KTM RC8R victorious in Production category at The 6 Hour
Team Cessnock has taken KTM’s 1190 RC8R Superbike to victory in The 6 Hour, Australian Endurance Championship, at Phillip Island in Victoria on 5 December.
The team, featuring KTM’s multiple-time Australian Supermoto Champion Angus Reekie alongside Phil Lovett and Simon Galloway, won the Production category and finished an astounding seventh outright against more highly modified machines.
Team Cessnock won the grueling race with a finishing time of six hours, three minutes and 58 seconds, completing a mammoth 200 laps of the scenic 4.445 kilometre Phillip Island Circuit off the southern coast of Victoria.
Reekie was proud of the result, achieved with just limited hours on a road race motorcycle as the country’s leading Supermoto standout.
“It was a good experience, especially considering it was my first road race event,” Reekie commented. “We only had a limited amount of time on the bike, as well as at Phillip Island. In the end it was a really good outcome and a strong result for the team on what was basically a standard KTM 1190 RC8R.”
Utilising the strengths of a bike identical to that available off the showroom floor at KTM dealers Australia-wide, Team Cessnock’s RC8R was completely standard apart from the fitment of an Akrapovic exhaust, bodywork and Dunlop N-Tec Supersport tyres.
Signifying the RC8R’s strength in the endurance event, Team Cessnock finished nine laps ahead of its nearest Production class competitor, which was a BMW S 1000 RR, while the Aprilia RSV4 in third outright was 17 laps in arrears of the KTM.
Team Cessnock also claimed victory in the BEARS category and Veteran’s category for the weekend.
For further information on the KTM RC8R and the entire On Road range, visit www.ktm.com.au. Riders can also register for KTM’s Street Fleet Summer Series today for a demo ride by clicking here www.ktm.com.au/?id=56.