Newly crowned New Zealand motorcycle champion Avalon Biddle has wasted little time in setting herself a new challenge.

Biddle, formerly of Orewa and now living in Christchurch, will be contesting five rounds of the Australian 600 Supersport Championship, starting next weekend (April 26-28) at The Bend in South Australia.

The 2019 NZ 600 Supersport Champion will racing a newly prepared Yamaha R6 as part the Gold Coast-based Cube Racing team, in a programme organised by former New Zealand world championship rider Stu Avant, who now lives in Australia.

“I met Stu at a race meeting in New Zealand last year when I rode his classic Suzuki RGB500,” Biddle (26) said today. “We got along really well. He understood my enthusiasm and desire to ‘kick some butt’ and the next thing he’s using his contacts to get me set up to race in Australia.”

Avant, like Biddle, knows how hard it can be to break into the international scene, 

“Don’t be fooled by the smile. Avalon’s done those lonely hard years in Europe,” Avant said from Sydney. “She’s a tough racer. She has the talent and is smart. You can’t help but be impressed by her ability, drive and professionalism.”

Biddle’s major New Zealand sponsor, MTF Finance, is backing her Australian campaign, along with Pirelli tyres and Yamaha Australia.

“I’m so grateful for MTF’s support, who see value in continuing to progress my career in motorcycling and inspiring others along the way,” she said.

Although Biddle has extensive overseas experience, she has not raced in Australia since a MotoGP Wildcard in the 125cc class at Phillip Island in 2011. She regards it as hugely important to keep racing all year round, and racing in Australia during winter months will hone her racecraft.

“I’m expecting the competition to be tough over there, but it will be great experience and I believe with a few rounds under my belt we will be able to fight for podium positions. The bike will be new to me, but at least I know the Pirelli tyres well and I’m familiar with some of the Australian circuits from my earlier racing days.” 

Her team-mate at Cube Racing will be Oli Bayliss son of former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss.

“Oli is currently second in the points standings so I feel I’m joining a well-prepared team,” Biddle said.

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