Quinn brothers revved up
By ADAM HICKS AND AAP
THE Channon's motorcycle racing brothers Chris and Anthony Quinn are warming up the Phillip Island track before MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner makes an appearance at the Australian MotoGP at the weekend.
Chris and Anthony have both qualified in the top half of the grid for today's Supersport events at the Victorian track.
Chris, 23, clocked the 14th fastest time in yesterday's qualifying, while younger brother Anthony, 21, will start in 20th position on the grid of 41 racers.
Speaking from pit lane, Chris said he was lapping about two-and-a-half seconds slower than the top factory bikes, with the quickest private outfits only going half-a-second quicker.
"We're going to make a few changes," he said.
"The bike is not perfect yet but it is close.
"Though it can never perfect because you are always chasing the clock."
Maybe not perfect, but they are doing well considering they have had only three races on their new 600cc Yamahas.
"It's all working out so far, touch wood," Chris said.
The brothers fund their racing themselves and with the help of their family's businesses
Quinn's Buses and The Channon general store.
Their father and racing manager, Michael Quinn, said the boys would be pushing to improve their positions in today's racing.
"Chris should finish in the top 10 and Anthony in the top 15 if all goes to plan," he said.
It would be a big achievement for both as Anthony is still getting used to Dunlop tyres after changing from Pirelli.
For Chris to make the top 10, he will have to outmanoeuvre the 10 top-of-the-line factory bikes entered by the Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki teams.
Supersport racing starts today with two eight-lap events, and a final eight lap race tomorrow.
MotoGP practice starts today with qualifying starting tomorrow and the race on Sunday.
Meanshile, World MotoGP champion Casey Stoner yesterday unleashed a withering attack on those in the sport agitating for a change to the tyre rules.
He criticised a proposal to switch from two brands Bridgestone and Michelin to a single make for 2008 and claimed it would halt development.
While he refused to name the riders he said were anxious for a change, it's widely understood he was referring to five-times world champion Valentino Rossi and Spanish Honda rider Dani Pedrosa.
Stoner, whose Ducati uses Bridgestone rubber, was backed up by compatriots Chris Vermeulen and Anthony West.