Australian team Nextgen Motorsports, along with 3-times ASBK Champion Glenn Allerton have arrived at the Chang International Circuit to start preparations for their assault on the newly formed ASB1000 (Asian Superbike class).
Wayne Hepburn, NextGen Motorsports Team Manager:
It is NGM’s intention to form new partnerships with vested local business and be a front runner in the exciting new class . We have flown a full race set up to Thailand with our current model bikes to acquaint Glenn and the Team to the Circuit.
As we will be competing on Dunlop Control Tyres in the ARRC, it’s a must to start now and the 2 day tyre test after the final ARRC round is a perfect opportunity.
We know how important this test is, as NGM is unknown in Asia which is making building partnerships very difficult.
NGM is a group of passionate bike racing fanatics that do whatever we can within our means to race at the highest level it can. Part of our struggle is we are very good at the racing side of running a race team but very poor at finding external funding to help us be even better.
In saying that as a team we have done more than a lot of the manufacturer-based teams in Australia, all funded with passion . We want to be here with a signed 3 year contract and look forward to being the best Superbike team in the ARRC . We have plans to field smaller capacity machines and riders with the possibility of having a seat for a competitive local rider.
In Australia we are the only team to give fully funded rides to up and coming racers . The norm would be that rider would have to pay for the seat. This is why we struggle because we put the racing and riders before the business. It may not be the smartest course but we try to give opportunities to riders that they otherwise couldn’t afford.
We are very confident in our bike, the BMW S1000RR, our team members and especially our rider Glenn. We wouldn’t be taking on this huge commitment if we didn’t think we would win . BMW has a new S1000RR just launched and all the information we have so far is that it will be an incredible machine and we eagerly await its arrival . We will start the season on the current model which is still very capable of winning.
All I can say is we are very excited and hopefully our on track performance does the talking for us.