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TUNGATE INSPIRED BY MELBOURNE DOUBLE

Australian Championship leader Rohan Tungate admits his Melbourne magic made him even hungrier to land his first national title this week.

09 / 01 / 2018, 05:15

Australian Championship leader Rohan Tungate admits his Melbourne magic made him even hungrier to land his first national title this week.

Tungate heads to Undera for round two on Wednesday in the form of his life. He won the New South Wales State Championship and the Jason Crump Invitational at Kurri Kurri last month and followed it up with victory in round one of the Aussie Championship there on Saturday.

The Kurri Kurri-born racer dropped just one point on his home track and leads the standings 18 points – putting him three ahead of former World Under-21 champion Max Fricke.

The GP gave me a bit of confidence and made me a bit hungrier. Winning two races made me look at my racing a little bit differently and made me hungrier to do better.

Rohan Tungate

Tungate launched his season Down Under with a QBE Insurance Australian SGP performance any rider would be proud of – two rides, two wins! He beat the likes of Maciej Janowski, Martin Vaculik, Bartosz Zmarzlik and Chris Holder to send the Etihad Stadium crowd wild.

The track reserve could have reached the semi-final if he had been given more rides, and admits his taste of success against the sport’s elite has given him added desire to become national champion.

He said: “By the end of last season, I had some good engines together and I was in pretty good shape. It all just worked out. I came back here and have been training pretty hard.

“The GP gave me a bit of confidence and made me a bit hungrier. Winning two races made me look at my racing a little bit differently and made me hungrier to do better.

“I just have to take it race by race and keep doing what I am doing.

"There’s nothing I have to panic about. I just have to enjoy what I am doing and keep it simple. Hopefully it will work out well.”

Undera is a tight and technical circuit that can catch out even the best of riders, and Tungate admits he has had mixed results there.

He said: “I’ve had some good meetings there. Last year wasn’t too good. I was struggling with injuries and a concussion for pretty much the whole series. It hasn’t been my best place, but I am due for a good one there. I am in good form. When you’re racing well, you can ride well anywhere.”

Tungate is a man who produces his best results Down Under and believes a maiden national title is within reach this week, as the series moves to Mildura on Friday and concludes at Gillman on Sunday.

He said: “It’s possible. I am in a good position, and that’s what I really want. It’s what I’m in the Australian series for, so we’ll just keep plugging away and go for it.”

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AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Rohan Tungate 18, 2 Max Fricke 15, 3 Josh Pickering 14, 4 Brady Kurtz 12, 5 Jaimon Lidsey 11, 6 Mason Campton 10, 7 Jack Holder 9, 8= Sam Masters 7, Jordan Stewart 7, 10 Matthew Gilmore 6, 11= Robert Medson 5, Jye Etheridge 5, 13 Joel Coyne 4, 14 Cooper Riordan 3, 15 Declan Knowles 2, 16 James Davies 1.

 

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