Interviews 10 Mar 2015

Fast Thoughts: Matt Walters

Kawasaki-mounted ASC racer on a variety of topics.

Multiple national champion Matt Walters will enter season 2015 with momentum on his side after taking up a guest ride with Pedercini Kawasaki at Phillip Island’s WorldSBK opener, hoping to regain the Australasian Superbike Championship title. CycleOnline.com.au spoke to the Kurri Kurri talent to get his take on a variety of topics.

Image: Andrew Gosling (tbgsport).

Image: Andrew Gosling (tbgsport).

Racing WorldSBK…

I really enjoyed the experience and it’s definitely an eye-opener as a young guy going into that series. There’s a lot to learn really fast and I picked up a lot that I can actually use during the Aussie series, so it was a good experience for us – I really enjoyed it.

The ASC opening round…

This yera’s championship is going to be super-competitive and I think for us, I’ve always had good results at Eastern Creek bar the end of last year. I can’t quite pin-point what went wrong last year, but I’m hoping to start the year on a high and we’ll see how we go. There’s going to be a lot of guys within a second and I reckon at least six or seven guys who can win races at any time.

Kawasaki’s current ZX-10R…

I think my bike’s more than capable of winning. It’s got all the right stuff on it – good suspension and plenty of power – and they’ve come up with a really good package for me. It’s definitely a race-winning bike, if not the championship.

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.

The FX300 Ninja Cup…

It’s a great class for people to get into the sport of road racing, because it’s not at a high expense and the racing’s good. It caters from everybody, young guys to older guys that just want to race with their mates… I wish they had it when I started! It’s only going to get bigger and better.

MotoGP predictions…

I reckon Lorenzo is going to rebound and have a good go at Marquez this year, so we’ll see where it all ends up.

2015 target…

If I could get a top three finish, that would be good. I’d obviously like to win it, but coming from such a hard year last year, if we can win some races and finish in the top three that’d be an awesome result.

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