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Media Release

For Immediate Release – Monday 29th June 2015

"Elliott opens up 22 point Supersport Championship lead in Sydney"

Brayden Elliott has continued his early season form in the Supersport class as part of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship with the Tumut rider taking second in both the AFX-SBK and Swann Series, opening up his lead in the latter to 22 points with four rounds remaining and a trip to Queensland Raceway in just over a month’s time.

Friday’s three practice sessions saw Brayden set the third fastest time on merged classifications with a 1:35.299, just 0.1 seconds away from the quickest lap. Qualifying displayed an overall improvement in lap times by 0.8 seconds, with Elliott achieving a 1:34.569, placing him third for Saturday’s first AFX-SBK series race. A third place finish backed up by two second’s in Saturday’s three races handed Brayden second for the round and third overall for the series on points, with his lap times from the races placing him in second on the grid for Sunday’s events.

Entering the event, holding a slender lead in the points for the Swann Series in Supersport, Elliott identified the critical need to create some breathing space between him and his closest competition in the points. Two second place finishes in the day’s first two races, backed up by third in race three handed him second for the round, increasing his lead in the Championship to 22 points.

Brayden Elliott:

"I’m very pleased with my efforts at round three of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship. To walk away from the round with an extended overall Championship lead and podium finishes in all six races was a great result for us for the weekend."

"The Hankook Tyres Suzuki GSX-R 600 was once again performing very well and I can’t thank the team enough for their efforts as we all worked together improving bike setup throughout the weekend. I felt like the handling of the bike was great and had amazing feeling from Dunlop tyres, I would like to work on trying to increase my speed down the straight before we return to Sydney Motorsport Park later in the year."

"The racing was extremely tough with some of the closest battles I had experienced all year, thankfully my consistency in all races paid off to put me second overall which helped to increase our lead and puts us in a good position heading into the next round at Queensland Raceway in August."

Brayden’s next event is round four of the 2015 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship which takes place at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, Queensland from August 14-16.


Elliott extends Australian Supersport lead with Barbagallo sweep

In-form Suzuki racer takes pole and two race wins in Western Australia.

Brayden Elliott Racing press release:

Brayden Elliott has extended his lead in the Australian Supersport Championship at the latest round of the Australian Superbike Championship at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway, with pole position and a clean sweep of race wins helping Brayden to open up a 19 point gap to his nearest competitor.

On combined times from Friday’s three practice sessions, Brayden secured the fastest lap with a 58.277, just 0.1 seconds ahead of second, reflecting the closeness in the field around the short Barbagallo track. A subsequent improvement in lap times during qualifying saw Brayden take provisional pole in the first session with a 58.235 which proved to be enough to secure the Tumut rider the number one placing for race one.

The second qualifying session saw Elliott record a 58.353. After securing pole position, Brayden continued his trend of successful results, taking the win in race one by 3.6 seconds. With the win filling the 20 year old with a wealth of confidence, Elliott went on take the win in the second and final race by 1.6 seconds, subsequently handing him the round win and helping to extend his lead in the series.

Brayden Elliott: “On the back of our successful performance at Morgan Park where I managed to claim the Championship lead, we held plenty of confidence in the lead up to Barbagallo. With it being my first time at the track and many of my opposition riders having ridden plenty of laps around the circuit, I knew I had to make the most of our practice sessions to develop a fast setup.”

“We made good progress early on, recording the quickest time across the three practice sessions and transferred that into pole position in qualifying which set us up perfectly for the two races on Sunday. To come away with the win in both races and extend our Championship lead was a great achievement for the whole time for our first ever trip to the west.”

“I firstly can’t thank my parents enough for their constant hard work and efforts in making it possible for me to compete, in particular for them to drive all the way across the country. The support and advice of Phil Tainton and Shawn Giles has been incredible and to all my sponsors, without you, the Hankook Tyres Suzuki GSX-R600 wouldn’t be on track.”

Brayden’s next event is round three of the 2015 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship which takes place at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, NSW from 26-28 June.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Media Release
For Immediate Release – Monday 18th May 2015
“Elliott retains Supersport Championship lead with podium result at Mallala”

Brayden Elliott has retained his Championship lead in the Supersport category following round two of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship at South Australia’s Mallala Motorsport Park with a pair of podium results in both the AFX-SBK races on Saturday and Swann Series on Sunday, continuing Brayden’s impressive start to the year. 

A late session dash by Brayden in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session saw him claim the second quickest time with a 1:09.327 on lap nine of eleven in the session, handing him a front row start for the first race of the weekend. The starting position for Elliott helped him go on to claim second, third and fourth in Saturday’s three races for the AFX-SBK Championship, subsequently taking second overall for the round and first in B-Grade. The results now also place Brayden in third for the outright Championship and first in B-Grade. 

Another front row start for Sunday’s three races as part of the Swann Series for Brayden saw him claim the win in the first nine lap event, in addition to claiming the fastest lap of the race with a 1:08.959. Leading race two up until the penultimate corner, a mistake by the Tumut rider that forced his Hankook Tyres Suzuki GSX-R 600 into neutral which saw him leave the track, re-entering and crossing the finish line in seventh. A solid result in the third and final race of the weekend placed Brayden in second, with another fastest lap of the race. The result handed Elliott third outright for the round and first in B-Grade, thus retaining the lead in the series both in the overall standings and in B-Grade. 

