Racers Edge Performance North Coast V Twins Craig McMartin Racing team is pleased to announce that the national level racing debut of the brand new Ducati 1299 Panigale will take place at round three of the 2015 Swann Series at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend of 27-28 June.
With the upgraded 1299 only having recently arrived in the country, the team is NOW working on the final touches to ensure the much anticipated Ducati 1299 Panigale is ready to take to the track in the Superbike Class at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The team had to reluctantly sit out round two of the series at Mallala Motorsport Park as the first shipment of bikes only arrived days before the round, with no time to prepare the motorcycles prior to the long road trip to South Australia the team set their sights on round three at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Since taking delivery Craig McMartin has been preparing a new 1299 for Beau Beaton to ride in the Superbike Class, while at the same time, building himself and brand new 1199 that has been upgraded to R specification to race in the Pro-Twins class.
Fine tuning the suspension on both motorcycles will the teams focus during Friday practice with suspension maestro Steve Mudford on hand to assess all feedback from the riders and make the changes required to ensure the set-up of the bikes will enable both riders to race at the front of their respective classes.
“I am really excited to be able to debut the new 1299 at the next round” explained Beau Beaton. “Even though we will not get a chance to test prior to the round, I know the bike will be good. We will still have a bit of work to do though as the new bike has better torque than the old 1199 so we will have to see how that affects the gearing and in turn wheelbase, in fact with those things to work through, it should give us plenty to think about during the Friday practice sessions. The electronics are also slightly different so having people like Craig, Greg, Muddy and Doc on hand I am confident that we will be on the pace really quickly. It is going to be a really exciting round as not only will I be able to debut the new 1299, Ken and Barry have been busy in the workshop and are bring a slightly upgraded Vincent to this round for me to race in Pro-Twins and I’ll also be wearing brand new Suomy Helmets as well. All in all there is so much to look forward to I can’t wait for the Friday practice to get underway. Big thanks to Craig and Greg for all their work in getting the new 1299 ready for round three”.
“I’ve been really busy getting these new bikes built to make their race debut” commented multiple Pro-Twins Champion, Craig McMartin. “Lucky the 1299 that Beau will race for us in Superbike uses much the same bracketry for everything as the old 1199 did, except for the dash. The 1299 does have slightly different geometry to the 1199, so we will need to experiment with that a little but I am confident that it will be a strong package from the off. The bike is delivered in extremely high specification so with very limited modification required, and allowed under the rules, most of the work has involved removing the road gear, fitting the Ducati Performance exhaust system and ECU chip, lock wiring and making sure the ECU isn’t looking for headlights and sensors that we don’t use in racing. I have also built myself a new 1199 to race in Pro-Twins and it is pretty much the same specification as an R model. Both bikes are brand new and will turn a wheel for the first time when practice gets underway on Friday”.
Team Manager Greg Maher is looking forward to the team’s home round “We have had to very little work to do to get the new bikes ready for their debut at Sydney Motorsport Park really. They come pretty much ready to race and Craig has done all the race preparation work on them like lock wiring and removal of the road gear. We have been busy making up some new sets of Racers Edge Performance fairings to use as spares, but hopefully they won’t be required. We are lucky that the bodywork hasn’t changed for the 1299 over the 1199’s we raced previously and we are really happy with the way the bikes looked so no need to make any changes there. It will be great to be back on track and we are all really looking forward to getting to Sydney Motorsport Park.