Racing is back for 2021 with the opening round at Winton in Victoria for the first time back at the Australian Superbike Championship in 13 months, due to obvious Covid reasons. We had been at Mac Park practising last year on the Suzuki GSXR600 where I was riding the quickest I had been so far. Feeling really good on the bike we had confidence to be at the pointy end of the field at Winton.
It started off with a warm Friday practise which saw the track at the warmest it would be all weekend with 30 degree air temperature for all three practise sessions. The Pirelli SC0 lasted well with plenty of grip even with a little bit of tearing I felt comfortable to push. I was under my previous PB all day with a best of 1min.23.868 and finishing the day 8th overall. With only minimal changes to the bike setup from what we had after a two day test we attended two weeks prior to the round. I was happy with my lap times as compared to last time I raced there I was already over a second quicker, knew there was work to be done in qualifying to get a good grid position.
Saturday saw two 20min qualifying sessions where the pace and lap times from the top 10 really showed how strong the field was. With rain threating Saturday afternoon I made sure to get a good lap put down in the morning session in case the second qualifying was wet. With a few slower riders upsetting my rhythm I was still able to post a 1min.23.492 getting me provisional 5th. Only 0.07sec behind the next rider and 0.005sec infront of the next, this shows just how close and fast the pace was as I was only 0.1sec slower than the previous lap record.
Congratulations to Dallas Skeer for being presented with the inaugural Kenny Blake Scholarships just days after finishing 3rd in the 2020 SA State Championships.
Currently competing in Australian Superbike championship in Supersport 600 class aboard Suzuki GSXR 600 all around Australia in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. After a successful 2017, finishing second in Australian Moto 3/125GP and winning the South Australian Limited class and a good start on the 600 during the 2018 and 19 season we are hoping to follow up with a successful 2021 season in the Supersport class. The main goal is to be fighting for wins and the championship, being on the podium as much as possible.
Backed by: Penrite Oil, Suzuki Aus, Barry Francis Motorcycles, Pirelli, Nolan Helmets Aus, Nitron Suspension Aus, Plus Racing Gear, SpeedAngle Australia, Superbike Accessories, West Sliders, Pro-Bolt Australia.