WARRNAMBOOL rider Ted Collins is stepping up in the world of competitive racing when he competes in the coveted Supersport class at the opening round of the 2016 Motul Pirelli Victorian Road Racing Championship at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex at Broadford on April 9-10.
The 16-year-old is gearing up for his first stint competing in the Supersport B Grade class after finishing first in the Supersport C Grade class, as well as second overall in the Supersport class behind fellow Victorian Ryan Taylor, in last year’s competition.
“I’ve only just stepped up onto the Suzuki GSXR 600 and we’re just learning the bike and hopefully by the end of the year we’ll be all over it and winning some races,” Ted said.
He has also been competing in the same Supersport class in the 2016 Australian Superbike Championships with Next Gen Motorsports. “Our goal for the season is to finish within the top ten so to be sitting in sixth place we’re pretty happy with that after only two rounds so far,” Ted added.
“I’ve been pretty consistent in my results so that’s really good. We’re definitely heading in the right direction,” he continued.
Ted also competed in this year’s New Zealand Superbike Championships where he finished 9th overall in the Supersport 600 class.
On this year’s VRRC: “It’s good that’s it’s a four round series. Hopefully we can be stronger in the second half of the year,” Ted added. “I’ve been graded to B grade this. It’s going to be hard this weekend but I’d like to think by the second half of the year I’ll be winning races,” he said.
The Motul Pirelli Victorian Road Racing Championships will take place over four rounds in 2016 with Round 1 at Broadford (April 9-10), Round 2 at Phillip Island (August 27-28), Round 3 at Broadford (September 24-25) and Round 4 at Broadford (November 12-13).
Ted Collins was also selected as an elite rider for Motorcycling Victoria’s Elite Rider Training Camp in 2014.
“The track at Broadford is a lot more a challenge for bigger bikes. It’s not a hugely technical track but to get that last bit of speed out of your bike it can be pretty hard,” Ted added. “I’m also looking forward to Phillip Island.
“It’s a horsepower track I guess but you can make up for speed on the back half of the track,” he said.
“I’d really like to thank Next Gen Motorsports, Magnum Welders, and Traction Control Suspension for supporting me throughout the season. It’s really appreciated,” he praised.
The opening round of the 2016 Motul Pirelli Victorian Road Racing Championship takes place at Broadford’s State Motorcycle Sports Complex this weekend, April 9-10. For further information please visit: www.vrrc.com.au.