Walters finished inside the top 3 both days taking 2nd on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday, beaten only by factory riders.
Matt Walters, the 2010 Australian 600 Superstock Champion, showed great speed and determination at Eastern Creek on board his Ninja ZX-10R. A qualifying timetabling issue inside the Walters camp meant that no qualifying time was set by the Australian Champion, forcing him to start from the back of the pack in the first race. Putting this behind him Matt rode extremely well, coming through the pack to take 7th place. Matt then followed that up with a 2nd place in the second race to take 2nd for the day. Matt put in another solid performance on Sunday going 4-3-4 to take 3rd for that day. In an extremely encouraging sign for the Cessnock teenager, Matt’s lap times were comparable to his factory supported competitors. In fact Matt was so competitive at Eastern Creek, his final race 4th place result was just .403 seconds behind the race winner.
Matt say’s, “It was a great weekend on the Ninja ZX-10R with some close racing. The bike was really consistent from race to race and it’s good to be back up the front again. I’d like to thank Rover Coaches for their support this year plus Kawasaki, KMF, Austar Coal Mine and M2R helmets. I’m looking forward to Wakefield Park next month where I’ll come back even stronger and better.”
Matt Walters wasn’t the only Kawasaki rider with good results at the series opener. Qualifying in 3rd place, Dustin Goldsmith came out firing on Saturday, taking 3rd place overall for the day thanks to his 9-3 results. He then took 8th place on Sunday with 8-5-8 finishes.
Kawasaki rider Jarradd Curran got his weekend of racing off to a brilliant start when he qualified in 2nd place. Jarradd then continued his strong riding into the first race, taking 4th on his Ninja ZX-10R. A crash in the second race proved costly to his overall for the day leaving him outside the top ten. 9-DNF-9 results on Sunday left Jarradd in 12th place for that day.
Two riders inside the top 3 on Saturday and Matt Walters again inside the top 3 on Sunday proves that the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a formidable racing machine in the hands of the likes of Walters, Goldsmith and Curran.
With such a good start to the season under his belt, Matt Walters will now look to close the small gap separating him from the few full factory supported riders currently in front of him. The next round of the 2012 Australian FX-Superbike Championship will take place at Wakefield Park, NSW on April 20-22.