-- 2013 YMF Loan Yamaha Australian FX Superbike Championship - Round Four
- QLD Raceway
After a 16 week winter break the Australian FX Superbike Championship circus headed north to Queensland Raceway for round 4 of the championship. The long break causing problems for some riders, with some commenting on their lack of riding during the extended break. While others had been able to complete at the recent ASBK round at Sydney Motorsport Park after it’s seven-week break and also some state based race meetings.
The Championship would welcome the return of Dan Stauffer riding the Aluma-Lite BMW S 1000 RR, Chris Seaton jumping ship from the Aluma-Lite team to join the Trinder Brothers Racing outfit on the brand new 2013 Aprilia RSV4 and Made Mike Jones returning from Europe riding Callun Spriggs second Allsite Concrete cutting Yamaha R6.
The big news was the return of multiple FX Naked Bike Champion Craig Trinder after 8 years off a bike. At the request of brother Steve, Craig would run in the new 2013 RSV4’s at some Queensland Raceway ridedays. Craig loved the bike some much so that it was enough to drag him out of retirement.
-- FX Superbike
Yamalube Racing’s Broc Parkes weekend all came together for Sunday’s Championship round. Parkes topped the time sheets in qualifying just ahead of Dan Stauffer on the Aluma-Lite BMW. Parkes teammate Kevin Curtain was third on the grid with TBR’s Chris Seaton rounding out the front row.
The start was delayed when Dustin Goldsmith (Goldy’s Trailers Kawaski ZX10R) was excluded from the race after refusing to follow the official’s instructions.
Parkes took full advantage of his pole position to lead the field away in race 1, curtain slotted into second from Stauffer and Matt Walters on his Rover Coaches Kawasaki ZX10R.
As Parkes edged away from the field Stauffer pushed past Curtain with Walters watching in the wings. On lap 6 of the 9 lapper Curtain made his move on Stauffer with Walters pushing Stauffer back to fourth just one lap later, which is how they finished.
Seaton wasn’t able to capitalise on his Saturday Nationals win, the Aprilia rider loosing the front on lap 2 in the fast turn two pushing hard. Corey Snowsill had a great race finishing fifth after struggling on Friday and Saturday find the right setup for his Kawasaki ZX10R.
Ipone Yamaha’s Ric Olson had a weekend he’d like to forget, he ran off the track in race one rejoining to finish 12th, crashed out in race 2 and worked his way up to 11th in race 3 after starting rear of grid. Some consolation was he took the overall win in the FX 600 class.
Parkes again got the holeshot in race 2 from Curtain, Walters and Stauffer. Walters wasted no time, moving past Curtain in turn 6 on lap one. Walters was on fire, taking the lead on lap 2 closely followed by Parkes, Curtain and Stauffer.
As the laps wound down Curtain got the better of Parkes on lap 6. But his second place was short lived when pushing hard to catch Walters, Curtain bottomed the front end in the ultra fast turn one loosing the front end at around 200kph.
The crash was spectacular with the bike cart wheeling high into the air, Curtain walked away unscathed. Parkes closed back in on Walters but was unable to get past in the run to the flag, with Walters taking the win. Stauffer was 2 seconds behind in third, Snowsill rode well again to fourth with Curtain’s demise in turn one. Goldsmith battled to fifth, through the pain of broken bones in his foot after crashing heavily on Saturday.
Seaton had his work cut out starting rear of grid after his DNF in race one to finish tenth.
Parkes got the jump in race 3 to lead Walters and Stauffer. Russell Holland got a great start on the Inglis Plumbing Honda CBR1000RR in fourth with Curtain breathing down his neck after starting rear of grid due to race two’s crash. Parkes lead to the flag with Walters unable to close the gap finishing .314 seconds behind. Stauffer held out a fast finishing Curtain to take third. Holland rounded out the top five.
Parkes commented after the races “Matt (Walters) is riding really well, I just couldn’t get past him in race 2. In race 3 I knew he was right there behind me, I just kept my head down”
FX Superbike Round points
1 Parkes 1-2-1 72 pts
2 Walters 3-1-2 67 pts
3 Stauffer 4-3-3 58 pts
4 Snowsill 5-4-7 48 pts
5 Curtain 2-DNF-4 40 pts
FX Superbike Series points
1 Parkes 263
2 Curtain 242
3 Olson 208
4 Walters 205
5 Snowsill 159
6 Trounson 158
7 Thomas 149
8 Byrne 149
9 Goldsmith 116
10 Wheeler 95
-- Yamaha Report
Yamaha Racing with Ipone teamsters Kevin Curtain and Rick Olson dominated their respective classes at round four of the Australian FX Superbike Championship, held at Queensland Raceway over the weekend.
