Luke Burgess has set the pace as he leads the production based Kawasaki Insurances Ninja FX300 cup series after round 1 at Sydney Motorsport Park earlier this year. The 21 year old from Mackay QLD drew from his Supersport motorcycle racing experiance, to take out the first round of the series.
“I’m familiar with Mallala. I was testing the ZX-6R on the track last year so I know my way around it and I think it’s a great track. It’s really tight and flowy. There are less slip streaming opportunities too so that gives you a better chance to pull away from the pack”.
“The KMF Ninja 300 was perfect at round one. We had it set up perfectly and we haven’t changed anything so far. That might change once we get down to Mallala, but I’m pretty confident with the bike so far”.
“The game plan will be to keep an eye on the results and times and just know where I need to be. The is a little more pace in the 600cc racing I’ve done and on the 300’s you get a little more time to think and that means you can change your strategy half way through the race if you need to”.
Paul Fitzgerald has been selected as the Kawasaki Motors Finance wildcard rider this weekend. The 23 year old Sales team member from SA Motorcycles competed in last year’s FX Superbike Championship as a privateer on his 2008 ZX-10R.
“I’m stoked to have been selected as the wildcard rider for the Mallala round. I saw the track last year where I came 3rd in B-grade in the FX Superbikes. I had a chance to ride the KMF Ninja 300 last year at Winton Motor Raceway during a Kawasaki Team Green Australia ride day and I felt really comfortable on it”.
“Obviously I will practice on the bike before the race but the Ninja 300’s are generally so easy to ride. I love how agile they are and easy to manipulate on the road. You don’t need to hit the brakes as hard as on a 1000cc so you can float around a corner without overshooting and it lets you hold a consistent corner from entry to exit”.
“I think the Kawasaki Insurances Ninja FX300 Cup is an awesome event. It proves it’s self with the amount of entries it gets and it’s an easy way to get into the sport”.
Paul Fitzgerald on his ZX-10R
Other Kawasaki supported riders competing in the Kawasaki Insurances Ninja FX300 Cup include Di Jones and her team mate Paul Young of team SA Kawasaki BCperformance. Paul will be saddling both his regular ZX-6R as well as the Ninja 300 in the second round of the Australasian Superbike Championship.
Crowd pleaser, Dealer Principal of SA Motorcycles and member of team SA Kawasaki BCperformance, Evan Byles, will have his Kawasaki Ninja H2R on display during the round with a possibility of a ‘hot lap’ or two on the Mallala circuit.
The second round of the Australasian Superbike Series will unfold this weekend with the AFX-Superbike Championship on Saturday 16th and the Swan Insurance Australian Superbike Championship taking place on Sunday 17th of May.
For more information on the Kawasaki Motors Finance Ninja 300 Cup, follow this link.
For more information on Luke Burgess, follow this link to his rider profile.
For more information on SA Kawasaki BCperformance, follow this link.