Press Releases

Motorcycle Champion Pitching In For Victorian Bushfire Victims

24 February 2009 - Two times World Supersport Champion Andrew Pitt is back on home turf preparing for this weekend’s WSBK event at Phillip Island, Victoria.

Although 33-year-old Pitt, who is a seasoned Superbike, MotoGP and Supersport World Championship contender, is out to defend his 2008 World Supersport Title in 2009, his hope for victory at Phillip Island is not just about another win to back up his stunning 2008 home victory.

Andrew Pitt, “As much as I want a third World Championship, I’m not looking that far ahead so early in the season. What is more important to me right now is winning races. That is what I love to do and that is what I want to do for not only my Australian fans, but also for my fellow countrymen who have been effected by the horrific bushfires in Victoria, and to the thousands of emergency services personnel who have stuck their necks out for all of us.”

In a showing of real Aussie sportsmanship, Pitt has pledged to donate his prize money from this Sunday’s race to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

Now a resident of the Isle Of Man and formerly of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Andrew grew up in the NSW bush and knows the devastation that bushfires can cause.

“I grew up in Kempsey, a rural area on the Far North Coast of NSW. The town is surrounded by bushland and I went through a few fires as a kid.”

Pitt (2001/2008 champion) and teammate Kenan Sofuoglu (2007) have just completed a two-day test at the Phillip Island circuit in preparation for the 2009 opener at the same circuit this weekend (27 February – 1 March).

Sofuoglu edged out his teammate by just one tenth of a second, indicating a thrilling and highly competitive season ahead for the Honda CBR600RR-mounted riders.

Andrew Pitt – best time 1’34.8s
“The times have been good. Kenan and I are only a tenth of a second apart and we are a fair way ahead of the Yamahas. We had some mechanical and electrical problems with the bike on Saturday but still managed a very positive hour in the morning. On Sunday we made some improvements to the bike and I did a full race simulation, which has given me a freshen-up after a five-week break since our last test and a good opportunity to get a feel for my favourite circuit after a long break from it.”

Pitt has been training hard over the break, with a particularly strong cycling regime helping him stay in top shape for 2009.

“I was a little sore after the test on Sunday thanks to a small get-off on old tyres but generally I really feel I’m fitter than I have ever been and I also feel like I’m riding at my peak.
I have a lot less to prove than some of the other guys. I’ve already won two World Championships so that is a lot of pressure off. Now I can focus more on winning races weekend-to-weekend. I’m really looking forward to racing with the new guys and it is going to be a great year.
I’m looking forward to the race this weekend, especially starting the season at home as World Champion.”

Andrew Pitt
Team: Hannspree Ten Kate Honda.
Racing number: 1
Race machine: Honda CBR600RR.
Date of birth: February 19, 1976.
Birthplace: Kempsey NSW, Australia.
First race: 1994 Oran Park, NSR250 Formula 2
First win: 1994 Oran Park, NSR 250 Formula 2 (Won first ever race)
World Supersport debut: 2000, Australia, Phillip island
First World Supersport win: 2002 Australian, Phillip Island.
Total World Supersport wins: 7
Total World Supersport podiums: 21
World Superbike debut: 2005, Qatar, Losail
First World Superbike win: 2006, Misano
Total World Superbike wins: 1
Total World Superbike podium places: 6

World Championship Titles
World Supersport Champion 2001 - Kawasaki, 2008 - Honda.

Career Highlights
1996: 2nd Australian 250cc production Championship
1997: Victorian Supersport Champion
1998: 2nd Australian Supersport Championship
1999: Australian Supersport Champion, 2nd Superbike - Kawasaki
2000: 10th World Supersport Championship - Kawasaki
2001: World Supersport Champion - Kawasaki
2002: 5th World Supersport Championship
26th MotoGP World Championship - Kawasaki
2003: 26th MotoGP World Championship - Kawasaki
2004: 27th MotoGP World Championship - Moriwaki
12th World Supersport Championship - Yamaha
2005: 8th World Superbike Championship - Yamaha
2006: 5th World Superbike Championship - Yamaha
2007: 17th World Supersport Championship - Honda
2008: World Supersport Champion - Honda