Barton had been fast over the weekend qualifying on the front row on his first visit to Morgan Park for more than five years. Race 1 had ended in the dirt after falling with just two laps to go. He, did however battle back in the second race for a podium finish and a in the final race of the weekend, he took the win.
Barton has had to fight back from injury after a mechanical failure at Queensland Raceway last year where he suffered injury that sent him to hospital and out of action for a few weeks.
Matt and I discuss this in the interview and what it took to get back in the seat but it hasn’t stopped him from trying to get to the front and fulfill his motorcycle dreams.
He auditioned for the Asia Talent Cup last year and while he was unsuccessful he did learn a great deal and has allowed him to focus his attention on making a Moto3 (in MotoGP) seat in the next few years though the ‘old fashioned way’ of hard work and working his way through the categories.
Determination is not something that Barton lacks and as he puts it, he is working full time, putting every bit into making it.
He has the pace and the attitude, it would be great to see Matt get the breaks to make it to the top.
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By Sam Tickell, April 2015
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