Quinn third in Supersport Champs
THE CHANNON’S fastest man on two wheels, Chris Quinn, landed his first podium finish at the weekend, but it almost didn’t happen.
Contesting the third round of the Australian Supersport Championship, Quinn rode his Yamaha into third position.
Strange thing is, it was his back-up bike.
Three days before the race, in practice, Quinn’s first choice 600cc Yamaha was found to have a mechanical problem.
Together with brother Anthony and father Michael, who are part of the team, the Quinns took the suspension from the number one bike and fitted it to the back-up bike which had a motor 7-8hp inferior to the preferred.
“That is a lot to give up at this level,” Quinn said.
And the result?
His best ever finish – third in two races at Queensland Raceway.
Quinn was stunned that he recorded his best result in such trying conditions and couldn’t put his finger on the reason.
Maybe green bikes go faster.
After two years riding yellow Yamahas, the Quinn bikes have been repainted in the green of sponsor Coopers Pale Ale.
“That might explain it, I guess green bikes do go faster,” he said.
The Quinn brothers, who compete in what is Australia’s second-tier motorcycle championship, now have six weeks before their next round of competitive racing.
Until then it is the never-ending job of tuning and tweaking with Quinn left to dissect his machine and work out which parts of the back-up bike should go with which parts of the regular bike.
“We will pull the bikes apart and freshen them up,” he said.
“They have come along in leaps and bounds over the first three rounds so it's looking good.”
Chris Quinn, 27, has boosted his ranking to fourth overall for the season, while younger brother Anthony, 25, is 10th.