FEELING FAST: Luke Mitchell of Townsend will compete in the Australian Supersport 600 Support Class at Phillip Island this weekend.
FEELING FAST: Luke Mitchell of Townsend will compete in the Australian Supersport 600 Support Class at Phillip Island this weekend. Adam Hourigan

Mitchell back on track in Supersport 600

MOTORSPORT: Maclean superbikes rider Luke Mitchell will be lining up for his first Australia Championship qualifiers this weekend at Phillip Island.

The Clarence Valley support class rider is competing in the Australian Supersport 600 Support Class with this weekend’s racing acting as the first round of the Australian Superbike Championship and the Phillip Island Challenge.

And while Mitchell was late to arrive in Phillip Island and has struggled for track time this summer, the racer is as confident as ever.

“Like my most people say I am feeling good, but I really am feeling good this year,” he said. “I have just been putting myself through the hard yards this summer on the push bike and on the motocross bike.

“I had a couple of days on track in Queensland, and it all sort of comes back really quickly.”

Mitchell unfortunately missed out on a week’s worth of pre-race testing for the riders but said he got a chance to look at the times of others and was not too fazed.

“I was looking at the testing times from the world guys, the top 20 are super fast, but from then on the times are all around times that I was doing at the end of last year,” he said.

“I know from when I did that time I was not training, I know I can really go faster than that.”

But Mitchell did admit that the lack of testing might hinder the team in the early stages of this weekend’s competition.



A show of spirit and strength

A show of spirit and strength

Memories of Goanna Pulling from the beginning

Heatwave: Temperatures to rise above 40 degrees

premium_icon Heatwave: Temperatures to rise above 40 degrees

Forecaster predicts heatwave to hit before summer

Crime scene established by Maclean boat ramp

Crime scene established by Maclean boat ramp

Emergency services respond to reports of a car in the Clarence River

Local Partners