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Posted by Matt Price Racing on Sunday, July 2, 2017
Perth’s MATT PRICE is in fine form as he continues to power his King Racing Kawasaki ZX10r on some of Europe’s most testing circuits in quest of his dream.
He has leapt across from the ASBK Supersport Championship into the maelstrom of the Campeonato Italiano Velocità (CIV) National Trophy Superbike Championship. This followed a whirlwind two-day test for KRT at Italy’s famed Mugello at the end of the 2016 season. “To be offered a position in a prolific team within CIV, with all the experience and tools required for success, is a dream come true for any rider looking to further their career,” Matt said. That’s especially so when you’ve only competed domestically for 18 months – on a smaller capacity Supersport 600cc.
He understands how vital it is to use every session on the Superbike and the unfamiliar circuits to learn and move forward with his development into this seriously competitive class. Each CIV National Trophy event he competes with a full grid of 42 riders, including nine WSBK Superstock stars.
It’s a steep learning curve for 27-year-old Matt Price, who commutes between races to his work at home in Perth.
“I’m being given the best examples of how to handle the King Racing Team 230hp ZX10R around the best Grand Prix Circuits Italy has to offer,” he said. “The infrastructure around Mugello, Imola and San Marino is something to behold. The huge grandstands facing onto the circuits, the really long pit lanes due to the number of pit boxes is just incredible. Every circuit I have been to has had a museum with some of the finest examples in motorsport history, which leaves you walking around picking your jaw up off the floor.
“The spectators, fans and media presence that come through the gates on race weekends is on another level. The paddocks are a lot larger than when I contested the Phillip Island WSBK weekend in February 2016!
“With the first four championship rounds behind me now results have been hard – and emotions have been up and down with the roller coaster that is motorsport.
“I’ve have had crashes, a mechanical failure, wet conditions and mixed conditions already. So the mixed results at this early stage are foreseeable with new experiences I’ve never before encountered. The important thing is, we are improving every round.”
None of this happens, of course, without heaps of backing.
“Joondalup Carpet Court has supported me throughout my career; expert coaching from Mark Gill from Leading Edge Motorcycle Sports has got me to where I am; great race suits from Ricondi Motorcycle Apparel have given me the best chance to stay injury free; and Moto Alliance and SHOEI Helmets Australia for their constant support. The King Racing Team have put in countless hours preparing the equipment for race weekends and always want the best from me.
“And a huge thank you to all family and friends for their endless support, which has taken me to Europe to pursue a dream I thought would not happen. Cheers guys!”
Matt heads to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for Round 5 July 29-30, followed by Round 6 September 23-24 at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello and the Round 7 championship finale October 7-8 at the Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi.
If you can help Matt with his European quest, and would like a copy of his sponsorship package, please contact:
Matt Price Racing Team [email protected] 0420 807 357
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