El­liott in su­per switch

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AF­TER only two years on tar­mac and with the 2015 Su­pers­ports ti­tle un­der his belt, Bray­den El­liott will con­tinue his me­te­oric path with a tilt at Su­per­bikes.

Stick­ing with Suzuki ma­chin­ery, he is ready­ing for the elite road rac­ing cat­e­gory this year.

Hail­ing from Tu­mut, El­liott made the tran­si­tion from dirt track to Su­per­sport in 2014.

Mov­ing to the top level means start­ing track test­ing on a GSXR1000 as early as next week.

He will be backed again by me­chanic Phil Tain­ton and coach Shawn Giles. The trio had started plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing the cam­paign for the pre­mium class last year.

“Last year was a very suc­cess­ful one for my­self, which I def­i­nitely owe to the peo­ple around me that made it pos­si­ble,” he says.

“My part­ner­ship with Phil and Shawn through­out 2016 is some­thing I see as a great ad­van­tage that will be a huge ben­e­fit in mak­ing the tran­si­tion into the Su­per­bike class.

“Our team worked to­gether as a fam­ily through­out 2015 to­wards the same goal. I couldn’t be hap­pier with the peo­ple sup­port­ing me.

“I like to set a goal, give it ev­ery­thing to achieve that goal and con­tinue to move onto the next chal­lenge. Be­ing only my third year on a road bike, things have cer­tainly hap­pened fast.”

El­liott clinched the Su­pers­ports cham­pi­onship as pole rider in round five at Phillip Is­land, com­fort­ably out­point­ing Kane Burns and Ai­den Coote.

Up­grad­ing to the Gixxer in­spired El­liott to bench­mark many of the cur­rent fac­tory rid­ers but he an­tic­i­pates a year of learn­ing and pro­gres­sion among the best in the coun­try.

“The Su­per­bike class def­i­nitely has some ex­tremely ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers to con­tend with be­ing the high­est level of road rac­ing in Aus­tralia.

“Watch­ing th­ese rid­ers in the

Su­perrss­porrtt ccha­amp Br­raay­den El­l­l­li­iotttt aand tteaam:: Nextt gr­riid,, Su­per­rbi­ikess past and try­ing to learn from them has been great and I’m sure be­ing out on track rac­ing against them will be an­other huge learn­ing curve. “This will be my third...

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