Brayden Elliott:
“It’s been another very successful weekend for myself and the Hankook Tyres Suzuki GSX-R 600. With it only being my second time that I had competed at Mallala, I was very happy to come away with the results that I achieved, in particular, to retain the series lead in the Australasian Supersport Championship. The racing was intense right across the weekend and certainly tested me to my limits at times.”

“We had a good qualifying result and it certainly allowed us to focus on areas where we could improve further for the weekend’s races. To come away with second for the round in Saturday’s Championship was a good result and it set us up well for Sunday’s racing which was to be a critical focus considering I held the lead in the series coming into the weekend.”

“Taking the win in the first race on Sunday was a great feeling, though it was disappointing to have suffered the issue in race two, going into false neutral which forced me to finish seventh after holding the race lead up to the final couple of corners. Fighting back to take second in race three and another fastest lap of the race was a strong result for us. To continue to lead the Championship is an outstanding achievement and I’m really looking forward to the coming rounds and to be heading back to Sydney Motorsport Park for the next event which is a track I am beginning to gain a lot of experience on.”

Brayden’s next event is round three of the 2015 Australian Superbike Championship which takes place at Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia from 22-24 May. 



Brayden Elliott has continued his impressive launch into the 2015 racing season.

Brayden Elliott press release:

Image: Andrew Gosling (tbgsport).

Image: Andrew Gosling (tbgsport).

Brayden Elliott has continued his impressive launch into the 2015 racing season by taking a clean sweep of wins in the Supersport category at round two of the 2015 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Warwick’s Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland.

Elliott also took a convincing pole position, setting up an impressive run of form on the back of his Australasian Supersport Championship round win at Sydney Motorsport Park just two weeks ago.

As he continued his expanded season of racing at the second round of the ASBK at Morgan Park, Brayden managed the third fastest time from the combined three practice sessions on Friday. Working intently with his team ahead of Saturday’s two 30 minute qualifying sessions, Elliott managed to secure the fastest time for Supersport in the first session with a 1:17.351 on the third of just three laps. The time would remain the fastest after qualifying two with Brayden placing second in the final hit out ahead of Sunday’s races.

After setting the fastest time in the morning’s warm up session on Sunday, Brayden rode out to a 1.7 second lead in the first nine laps of race one, also achieving his fastest lap of the weekend to date with a 1:16.953 before a red flag stoppage with it to be conducted in two parts. Four further laps were completed with Elliott expanding his lead to three seconds by the completion of the race, taking the race win.

Starting again from pole position in the second and final race of the weekend, Brayden engaged in a close battle with Queenslander Troy Guenther for the lead of the race before going on to take the race and round win and the fastest lap of the race with a 1:17.133. The weekend’s results have helped to see the Tumut rider rise to the top of the Championship standings by two points.

Brayden Elliott: “We began our weekend with some good pace in practice. I had definitely benefited from our pre-event testing at Morgan Park as it was a circuit I had not competed on prior to that test. Our qualifying session was a standout, setting the quickest time and being able to maintain it through to qualifying two which was a real confidence boost as it became my first ever outright pole position in road racing.

“I was feeling very confident going into race one after our successes on Saturday and I opened up a comfortable lead before the red flag stoppage. Luckily we were able to maintain our gap and pull away further in the restart to take a convincing win. The battle with Troy (Guenther) in race two certainly provided a challenge but I was very happy to be able to take the win not only in the race but also for the round.

“To be now leading the Australian Supersport Championship is a huge thing for not only myself but my family and all of my sponsors and supporters. I have to extend a special thank you to Phil Tainton and Shawn Giles, their support has been incredible, it’s been a lot of hard work and effort to get us to this stage but we are certainly heading in the right direction and I can’t wait to hit the track again at Mallala in May for the next round of the Australasian Superbike Championship.”

Brayden’s next event is round two of the 2015 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship which takes place at Mallala Motorsport Park, South Australia from 15-17 May.

 

For Immediate Release - Monday, 30 March 2015

Testing Day For Team Motul Suzuki At MX Nationals Opener


The opening round of the 2015 MX Nationals held at Horsham, Victoria on Sunday the 29th of March proved to be a testing day for both of the Team Motul Suzuki riders.

On a tough and technical circuit both riders showed tremendous pace with Matt Moss able to challenge for the race lead during moto two, while Kale Makeham consistently set lap times well inside the top ten throughout both motos.

Unfortunately crashes in each of the two 30 minute MX1 motos for both riders left the team looking towards a more positive outcome heading into round two.

For  Moss the opening round of 2015 proved to be a painful day, as the two times reigning MX1 champion battled to salvage vital championship points after leaving the Horsham bruised and battered in 13th place overall with two 14th place moto finishes.

“It was a tough day! I was feeling good going into the opening race but I had a big crash in turn two that really hurt my shoulder and done some damage to my neck.” Moss explained. “I got up and tried to charge but I was in a lot of pain but ended up salvaging some points.

“I was not sure if I was going to be able to line up for race two. I managed to get to the line and was able to catch the lead guys and was challenging for first until another crash all but ended my day.

“It is only round one and there is a long way to go. We head home to Appin for round two in a couple of weeks time and we will look to get back out front.”

Makeham in his rookie season in the MX1 class leaves Horsham with plenty of positives to build on.

While the Victorian's  11-11 results for 11th overall were not quite what he was chasing, posting consistent lap times inside the top ten and the 8th fastest lap time in the opening moto, Makeham is confident that he will move deep inside the top ten as the series continues.

"The final result today was not that great, I don't think is represents the overall performance," Makeham commented.

"The first race I was happy with, I got a good start and rode to my potential and my fitness was good, my speed was good, I just put it down on lap two and had to charge from the back of the pack."

