FINE LINE: Luke Mitchell produced highly competitive times in round four of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship at Queensland Raceway. PHOTO: DEUS IMAGES
FINE LINE: Luke Mitchell produced highly competitive times in round four of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship at Queensland Raceway. PHOTO: DEUS IMAGES

Mitchell climbs back into top ten in super-bike championship

YOUNG gun Luke Mitchell has climbed back into the top 10 of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship and is looking forward to making some serious noise in the remainder of the 2015 series.

After injury setbacks in the early rounds, the 18-year-old from Townsend roared back into the frame with consistent performances in the fourth round at Queensland Raceway on the weekend.

In ideal conditions for fast racing, the Yamaha Racing Development rider qualified in grid position eight for the first race in Saturday's FX Australian Superbike Championship, with a personal best lap time of 1:13.290. Feeling confident, Mitchell rode a personal best time in each race to finish with two eighth-place finishes and a sixth to be eighth overall and into the top 10 in the series.

Mitchell's times from Saturday placed him in grid position eight for Sunday's Australasian Superbike Championship. Happy with a second-row grid position, he had a tough job with riders like Callum Spriggs, Rick Olsen and championship leader Brayden Elliott occupying the front row.

Less than a second per lap separated first and 10th, which made for some awesome battles throughout the day. Mitchell managed to finish with two seventh-place finishes and an eighth, giving him sixth outright for the day and third in B Grade.

He was very pleased with the results for the weekend, especially as he dropped even more time off his personal best on Sunday, getting down to 1:12.853 - just 0.4s slower than the leader.

Mitchell is now looking forward to heading south to Wakefield Park in Goulburn next month for round five of the Championship and then onto to the MotoGP at Phillip Island in October for the Supersport support class.

Hopefully by then his standard Yamaha rear suspension will be replaced with an Ohlins shock and a new race exhaust system fitted to the bike to bring it up to the same specifications as his competitors.



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