Wootton rides into lead

SKILLED AND FAST: Devonport’s Brad Wootton is leading the Australian FX-Superbike B Grade Championship. Picture: Russell Colvin.DEVONPORT rider Brad Wootton currently leads the Australian FX- Superbike B Grade Championship after taking a class clean sweep of all three races at round two of the championship at Goulburns Wakefield Park Raceway.
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It was a bittersweet victory for Wootton, after the weekend got off to a disastrous start following a massive crash in practice that heavily damaged the Suzuki racer’s main North West Motorcycles GSX- R1000 FX-Superbike.

An over exuberant manoeuver by a competitor took both riders down.

Reverting to the spare Suzuki GSX-R1000 that was campaigned in the previous two seasons, the race crew worked tirelessly throughout Friday to salvage any possible components from the main bike and provide a competitive package for the weekend.

“I had expected us to be at the pointy end this weekend, especially at Wakefield Park because it’s a track I really click with and the Suzuki GSX- R1000 works well there,” Wootton said.

“But after Friday we weren’t sure what to expect, apart from being badly taken out and destroying the main race bike, we expected to be in damage control championship wise.”

The 32-year-old rode to 3-2-2 finishes and second overall in B grade in Saturday’s precursor FX- Nationals series behind championship rival Joel Muddle.

“After Saturday’s FX- nationals races we had the spare bike working really well, especially considering all we had was just standard front road bike suspension,” he said.

“Luckily I had no injury or soreness from Friday’s crash so we knew we could be in for a shot at the win Sunday.”

After qualifying as the first B grade rider and ninth overall in Sunday’s FX-Superbike Championship field, Wootton took three class victories from Sunday’s races and rounded out the weekend 10th overall, moving to an eight-point advantage in the B grade standings.

The 2012 Australian FX- Superbike Championship now moves to Queensland Raceway for round three on July 20-22.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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