"Race two I made some bad choices and it showed on track. A crash in the second race cost me a top ten result as I finished in 11th."

"I actually learned a lot in that second moto, it was not like or crashed out or DNF'd and though it was not the result I was chasing there were some valuable lessons I will take heading into Appin and going forward.

Team Manager Jay Foreman knows it is a long season and is confident the team will re-set and get their championship aspirations on track in two weeks time at Appin.

"Matt crashed in the second corner and it left left him pretty banged up and all he could do was salvage as many points as he could." Foreman explained.

"Kale showed good speed today, but he crashed in both motos and you are never going to have the perfect day doing that."

"The chase starts from here, we will move on to Appin and there is only one way we can go and that is up." Foreman added.

Team Motul Suzuki will next be in action when round two of the MX Nationals heads to Appin, NSW on the 12th of April.

For further information on Team Motul Suzuki visit www.suzukimotorcycles.com.au. Like Suzuki Motorcycles Australia on Facebook; Also follow @suzukiaustralia and @suzuki_mx_aus on Instagram.

 

 
 

 

Right: Matt Moss #1  in action at Horsahm
Left: Kale Makeham #96 on his way to 11th overall at Round 1
Image Credits:  Sport the library / Jeff Crow
 

 

 

 

4-6 October 2013

                                     Team Suzuki’s Maxwell clinches 2013 Australian Superbike Championship

 

Team Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell wrapped up the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island in Victoria on Sunday, 6 October, making it back-to-back ASBK titles for Suzuki and the GSX-R1000.

Maxwell claimed Superpole on Saturday with a new national best lap time of 1m32.274 of the scenic 4.445-kilometre circuit, before clinching the title in Sunday’s opening 12-lap affair with a 0.014s victory.

Later on in the afternoon Maxwell, competing with the brand new number one plate, claimed a fighting third position in mixed conditions to seal the runner-up overall for the round.

“I didn’t start the season strong, but certainly gained momentum mid-season and it’s a credit to all of Team Suzuki,” Maxwell reflected. “It was awesome to do the fastest-ever Australian Superbike lap around here in qualifying and then to clinch the championship with victory in race one was a dream result.

“It’s been a special first year with Suzuki and I’ve fit in really, really well. I have to say a massive thanks to the whole team; Phil, Lynne, Warren, Hayden and Graham, plus Robbie, who has been a great teammate. Also thank you to all of our associated sponsors – the championship has been a real team effort.”

Team Volvo Group Suzuki’s Robbie Bugden was also in top form at Phillip Island, qualifying third and rounding out the top three in a thrilling first race. Second in race two cemented the five-time New Zealand Superbike Champion third overall for the round and championship.

“It was a bit of a tough round, but we had a cracker race in that first race,” Bugden said. “That second race was a bit of a gamble, it was in terrible conditions. Overall in 2013 it’s been a great year. For Team Suzuki, we have been the only two riders who have been on the podium at every round, so it’s a credit to the team at Suzuki.

“I was a bit disappointed we couldn’t get a 1-2 for the team, but we’re happy enough. I just want to say a big thank you to Hayden who is in my corner and the whole Team Suzuki.”

Both Maxwell and Bugden featured on the podium at all seven rounds during the 2013 ASBK season, resulting in one of team manager Phil Tainton’s most successful years on record at Team Suzuki.

“It’s one of our best seasons ever, if not the best,” Tainton said. “We had the guys on the podium at every round, they shared wins and worked really well together throughout the season as great teammates.

“Wayne adapted to the GSX-R1000 and rode it exceptionally well, while Robbie rode the best I’ve seen him ride in his whole career. The team around me has made the operation run like clockwork and as Wayne said, it’s a real team effort.”

Team Suzuki will now turn its attention to the 2013 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix support races to be held at Phillip Island in Victoria on 18-20 October.

 2013 QBE Australian Superbike Championship
Round seven – Phillip Island, VIC

Superbike round results:
1. Glenn Allerton 45
2. Wayne Maxwell (Team Suzuki) 44
3. Robbie Bugden (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 38
4. Jamie Stauffer 33
5. Josh Hook 31
6. Ben Henry (Cube Racing Suzuki) 30
7. Beau Beaton (Racers Edge Performance Suzuki) 28
8. Ben Burke 25
9. Glenn Scott 24
10. Phil Lovett 23

 Superbike championship standings (after seven of seven rounds):
1. Wayne Maxwell (Team Suzuki) 268
2. Glenn Allerton 234
3. Robbie Bugden (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 231
4. Jamie Stauffer 213
5. Josh Hook 198
6. Glenn Scott 156
7. Beau Beaton (Racers Edge Performance Suzuki) 155
8. Linden Magee 141
9. Phil Lovett 126
10. Ben Henry (Cube Racing Suzuki) 119

 

 

 

 

 

16 September

2013

 RACE REPORT

 Maxwell and Bugden seal Hidden Valley podiums for Team Suzuki

 

Team Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell and Robbie Bugden sit 1-2 in the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship with just one round remaining, following the penultimate weekend of competition at Hidden Valley Raceway in the Northern Territory on 13-15 September.

 Maxwell was fastest in regular qualifying and stormed to Superpole on Saturday afternoon with a blistering new circuit best lap of 1:06.997s aboard the GSX-R1000, while Bugden slotted his GSX-R1000 into second.

 Come Sunday Maxwell eased his way to a 1.697-second victory in the first 17-lap race of the weekend, while Bugden recovered from an early off-track excursion to finish a fighting fourth. The result marked Maxwell’s fifth consecutive race win.

