The 2016 season is coming to a close and SA Kawasaki BCperformance is preparing to head to their local track, Sydney Motorsport Park for the Saturday day/night Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship finale with racing happening right up to 8pm on Saturday the 17 December.
As with all things in racing as one door closes another opens, unfortunately SA Kawasaki BCperformance Superbike rider Ben Burke will miss the final round due to injury, this has opened up a spot for another rider to fill the vacancy which BCPerformance is excited to announce will be the 2015 British Superbike Champion and World Superbike contender Josh Brookes who will take his place. Josh will partner current championship leader Robbie Bugden on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R’s for the eagerly awaited Swann Series finale in the premier Ipone oils Superbike class season decider which is still up for grabs.
“I was expecting to enjoy some quiet time at home in Australia whilst Europe goes into winter and racing stops until next year but last week I got a surprise call from Kelvin at SA Kawasaki BCperformance inviting me to ride the final round of the Australasian Superbike Championship Series at Sydney Motorsport Park, as unfortunately their rider Ben Burke has been injured” says Josh
“After the closure of Oran Park in recent years, SMSP would now be considered my home track. Having raced the last 11 years overseas in the British and World Superbike championships I found the idea of riding locally an inviting opportunity and was happy to agree to step in. Hopefully Ben makes a speedy recovery and am looking forward to and hope riding the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R as a one off, back in Australia encourages people to come out and watch."
Robbie takes a 79 point lead into the final with 3 races and with the new for 2016 format of double points totaling 150 points still up for grabs, meaning it is all to play for. Likewise, SA Kawasaki BCperformance Ninja ZX-6R pilot Kyle Buckley enters the final round with a 16 point lead in the Supersport title chase with an available 200 points up for grabs over the 4 races, Kyle will be going it alone after fellow Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R rider Ryan Masri is also out due to injury.
Ninja 300 championship contender Jimmy Broadbent is just 14.5 points behind the current Kawasaki Insurances Ninja 300 cup leader and will also be battling it out over the 4 races and again with double points on offer. SA Motorcycles Evan Byles will be putting everything on the line as he battles to take out the Formula Oz title on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Evan currently lies in 2nd position in the table and with the double points rule also counting for his class, the title is all to play for.
The final round of the 2016 Australasian Superbike Championship will be a busy weekend for the SA Kawasaki BCperformance team but please drop by and say hi as the team prepares to get the job done.