ASBK

Another Dominate Performance for Next Gen Motorsports

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NextGen Motorsports have completed yet another highly successful round of the Australian Superbike Championship with series leader Glenn Allerton winning one race and extending his lead in the championship.

Allerton took his now familiar approach to the Saturday qualifying sessions by posting a fast time early and then returning to the pits to see what the field were capable of achieving. In every session, they were unable to better the two time ASBK champion's benchmark and the bonus point for pole was his.

For team mate Linden Magee it was his first weekend aboard the potent BMW HP4 and while a period of familiarisation was required, he was still able to qualify fifth

In race one on Sunday, Allerton took a measured approach to the race, taking the lead from the start and holding off the twin Suzuki charge of Maxwell and Bugden to take the victory by over 3.5 seconds.

For Linden Magee, race one was a busy affair and he diced with Glenn Scott and Beau Beaton ultimately finishing 8th.

There was drama for the NextGen team ahead of the start of race two when a simple issue resulted in Allerton's bike going into limp mode on the warm up lap. The team were able to put Allerton on the spare bike and he was forced to start from the rear of the grid.

What followed was one of the more extraordinary first laps of Australian Superbike racing ever. From 15th on the grid, Allerton passed no less than 9 riders. He was passing 2-3 riders into each corner, drawing gasps from the crowd and seasoned ASBK regulars.

The sustained effort required took a heavy toll and the bike's front brakes faded fast, realising that a podium finish was not possible, Allerton happily settling for fourth with some championship points.

‰ÛÏI am really happy with what the team and I achieved this weekend, although it didn‰Ûªt go all our own way. We walked away with a lap record, a race win and a hard fought 4th from the back of the grid extending our championship lead." said Superbike Rider Glenn Allerton.

"What occurred in Race 2 was unfortunate it can happen to anyone. Mentally its made me more hungrier to work harder and push myself to set the bar even higher then I did this round.

"I am really looking forward to the next round at my home track at Eastern Creek as I know I am in the best physical condition of my career. I also have the best bike and team behind me," he added.


For Linden Magee, a much better start and some small but important changes to the bike saw him finish 6th , beating many riders he'd been dicing with in previous races finishing the weekend on a positive note.



‰ÛÏIt was the first time for me on the new BMW HP4 and it took some work to get the set up right. In Race 1 I was disappointed with my start and I left myself too much work to get back with the front runners." Magee stated. "With some minor changes, I knew I could be more competitive in Race 2.

"My start was much better and I remained 5th for most of the race but was pipped at the end by Jamie. It was a massive improvement on race 1 and we took some real positives out of the weekend," he concluded.
Ben Nicholson -
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Young Gun Ben Nicolson finished the weekend on a strong note with a podium in the 3rd and final race and finishing with a 3rd overall to move into 2nd position in the Prostock championship.

"It was an interesting weekend to say the least.' Nicolson remarked. "I was unable to get my BMW S1000RR off the line in every race and I had to work extremely hard to get myself back in the race on all occasions.

"All weekend times were as good as the front runners but I struggle getting the bike off the line which is something I will need to work on between now and the next round.

"I am glad to move up in the points standing and I am looking forward to the next round at Eastern Creek."

Crew Chief Shane Kinderis is looking forward to the next round of racing at Eastern Creek after another very positive outing in Queensland.

‰ÛÏWell it was almost the perfect weekend. " Kinderis stated. "Glenn was absolutely the one to beat all weekend. The BMW hp4 proved just how much of an awesome bike it is."

"With a new outright track record and a new race record, no one was going to beat Glenn this weekend. Unfortunately a small sensor failure on the warm up lap did more damage than any of the other riders were going to do. Even starting from the back of the grid on his spare bike Glenn still finished fourth!!

"It was quoted that Glenn got lucky in Tasmania but I honestly think everyone else got lucky today. We look forward to Eastern Creek next and with some more new parts in the pipeline the HP4 will once again be the one to beat.

"I was really proud of the results from Ben Nicolson and Linden Magee. Both were challenged in different ways throughout the weekend but managed to overcome these issues, posting positive outcomes," he concluded.

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