Allerton's the one to beat in third round of national series
THE question on everybody's lips at Queensland Raceway this weekend will be who can take the challenge to Glenn Allerton.
This weekend's racing is the third round of the Australian Superbike Championship.
Allerton topped the timesheets in every session at the first point-scoring event in Tasmania, to take maximum points from the round.
"The first event couldn't have gone much better, other than getting the holeshot in the final race," Allerton said.
"We come into this weekend with a good lead. Hopefully we can keep it together and keep building on our results.''
The BMW S1000RR rider's only challenge came from last year's pole sitter Robbie Bugden.
Queensland-based Bugden is third in the championship standings, four points behind his Suzuki teammate Wayne Maxwell.
"I was on pole here last year and I definitely feel I am in a better position this year,'' Bugden said.
Bugden's partner Miriam White will also be on the grid at this weekend's event, contesting the 250 Production Women's class.
It will be White's first competitive event since moving to Australia from New Zealand.
White's teammate and principal of Cube Racing, Ben Henry, is another Queensland rider looking to improve.
Henry finished ninth in Tasmania. After a successful month of testing, he is hoping to move up the grid.
Team Honda riders Jamie Stauffer and Josh Hook are happy with the progress they made throughout a recent two-day test at Queensland Raceway.
The 2012 Superstock Champion, Daniel Falzon, heads the charge in the Australian Supersport category.
In the previous round, six Yamaha R6 machines crossed the finish line in the final race within 1.3s of each other after a race-long, cat and mouse battle.
Falzon, Chris Quinn, Aiden Wagner, Ryan Taylor, Callum Spriggs and Michael Blair attacked and countered for an intense 10 laps.
Matt Walters' early form in the Australian Prostock field took him to a top five outright finish in the combined Superbike/Prostock field at Phillip Island in February.
Sitting on 51 points, Walters takes a 13-point lead into this weekend's event after a perfect showing on the Rover Coaches Kawasaki ZX10R.
The third round of the Australian Superbike Championship will also showcase a range of interactive initiatives.
For the first time, the Ipswich event will feature a Throttle Jockey's Arena.
Created specifically for kids and parents considering taking up the sport, aspiring youngsters can test out their first motorcycle under expert guidance.
The event will also feature the Hayabusa Show and Shine tomorrow, to be held adjacent to the Team Suzuki pit garage.