Testing provides Elliott insight ahead of Mallala debut
Tumut’s Brayden Elliott has successfully completed two full test days at South Australia’s Mallala Motorsport Park ahead of the second round of the 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship, with it being the first time in five years that a National level Superbike event has attended the northern Adelaide circuit.
With this weekend being the first race event for Brayden at Mallala, the former dirt track rider took the opportunity to take part in two days of critical testing ahead of the event in order to prepare his Suzuki GSX-R bikes for the circuit. With improvements gained throughout the weekend at Wakefield Park at round one, Elliott is hopeful to replicate this performance and rise further in the standings.
“I can’t wait to get out on track at Mallala this weekend. I have managed to make the long journey to Adelaide prior to this meeting testing my bikes and learning the circuit. All of my preparation has gone great in the build-up and I feel like I can definitely build from our successes at Wakefield Park,” Elliott said.
The Mallala circuit is recognised for its unique layout featuring high speed corners and heavy braking points and with a large Supersport field, Brayden is excited at the prospects of close racing that will thrill fans throughout the weekend.
“I really enjoy the Mallala track especially the layout, it has a lot of exciting features in particular the heavy braking points. I think it will make for some great racing over the weekend showing the strengths and weaknesses of riders as the track provides slow and very fast corners,” Elliott added.
The three day schedule features four practice sessions prior to qualifying on Friday and Brayden admits those sessions will provide the opportunity for him to work on fine tuning the setup on his bike even further and increase his chances of a stronger qualifying session which takes place immediately following practice.
“The Hankook Tyres Suzuki 600 has felt great in the build up to this meeting. I would still like to make some more small changes during Friday practice to help me move forward and achieve my goal lap times. I feel as though my physical preparation coming into this meeting will help me during the ten lap races. I have managed to focus a lot in this area to ensure I can maintain the fast pace the Supersport riders produce,” Elliott concluded.
Round two of the 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship will take place at Mallala Motorsport Park, South Australia from 16-18 May.