Following the first public test of the Ducati Panigale V4R with star recruit Wayne Maxwell at the helm, McMartin Racing is pleased to welcome back Boost Mobile as the teams naming rights sponsor for 2020 along with K-Tech Suspension who will be providing full factory support to form Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech.
The team’s long associations will continue with Racers Edge Performance, Pirelli, Motul, RK 1Day Wraps, DA Plumbing as well as welcoming on board new sponsors Drummin Security Advisory, Irving Vincent, Strata Remedial Group, MFW Builders, Profile Interiors, SpeedAngle, Banham’s WA and Childs Dream Kindergarten.
Continuity is important for Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech not only in terms of sponsors and supporters. Over the last few years Craig McMartin has built a highly experienced team that possess the same level of experience and determination as Wayne Maxwell to wrest the ASBK title.
Craig McMartin will utilise his twenty plus years of experience to build and maintain the Ducati Panigale V4R’s. Long-time team members Greg and Julie Maher bring their wealth of ASBK Team knowledge and experience preparing the bikes for each track session, providing the teams logistical support as well as supplying supreme quality Racers Edge Performance fairings. Dale McMartin will continue to provide valuable support with tyres to enable the rest of the team to focus on the motorcycle. Highly experienced and much sought after Crew Chief Adrian Monti has many years of experience working with top level ASBK riders and will work with Craig and Wayne to fine tune the chassis and K-Tech suspension at each round. James Harpham, Product Development Technician at K-Tech Suspension’s head office in the UK, will also be on hand at selected rounds providing his wealth of knowledge with the K-Tech product. Engineering and fabrication support will be provided by Ken and Barry Horner, creators of the stunning bespoke Irving Vincent Motorcycles that are a crowd favourite every time they take to the racetrack.
Wayne Maxwell is a rider that needs little introduction to Australian racing fans. One of the most highly credentialled and experienced riders in the ASBK paddock, Wayne is a multiple time national champion and is one of the highest profile riders in Australia. The 2013 ASBK Champion and 2014 ASC and AFX-SBK Champion has not finished an ASBK season outside of the top three since 2012 and in 2019 scored an impressive eleven podiums and four wins from the sixteen-race season. Wayne also has an impressive social media presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and has highly developed media skills
Wayne will also be joined at selected rounds in 2020 by Beau Beaton on the North Coast V-Twins Panigale V4R and will benefit from the same level of support from the Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech squad.
Earlier this year Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech attended the official ASBK Pre-Season test finishing fastest over the two days with the best ever recorded lap time for an ASBK spec machine. The official test was completed in testing livery with Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech’s spectacular official 2020 livery to be unveiled on the eve of the first round.
The 2020 mi-bike Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul kicks off at the stunning Phillip Island Circuit in conjunction with the first round of the 2020 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship over the weekend of 28 February to 1 March.
Round 1 February 28 – March 1, Phillip Island Vic (World SBK)
Round 2 March 27-29 Wakefield Park NSW
Round 3 May 7-10 The Bend Motorsport Park SA (incl ARRC & ATC)
Round 4 May 15-17 Barbagallo Raceway WA (Supercars)
Round 5 August 7-9 Morgan Park QLD
Round 6 September 11-13 Winton Vic
Round 7 October 2-4 Phillip Island Vic
“Joining Boost Mobile Racing with K-tech has been a dream transition; from the first time I rode the bike at Wakefield Park in November I have just jelled with it. Commented Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech rider Wayne Maxwell. “The experience that Craig, Adrian and Greg have when it comes to preparing the bike is second to none, also the belief that they have in me makes me want to push that extra bit. It’s a real team effort with Dale and Julie also. We are extremely privileged to have some great partners from out of industry as well as within the motorcycle industry for this season and I can’t wait for the first round to get underway”.
I am very happy to have Wayne riding my bike this year in the 2020 ASBK” said Team Owner Craig McMartin. “Wayne loved the bike from his first ride at Wakefield Park and did a very good job adapting the new components at the official test. He is great to work with and has put a lot of effort in behind the scenes helping with sponsorship and pit set-up.
