Confidence high after top five result in season opener.
Josh McHenry Racing press release:
Victorian Josh McHenry will make his debut at Western Australia’s Barbagallo Raceway this weekend as part of round three of the Australian Superbike Championship with McHenry having finished fifth overall at the first event for the Production class at Morgan Park in Queensland aboard his Tricomms National/Peter Stevens Motorcycles Geelong Kawasaki Ninja 300.
This weekend’s event will mark Josh’s first in the west and following his pre-event preparation in learning the layout and features of the circuit, McHenry admits it will be a new challenge with its flowing corners, heavy braking areas and the track’s notorious large crest approaching the final turn.
“I’m so excited to be racing this weekend at Barbagallo in Perth. It will be the first time I have competed there and it certainly looks like it will it is an exciting and challenging layout. I’ll be looking to make the most of Friday’s three practice sessions to learn the circuit to ensure we are on the pace for qualifying and the races,” McHenry said.
With the Production category featuring a large fleet of local West Australian riders, Josh admits he will require the upmost focus during practice to ensure he is prepared to deliver a string of quick times in qualifying and be high up the order for the weekend’s three races.
“The competition will be tough with a lot of fast locals racing at their home track, however I believe with the developments we have made not only with the Tricomms National/Peter Stevens Motorcycles Geelong Kawasaki Ninja 300, but also my own physical and mental preparation will all help us to be at the pointy end of the field,” McHenry added.
After finishing as high as third at Morgan Park and claiming fifth overall for the round, Josh is preparing to make a charge up the order this weekend, with just two rounds remaining after Barbagallo, series points remain critical for the Melbourne based teenager.
“I am genuinely hoping to achieve a good bank of results that will help me move up the order in the Championship points at a critical point in the series. My sponsors and family have put in a lot of hard work and effort to get us to this stage so far so I am looking to reward them and return with some silverware this weekend,” McHenry concluded.
Josh will have three practice sessions on Friday, two qualifying sessions and one race on Saturday with two races to conclude the weekend on Sunday.