News 23 Aug 2017

Allerton in for Morgan Park despite extensive test injuries

High-side almost sidelines three-time ASBK champion again.

Image: Keith Muir.

A late crash in this month’s Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) presented by Motul Pirelli test at Morgan Park very near sidelined Yamaha Racing Team’s Glenn Allerton from round five on the weekend.

The 36-year-old has revealed that a high-side in the final session of the two-day test saw him sustain significant injuries to his right shoulder and forearm, however he’s since been cleared of any fractures.

Still recovering from his major incident at Wakefield Park, which saw him break his left humerus and undergo surgery, Allerton’s injury-riddled season was almost over altogether following his test scare, but he will soldier on when practice commences this Friday. One minor benefit has been that his left arm continues to gain strength with each week that passes.

“It was the last session of the test,” Allerton told “Everybody was pushing hard for a fast lap-time – they seemed to gain a massive advantage out of the soft SC0 tyre. I was pushing a little bit harder than what I needed to and had a high-side coming out of turn two. I almost had it saved, but then it flicked me over the front of the bike and it ran me over.

“It’s done a lot of damage to my right shoulder and something managed to punch its way through that same forearm, which I had to have stitches in. Fortunately nothing was broken, so I’m feeling better and better every day – the bruising’s coming out and my body’s responded well to physio. Even during that period of time, my left arm has gotten significantly stronger as well.”

With his Yamaha contract up at the end of the season and with minimal runs on the board across the first four rounds due to injury, Allerton admits he won’t be at 100 percent in Queensland, but isn’t ruling out the chances of a positive showing – especially in the off chance of there being a wet race on Sunday.

“I’d say I’m at about 70 or 80 percent [fitness] at the moment,” he added. “I’ve been seated on the bike in my workshop and it doesn’t feel too bad. I just desperately want to be out there and I’m still craving that feeling of winning races. To be honest, I’m hoping for rain and I think I’d be right in there with a chance of winning.

“You have to stay relevant in the sport and for me to sit back and say that’s my year done, I don’t think anyone’s in a position to do that with how hard it is to get a ride that gives you an opportunity to win races. I feel like I need to be out there and you need to take every opportunity that you get – this year’s been a missed one for me.”

Allerton ended the official test at Morgan Park seventh on the overall time-sheets with a 1m13.710s set in session four, which was 0.505s from teammate and pace-setter Wayne Maxwell.