â€œMy fastest speed down the straight was 194 kph on the KTM RC390!â€
KTMâ€™s team of RC 390 riders made a big splash at the first round of the Australian Road Race Championship’s Supersport 300 class.
Running as a support to the World Superbike Championship opener, the class saw some incredible racing as eighteen-year-old Max Croker left Phillip Island holding second in the over-300 ranks.
The Supersport 300 class is the second-tier of the ASBK support classes, and KTM fielded a dynamic trio of young dirt trackers including multiple national title winners Jarred Brook and Billy Van Eerde, all aboard KTMâ€™s exciting RC390 Supersport bike.
Despite Croker being the only experienced road racer, the trio came away with impressive results – Crokerâ€™s consistent 9, 10, 11 bringing him to within a single point of the championship lead.
â€œI was definitely surprised to get second. Weâ€™d had no testing on the bike, and just turned up with an exhaust for it and some suspension and that was it. With just those few mods it was incredible the way the bike felt.â€ Max said.
â€œI really liked the slipper clutch as well, and I was able to use that coming over Lukey Heights and into MG. There was no shuddering like on a normal Supersport, I was coming down through gears and it was just gracefully sliding in and I was able to point the bike to where I wanted to go â€“ that was incredible.â€ he said.
Billy had an incredible introduction to road racing, coming away sixth on the day despite being high-sided into the gravel and out of the second race. Heâ€™d earlier finished third in the opening race, and later sixth in the final.
â€œOne of the best tracks in the world, and a World Superbike round – fairly extreme for my first road race meeting! Itâ€™s crazy racing, the battles are just so much more intense. Dirt track you might be battling one other person, but in this youâ€™ll have like 12 at a time and can lose like five positions at once â€“ itâ€™s awesome!â€ Billy said after the meeting.
Things did not go quite so well for eighteen year old Jarred Brook from Gympie in Queensland. Despite being an Australian Dirt Track Champion and qualifying 11th on the grid, his machine decided not to button-start on the line for the first race, and he spotted the field in excess of 30 seconds while bump starting, eventually making his way back from 42nd to 35th in that race, then posting 18th and 21st across the next two.
Jarred was still upbeat saying, â€œI didnâ€™t qualify as high up as I would have liked, but It was a lot of fun. Phillip Island it is such a fast race-track and Iâ€™m not used to doing that sort of speed. My fastest speed down the straight was 194 kph on the KTM RC390!â€
AUSTRALIAN SUPERSPORT 300 CHAMPIONSHIP – OVER 300cc – ROUND 1
1. Zac LEVY 50
2. Max CROKER 49
3. Brandon DEMMERY 49
4. Jack PASSFIELD 47
5. Corey BRIFFA 44
6. Billy VAN EERDE 42
7. Tom BRAMICH 42
8. Ben BRAMICH 42
9. Ty LYNCH 40
10. Hunter FORD 40
11. Jarred BROOK 32