Superbikes to rev up for fans
IPSWICH motorsport fans are in for a treat this weekend when the most powerful road-racing bikes in the world converge on Queensland Raceway.
Round five of the Australian Superbike Championship will feature 90 riders competing across six classes over two days of aggressive racing.
In the Superbike category, Ben Attard and Robert Bugden will lead the Queensland charge as they push their 1000cc machines to the limit on the tight 3.12km circuit.
Queensland Raceway CEO John Tetley said the weekend promised some close racing on the most spectator-friendly circuit in Australia.
"These are the fastest bikes around and riders need to win this event to have a chance to compete overseas," Mr Tetley said.
"It's great entertainment. These bikes make a huge noise as they go up the straight."
With a complete track resurface completed between last year's event and this year, Mr Tetley expects the record books may be rewritten this year.
"With the new smooth surface we expect to see a new lap record set," he said.
"It's got a lot more grip and riders will be able to take more speed into the corners."
Mr Tetley encouraged fans to take advantage of the tight 3.12km circuit which can all be seen from multiple positions around the track.
"This is one of the best viewing tracks in Australia," Mr Tetley said.
"Bring a set of binoculars and you'll be able to see the sweat on the brow of the riders."
Plainlands rider Nathan Houterman will compete in the Prostock category in his home event, while Superbike series leader Josh Waters will look to tighten his grip on the championship trophy.
- Superbikes produce 210 horsepower and reach speeds of 320kph.
- They are modified versions of road registered production bikes.
- Qualifying starts from 8.45am Saturday and racing from 9am Sunday.
- Ticket prices range from $15-$40 and are available at the gate.