Sydney Motorsport Park (SMSP), originally called Eastern Creek Raceway, was built in 1990 to secure the Australian Round of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. It held the premier show from 1991 to 1996 before the 500cc’s returned to the Island. Although somewhat tight in the back section for the aggressive half litre two-strokes the layout suits the power delivery of the four-strokes, specifically the more nimble, Supersport classes.
The long front straight and the incredibly fast and flat turn one is without doubt a heart in mouth experience, and any passing attempt in this space requires extreme confidence in the front end of the bike.
From turn two begins the consistent left right sequence of turns that makes up 80% of SMSP. With so much time spent changing directions agility in bike handling is a must. There two hard braking points on the track, turns two and eight, while the rest require more trail braking techniques and are less aggressive, more fluid. As a result, braking suability shouldn’t compromise agility, rather they should work hand in hand.
The ‘stop – go’ nature of the back section of SMSP it is critical to have a well set up rear shock that offers good drive early off the turns from low to midrange, and this is where time will be made up, especially the run of the final turn down to the distant finishline.