The Maxima Racing Oils BMW Motorrad Australia Superbike team has finished their first Australian Superbike championship weekend , ruing what could have been. Round one of ASBK was held at Rural Victoria’s Winton Raceway a track which tests rider and machine with its tight turns and hard braking straights .
Friday’s practice saw riders Glenn Allerton finish 5th and Lachlan Epis in 8th on overall times. The team looked forward to Saturday’s qualifying.
Both riders easily progressed through timed practice into the second qualifying session Glenn in p4 and Lachlan in p5. The team was happy and looking forward for the afternoon session.
Things didn’t go to plan when Glenn crashed exiting the fast sweeper on his first flying lap, leaving the number 14 BMW s1000rr damaged and more importantly Glenn stuck with a P12 grid position. On the other side of the garage things did go to plan with Lachlan pushing the Bitubo suspension equipped #83 BMW to a career best P4.
The team worked late and soon the #14 was as good as new and ready for a big Sunday.
All of Lachlan’s hard work mounted to zero when unfortunately, Lachlan stalled on the grid and was very lucky to not be hit by following riders. He was last into the first corner. Glenn on the other hand had a lightning start and took off in pursuit of the leaders making rapid progress through the field to finish a fantastic 4th place while Lachlan battled on to finish P10.
The warmer weather had allowed the team to reassess tyre options from Pirelli and the lights went out with fantastic starts to both riders. Unfortunately a red flag soon brought all the hard work undone as the race was stopped when another rider went down.
When the race restarted it was déjà vous as both riders again had great starts, the BMW S1000RR proving its launch control very effective. By the end of the first lap Lachlan was battling hard for third place with Glenn in tenth but cutting his way through the field, the BMW time and again showing how good it is under hard braking. The chase continued until half race distance when a small mistake while right behind the 2019 ASBK champion saw Lachlan go down, unhurt but the young chargers race was run. Glenn meanwhile continued his charge making his way to the battle for P4, eventually finishing P6.
The team is happy and disappointed, knowing what could have been but also still having challenged for podium positions.
We now move to Goulburn in NSW for round 2, a track where on our last visit saw Glenn set the lap record.
Glenn Allerton #14 Race 1 P4 Race 2 P6.
“Positive way to start the year for me and the team, I had higher hopes for the results but after the crash I had at the start of Qualifying 2 we were in salvage mode. To come away from the day in 4th overall I’m happy with that result.
Yes we have more work to do to be winning races but that’s what we do and going forward I am confident we will only get stronger.”
Lachlan Epis Race 1 P10 Race 2 DNF
“On paper we had a difficult Sunday, stalling in race 1 and finishing 10th and in the second race crashing out of 4th place fighting for the podium but all in all I’m extremely pleased with the work we put in this weekend. We put the maxima racing oils BMW on the front of the second row, a career best for me, and fought for an Australian Superbike Podium, a first for me. We were competitive all weekend and showed that we are capable of racing at the front this year. Next stop is Wakefield and the plan is to finish what me and the boys started at Winton, can’t wait!”
Shane Kinderis Team Manager.
“Not the weekend we had hoped for, Winton is my home round with the Team based out of my workshop half an hour away, but that said we have always struggled here. We worked hard at the test and knew we had the pace to be on the podium but it wasn’t meant to be. It is good to see both the boys have the speed to be at the front.
The Maxima Racing Oils BMW S1000RR has come a long way since last year. The change to Bitubo suspension has been a lot of work but is already showing huge promise. Now we go to a track where Glenn holds the lap record we cannot wait.
The bikes and pits look fantastic, a huge thanks to Greg Stevens at Signpro in Melbourne, thanks also to Pirelli for all the technical support over the last few weeks.
We as a team look forward to Wakefield and hopefully a huge crowd to come and see the Maxima Racing Oils BMW team once again put on a great show.”
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