Another Record for McMartin!
The final round of the Australian Superbike Championships were held at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway over the weekend of the 17 to 19 Aug 2007 which saw mixed conditions play havoc with Sundays program. The final round of the series marked the end of another very successful session for Craig McMartin and The Carbonize Race Team which saw McMartin take a record breaking 7th consecutive Pro-Twins Championship.
McMartin, riding the Carbonize Racing Ducati 1098S, qualified in second position behind the Yamaha FZ1 of Scott Charlton during Saturday morning’s combined Pro-Twins/Nakedbike qualifying session. Race one on Saturday provided the close racing that fans have become accustomed to throughout the 2007 session with McMartin, Charlton and Cartwright battling for the lead for most the race before McMartin and Charlton were able to break away with a small gap with only a few laps to go. The final lap was typical of the great battles between McMartin and Charlton throughout the 2007 session with the pair separated by only 0.08sec at the flag, McMartin taking the win from Charlton while Cartwright finished in 3rd position. Heavy rain and very poor conditions at Eastern Creek on Sunday saw many riders come to grief in the tricky conditions and McMartin decided not to compete in the slippery and dangerous conditions, having already wrapped up the championship at the previous round.
The weekend marked the end of a very successful racing season for Craig McMartin and The Carbonize Race Team with McMartin taking his 7th consecutive Championship, taking a number of race wins and pole positions in the combined Pro-Twins/Nakedbike class and remaining unbeaten in the Pro-Twins class. 2007 saw the debut of the much anticipated Ducati 1098, with McMartin and Carbonize Race Team taking victory at the very first race onboard the new bike. Continued development of the bike saw great success and a world first National Championship on the new bike.
Craig McMartin and the Carbonize Race Team are thrilled with the results from the year, with McMartin saying "I couldn't be happier with our results throughout the year, taking my 7th consecutive championship is an amazing feeling. The new Ducati 1098S was competitive straight out of the box and it was great to be on the pace right from the start and being able to win at the very first meeting on it was definitely a highlight for the team and myself. My team worked tirelessly all session to develop the new bike and give me a great package at all times.
I would like to thank my team, Nick, Jamie, Brad and Dale, for all there support throughout the year, I would especially like to thank Jamie and Brad from Carbonize for all the hard work and also the performance parts and accessories fitted to the Carbonize Racing 1098. I would also especially like to thank Nick from Teknik Racing for all his development work on the suspension. I'd also like to thank Pennzoil, Dunlop, Desmo HQ, Brisbane M/C, Sportsrider M/C, Ducati Adelaide, PB Smash Repairs and Gibson Freight for all there support throughout the year.