Phillip Island the stage for 2014 WSBK opening round; Staring joins Rivamoto Honda World Supersport squad
Australia’s former MotoGP rider Bryan Staring will compete in the 2014 Supersport World Championship on a Honda, beginning his campaign at Phillip Island next weekend, February 21-23.
The 26-year-old Australian will ride for the Russian-backed, Jeremy McWilliams-managed Rivamoto team, as he attempts to become Australia’s first World Supersport champion since Andrew Pitt in 2008. Rivamoto was seventh in the 2013 world supersport title, thanks to Irishman Jack Kennedy.
“I’m very happy to be on a motorcycle again within the Superbike World Championship. And it’s great to be working with Jeremy McWilliams and all the Rivamoto crew,” said Staring.
“I absolutely expect nothing less than to be competitive. If I didn’t believe I could fight for a championship I wouldn’t enter. But as far as a big result at the opening event of the season goes, I just want to do my absolute best and I know everything will fall in place.”
Staring is no stranger to the world supersport and world superbike paddock, having spent 2011 and 2012 competing in the FIM superstock 1000cc European-based support class. The Perth native really came to the fore in 2012 with three victories in a brilliant campaign, before heading to MotoGP on a Honda powered CRT machine in 2013.
But it was a hapless period for the three-time Australian road racing champion, who only managed to cobble together a few points on his way to a lowly 26th place finish.
After such a difficult MotoGP season, Staring is delighted to be given another chance in a sport that he says “can be very punishing”.
“I have all the motivation I need to succeed, but sometimes motivation alone isn’t enough and sometimes it can make the difference. There are a lot of variables in road racing and my 2013 season was a great example of this.”
The last time Staring competed on a Supersport machine was in 2009, when he edged out Yamaha teammate Jamie Stauffer to win a gripping Aussie championship. And he also set a new domestic lap record of 1:35:200 at Phillip Island that year – a benchmark that still stands today.
2014 will see Staring – the only rider in the Rivamoto outfit — take aim against the likes of three-time world Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki), Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta), 2013 Suzuka 8-Hour winner Michael van der Mark (Honda), and Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki). At the Phillip Island season opener, Australia will also field two wildcards: Victorian Ryan Taylor (Yamaha) and UK-based South Australian Billy McConnell (Triumph).
Staring will be playing catch up on his opposition after the late call-up for WSS duties, and his first ride on the Rivamoto CBR600RR will be in the final pre-season test at Phillip Island next Monday and Tuesday (February 17-18).
“I’ll have to rely on some old (supersport) experience for the start of the season, but I hope I can get the feeling back quickly and I’m so happy to have the two days of testing to bring some feeling back on the supersport bike.”
After the test, it will be down to real business with opening practice and qualifying on Friday, February 21, before final qualifying on Saturday and the 18-lap World Supersport race on Sunday.
The eni FIM Superbike World Championship is set for another exciting season of racing that will officially kick-start on February 23rd at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Australia, following a two-day official test scheduled on 17-18 of the same month. The Victorian Circuit, a riders’ favourite, is also the most visited in the history of WSBK, as the 2014 edition will be the 24th held on the Island.
The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit features a fast and flowing layout and produces the fastest average speed lap in WSBK (and MotoGP). At the end of 2012 the track was completely resurfaced, making it faster than ever.
The QBE Round will witness the introduction of several changes on both the technical and sporting sides of the series, along with the arrival of new manufacturers, teams and riders.
The 2014 edition will feature the new Superbike EVO class to run alongside the machines we have seen developing over the past seasons. In essence, the EVO machine is a road-based Superbike machine with its chassis and engine strictly regulated, its engine being similar to what we already have in Superstock. Ten riders will be using EVO bikes this year, while in 2015 all machines will be EVO-spec.
Pirelli, Official Tyre Supplier for the Championship for the 11th consecutive year, in the light of the introduction of the Superbike EVO, has taken a special focus on developing solutions for the new class in order to balance the performances of the field.
