Racers Edge Performance Back in Superbike action at Winton.

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Following on from the dominant debut of the Racers Edge
Performance North Coast V-Twins Racing Team at round
three of the 2014 Swann Series in the Pro Twins class, the
team made their debut in the cut throat Superbike class at
Winton Motor Raceway in round four.
Superbike star Beau Beaton had a busy schedule on the Friday practice sessions at
Winton. Not only was he concentrating on finding a setup for the Ducati Panigale
1199S, the only V-Twin motorcycle to contest the highly competitive Superbike class,
but was also able to provide
development and shakedown
duties for a pair of Irving
Vincent’s in his busy schedule.
Ken and Barry Horner, who build
and develop the Irving Vincent’s
that are a mainstay of historic
racing here in Australia, had a
1948 Rapide that was undergoing
a final shakedown before it’s
appearance at the Goodwood
Revival in September, along with
the 1600cc 4 valve Pro Twins bike
that will hopefully make an
appearance in the 2014 Swann Series.

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Despite the atrocious weather at Winton on Friday Beau still managed to take to the
track on both bikes, as well as the
Racers Edge Performance North Coast
V-Twins Panigale to advise the setup
for Sunday.

Saturday dawned fine and sunny, if still
a little chilly and Beau was into the
action form the start of race one.
Starting from the fifth row Beau surged
his way through the order to record an
eleventh place finish, and more
importantly a third row start for race
two.
Another good start and strong race in
the second outing saw Beau drop his lap times by another half second and record a
ninth place finish.

Unfortunately race three was
abandoned after two red flags
preventing Beau’s opportunity
to improve his lap times, and
grid position for Sunday’s
fixed grid further. Still, a ninth
place finish for the round, and
fourth row start for Sunday
showed potential.
Sunday’s racing was some of
the most cut throat of the
weekend. Dry sunny
conditions again blessed the country Victorian circuit and a good crowd was entertained with
some close hard
racing.

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Unfortunately a few
incidents in the
pack meant that
Beau had to take
evasive action in
race one in laps five
and six that dropped
him back down the
order, a seventeenth
place finish not a
true indication of
bike and riders
speed potential.
Race two was a much
better affair. Beau was able
to lap constantly and once
again dropped his lap
times, this time into the
1:24 bracket to record a
tenth place finish.

Race three was an
enthralling battle between
Beau and the reigning
Australian Superbike
Privateer Champion Glenn
Scott. Beau showed great consistency lapping within half a second every lap for the
final eight laps of the race, his first meeting back after breaking his collarbone in the
Australian Dirt
Track Titles only
eight weeks ago, to
secure twelfth
place, and thirteenth
overall for the
round.

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“This weekend was
a good shakedown
for me after
breaking my
collarbone in June” said rider Beau Beaton. Having to ride both Vincent’s and the
Panigale on the Friday was a real challenge, especially changing from left hand gear
shift to right hand gear shift but it gave me more track time and helped get the
confidence back up quickly. In fact I probably surprised myself in Sunday’s race two
with that lap time. Race once was also tight, I rubbed my shoulder on Rick Olsen’s
fairing quite a few times, it was great racing. As always a big thanks to the Greg, Doc, and the team who worked so hard all weekend to give me a great bike. It will be
great to have Craig back next time so we can bounce setup options off each other”.

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“Pretty happy with
the weekend really”
said Team Manager
Greg Maher. “Beau
was a long way off
being match fit, he
hasn’t been able to
do a lot of training
and I am sure he
would have not
been 100%
comfortable on the
bike, so all things
considered he rode
well, and smart. As a team we are all learning how to get the best out of this
motorcycle and we are really enjoying the challenge of working with something very
different. Also, a massive thanks to Jim Lowe of Shed-X for the brilliant new paint
job, it makes an incredible bike look even more special”.
With both Beau and Craig leaving for the Goodwood Revival in September the next
event for the Racers Edge Performance North Coast V-Twins Motul RK team is the
MotoGP Support Races at Phillip Island in October.

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