New Zealand SBK – Timaru Results
Suzuki GSX-R1000 pilot Sloan Frost continues his domination of the New Zealand Superbike Championship after earning two race wins at Levels Raceway outside Timaru this past weekend (round three of four).
The 34-year-old Frost now leads the New Zealand Superbike Championship by 43 points over John Ross, who currently sits in second overall. Ross and nine-time former Superbike Champion Andrew Stroud fighting tooth and nail to gain points over one another. This comes down to the rider; all three competitors are aboard nearly identical Suzuki GSX-R1000 bikes.
“Just a small change in temperature can make such a big difference with regards to tire choice and it was really just a matter of getting that right. After that I rode my own race, checking my pit board each lap and staying in front,” Frost says. “There are four races to go at the final round and I’m feeling confident. That’s my strongest track but there is still 100 points up for grabs, so it’s not done and dusted yet. I need to ride smart.”
Ross secured two second place finishes on Sunday, that allowed him to gain a slight points advantage over Stroud who took home two consecutive fourth place finishes on Sunday. Stroud faced some tough competition from Tony Rees, who scrapped by into third place, in the first race and Scott Moir, in the second race.
A mere 17 points behind Stroud, Moir remains fourth in the overall championship standings aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000.
With a month of downtime between now and the next race, the riders have gone back to their respective homes to prepare for the fourth and final round of the New Zealand Superbike Championships at Hampton Downs, outside Meremere, on March 5 and 6.