News 23 Aug 2017

Cube Racing carrying positive momentum into Morgan Park ASBK round

Cube Racing press release:

Cube Racing will enter Morgan Park’s fifth round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship with strong momentum across the board in multiple categories.

Following a positive two-day test at the Queensland circuit, Supersport front-runner Tom Toparis has his focus set on capturing valuable race wins after finishing second overall at Darwin’s fourth round.

“The test went well and we ended up being fast, but I don’t think that will really matter because it was so close between everyone,” said Toparis. “We just need to continue getting race wins, Darwin was good but we needed to get that second race win to gain points on Ted [Collins].”

Consistency will play a key role in the 17-year-old’s game plan as he aims to reduce the 46-point gap between himself and championship leader Collins.

“The plan this weekend is to stay consistent, gain points and then do the same two weeks later when we head to Sydney,” he explained. “Overall the bike is really good at the moment and we’ve got a good setup for this weekend so hopefully we’re a challenge for the race wins.”

Entering the Morgan Park round off the back of a clean sweep in Darwin, Supersport 300 contender Oli Bayliss feels confident ahead of round five as the current lap record holder in his category at his home circuit.

“I’m feeling really confident, it’s going to be good as it’s my home track,” Bayliss said. “I’ve currently got the lap record there, which is pretty good, so hopefully it’ll be a good weekend with good racing all round.”

Currently fifth overall in points, Bayliss looks forward to another successful weekend with the entire Cube Racing team outfit in Queensland.

“The team is great, everyone is really good to me and I’ll definitely be going for race wins again this weekend,” he added. “It’s going to be good racing all round.”

Cube Racing team manager Ben Henry expects strong results from both Toparis and Bayliss this weekend with achievable goals set for both racers.

“Both of the two young boys were really fast at the test and they both topped the time sheets, so that’s a good sign,” Henry commented. “Both of them are pretty excited for the race and I think we can do a good job.

“We’ve built a fresh bike for Tom, so we think he can possibly find a little bit more out of that and if we can come away with a really good points haul – we’re definitely not out of the championship there.

“We’re still really keen to try and get Oli across the line first, he has obviously been winning his class, but we’re working real hard on trying to get him across the line first and winning overall. I think if we just keep our head, we can do a good job all round.”

Supersport contender Aidan Hayes will continue to receive support from the Cube Racing outfit this weekend at Morgan Park. The recent addition to the program currently sits 15th overall in the championship rankings.

The Morgan Park Raceway round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship will run over three days from 25-27 August.

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