Curtain turned in another prefect performance on his Formula Oz machine winning all three races contested and along with it the huge 75 points haul. Curtain now holds an 86 point lead in the championship over his nearest rivals and is looking good for championship success with just two rounds remaining.
Unfortunately, his day wasn’t as much fun in the FX Superbike category as a DNF in race two ruined any chance of a good round result. Curtain finished second in the opening race and fourth in the final leg, but a huge crash in race two left him battered, bruised and the bike much the same and he unable to finish.
As a result, he slipped back to second in the championship but the tight points’ battle at the top of the table will make for thrilling racing at the final rounds.
“It was a real up and down weekend,” Curtain explained. “It was nice to get the win in the Formula Oz class as I really enjoy racing that bike.
“The DNF in race two in the FX Superbike class cost me a lot of points and with only two rounds to go, it doesn’t leave me much time to make them back up. That’s how racing goes sometimes and I now just have to race my best at the final rounds to have a chance at winning the championship,” Curtain explains.
Rick Olson also enjoyed a class win with his 1-1-2 results in the three races in the FX600cc class. Olson was locked in a tight battle with a handful of riders in the ultra-competitive class but managed to take the race wins when required and lock down the overall victory.
The win at QR now has him 35 points clear of second place in the championship standings and with some smart racing at the final rounds, he can secure the championship win.
Like his teammate Curtain, Olson also struggled in the FX Superbike class with a DNF in one of the three races. He finished 14th for the round but maintained his solid third place in the championship standings.
“The 600cc was good; the 1000cc wasn’t so good,” Olson Laments. “Racing a 600cc bike around this track always provides close racing and every race had a good battle up the front. It’s nice to take the round win after three hard fought races.
“In the Superbikes, I got ran wide on one of the turns and as a result finished a fair way back in the first race which gives me a bad grid position for race two. I was pushing pretty hard to get back up front when I fell in that race, so it just wasn’t my weekend on the Superbike.”
“No doubt it was a tough weekend for our crew,” states team owner, John Redding. “The boys had an uncharacteristic weekend of falling off and no doubt it affected their results. It also placed huge strain on the team as they had to work hard throughout the weekend to keep them on track and their efforts didn’t go unnoticed.”
“Also, the YRD support guys impressed this weekend, with Mike Jones, Aiden Wagner and Callum Spriggs putting in some fines rides,” Redding ends.
The 2013 FX Superbike Championship will see the fifth round of the championship held at Sydney Motorsport Park on October 5 and 6.
Round Four Results – QR
1st Kevin Curtain
2nd Brett Lovett
3rd Michael McMillan
1st Rick Olson
2nd Mike Jones
3rd Callum Spriggs
Championship Standings – After Round Four
1st Kevin Curtain – 262
2nd Michael McMillan – 176
3rd Brett Kitchin – 162
1st Rick Olson – 269
2nd Cru Halliday – 234
3rd Aiden Wagner – 189
-- Yamalube Report
Yamaha Racing with Yamalube's Broc Parkes landed on the top step of the podium at round four of the Australian FX Superbike championship was ran at Queensland Raceway over the weekend.
Competing in the premier FX Superbike division on his thundering Yamaha R1, Parkes racked up 1-2-1 results in the three races contested to take the round win and put himself in a commanding position in the championship with two rounds to go.
The win is even more remarkable as he was able to shake off the effects of a big crash during Friday's test session to bounce back strongly over the weekend and take the win.
The round win now sees him 21 points clear of Yamaha stable mate, Kevin Curtain, in the Superbike category and the final two rounds at Sydney's Motorsport Park are set up an exciting finish to the championship.
"Things didn't start out so well,' Parkes shrugs. "I crashed on Friday and while I didn't do any major damage it did put us all under a bit of pressure on the team to get the bike sorted out and for me to get my mind back on the job.
"Fortunately, I was able to turn things around and racing went pretty well. The guys did a great job getting my bike back into shape and I was able to get it done when it mattered."
