today.
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