Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Back to Australia for Kiwis

 Canterbury riders Ryan Hampton and Bailie Perriton  head back across the Tasman sea this weekend (August 2nd-3rd) for the fourth round of the FX-Superbikes / Swann Insurance Australasian Championship at the rural Victoria circuit of Winton , located near the Northern Town of Benalla.

Hampton who took up the offer of a ride for rounds two and three of the series on the Treble Cone , Fujitsu Espc services BMW  , after regular rider Sloan Frost had to have an operation to fix a wrist injury. 

Ryan has had a few ups and downs over the two meetings , the low being mechanical issues and a big crash in Queensland . The high being winning his class and keeping in the hunt for the title.

This time out Frost is scheduled back on board at Winton, but not on the BMW , this time on a recently purchased Treble Cone / Fujistu /Espc services Suzuki 1000. 

Hampton also changes machines this time he will ride a Aark racing Kawasaki ZX10 thanks to ex-pat New Zealander Shaun Patterden who has helped the Kiwi's out all season and has also campaigned the bike in rounds two and three.

Speaking from Christchurch Ryan commented " I'm all healed up from Queensland and I'm racing a Kawasaki ZX10R for AARK Racing with thanks to Shaun Pattenden.

I think Winton will have a slightly colder climate than what we've experienced at the previous rounds but regardless I'm looking forward to getting back onto a bike and cutting some laps. 

I'm planning on riding to obtain some championship points mainly but also will be good to race again with the level of competition they have over there, I'm currently 2nd in the FX Challenge series and 4th in the Swann series so we still have a real chance of winning at least one and hopefully even two Australian prizes , if we can have the gremlins stay away for this round I have a good opportunity to come away from round four leading the Swann series for my class.

I am really looking forward to the challenge of riding another new track, a new bike and new tyres all again so it should be interesting."

New Zealand 250 Production Champion Bailie Perriton , has impressed throughout the first three rounds of the FX300 cup series . Perriton is riding the Fujitsu Scholarship Espc services Kawasaki Ninja 300 and while he is yet to win a race in the series , he has shown he has the speed to mix it with the locals even if having mechanical issues and a crash. He is currently third in the series.

Another Canterbury rider , Alastair Hoogenboezem also heads to Winton for his second time on the Linden Magee Motorsport BMW. The New Zealand Supersport number three impressed on his debut at Queensland last month and is the only one of the four resident Kiwi's to have ridden at Winton before , be it on a CBR150 machine some years ago. Magee who finished second in the New Zealand Superbike Championship this year is also racing a BMW at Winton.
Sophie Lovett and Dad Phil will be back out at Winton

Australian but working in New Zealand , Sophie Lovett will be back out fighting in the Ninja 300 Cup where she lies fourth in the series and also on the ZX10 in the Formula Oz chasing her Dad.

Ex-Pat Kiwi Doug Wood also makes another appearance after his outing at Mallala in the FX300 Cup. Doug helped his fellow Kiwis out by lending Bailie Perriton his motor for the Queensland round , after overheating issues at Mallala,

Racing can be viewed on Motorsports TV and can be watched by heading to www.fxsuperbikes.com.au and simply clicking the ‘LIVESTREAMING’ tab at the top of the website or through the championships facebook page ‘Australasian FX-Superbike Championship’.
Words: Fastkiwimedia
Photos: Lee Caldwell , JDAS , Steve Thibou , Ian Dawson , Sophie Lovett (supplied).

Monday, 28 July 2014

Team Yamaha and Robbie Bugden head for Winton this weekend.

The Swann Insurance  Australasian Superbike Series is in full swing and just about to embark on the fourth leg of the fresh new series at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend August 2-3.

Team Yamaha's Robbie Bugden is looking towards a good showing at the Rural Victoria circuit. The Queenslander has tested at Winton recently and set competitive times on the Team's R1 Superbike despite the weather being on and off rain and having a crash when he touch a white line through the third turn.

Bugden who is lining eighth in the championship . Bugden commented after the test . " It was good to get some laps at Winton before the next round , overall the track is fine , a bit narrow and bumpy and the high ripple strips could be an issue , but it has a good layout to it ". 

As has been the case nothing is going to be easy at Winton. Glenn Allerton (BMW) and also the Team Honda riders and Bugden's own Yamaha team mates , coupled with some other privateers , should provide exciting racing again for all to view. 

The upcoming fourth round of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Series will be run and won on Sunday the 3rd August (next Sunday) and streamed online all day Sunday for Free.

Motorsports TV and can be watched by heading to www.fxsuperbikes.com.au and simply clicking the ‘LIVESTREAMING’ tab at the top of the website or through the championships facebook page ‘Australasian FX-Superbike Championship’.

Words :Fast Kiwi Media
Pic: Steve Thibou

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