Yamaha Racing with Yamalube team mate Cru Halliday endured a tough weekend finishing just off the podium in fourth place in the FX600cc category. Halliday finished with 3-5-5 results for fourth overall on the day. He still maintains a strong second place in the championship, 35 points behind class leader Rick Olson.
"I was just a bit off the pace on Sunday and couldn't match it with the guys up the front. I didn't lose too many points and with a few weeks before the next round, I should be back to 100% and ready to go,' Halliday said.
The team now sets their sightings on round five of the championship to be held at Motorsport Park in Sydney in October.
-- Kawasaki Report
Kawasaki’s Matt Walters has raced his Ninja ZX-10R to the top of the podium in the second race of the 4th round of the Australian FX Championship at QLD Raceway on the weekend. With top 3 finishes in all three races, Walters finished the round in 2nd place and is quickly making up for lost points earlier in the season.
Fresh from a round win in the Pro-Stock class in the Australian Superbike Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park earlier this month, Walters continued his surge of form at the 4th round of the Australian FX-Superbike Championship in QLD. Recovering quickly from two DNF’s in earlier AFX rounds, Walters showed phenomenal speed onboard his Ninja, stringing together three solid race results (3-1-2) to claim 2nd overall in the Superbike class in QLD.
Walters was unfortunate to miss out on the overall for the day, beaten in race three by just .314 seconds by eventual winner Broc Parkes after some very close racing.
Matt Walters was pleased with his results in QLD, saying, “We claimed back valuable championship points and kept it upright all weekend so I’m very happy. I’d really like to thank Rover Coaches, Dunlop and Kawasaki Australia and the entire Kawasaki Connection team for providing me with a Ninja ZX-10R as fast as it was on the weekend”.
Matt Walters sits in 4th place in the AFX championship, just 3 points shy of the top 3.
Kawasaki supported rider Sean Condon came away with 8-8-8 results for 7th overall for the round. Corey Snowsill rode very well on his Ninja ZX-10R to take 4th overall (5-4-7). Ben Burke could’ve finished inside the top 5 if not for a DNF in race 2. He finished with 6-DNF-6 results for 10th overall.
On the same weekend, Kawasaki’s Luke Burgess and Sophie Lovett competed in the 3rd round of the 2013 ASBK 250CC Production class championship at Broadford, Victoria.
Luke Burgess had to quickly overcome some mechanical issues in race 1 that resulted in a poor start. The defending champion finished with 9-4-2 results to take 4th overall for the round. He currently sits in 2nd place in the championship. The round was won by local rider Tom Bramich (1-11-1) on board his Ninja 250R and Brandon Demmery (Ninja 250R) took control of the series lead from Burgess with 2-1-9 results at Broadford.
15 year old Jack Baker, riding for QLD Kawasaki dealership, Crazy Dogs Kawasaki, came away with 4-10-4 results for 5th overall.
Kawasaki’s Sophie Lovett posted 1-1-1 results in the Women’s class to extend her series lead and finished in 7th overall for the round with 6-8-7 race results. She currently sits 5th overall in the series.
Matt Walters will join Luke Burgess and Sophie Lovett at the 7th round of the Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Victoria on 4-6 October where Walters will be racing to win the Pro-Stock class of the 2013 series, which he currently leads.
-- KTM Report
Motorex KTMRC8R Racing Team rider Angus Reekie enjoyed the ecstasy of motorsport success when he visited the Formula Oz podium at the weekend’s fourth round of the Formula Xtreme series at Queensland Raceway.
The 2011 Pro Thunder Champion had earlier switched classes from FX Superbike to the Formula Oz category in order to shoe the KTM with the 195 rear tyre size with which it was designed, a format Reekie usedc to good effect at his last start in the Pro Stock 1000 class at the ASBK championship.
“Ultimately we decided the flatter 200 tyres which are the control tyre in FX Superbike just don’t work for us and I was making headaches for myself trying to fit in there,” said Reekie. My bike’s chassis, suspension and geometry has been designed for a 195 rear and it’s a lot nicer and more comfortable riding it to the limit on those tyres.”
“We qualified third fastest in a field of more than two dozen riders and with a goal of finishing on the podium we finished third in all three races. I made a couple of tiny ride height adjustments and for Sunday aimed one step higher with a view to hanging on to Kevin Curtain – at least for a while.”
