ASBK testing kicks off for Nitron Team

ASBK testing kicks off for Nitron Team
Posted on January 31, 2017
Archive : January 2017
Category : News

Wayne Hepburn:

"Arriving at Phillip Island Troy Guenther was greeted by Chris Dobie from Australian Motorcycle News magazine and awarded the 2016 RK Chains Samurai Award. This award recognizes the best rising talent and has been presented to some of the greatest Australian riders including multiple world champions, including Michael Doohan, Daryl Beattie,Troy Corser, Mat Mladin and Ant West to name a few. Knowing Troy the way I do now, I firmly believe he is the perfect recipient of this award. Congratulations to Troy.

Our first Official hit out for 2017 turned out pretty good, the attendance of all the best riders and teams in the country made for an exciting day. It started with the typical mixed bag of weather we have come to expect from Phillip Island. Conditions before lunch weren’t great for either wet or dry, so with nothing to gain we sat the morning out. Troy has only had the pleasure of riding the powerful BMW S1000RR for two ride days at Phillip Island and this was the first time he would be on track with the pressure to produce his best. After the first dry session out you could see nerves had caused Troy to ride tense; not allowing his bike or the Pirelli tyres to work as they should. I expected this would be the case and we spoke that these were normal feelings and that all was good. The second dry session was our last and you could see Troy was a lot more relaxed, in the first couple of laps Troy dropped a couple of seconds and smashing his Personal Best. This jumped Troy up the standings to be amongst veteran Superbike riders and leading the Rookie pack. We brought Troy into the pits to try a new rear Pirelli tyre, we needed to calm him down before we could send him back out. Troy's excitement was evident as it was for the whole team. The rest of the session Troy ran consistent laps close to his best, finishing the session within a couple of hundredths to his closest rivals. Even though the day was cut short we finished up with a lot of positive results and Troy continued to bond with his S1000RR, only making our future look bright.

Ted Collins competing in his second year of Supersport found the shortened day a bit tough, not getting the track time to try a lot of the changes they had scheduled. Ted has put so much pressure on himself that he actually hindered his progress. We have discussed this and he agreed that he fell way short of his potential. I hope everyone understands how much pressure these young guys put on themselves, they want to be the best they can. We have full faith that Ted will shake it off and be battling for podiums really soon.

I want to thank everyone involved, teams, riders, manufacturers, product suppliers and Motorcycling Australia for where we are taking our sport. It is going to be such a tough year and going to be extremely hard to get on the podium, but the satisfaction of improving in such a talented field is our driving force. We have the bikes, tyres, crew, product support and the right riders to achieve our aim, so we will be giving it our best shot.

The first round of Australian Superbike Championship is to be held in conjunction with the Round 1 of the World Superbikes from February 24-26"


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