Monday, December 19

STROUD’S WINNING FORMULA

Andrew Stroud aiming at Tri Series No.4
Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

The motorcycling world knows that Waikato’s Andrew Stroud is lightning fast on a 1000cc superbike, but he’s likely to be even quicker this season because now he’ll truly be greased lightning.

Stroud is the current Suzuki Tri Series superbike champion and also the reigning New Zealand superbike champion and, after the weekend’s performance at the 2011 Tri Series opener at Hampton Downs, he looks well on target to again bag the double this season. Perhaps it was a slick response to the deal he ratified the day before, when he agreed to use Mobil 1 oil for the 2011-2012 season, that gave him added impetus.

With Mobil 1 backing, Stroud hopes to embark on another glorious season, further punctuating a career that has already garnered an unrivalled nine national superbike crowns. “It’s an absolute pleasure and privilege to be able to support a man who is a Kiwi motorcycling icon and a hero to so many,” said Allied Lubricants Limited sales manager David Goodstone. Stroud is in very good company because, worldwide, Mobil has a long and proud history of supporting well those who rely on their products, many of them leaders in their respective fields.

 Gymkhana star and World Rally Championship driver Ken Block earlier this year made Mobil 1 the official oil of Ken Block and the Monster World Rally Team. “My team and I put a priority on only working with premium products, and Mobil 1 has a real pedigree in racing,” said Block. “I am thrilled to partner with them and use Mobil 1.” Meanwhile, Stroud will have his next outing on the Mobil 1-lubricated David Reid Homes-sponsored Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Manfeild this weekend when he contests round two of the Suzuki Tri Series in the glamour superbike class.

 Stroud is already convinced of the superiority of the Mobil product. He was using Mobil 1 in his bike when he wrapped up his ninth national superbike crown last season. Stroud also used Mobil 1 when he won the World Bears Series (for non-Japanese bikes) in Europe and the United States in 1995.