Major motorcycle meeting coming up in Warwick this month
MOTORSPORT: More than 100 riders from as far as Perth and Darwin will be in Warwick for the August 17-19 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championships at Morgan Park Raceway.
Motorcycling Australia media officer Max Rogers said the Warwick round would be the fifth of seven rounds of the championships.
"Honda rider Troy Herfoss currently leads the YMF Superbike championship and will travel from the Gold Coast to compete in Warwick,” Rogers said.
"Troy is originally from Goulburn but now lives in Queensland.”
Melbourne rider Wayne Maxwell is in second place after winning the Warwick round last year.
A quarter of the riders heading to Warwick next week hail from Queensland.
There will be six classes on the program led by the Superbikes.
Already 27 riders have nominated for the Superbike class and Rogers expects the number to pass 30. There are 17 nominations so far in the second highest profile class, Kawasaki Supersport 600cc.
Sydney rider Cru Halliday won one of the Superbike races in Warwick last year but has transferred to the Supersport 600cc class this year.
Halliday has dominated the class with wins in every race since a second place in the first round of the series.
Tom Toparis won the first round and is second on the series points table.
Toparis is from Goulburn and is a former Moto3 wildcard rider.
Rogers said most of the riders would arrive in Warwick today week - in time for Friday practice.
There is qualifying for Superbike and Supersport on Saturday and qualifying and racing for the YMF R3 Cup, Australian Supersport 300, Sporties Club Challenge and the GP Juniors Club.
Some of the most exciting racing will be in the Australian Supersport 300 class where there is more potential to overtake on the Warwick track.
"A future Australian Superbike champion could be racing in Supersport 300 in round 5 in Warwick.”
Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland will host the meeting on their home track at Morgan Park Raceway.
"The Warwick round attracts the largest crowds with great support from the locals,” Rogers said.
Former world champion Troy Bayliss will be one of the riders at a meet and greet outside Big W in Rose City Shoppingworld at 5pm next Thursday.