 Race two was topped by Maxwell on track, however a 10-second jump start penalty demoted him to third behind eventual round winner Jamie Stauffer and Bugden, who led the race in its mid-stages.

 It was another pivotal weekend for Maxwell in his quest for a maiden Australian Superbike Championship, stretching out a 31-point advantage over Bugden with just two races remaining in the season.

 “The conditions were very difficult and I’d never won here at Hidden Valley, so that was the main focus,” Maxwell explained. “I didn’t want to take any big risks in terms of the championship though, so the plan was to play it smart and continue the season that we’ve had to date.

 “To win five races in a row is my best ever, I’m very happy to do that with Suzuki and it was a very special weekend for me. My approach won’t change for Phillip Island’s final round. It is my home race and of course the main goal is the championship, but it’d be nice to finish the season on top as well.”

 Bugden was content with third overall on his Team Volvo Group Suzuki, boosting him to second in the series behind Maxwell following another consistent weekend.

“It was an up and down weekend,” Bugden explained. “I made a mistake on Friday in practice, crashed out and missed that whole session, so we were on the backfoot after that. We had two pretty strong races though, even if I did run off in the first race.

“The showing was better in the second race and I was able to lead for a few laps, but unfortunately we didn’t quite have the speed of Wayne this weekend. Still, we’re second in the championship now and the aim is to firm up a Suzuki 1-2 for the season.”

 The seventh and final round of the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship will be contested at the picturesque Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria on 5-6 October.

 

2013 Australian Superbike Championship
Round
Six – Hidden Valley Raceway, NT

 

Superbike Overall Round Results:
1. Jamie STAUFFER 45

2. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki) 44

3. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 37

4. Josh HOOK 34

5. Glenn ALLERTON 33

6. Linden MAGEE 30

7. Beau BEATON (Racers Edge Performance Suzuki) 28

8. Phil LOVETT 24

9. Ben HENRY (Cube Racing Suzuki) 24

10. Cameron BOWMAN 20

 

Superbike championship standings (after six of seven rounds):
1. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki) 224

2. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 193

3. Glenn ALLERTON 189

4. Jamie STAUFFER 180

5. Josh HOOK 167

6. Glenn SCOTT 132

7. Linden MAGEE 129

8. Beau BEATON (Racers Edge Performance Suzuki) 127

2 September 2013

 

RACE REPORT    

 

Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Moss clinches 2013 MX Nationals championship

 

Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Matt Moss clinched the 2013 MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, at Coolum’s season finale on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on Sunday, 1 September.

 Moss, 25, added the premier MX1 title to his 2009 and 2011 MX2 championships, in what was his return to Australia with Motul Pirelli Suzuki after spending a season in the United States last year.

 Today at Coolum Moss qualified second and won the opening 30-minute moto of the weekend in convincing fashion, before a calculated ninth in moto two sealed Motul Pirelli Suzuki and the RM-Z450’s first MX1 title since 2005 when Daryl Hurley achieved the feat.

 “I feel really good,” Moss beamed after finishing third overall for the weekend. “I’d just like to thank Motul Pirelli Suzuki, Jay Foreman and the Foreman family. It’s such a loving family and we get on so good.

 “I’m a happy guy at the moment, we’ve had such a great year. It was a little bit out of reach at the start, but Jay Foreman turned me around and said, ‘you can win this’, and we’ve done exactly that.”

 Teammate Cody Cooper was fourth overall at Coolum via a consistent 5-3 scorecard on the second of the Motul Pirelli Suzuki RM-Z450s, finishing in that same position overall for the 2013 season.

“It’s been an up and down season, but an enjoyable one all the same,” current Kiwi champion Cooper commented. “I really have to thank Motul Pirelli Suzuki for their efforts all year long, as well as congratulate Matt on winning the championship.”

 Combined, Motul Pirelli Suzuki won five of the 10 rounds contested; Moss taking victory at Broadford, Appin, Swan Hill and Toowoomba, while Cooper claimed the Conondale overall.

 Team manager Jay Foreman said the championship came as a result of the team’s hard work, combined with Moss’ determination to succeed in the sport. After finishing a close runner-up in 2012, victory this year was ultra special for the entire team.

 “We had an awesome day, as the whole year has been,” Foreman explained. “We had to work our way into it with Matt entering the season under an injury cloud, plus he didn’t have a lot of racing last year.

 “He’s built momentum every week and improved so much. It just shows the maturity Matt has gained in his racing today and it’s a great result for the entire team.

 “Cody was also very consistent for us today and we congratulate both of the guys on the efforts put forward all season long. It’s been an exceptional year for everybody involved.”

 Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki will now turn its attention to the Australian Supercross Championship, which commences at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway alongside the Australian Superbike Championship weekend on 14-15 September.

 

2013 MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship
Round 10 – Coolum, Queensland

MX1 overall results:
1. Todd Waters 70
2. Billy Mackenzie 67
3. Matt Moss (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 61
4. Cody Cooper (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 57

5. Kirk Gibbs 53
6. Gareth Swanepoel 53
7. Adam Monea 51
8. Jake Moss (Campbell Mining Suzuki) 48
9. Jay Marmont 45
10. Sam Martin (DPH Motorsport) 41

 

MX1 championship standings (after 10 of 10 rounds):
1. Matt Moss (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 643
2. Todd Waters 627
3. Billy Mackenzie 583
4. Cody Cooper (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 535
5. Kirk Gibbs 528
6. Jake Moss (Campbell Mining Suzuki) 492
7. Jay Marmont 428
8. Adam Monea 427
9. Lawson Bopping 407
10. Sam Martin (DPH Motorsport) 335

 

 

 

  

 

5 August 2013

RACE REPORT

Team Suzuki takes charge with ASBK sweep in Sydney return

 Team Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell is the new Australian Superbike Championship leader following Sydney Motorsport Park’s fourth and fifth round of the 2013 season, where he claimed a superb clean-sweep of the event.

