The second round of the 2021 New Zealand Superbike Championship took place on 16/17 January, around the 2.4km Levels International Raceway near Timaru.
All five ASP / Women in Motorsport NZ sponsored riders entered round two brimming with confidence after their successes at the opening round (which you can read about here).
Georgia Elvin managed to keep her momentum flowing from round one into round two. Georgia improved her free practice time by 2.336 seconds and qualified in third place for her Supersport 150 Championship races.
Georgia's first race of the weekend saw her get a bad start as her bike launched forward then stopped, allowing the whole field past. Undeterred, by the end of the second lap Georgia had caught and passed fellow ASP sponsored rider Olivia Goddard for third which she held to the finish.
"I really mucked up the start. Somehow I slipped it into neutral. I knew that there was going to be a lot of work involved to get back on the podium."
Race two of the weekend saw Georgia get a better start, and by the end of the opening lap, she was comfortably in third place. She held a lonely third place to the finish and claimed her fourth podium of the year.
Unfortunately, the third Supersport 150 race could not be run due to time constraints due to a delay from a serious incident in the earlier Supersport 600 race.
After round two of the Supersport 150 series, Georgia is 3rd in the championship with 77pts, just 13pts behind Samuel Guthrie in second.
Going into round two, Olivia Goddard was full of confidence after she had claimed her first-ever national podium at round one.
Saturday free practice saw Olivia get more familiar with the 2.4km circuit, improving her lap times with each circulation. Olivia set a lap time of 1:25.689 that was 1.645 seconds quicker than her free practice time. Her lap time qualified her in fourth place for her Supersport 150 races.
Olivia got a good start in race one, but by mid-race Olivia had lost contact with the lead group. She finished the opening race of the weekend in fourth place just 1.898 seconds behind third.
The second race of the weekend saw Olivia again get a great start, as she entered turn one in third place. By the beginning of lap two, Olivia was in a battle for third with Georgia Elvin. Halfway around lap two, Elvin passed Olivia and managed to hold the lead for the rest of the race, Olivia again finishing in fourth place.
After round two of the Supersport 150 Championship, Olivia is in 4th place in the championship with 66pts, 10pts behind Georgia Elvin in third.
Round two of the New Zealand Gixxer 150 Cup Championship was Billee Fuller's first time racing at Levels International Raceway. Throughout the weekend Billee concentrated on familiarising herself with the quick directional changes of the circuit.
Billee managed to qualify fifth for round two of the championship with a lap time of 1:28.661. By the end of qualifying, she had improved her lap time by an impressive 3.621 seconds from free practice.
Billee got a good start in the opening race of the weekend. Throughout the six-lap race, Billee was involved in a battle with Hamish Boyd for the Gixxer Cup 150 class win. She eventually bet Hamish, crossing the line just 0.834 seconds ahead.
Billee again got a great start and led Hamish into turn one. Once again Billee was involved in a race-long battle with Hamish. Billee fought hard on the final lap and tried to pass Hamish but was pipped on the line by a slender nine one-hundredths of a second.
After round two of the Gixxer 150 Cup series, Billee is in 1st position on 116pts, just 6pts ahead of Hamish Boyd in second.
Meanwhile, in the ultra-competitive Supersport 300 class, Madi concentrated on fine-tuning the set up of her Kawasaki Ninja 300 over the race weekend. She changed the gearing, suspension, footpeg, and handlebar placement. Madi qualified in sixteenth place, four positions better than round one.
Madi got a good start in the opening ten-lap Supersport 300 race of the weekend. By the end of the opening lap, she had moved up to fourteenth place. By lap eight Madi had set her best lap of the weekend, 1:16.137. Throughout the race she found herself involved in a battle for eleventh with Oliver Fuhrer. Madi finished the opening race of the weekend in eleventh place beating Fuhrer to the line by just 0.460 seconds.
In race two Madi again got a solid start. By the end of the opening lap, she had held on to her starting place of sixteenth. By mid-race, Madi had moved up to fifteenth position and had pulled away from Alistair Wilton in sixteenth by 7.774 seconds. At the start of the final lap, Madi had closed to within 0.671 seconds of fourteenth placed Oliver Fuhrer. Madi finished the race in fifteenth place just 0.514 seconds behind Fuhrer.
Madi got away cleanly in the final race of the weekend and she retained her starting position of sixteenth by the end of the opening lap. By the end of lap three, Madi had managed to move up to fourteenth place, which she held till the chequered flag.
By the end of the race weekend, Madi had improved her lap times by an impressive 2.926 seconds.
"I finally feel like I have broken a barrier into the next level of how much I can push myself and the bike around the track, and am slowly getting closer to that top group."
Commented Madi after round two.
After round two of the series, Berry is tied for 16th place in the Supersport 300 championship with Andy McLaughlin, just one point behind Oliver Fuhrer.
Round two of the Supersport 300 Championship was - in her own words - "a bit of a rollercoaster" for Eve Scrivener.
Eve started Saturday mornings practice session at a steady pace, as the session progressed she kept improving her lap times with each circulation. By the end of the opening session, Eve had set a lap time of 1.30.934 -seconds.
Then during Saturday's qualifying session, disaster struck. On lap five, Eve's right footpeg dug into the ground on the exit of the hairpin which resulted in a crash. Unfortunately, the injury Eve sustained meant she had a quick visit to Timaru Hospital and then had to watch from the sidelines for the remainder of the weekend.
The riders now get a break before the North Island rounds of the New Zealand Superbike Championship. The Championship resumes for round three at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, south of Auckland, on 6/7 March.
Words: Michael Wincott & Aaron Staples