Expert help shaves time
BERTRAND Bares was able to draw on experience from the Le Mans 24-hour race in France to adjust the bike of young gun Callum Barker at Morgan Park Raceway this week.
Barker is one of 60 riders in Warwick for the start of Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland (MSQ) 2012 action at the raceway this weekend.
Bares has lived at Laidley for the past six years and offered to assist Barker after reading a story in the Gatton Star saying the 14-year-old needed help with his racing career.
Motorcycle racing isn't just about jumping on a bike and going as fast as possible.
On Thursday, Bares made adjustments to springs and suspensions on Barker's bike and the difference was seven seconds for each 2.5km lap.
After building bikes for 10 years in France, Bares moved to Australia, where he built bikes for 15 years, including 20 super bikes and one driven by Victorian Robbie Phillis to a national title.
"The principles are the same whether a bike is 1000cc or much smaller like Callum's," he said.
"You have to adjust the bike to what is comfortable with Callum's weight.
"Down the years, I have worked mainly on Suzuki bikes; I had an engineering business so made many of the components."
Barker, a student at Lockyer High, has high hopes for a successful riding career.
"I want to ride in the MotoGP, in which Casey Stoner is the current world champion," he said.
MSQ coach Dave Fuller said rider instruction preceded this weekend's competition.
"We like Morgan Park for coaching as it has a lot of corners and some hidden apex (centre of corner)," Fuller said.
"We attract riders who want to race and others who just want to be safer on the roads."