Excitement building for national supermoto champs
EXCITEMENT is building ahead of the 2013 Australian Supermoto Championships at the Whitsunday Raceway next weekend.
The massive program is spread over three action packed days, kicking off with an official practice day on Friday, September 6.
For plenty of riders this will be the first time on the new purpose-built track, giving an opportunity to plan, fine tune and set up their bikes.
Friday night will also feature a spectacular show by the 51-Fifty stunt team at the Reef Gateway Hotel, followed by a meet and greet in the Reef Room.
With the all important final practice session and qualifying on Saturday morning, the championships will be loaded with intense racing between international champions and national stars of the supermoto world.
The event culminates in the dash for cash on Sunday afternoon, where the fastest 24 competitors from the weekend take to the grid and see who has enough stamina left in the tank to rein supreme in the 10-lap final race.
Townsville’s Jarrod Koppe said he is feeling confident after taking out the Queensland titles, especially having to come back from fourth place after the first round at Stanthorpe.
“The bike is setup perfect thanks to all my father’s hard work and the team at Future Sport Motorcycles. I cannot fault the machinery I have at the moment,” he said.
British champion Lewis Cornish is also excited to race in Australia again, and said last time was a great experience.
“The people were all friend- ly and very helpful. I've also had the opportunity to race a factory Aprillia in the world championship and I raced in the Latvian championship for one round and won against some good competition.”
Whitsunday Moto Sports Club president Andrew Auld said he is over the moon with the amount of quality riders coming to one location.
“I’m looking forward to the 51-Fifty stunt team on show throughout the event, we have never had a show like this in the Whitsundays before,” he said.
For more information visit www.wmsc.org.au or search for Whitsunday Motosports Club on Facebook.
RARING TO GO: Bradley Samuelsen is one of many riders keen to show off their skills at the Australian Supermoto Championships from September 6-8.
READY TO RACE: Harry Maxwell will take on the country's best at the 2013 Australian Supermoto Championships at the Whitsunday Raceway next weekend.
HOMETOWN HEROES: Local motorbike riders Andy McLiesh and Steve Darmanin are keen to impress on their home track at the national championships next weekend.