A new Tissot-Superpole and a revised time schedule will also add some fresh challenge for riders and teams. From the second round onwards, WSBK Race 1 and Race 2 will start at 10:30 and 13:10 respectively. Due to TV broadcast needs and the time difference between Europe and Australia, the Phillip Island event time schedule is different: Race 1 at 12.00, Race 2 at 14.40.
After being revealed last year, in 2014 each and every race in calendar will be opened by the sighting lap of the new Official Safety Car of the Superbike World Championship, the stunning Alfa Romeo “4C”.
Reigning Champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) is more motivated than ever to begin his title defence campaign after an encouraging winter testing schedule that helped him improving his feeling with the ZX-10R and evaluating new parts and solutions developed by the team for the upcoming season. Sykes has though never accomplished at Phillip Island the type of results he had on other tracks, having scored so far only one podium finish in 2012, in Race 2. Last year he was twice fifth, in a weekend that was fully dominated by Aprilia and their official riders. With Loris Baz once again alongside the Englishman and David Salom selected to develop and race the EVO version of the ZX-10R, the Spanish-based factory effort by Kawasaki is looking to build on the success of 2013.
The Aprilia Racing Team has changed half of its rider line-up with the arrival of WSBK multiple race winner and former 250cc World Champion Marco Melandri. The 31 year old Italian has joined confirmed Sylvain Guintoli, who is still not 100% following a recent right shoulder surgery he underwent last month. The Frenchman joined back the team for a two-day private test last week at Jerez and showed some good signs of improvement. Not even Melandri is fully fit, but the right ankle problem did not bother him on-board the RSV4 in the last outing. On the privateer side of Aprilia, Team Red Devils Roma will continue the fruitful partnership started last September with former Moto2 Champion Toni Elias.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki embarks in its 2014 WSBK campaign with a new main sponsor and a brand-new duo of riders that already showed some great speed in private testing. 2013 runner-up Eugene Laverty and reigning BSB Champion Alex Lowes are both hungry for results and the 2014 GSX-R 1000 appears to be on a different level than its predecessor, thanks to the massive effort put in by the Verwood-based squad over the winter.
Big changes also on the WSBK effort by Ducati, as Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano are the ones chosen to race the Ducati Superbike Team’s 1199 Panigale R machines. Ducati will also be represented in the EVO class by Althea Racing Team and its sole rider Niccolò Canepa.
No differences on the Pata Honda side, with Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam riding the new CBR1000RR SP and hoping for a drastic change in results from a difficult 2013.
Following the realignment of BMW official support in World Superbike, the BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team is back to its roots and will field an EVO-spec BMW S 1000 RR for two-time and reigning STK1000 Champion Sylvain Barrier.
Two new manufacturers will enter the series in 2014, making an impressive total of 8 marques, and will make their debut at the first Round in Australia: the Iconic MV Agusta is back to international racing with factory support to last year’s World Supersport Championship winning team, Yakhnich Motorsport, still headed by Claudio Corsetti with Natalia Lyubimova as Team Manager. The MV Agusta Reparto Corse – Yakhnich Motorsport team will be contesting this year’s WSBK edition with former MotoGP rider Claudio Corti on-board a full-Superbike spec MV Agusta F4 RR.
After several years of commitment in the American Superbike Championship, the Hero EBR Team lands on the international stage with all-American rider line-up consisting of Geoff May and Aaron Yates, riding the brand-new Erik Buell Racing 1190RX. The US brand’s European headquarter is located in Northern Italy and the team managed by Claudio Quintarelli and Giulio Bardi.
The 2014 edition of the FIM Supersport World Championship has plenty of reasons to be one to watch, given the high level of competition that teams and riders will once again provide to the series. Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) will be part of the show for the 7th time, with the aim of taking back the title he missed last year in the battle against Sam Lowes. He is currently the most winning rider in the history of the series, with 3 titles and 26 race wins under his belt.
The 29 year old Turk will have to deal with a field full of keen opponents, starting from returning Jules Cluzel, who in 2012 was 21 points short of the World Supersport title despite an incredible second half of the season, in which he took the battle to Sofuoglu but failed to come out on top. The Frenchman will ride the MV F3 675 fielded by MV Agusta Reparto Corse – Yakhnich Motorsport Team, with Russian Vladimir Leonov as team-mate.
