Tauranga riders look to build success

Tauranga-based F1 sidecar riders Barry Smith and Robbie Shorter are looking forward to positive results at Manfield today following an encouraging first outing last weekend during round one of the Suzuki Tri Series.

Round one last weekend was the first time Smith and Shorter’s new sidecar had seen competitive action following a lengthy build process.

In spite of the fact that the bike was completely new, and hadn’t seen any racing, Smith and Shorter - from Smith Shorter Racing - were instantly competitive qualifying in second place.

They took out second place in race one despite spinning out in wet conditions and went on to take a third place in race two –which was restarted following an accident involving three bikes on lap one.

“We are feeling particularly pleased with the bike on its first outing and now we can’t wait for round two at Manfield,” says team coordinator Gavin Sokolich.

In the F1/Superbike category, Tauranga born and raised Sloan Frost also had a good showing at Hampton Downs in his second competitive race meeting on board the ex-Andrew Stroud Suzuki.  

After qualifying in third place, he went on to take third position in race one and after a tense battle with Kawazaki Rider Nick Cole, won race two.

Frost currently sits in second place overall for the series with two rounds to go, saying it was a tough weekend.

“I am still learning how to get the most out of the Fujitsu TSS Red Baron Suzuki but it is a very good bike so it is making my job easier.”

Frost, who now lives in Wellington, says Manfeild is his new home round and is confident he can score some great results and strengthen my championship position.

“I suspect Craig Shirriffs to be a force around Manfeild, as will all the usual suspects so it’s going to be another hard fight.”

Tauranga based M1 Motorsport will be looking to build on its results from Hampton Downs also. Linden “Magoo” Magee, who took over the ride at M1 Motorsport from Frost, goes into round two at Manfield in sixth position after taking 12th place in race one and third place in race two.

Round two of the Suzuki Tri Series starts today at Manfield.



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