Ex­cite­ment build­ing for national su­per­moto champs

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

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.

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