Reekie achieved that second place in the first race on Sunday, but then while battling for second place in the second race went into QR’s Turn 4 too hot and barrelled himself and the distinctive KTM down the road, damaging the bike to badly to continue or make the start line of the third race.
Reekie, however, was philosophical, and able to take satisfaction from the fact that his weekend goals had been achieved.
“Overall, I’m stoked,” said Reekie. “We went even faster than we had here for the ASBK round, and reached my goals all weekend. What’s more our tyre wear improved so it was really cost effective for us.
“I’m extremely happy with the bike now; it felt like it was on rails. Now we’ve got our base setup dialled I’m so comfortable on it and just going forward and forward. I’m just loving my racing at the moment. Obviously It wasn’t the ideal finish to the weekend but my goals had been reached by then.
“We’ll get the bike back together and up to speed for the next round at Eastern Creek – I can’t wait,” he said.
-- BCperformance Bikesconnect Report
BCperformance by Bikesconnect rider Ben Burke mad an impressive impact at the fourth round of the Australian FX Superbike series with some hard fought rides through the pack to claim top 6 finishes on his debut in the class.
Orange, NSW resident Ben Burke went it alone for the BCperformance team as teammate Joel Hughes was ruled out in the days leading up to the event due to an injury sustained at the ASBK meeting earlier in the month. Round 4 of the hotly contested FX Superbike championship was to be Burkes first outing in the class after only competing on the Kawasaki ZX10R in the Australian Prostock series, neverless Burke and the team were focused on reducing the gap to the front runners.
With the busy schedule comprising of 3 races per day starting with Saturdays FX National series races and Sunday being the Australian FX Superbike championship it was going to be a tough challenge against some world class riders for the team in its inaugral year of top level motorcycle racing.
In typical Queensland weather the sun was shining for Saturdays FX Nationals and the day started off well with a target of a second row grid position being completed with an 8th for Burke. The usual fast starter seemed to struggle to get the Kawasaki off the line in the manner he is normaly acustomed to and Burke had to fight his way through the field in all 3 races to claim a 9th, 5th and 6th leaving Burke 7th overall for the day. Impressively in his run to the front of the final race Burke posted the fastest lap and his personal best against his much more experienced rivals.
Sundays all important and televised Australian FX Superbike championship was again held in scorching hot conditions and the target of a second row start was again completed with another 8th grid position. The Sunday’s races are historically more challenging as all the riders up there game to compete for the FX Superbike title and Burke again rode through the field after another slow start to claim 6th at the line for the first race of the day. Unfortunatley the hard work of the first race was undone in the second race and Burke posted his first DNF of the season due to the incorrect button being switched on the handlebars whilst Burke was changing his traction settings. With the FX Superbike championship rules being a progressive grid Burke lined up on the fifth and last row determined to make amends for his second race error. In what has to be the ride of the day Burke fought his way through the pack with consistently fast enough lap times that could of put him in the top 3 to finish in an excellent hard fought 6th.
Burke who finished 10th overall for the day reflects on his weekend “My first race meeting in the FX Superbike class went well and I was pleased to be riding in the sunny state of QLD. It was another learning curve for me and a steep one at that! I managed to press the wrong button in race 2 in Sunday which caused my first DNF and I will not make that mistake twice!”
A positive Burke goes on “Overall it was a great weekend and I was pretty chuffed to have posted the fastest lap of race 3 on Saturday even though my results didn’t reflect the lap times I achieved I was closer to the leaders than the previous 2 meetings. Thanks again to Kelvin, Ronnie and the whole team and I now cannot wait to get back on the Kawasaki ZX10R in Darwin”
Team Manager Kelvin Reilly again heaps praise on his rider “We came with the plan to close the gap to the front and we achieved this and went one better! I was hugely pleased with his efforts all weekend and was impressed with his ability to use an old tyre in the final races of both days which saw him post the fastest lap in Saturday’s Race 3 and was only 2 tenths off the fastest lap in Sundays race 3”
Kelvin added “Ben just gets better and better and I thank him for his dedication and professionalism and am looking forward to the remainder of the season. I was also delighted to watch our supported rider Matt Walters get back on the FX Superbike podium with some fast and mature riding. Massive thanks must go to the team members and all our sponsors who make this happen”
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