Racers Edge Performance North Coast V Twins Motul RK riders Beau Beaton and Craig McMartin have come away from the MotoGP Superbike Support races with impressive lap times under their belts and full of confidence for the final round of the Swann Series to be held in November at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Superbike Star Beau Beaton stunned the field by improving his practice time by an impressive two seconds from the only practice session held on Friday morning, to the qualifying session held shortly after.
Team Manager Greg Maher, working closely with suspension guru Steve “Muddy” Mudford and Ducati technical wiz, Mark “Doc” Downie, adapted the Ducati Panigale 1199’s to allow both riders to improve their times in the team’s first visit to the best track in Australia.
In qualifying both riders did a stint on each bike to aid in the setup to cope with the unique demands of the Phillip Island Circuit.
Beau’s impressive qualifying time on the 1199R was rewarded with a second row grid position, multiple Australian Pro-Twin Champion Craig McMartin, would start from the fifth row in fourteenth position in the huge thirty eight bike field.
Beau got off to a cracking start in race one and was in sixth position for the first three laps, unfortunately a high side crash at Siberia on lap four ended his race early, left the team with a little work to do and Beau with stitches in his knee and a badly bruised elbow.
1199 mounted McMartin however was involved in a dogfight of his own. Craig didn’t get the best of starts and had dropped back to seventeenth on the completion of the first lap. However his class was visible as he settled and then worked his way forward over the eighth lap race distance. Seeing off the early challenges of several competitors Craig chased experienced superbike competitors Ben Burke and Adam Senior, finding his way past Burke on lap six, Craig’s fastest lap of the race, and Senior on lap seven. Craig eventually finished in twelfth with Burke managing to win the drag race to the flag.
Race two saw a brave performance from the injured Beau Beaton, who was involved in a race long battle with three other riders on extremely fast bikes, BMW mounted Kiwi Alistair Hoogenboezen, and Kawasaki riders Ben Henry and Sean Condon. Beaton managed to hold off the Kawasaki duo with his fastest lap of the race on the final lap along with closing to within .007 of a second of Hoogenboezen at the flag.
McMartin once again battled hard, recording his best lap of the weekend to finish in a solid fourteenth place, comfortably ahead of his combatants from race one.
The final race of the weekend was held on Sunday morning in front of a building crowd. Those at the track early once again witness a stirring performance from the Racers Edge Performance North Coast V-Twins riders with Beau Beaton and Craig McMartin once again recording impressive results and lap times. McMartin scored another strong fourteenth place, went within hundredths of a second of improving his lap time and scored his best top speed of the meeting.
Once again Beaton rode through the pain of his Friday injuries to record impressively consistent lap times and his highest top speed of the meeting, an impressive 300kph on lap six. Beau held down fifth place for the first three laps. Dropping back a place on lap five Beau bravely fought all the way to the flag to secure ninth place.
Racers Edge Performance Team now looks forward to the final round of the Swann Series at the team’s home track, Sydney Motorsport Park in November.
“In the first race on Friday I was actually exceeding my expectations of the weekend in lap times and position in the race, and then I had a big high side out of Siberia” explained Beau Beaton. “I think I lost the front on the way in and then tried to get on the gas early to get it back and that was the end of the race. I must say a huge thankyou to the awesome staff at Racesafe, they got me back on track so I could race for the rest of the weekend, they are truly the best in the business. Also, a big thanks to Craig, we both rode each bike in practice and I was slightly quicker on the R model, so Craig insisted I ride it in the races to get the best result for the team, thanks Craig. The team also did a great job getting the bike sorted after the race one crash, it was faultless for the rest of the weekend. The bikes I was racing with obviously have some serious mumbo so I was happy to be able to race with them on the big twin, and to crack the magical 300 mark in race three was pretty special. So, thanks to the team, my generous team mate Craig McMartin and Racesafe, we couldn’t have had those results without you.
“As always, I would have like to have gone faster, but overall I am pretty happy with the weekend” commented multiple Australian Pro-Twin Champion Craig McMartin. “I felt best on the bike on Saturday, but Friday’s race was a good fight back after a shocking start. We changed some settings on the bike on Saturday after the race and as always it was an improvement in some areas and not so good in others. One turn it was definitely better in was turn twelve, and I think that’s why I managed a better top speed while doing the same lap time. What the weekend shows is how good the base model Panigale 1199 is, the bike I rode had the standard Marzocchi forks in it as they roll of the showroom floor, an Ohlins rear shock and steering damper and a set of Racers Edge Performance race fairings, that’s it. Overall it was a good weekend thanks to Greg, Julie and all the guys in the team.
Team Manager Greg Maher was delighted to be back on track with both riders and in front of a big crowd ”Pretty strange weekend the GP weekend, it’s really hectic for short periods of time and then a bit of rest. I was really impressed with both riders over the weekend. Craig and Beau work so well as a team and that was clearly evident in the way we got the bikes sorted in practice. They both qualified well and to see Beau up there on row two in sixth was impressive, in fact I think it would be the best I have seen him ride. I think what also helped us was the performance of the Pirelli tyres, and the assistance of Dave Fuller from Link International. All of the bikes on the front two rows were all on Pirelli’s. We used the SCX for the race and a combination in qualifying, the Panigale is so easy to change the rear tyre on we actually changed from the SCX race tyre to a SC0 in the qualifying session. Overall I am really happy with the weekend, yes we had a little slip of in race one but apart from that it was a really great weekend.
The next event for the Racers Edge North Coast V-Twins Motul RK team is the final round of the 2014 Swann Series at Sydney Motorsport Park