Turner scores podium in battle for SHARK Helmets ‘Rookie of the Year Award’
Corey Turner (Desmosport Ducati, 1299 Panigale) once again delivered the most points of the rookies at Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway for the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK), earning him ‘Rookie of the Round’ in the Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbike (YMI) Championship class, winning a pair of IXON Racing Gloves as part of the SHARK Helmets Rookie of the Year Award thanks to Ficeda Accessories.
Newcomer to the YMI Superbike class, Turner incredibly finished on the podium for his debut on the Desmosport Ducati. In Race One, Turner finished second, just behind ASBK mainstay Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1). In Race Two another podium was within his grasp, until he crashed with only a handful of laps to go. Thankfully, Turner was able to remount and still finish in an impressive eighth position.
The Queensland based rider has so far impressed with the transition to the YMI Superbike Class after his recent return to Australia. Tuner has taken the past three successive ‘Rookie of the Round’ awards. Turner hopes to continue make an impact and become the SHARK Helmets Rookie of the Year. Fellow Rookie, Mitch Levy (ATR, Yamaha YZF-R1) was also extremely impressive, scoring a sixth place in Race Two. Levy currently resides within second in the Rookie standings
Turner shared his thoughts after attaining that second place; “I can’t thank everyone enough for making their way down to Morgan Park Raceway. The boys at Desmosport Ducati worked very hard throughout the weekend. We had a few moments throughout the race but we managed to catch up to the leading pack and secure that second place. Big thanks to Fecida for the gloves,”
So far, the YMI Superbike Rookies class of 2017 includes: Turner, Kyle Buckley (Kawasaki BCperformance, ZX-10R), Callum Spriggs (Desmosport Ducati, 1299 Panigale), Aiden Coote (Consent2Go, Kawasaki ZX-10R), Troy Guenther (Saint Unbreakable, BMW S1000RR) and Mitch Levy (ATR, Yamaha YZF-R1). All will battle it out for the remainder of the year for the SHARK Helmets Rookie of the Year Award title.
Fellow Rookies, Spriggs and Buckley were not present at Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway due to injury.
At the conclusion of the Championship, the rookie rider topping the points chart will be generously presented with a crafted trophy and a SHARK Helmet.
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway Rookie Points Table
Pos Name Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Corey TURNER 20 13 33
2 Mitch LEVY 10 15 25
3 Troy GUENTHER 7 0 7
SHARK Helmets Rookie of the Year Award Standings
Pos Name Total
1 Corey Turner 114
2 Mitch LEVY 103
3 Troy GUENTHER 81
4 Kyle Buckley 68
5 Callum SPRIGGS 39
6 Aiden Coote 17