News 5 May 2014

Team Honda Racing hosting Mallala test this week

Two-day test sets teams up for Australasian Superbike weekend.

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.

Team Honda Racing will host testing at Mallala Motorsport Park in South Australia commencing on Tuesday, 6 May, preparing for round two of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship.

A variety of top teams including Honda, Next Gen Motorsports and quality privateer contenders including Kawasaki’s number one plate holder Matt Walters will lap the 2.6-kilometre circuit across two days – many riders on track there for the first time since 2009.

For round one winner Jamie Stauffer, the opportunity to head back to Mallala could not come at a more fitting time, and feels that with some extra testing this week, that the South Australian round will be an important one.

“The team and I are doing some testing this week,” Stauffer said. “The first round at Wakefield we hadn’t had a lot of time on the bikes or tyres, so we have had a good chat about all of the stuff we are going to try and where we need to improve.

“We’re definitely going to try and use that extra testing as an advantage at this next round, so fingers crossed it pays off.”

Stauffer insists that he’s not feeling any additional pressure entering round two after winning Wakefield Park’s opening round of the season.

“I don’t feel any more pressure than usual,” he said. “Whether you’re in the lead or not, it’s still early in the season so anything can happen. We just need to be consistent and get as many points on the board as we can.

“There were a lot of riders going quick at Wakefield, all the guys on Hondas seem to be going good at the moment. Hooky [Josh Hook] will be back at this round so he should do pretty well and provide some good competition so we are all looking forward to it.”

While Hook is scheduled to return, two riders under an injury cloud entering tomorrow’s test are title contenders Glenn Allerton and Wayne Maxwell – the pair recovering from leg injuries sustained since round one.

Click here for CycleOnline.com.au’s report from the Yamaha test conducted last month.

The Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship will resume for round two at Mallala Motorsport Park from 16-18 May.

Related