News 6 Feb 2023

Boost Mobile out as McMartin Racing title sponsor

One-round partnership an alternative potential between the pair.

Image: Russell Colvin.

The highly-successful stint of Boost Mobile as a title sponsor of McMartin Racing Ducati has drawn to a close, with a potential one-round partnership to be explored as an alternative option between the parties.

Boost Mobile joined McMartin Racing as a title sponsor in 2020, which was ultimately an immensely successful tenure with Wayne Maxwell at the helm of the V4 R, winning back-to-back ASBK titles and finishing runner-up in the series last year.

For 2023, proven championship winner Josh Waters effectively takes the place of the now-retired Maxwell as the sole rider within the team, however, at the recent Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) was seen riding without any Boost branding on the livery.

“We were really lucky to have Boost onboard for those three years with Wayne [Maxwell], to win two championships and to get second in the third one is fantastic with those guys onboard,” team owner Craig McMartin said to CycleOnline.

“It’s just, you know, at the end of the day it’s business, and they were sort of fairly keen to continue, but we just realistically couldn’t come to an agreement with how the bike needed to look, for a dollar figure, for instance, going into the team how the bike needed to look with all of our other sponsors onboard.

“It was just one of those things, didn’t come to an agreement. Like I said, it is business, we need to try to keep everybody happy and we are moving on. We may do some, maybe a one-off round together, but we will just have to see what it is.”

McMartin Racing has shown no signs of slowing down, with Waters setting a blistering 1m29.570s to conclude the ASBK pre-season on top. Despite the partnership in the form of title sponsorship concluding with Boost, McMartin has outlined his gratitude to still have strong supporters that help the team.

“I’m really lucky that I have got basically a private supporter who doesn’t even have anything on the motorbike,” McMartin added. “We had a good chat with him about Boost and that kind of stuff, and he said he is happy to cover any shortfall that we would have with not having Boost. Another title sponsor would be nice, definitely, yes.

“K-Tech, they are a great company, great people and they are 100 percent supporting us this year. They were very kind to us the last few years and have supplied a transporter.

“The only thing that will change from last year to this year, they won’t be bringing the transporter to the track but they have upped their support in other areas with some more shocks and cartridges and a few other things. I am extremely happy to still have those guys onboard, they are great people.”