Jim Pearson Transport is proud to sponsor motorcycle riders Chris Hollis and Mick Johnson.
Chris Hollis is a two time Australian Offroad Champion and Australian 4 Day Enduro Champion. Racing for the Motorex KTM Offroad Team, you can follow Chris on his Facebook Page and don’t forget to check out this amazing promotional clip of Chris on his KTM!
Mick Johnson races in the Formula Xtreme Championship on a Ducati 848. Mick describes his results from the Wakefield Park and Queensland Raceway below.
Round 3 – Wakefield Park – June 15th & 16th 2013
Arriving after driving through the night with minimal sleep we arrived at a freezing Wakefield Park Raceway. With this meeting the Saturday is a practice day but still has qualifying and races but all the 1000cc ABCD grade bikes are in together (including our 848 Ducati). There is no control tyre so it gave us the opportunity to run Bridgestone slicks instead of Dunlop slicks which is our control tyre. We qualified 3rd fastest and came 3rd in the first race, came 2nd in the second race (which I should have won but got passed on the line while doing a wheelie by my mate Damian Sutton on his ZX10 Kawasaki superbike. We won the final race by 3 tenths of a second from Damian, I was pleased to beat the other superbikes being 3rd place a Honda CBR 1000 Superbike, 4th Yamaha R1 Superbike and 5th Aprilia RSV4 Superbike a great result for our 848 Ducati.
We Qualified on Pole position in the Pro-Twins race which was missing some of the faster guys from our Australian FX Superbikes Pro-Twins races but still had some fast riders including arch rival Darren Jones on his ultra trick Ducati 848.
I was a bit casual leading the first race and was surprised when Darren out braked me on the last corner on the last lap and out dragged me to the line. So it was an unhappy 2nd. Race 2- I missed the start a bit and was back in 3rd place for the opening lap till I rounded up local ACT rider Jarrod Houghton on his Aprilia RSV4 and gave chase after the escaping Darren on his rapid 848 Ducati, I caught him, both of us doing personal best times on a freezing cold track, Darren blocking every passing move I tried, at the finish it was Darren in front by 5 hundredths of a second. Bugger 2nd Again.
Races 3 & 4- Got great starts while Darren got caught up with the other guys and I cleared out to win both races by 5 secs. Great finish to the weekend taking the Pro-Twins win and Ducati 848’s 1st and 2nd.
The weekend before I was invited to ride at Sydney Motorsport Park (south circuit) at the Post Classic Race Association Rd 2 on a Honda CBR 125r in the CommuterLite race. There was a grid of 20 of these bikes with a heap of young guys on them. It was the first time I had ridden the bike when I went out to Qualify and ended up 3rd fastest, which was great. After dicing it up with the leaders and leading the race a couple of times I finished a very close 2nd to last year’s CommuterLite Champion Ryan Young. It was a heap of fun and good practice for the 848.
Round 4 – Queensland Raceway – August 23rd – 25th 2013
It seemed like forever since Winton and our chance to take on the best Pro-Twins racers in Australia. Queensland Raceway was our venue and it is always a horsepower track, likened to a drag strip. Our little 848 Ducati (albeit an enhanced 848) would be struggling to keep the big horsepower F1 bikes in sight but we were going to try. We had done a practice day there 5 weeks ago and we felt I could keep them honest. The bike had been at V-Twins getting checked out since then, so Squeak and I arrived at V-Twins Thursday lunchtime and together with V-Twins race mechanic Doc we wrote a fuel map on my lap top for the 848 to try over the weekend and headed off to the track. We arrived at the track, set up our pit and were back at our Motel by 9.30pm, perfect. Well nearly, but at 10.30 I thought I might just check the car was definitely locked before getting some sleep, only to find that we had been robbed, gone was my wallet, phone and worst of all my lap top, all my bike and work data for years gone to some low life who wouldn’t even know what it meant. Thanks Ipswich! Police arrived about 1am, so I got about 4 hours sleep and off to the track, after first walking the surrounding areas looking for my missing stuff- but no luck.
Friday- Despite all this we had the 848 on track and close to personal best times on well worn tyres almost immediately. So far we seemed as fast as the quickest guys last year’s champ Simon Galloway ( Cessnock M/C ‘s KTM Factory RC8 1200) and runner up Nathan Aboud (Aprilia Factory Team RSV4 Superbike) making up what we lost on the straights on the brakes, we missed the last session in favour of much needed sleep!
Saturday- FX- Nationals.
Qualifying- This was the most competitive field of Pro-Twins racers for at least 10 years with anyone of 8 or 9 guys capable of winning, it was going to be tight, and it was the top 7 covered by less than 1 second and from 2nd-7th covered by .5sec. we were 7th fastest (after setting a new Personal Best for QR) in a field of 20 and fastest F2 Pro-Twins bike.
Race 1 – Got away ok and was in a battle for 5th with John Williams ( Alumalite 1198S Ducati) and Adrian Pierpoint (Aprilia RSV4 Tuono) when the race was red flagged after Jonathon Pinkney cart wheeled his RSV4 Aprilia at the end of the back straight. Upon the restart we ended up in a battle with 8 of us trying to get to the front but ended up 5th 2 secs back from winner Michael McMillan (McMillan Criminal Law RSV4 Factory Aprilia). We Were 1st F2 Pro-Twins bike.
Race 2- Off to a great start on this one and 3rd in to turn one when a barely in control Lachie Thomas (normally on his Honda Superbike, but also riding the FZ1 Yamaha Naked Bike) stuck it up the inside of me and ran me wide till I had grass for traction, this resulted in being passed by 4 more riders, finishing the 1st lap 10th. A good recovery had me back to 7th at the end only 3 tenths of a second behind 5th. But 1st F2 bike.
Race 3- I missed the start on this one but recovered well to enter into a torrid battle with Adrian and John again but also Paul Dutton (Ultra Spray Ducati 1198S) Mario Gonzalez (Aprilia RSV4). Adrian helping me out by getting way out of shape pushing the guys wide at turn 3 while I snuck up the inside, a lap latter I had squeezed past John Williams and was looking up the track as I approached the last lap and unbelievably the leading trio of Craig Trinder (Aprilia Factory Team RSV4), Simon Galloway ( Cessnock M/C’s KTM RC8) and Nathan Aboud (Aprilia Factory Team RSV4) were slowing dramatically, they had mistaken the white last lap flag for the chequered flag, unlucky because I swooped past, except Nathan heard me coming and got going cutting across my front wheel slowing my progress as he nailed the rapid Aprilia to the stops, needless to say he won the drag race over the 848 but was only .5 in front as we crossed the line for a brilliant if slightly cheeky 2nd place, and 1st F2 Pro-Twins Bike. Yea us. During the interview I invited everyone to come to Hoggies Ipswich that night which a lot of the Pro-Twins and other classes did, some unfortunately couldn’t get in, Hoggies was pumping.