Racers Edge Performance on fire in Swann Series Finale.
Racers Edge Performance North Coast V Twins Motul RK riders Beau Beaton and Craig McMartin were in the thick of the action at the final round of the 2014 Swann Australasian Superbike Championship round at a sweltering Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend of 21-23 November.
With heatwave conditions on Friday the team were hard at work adapting to what was going to be a hot weekend both on, and off, track.
Superbike Star Beau Beaton, along with his mentor and team mate, multiple Australian Pro-Twins Champion Craig McMartin, worked hard on the setup of the Racers Edge North Coast V-Twins Ducati Panigale 1199R’s to maximise grip on the new control tyre for the superbike class.
Suspension guru Steve “Muddy” Mudford and Technical Manager Mark “Doc” Downie were hard at work with Team Manager Greg Maher to adapt the motorcycles from the rider’s feedback after every one of the four practice outings for each class on Friday.
In the Superbike class Beau Beaton managed to improve his lap time over the day by around one second per lap to qualify for the Saturday program in fourteenth place in the highly competitive field.
In the Pro-Twins class McMartin was consistently fast all day taking pole position with Beaton – on board the spectacular KH Equipment Irving Vincent 1600 – in third place.
Saturday was slightly cooler, but still extremely warm and Beau got the day started well with a brilliant start in Superbike race one. Completing the first lap inside the top ten Beau was in the thick of the action as the large pack battled for position on track. Beau and the Racers Edge North Coast V-Twins Panigale fought hard, and although up to eighth at one stage, had a few minor issues on the last lap. Due to the closeness
of the pack he fell back to finish fourteenth. Beau’s best lap, a 1:32.0 on lap two was his best of the weekend to date.
Pro-Twins rider Craig McMartin was back to his home track and obviously comfortable with the bike. Craig was battling for the lead with the rider known as the “King of Xtreme” Kev Curtain for all but the last lap. Starting the last lap with a .7 second gap and the heat really starting to take effect Craig backed off slightly to ensure a safe finish.
Race two saw Craig get off to another brilliant start and lead the first four laps of the race. Curtain got past on lap five and McMartin held on for another strong second place finish.
Race three was McMartin at his best. A good start followed by fast and consistent laps saw McMartin take the win over his day long rival Curtain.
Sunday was forecast to be even hotter than Friday, and the day got underway with Craig McMartin and Team Manager Greg Maher taking victory in their respective classes in the cycle race held over two laps of the circuit, McMartin also took the overall victory.
Superbike race one was Beau Beaton’s best ride of the weekend, starting from the third row of the grid Beau surged off the line and recording his best lap of the weekend on lap two working himself forward in the quality pack that combined have won over 23 national road racing titles.
Up to fourth place on lap five Beaton rode the wheels off the Racers Edge North Coast V-Twins Panigale 1199R to finish in a fine sixth place along with recording a lap in the 1:31 second bracket.
Unfortunately a mystery misfire developed in race two causing an early finish and despite the desperate work from the team could not be rectified for race three.
McMartin had another titanic struggle with Curtain in race one of the Pro-Twins. It was the McMartin of old sliding the bike into and out of the technical back section of the track in a battle that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Despite his best efforts McMartin had to settle for second place behind the RSV-4 Superbike spec machine ridden by the veteran Curtain.
With the misfire problem on the superbike and forty plus degree heat taking its toll McMartin elected to concentrate on trying to get Beau back out on track rather than start the final two Pro-Twins races.
Racers Edge Performance Team now looks forward to preparation and planning for a possible assault on the 2015 Swann Series Championship over the off season.
“Wow, that was hot, we had a few overheating issues, more with me than the bikes” explained Beau Beaton. “I think that the bike this weekend was the best it has been all year, Steve “Muddy” Mudford has done a sensational job to get the bike so consistent, and I think we really showed in race one on Sunday how good it is and it also allowed me to do a PB at this circuit. We came into this year with zero testing, and only did three rounds but he had the bike working so well on the control tyre this weekend. To get to the level we did with such limited seat time is a credit to everyone in the team. It was also great this weekend to have Ken and Barry here with some of their Irving Vincent’s, unfortunately we had a few issues with the bikes this weekend due to the heat. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to Craig McMartin for the supplying the 1199R, Greg & Julie from Racers Edge Performance, mum and dad along with Muddy and Mark “Doc” Downie for all their work throughout the year”.
“I was really happy with everything this weekend, from the way I was riding, I really felt like my old self again, to how Beau rode” commented multiple Australian Pro-Twin Champion Craig McMartin. “We got given the wrong tyre for Saturday and we were struggling to figure out why were weren’t as fast as we had hoped, on Sunday we got the right tyre and instantly went a full second per lap quicker. If we had of had it on Saturday we may have given Kev a bit more of a challenge. Saying that to have such good races with him was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. In race one on Sunday the bike felt great, I felt the best I have for a long time on the bike and really enjoyed that race. We had a problem with the bike Beau was riding and after the way he rode in race one I really wanted to concentrate on seeing if we could fix it rather than worry about my races. This year has been great working with Beau, Greg & Julie, and all the rest of the guys in the team.
Team Manager Greg Maher was delighted to be back on track this season ”At the end of last year both Julie and I were pretty much worn out. But over the off season we started to think about going racing again and in the end I am glad we did. To team up with Craig McMartin at that first round really gave us the passion to go racing again. We have had a long relationship with Beau and it was great for us to able to continue that this year. We are so proud of the efforts that both he and especially Craig have put in this year to get this project going, and for us the opportunity to work with a different motorcycle was absolutely fantastic. My big thanks also go to Ash Beaton from North Coast V-Twins, Steve Mudford and Mark Downie for all their hard work. As always our fantastic sponsors who have stood buy us for many years continued their fantastic support, for that we are grateful. Most importantly we really had fun this year, and for us, that was what we needed. Over the next few weeks we will sit back and have a look but I am really keen to see if all our partners want to continue next year and give this title a real go.