New preparation, new mindset but superbike rider is ready for battle
MOTOSPORT: James Creek supersport rider Luke Mitchell is taking a new approach into the final rounds of the Australian Superbike Championship with the speedster cutting a more laidback shape heading into Morgan Park this weekend.
While mathematically still in with a chance of coming over the top of the competition to clinch the title, Mitchell is more focused on ensuring he finishes the championship in the right fashion.
"The goal for the rest of the year is four race wins, but at the same time to take it more relaxed,” he said. "That is the only way I will win the championship anyway.”
Mitchell will be utilising a more relaxed approach this weekend, with the speedster excited to hit the track.
"Before I have been super serious before races,” he said. "I just want to be a little bit more chilled out and relaxed, I think I need to do that before the races.
"It's the nerves thing you start to over think everything about the track, but knowing that I belong up here with these competitors puts me more at ease.”
Mitchell has also taken a new approach to his workload in the gym, with the racer complaining of feeling lethargic after racing last time around.
"At the start of the year I was in a good spot, but when it got to round 3 I was starting to get tired in the middle of the races,” he said.
"I have been trying something a bit different this race meeting, it is like more of the same stuff but just doing it in different ways.”
Mitchell sits just four points off the ASBK Supersport podium with two race meetings left in the season.
This weekend's trip to Morgan Park in Warwick will act as the James Creek rider's pseudo home trip as it is closest to Mitchell.
But with two riders above him on the standings who race at the track every month, Mitchell will need to be on his game to come away with the win.
"I know I have the pace at Morgan Park to get the victory, and I know how long I can sustain that pace,” he said.
After a full season of competing under his belt in the Supersport class, Mitchell also knows what to expect from the top riders around him.
"Troy (Geunther) and Callum (Spriggs) aren't going to pull the most aggressive move on you, they are going to be calculated,” he said.
"Whereas you know Sam (Clarke, championship leader) will try and use his speed.
"You know who's behind you, you know what to expect.
"I just need to get the early jump and lead them around the track.”