News 14 Sep 2023

Swain and Hamod gearing up for bLU cRU R3 Cup SuperFinale

Talented duo to compete at iconic Portimao circuit later this month.

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Two Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) YZF-R3 racers, Cameron Swain and Marcus Hamod, will contest the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Cup SuperFinale at Portimao in September.

In a joint venture with Yamaha Australia, Motorcycling Australia (MA) and Yamaha Europe, Marcus Hamod and Cameron Swain will contest the SuperFinale later this month.

Both riders have stood on the step this year in the ASBK Supersport 300 and R3 Cup classes, with Swain currently leading the R3 Cup and a close second in SSP300, while Hamod is presently third in that category. Both have earned the opportunity through their hard work, professionalism and results.

Swain has already contested a round of the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Cup in France last weekend and finished with two top 10 results, but believes there are better results ahead as he becomes more familiar with the racing in Europe.

“I’m very happy to run at the front of the pack in both races and improve my lap times,” said Swain. “The way of riding here is different to what I’m used to, and I didn’t make passes as quickly as I would like to make it to the podium, but I know I can run the pace up front, and I’m excited for the races to come.

“The whole team was amazing. They spent so much time with me trying to improve the bike and my riding as well as learning the track.”

Hamod jets out later in the month for the R3 Cup SuperFinale. The offer came to Yamaha Australia via Yamaha Europe and invited Yamaha Australia to select a rider they felt would best represent the brand, Australian racing as well as grow from the experience at an international event.

“I’m honoured to be selected to represent Yamaha Australia as well as MA at the R3 Cup Superfinale,” Hamod stated. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity and everyone behind me as I prepare for this trip.”

The 2023 Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European SuperFinale take place at Portimao, between 29 September – 1 October and alongside the Portuguese round of the Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).