Aussies ready for WSBK assault at Phillip Island
As the business end of the Australian Round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship swings into gear, the Australian riders are beginning to make their moves.
With a total six riders competing, the strong Aussie contingent is certainly turning heads, led by WSBK wildcard sensation Josh Waters and Supersport star Broc Parkes.
The duo were the standouts during important practice and qualifying sessions, announcing themselves as forces to be reckoned with in the coming days.
Yoshimura Suzuki mounted Waters has ticked every box in the opening two sessions, recording the 10th fastest time in Friday's all-important Qualifying Practice session.
Regarded as one of the best Road Racing talents in Australia, Waters looks to have taken well to his temporary team and appears on-track to be fighting it out at the pointy end of the field by Sunday.
Not to be outdone, WSBK Supersport rider Parkes has been a model of consistency since testing began at Phillip Island on Monday, recording some of the fastest times for the week.
Geared to make an assault on the WSBK Supersport crown, Parkes is expecting to be fighting it out for the chequered flag on Sunday onboard his Kawasaki Motocard.com machine.
While Waters is making waves, fans will not have to look far for more Aussies to support in the premier class, with two-time World Champion and BMW mounted Troy Corser, looking to add to his seven race wins at the Phillip Island circuit.
In his 17th year on the WSBK tour, Corser displayed his resilient qualities recovering from a disastrous free practice session to be on the cusp of the top 10 following qualifying practice.
While Corser is the veteran of the Aussie riders, rising stars like Mark Aitchison and Bryan Staring will also be on show this weekend.
The duo are making their WSBK debut, with Staring continuing on the form that saw him win the 2010 ASBK Championship.
Teaming up with Aitchison under the Pedercini Kawasaki banner the pair look certain to be mixing it with the best over the coming two days.
Mitchell Pirotta may be the youngest of the six, but he is not lacking in skill and speed as he has shown in the early going in the WSBK Supersport class.
The KUJA Honda rider will be eager to show improvement over the weekend as he looks to impress during the first round of what shapes as an exciting season for the Aussie young gun.