Monday, September 11, 2017

Australian Superbikes Rnd6 SMSP

I rode out to Sydney Motorsport Park on Sunday to check out round 6 of the Australian Superbike championship. The action was superb even the little 300 class was action packed with the first 8 riders finishing within 1.2 sec of each other battling 5 abreast into turn 1. I might add those little 300's were doing 1.44's around the track. I haven't managed that time on my R1 there yet.

Here are some of the photos from Sunday's race day.

Bayliss taking a punter on a 2 lap experience of a life time, cough cough, or is it 4 minutes of sitting in your own excrement

Three times world superbike champion Troy Bayliss was there to give some will particpants a ride on the two seater ducati superbike. He was wheelstanding all the way out of pit lane. You couldn't pay me to get on that thing with him.

Troy Bayliss - pity the camera didn't focus

Bike carpark

Shawn Giles ASBK winning GSXR's

Shawn Giles - GSXR 2 seater ride
Both superbikes races were dominated by the new Suzuki GSXR1000RR piloted by Josh Waters, it pulled about a 5 second gap on the rest of the field.
Honda Garage

Brian Starings Honda Fireblade - 2nd in Race 2

Kawasaki Pit Garage and Lunch area

The Pirelli boys were busy fitting tyres the entire day, they didn't stop, just like a well oiled machine. Champs.

Supersport Race 1 Winners

Ted Collins took out the 2017 Supersport Championship

Supersport Race 1 start

Laura Brown

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Take it to the track son!

Driving home in horrendous Sydney traffic this afternoon, I had to take some back streets due the the huge volume of cars on the M4 and Great Western Highway. Typical Sydney punish, I came up to a T intersection when a very familiar looking red and white R1 zoomed past.

You guessed it, it was none other than Bushpig and he was on his way to Sydney Dragway with a mate of his to do some quarter mile action. I was late getting home and the wife was already taking the girls to swimming lessons so I thought 'what the heck' I'll head on out to check it out.

It's a pretty simple concept, you pay your entry fee, get scrutineer ed then line up, point your bike or car down the track and when the Christmas tree lights up or down so to speak, you then attempt to zoom along bloody fast. Well that's the general gist of things. The idea is to bring some friends and race your mates.

The cars were up first and there were some sleepers in amongst them. Plus there were some very special and heavily modified cars. Best I saw was an 8.5 sec run from the red car in the pic above, that's one bloody fast car. One car burst a hose and leaked coolant over the track which took about 20 minutes to clean up whilst they trailered the car away.

Up next were the bikes, first up with a R6 up against an MT09, then there were a couple of GSXR's and then the two R1's. Bushpig hit a false neutral on his first run. I only hang around for 2 runs of the bikes as it was blood cold out and I was only in a tee shirt straight from work. Well worth a look if you've never been before.