Following on from his commanding performance at Phillip Island just over a week ago where he won both ASBK Pro Stock races to take round honours, Matt Walters has now won two of the three races at the AFX opener at Eastern Creek to take the overall victory and an early series lead.
The 2010 Australian 600 Superstock Champion now has a 3 point lead in the championship over defending champion Kevin Curtain. Walters was inside the top three in each racing taking 1-3-1 results for the overall victory. Matt Walters now leads both the ASBK & Australian FX Superbike Championships after one round of each.
Matt Walters is very happy satisfied with his start to the 2013 racing year, saying, “We’ve done everything right so far and we couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. The Ninja ZX-10R was fantastic and 100% perfect on the day. Dad and the team at Kawasaki Connection got the bike set up perfectly.”
“My off season training is paying off. If I can keep my fitness up the results will hopefully come a bit easier. I’ve got a month off now until the next round so I plan to spend a lot of time in the gym to make sure I give myself the best possible chance at Winton.”
Fellow Ninja ZX-10R rider Dustin Goldsmith finished in 5th place overall with top 5 finishes (5-4-4) in each race at Eastern Creek. Goldsmith and his Ninja ZX-10R also clocked the fastest lap time in the final race.
In Saturday’s non point scoring races, Glynn Thomas rode his Ninja ZX-10R to 2nd place with 5-5-1 results throughout the 3 races.
Matt Walters, Dustin Goldsmith and Glynn Thomas will hope to continue their good form at the second round of the AFX series at Winton Raceway, Victoria on 5-7 April.
(All images by Murray Sayle)