FINISHING ON TOP: Australian Superbike tour rider, Grafton's Lee Cheetham (second from right) with his race crew Andrew Harrington, Ashley Everit and Col Cheetham at the Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria during the final round of ASBK.
FINISHING ON TOP: Australian Superbike tour rider, Grafton's Lee Cheetham (second from right) with his race crew Andrew Harrington, Ashley Everit and Col Cheetham at the Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria during the final round of ASBK. Contributed

Privateer finishes maiden season on high note

MOTOSPORT: Stepping off the bike for the final time in 2016 Grafton's Lee Cheetham knew it was a year of achievement despite a bruises along the way.

Despite undergoing spleen surgery midway through the season and coming off in a horrific crash at Morgan Park, the 31-year-old finished inside the top 10 300cc production class riders in what was his maiden year on the tour.

"It's been a bit a of roller-coaster year with some race wins and then some crashes but we have learned a lot and it's been a whole lot of fun,” Cheetham said.

"I am very happy with the results in the National series for our first go and having missed five races to still finish in the top 10.”

Cheetham finished the ASBK 300 production series in ninth place but it was not the only competition he performed well in over the year.

The privateer also competed in North Coast Road Racers season taking out the inaugural NCRR 250cc Endurance Series while finishing a tight runner up in the 2016 250cc championship.

Cheetham said he could not have done it without the support of a host of local sponsors including major supporters Roches Hotel, Grafton Power Products and Cheetham Engineering.

Despite the season wrapping up less than a month ago Cheetham is already looking towards 2017 when he will make a step up in power.

"Next year is looking good with a ride on a 675cc Triumph Daytona with Roches Hotel and Cheetham Engineering,” he said.

"There is a big difference from a 39hp 300cc to a 120hp 675 race bike but that is not going to stop me with 2017 already looking good.”

Cheetham said any sponsors willing to come on board for next year would be greatly appreciated.

Cheetham is expected to continue a successful partnership with experienced race team Andrew Harrington, Ashley Everitt and Col Cheetham.



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