BRANDON WINS ROUND 2 OF THE AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Photo by Andrew Gosling TBG Photography
Round 2 for the Over 300cc Production class was run at Sydney Motorsports Park on the weekend. Brandon rode the YRD Yamaha R3 to an outright round win with 1-3-1 results on the fast flowing GP style circuit.
“This weekend was a shortened version of what we are normally used too. With no practice for the smaller classes on Friday, we knew we had to get our gearing and bike set up right very early into Practice 1 Saturday morning. A calculated guess with gearing turned out to be spot on, and I was able to put the 2 Thugs Customs/Greentea X50 Yamaha in P1 for practice and the 2 qualifying sessions” said Brandon.
“The nature of the track with its long front straight makes it very difficult to break away from the pack as they benefit from a draft down the straight. I initially tried to get away early after a good start, but the pack chasing were able to make up ground down the straight. Drive out of the final corner would be the key, and I followed a few riders throughout the race, ensuring I got the drive out of turn 12 for the run to the finish line. A small error in race 2 saw me loose that run down the main straight and I had to settled for 3rd. The plan did work for me in race 2 and 3 where I was able to take the win” said Brandon.
“To be able to win the first 2 rounds of the Championship has given us a slight points lead, which we hope to increase at the next in Perth” said Brandon.
Round 3 will be at Barbegello Raceway in Perth WA on the 3-5th June
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Photos by Andrew Gosling TBG Photography
BRANDON WINS ROUND 1 OF THE AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Photo by Karen Burgess Gosling TBG Photography
Round 1 for the Over 300cc Production class kicked off this weekend at Wakefield Park in Goulburn. Brandon and new team mate Jack Dawes both campaigned the new Yamaha R3 for the first time at the national event.“We started the weekend off perfectly by getting Pole position” said Brandon“The new season is always an unknown. New riders and new bikes turn up for the race and you don’t really know how you are going to stack up against everyone. I had tested at Wakefield Park a few weeks earlier and knew what I could do, but until all the bikes are on track….you just don’t know! The practice sessions were all different. We had a wet track, a drying track and a dry, but cold track. The bike was feeling great going into the two qualifying sessions. I managed to finish both sessions on top to pick up the first Pole position of the year” said Brandon“I have always enjoyed riding the Wakefield Park track on the smaller bikes. The technical layout suits the smaller capacity bikes better than the big bikes. To go on and take 3 wins in the Over 300cc Production Class on the weekend was a great way to start off the year. I set the standing lap record there in 2014 (1.08.0) and to be only 0.2 seconds off that this weekend on a brand new bike shows what the new Yamaha R3 is going to be capable of throughout the year. We have yet to have the bike on a dyno to be tuned, so HP figures are unknown at this stage but Matt has worked wonders with the tuning of the bike, giving us something capable of running at the front. The bike handles and feels great. Frank Pons set me up a bike I instantly felt comfortable on and know I can push hard right from the start of each race. I am also running the Dunlop tyres again this year. The level of grip and the wear factor of these tyres is great, so good that I set the weekend’s fastest lap on the last lap of racing” said Brandon.
The team now only have a short turned around before round 2 at Sydney Motorsports Park on the 16-17th April. We are still searching for a naming rights sponsor for the year.
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Based in Wagga Wagga NSW, Brandon and his team are always looking for the next race.
Brandon started racing at age 6, and then progressed from dirt track and motocross to be one of Australia's rising talents on a junior road racing bike.
In 2013 he won both the Australian and the Victorian 250cc Production Championship at only 16 years of age.
In 2014 Brandon raced a Kawasaki Ninja 300 bike as a senior for the first time and won the Australasian FX300 Championship.
In 2015 he raced a 600cc bike in the Supersport 600 Championship, and a R25 in the Asian Road Racing Championship.