The Pata Honda World Supersport Team will return to action with the same rider line-up as 2013 and the goal to win back the ultimate prize that was last achieved by the Ten Kate outfit in 2008. Both Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti will tackle their second year in the series.
After an impressive rookie season, Irishman Jack Kennedy joined one of the two PTR teams, CIA Insurance Honda, and he is confident in making another step forward to the top of the field. The other PTR squad, CORE PTR Honda, will line-up former 250cc and Moto2 rider Ratthapark Wilairot
Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki has decided to invest on young talents by signing American Patrick “PJ” Jacobsen and Dutchman Tony Covena, whilst promoting Frenchman Florian Marino to full-time rider status. Former Kawasaki squad DMC Racing, helped by new main sponsor Panavto, made the switch to Yamaha to put two R6 in the hands of confirmed riders Kev Coghlan and Alexey Ivanov.
Italian outfit Team Go Eleven Kawasaki is aiming high this season following the deal with with experienced Roberto Rolfo to join confirmed rider Christian Gamarino, who was promoted to WSS after a great year in the Superstock 600 European Championship.
A last minute addition saw Rivamoto Honda Team re-entering the competition after signing a deal with former STK1000 and MotoGP rider Bryan Staring, who is going to make his WSS debut in front of his home crowd at Phillip Island.
The first race of the season for the Supersport World Championship will also witness some one-off appearances, as home rider Ryan Taylor will tackle the event with the OZ Wildcard Racing Team, whilst British-based Smiths Triumph squad will take on another One Event World Supersport participation (the first ever at Phillip Island) with Aussie Billy McConnell and Englishman Graeme Gowland.
2014 Superbike World Championship Round One Phillip Island Statistical Smorgasbord
- Three podiums out of six races run in Phillip Island for Marco Melandri, one in each season: he was second in Race 1 in 2012 behind Max Biaggi and third in Race 2 both in 2011 and in 2013. Melandri retired here only last year in Race 1, when he was hit by Checa: in all his other races, he always finished in the first six, albeit never starting from the front row (his best grid result here is a fifth, posted last year).
- Sylvain Guintoli won the opening round of the Championship last year here in Phillip Island, finishing second in Race 2. He counts another podium finish, a third in Race 1 in 2012. In 2011, the year in which he obtained his best grid spot here, third, he fell in Race 1 fracturing his right hand and his left ankle, being thus forced to miss the second race. In 2010, at his first Superbike races on this track, he was sixth and fourth, in his second WSBK race weekend.
- Sylvain Barrier is at his second World Superbike race weekend: last year BMW, as a present for his birthday and his Championship-winning campaign in Superstock 1000, fielded a bike for him in Jerez. Sylvain never raced in Phillip Island.
- One podium out of ten races run here for Tom Sykes: second in race two in 2012. A hard-earned podium, as he overtook Jonathan Rea only in the last lap. Sykes’s results here are though remarkable: he missed on a points finish only once, in 2010 in race two, when an o’ring in his steering damper broke. Since 2011 he always finished in the first nine, being twice fifth last year. The regning WSBK Champion started from pole here in 2012. In all the seven races he finished here since 2010, Sykes was always the best-classified rider for Kawasaki.
- Four Superbike races for David Salom in Phillip Island: at his debut in the championship, back in 2009, he was 25th and 21st, while in 2012 he managed a 14th in Race 1, retiring in Race 2. He started from pole the 2011 Supersport race, finishing fourth behind Luca Scassa, Broc Parkes and Sam Lowes: the four were separated only by three tenths of a second under the chequered flag.
- Loris Baz last year was sixth in Race 1, while he had to retire in Race 2, hit by Chaz Davies at the hairpin.
- Four World Superbike races so far for Alex Lowes, in 2011: Brno and Silverstone, as a replacement for injured Jonathan Rea. He saw the chequered flag only once, in Brno in Race 1 (15th): he then retired three times (2 falls). Lowes is the reigning British Superbike champion.