 The 30-year-old won all four 12-lap premier class Superbike races in fine fashion, now taking a 24-point lead in the championship following five of seven rounds.

 It was a convincing weekend for Maxwell and the GSX-R1000, working their way to the front of the field in each outing while Team Volvo Group Suzuki teammate Robbie Bugden made it a special 1-2 result during both rounds for the team.

 “What a weekend it was for Team Suzuki,” Maxwell said. “The Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000 worked awesome in all four races, so to come away with four out of four shows how well the team and the bike are working.

 “We came in 14 points behind and leave this weekend with a 24-point lead in the championship, so it really is a dream come true. Obviously there’s a long way to go, so we’ll keep working hard and see what we can do in Darwin. The Dunlop tyres worked great all weekend, so I can’t thank everybody enough.”

 Bugden finished second in both races on Saturday after spending his fair share at the front of the field – round four’s second race providing some of the weekend’s best action as the Suzuki duo duked it out in the final stages.

 Sunday saw Bugden start from the Superpole position on the grid and he again led during both races. The five-time New Zealand champion was second in race one, before a hard-fought fifth in the second sealed him his second runner-up overall for the weekend.

 Bugden also claimed a new circuit record of 1m29.842s during Friday’s Superpole session, joined in the 29s by teammate Maxwell. Bugden also clinched a new race lap record of 1m30.445 in race one on Saturday afternoon.

 “It was an absolute cracker weekend for Team Suzuki,” Bugden said. “We finished 1-2 in both rounds, won every race, had pole position for round five, plus we got a new lap and circuit record. Weekends just don’t get any better than that.

 “As a team we worked really well, my GSX-R1000 was great and the Dunlop tyres were clearly performing. As for myself, obviously Wayne has a gap in the championship now, so we need to do something about that and do it quickly. We’ll head to Darwin now, a really good track for me, so I’ll be going there with the target of winning two races.”

 Team Suzuki manager Phil Tainton was proud of Maxwell and Bugden’s efforts throughout the weekend, which was a pivotal performance in terms of the championship for the defending champion squad.

“It couldn’t have been much better,” Tainton said. “Wayne has been unbeatable, Robbie has been riding so well as well. We’re now first and tied for second in the championship, so it was a really important weekend to be successful with the double-header format. It was just fantastic.”

 The Australian Superbike Championship will resume at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, NT, on 12-15 September.

 2013 Australian Superbike Championship

Rounds Four and Five – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW

 Round Four Overall Results:

1. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki) 50

2. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 40

3. Jamie STAUFFER 35

4. Josh HOOK 32

5. Glenn SCOTT 32

6. Linden MAGEE 29

7. Chas HERN 27

8. Glenn ALLERTON 27

9. Beau BEATON 24

10. Sloan FROST 24

 

Round Four Overall Results:

1. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki) 50

2. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 37

3. Glenn ALLERTON 35

4. Josh HOOK 34

5. Jamie STAUFFER 34

6. Glenn SCOTT 33

7. Linden MAGEE 28

8. Beau BEATON 26

9. Sloan FROST 24

10. Ben HENRY 21

 Championship Standings (after five of seven rounds):

1. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki) 180

2. Glenn ALLERTON 156

3. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 156

4. Jamie STAUFFER 135

5. Josh HOOK 133

6. Glenn SCOTT 119

7. Linden MAGEE 99

8. Beau BEATON 99

9. Phil LOVETT 79

10. Sloan FROST 71

Bugden Wins, Maxwell On Podium For Team Suzuki At Queensland Raceway

17/06/2013

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Bugden Wins, Maxwell On Podium For Team Suzuki At Queensland Raceway

Queensland favourite Robbie Bugden broke through for his first ever Australian Superbike Championship round win for Team Volvo Group Suzuki at Queensland Raceway on Sunday, 16 June.

The experienced 32-year-old from Brisbane claimed a convincing race two win aboard the Phil Tainton Racing-prepared GSX-R1000, sealing him the overall victory for the round. Bugden earlier finished a fighting third in race one.

Race one saw Team Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell race to second and Bugden third, before the second 17-lap race of the day was an enthralling affair with Bugden edging out teammate Maxwell by just 0.338s in a 1-2 result for the defending ASBK champion team.

Five-time New Zealand Superbike Champion Bugden claimed the overall victory from race one winner Glenn Allerton and Maxwell, now third in the standings after two point-scoring rounds and just one point behind Maxwell in second. Allerton has a 14-point advantage overall.

“It’s a massive day for me,” Bugden beamed. “We’ve been building momentum ever since we tested here and that was the foundation of today’s results. We made some really positive progress with the GSX-R1000, so it’s great to get my first ever Australian Superbike round win. It’s an emotional day to do it here in front of my family and friends – it’s a day I will have fond memories of for a long time to come!”

Maxwell was satisfied with his overall result at Queensland Raceway after a practice crash on Friday proved a minor setback. Team Suzuki worked hard to get him back on track and he was able to reward the crew with their second podium of the round as he raced to a pair of second places.

