Monday, 30 March 2015 16:21

Kawasaki Race Report - Round 1 of the 2015 Australasian Superbike Series

Luke Burgess leading the pack Luke Burgess leading the pack

Kawasaki supported riders came away with strong results at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend including Luke Burgess of the Kawasaki Motors Finance racing team who has taken out the first round of the FX300 Ninja class.

The first round of the Australasian Superbike Series unfolded with the AFX-Superbike Championship on Saturday and the Swan Insurance Australian Superbike Championship taking place on Sunday.

Luke Burgess has secured first place on the Kawasaki Insurances FX 300 Ninja Cup leader board. “I’m super happy about my results. The bike was set up really well and it was running perfectly”, said Luke.

Lue Burges Kawasaki Motors Finance racing teamLuke Burgess

“I couldn’t fault the bike at all and I clicked with it straight up so we didn’t have to change anything”, commented Luke who is the permanent rider for the Kawasaki Motors Finance racing team throughout this year’s series. “The whole weekend was a challenge, I had to ride smart and hard at the same time and had to think of the championship and gain as much points as I could”, said Luke.

Mitch Pirotta was the wildcard entry rider for the Kawasaki Motors Finance Racing team in the first round of the ASC. Mitch was showing promising results on Saturday as he placed 1st in race 1. Unfortunately Mitch was unable to see through the first round after coming off in the 3rd race of the day and injuring his arm.

Sean Condon who is one of Kawasaki’s supported Superbike riders, came away with third place overall in the AFX superbike championship. "I’ve come away from the racing this weekend being confident that I can run with the top guys. I showed pace and I should come into the next race with 100% fitness”, said Sean who had dislocated his shoulder and injured his finger during the first round of the ASBK in Phillip island earlier this year.

Sean CondonSean Condon

Team SA Kawasaki BCperformance had two riders in each of the Superbike, Supersport and 300 classed over the weekend. Team Manager Kelvin Reilly said, “We are really happy with the bikes and we can’t fault them. All of our riders put in a great effort and I believe we can achieve greater results in the next round. We are all wishing Jimmy a quick recovery”, said Kelvin after Jimmy Broadbent who substituted for Jacob Whitehouse was injured in the third FX300 Ninja race.

Kawasaki supported rider, Jack Baker from Crazy Dogs Motorcycles in Queensland has graduated to the Supersport class and has come away with positive results. “The last time I raced this track I was on a 250cc so racing the ZX6R here has been a new experience”, said Jack who gained up to 9 seconds on his lap time between practice races on Friday and the final race on Sunday.

Jacks father and team manager Richard Baker said, “The bike is performing really well. We made a change to the rear suspension and picked up another second. We haven’t been to South Australia before but I think Jack can learn the track quickly like he did this weekend and we should see some great results”.

Jack Baker

Round 2 of the 2015 Australasian Superbike Championship will be held in Mallala, South Australia on May 15th.

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