BMW Snatches Superbike Win at NZ Tri-Series opener
Sloan Frost took a class international Superbike field by storm when he won the opening Suzuki International Tri-Series race at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park on Saturday.
Frost, a refrigeration engineer from Tauranga, rode a near-standard BMW S1000RR under clear skies to claim BMWs first international-level race win in New Zealand against a large overseas Superbike contingent.
In race one, Australian Robbie Bugden took the hole shot from pole position on a Suzuki GSX-R1000, only to be passed by Frost a short time later. A mid-race challenge for the lead ended when Bugden ran wide on a corner and the pair began lapping traffic, allowing Frost to maintain his scintillating form until the chequered flag.
Sloan Frost explains his surprise victory, “I did well in qualifying and I just wanted to get out in front. There was a pretty stacked field so it doesn’t matter who you’re racing – you know you’re going to be racing a fast guy, so I tried to make my way forward and when Robbie passed me I wanted to pass him back as quickly as possible.
“Even though I’ve been riding all winter I haven’t had much dry testing time because it’s all been wet weather riding. And now we’re developing the chassis and geometry set-up which I’ve never gone into before, but the California Superbike School taught me a whole lot of different riding techniques as I’ve been using bad riding techniques from my motocross days. I did all four levels and it has highlighted the area’s of the chassis we need to work on.
“Handling-wise it’s real similar to the Suzukis, I’m having a little bit of trouble with it turning, and I think that can be sorted out with fine tuning.”
The tables were reversed in race two after Bugden gained the lead and cleared off to enjoy a five second win from Frost, who proved his race one victory was no fluke, Andrew Stroud and Craig Shirriffs.
Robbie Bugden lowered Stroud’s lap record to 1:03.884s in heat two. “It all went well, I haven’t been here for some months so to come back and be right up the front from the word go has been positive! Every time I went out the bike got better so full credit to the team as we made some strong changes, so by the last race I had a bike that felt really good. To set a new lap record and win by five seconds puts us in good stead going into Manfeild next weekend!” Bugden says.
Current NZ Superbike champion and 2009 Suzuki Tri-Series champ Andrew Stroud had no answer in either race, although the experienced Hamilton racer was never far from the front action in both heats, and managed to snatch second from Bugden in race one. His form is sure to improve at Manfeild.
The Superbike action came thick and fast for the minor positions with the first seven riders lapping within one second of the race two winner. Craig Shirriffs earned a pair of tough fourth placings on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 and has to be a threat at Manfeild on Saturday. Hamilton’s Nick Cole crossed the line fifth on his Kawasaki after pulling out of race one, from a similar position while threatening fourth.
Australian Daniel Stauffer was slightly off the pace on a near-stock Yamaha R1 to take a fifth and sixth positions, while Bernard Racing team-mate and Canadian number two Andrew Nelson failed to fire at the front after a four-month lay-off, finishing eleventh and tenth respectively.
With one point earned for Pole position, Sloan Frost leads the series by a single point from Bugden. Round two of the $26,000 Suzuki International Tri-Series will be staged on Saturday December 18 at Manfeild and all eyes will be on Kiwis Sloan Frost, Andrew Stroud and Craig Shirriffs to see if they can hold out the sure to improve Australian and Canadian contingent.
Defending Suzuki Tri-Series Supermoto champion Davide ‘Speedy’ Gozzini lived up to his world number two status by taking a second and first in his two 450 Supermoto heats. Toby Summers headed the Italian home in a close race one, followed by Speedy Gozzini and surprise package Jayden Carrick. With Gozzini winning race two, Carrick got the better of Summers by just five hundreds of a second to complete the podium.
Gozzini came to NZ directly after winning the Australian Supermoto crown for the second year running, and he is very keen to win at Manfeild. “Last year was very good, the fight was so close with Toby (Summers), Ivan (Lazzarini) and the other Aprilia riders, so I think it will be good fun. Suzuki rider Jayden Carrick is also very fast so it could be a very good championship!”
Wellington hot-shot Glen Skachill won both F2 600 Supers races on a Suzuki GSXR600, Scott Moir won both Open Supermoto races for Aprilia, and Graham Moorhead took his 1978 Suzuki GS1000 to two wins.
