WA riders will dominate this weekend’s round of the Australian Superbike Championship with 86 of the 134 entrants enjoying a home track advantage at Barbagallo Raceway.
Local rider Ben Stronach, who is currently leading the state championship, has entered the superbike class alongside fellow northern suburbs rider Adam Senior, who is sitting 14th in the national standings.
“I am happy but I am still aiming for a top 10 finish,” Senior said.
“However, I recognise that it’s a tough field and to get anywhere in the top 15 is a good effort.”
Joining them in the superbikes is Scott Pettit, who will also be competing in the 125GP class, Adam Chambers, Tony Keogh and Raj Sarin.
Leading the championship is Glenn Allerton on 133 points, just ahead of Wayne Maxwell on 131 and Troy Herfoss on 125.
Edgewater’s Sam Clarke heads in to the supersport championship in second place, just six points from Queensland leader Troy Guenther on 117.
Trailing them are Callum Spriggs on 106.5, Luke Mitchell on 99 and Ben Blyth on 90.5.
“Every round I have felt as though I have had a target on my back and now for the supersport competitors to come to my home track to compete, the target is even bigger,” Clarke said.
“I am fast around my home track but I have never raced any of these boys around Barbagallo before; they could pull something out the bag and surprise everyone.”In the Moto 3/125GP class, Brian Houghton leads on 186, followed by Locky Taylor on 160 and Dylan Whiteside on 128. This will be the first round where 125GP competitors will accrue points within the Moto3/125GP class.
Though the 125GP class will still compete within the combined Moto3/125GP championship class, winners will be awarded separately for both classes.
The 125GP class will be a support class with the combined Moto3/125GP class remaining the Australian Championship category Brandon Demmery leads the over 300cc production class on 143 points, ahead of Callum Alderson on 123 and Aidan Hayes on 101, while Samuel Condon leads the up to 300cc production class on 123 from Drew Sells on 121 and Justin Hall on 103.
Also racing will be the 600cc clubsport, 600cc retro and sidecars.Practice is from 9.30am on Friday, 9am on Saturday and 9.40am on Sunday. See www.asbk.com.au.
n A meet and greet with riders will be held at The Breakwater in Hillarys from 5.30pm tonight.