Reigning Australian Superbike Champion Glenn Allerton writes in to MotoOnline.com.au to give us the lowdown on Eastern Creek, Mallala, and the Phillip Island Australian Superbike Open.
It’s been a while since I checked in, but after we had the Eastern Creek round it’s been a pretty busy schedule of racing in the second half of the year for us and it’s been going good so far.
At Eastern Creek’s fourth round of the series it was a good round even though it was a tough situation because we didn’t get to test there, but as the weekend went on the bike got a lot better and we were chasing rear grip, also testing a new engine spec as well.
I managed to get on the front row and won the first race after basically hanging onto the back of Josh Waters, making sure he didn’t get away, and then I was able to make a move on the last lap.
Come race two I pretty much blew the race at the start, took too long to get going while Josh was doing really fast laps, and then I was never really able to close that gap down and I ended up third, which was second overall and a pretty good result for me.
Heading Mallala’s following round the Motologic team picked up a new sponsor in Oleon Specialty Oils and Lubricants, which we were all excited about as the bikes got new colours for the round.
Once we got there I was confident that we could win, but unfortunately I hurt my back a bit just before the race weekend training, and then the guys from Racesafe did a lot of work with me so I could get through without too many dramas.
I finished both races within striking distance for the win, qualified second and finished in that position in both races. We got a bit lucky with Waters breaking his gear shifter in the second race, but I’ve had a bit of bad luck this year and I’ll take it any way I can get it.
It’s good to have the championship lead still, but by no means is the series over with. Both Wayne Maxwell and Josh are charging and riding really well, so I think it;s going to be a really, really tough championship to win from here on out considering they both were so quick at the V8 round, which was a non-championship Australian Superbike Open round at Phillip Island last weekend.
The Superbike Open was a good chance to see where we are at with the bike around Phillip Island and a great opportunity to test a few settings on the rear shock, which we have been having a few troubles with lately.
I’m glad that we got that weekend in and it’s going to help when we come back for the championship round at the MotoGP.
In both races when it started to rain I was in the lead group, there was nobody who was getting away from me, and then when the rain came I thought about the championship in a few weeks time and decided to hold back at that point, ending up sixth overall for the weekend with a fifth in race one and sixth in race two.
I’d like to win every race I go in, and I wasn’t happy to get beaten or finish off the podium, but it doesn’t really matter in the big picture because there weren’t points on offer.
We managed to keep the bike upright and made sure we stayed safe, which is good because I’m feeling good on the motorcycle at the moment and I don’t want to change that.
We’ll be back for the point-scoring rounds and overall it was a really good weekend alongside the V8s. The crowd seemed very knowledgeable, they knew who we were and the bikes were accepted well into the series, I felt.
The meeting ran like clockwork and was very profession, it’s a great thing to be a part of with the V8s, just the way that they ran the hospitality, the way the media treats the event, and it’s something that I hope we get to do a lot more.
We have two rounds left in the ASBK series and I’m looking forward to the upcoming MotoGP round in around five weeks time, hopefully we can lower that lap record even further at the Island – I had really good memories there last year, so I can’t wait.
I will check in and let you guys know how we end up!