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DesmoSport Ducati and Broc Pearson round off the 2023 ASBK season

Broc Pearson has taken sixth overall in the 2023 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) after the final two 11-lap races of the season at The Bend Motorsports Park in South Australia aboard the DesmoSport Ducati Panigale V4 R.

Broc Pearson #4

Qualified: 10th (1:51.556)
Fastest Lap: 1:51.556 (PB)
Results: 9-6, 7th Overall

Final Championship Standing: 6th

Team co-owner, Ben Henry: “We’ve put a lot of work in this season, both into Broc, and into the bikes, which includes bringing in a new electronics engineer into the team and we’ve seen good progress through the year, so to finish the weekend 7th overall after claiming pole last round I’m disappointed, as I know we’re capable of a better result than that, but that’s the way it goes in racing sometimes. I think that Broc has progressed a lot as a rider, and we’re adapting as a team to continue to find the best path forward. We have several more new projects in the pipeline for 2024 that I’m excited to unveil, but for now, I’m looking forward to a short break before we get straight back into the new season.”

Broc Pearson: “That’s a wrap on the 2023 season, my first full season on a superbike. We had some issues through the year for sure, but to finish sixth in the championship despite that gives me a lot of confidence in my ability to race with riders ahead of me. After the test, we were heading into the weekend in a good position with the expectation that we would keep progressing on Friday practice but it just didn’t work out that way as I basically had a lot of trouble slowing the bike down. Qualifying was a challenge, but it allowed the team to pinpoint some issues and make some progress in the bike to let me race harder than I otherwise would have been able to,  but starting 10th it was always going to be difficult, so to finish with 6th in the final race, and in a hot and physically demanding race, I finish the season satisfied that I gave it everything.”

Troy Bayliss: “We knew by taking on Broc, that we would have a season where results would have to wait, which can be difficult to deal with when every member of the team is so competitive, but we’ve seen him continue to grow as a rider and show that he has the ability. I think it’s fair to say that we’ve also been on a new learning curve with the electronics this year, and we’ve made some big steps forward there to support Broc, but it’s a never-ending learning curve to find the best balance between electronic support and mechanical changes to arrive at a fast motorcycle.”

The Australian Superbike Championship is now over for 2023, however with round 1 of the 2024 season set for February 23 to 25 alongside WorldSBK, DesmoSport Ducati will take a short, well-earned break, before running head-long into testing for the new season ahead.

Posted on Monday, December 4th, 2023 in News

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