McMartin Takes 7 at Queensland!
Craig McMartin and the Carbonize Race Team traveled to Queensland for the double header 6th & 7th rounds of the Australian Superbike Championships which were held at the fast Queensland Raceway. McMartin, riding the Carbonize Racing Ducati 1098S, had a very successful weekend at Qld taking 3 wins from 4 starts, setting a new class lap record and taking his 7th consecutive Pro-Twins Championship.
After arriving at the circuit on Wednesday morning, the Carbonize Race Team went straight to work preparing the Ducati 1098S race bike for the tough 4 day event. The hard work paid off with McMartin taking pole position with a time of 1:12.582, more than half a second clear of his nearest rival, Scott Charlton (Yamaha FZ1000).
Race one on Saturday got underway under sunny skies and McMartin was right on the pace from the start, having a short battle with Scott Charlton before pulling clear to take a comfortable win from Craig Trinder (MV F4) and Scott Charlton (Yamaha FZ1). Race 2 was a similar affair with McMartin dominating for the majority of the race, setting a new lap record of 1:12.241 on his way to his second win of the day ahead of Jon Cartwright (Yamaha FZ1) and Scott Charlton.
Race one on Sunday was again held under sunny skies and McMartin was again off to a good start before fading brakes forced him to settle for second position behind Jon Cartwright while Craig Trinder finished in 3rd position. Badly worn brake pads were discovered to be the cause of the fading brakes on McMartin’s 1098. With the brake pads replaced for the final race of the gruelling 4 day event, McMartin was again the pace setter, consistently lapping in the low 1:12 s bracket before finishing 1.5 seconds clear of Roland Kruck (Yamaha FZ1) and Jon Cartwright.
Craig McMartin was very happy with the results on the weekend. “Apart from the minor problem with the brakes on Sunday, the Carbonize 1098 was competitive all weekend. The 1098 performed great and I was able to push hard to take the win in both Saturday’s races and also the final race of the weekend. I’d like to thank Carbonize for all their work on the bike, Nick from TeckNik for the great work setting up the suspension. I’d also like to thank Pennzoil, Dunlop, Desmo HQ, Brisbane M/C, Sportsrider M/C, PB Smash Repairs and Gibson Freight for all there support.” Craig now holds an unbeatable lead in the Pro-Twins Championship standings with 405 points, 100 points clear of Paul Roe, with one round remaining.