On the back of a successful 3rd round of the Australian Superbike Championship at Hidden Valley (NT) last weekend for Kawasaki riders Matt Walters and Scott Yates, Kawasaki now leads the Manufacturers Championship in the Pro Stock class by 161 points. With recently announced sales figures revealing that the all new 2011 Ninja ZX-10R is the highest selling Supersports bike in Australia, the model’s dominance in the Australian Superbike Championship is just another feather in the new model’s cap.
2010 Australian Superstock Champion, Matt Walters, looked in top form at Hidden Valley on his Ninja ZX-10R qualifying 2nd fastest. An unfortunate crash in the first race put him back to 19th however he fought back hard in the following two races with podium finishes in each. His 19-3-2 results gave him 5th for the round and leaves him in 2nd place in the Championship. (He currently leads C & D Grades).
Walters says, “It was a good weekend. It was unfortunate I had a fall in the first race but two podium finishes helps keep my Championship alive. I’m heading to QLD Raceway looking for some race wins”.
Consistency paid off for fellow New South Welshman Scott Yates. His 5-4-4 finishes were good enough for a podium finish to the round. Yates took 3rd for the round and sits in 4th place in the Championship.
Scott Yates says, “All I’ve done to the bike is put an Ohlins kit in the front so it’s a good result for both me and the ZX-10R. After having the last two years off, I’m still trying to get my head around the speed of the new Ninja. I’m looking forward to racing on my home track in QLD next round. Hopefully I’ll get inside the top three”.
The Ninja ZX-10R isn’t the only Kawasaki model making waves in the ASBK Championship. Ninja ZX-6R pilots Mark Wilkinson, Zach Thackeray, Timothy McGregor, Luke Burgess and Michael Lockart are all sitting comfortably inside the top ten in the Superstock Championship.
Victorian Mark Wilkinson sits in 2nd place in the Superstock class after a podium finish at Hidden Valley. Wilkinson went 6-3-3 to take 3rd place for the round while Thackeray’s third race DNF affected his chances of a podium finish. 3-7-DNF gave Thackeray 9th for the round and he currently sits in 4th place in the Championship.
Tim McGregor grabbed a podium finish in the third race of the day taking 2nd place. His 5-12-2 results were good enough for 5th for both the round and the Championship and Mackay’s Luke Burgess sits just behind him in 6th. The rookie shook off an 11th place finish in the first race to take 4th and 6th in the following two races which was good enough for 6th for the round and the series.
With the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R charging ahead in the Manufacturers Championship in the Pro Stock class, occupying 5 of the top 10 positions in the class standings and 5 Ninja ZX-6R riders occupying positions inside the top 10 in the Superstock class, Kawasaki’s presence at the ASBK Championship is not just alive and well, it is thrashing, kicking and making a scene!
Walters, Yates, Wilkinson, Thackeray, Burgess and the rest of the Kawasaki riding contingency head to QLD Raceway in Ipswich for the next round of the Series on 3-5 June.
Australian Pro Stock Championship
Provisional Series Points
- Cru Halliday (NSW) 152 points
- MATT WALTERS (NSW) KAWASAKI 96 POINTS
- Linden Magee (QLD) 95 points
- SCOTT YATES (NSW) KAWASAKI 89 POINTS
- DANIEL MOULTON (VIC) KAWASAKI 79 POINTS
- BEN NICOLSON (VIC) KAWASAKI 75 POINTS
- Nathan Houterman (QLD) 74 points
- Anthony Quinn (NSW) 74 points
- John Ross (NZ) 71 points
- PHIL LOVETT (NSW) KAWASAKI 53 POINTS
Australian Superstock Championship
Provisional Series Points
- Michael Jones (QLD) 203 points
- MARK WILKINSON (VIC) KAWASAKI 144 POINTS
- Daniel Falzon (SA) 136 points
- ZACH THACKERAY (NSW) KAWASAKI 123 POINTS
- TIMOTHY MCGREGOR (NSW) KAWASAKI 116 POINTS
- LUKE BURGESS (QLD) KAWASAKI 97 POINTS
- James Beck (NSW) 95 points
- MICHAEL LOCKART (NSW) KAWASAKI 89 POINTS
- Samuel Lambert (NT) 72 points
- James Mutton (QLD) 69 points