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McWilliams Triumphant on R10 at Phillip Island

01 Feb 2012

Australia may have won yesterday’s International Challenge team event at Phillip Island in Melbourne, Australia, but Northern Ireland’s former Grand Prix ace Jeremy McWilliams, who led the UK team to second place overall – also took the individual honours for the second successive year at the Island Classic event using Bridgestone's BATTLAX Racing R10 tyre combination.

The 47-year-old, who will make his North West 200 debut in May riding an R10 shod Super Twin Kawasaki for Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki team, sealed the individual honours with a final race victory on Sunday aboard an immaculately prepared XR69 Suzuki.

McWilliams is no stranger to Phillip Island success. He secured pole at the 4.45km Victorian circuit in 1999 when he put his 250GP Aprilia on pole. Then he did it again in 2000 on the Aprilia 500GP V-twin, and then again in the first year of MotoGP in 2002; this time on the Proton KR3 500cc two-stroke against the 990cc MotoGP four-strokes. Each time McWilliams had Valentino Rossi behind him.
McWilliams joins a distinguished list of top points' scorers and International Challenge champions in recent years: Steve Martin in 2010, 1987 World 500GP champion Wayne Gardner in 2009, two-times Australian Superbike champion Malcolm Campbell in 2008 and Rob Phillis in 2007.

Despite only arriving in Australia on Thursday, the former 250cc Grand Prix winner posted two further third-placed podiums and a fourth place giving him a slender two-point winning margin overall. Beau Beaton riding a classic Vincent was second, with six-time Australia Superbike champion Rob Phillis third on a Suzuki Katana.

McWilliams also picked up the inaugural Ken Wootten International Perpetual Trophy for his weekend efforts, in memory of the well-respected Australian motorcycle journalist who sadly passed away just last year.

Jeremy McWilliams:
"It wasn't ideal preparation arriving a bit late this year due to circumstances beyond my control, but I love competing at this event and I wouldn't have missed it. The XR69 Suzuki is a great big bike to ride and the combination of great bike, enthusiastic rider and Bridgestone tyres was the winning formula. I won the final race but would have liked another, but like last year I've shown that consistency is the key to the overall victory here. I've had a great time as usual so big thanks to the organisers, Roger Winfield for the bike and Bridgestone for great rubber. Hopefully I can come back and make it a hat-trick in 2013."

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