News 7 Sep 2017

Race wins the focus for Cube Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

Cube Racing press release:

Cube Racing’s Tom Toparis and Oli Bayliss will enter this weekend’s sixth round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship focused on capturing race wins at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Following a successful test at the Eastern Creek-based circuit last week, Supersport front-runner Toparis plans to refine his settings this weekend before racing gets underway on Sunday.

“The test went well, I hadn’t been there on my 600 since January so we had to learn the track and that took a bit of time,” said Toparis. “We’ll use the three sessions as a bit of a tune-up this weekend and we’ll put in some good times. I think it’ll be pretty competitive again and I’m sure it’ll be a good weekend. “

Now third in the standings and 76 points out of the series lead, the 17-year-old remains confident in his ability to capture race wins throughout the remaining rounds of the championship.

“The championship is a pretty big ask for us after the DNF at Morgan Park,” he explained this afternoon. “But we can still win races, that’s all we can really aim for and it’s what we need to do.”

Looking forward to the flowing Sydney Motorsport Park layout, Supersport 300 racer Bayliss plans to continue his strong form following an impressive Morgan Park showing which included a victory in race three.

“It’s a really good track and pretty fast – it’s really fun one the 300,” Bayliss said. “It’s going to be a really close race but I’m really excited, hopefully I can have a win or maybe a few of them.”

The young Queenslander praised the Cube Racing team as he continues to show vast improvement throughout the 2017 series. He’s currently fourth in the Up To 300 standings and sits within striking distance of a series podium.

“At the start of the year I was maybe around 10th or 11th each race,” he added. “But myself and the Cube Racing team, we’ve just moved upwards from there throughout the season, which is great.”

Confident in the raw talent of his racers, team owner/manager Ben Henry expects strong rides from both Toparis and Bayliss this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“With Tom, now it’s pretty much just all about the race wins and we’ll see what we can come up with,” Henry said. “I think we can do a good job, he’s got plenty of talent that kid and I think we’ll be fine this weekend. Oli is the same, there’s so much potential for our riders at the moment and I’m really looking forward to the race this weekend.”

Supersport racer Aidan Hayes will continue on with Cube Racing support this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park as he moves up to 12th overall in the championship rankings with two rounds remaining.

The Sydney Motorsport Park round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship will run over three days from 8-10 September.

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