Luke hits top gear
SUPERBIKES: Despite finishing on the podium in the opening round of the Australian Superbike Championship, Townsend’s Luke Mitchell thought he could have done more at Phillip Island.
The Supersport class rider said a lack of time on the course before race day hampered his efforts.
That will not be the case when he lines up in Round 2 this weekend at Wakefield Park raceway, near Goulburn, after a stringent test run two weeks ago.
“My pace was pretty good on that test day on old tyres,” Mitchell said. “I think I did 110 laps of the track that day.
“I know where every bump, every rock and every line that is on that track now.
“That is what we didn’t get to do at Phillip Island. It is a massive help, just to get the swing of the track and to know what to expect on race day.”
For Mitchell the preparation before a big race day counts more than the day itself, with the rider doing extensive work ahead of this weekend.
“I must have done 15 to 20 practice starts in my drive way since Phillip Island just to get it right,” Mitchell said. “I burnt out a clutch doing it.
“Practice makes perfect, especially on the starting because you only get one shot at it.”
Mitchell sits 18 points behind championship leader Troy Guenther, who Mitchell believes could be hard to catch.
“The guy leading the championship is just so strong everywhere,” Mitchell said. “I can stick with him at those tracks, but it is beating him that might be a problem.
“We have two totally different types of riding so whoever is in front is seriously hard to pass.
“I need to get that start.”