“I couldn’t be happier, coming away with what’s my worst track on the calendar to finish with 2-2 results is a great result,” Maxwell explained. “Full credit to Team Suzuki, the GSX-R1000 is working awesome and I’m really happy for Robbie to claim the round victory. We’ll move onto some tracks where I’m a bit stronger now and see what we can do for the rest of the season.”

Team manager Phil Tainton congratulated both Bugden and Maxwell, proud to see the pair continue to challenge for the championship with both speed and consistency in its early stages. Bugden’s race two win to clinch the round was particularly satisfying for Tainton after a longstanding relationship of eight years.

“To win overall and have both riders on the podium is an exceptional result for us this weekend,” Tainton commented. “We fought hard all weekend and the last race was just fantastic. It’s really given us enthusiasm for the upcoming rounds and the rest of the season – it really has been a great weekend for all of us here at Team Suzuki.”

The Australian Superbike Championship will resume at Sydney Motorsport Park in New South Wales on 1-4 August in the series’ first appearance at Eastern Creek since 2009.

2013 Australian Superbike Championship
Round three – Queensland Raceway

Superbike overall round results:
1. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 43

2. Glenn ALLERTON 43
3. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki) 40
4. Josh HOOK 35
5. Jamie STAUFFER 32
6. Chas HERN (CM Racing Team Suzuki) 29
7. Linden MAGEE 28
8. Glenn SCOTT 27
9. Sloan FROST 23
10. Beau BEATON (Racer’s Edge Performance Suzuki) 23

Superbike championship standings (after three of seven rounds):
1. Glenn ALLERTON 94
2. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki) 80
3. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 79

4. Josh HOOK 67
5. Jamie STAUFFER 66
6. Glenn SCOTT 54
7. Beau BEATON (Racer’s Edge Performance Suzuki) 49
8. Linden MAGEE 43
9. Phil LOVETT 38
10. Ben HENRY (Cube Racing Suzuki) 34

Photo credit:  Keith Muir

8 April 2013

RACE REPORT

Suzuki scores dual ASBK podiums at Symmons Plains

Team Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell finished a fine second overall during Symmons Plains’ opening point-scoring round of the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship, contested alongside the V8 Supercars in Tasmania on 5-7 April.

Maxwell continued his transition to the Phil Tainton Racing-prepared GSX-R1000 at the technical 2.41-kilometre circuit, qualifying second in the new-look Superpole session before maintaining that same position in both Saturday and Sunday’s 16-lap Superbike affairs.

Race one saw Maxwell in second on the opening lap before Team Volvo Group Suzuki’s Robbie Bugden squeezed past. The pair battled nose-to-tail throughout the entire race duration, however it was Maxwell who got the nod following a decisive move into the penultimate turn with two laps remaining.

Maxwell again trailed Bugden in the early stages of race two before taking control of the runner-up position, asserting himself second in the series, 11 points behind Symmons Plains winner Glenn Allerton. The weekend’s racing action was televised live on Seven alongside the V8 Supercar coverage.

After finishing second in the 2012 series behind former Team Suzuki rider Josh Waters and recently winning the WSBK Cup event at Phillip Island on debut with Suzuki, Maxwell is in a positive mood during the early stages of this season.

“It’s my best ever start to an ASBK campaign, so I couldn’t be more happy with the Team Suzuki GSX-R1000,” Maxwell commented. “It’s a great way to kick-off the year, a satisfying result considering it’s my first official championship race on the bike, and we are gelling together in a really positive way.


“We started off the weekend behind Glenn and although we improved, he did too, but it’s still early days and I’m confident we’re up for the challenge in 2013. Phil and Lynne Tainton, plus all of the guys in the team, are right behind me and I’m enjoying it a lot – we’ll be trying hard all year long to win this title.”

Fresh from winning a fifth New Zealand Superbike Championship, Bugden was impressive in Tasmania despite missing the pre-season test at the venue. He qualified third and backed up that result with P3 in both races contested.

“Third position is a consistent start to the series and I’m relatively pleased with the result,” Bugden explained. “I certainly don’t race to finish third, but at the same time the GSX-R1000 is working great and we’re making steps forward with every lap on the bike. It’s one of my best starts to the season ever, so I’m sure with some more time on this bike and with Team Volvo Group Suzuki we can keep moving up the podium.”

Team manager Phil Tainton was pleased to see Suzuki in the 2-3 positions on the podium at the season-opening round, providing the experienced defending champion team a firm base to work from in the early stages of the seven-round series.

“I’m very happy with the weekend, having the boys finish in second and third, although naturally it would have been nice to win,” Tainton said. “Wayne was impressive for Team Suzuki and Robbie for Team Volvo Group Suzuki, both scored a strong amount of points and I believe we’ll come back fighting following an upcoming test in Queensland. It’s a great start to the season.”

The Australian Superbike Championship will resume at Queensland Raceway in the first standalone ASBK round of the 2013 season on 14-16 June.

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Race Report Phillip Island "WSBK Cup" 24/02/13

Maxwell scores magnificent debut win for Team Suzuki at Phillip Island

Team Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell claimed debut victory aboard the GSX-R1000 at Phillip Island’s ‘WSBK Cup’ in Victoria on 21-24 February, a non-championship event on the Australian Superbike Championship schedule in 2013.

Hosted alongside the opening round of the Superbike World Championship at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, it was the 30-year-old Cranbourne resident Maxwell who mastered the 4.445-kilometre circuit best in the national support category, in what was his maiden outing with Team Suzuki.

Maxwell commenced his Suzuki career on top during Thursday’s opening practice session and continued that form into Friday by capturing the first pole position of the year in the single 30-minute qualifying session with a flying 1:33.695 lap time.

