News 17 Oct 2017

Suspension improvements lead to positive sixth place for Schmidt

American import hopeful of podium finish at round three.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki’s Nick Schmidt charged to an improved sixth place result last Saturday night at round two of the Australian Supercross Championship in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.

The American-import believes the result comes after additional time spent aboard the all-new 2018 RM-Z450 in recent weeks, along with further advancements in developing his suspension package.

“We had two weekends off after the first round, and we put in a lot of work with the team and with the suspension,” said Schmidt. “My suspension guy did an amazing job and we made some big improvements.

“I had a bit of bad luck in the heat race here, I tipped it over again but it’s part of racing and the main event was good. We made a couple of changes during the day and they paid off.

“I got into about fourth at the half way point, but I just got a little tight and made some mistakes. We know we have the pace to run with the top guys, and we finished sixth tonight so it was good. Hopefully we can get on the podium in two week’s time.”

The factory Suzuki rider now sits 10th in the series standings as the championship heads to Virginia in South Australia on 28 October, marking the third stop on the six-round calendar.