To whom it may concern,
I had the opportunity to work with Leif Martinsen during the Australian Superbike championship in 2012.
I was included in a team campaigning riders Brad Gross and Oscar McIntyre on Yamaha R6 Superstock machines.
Leif was drafted into the team to assist me with preparation of the bikes and then the ongoing maintenance of the machines for the season.
Unfortunately Oscar McIntyre lost his life in a horrific crash at the World Superbike meeting at Phillip Island in February 2012, our first scheduled meeting of the season. This was a huge loss for our team, and it took some time for us to come to terms with the impact emotionally as well as the need to regroup to affirm our commitment to compete in the championship as originally planned.
Mike Gross, the team manager decided to continue on with Leif and me working on Brad’s bike for the remainder of the season.
Leif had come to the team with experience in bike preparation, but had not competed with a front running team for a full season. Accordingly he was very familiar with what was required in presenting the bikes race ready at each event. His bike preparation and presentation was always top shelf, and we ran the season with no mechanical problems, and as it turned out, no crashes. Brad secured second place in the championship, and without the loss of points from our first event, may have even come close to achieving top spot.
Leif was a very willing learner in the areas of bike setup and race team strategy, and I am sure he learnt a considerable amount during the season. I noticed Leif become much more proficient is his discussions with the rider on setup and proposed changes to the bike, and his diagnostic skills improved with the experience he gained race by race.
I found Leif easily fitted into our team structure and enthusiastically worked hard to achieve the goals we had set.
I can recommend him as a worthy addition to any race team looking for a reliable and dependable young man who has had experience in most facets of race team life. He is very keen to expand his arena of experience with the challenge of more demanding racing on a world level.