Saturday saw Maxwell dominate the opening 12-lap race of the weekend, leading from flag-to-flag with a comfortable 4.796-second victory. It was a confidence inspiring performance, setting the quickest lap of the race at 1:33.535.

“To start from pole position and win the opening race is an ideal situation for all of us at Team Suzuki and I’m really happy about that,” Maxwell commented. “This weekend was great to collect valuable data and my first race on the bike was important for that, which set us up nicely for race two on Sunday

Maxwell again dominated Sunday’s proceedings in the delayed second race, leading all 12 laps in superb fashion as he consistently lapped within the low 1:33 bracket. His best of the weekend came with a 1:33.073 on lap eight as he charged out front, eventually winning by 7.198 seconds.

“Working with Team Manager Phil [Tainton] has been exceptional since I joined Suzuki, he’s great at making a connection with the riders, as is the whole team. It’s been fantastic in that sense, I can tell him what I am feeling on the bike and he understands me clearly to help us make real progress in these early stages of the year.

“This weekend was a nice way to race the Suzuki GSX-R1000 for the first time without the pressure of championship points on the line, just starting off with another few days to get comfortable and work closely with the team in race conditions.

“We used two bikes in each practice session and two in the qualifying session, exploring the settings of the bike throughout. To reach the best setting in the final race just shows the strength of the Team Suzuki crew as we work together, plus Dunlop was able to supply great tyres for a consistent effort in both races. I really have to thank everybody involved in this result.”

Team Suzuki Manager Phil Tainton was pleased with Maxwell’s first official race aboard the GSX-R1000, using the weekend as a test bed as the team prepares to defend the national championship that they won with Josh Waters last year.

“It was a really good weekend for Wayne and the team,” Tainton explained. “We’re certainly working around set-up to get him comfortable on the GSX-R and also to adapt to the new track surface at Phillip Island. In the last race we made some more changes and Wayne said we’re getting close to the money, so by the end of the weekend I believe we accomplished our goals.

“It has been great working with Wayne, he’s quite strong-minded, knows what he wants and comes with a lot of experience. He’s very decisive and positive with his feedback and what he wants out of the bike, which I’m really happy with because it makes us all dig that much deeper as well. We’re all getting along extremely well and this result is a perfect beginning to 2013.”

The Australian Superbike Championship will officially commence at Symmons Plains in Tasmania on 5-7 April.

Race Report ASBK Rnd 6

Team Suzuki Shines At Phillip Island’s Penultimate ASBK Round

20/08/2012

RACE REPORT
2012 Australian Superbike Championship Round 6
Phillip Island Racetrack (VIC)
17-19 August 2012

Team Suzuki’s Josh Waters will enter the final round of the 2012 Australian Superbike Championship with a 19.5-point advantage after scoring second position at Phillip Island’s penultimate weekend of action on 17-19 August.

Fresh from a standout performance at the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan, Waters put forward a consistent effort aboard the GSX-R1000, and is now in the box seat to secure his second career Australian Superbike title.

After qualifying fourth in mixed conditions, Waters finished the opening 12-lap race in second, just 1.710 seconds in arrears of title rival Wayne Maxwell. He backed that result up in race two, which was reduced to 10 laps following an opening lap incident that caused a race stoppage.

“The weekend was good for me, but obviously would have been better if we could have won the races,” Waters explained. “It was tough between myself and Wayne, but near the end my bike was moving around quite a bit so I decided to try and play it smart for the championship.

“I want to qualify and do well in both races at Queensland. I just need to try hard though, if I do that, then it should all be good and will hopefully go to plan for myself and Team Suzuki.”

Team Suzuki teammate Ben Attard was sixth overall at Phillip Island after qualifying an impressive second, taking home sixth place in both races. Attard was involved in the battle for the podium in race two, but ultimately had to settle for sixth due to a 10-second jump-start penalty. In his first season aboard the GSX-R1000, Attard now sits sixth in the standings.

“I feel as though I rode alright and my lap times were good,” Attard explained. “I jumped the start in that last race, but it was good to be in the mix for the podium during the race. The results aren’t really showing it, but I’m definitely getting faster on the bike and the more dry track time I’m getting, the better I feel on the bike. Hopefully it amounts in some strong results soon.”

Fellow Queenslander Robbie Bugden was fifth overall for Team Volvo Group Suzuki in a positive performance at the flowing 4.445-kilometre grand prix circuit. Bugden was a frustrating seventh in race one, but he too battled for the rostrum in the second race before crossing the line in fifth position. The four times New Zealand Superbike Champion also holds down that position in the series.

“I was a little disappointed after the first race because I felt I could have done better than seventh, but the top group was pretty strong,” Bugden said. “The second race was a lot better and I was more happy with my pace. We were only four seconds off the leader, so that’s a big improvement for me because Phillip Island has always been a bit of a bogey track. Hopefully we can finish the season strong back up here in Queensland.”

Team Suzuki Supersport campaigner Brodie Waters enjoyed a dream weekend at Phillip Island, picking up his first career double victory in the pair of 12-lap Supersport races. That result sees him climb to second in the championship, just half a point out of the series lead with one round remaining.

Waters rode his GSX-R600 to a thrilling 0.079sec victory in race one, before the second race was won by 0.130sec. After the Phillip Island round went according to plan, Waters is determined to continue the same form when the series reaches its finale at Queensland Raceway next month.

