SHOWER TIME: Townsend superbike rider Luke Mitchell (right) on the winner’s podium.
SHOWER TIME: Townsend superbike rider Luke Mitchell (right) on the winner’s podium. Contributed

Mitchell kick starts season in right way

MOTORSPORT: The racing season has kicked off in one the best possible ways for Townsend support class rider Luke Mitchell.

The 19-year-old found himself standing on the podium after what was a tough and troublesome weekend at Phillip Island.

The Yamaha YRD rider suffered early on after he had a shorter preparation time on course before the weekend of racing.

"After how the weekend started I am stoked with the result," Mitchell said.

"I sort of went down the wrong road with bike set up, and we were nowhere.

"We chose the wrong tyre to run on the back and then we spent all our practice getting it right.

"I ended up qualifying in eighth so before the first race we swapped tyres. We just went blind into the first race."

Despite the early hiccup, Mitchell stayed positive that he could earn a place on the podium.

"I knew if I could start good I could hop up the list pretty quickly," he said.

"I got a good start in all three of the races and I made up two or three positions with every start."

After the three events Mitchell finished on 41 points in third position. He now sits 18.5 points behind the Australian Supersport Championship leader Troy Guenther and has his sights firmly set on chasing the Queensland rider down.



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