News 8 Aug 2022

'I just wanted to prove that I belong here' - Pearson

Queenslander fourth overall in DesmoSport Ducati debut.

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Superbike rookie Broc Pearson made the most of the lifeline provided by DesmoSport Ducati and secured an impressive P4 overall at Morgan Park in his first Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) round onboard the V4 R.

The Queensland talent missed round four of the championship at Hidden Valley and had limited dry track time to adapt to the Ducati with the two-day unofficial test in July being heavily rain-affected, as was much of Friday’s practice in Warwick.

Pearson did however impress in a private test at Morgan Park roughly a week and a half out from the race and shortly after was announced as a teammate to Bryan Staring for round five. It was an important opportunity for the number four to showcase his ability on a superbike as he was left in search of a seat after parting ways with the 727 Moto Team.

From seventh on the grid, Pearson charged his way through to fourth in the opening bout and managed to finish ahead of teammate Staring. In race two, the reigning Australian Supersport champion clawed his towards the leading quartet of Wayne Maxwell, Mike Jones, Troy Herfoss and Staring, ultimately finishing crossing the line in P4 once more, 5.2 seconds from the lead and less than a tenth from the podium.

“It came down to a tie for third overall, but Bryan [Staring] beat me in the last race so he takes third, but it’s been a mega day for me and the crew here at Desmo[Sport Ducati],” Pearson explained to CycleOnline.

“This Panigale V4 R has been an exception bike to ride, and today really I just wanted to prove that I belong here, and I think I have done a pretty good show of that and hopefully I stay here.”