Features 7 Aug 2014

Quotebook: 2014 ASC Rd4 Winton

Riders reflect on their performances following Winton.

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.


Wayne Maxwell (Team Motul Honda) – 1st overall:
The weekend went well for us and it is great to see Team Honda Racing 1-2-3 for the weekend and in the championship points. The Motul Honda CBR1000RR SP has performed extremely well all weekend and it is reflected in the results. I am really happy with the race win and to take the overall for round four. It is great to be leading the championship going into Wakefield Park in September. We still have two rounds to go so there is still work to be done, but well done to the team on a very strong weekend of racing.

Jamie Stauffer (Team Honda Racing) – 7th overall:
I had a difficult weekend with my injury and really had to work hard to gain as many points as I could.The injury to my left ankle made it extremely difficult for me to maneuver on the bike so it was a challenge. I could not have done it at all without the incredible support from RACESAFE Australia and in particular Mark Backway, who was there throughout the weekend to assist the team, including myself. I would like to thank Mark for his help especially today.

Troy Herfoss (Team Honda Racing) – 3rd overall:
I am really pleased with the two race wins this weekend, but obviously the crash in race two didn’t help much. I was able to salvage some points from that race though and ended up third overall so I am happy with that. I am placed 3rd in the championship now so I will be looking for maximum points at Wakefield Park next month.

Josh Hook (Team Honda Racing) – 2nd overall:
It was a difficult weekend for me, but in the end I was able to finish in second for round four, which is a strong result. We didn’t get much dry track time on Friday which put us behind the eight ball and we seemed to be a bit off the front of the field during the weekend. However, overall I am happy to finish where I did and will keep moving forward from here and focus on the remaining races.

Glenn Scott (Team InsureMyRide Racing) – 14th overall:
The Winton round has been one of the most challenging race meetings I have ever had. Three major crashes on Friday and Saturday left me pretty battered and bruised, however my incredible team worked with an unbelievable level of commitment and dedication to deliver me a bike to race on. Their efforts were incredible and without them I wouldn’t have been able to make it out on track. After crashing out of two races on Saturday and then race three being declared after two laps, I was unable to put in a qualifying time for Sunday putting us 22nd on the grid for the three races. I was definitely feeling extremely lucky to be lining up on the grid on Sunday and we tackled each race as it came. To take 14th overall was a massive effort and I was glad to score points in every race. Overall it was such a tough weekend but I’m happy to get through it with the help of my awesome team. This round has made me stronger and my team smarter. I can’t wait for round five, we have a lot of work to do in the next six weeks but I’m confident we will find our feet and hit the ground running at Wakefield Park.

Robbie Bugden (YRT with YMI) – 6th overall:
Round four of the Australasian Superbike Championship done and dusted. Heading home with some good points, but am looking for better next round. Massive shout out to my team; great bunch of people who make it a pleasure to work with. Bring on round five.

Cru Halliday (YRT with YMI) – 4th overall:
The weekend went pretty well for me and we continue to develop the bike at each round. The team continues to put in a big effort and we are seeing the rewards each week as we get closer to the lead pack.

Mike Jones (Crazy Dogs Kawasaki) – 8th overall:
I’m happy with the weekend and there’s a lot of positives to take home from the round considering it was my first time at Winton on the Crazy Dogs Kawasaki ZX10. With no prior testing at the circuit, I’m pretty happy to finish every race inside the top 10 and to be the first green bike across the finish line in almost every race. A special thanks goes to A1 Race Paint, Race Art Australia, and Mick’s Fix Leather Repairs for keeping my bike and gear looking great.

Ben Burke (BCperformance Motogo Kawasaki) – DNS:
Winton did not go to plan at all really, things were going well in first practice and I felt comfortable whilst showing good pace. I came into the pits for a change and returned to the circuit and after completing my out lap I had a mega highside at the fast long left on the next lap! I’m pretty sure it could have either been black ice or a cold tyre that caught me out due to the freezing temperatures we were getting at a circuit so close to the snowys in the middle of winter. I’m sorry to the team and sponsors Motogo, Iceberg, Held, Giocia and so on for not being able to race on the Saturday and Sunday.

