Can current champ Kevin Curtain (1) keep local hero Mike Jones (46) at bay this weekend at QR?

Revved Up For Road Race Action at Queensland Raceway

19 Jul 2012

With the biggest fields and strongest rider line up so far in 2012, Queensland Raceway is set to roar to life this weekend as the YMF Loan Yamaha Australian FX-Superbike Championship hits town with all cylinders firing for two days of faring banging head to head frantic motorcycle racing.

Over 120 riders from all parts of Australia will descend on the Willowbank venue this weekend for an action packed weekend of road racing as Australia searches for the next Casey Stoner or Mick Doohan.

The Factory Yamaha Race Team squad with four riders and two massive team transporters will headline the show but will come under stiff competition from a range of riders and teams all aiming for a shot at the top guns of the sport.

The fast and flowing Queensland Raceway always makes for tight and exciting racing for motorcycles and previous rounds at the circuit has seen races won and lost by less than .1 of a second.

Racing classes include the premier FX-Superbike and the FX 600 class where riders will reach speeds pushing 280kms/hour on machines that pump out close to 200horsepower and weigh 150kilos.

Other race action will include what can be best described as the 'Race what you Brung' Formula OZ class which attracts the most highly modified hot rod race bikes in the country. Another class not to miss is the booming V-Twins that dominate the FX Pro Twins, Naked bike class. For some of the closest racing it is hard to go past the combined FX125/FX250, 400's and Supermono bikes in the FX Ultra-Lites. In the short lunch break each day Queenslanders can see for the first time the fledgling eFX Electric Bikes class.

“We are expecting some great racing this weekend at QR raceway which has just been resurfaced so lap records are bound to be busted in every class,” says event promoter Terry O’Neill.

“The riders have really supported our return to Queensland for this event this weekend and the weather looks to be perfect which will make for a fast track and close racing. One of the great things about racing up in Queensland is there are local hot shots like Honda mounted Brendan Clarke, BMW mounted Johnny Allen and Suzuki rider Ben Henry who all come out and challenge the series fast guys.

“Clarke who is an exceptional talent will no doubt be fighting it out for brand and state honour with the Yamaha boys for a top podium position in both in FX-Superbike and FX 600.

“The factory Yamaha Team has been the stand out performer so far this year and I’m sure the team will want to continue on their winning ways this weekend as it is a home town race for the Brisbane based team.”

O'Neill added, "QR is one of those rear race tracks that really works for motorcycle racing, every time we have raced there we have seen some of the best racing all year, so I'd invite all race fans to come out and see for themselves some really top end motorcycle racing this weekend when the YMF Loan Yamaha Australian FX-Superbike Championship gets under way at QR Raceway.”

The AFX-SBK championship has an open pits policy so fans can check out the bikes up real close for free and parking can be had around the back of the circuit so you can watch all the racing from the comfort of your own car again at no extra cost.

On track action gets under way at 9am at Queensland Raceway with racing on both Saturday and Sunday with tickets available at the gate.

For more information on the event: http:/www.aus-superbikes.com.au

ROUND INFORMATION
* What:  Round 3... 2012 YMF Loan Yamaha Australian FX-Superbike Championship
* Where: Queensland Raceway ...Champions Way, Willowbank.
* When: This Weekend ....Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd July
* How Much: Tickets Are at the Gate & Prices are:
Adult GA Saturday $30
Adult GA Sunday $30
Two Day Adult Pass $40
* Children under 16 when accompanied by an Adult free.
* Program $5
* Free Access to the Pits on both Saturday and Sunday
* Admission price also allows spectators to park around the back straight of the circuit in their cars at no extra cost.

EVENT INFORMATION
Motorcycle racing hits the track this weekend at QR Raceway. There are two full days of Australian Championship motorcycle road racing on track action with qualifying from 9:00 am to 10:30 am then a full day of racing with 15 races both Saturday and Sunday.

There are five great FX based classes racing each day with each class getting three races each day. The Premier FX-Superbike class has 33 entries which will provide some very hectic and hard fought racing throughout the field on the newly resurfaced QR Raceway.

The FX 600 class also has a strong field of 23 entries and will produce both some very close exciting racing with lap records bound to tumble. The combined Pro-Twins / Naked bike class is very popular with Europhiles as the booming Ducati and KTM V-twins tend to dominate the class on a regular basis. Formula Oz is our 'Race what you Brung' class and has the hottest most modified and most powerful bikes of any field at an AFX-SBK round in it. Many of these bikes have in excess of 200hp on tap.

Last but not least is our Ultra-Lites class which sees 125GP, 250 4-Stroke GP bikes, 400's and the new FX-450GP bikes racing head to head, add in the 450 Supermono bikes that are extremely fast and our smallest capacity class always produces very close racing.

Five great classes means there is little downtime during day with race and after happening on track. There is a short break during the middle of the day when spectators can come down and see up close the Superbikes in pit-lane on display.

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