Racers Edge Performance Suzuki ends the season on top at
Racers Edge Performance Suzuki have come away from the final round of the 2013 QBE Australian Superbike Privateers Championship as round winners and wrapped up second in the Privateer Championship at Phillip Island’s season finale over the over the weekend 4-6 October.
As expected, the weather at Phillip Island added spice to the event but for most of the weekend fine and sunny conditions graced the world’s best racetrack. Superbike rider Beau Beaton took his first round victory after pole position two strong rides in the Superbike privateer class, securing second in the overall privateer championship in the process.
Supersport rider Mitch Levy also had one of his best performances of the year, but unfortunately crashed out of race one whilst dicing in a close pack for second position and finishing a fine seventh in race two.
For the second round in a row, setup was crucial with top speeds approaching the 300kp/h mark, the team worked hard to fine tune the excellent base setup of the Racers Edge Performance GSX-R. Tyre life is also an issue due to the nature if the circuit but was found to be excellent with the Pirelli slicks.
Practice and qualifying went well for the team with Beau qualifying sixth behind the factory supported riders and leading privateer.
Race one saw Beau get a good start and dice for sixth place with fellow privateers Linden Magee and Glenn Scott for the first few laps, Magee crashed out just in front of Beau on lap six allowing Beau back into sixth place, a position he would hold till the completion of the twelve lap journey. The eventual margin over seventh place was nearly five seconds.
Race two saw another titanic struggle in tricky conditions. Having never ridden the Racers Edge Performance Suzuki in the partially wet conditions at the start of the final race of the season Beau and the team took the slick option as did all factory riders. In the early stages Beau was holding station in amongst the rapid factory bikes of Robbie Bugden, Jamie Stauffer, Wayne Maxwell and Josh Hook. By lap 6 the track had started to dry and the lap times drop and Beau pushed as hard as he could to finish an impressive eighth.
Round victory by a point over fellow Suzuki privateer Ben Henry was a great result to finish the year with and resulted in Racers Edge Performance finishing second in the overall privateer championship.
In the Supersport class rider Mitch Levy had an excellent weekend only upset by a crash in race one dicing for third place with Michel Blair, Ryan Taylor, Aaron Gobert and Hudson Pitt. Mitch had his best qualifying making it thorough to the final Superpole session for the first time and starting both races from fifth position.
Mitch would go on to finish race two in seventh position after running as high as second early in the race, unfortunately the race one crash would mean a twelfth place finish for the round.
“First race we got ourselves into a good rhythm and the bike stayed really consistent over the whole race” beamed Beaton. “We were battling with Linden and then he stepped off at the Hayshed which is never a good place to come off, but I could see on the pit board I was pulling away from Glenn and I felt fine for the race and the Pirelli tyres felt great as well and we could push into some good lap times at the end of the race which I was really happy with. Second race was a bit iffy and was in conditions that I don’t have a lot of experience in, the Pirelli slicks worked really well considering the conditions and the patchiness of the track. I pushed as hard as I could and stayed with the factory boys there when it was really tricky conditions but that’s how racing goes and we took the overall round win. I must say a big Thanks to the Racers Edge Performance team they have put a huge effort in, and all the sponsors that have helped make this great package, Motul, RK Chains, Pirelli, North Coast V Twins, Performance Friction Brakes, PTR Vern Graham and Creative Artwork. I’ve had a ball, bike is shiny and I’ve finished every race this year and consistency has been really important this year and that’s one thing I’ve always strived is to bring the bike home. They guys in the team put so much effort in it’s a shame to anything different”.
“Great weekend, well apart from the crash” commented Mitch Levy. “This weekend I felt really comfortable on the bike, Phil Tainton gave us some good hints with the suspension base setting for the 600, just like he did with the Superbike and its working really well. It was great to be really in there and battling with the fast guys for the first time this year. The crash in race one was a real shame but you get that sometimes when you are really pushing hard. But for me, it was definitely the most fun weekend of the season by far, a big thanks to the Racers Edge Performance team, and also dad and Del for all the work they have put in this year. I am now really looking forward to the MotoGP support races”.
“Really happy with the weekend and the season result over all” Team Manager Greg Maher enthused. “If anything we actually needed the races to be a bit longer as our tyres looked like brand new at the end and the bike was consistent across the entire race distance. Honestly we couldn’t be happier with the bike, and the way Beau rode it. Fastest privateer in every session, pole position and a race win. Race two was a real gamble and Beau was considerably faster than some riders in front of him at the end of the race, again, a few more laps and who knows what would have been the result. Congratulations to Beau on the round win and second overall in the Championship. It was also a great weekend for Mitch on the 600. His times were good in practice and then to make it through to Superpole 3 was a fantastic effort. The round result doesn’t really reflect his pace this weekend due to the crash in race one, but he’ll learn from that. Well done to both riders, and a big thanks to all the guys who have assisted the team this year, Muddy, Doc, Dale and of course Ash Beaton for all his work. I must also pass on a huge thank you to Darryl Higgins for all the work he has done this year and Keith Del working with Mitch. Also, to all our sponsors who have made this year possible, I know it’s a cliché but we literally could not have done it with out you.
The Racers Edge Performance Suzuki Team would like to thank its long time sponsors, as without them it is impossible to go racing; Suzuki, Vern Graham Suzuki, Phil Tainton Racing, Link International, Motul, RK Chains, Performance Friction Brakes and Quick Lap Performance.
The Racers Edge Performance Team was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of one of Beau’s long time personal sponsors and supporters, Russell Phillips, on Sunday. The team would like to pass on our condolences to Russell’s family and many friends.