Beau Beaton (Racers Edge Performance North Coast V-Twins Racing Team) – 13th overall:
This weekend was a good shakedown for me after breaking my collarbone in June. Having to ride both Vincents and the Panigale on the Friday was a real challenge, especially changing from left hand gear shift to right hand gear shift, but it gave me more track time and helped get the confidence back up quickly. In fact I probably surprised myself in Sunday’s race two with that lap time. Race once was also tight, I rubbed my shoulder on Rick Olson’s fairing quite a few times – it was great racing. As always a big thanks to the Greg, Doc, and the team who worked so hard all weekend to give me a great bike. It will be great to have Craig back next time so we can bounce set up options off each other

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.


Aiden Wagner (Oz Wildcard Racing Yamaha) – 2nd overall:
I have to once again thank Oz Wildcard Racing for their efforts and support right across the weekend, the Mupo Suspension worked incredibly well every time I was on the bike and was definitely critical to my success in the changing conditions that we were presented with. We ended up second overall which was a great achievement, and to take a race win was a huge confidence booster, the racing was so close and that certainly makes me feel as though we can match it at the front on a regular basis and it puts us in a great position in the last two rounds of the year. I’m looking forward to getting on track at Wakefield Park in September, it’s a track we have already visited this year so with that I have some experience under my belt. I will be working closely with Stewart [Winton] and the Oz Wildcard Racing team on identifying another quick setup that will put us in a good position for some more race wins.

Brayden Elliott – 7th overall:
Friday was extremely cold with rain on and off all day making tyre choices very difficult. I was one of the few riders taking part in the wet practice sessions to try and gain some more experience and confidence in the conditions. Unfortunately my set up was wrong on the bike I rode in qualifying after trying to decide whether to ride on dry tyres on wets. Another shower as qualifying started left us with little time to make changes putting my qualifying back in 13th position. We made some suspension changes before race one on Saturday to try and give me more feel and confidence on the bike. I had a great first race making my way through the Supersport field to finish in sixth position, my best ever finish. In race two I was very excited to be starting from second row of the grid and trying to hold the pace of the front runners. I got off to a good start before making a mistake in the early laps of the race pushing me backs a few positions. I re-gathered myself and chased down the group in front to finish in eighth position. Having Shawn Giles coaching support all weekend was a huge help which showed in my improvements all weekend. I managed to drop my personal best lap time by over four seconds and felt very comfortable on the bike. I also had the mechanical help of Michael Jeffery with Phil Tainton lending a hand with gearing and suspension changes which made huge improvements in the handling of the bike. Only having four weeks to recover from a fractured shoulder proved difficult in certain areas over the weekend but overall I was glad to push through the pain and get some good results. I was extremely happy to finish seventh overall and gain some good Championship points considering my shoulder injury. I’m looking forward to gaining some more shoulder rehabilitation to come back stronger for the next round at Wakefield Park.

Patrick Li (BCperformance Motogo Kawasaki) – 15th overall:
I enjoyed my first weekend racing at Winton but am bitterly disappointed to pick up the injury to my collarbone. I felt the bike was good and am looking forward to the next round and getting back to full fitness. Thanks to the team and all sponsors for their support over a difficult weekend.

Source: Noise Guard Racing.

Source: Noise Guard Racing.

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Brandon Demmery (Noise Guard Racing) – 4th overall FX-300 Ninja Cup:
Sunday I was worn out before I started. I had again qualified fourth based on lap times and hoped my starts would get me into position to fight for the race wins. Each race I got great starts, but my health let me down in all three races. 4-3-2 finish for the weekend was the best I could manage. I have managed to hold onto a one-point lead in the championship after so very close racing over the weekend. Congrats to Paul Young on taking the round win, Ballie Perriton on his first race win and to Kyle Buckley for his great results.

Josh McHenry (Josh McHenry Racing) – 1st overall FX250 Ninja Cup:
I’m so happy with how our weekend finished up, after only getting minimal laps in on Friday and starting from the rear of the grid on Saturday I couldn’t be any happier with the overall round result. The Sunday races provided some really close encounters that certainly tested me and I’m really excited to have been able to come out of it with some impressive results. I didn’t help myself at the start of any race with getting pushed back but I believe that area of my racing will improve by the time we get to the next round at Wakefield Park.

Brayden Carr (Fastway Couriers/CBM Kawasaki) – 2nd overall Formula Oz:
I’m very happy with the result from the weekend and looking forward to be heading back to Wakefield Park for the next round where I’ve had good success in the past. The Pirelli tyres worked awesome on the powerful Kawasaki ZX-10R over the three days and gave me great confidence to push even under continuously changing track conditions.

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