Phillip Island Race Report: 25th-27th February 2011

WNR Kawasaki and Glenn Scott get started

Glenn Scott put the new WNR Kawasaki ZX6R Supersport bike on track last weekend for the first time during the opening round of the 2011 Australian Supersport Championship at Phillip Island.

The lead up to this year’s opening round has been less desirable than the team had hoped for with major delays in the delivery of parts from Europe, and Australia, and the late withdrawal of the team’s crew chief just 10 days prior to the first race. The motorcycle is also still using the standard camshafts and standard exhaust with only an Akrapovic muffler. It has been a frustrating time as the team’s testing schedule had to be abandoned.

Unfazed by the above, Glenn took everything in his stride and qualified in 19th position for the weekends 2 races.

Race 1 presented electrical problems causing Glenn to stop and re-start the motorcycle on 3 occasions during the 12 lap race. The end result was 20th position. The fault was traced to the motorcycles tip-over switch which cuts the engine in a crash situation. Chassis settings were also not to Glenn’s liking with excessive rear wheel spin and a difficulty in turning the bike through Phillip Island’s fast corners. Saturday night was a busy one for the team.

Sunday morning dawned with heavy rain and colder temperatures. The team would again face uncertainty with bike settings however the wet weather lessened the need for a perfect set-up.

Starting once more from the 5th row, Glenn made his way up to 8th position and fighting with Race 1 winner and Factory Suzuki rider Brodie Waters. For a motorcycle that was built just 72 hours previously, the fight was an interesting one. Waters managed to pass Scott at the end of the main straight with a little more top speed only to have the determined Supersport rookie re-pass him through the corners… at one point around the outside at 200km/h through Turn 1. The battle continued until the chequered flag with Waters gaining the advantage by 0.02 seconds.

Rider - Glenn Scott

“We are certainly behind at the moment but I know I can be as fast as the other guys when I get the bike set up the way I like it. I’m looking forward to having a bit more power. I just want to win races as soon as possible.”

Team manager – Warwick Nowland:

“I think it is important to always look forward. Regardless of the delays we have experienced this year we are in a very good position as we develop as a team and as we develop our motorcycles. Glenn will have more horsepower very soon however the important thing is testing. After the 2nd round, next weekend, our Supersport bike will have extensive engine development followed by several test session. Glenn did a very good job last weekend, he is beyond his 19 years.”

We would also like to thank our sponsor’s for making this year possible. InsureMyRide, Hunter Motorcycles, Kawasaki, Stahlwille tools, Motul. NGK.

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