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Sep 10, 2013

Former Australian Superbike Champ Allerton To Race In FIM Superbike World Championship Event At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Former Australian Superbike Champion Glenn Allerton (14) on his NextGen Motorsports BMW. Photo by Andrew Gosling/TBG Sport, courtesy of Fluid PR.
Darwin the last stop for Allerton before WSBK assault

Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway will be the last hit out for NextGen Motorsports Glenn Allerton before he heads to America for Round 12 of the FIM World Superbike Championship at Laguna Seca.

The BMW rider will be looking to regain ground at this weekend’s sixth installment of the QBE Australian Superbike Championship, after enduring a tough round at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Allerton, who crashed in the final Saturday race, finished the double-header event 13th and 3rd and dropped to second in the championship standings.

Hailing Hidden Valley Raceway as one of his favourite tracks to race on, Allerton said he had been doing a lot of extra training to prepare for the Darwin heat.

“I have been doing a lot of extra work with my trainer to prepare for the Darwin heat as it will be hotter than what we are used to racing in April,” Allerton said.

“This is my favourite Australian event, I love the layout and the challenge of the track. I won a race here in 2011 but I haven’t had a round win yet.

Allerton will head to Laguna Seca following the Darwin event to contest his second WSBK round this year. He put in a strong showing to finish 12th in the second race at Phillip Island in February.

"The opportunity came about after competing as a wildcard in the Phillip Island event earlier this year," Allerton explained.

“The bike we have built for Laguna Seca is quite different to the one I raced in February which was basically my Australian Superbike. The new bike has had some upgrades to the engine and is about 19kgs lighter. It is everything we need to be competitive over there.

"It is a track I have raced on before so we are definitely going there to try and get a good result . The bike went over after the Sydney event as we have some infastructure in the U.S that has really helped with our preparations.

“It is summer in the U.S at the moment so being two weeks out from Laguna Seca, this weekends Darwin event will certainly help prepare me or the conditions over there,” he added.

Round 6 of the QBE Australian Superbike Championship will be held simultaneously with Milwaukee presents the Terex Australian Supercross Championship at Hidden Valley Raceway on September 14-15.