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Angus Reekie and the KTM RC8R continue to improve at Queensland Raceway

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KTMRC8R 1190 Racing Team rider Angus Reekie had good reason to smile after the weekend‰Ûªs third round of the Australian Road Race Championship at Queensland Raceway, having achieved his best ever national-level finish aboard the radical KTM1190.

In his first ARRC outing for the year, Reekie competed in the Pro Stock 1000 class for twin- and four-cylinder motorcycles, and after carding tenth and eleventh place finishes in the opening races, he powered his KTMRC8R to an incredible sixth in his final race of the weekend.

The result hoisted him into ninth place for the round, which was won by Matt Walters (Kawasaki) from Ben Burke (Kawasaki) and Ben Nicolson (BMW) - and provided valuable insight in terms of further development to what is already a giant-killing race bike.

The 2011 Pro Thunder Champion attributed the result to the application of a simple yet very specific change in setup approach.

‰ÛÏI was so happy with the progress we made this round, I didn‰Ûªt want the weekend to end." Reekie stated. "It was my first time ever at Queensland Raceway and it was really a test session for the FX round, but it far exceeded my expectations.

"Working with suspension tuner Nigel Pitch we made some ride height changes that dramatically improved our lap times, over 2 seconds for the weekend in fact.

"It was perfect road racing weather, and on what is realistically a drag racing track we were the only V-twin running right in with the fours and just giving them hell with the amazing braking and cornering of the KTM. It was the most fun I‰Ûªd had in ages," he added.

"I also can‰Ûªt get enough of excited KTM dirt bike riders approaching us in the pits to say how much they love seeing, as well as watching and hearing this bike in action. I‰Ûªm really looking forward to the next FX round now.‰Û

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