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Meet the Team: Dirt Track Racer Simon Gill

MX flat track hooligan racing

Meet the Team

Dirt Track Racer Simon Gill

Elliott Motorcycles is excited to have up-and-coming Aussie dirt track racer Simon Gill join our team.

Aus Hooligan X 2018 was a great opportunity to see Simon cut his teeth in the flat track format.  He looked pretty comfortable out there alongside his competitors, holding pace with the leading riders throughout the day and advancing through the heats into the MX Class final.  While Simon didn’t take home the silverware in 2018, it’s only a matter of time before he is seen winning flat track races.

Practice and preparation is currently underway for upcoming dirt track races in mid to late 2019. We’ll keep you posted as the racing unfolds.  In the meanwhile, we caught up with Simon to get his thoughts on his flat track racing debut.

Simon Gill Aussie dirt bike racer
Elliott Andrews and Simon Gill flat track hooligan racers

Q&A With Simon

How did you hear about Aus Hooligan X and what made you decide to race in this event?  I first saw the event being advertised through Dean Ross’s Instagram page (the organiser of AUS Hooligan X).

What did you think when Elliott approached you to be part of his team?  At first I was a little shocked but also very excited about the offer and to see where the opportunity could take me.

What did you think of this racing format?  It was set out a bit different from what I was used to but it worked very well and we got through all the races with only a few stoppages.

What is your strategy? Get out front from the beginning and hold on, or tuck in second behind the leader, or just see what happens?  With the track being short and only a small amount of laps the only strategy you can have is try get the hole shot and hold your position.

What did you think of the track?  The track was short and very tight into the corners so picking the right line was key to ensure you were able to get around the track smooth and fast, making sure to avoid the slick patches and rough spots that formed as the day went on.

Simon Gill Aussie dirt bike racer

Q&A Continued

What category did you race in?  I rode in the modern MX class.

What motorcycle did you race on?  I rode a 2014 Suzuki RMZ 450.

What do you like about the bike you raced on?  I’ve always liked the feel of the RMZ with its power delivery and the way it handles smoothly through a corner.

How did you feel during the practice session?  I actually felt pretty nervous but also in saying that I felt calm and settled into it while riding.

How did you feel you went in the heat? Anything you’d do differently next time?  I felt I needed to be a bit faster with my starts, but overall it all felt pretty good.

MX flat track hooligan racing

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How did you go in the final?  Again didn’t get the start I wanted and by this time the track was rough and chewed up making it hard to get a smooth line.

Who of your competitors impressed you the most?  They all stood out really and it was good fun to watch the boys on the small pit bikes and 65cc flying around the track.

Keen to race again?  Definitely! Always keen to get back out on the track and improve from the last meet.

Simon Gill Aussie dirt bike racer
Simon Gill Aussie dirt bike racer
Simon Gill Aussie dirt bike racer
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Winternationals 2018

Corey Buttigieg Racing at the 2018 Winternationals

Winternationals 2018

The pressure was on,

Corey left Bacchus Marsh with his race bike and all his gear loaded in the trailer with one vital thing missing, the 160CI S&S pro stock engine. The plan was to pick the engine up on the way to Willowbank Raceway. It would only be ready at the last minute for Winternationals 2018.

On 7-10 June 2018 Corey Buttigieg and his Fasta Moto racing team, proudly supported by Elliott Motorcycles, travelled to Queensland for the Winternationals.  The Winternationals are the final championship round of the 400 Thunder Australian Professional Drag Racing Series held at Willowbank Raceway.

Corey was leading the championship coming into the Winternationals by 47 points. At Sydney Dragway, the meet before he had recorded an impressive 7.084 second pass.

The bike is a Pro Stock Buell with purpose-built race engine and chassis. So it’s a seriously powerful and finely tuned machine.  It needs continual work to make sure it is running at peak performance. Adding to the workload, Corey decided to embark on several changes to the bike for the final round.  The intention was to make it even faster.

Cory Buttigieg and Dan Lesnock with Pro Stock Buell Motorcycle
Pro Stock Buell Australian Motorcycle Professional Drag Racing

Sitting in close second on the ladder was Maurice Allen.  Maurice is a third-generation racer and multiple Pro Bike championship winner in his own right. Not only that, Maurice is the son of Peter Allen; one of the greatest drag racers Australia has ever seen. So his team were onto it and had given themselves every chance to snatch the win.

Thursday / Friday Testing

The Fasta Moto team arrived at Willowbank a day before qualifying (Thursday). We setup in the pits and started preparing the bike. The bike had to be fault free. Unfortunately, it wasn’t ready. So Corey missed the first run of the weekend (Friday). While preparing the team found an electrical fault caused by cabling touching a carbon fibre panel. The damage it had caused meant the whole wiring loom had to be changed over.  This took a bit of time. Fortunately, everything was fixed and ready in time for the second run of the weekend, which was on the Saturday morning.

Corey Buttigieg at his Pro Stock Motorcycle at the 2018 Winternationals
Saturday Qualifying

Saturday offered two qualifying runs. After the first run Corey said the bike felt slow. It was compared to Sydney. We kept an eye on the competition to see what times they were bringing in. Between each run the team check over the bike, adjust the tune and fix problems. Corey qualified but wasn’t the fastest. So that night the bike was prepped and everything that could be done was done to be ready for the first race.

Sunday Race Day

The Sunday race day at the Winternationals is epic. There is always a huge crowd, heaps of action and a roaring atmosphere. Racing consists of elimination rounds. So, if you don’t win the round, you’re out.

Corey was in the zone and the team was calm knowing everything that could be done had been done. If Corey made it through the first round he would retain his lead and win the championship.

Pro Stock Buell Motorcycle Australian Professional Drag Racing
Pro Stock Buell Motorcycle Australian Professional Drag Racing
Corey Buttigieg Racing at the 2018 Winternationals

Unfortunately, a reaction time of 0.215sec, ultimately knocked Corey out. Now it was down to Maurice, he had to win the meeting to secure the championship, which he did. Maurice raced well all weekend. Coming second is a tough pill to swallow for Corey and his team, after a year of hard work. Corey didn’t say much but “That’s Racing”.

Elliott Motorcycles founder Elliott Andrews joined Corey and the Fasta Moto team at Sydney Dragway in May and at Willowbank Raceway for the finals providing parts and technical assistance trackside. We’re proud to be a part of the Fasta Moto team and look forward to the 2019 season.

Fasta Moto is supported by Dan Lesnock from Harley-Davidson Australia, Zane Stevens from Royal Ink Tattooing in Melton and is also sponsored by Geelong Harley-Davidson, Covertite, IM Composite Technologies and

Click here to watch the full MotorsportsTV coverage of the 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle and Top Fuel Motorcycle Finals on YouTube.


Fasta Moto and Elliott Motorcycles Australian Drag Racing