Twenty-one-year-old Mitch Levy will be the fifth Aussie on the FIM World Supersport grid at the opening round of the FIM Motul Superbike World Championship
Yamaha Finance round at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.
Levy will compete as a wildcard rider for the Landbridge Racing team which is being steered by Sam Costanzo, the CEO of Landbridge Transport.
Levy, who will pilot a Yamaha YZF-R6 machine, admits the challenge lies ahead will be tough, but is confident of a good performance.
“All the riders out there are going to be super-fast, that’s for sure,” Levy said. “On top of that, I do realise all the other bikes are going to be on point and on the pace. However, I know Sam from Landbridge Racing is going to be supplying me with a really good package to be able to get the job done.”
The Landbridge Racing team completed their first test of the year in early January at Phillip Island on his spare bike, which was just for Levy to get a feel for the bike and the suspension sorted. However the team will run different suspension in the actual race, which will mean the official FIM World Supersport two day test on the Monday and Tuesday at Phillip Island leading up to the opening round will be crucial to finding the right race package.
Levy has regarded the Yamaha R6 that he rode at the test as a whole new feeling compared to what he raced on in last year’s Australasian Superbike Championship.
“Everything feels different from the motor, electronics, suspension, and the Pirelli tyres. Everything is different and a complete eye opener. Once we do master the bike we we’ll be able to go a lot faster on it, that’s’ for sure.”
Levy will join fellow wildcard rider, Anthony West on the grid, who will race with the Green Tea X50 team, while Aiden Wagner, Glenn Scott and Lachlan Epis will also line up on the grid in the 2016 World Supersport Championship.