Former Marlboro Series star John Woodley re-visited the podium after his first race in almost three decades! Riding an MV Agusta R312 Woodley surprised many with a good turn of speed and is sure to enjoy better results at Manfeild and Wanganui over the next two weeks. John Ross won each BEARS race on his BMW S1000RR, with Joel Reed of Australia second and Woodley third in the first race. Peter Tanner grabbed second in race two, after falling without injury in the opening leg, followed by Reed and Woodley.
Three F1 Sidecar teams are on equal points going into Saturday’s round two after some very close action. Adam Unsworth and Stu Dawes are tied on 45 points with sidecar pairing Ash Martin and Charles Bilby, and the Steve Bron/Dennis Simonsen duo.
2010 Suzuki International Tri-Series round 1 results from Hampton Downs, Saturday December 11.
F1 Superbikes race 1:
Sloan Frost (Tauranga, BMW S1000RR), 1;
Andrew Stroud (Hamilton, Suzuki GSXR1000), 2;
Robbie Bugden (Australia, Suzuki GSXR1000), 3;
Craig Shirriffs (Fielding, Suzuki GSXR1000), 4;
Dan Stauffer (Australia, Yamaha YZF-R1), 5;
James Smith (Christchurch, Suzuki GSXR1000), 6.
F1 Superbikes race 2:
Robbie Bugden, 1;
Sloan Frost, 2;
Andrew Stroud, 3;
Craig Shirriffs, 4;
Nick Cole (Hamilton, Kawasaki ZX-10R,
5; Dan Stauffer, 6.
Series points: Sloan Frost, 47; Robbie Bugden, 46; Andrew Stroud, 42; Craig Shirriffs, 36; Dan Stauffer, 31; James Smith, 29.
F2 600 Supers race 1:
Glen Skachill (Wellington, Suzuki GSXR600), 1;
Dennis Charlett (Christchurch, Suzuki GSXR600), 2;
Jaden Hassan (Auckland, Yamaha YZF-R6), 3;
John Ross (Christchurch, Yamaha YZF-R6), 4;
Karl Morgan (Auckland, Suzuki GSXR600), 5;
Adam Chambers (Clive, Kawasaki ZX-6R), 6.
F2 600 Supers race 2:
Glen Skachill, 1;
Dennis Charlett, 2;
Jaden Hassan, 3;
Karl Morgan, 4;
Phil Endean (Auckland, Yamaha YZF-R6), 5;
Marcus Beagley (Auckland, Kawasaki ZX-6R), 6.
Series points: Glen Skachill, 50; Dennis Charlett, 44; Jaden Hassan, 40; Karl Morgan, 34; Phil Endean, 30; Adam Chambers, 29.
450 Supermoto race 1:
Toby Summers (Auckland, Yamaha YZF450), 1;
Davide Gozzini (Italy, TM SMX450F), 2;
Jayden Carrick (Wanganui, Suzuki RMZ450),
3; Richard Dibben (Wanganui, Honda CRF450), 4;
Andrea Occhini (Italy, Suzuki RMZ450), 5;
Duncan Hart (Tauranga, Husqvarna SMRR450), 6.
450 Supermoto race 2:
Davide Gozzini, 1;
Jayden Carrick, 2;
Toby Summers, 3;
Richard Dibben, 4;
Andrea Occhini, 5;
Duncan Hart, 6.
Series points: Davide Gozzini, 47; Toby Summers, 46; Jayden Carrick, 42; Richard Dibben, 36; Andrea Occhini, 32; Duncan Hart, 30.
Supermoto Open race 1:
Scott Moir (Taupo, Aprilia SXV550), 1;
Scott Birch (Rotorua, Aprilia SXV550), 2;
Casey Bullock (Taupo, Aprilia SXV550), 3;
Glen Haden Wanganui, Honda CRF490), 4;
Lewis Waho (Taupo, Aprilia SXV550), 5;
Craig Flood (New Plymouth, Aprilia SXV550), 6.
Supermoto Open race 1:
Scott Moir, 1;
Scott Birch, 2;
Casey Bullock, 3;
Glen Haden, 4;
Wade Thorburn (Taupo, Aprilia SXV550), 5;
Craig Flood, 6.
Series points: Scott Moir, 51; Scott Birch, 44; Casey Bullock, 40; Glen Haden, 36; Craig Flood, 30; Doug Stockwell (Auckland, Aprilia SXV550), 27.
