Team Suzuki Press Office – March 6.
Scott Moir – GSX-R1000 – 1st
Sloan Frost – GSX-R1000 – 2nd
Daniel Mettam – GSX-R1000 – 3rd
Suzuki GSX-R1000 machines dominated the third round of the New Zealand Superbike Championship at Hampton Downs at the weekend with Scott Moir taking overall victory with a 2-1-3 scorecard over the three races.
The 33-year-old had the edge over series leader Sloan Frost, taking a safe and sensible approach to protect his points lead, while Daniel Mettam claimed the third step on the podium.
It has been a mostly stellar season for Moir so far; he won the Formula One class at the pre-nationals Suzuki Series, which wrapped-up with the iconic street races at Whanganui on Boxing Day, and then he also won the F1 class at Paeroa’s Battle of the Streets race meeting last month.
The only reason that Moir does not represent a greater threat to Frost’s national title bid is that he crashed his bike in both the earlier rounds in the South Island.
Frost had started the weekend a solid 24 points ahead of his nearest challenger, and his 1-3-4 scorecard over the three Superbike class races was surprisingly enough for him to boost it to 47 points.
Perhaps the Superbike class title chase could be considered a battle of attrition and, with that in mind, Frost said he was “taking nothing for granted” and would be careful not to make any mistakes at the final round in Taupo in two weeks’ time.
The points leaders in each of the other championship classes remain safely on top, for now, although the intensity of the racing at Hampton Downs suggested that nothing is guaranteed in this sport and anything could still happen at Taupo’s final round at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park on March 17-18th.