If Round 1 of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) is anything to go by, any of the six major teams could take out the 2018 title. Here’s a look behind the fairings of the six Superbikes, as they prepare for Round 2 at Wakefield Park Raceway, March 16-18.

Team Suzuki Ecstar - Image by TBG Sport

Team Suzuki Ecstar – Image by TBG Sport

Team Suzuki ECSTAR

Team Suzuki ECSTAR caught the attention of the nation and world last year when they sensationally won the championship with the brand new GSX-R1000R, in its first year of competition. Josh Waters pulled off an incredible upset in the second half of the 2017 championship, ultimately clinching the title at the last round of the season. The team is owned and run by former racer Dale Brede and operate out of Canberra.

 

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Mark Chiodo joins defending champion Josh Waters, competing in the premier YMI Superbike class aboard Phil Tainton Racing (PTR) prepared machinery for 2018.

As the bike that produced Australia’s Champion last season, everyone will be looking to take the fight to this powerhouse of a team.

  • Riders: Joshua Waters, Mark Chiodo
  • Team Manager: Dale Brede
  • Model: Suzuki Motorcycles Australia GSX-R1000R
  • Engine: 999.8cc Inline-four
  • Chassis Type: Aluminium cast and extruded perimeter frame
  • Top Speed (2018 Pre-season Official ASBK Test): 293 KM/PH
  • Suspension Race spec: Showa
  • Tyres Race: Pirelli
  • Brakes Race spec: Brembo
  • Exhaust Race spec: Yoshimura
Yamaha Racing Team - Image by TBG Sport

Yamaha Racing Team – Image by TBG Sport

Yamaha Racing Team

The Yamaha Racing Team is the tip of the spear for Yamaha Australia’s Road Race efforts. The team have raced the YZF-R1 in the ASBK for almost 20 years. Run and managed by John Redding, the professionalism and respect for the team around the paddock, knows no bounds.

For the 2018 season, the team have signed 2013 YMI Superbike Champion, Wayne Maxwell and young spark Daniel Falzon. With the brand-new duo teaming up for this year’s season, it’s going to be fascinating to see who comes out on top. It’s also worth noting that the team also welcomes back Cru Halliday, who will race the brand new YZF-R6.

  • Riders: Wayne Maxwell, Daniel Falzon
  • Team Manager: John Redding (JR)
  • Model: Yamaha Motor Australia YZF-R1M
  • Engine: 998 cc, in-line four-cylinder, cross-plane crankshaft
  • Chassis Type: Aluminum Delta Box Frame
  • Top Speed (2018 Pre-season Official ASBK Test): 288 KM/PH
  • Suspension Race: Öhlins Racing AB
  • Brakes Race: Advics
  • Exhaust Race: Akrapovic Exhaust System
DesmoSport Ducati - Image by TBG Sport

DesmoSport Ducati – Image by TBG Sport

DesmoSport Ducati

If you’ve followed the ASBK, no doubt you’ve heard of DesmoSport Ducati and/or Cube Racing from Queensland. Ben Henry, owner, mechanic and tuner at Cube Performance Centre has a vast history of success, with not only his own racing career but his two racing teams.

The team have signed three-time WorldSBK Champion Troy Bayliss for the 2018 season to attack the Championship with the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

DesmoSport Ducati’s sister team Cube Racing also has young riders Tom Toparis and Oli Bayliss under its wings.

  • Rider: Troy Bayliss
  • Team Manager: Ben Henry
  • Model: Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition
  • Engine: L-twin
  • Chassis Type: Cast ali monocoque
  • Top Speed (2018 Pre-season Official ASBK Test): 284 KM/PH
  • Suspension Race spec: Öhlins Racing AB
  • Tyres Race: Pirelli
  • Brakes Race: Brembo
  • Exhaust: Termignoni
Kawasaki BCperformance - Image by TBG Sport

Kawasaki BCperformance – Image by TBG Sport

Kawasaki BCperformance

Born out of Team Manager Kelvin Reilly’s passion for racing, Kawasaki BCperformance impressed many last season, with their rider Robbie Bugden being in championship contention until the final race.

Now the team have signed former YMI Superbike Champion, Bryan Staring who has a wealth of experience and took an outstanding victory for the team, at Round 1. The team also retain Kyle Buckley who will be looking to take the next step, after an up and down rookie season.

BCperformance also incorporate its Junior Team that includes riders such as Benjamin Baker and Giuseppe Scarcella. The program is aimed to bringing young talented riders through the ranks of the ASBK Championship.

  • Riders: Bryan Staring, Kyle Buckley
  • Team Manager: Kelvin Reilly
  • Model: ZX-10R
  • Engine: 998cc, inline four-cylinder
  • Chassis type: Twin spar, cast aluminium
  • Top Speed 2018 (Pre-season Official ASBK Test): 293 KM/PH
  • Suspension: K Tech Suspension
  • Tyres Race: Dunlop
  • Brakes: Brembo
  • Exhaust Race: SPARK exhaust
NextGen Motorsports - Image by TBG Sport

NextGen Motorsports – Image by TBG Sport

NextGen Motorsports

The NextGen Motorsports team run by Wayne Hepburn, are no strangers to success in the past, including producing 2014 and 2011 ASBK Champions.

Now the team will be looking to reclaim championship success. The signing of three-time YMI Superbike Champion Glenn Allerton, shows the direction the team is going. Allerton won his last ASBK title aboard the NextGen Motorsports BMW and will mentor 2017 Australian Supersport Champion Ted Collins.

  • Riders: Glenn Allerton, Ted Collins
  • Team Manager: Wayne Hepburn
  • Model: BMWS1000RR
  • Engine: 999cc Inline-Four
  • Chassis Type: Aluminium composite bridge frame
  • Top Speed (2018 Pre-season Official ASBK Test): 291 KM/PH
  • Suspension: Nitron Suspension Australia
  • Tyres Race: Pirelli
  • Brakes Race: Brembo
Penrite Honda - Image by TBG Sport

Penrite Honda – Image by TBG Sport

Penrite Honda

The brand-new Honda Racing factory team operated by ER Motorsports has enlisted 2016 YMI Superbike Champion Troy Herfoss to take out the championship with the CBR1000SP1. Herfoss and Penrite Honda got off to a great start picking up the race one victory and placed third overall to kickstart their 2018 ASBK campaign.

Run by Team Manager Shaun Clarke, the outfit are operated out of a purpose-built facility in Altona.

 

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  • Rider: Troy Herfoss
  • Team Manager: Shaun Clarke
  • Model: CBR1000SP1
  • Engine: 999.8cc, Inline four
  • Chassis type: Aluminum
  • Top Speed (2018 Pre-season Official ASBK Test): 284 KM/PH
  • Suspension: K-Tech Suspension
  • Tyres: Pirelli
  • Brakes race specs: Brembo

Can’t make it to the track this weekend? Then make sure to watch ASBK action on SBS Live and Free 1pm-3pm AEDT, Live on Fox Sports 1pm-4pm or Live Stream asbk.com.au, from 9:30 AEDT Sunday March 18.

ASBK returns to Wakefield Park for Round 2

ASBK returns to Wakefield Park for Round 2 – Image by TBG Sport

2018 ASBK Calendar

  • Round 2- Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW March 16 – 18
  • Official ASBK Test, The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA April 3-4
  • Round 3- The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA April 19 – 22
  • Round 4- Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT June 28 – 1 July
  • Round 5- Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD August 17 – 19
  • Round 6- Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC September 7 – 9
  • Round 7- Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC October 12 – 14
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