Maxima BMW’s Glenn Allerton enters this weekend’s opening round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) quietly confident of scoring a solid result across the three twelve lap races at the picturesque Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Four weeks ago, the Victorian based team took delivery of the 2020 BMW S 1000RR and since then the entire team have been working relentlessly to turn it into a competitive race bike.
After the official ASBK pre-season test at the end of January, the Maxima BMW team managed to unearth some setup challenges. At last week’s recent test at Phillip Island, the team were able to find some good direction. However, they were unable to confirm those setup changes the following day due to inclement conditions.
“The 2020 BMW S 1000RR was a completely new motorcycle for us at the ASBK test, so I was content with what we learnt over the course of the two days to use it as a base to work from,” explained Allerton.
The three times Australian Superbike champion knows after working with the new BMW S 1000RR, and its electronics, that the capabilities of this bike are going to be simply “awesome.”
“The test last week was a pivotal one and we came away with some big steps forward in the right direction which we can use this weekend. It was a shame about the weather on the Tuesday at the Phillip Island Ride Days event as we were unable to see if the changes we made overnight were the right way to go. I do believe we were headed in the right direction, which is a credit to the team and their hard work,” expressed Allerton.
While Allerton would love nothing more than to get back to his old winning ways, at a circuit which he enjoys the most on the ASBK calendar, he understands how important it is to have a ‘clean’ weekend and get some good championship points on the board.
“I would love nothing more than to be able to win races this weekend at Phillip Island and get the Maxima BMW team on top again. My main focus is to make sure I get three good races under my belt and build the momentum from there. I just have to ride smart and bring the bike home in all of the races which is the main objective,” concluded Allerton.
Maxima BMW’s Team Manager, Wayne Hepburn, expressed that at the conclusion of last week’s test at the Phillip Island Ride Days event that he feels like the team have definitely found a good direction for this weekend’s curtain raiser round and beyond.
“I speak on behalf of the team that we are quite excited about this weekend after the test we did just nine days ago,” said Hepburn.
“Everyone at the test worked extremely hard and it showed with what we achieved in terms of the boxes we ticked in such a short space of time. It’s nice to be able to see a sense of direction for the team and, of course Glenn. We will have to wait and see if those changes made on the Monday evening were the right direction in the First Practice session tomorrow.” he added.
In terms of goals for the first round, the Maxima BMW team are being ‘realistic’, as the team started this program with the 2020 BMW S 1000RR later than what they would have liked to.
Hepburn explained; “If we can show good improvements in our setup and lap times, that would be our first goal for this weekend.”
“Obviously, we are racing to win. However, at the moment we feel as if we still have more work to do before that is possible. If we can get our setup within the ball park and get Glenn closer towards the front, we will be more than happy with that for round one. From there, we would like to improve on that for round two at Wakefield Park at the end of March,” finished Hepburn.
Free Practice one for the Australian Superbike category gets underway tomorrow afternoon at 2:05pm and runs till 2:35pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).
Round 1 – Australian Superbike Championship Schedule:
Thursday 27th February:
Free Practice: 2:05pm – 2:35pm (30min)
Friday 28th February:
Free Practice 2: 9:05am – 9:25am (20min)
Qualifying 1: 1:00pm – 1:15pm (15min)
Qualifying 2 (Top 12): 1:25pm – 1:40pm (15min)
Saturday 29th February:
Race 1: 11:05am – 11:35am (12-Laps – 53.34km)
Race 2: 4:15pm – 4:45pm (12-Laps – 53.34km)
Sunday 1st March:
Race 3: 10:30am – 11:00am (12-Laps – 53.35km)