- Eugene Laverty last year scored the same results of his team-mate, Sylvain Guintoli: second and first. In Race 1 he was passed by Guintoli, managing to contain Michel Fabrizio, while in Race 2 he followed Sylvain up to the penultimate lap, when he overtook him for the win. These are his only podium finishes in Phillip Island: in 2012 he was suffering from a fracture, the result of a fall in the testing sessions held here; he retired in Race 1 and was eighth in Race 2, while in 2011, despite taking the lead in Race 1, he was fourth at the flag and was only fifteenth in Race 2, after suffering from a false neutral which resulted in an off-track excursion while he was running fifth.
- Ten Superbike races in Phillip Island for Jonathan Rea, but not a single podium placement. Interestingly, Rea finished fourth here three times (2010 Race 1, 2011 Race 2 and 2012 Race 2). His results here are remarkable: always in the points and nine times out of ten in the top-10. The only time that he missed on a top-10 spot here was in 2011 in Race 1, when he was suffering from a fall in testing (dislocated wrist). This is one of the few tracks in which Jonathan raced but didn’t manage a podium finish, the others being: Aragon, Monza, Moscow, Valencia and Losail. During his career, Rea climbed on the podium in eleven different tracks, winning in seven of them.
- Leon Haslam lived here in 2010 a magic weekend: maiden pole and win (in Race 1, with only 0”004 seconds over Michel Fabrizio) and second in Race 2, pipped on the finish line by Carlos Checa. Haslam counts two more podium finishes here: a third, taken from Fabrizio on the last lap in Race 2 in 2009, and a third in 2011 in Race 1. Last year he was seventh and tenth.
- The last race in Phillip Island for Toni Elias dates back 2012, when he was 18th in grid and 12th in the Moto2 race. Elias never climbed on the podium here in his MotoGP and Moto2 years: his best result here is from his 125cc. days, when he was third in 2001 behind Youichi Ui and Manuel Poggiali. In 250cc. he was fifth both in 2002 and 2004.
- Niccolò Canepa was seventh in grid in his only Superbike weekend here, the 2012 one: he wasn’t lucky in Race 1, when an off-track excursion on the second lap put him in last place (he eventually finished 20th), while in Race 2 he finished tenth. In the 2009 MotoGP weekend, Canepa wounded his right elbow in free practice and had to undergo surgery.
- The only experience for Luca Scassa in Phillip Island dates back 2009, when he was 20th in both races. At the time he was at his second Superbike weekend after his debut in Portimao.
- Sheridan Morais comes back to the World Championship since his 2010 races in his home country, South Africa. Morais raced here two Supersport races, finishing sixth in 2012.
- Michel Fabrizio is about to start his seventeenth and eighteenth Superbike races in Phillip Island: in the previous sixteen he managed four podiums, the last one last year in Race 1, third from third on the grid. Sadly, that was his only podium finish of the season: in the rest of the championship he never managed to equal his Phillip Island results (he was also fourth in race two). Michel was very close to a win here in 2010 in race one, when he was second at the flag for only 0”004 seconds, alongside Leon Haslam.
- Three World Supersport races for Imre Toth in Phillip Island: his best result was a fifteenth in 2011. Peter Sebestyen will be the youngest starter in 2014: 20 years younger than Foret, the oldest. Peter raced in the 125cc World Championship, but never in Phillip Island. Toth e Sebestyen will be the first Hungarian riders to take part in World Superbike races outside Europe. The last Hungarian rider in grid was Viktor Kispataki, in Brno, 2012.
- Last year Chaz Davies was the first BMW rider in race one, in fourth, while in race two everything went wrong: he hit Baz at the hairpin, puncturing his tyre and in the ensuing pit-stop, more than three mechanics worked on his bike, incurring in a penalty, finishing only 17th. In 2012 he had to withdraw from the races after fracturing his left wrist in qualifying.
- The best result for Davide Giugliano in his four races run here was a sixth in race two last year.
