News 19 Apr 2016

Alderson just too strong in the YMF Yamaha R3 Cup

Yamaha Motor Australia press release:

Round two of the YMF Yamaha R3 Cup saw young gun Callum Alderson taking the spoils at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend.

Alderson, who finished second at the opening round at Wakefield Park nailed pole position and three wins from three starts, which now sees him trailing championship leader and round one winner Zac Levy (Puma RV’S Motorsport Team/North Star Yamaha) by just three slender points.

While Alderson may have won all three races, the racing once again was red hot across all three races.

The closest finishing margin came in race two when Alderson and Hunter Ford (Ford Brothers Racing/Port Performance) went toe-to-toe throughout the six lap race. It was an all-out drag race between the pair with Alderson just hanging on for the victory by just .030sec, with Levy just .176secods behind them.

Alderson showed a clean set of heels in the third and final race, which was ran in wet conditions, putting on a master class display by storming to a 3.626sec victory over South Australian rider Ty Lynch aboard his Adelaide Motorcycle Recovery/Peter Stevens Motorcycle entered machine.

“I’ve had a pretty much perfect weekend,” beamed Alderson after the final race. “I can’t fault anything at all. The Pirelli tyres and GASD suspension worked perfectly. There is not much more to say apart from I had a perfect weekend. No one made it easy for me this weekend, but I managed to get it done and that is all that matters.”

Second to Alderson on 55-points was Zac Levy. Levy, who hails from the Gold Coast, scored a 2-3-4 result and while he may not have won the round and lost a few points to Alderson, he did ride with his head knowing it was more important to score points for the overall championship.

“I just played it consistent, as I know you don’t have to win every race to win the championship,” said Levy. “You simply just have to finish every race, so I’m pretty happy to come away with second and it’s been a good round for me.

Two points down on Levy was Lynch, scoring a 4-5-2 result, in what was his second ever race at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“It’s been a pretty productive weekend,” said Lynch. “I believe we came away with a lot of positives. In saying that we made a few bad decisions with setup, but we managed to recuperate and get things headed in the right direction.

Rounding out the top five was Ford and Western Australia’s Michael King.

In the Over 300 Production class, YRD’s supported rider Brandon Demmery kept his winning performance going, by snaring a 1-3-1 result, beating fellow YRD riders in Alderson and Jack Mahaffy.

YRD’s director John Redding said both the Yamaha R3 Cup class and the Over 300 Production class has proven to be some of the closest racing out of all the categories over the weekend.

“We are really excited about what has come out of the two classes thus far. We are really happy about the specification of the R3 Cup bike, because they have shown they are equally competitive as the 300 Production class bikes.”

Redding now believes that they just have to work harder on trying to get more people to come and see the bikes and the racing and then hopefully sign up and start racing in that class.

The next round of the YMF Yamaha R3 Cup will take place at Queensland’s Morgan Park on August 5-7.