The Australian Superbike Championship is set to heat up this weekend (20th – 22nd April) with Round 2 being held at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin and Team Honda Racing is more than ready to do battle, looking to secure maximum points this weekend.
The Top End always hosts an exciting event and this looks to be no exception with some ASBK riders having arrived early to promote the series ahead of time.
Team Honda Racing’s Wayne Maxwell has spent the week acclimatizing to the intense heat of the Northern Territory and has also taken time out to do Radio interviews with the Hot 100 Breakfast show, Territory FM and he even visited Howard Springs Primary School where he spent some time with some very excited youngsters for Q & A sessions and photos.
The first round of the championship in February at Phillip Island was a successful one for Team Honda Racing. It was the first opportunity for #47 Wayne Maxwell to test the all new Honda CBR1000RR under race conditions and both were impressed by the new model.
Currently, Wayne is in 8th place in the championship and is super hungry to take the maximum points available this weekend at Hidden Valley to improve his standing.
Having tested recently at Winton to fine tune the Honda CBR1000RR, Team Honda Racing could not be more ready for Round 2 of the Australian Superbike Championship. Practice on Thursday and Friday will be a good opportunity for the Hondas to re-acquaint themselves again with the Hidden Valley circuit ahead of qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday.
27th February 2012 – Round 1 of the Australian Superbike Championship over the weekend was an extremely strong one for Team Honda Racing’s Wayne Maxwell and he has left no doubt as to his championship intentions in 2012.
Free Practice for the Superbikes had #47 Maxwell at the top of the timesheets in the first session and just 0.041 sec off the fastest recorded time in Practice 2, making it clear that Maxwell was ready for business.
Maxwell backed it up on Saturday when he was fastest in morning practice and then recorded the fastest overall times in qualifying over the 2 sessions with a lap time of 1:33.484 sec, making him a strong contender for Superpole. However, Round 1 Superpole was not to be Maxwell’s, the Victorian rider missing out by just 0.039 sec, placing him in P2 for both races on Sunday.
In Race 1, Maxwell was looking extremely strong off the line and moved into 2nd, but during the 2nd lap he was forced to retire from the race with a hole in the radiator. Not the start he had been leading up to.
Race 2, however was a completely different story! Maxwell was strong off the line and raced with a fierce determination to turn his weekend back around. He took the lead from team mate, Jamie Stauffer on lap 8 and did not look back. Race 2 belonged to #47 Wayne Maxwell as he took the chequered flag in 1st place.
Maxwell: “What a weekend of highs and lows! When we thought we were good to go this weekend for the races, something out of our control turned things around dramatically in Race 1 and I could not finish the race. Full credit to the team to get things back under control and give me a bike to be able to bounce back and show our 2012 championship intentions with a race win.”
Team Principle Paul Free views the opening round of the ASBK as a strong one for Team Honda Racing.
Free: “Once again, racing threw everything at us. Wayne looked so strong in the opening Superbike race, but to be taken out of the race by such a simple problem and full credit to him to bounce right back and win Race 2. The whole team worked really well together this weekend with some new staff onboard and I know we will have an extremely strong season.”
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2014 Australasian Superbike Champion & AFX-Superbike Champion, 2013 Australian Superbike Champion