Broc Pearson (1800 Approved Cairns, YZF-R6) was the pick of the Australian riders, qualifying in 16th position in the Asia Supersport 600 class after clocking a 1:58.331. Pearson finished just ahead of fellow Aussie Tom Toparis (Cube Racing, ZX-6R) who managed 17th after completing only six laps in the qualifying session and recording a 1:59.235. Scott Nicholson (NextGen Motorsports, Suzuki GSX-R600) will start from 22nd position in tomorrow’s racing after stopping the clock at 2:00.768.
Zac Levy (Puma RV’s, YZF-R3) is our sole representative in the Asia 250 Production class and will start from 24th after finishing qualifying with a best time of 2:15.469.
Unfortunately, Locky Taylor has withdrawn from the Underbone 150 class and will be turning his attention to his Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike present by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) Australian Supersport 300 class.
Motorcycling Australia (MA) caught with Pearson, Toparis, Nicholson and Levy to get their thoughts after day two.
“It was a difficult qualifying session today after how well we went yesterday. The team is having a big weekend trying to do both classes on one bike and it is becoming a bit of a struggle. The setup we had going into qualifying wasn’t what we were after, but we will make some changes overnight, but I am confident we can run in the 58's or 57's with compact tyres which will see us inside that top 10 if all goes well,” finished Pearson.
“We went out to try and fix our front chatter. It doesn’t matter what we have tried so far, we just haven’t found a way yet. As a team we have tried three different bikes but no luck. Today has been one of the hardest days we have had, but we will keep pushing and see what we can come up with before tomorrow,” said Toparis.
"Unfortunately we struggled to find a better setup with the tyres in qualifying. Of course it was tough but we're fighting hard and I ended up getting my fastest lap of the weekend. Decently happy with that but I would have liked to have been much further up the grid," According to Nicholson.
“We are quite disappointed with where we qualified, as we can’t even match the pace of the Aussie bike at the moment, we are finding the motor isn’t up to the scratch of the Factory Yamaha and Honda bikes, which is making it hard as we can’t match the times we are getting in the 300 class. We will keep plugging away and see what we can come up with,” finished Levy.
Keep an eye at ma.org.au for further updates on Australia’s wildcards for tomorrow’s racing.
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