- Only two races for Fabien Foret in Phillip Island in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship: in 2006, when he retired in Race 1 and was 18th in Race 2. No less than thirteen Supersport races for him here, culminating in his win from pole in 2007. At the time Foret was able to take a Kawasaki Supersport bike on the top step of the podium after a four-year drought. The last Supersport podium for Foret here came two years ago, when he was second to Kenan Sofuoglu for only 0”078 seconds. Jeremy Guarnoni, coming from the Superstock 600 and 1000 championships, never raced in Phillip Island.
- The last race for Claudio Corti in Phillip Island, came last year, when he was 17th in MotoGP. Claudio was fourth in the 2011 Moto2 race.
- Aaron Yates will be the only rider of the 2014 field which raced in the World championship in the ‘90s. He was a wild card in Laguna Seca in 1997 and 1998. Aaron Yates and Geoff May will be the first American riders since 2012, when John Hopkins was a works Suzuki rider. The United States are in second place for wins in Superbikes, together with Australia, at 118 wins, behind Great Britain (133).
- Aprilia is the team to beat this year in Phillip Island, not only because they scored a double with their works riders in both races, but also because in race one they locked the podium with Guintoli-Laverty-Fabrizio. Aprilia racked up ten podium places here, while their pole count is at two, scored in the 2000-2001 period, by Troy Corser.
- In the last three seasons BMW managed one podium finish in each year: Leon Haslam was third in Race 1 in 2011, Marco Melandri was then second in Race 1 in 2012 and third in Race 2 last year.
- Ducati won 22 times out of 45 races run in Phillip Island, the last one two years ago with Carlos Checa. Last year they hit trouble as Checa (on pole) and Badovini, both injured themselves, so that at the start of Race 2 there were no works Ducati and the only privateer, Neukirchner, finished eleventh.
- Honda is second to Ducati for podium finishes in Phillip Island: 25 to 51. Their last top-3 finish however dates back 2009, when Leon Haslam was third in Race 2. In the last four years, only Jonathan Rea was able to take a Honda close to the podium, finishing fourth three times (2010 Race 1, 2011 Race 2 and 2012 Race 2). The last of the four Honda wins here came in 2007, Race 2, by James Toseland.
- Kawasaki lived their best period here in the nineties, taking five wins and thirteen podium places in the 1990-1997 timespan. Recently the Japanese manufacturer added only one top-three finish, when Sykes was third in Race 2 in 2012 starting from pole.
- Four wins and thirteen podium placements for Suzuki in Phillip Island: the last Suzuki rider to climb on the podium here was Leon Haslam, winner in Race 1 in 2010 and second in Race 2. Since then, Suzuki missed on a top-5 placement both in qualifying and in the races.
MILESTONES IN PHILLIP ISLAND
- 1990, Race 2: first win for Rob Phillis. In the same weekend Peter Goddard recorded his only pole position;
- 1991, Race 1: first win for Kevin Magee;
- 1994: first win and first podium for Anthony Gobert in race 1, he doubled up in race 2;
- 2000: first win and first fastest lap for Aprilia by Troy Corser in Race 2;
- 2004: first win for Garry McCoy (in Race 2), first podium for Chris Vermeulen (in Race 1);
- 2005: first pole for Yukio Kagayama, first podium for Max Neukirchner in Race 2;
- 2008: 250th fastest race lap for Ducati, scored by Max Biaggi (Race 2);
- 2009: Ben Spies scored his maiden pole in his debut race (seventh in history) and won Race 2.
- 2009:Maiden fastest lap for BMW. Excluding the first race of the Championship (Donington 1988), it was the first time a manufacturer was able to set the fastest lap in its maiden race.
- 2009:Win number 275 for Ducati in race two by Noriyuki Haga.
- 2010: first pole, win and fastest lap for Leon Haslam, maiden fastest lap for Sylvain Guintoli;
- 2011: first podium for Marco Melandri.
- 2012: 80th win for an Italian rider in Superbike, thanks to Max Biaggi. Max, at his seventeenth win, reached Frankie Chili as the most successful Italian rider in history, a record he will eventually improve, closing his career with twenty-one wins.
