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Olly Simspon Clean Sweeps Moto 3 / 125GP Class At Phillip Island

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South Australian youngster Olly Simpson (Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit) has put in a dominant display of racing in the third and final Moto 3 / 125GP race at the opening 2015 ASBK Championship round at Phillip Island.

Simpson added to his two race wins on Saturday with a clinical third race victoy on Sunday to clean sweep the round and take first overall, ahead of Victorian Matt Barton (ETS Race Fuels).

Barton finished the round second overall after finishing second in all three races, while Ted Collins (Magnum Welders) finished third overall after a consistent weekend of racing (fourth, sixth and third).

In race three, Simspon had already taken a 1.5 second lead heading into turn four on the opening lap.

By the second lap the lead had already extended out to nearly four seconds as Simpson continued to press forward and put space between himself and Barton.

Barton had opened a gap of his own to Lachlan Kavney (Bullet Racing) who was trying to keep a host of riders at bay, with less than one second separating himself from Tom Bramich (Ron Angel Classic Racing), Collins, Tayla Relph (Fibre Zone Composites) and Brian Houghton (Latters Conshift).

On lap four of the six-lap race, Bramich moved into third place, but it was anyone‰Ûªs guess who would take out the minor placing for the third race of the round and indeed the overall podium.

There was no second guessing the different level of class with Simpson, and the future star rode away to a comprehensive race and round win.

‰ÛÏIt always feels good winning races. I made an awesome start throughout every single race and managed to pull a gap, so I was happy with those results." Simpson commented.

‰ÛÏIt was a good warm up for the Red Bull Rookies Cup which is coming up on March 27.

‰ÛÏYou just have to learn to deal with the added pressure. It‰Ûªs not really pressure, it‰Ûªs good fun having people smile at you and seeing people around the paddock like all the marshals and talking to them and giving speeches, stuff like that.

‰ÛÏI like it and I think it helps me with my racing and keeps me motivated so it‰Ûªs good fun.

‰ÛÏWe‰Ûªll see at the end of this year if I can make it back down to Phillip Island because I think the series in Spain and there may be a clash.

‰ÛÏSo we‰Ûªll see what we can do because then hopefully I‰Ûªll be able to do the wildcard here as well around the Phillip Island circuit which is the best track in the world.

Barton was also clearly a cut-above the rest of the field ‰ÛÒ comfortably taking second place once more and when the chequered flag was raised, it was Collins who claimed third, with Bramich and Kavney rounding out the top-five.

‰ÛÏWe‰Ûªre really pleased. We know that Olly‰Ûªs not going to be doing the rest of the rounds, so these are really the other guys that I wanted to beat and so we achieved that." Barton said.

‰ÛÏI pulled out a bit of a points gap ahead of the other riders so that‰Ûªs really what we had to do going into the next round.

‰ÛÏWe‰Ûªll be updating our kit throughout the year; something a bit more similar to Olly‰Ûªs KTM, but we‰Ûªll see what happens. I just hope he comes out for the next round at Phillip Island, and hopefully we can have a bit more a dice and see who comes out on top.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve ridden Morgan Park a couple of times and had some good wins up there and some good battles up there, but obviously that was a few years ago and this is a whole different breed that are coming through so we‰Ûªll see what happens next round.
Ted Collins rounded out the podium in third
Ted Collins rounded out the podium in third

‰ÛÏThere was a lot of drama this weekend, but with the racing we got there and it was a good battle that last one." Collins stated. ‰ÛÏI tried to start making a plan in that last race, but then a few of us were that close and different things were happening every lap.

‰ÛÏI couldn‰Ûªt make a plan, so I just went with it and tried everything I could to pull away, but there is no pulling away from those guys because they are pretty quick.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a good feeling. I didn‰Ûªt really know how this weekend was going to go and we were just playing it by ear but I am very happy with how I finished.‰Û

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