Price lands race team con­tract

Wanneroo Times - - Sport - Tyler Brown

VERY few op­por­tu­ni­ties are given to mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ers in Aus­tralia who wish to com­pete over­seas, ac­cord­ing to coach Mark Gill.

“Many feel the dis­tance is too far to even con­sider racing in Europe and the level of com­pe­ti­tion too high for our lo­cal Aussie rid­ers,” he said.

But not Tap­ping’s Matt Price. When Gill, from Lead­ing Edge Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport, men­tioned there was an open­ing to test for an Ital­ian su­per­bike team, all Price wanted to know was where and when.

With the test sched­uled last Oc­to­ber, Price flew with his team to the Mugello Grand Prix cir­cuit in Italy.

There he spent two days com­ing to grips with the KRT’s (King Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX10R su­per­bike.

Price said it was a new ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with a team of me­chan­ics, data ac­qui­si­tion en­gi­neer and team owner.

“In­tim­i­dat­ing doesn’t come close to de­scrib­ing it,” he said.

But he soon proved his worth. Of the 200 rid­ers tak­ing part in the tun­ing day, Price’s lap times put him sec­ond fastest over­all.

“It was not an easy task, par­tic­u­larly for a rider that had not seen the track be­fore ex­cept on his PlayS­ta­tion back home. But Matt’s abil­ity was never in ques­tion,” Gill said.

“I have worked with him for the past 12 months and would not have rec­om­mended the test if I thought he was not ca­pa­ble, but even I wasn’t ex­pect­ing that re­sult.”

Af­ter the suc­cess­ful week­end, Price was of­fered the con­tract and is now rid­ing for KRT, com­pet­ing in the 2017 Ital­ian Na­tional Tro­phy Cham­pi­onship that will take him to Mugello, Misano, Val­lelunga and Imola.

Rounds one and two will be at Imola on April 22 and 23.

Matt Price dur­ing the test at the Mugello Grand Prix cir­cuit.

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