Dynojet/Graves Yamaha Racing Development Supersport rider, Jordan Carlsson, has carried his form into Round 4 of the Australasian Superbike Championship held at Sydney Motorsport park, at the weekend. Following a string of podium results and an outright 3rd overall at round 3, Jordan carried his momentum into the Sydney round.
“I felt confident going in to the Sydney round” he explains. “It is one of my favourite circuits here in Australia and coming off the back of our results at QR, the team was very enthusiastic to get to work, so it was a good environment to be a part of.”
The twilight schedule allows only, two, 15 minute practice sessions on Friday. Following these, on Friday afternoon, Carlsson piloted his Yamaha YZF-R6 to the front row of the grid, in 4th position with a Qualifying lap time of 1:35:403.
“I knew we had the pace in us to run a pole lap. My chassis technician Steve and electronics guru Mark, have really worked well together to get the bikes working almost perfectly for me, which gives me a lot of confidence to do my part. Pole is ideal but we missed it by 0.2secs or so. I’m generally a good starter, so as long as we start from the front row, I know that we can fight for the win right away.” Jordan says.
“Race 1 was a bit of a 3 way battle for the lead where I spent the majority of the race in second but in the end I had to settle for third. Race 2 was pretty intense. It was a 5 bike battle for the win from start to finish. The last few laps I swapped from 2nd, to 5th and back but lucked out passing for third and had to settle for 5th. That put us 4th overall for the day”.
During Saturdays program, Jordan secured 5th in Race 1 in repeat of Friday’s event. In race 2, Jordan was locked in a fight for the race lead when rider error resulted in his first DNF result for the season.
“We were running really well in that one. It was just the two of us with a fairly large gap to third. I looked several times at the move and found my spot. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake, and it cost me the race. I wasn’t able to continue the remaining 2 laps due to damages. I was very disappointed to let the team down, but I know how well we were performing. I haven’t made a mistake for a long time, and this one caught me out, so I’ll be sure not to repeat that and repay the team at Round 5 in a few weeks, which I’m already excited about. We were able to hold down third in the championship despite our DNF on Sunday and are still capable of winning the title, so I’m still very positive about the next two rounds”.
The fifth round of the championship is to be held at Queensland Raceway over October 28 – 30.
Championship Position After Round 4: 3rd