Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Houterman Revved Up for Willowbank Return

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Houterman Revved Up for Willowbank Return

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THINGS are falling into place for Nathan Houterman as he prepares an assault on his home track this weekend.

Houterman has taken some time to get used to the demands of his first season in the 1000cc Superstock class of the Australian Superbike Championships.

However, after three rounds of mixed results, due largely to inexperience, the Plainland 18-year-old is confident heading into round five at Queensland raceway, Willowbank from Friday to Sunday.

C[pounds sterling]After my unlucky Australian Superbike Series round at Darwin I've been really keen to try and make amends and get myself back into contention with the Championships at my home round,C[yen] Houterman said.

In Darwin Houterman came a cropper taking a corner too quickly and colliding with another rider Co and the time since has been spent getting his bike ready to race again.

C[pounds sterling]As soon as the bike came back from Darwin, dad and I quickly bogged up one of the damaged fairings and a few other items so I could do the first possible track day at Willowbank, just to get used to the track again and also to give me a ballpark idea of where my suspension should be set at, as well as the ideal gearing for the track,C[yen] Houterman said.

C[pounds sterling]I was lucky enough to get the final allowable practice day at Willowbank on May 26 with no practice allowed for competitors after that date before the event.

C[pounds sterling]By the end of the day I was starting to get my suspension close to right for the track and established that I needed a 45-tooth rear sprocket, which I didn't have.

C[pounds sterling]Dad's been gradually getting the replacement parts for the bike to get it back up to scratch for racing and I've been busy keeping my fitness levels up and my weight down.

C[pounds sterling]I feel that I'm very fit now but I can't seem to get my weight under 85 kg. …

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