Walters shared the 3 race wins with Kawasaki’s Sean Condon who took top honours in race 1. Walters was accompanied to the podium by fellow Kawasaki rider Ben Burke who took 2nd place. Kawasaki’s Sophie Lovett won the opening round of the 250cc Women’s Production class and finished in 4th overall on the open grid. Defending Champion, Kawasaki’s Luke Burgess, finished in 2nd overall.
Matt Walters made his intentions clear immediately at QLD qualifying his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R on pole. He then took 2nd place in race 1 before winning races 2 & 3. The round win at QLD increases Walters lead in the Pro-Stock class of the Championship to 33 points over 2nd place.
Matt Walters was happy with his results, saying, “It was a good weekend. We got pole which was great and then we almost had a perfect weekend. I only missed out on the lap record by about 1/1000th of a second so I’m happy. The Ninja ZX-10R was consistent and fast as always. I was able to stay on the bike this weekend so that was a definitely a confidence booster heading to Eastern Creek”.
Sean Condon rode extremely well in his first race back from injury to take a race win in his first Pro-Stock race. Condon also set the lap record in the class. A crash however was to end his second race while he was leading and a fried clutch meant a DNF in race 3. Condon’s 1-DNF-DNF results left him in 12th place for the round.
Sean Condon was pleased to be on top in his first race back, saying, “Overall it was an unreal weekend. I had no expectations heading to QLD being my first race back from a shoulder reco and my first race ever in the Pro-stock class so I’m rapt. I’m getting really comfortable on the Ninja ZX-10R and my confidence was really boosted so I can’t wait for the next round”.
Matt Walters and Ben Burke’s 1-2 podium results gave Kawasaki top Manufacturer points for the class and puts the brand in 1st place in the Manufacturers series standing with a massive 421 points, 244 points ahead of 2nd place.
Kawasaki’s Sophie Lovett proved too strong in the Women’s 250cc production class taking top honours on her Ninja 250R. Lovett was also impressive in the open 250cc class clocking the fastest lap time in the final race and finishing in 4th overall with 3-4-4 results. The class was won by Brandon Demmery on his Ninja 250R. Kawasaki’s Luke Burgess who is also the defending champion of the class grabbed a race win to finish in 2nd overall with 9-1-2 results.
Luke Burgess also competed in the Supersport class at QLD and finished the round in 7th place and Sophie Lovett finished the Pro-Stock class in 14th place on her Ninja ZX-10R and sits in 10th place in the series.
The next round of the Australian Superbike Championship takes place at Sydney Motorsport Park (Eastern Creek) on 1-4 August.
ASBK Pro-Stock Class Round Results (QLD Raceway)
1 Matt WALTERS (NSW) Kawasaki 71
2 Ben BURKE (NSW) Kawasaki 54
3 1 Ben NICOLSON (VIC) BMW 52
4 Adam CHRISTIE (SA) BMW 44
5 Patrick MEDCALF (NSW) Honda 42
6 Phil LOVETT (NSW) Kawasaki 41
7 Brayden CARR (NSW) Kawasaki 39
8 Dustin GOLDSMITH (NSW) Kawasaki 38
9 Angus REEKIE (QLD) KTM 36
10 Mathew HARDING (NSW) Kawasaki 36
12 Sean CONDON (NSW) Kawasaki 25
14 Sophie LOVETT (NSW) Kawasaki 24
ASBK Pro-Stock Class Series Points
1 Matt WALTERS (NSW) Kawasaki 122
2 Ben NICOLSON (VIC) BMW 89
3 Adam CHRISTIE (SA) BMW 76
4 Dustin GOLDSMITH (NSW) Kawasaki 76
5 Phil LOVETT (NSW) Kawasaki 73
6 Mathew HARDING (NSW) Kawasaki 67
7 Brayden CARR (NSW) Kawasaki 65
8 Nathan HOUTERMAN (QLD) Honda 65
9 Ben BURKE (NSW) Kawasaki 54
10 Sophie LOVETT (NSW) Kawasaki 46
ASBK 250CC Prod. Class Round & Series Points
1 Brandon DEMMERY (NSW) Kawasaki 70
2 Luke BURGESS (QLD) Kawasaki 58
3 Tom BRAMICH (VIC) Kawasaki 56
4 Sophie LOVETT (NSW) Kawasaki 52
5 Daniel MUTTON (SA) Kawasaki 45
6 Mitch KAVNEY (NSW) Kawasaki 44
7 Jack BAKER (QLD) Kawasaki 42
8 Brian BEZZINA (VIC) Honda 39
9 Miriam WHITE (QLD) Kawasaki 35
10 Duncan GORDON (SA) Kawasaki 32