- 2013: 10th pole position for Carlos Checa, 100th race for Jonathan Rea;
Stats by Michele Merlino
Provisional Phillip Island World Superbike Entry List
1 33 Marco Melandri ITA Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory Aprilia Racing Team
2 50 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory Aprilia Racing Team
3 52 Sylvain Barrier FRA BMW S1000 RR EVO BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team
4 1 Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R Kawasaki Racing Team
5 44 David Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO Kawasaki Racing Team
6 76 Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R Kawasaki Racing Team
7 22 Alex Lowes GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
8 58 Eugene Laverty IRL Suzuki GSX-R1000 Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
9 65 Jonathan Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR PATA Honda World Superbike Team
10 91 Leon Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR PATA Honda World Superbike Team
11 24 Toni Elias ESP Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory Red Devils Roma
12 59 Niccolò Canepa ITA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO Althea Racing
13 21 Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO Team Pedercini
14 23 Luca Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO Team Pedercini
15 32 Sheridan Morais RSA Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO IRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK Team
16 84 Michel Fabrizio ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO IRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK Team
17 10 Imre Toth HUN BMW S1000 RR BMW Team Toth
18 56 Peter Sebestyen HUN BMW S1000 RR EVO BMW Team Toth
19 7 Chaz Davies GBR Ducati 1199 Panigale R Ducati Superbike Team
20 34 Davide Giugliano ITA Ducati 1199 Panigale R Ducati Superbike Team
21 9 Fabien Foret FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO MAHI Racing Team India
22 11 Jeremy Guarnoni FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO MRS Kawasaki
23 71 Claudio Corti ITA MV Agusta F4 RR MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
24 20 Aaron Yates USA EBR 1190 RX Team Hero EBR
25 99 Geoff May USA EBR 1190 RX Team Hero EBR
Provisional World Superbike Phillip Island Entry List
1 54 Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Kawasaki ZX-6R MAHI Racing Team India
2 16 Jules Cluzel FRA MV Agusta F3 675 MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
3 65 Vladimir Leonov RUS MV Agusta F3 675 MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
4 26 Lorenzo Zanetti ITA Honda CBR600RR PATA Honda World Supersport Team
5 60 Michael van der Mark NED Honda CBR600RR PATA Honda World Supersport Team
6 21 Florian Marino FRA Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
7 99 Patrick Jacobsen USA Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
8 88 Kev Coghlan GBR Yamaha YZF R6 DMC Panavto-Yamaha
9 161 Alexey Ivanov RUS Yamaha YZF R6 DMC Panavto-Yamaha
10 67 Bryan Staring AUS Honda CBR600RR Rivamoto
11 11 Christian Gamarino ITA Kawasaki ZX-6R Team GO Eleven
12 44 Roberto Rolfo ITA Kawasaki ZX-6R Team GO Eleven
13 24 Marco Bussolotti ITA Honda CBR600RR Team Lorini
14 84 Riccardo Russo ITA Honda CBR600RR Team Lorini
15 4 Jack Kennedy IRL Honda CBR600RR CIA Insurance Honda
16 7 Nacho Calero ESP Honda CBR600RR CIA Insurance Honda
17 5 Roberto Tamburini ITA Kawasaki ZX-6R San Carlo Puccetti Racing
18 61 Fabio Menghi (1) ITA Yamaha YZF R6 VFT Racing
19 14 Ratthapark Wilairot THA Honda CBR600RR Core PTR Honda
20 35 Raffaele De Rosa ITA Honda CBR600RR Core PTR Honda
21 89 Fraser Rogers GBR Honda CBR600RR Com Plus SMS Racing
22 9 Tony Coveña NED Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki Ponyexpres Intermoto
23 19 Kevin Wahr GER Yamaha YZF R6 Team RS Wahr by Kraus Racing
24 52 Ryan Taylor AUS Yamaha YZF R6 Oz Wildcard Racing
25 3 Billy McConnell AUS Triumph 675 R Smiths Triumph
26 81 Graeme Gowland GBR Triumph 675 R Smiths Triumph