“Firsts” for Michael Blair at Swann Insurance Superbike Series Round 3 Queensland Raceway 8-10/7/16


“Firsts” for Michael Blair at Swann Insurance Superbike Series Round 3 Queensland Raceway 8-10/7/16
First Win on a Superbike

Michael Blair took first place in Race 1 of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Series (ASC) 10/7/16. Swapping the lead with Robbie Bugden made for exciting racing and the lead 2 broke away intent in the battle of racing. With all laps in the 69’s Michael held onto the lead to cross the line for his first win on a Superbike. Michael would a have a slight advantage in Race 2 starting from pole positon.

First Pole Positions on a Superbike

Michael Blair was the only rider to record a time in the 69’s in Fridays qualifying, this time placed him in pole position for the AFX Superbike Championship races to be held on Saturday. Placing 2nd in 3 out of 3 races on Saturday Michael placed 2nd overall and is now 2nd in the AFX Championship. “The Yamaha IPONE R1 felt great all day, I was able to get good drive out of turn 2 which helped me keep up with Robbie”

Glen Allerton has been helping with suspension and riding tips, his expertise has been a huge help.

First fastest laps recorded in a Superbike race.-Race 2 & 3 AFX Superbike Championship 9th July

“Recording a fastest lap in a race against the competition in the AFX is an achievement. The team had the Yamaha R1 working well and I was able to record consistent 69’s for most of the day, the Dunlop tyres also performed very good in race conditions.” The combination enabled Michael to achieve fastest laps in 2 from three races.

First Crash in a Superbike race

Race 2 on Sunday, Michael started off from Position 1, at the exit of turn 3 Michael lost the front, “I was able to ride it to the pits for repairs but was devastated. One second I was up the next I was down and all I could think of was I’ll have to start from last on the grid, it wasn’t how I wanted my weekend to finish.” The damage to the Yamaha Ipone R1 was repaired in time. A huge thanks to Mick Poole, John Allen and Matt Blair for getting it ready for Race 3. Michael was able to take his place in 16th on the grid.

Riding with determination and ready to give it his very best shot at achieving the best possible result the flag dropped and Michael fought back making places in each corner. Once again riding smoothly and with consistent fast times, the final placing of 3rd was decided by Video review as it was too close even for electronic timing .022 between 2nd and 3rd place.

Michael Blair continues to improve his racecraft in his rookie year while trying to learn and improve on the Yamaha IPONE R1.

The support by Yamaha and  Ipone is really appreciated as is the continued support by Campbell’s Home and Trade Building Supplies Woy Woy. Also thanks to YMI, GASD, Bob & Yoshiko, SWEDA, M&C Plant Hire, BlairBuild, ARAI, R&G, Falco Boots, RS Taichi Leathers, DID Chains, JT Sprockets, NGK, Unifilter, Vesrah and Killy Chilli. www.MBR78.com  Facebook –Michael Blair Racing