VICTORIAN Matt Barton will take one step closer to his ultimate goal of becoming world champion after earning a wildcard entry into next month’s 2015 Pramac Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island on October 16-18.
Matt, 19, from Ballan, 60 minutes outside of Melbourne, will compete in the Moto3 class against the best racers in the world.
The aspiring professional racer competes in the coveted Australian Superbike Championships, and is sitting third after previously leading the championship, with its last round also taking place at Phillip Island on October 2-4.
Matt was thrilled after hearing the news that he’d earned a wildcard into Australia’s biggest motorcycle race. “It’s been years in the making. It’s really pleasing and something that I’ve wanted to achieve for a long time,” Matt said.
“To be given the opportunity to mix it with the best in the world, and to be considered worthy of a chance to race against these guys, it’s a pretty cool thing,” Matt added.
“I’ll be looking forward to the whole show. The experience of being in the paddock and working alongside the professionals that make MotoGP what it is will be really exciting,” he said.
Matt is aiming for a solid performance at Phillip Island. “Anyone who is in front of me I want to try and pass and I want to beat anyone that I can,” Matt said.
“Without the factory support, I’ll aim to be the top Australian in the class, put in the best performance for a wildcard, and finish in the top 25. To get points will be the pinnacle.”
The talented teenager they call ‘The Matt-Man’ has won plenty of trophies in his fledgling career, winning the 2011 Victorian 80cc title at the Victorian Road Racing Championships.
He also claimed a close second in the 125cc Motorcycle Road Race Development Association Series and was also selected by Red Bull Australia to compete at the Red Bull Rookies try-outs in Spain that same year.
In 2014, he won the Victorian Moto3 title at Broadford after miraculously returning from a broken pelvis that he sustained 6 months before in a freak accident.
“From being in a position where I contemplated leaving the sport, to return to the track after months of rehab, win the final round of the ASBK and win my second state title, made me realise how much the sport meant to me,” Matt said.
“Then to carry that momentum and determination into the 2015 ASBK and win races, break records then be granted a wildcard at the MotoGP has been pretty amazing. Actually, the last 18 months has been a pretty amazing and emotional experience,” Matt added.
Matt is excited to partner with Collingwood (Melbourne) brand– Suus Customs – for his MotoGP adventure. “I’m really grateful for their support and for them to come on board as our major sponsor,” Matt Said.
“It’s important to show a level of professionalism when putting yourself out there as a potential draft for the MotoGP. Working alongside a company as professional as Suus is helping me do that,” he added.
The Suus Honda team will hold launch at Suus Customs at 12 Smith Street in Collingwood on Friday, October 9, where you can attend meet Matt and the see the FTR Honda bike unveiled.
Over the duration of the event he’ll also be uploading a weekly video documentary to his Facebook Page portraying what it takes to prepare for the MotoGP titled #ProjectWildcard.
To find out more about Matt’s MotoGP adventure please follow his official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/mattbartonracing or follow him on Twitter or Instagram: @MattBarton24.