Mackay Kawasaki’s Luke Burgess carried his round winning momentum from the series opener at Phillip Island by winning 3 of the 5 races on board his Kawasaki Ninja 250R at the second round at Broadford.
Burgess qualified extremely well on his Ninja with the fastest lap time in the first qualifying session on a track he had never raced on before. A P2 qualifying time in the second session meant a 1st row start for the series leader.
Burgess capitalized on his front row grid positioning by taking impressive 2-1-3-1-1 results to take the round win. With the 2nd round of the ASBK 250cc Production class being run in conjunction with the opening round of the Victorian Road Race Championship, Burgess’s results also means that he leads the Victorian series as well. Burgess is now considering competing in the remaining rounds of the Victorian Road Race Championship, schedule permitting.
Luke Burgess say’s, “That was one of the hardest fights I’ve had at a race meet yet. I’m wrapped to be able to put the Kawasaki on the top step of the podium again and extend my points lead in the Championship. My Kawasaki Ninja 250R did everything right and gave me the confidence to push for the win. I’d like to thank my sponsors Kawasaki, United Fasteners, Big Boar Dyno Tuning, Tomsey Racing, Coburn Motor Trimmers, JP Piping Services and Mackay Kawasaki for helping me to achieve these results.”
14 year old Olly Simpson continued his podium run with a 3rd place finish at Broadford. Simpson took a race win on board his Ninja 250R and set the lap record for the 250 class (1:09:031) on his way to the podium. Simpson finished with 3-2-1-3-3 results for the weekend.
And to prove that those who sell them ride them, Evan Byles, the Dealer Principal of Kawasaki dealership SA Motorcycles took 7th at Broadford on his Ninja 250R and sits 6th in the Championship.
Whilst Kawasaki Ninja 250R’s filled 6 of the top ten places in the 250cc Production class at Broadford, it wasn’t a walk in the park for the Kawasaki riders. With the more powerful Kawasaki Ninja 250R having to be restricted in this racing class so that the other manufacturers can be competitive, Kawasaki riders have to earn their podium on race day.
Luke Burgess will look to increase his points lead in the Championship on board his Kawasaki Ninja 250R at the 3rd round of the series at WA on May 4-6.
2012 ASBK – 250cc Production Class – Round 2 Results – Broadford, Victoria
1 Luke BURGESS (QLD) KAWASAKI 113
2 Zac LEVY (QLD) HONDA 104
3 Olly SIMPSON (SA) KAWASAKI 99
4 Corey TURNER (QLD) KAWASAKI 82
5 Nathan SIMPSON (SA) KAWASAKI 80
6 Tony SIMS (NSW) HYOSUNG 71
7 Evan BYLES (SA) KAWASAKI 65
8 Brian BEZZINA (VIC) HONDA 63
9 Bronwyn SORENSEN (VIC) HONDA 59
10 Peter MIZZI (VIC) KAWASAKI 13
2012 ASBK – 250cc Production Class – Championship Standings
1 Luke BURGESS (QLD) KAWASAKI 138
2 Zac LEVY (QLD) HONDA 122
3 Olly SIMPSON (SA) KAWASAKI 120
4 Corey TURNER (QLD) KAWASAKI 98
5 Nathan SIMPSON (SA) KAWASAKI 97
6 Evan BYLES (SA) KAWASAKI 76
7 Brian BEZZINA (VIC) HONDA 76
8 Tony SIMS (NSW) HYOSUNG 71
9 Bronwyn SORENSEN (VIC) HONDA 67
10 Peter MIZZI (VIC) KAWASAKI 27
11 Zac ZANESCO (NSW) KAWASAKI 15
12 Mark LAMONT (VIC) KAWASAKI 12
13 Mark WATT (WA) KAWASAKI 12
14 Albert TEHENNEPE (VIC) KAWASAKI 10
15 Brandon DEMMERY (NSW) MEGELLI 9