News 11 Feb 2019

Top five ASBK performances the target for Walters this season

Kawasaki-supported rider to pilot new ZX-10RR in 2019.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Matt Walters has set his target to consistently finish inside the top of the premier class in the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), which kicks off at Phillip Island on 21-24 February.

The Kawasaki Connection rider rounded out his 2018 assault strongly, finishing fifth overall at Phillip Island’s finale, granting him top privateer honours in the series.

“My plans for this year are pretty much the same as last year – I want to try and be the top privateer in the main game again,” Walters explained to CycleOnline.com.au. “I’m hoping to push forward as much as I can – the bike has obviously changed from last year, but it’s still very familiar.

“I’d love to be inside the top five every time I’m on the race track – I don’t think that’s unachievable for me. Out of our small outfit, we should be inside the top five every race. That’s what we aimed for last year, and we got there in the end.”

A notable absentee from last month’s official ASBK test at Phillip Island, Walters has been privately developing the ZX-10RR that he’ll pilot in 2019, being one of a selection of Kawasaki-backed riders who will campaign the all-new machine.

“We had a few key parts we had to test from Kawasaki, and we thought it would be safer to go to Eastern Creek because we had never tried them before – in case we had any dramas, we could come back to the workshop and fix them,” he continued.

“I would’ve loved to have done Phillip Island, but it was a little hard at the time. I’ll be on the new ZX-10RR – it’s quite a good bike and step forward from where we were before. Everything is really new to us, but it was good to be at Eastern Creek and sort out all the bugs.”

The ASBK opener will run in conjunction with round one of the FIM Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), where the three-race format will be introduced for the first time.

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