Max Croker on his near standard KTM RC390
KTM RC390 Racing Team rider Max Croker has joined team mate Billy Van Eerde at the head of a major championship, after a demonstrative whitewash of the weekend’s opening rounds of the 2017 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship, at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Billy Van Erde leads the ASBK Supersport 300 Championship and now Max Croker has won the first round of the official Australian Championship 400cc Class.
After qualifying second-fastest for the round, Croker was perfect across Saturday’s three races to dominate the first round of the championship. Croker then returned to the podium three more times for Round Two on Sunday.
Croker now takes a sizeable, 40-point lead in the 400cc class of the Championship, which continues at Queensland Raceway in July.
Other KTM RC 390 riders also filled spots on the podium on both days. Keo Watson and Hunter Ford did well to now hold second and fourth places overall in the Championship.
It’s the second time in a month that KTM’s LAMS-approved commuter with Moto3 DNA has moved to the head of a national championship, after 14-year-old Billy Van Eerde took over the lead of the ASBK’s Supersport 300 class at Goulburn.
Max Croker – KTM RC390: “We traced on Saturday and on Sunday and I won all six races! The KTM was going very well all weekend and the Bridgestone tyres were awesome. I’ve ridden lots of different race bikes around Eastern Creek in the past, but that was my first time on the KTM RC390. It was the perfect weekend and I’m feeling very confident on the bike now. The more laps of the bike you do the more you can find the limit. I couldn’t believe how easy I’ve adapted to the bike. It’s very stable and it’s an awesome bike to ride.”
Keo Watson – KTM RC390: “My 2016 RC 390 was fantastic. This was the first time I’d raced it and it had great handling and power compared to the other bikes out there. We ran the dead stock suspension and it performed great. I had a ball, it was awesome fun dicing with the other boys at that level. Now I just want to have a go on one of the 2017 models. Max says they’re a step above.”
2017 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship 400cc Supersport Round 1:
- Max Croker KTM RC390 150
- Keo Watson KTM RC390 110
- Yannis Shaw Kawasaki 106
- Hunter Ford Yamaha 94
- Ryan Sellen Kawasaki 89
- Dan Thomas Yamaha 88
- Tom Toparis KTM RC390 82
- Ryan Young KTM RC390 78