Phillip Island: Steve Martin race notes

Career best Superbike finish for Steve Martin. Adelaide born World Superbike racer Steve Martin stormed to a brilliant fourth place finish at Phillip Island, his best ever finish in the World Superbike championship. Steve fought a titanic...

Career best Superbike finish for Steve Martin.

Adelaide born World Superbike racer Steve Martin stormed to a brilliant fourth place finish at Phillip Island, his best ever finish in the World Superbike championship.

Steve fought a titanic battle with Troy Corser and Regis Laconi, overhauling both riders in the closing stages to claim fourth place and 13 championship points.

"That was great fun, I really enjoyed that although it was very hard work," said Steve just after the race. "It seemed like a really long race and I'll admit I was relieved to see the last lap board come out!"

In the second race the track had heated up and conditions were no longer ideally suited to the Pirelli tyres and the bike's setup. Steve finished the race ninth, a creditable result in the circumstances.

"It meant a lot to me to do well here at home in Australia," said Steve. "My sponsors, such as Ducati Sydney and Bilia Volvo, and my friends and family were here in force today and that put an extra bit of pressure on me to do well as I hate to disappoint people who have supported me for so long."

But Steve didn't disappoint and all the Australian spectators present were delighted with his results.

Race One, Race results and best lap times:
4. S Martin, AUS, Ducati, 1'35.050

Race Two,
9. S Martin, AUS, Ducati, 1'35.512

-smr-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Steve Martin , Troy Corser , Laconi Régis , Phillip Island