“It’s definitely good to be heading into the last round only half a point off the championship lead,” Waters said. “The weekend went my way and it was good to get my first double race win. That was a boost of confidence for me, but they were two really tight battles and we were pushing quite hard – I was the one who came out on top on the last lap.

“The wins came at the right time, so it gives me a good chance to see what I can do in this championship at the last round. It’s going to be hard work at the final round, but I will try my best as always and hopefully get some wins for this championship.”

The Australian Superbike Championship will conclude at Queensland Raceway on 15-16 September.

Round Six 2012 AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

Superbike Round Results:
1. Wayne MAXWELL 51
2. Joshua WATERS (Team Suzuki) 40
3. Jamie STAUFFER 36
4. Glenn ALLERTON 34
5. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 30
6. Ben ATTARD (Team Suzuki) 30
7. Scott CHARLTON (Suzuki) 30
8. John PHELAN 24
9. Ben HOOKE 21
10. Beau BEATON (Suzuki) 13

Superbike Championship Standings (after 6 of 7 rounds):
1. Joshua WATERS (Team Suzuki) 247.5
2. Wayne MAXWELL 228
3. Jamie STAUFFER 200.5
4. Glenn ALLERTON 198
5. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 180
6. Ben ATTARD (Team Suzuki) 178.5
7. Scott CHARLTON (Suzuki) 159
8. Ben HENRY (Suzuki) 147.5
9. Brodie WATERS (Team Suzuki) 45
10. Chris TROUNSON 26

Supersport Round Results:
1. Brodie WATERS (Team Suzuki) 50
2. Josh HOOK 38
3. Mitchell CARR 38
4. Glenn SCOTT 34
5. Brendan CLARKE 31
6. Levi DAY 29
7. Adam SENIOR 26
8. James HOOGENBOEZEM 24
9. Chris QUINN 17
10. Mitch LEVY (Suzuki) 14

Supersport Championship Standings (after 4 of 5 rounds):
1. Mitchell CARR 141.5
2. Brodie WATERS (Team Suzuki) 141
3. Josh HOOK 137
4. Glenn SCOTT 123
5. Levi DAY 95
6. Chris QUINN 94.5
7. Adam SENIOR 86.5
8. Brendan CLARKE 55.5
9. Mitch LEVY (Suzuki) 53.5
10. Christan CASELLA 49.5


Phil's Mid Season Blog

Team Suzuki Team Manager Phil Tainton’s Mid Season Blog

14/08/2012

Well here we are mid season and just about to end our two month winter break with round six of the Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island this coming weekend.

In my last end of season blog, we were preparing for the Phillip Island 8 Hour Endurance event, which I am very pleased to report that Team Suzuki finished 1st and 2nd place outright, which was a fantastic effort by the whole team as well as a great testament to the enviable reliability of our GSX-Rs.

2012 started off just as exciting as 2011 finished, with the arrival of our all new GSX-R1000L2 and a new Superbike rider in Ben Attard to replace Troy Herfoss who is chasing his dreams in Germany for 2012.

The first round at the World Superbike event at Phillip Island was a great start to the year for us with Josh Waters winning the overall for the weekend on the new bike’s first outing and Ben Attard claiming his first podium with the Team on the new GSX-R1000L2 with a 3rd place in race one, whilst Robbie Bugden put some valuable points in the bag as well. Brodie had a bit of a slow start to the season but was soon able to change that around.

After the first round and a little bit of testing, our new model GSX-R1000 has proven to be a big asset to the Team’s Championship assault with just a few subtle changes by the engineers at Suzuki in engine power and handling to its predecessor, the new bike has just what it takes to win. Warren, Hayden and I went through and rebuilt all the bikes before heading off to Darwin for round two where Josh just dominated again in the premier class. We then headed down to Perth to Barbagallo Raceway for round three with the V8 Supercars and then across the Nullarbor dessert to the Phillip Island V8 Supercar round.

So you can see how busy the start of the year has been again, and with so many road kilometres to drive, I am very grateful we had our new Volvo Euro 5 Prime Mover to tow our Team trailer, the new Volvo is so quiet and smooth you really do think you are driving a car not a truck, and it was a bit of fun stopping along the way with all the V8 truck drivers.

Round five found us at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich, providing a change of pace for our young Supersport Rider Brodie Waters who has been riding a Superbike at the two V8 rounds now finding himself back on his GSX-R600 contesting the Australian Supersport Championship again. I must say riding the Superbike certainly helped Brodie with the GSX-R600, as he rode so well at Queensland Raceway in very difficult weather conditions. So we ended up leaving Queensland with the overall win for Brodie and 3rd in the Championship by 12.5 points, Robbie and Ben in 5th and 6th respectively in the Superbike Championship while Josh built on his lead in the Championship to 30.5 points ahead of Wayne Maxwell in 2nd place.

The next major event for Josh was the Suzuka 8hour where he rode exceptionally well and proved yet again how fast he is riding. Josh posted the fastest outright qualifying time and 3rd fastest in Superpole, but unfortunately the Yoshimura Team experienced some unprecedented bad luck and couldn’t realize on their fast lap times.

I knew I had to get all the riders back on their bikes before our next round, especially Josh who has been doing so many laps around Suzuka on a World Superbike spec GSX-R1000 lately, and as the weather has been so wet down south here, we decided to take them all to Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney NSW where we spent two very good test days on the new extended circuit and all four riders came away very happy with their bikes and the time on them.

So that’s all from me for now as we finish our preparation for round six of the Championship this coming weekend, and I hope my next report is another favourable one for our Championship assault for both Superbike and Supersport.

Best regards,
Phil.