VICTORIAN Tracey Davies is on track for more podiums when the second round of the 2016 Motul Pirelli Victorian Road Racing Championship revs into life at Phillip Island’s Grand Prix Circuit this weekend, August 27-28.
The talented rider from Warrenheip, just outside of Ballarat, is currently sitting third overall in the Superbike C Grade class in the state’s premier road racing competition.
After returning from a serious injury that occurred in 2010, she’s now not only claiming podiums, but achieving personal best times – including an impressive 1:01.500 at Broadford’s State Motorcycle Sports Complex – in the process.
“They’re not super-fast times. I’ve recovered from all my injuries. I’ve pushed forward and now I’m going faster than I ever have before. It’s very exciting,” Tracey, who is currently sitting on 53 points in the Superbike C Grade class, said.
Tracey also takes part in Motorcycling Victoria’s Girls Only Track Days at Broadford. “The days are fantastic. In between sessions, I like to help out other girls in the pits with tyre pressure and things like that. They’re really keen to learn,” Tracey said.
“A lot of girls have never witnessed other girls put their knee to the ground. They are now really keen to convert their road bikes into racing bikes and go racing, which is great,” Tracey said.
On this weekend at Phillip Island, Tracey is planning on breaking more personal best times in the Superbike class and will give the Thunderbike class a go for the first time.
“I’ll be racing in a new class and a new bike as well. I’ll be on a Ducati 1098 in the Thunderbike class. That’ll be a really good experience. I’ve got a busy weekend,” she said.
“I’m hoping I can hold onto it and win the class like I did when I was competing in last year’s Pirelli Road Race Series. It’s just a matter of playing it smart and being consistent,” Tracey added.
Tracey also wants to encourage others to give the sport a go. “After spending 14 months in rehabilitation back in 2010, I just want to let others know that they too can go racing and do amazing things on their bikes. It’s all about surprising yourself and having a go,” she add.
Tracey would like to thank Red-Mist Motorcycle Accessories, Abacus Affordable Plumbing and her partner Yoss. You can follow Tracey’s progress throughout the season here: https://www.facebook.com/teamtrackracing/
The second round of the Victorian Road Racing Championship takes place this Saturday, August 27 at Phillip Island’s Grand Prix Circuit. You can still enter the event by visiting: www.vrrc.com.au.