I am very grateful to have Adrian, Greg, Julie and Dale on the team as I cannot do it without them and the increased support this year from Ken and Barry from Irving Vincent and K-tech is a crucial factor. I am confident that this year as a team we will achieve great results. I would also like to thank each and every one of the sponsors for their faith and the backing that they are providing this year.
Wayne Maxwell will pilot a Ducati Panigale V4 R in the 2020 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) after joining McMartin Racing.
Maxwell was initially signed to a two-year deal with Team Suzuki Ecstar that would see him through 2020, however it was revealed following Sydney’s ASBK finale that Suzuki would withdraw its support from the operation, leaving both himself and Josh Waters without a ride for the upcoming season.
The 37-year-old, who finished third in the 2019 standings, immediately moved to secure a seat for next year, sampling the Craig McMartin-prepared on numerous occasions before finalising plans for 2020.
“I’m obviously very excited that I’m going to be able to make it back on the grid and very excited to be working with Craig [McMartin],” Maxwell told CycleOnline.com.au. “When it comes to the Ducati brand, Craig knows them better than anyone in Australia.
“We have a lot of work to do – we’ve received no support from Ducati, Craig bought the bikes off his own back, so that’s a huge expense. It’s a matter of gaining sponsorship so I can run at the level I need to run at, and to maintain the bikes at the level they need to be at to continue running for 11 years in the top three of the championship.
“I’ve had a few outings on the V4 R, obviously I was unsure whether I’d be able to adapt to the bike – I’ve never ridden a Ducati before. But, I’ve adapted easily – the bike was very good from the get-go and I’m really enjoying it.”
The opening round of the 2020 ASBK season is scheduled for 27 February-1 March at Phillip Island, running in conjunction with round one of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).
It was a remarkable weekend for Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia’s Wayne Maxwell at Morgan Park’s fourth round of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), as he emerged victorious for the first time this season.
Congratulations on the win, you must be stoked to get the job done!
Absolutely! To get the first overall of the year for Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia, and I think their first since 2017, is pretty important. We’re in it for every race, not only for myself, but as a team – it’s exciting times ahead in the second half of the season.
You’ve been really competitive all season long, but you’ve been struck with a bit of bad luck. Are you relieved to get the victory and put a whole weekend together?
Yeah, absolutely. I was disappointed after the first race, I had a bad start and track position. I knew how strong Mike [Jones] was at the test and at the races, so when I had a good start in race two and he made a mistake, I knew it was time to capitalise. I followed through with our plan, which for Morgan Park – which is our worst track on the calendar for us – was to get out of there in no worse position than what we went into it.
That last race was pretty crazy, Troy was all over you. What was running through your mind in those final laps as he attempted some passes?
Normally when the race is like that and I’m in that position, I struggle to get over Troy because he’s cunning and so strong, and he’s physically really good on the bike at the end. So I was aware of that challenge, so I tried to go to another level and push in the last handful of laps – that was just enough to get me across the line.
Looking at the points, you’re not out of the title chase, especially with how tight and unpredictable the championship is. Are you still hopeful you can put yourself in a position to take out the crown?
I definitely think so – we’re getting better with each round with myself physically on the bike, and the bike itself. I’m pretty excited going into the next three tracks – they’re three very good tracks for me, and I can’t wait to get to Winton. It’s been unpredictable – this year there’s been a lot of things out of my control that have put me under the pressure of winning races. I’ve just got to focus on the races ahead.
What’s the approach from here on out?
I think anyone who wants to win this championship is going to have to win races – no one is going to do it by playing the safe option – we’re going to have to take some risks. The plan is going to be to go there, do the work and hopefully it’s enough to put ourselves in a position to win races.
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2014 Australasian Superbike Champion & AFX-Superbike Champion, 2013 Australian Superbike Champion