Star­ing to ride for Kawasaki

Hills Gazette - - SPORT - Lau­ren Pi­lat

BRYAN Star­ing is the only West Aus­tralian to be cho­sen for the Kawasaki BC per­for­mance Rac­ing Team ahead of a na­tional cham­pi­onship se­ries next month.

The 29-year-old was se­lected for the brand’s team to com­pete in Fe­bru­ary at the 2018 Yamaha Mo­tor Fi­nance Aus­tralia Su­perbike Cham­pi­onship in Vic­to­ria.

He started rid­ing when he was four years old and said his pas­sion for the sport orig­i­nally came from his fa­ther, but soon grew be­cause of his love for com­pe­ti­tion.

His re­turn to do­mes­tic rac­ing comes af­ter he ended his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer in 2016 due to a bro­ken leg.

Star­ing said he has had about 15 sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures for bro­ken wrists, col­lar­bones, feet, hands and fin­gers.

“It’s not a hugely en­joy­able part of the sport,” he said.

“How­ever I’ve crashed the bikes hun­dreds of times in my ca­reer and al­though I grant you that the sport is dan­ger­ous, I think it’s mostly a cal­cu­lated risk.”

On the in­ter­na­tional stage, Star­ing came close to win­ning the World Su­per­stock 1000 in 2012, gained ex­pe­ri­ence rac­ing in the world’s most elite mo­tor­cy­cling cat­e­gory of Mo­toGP in 2013 and com­peted in the World Su­perbike in 2014.

He has also made his mark on Aus­tralian mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing by claim­ing ti­tles such as the 2009 Aus­tralian Su­pers­port Cham­pion and the 2010 Aus­tralian Su­perbike Cham­pion.

Star­ing said it was “spe­cial” to rep­re­sent Kawasaki, es­pe­cially af­ter hav­ing suc­cess with their bikes in Europe.

Set to ride the Kawasaki Ninja ZX10RR in the cham­pi­onships, Star­ing said the bike was “slightly wild”.

“It has sharp ag­gres­sive power and well de­signed er­gonomics,” he said. “I think our bike is a stand­out.” The team will look to set the pace at Round 1 of ASBK at Phillip Is­land in sup­port of the first 2018 WSBK Cham­pi­onship round from Fe­bru­ary 22-25.

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d478226

Bryan Star­ing is the only West Aussie picked to ride for Kawasaki in the Aus­tralia Su­perbike Cham­pi­onships.

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