Collins escapes major incident in Wakefield Park practice

Practice two crash sees Maxima BMW S 1000 RR sent over pit wall.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Maxima BMW’s Ted Collins was unharmed in a major incident during free practice two this afternoon in round two of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK).

Collins crashed on the exit of the final turn at Wakefield Park, the highside causing his S 1000 RR to tumble over the pit wall and crash into the pit-lane entry.

It happened in the closing seconds of the session, however the Victorian was lucky to escape uninjured. He was quickly on his feet and climbed over the barriers himself, out of oncoming traffic at the end of practice.

“We put a new tyre right in the end of free practice two because my weakness lately has been qualifying, so we went out and for me that session was qualifying,” Collins said. “I was going out to do the best possible time that I possibly could.

“I honestly put together one of the best laps that I have ever put together in my life around here at Wakefield Park – it felt really good and I was able to push the Maxima BMW S 1000 RR to its limits.

“I got to the last corner and got on the throttle a bit too early than the lap I had before and unfortunately I lost the rear. I managed to catch it and for whatever reason after that it let go again and flicked me off.

“Luckily I’m fine, I’m just a bit banged around from the crash obviously, but other than that I’m fine. The Maxima BMW team will build me up another bike and we’ll be back out there this weekend.”

Collins completed Friday’s practice in 14th overall, his 59.417s lap-time coming in the second session prior to the fall. Rain fall soon afterwards appears to have ended the on-track action sooner than anticipated for this afternoon.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

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