F1 Sidecars race 1:
Ash Martin/Charles Bilby, 1;
Steve Bron/Dennis Simonsen (Wanganui/Masterton, Suzuki LCR1000), 2;
Adam Unsworth/Stu Dawe (Wanganui, Windle F1 1000), 3;
Brian Read/Darren Prentis (Auckland, Kawasaki ZX-10R), 4;
Darren Pate/Karl Verdell (Katikati, Kawasaki 1000), 5;
Tracey Anderson/Jo Mickleson (Tauranga, Yamaha DMR 600), 6.
F1 Sidecars race 2:
Adam Unsworth/Stu Dawe, 1;
Steve Bron/Dennis Simonsen, 2;
Ash Martin/Charles Bilby, 3;
Des James/Jonathan Shaw (Auckland, GSXR1000), 4;
Brian Read/Darren Prentis, 5;
Darren Pate/Karl Verdell, 6.
Series points: Adam Unsworth/Stu Dawe, 45; Ash Martin/Charles Bilby, 45; Steve Bron/Dennis Simonsen, 45; Brian Read/Darren Prentis, 34; Des James/Jonathan Shaw, 32; Darren Pate/Karl Verdell, 31.
Post Classic race 1:
Graham Moorhead (Takapuna, Suzuki GS1000), 1;
Sean Donnelly, (Paraparaumu, Kawasaki GPZ1100), 2;
Russell Barker (Auckland, Suzuki GSXR1100), 3;
Jason Hulme (Marton, Honda NC30 400), 4;
Mike Webster (Wellington, Kawasaki ZXR H1 750), 5;
Chris Sales (Feilding, Honda XR500), 6.
Post Classic race 2:
Graham Moorhead, 1;
Russell Barker, 2;
Sean Donnelly, 3;
Paul Wootton (Waikane, Suzuki GSXR1100), 4;
Jason Hulme, 5;
Mike Webster, 6.
Series points: Graham Moorhead, 51; Russell Barker, 42; Sean Donnelly, 42; Jason Hulme, 34; Paul Wootton, 31; Mike Webster, 31.
BEARS race 1:
John Ross (Christchurch, BMW S1000RR), 1; ,
Joel Reed (Australia, Aprilia RSV4), 2;
John Woodley (Australia, MV Agusta R312), 3;
Duncan Coutts (Whangarei, Aprilia RSVR1000), 4;
Damian Mackie (Te Puke, Ducati 998S), 5;
Darren Love (Australia, Ducati 1198), 6.
BEARS race 2:
John Ross, 1;
Peter Tanner (Feilding, Aprilia RSVR1000), 2;
Joel Reed, 3;
Damian Mackie, 4;
John Woodley, 5;
Darren Love, 6.
Series points: John Ross, 50; Joel Reed, 42; John Woodley, 36; Damian Mackie, 34; Duncan Coutts, 32; Darren Love, 30.
F3 Sportbikes race 1:
Daniel Kempthorne (Palmerston North, Suzuki SV650), 1;
Terry Fitzgerald (New Plymouth, Suzuki SV650), 2;
Scott Moir (Taupo, Honda RSV450), 3;
Geoff Booth (Dannevirke, Suzuki SV650), 4;
Avalon Biddle (Orewa, Honda RS125) 5;
Nick Southerwood (Auckland, Suzuki SV650), 6.
F3 Sportbikes race 2:
Terry Fitzgerald, 1;
Geoff Booth, 2;
Scott Moir, 3;
Avalon Biddle, 4;
Daniel Kempthorne, 5;
Dean Bentley (Lower Hutt, Suzuki SV650), 6.
Series points: Terry Fitzgerald, 47; Daniel Kempthorne, 42; Geoff Booth, 40; Scott Moir, 40; Avalon Biddle, 34; Dean Bentley, 29.
2010 Suzuki International Tri-Series Schedule;
Rnd 2: Manfeild, December 18
Rnd 3: Wanganui Cemetery Circuit, December 26
— Boxing Day Cemetery Circuit meet live to the World on Speedbox.tv
Once again the Cemetery Circuit street racing is set to be live streamed on the internet for motorcycle race fans. This will be the forth year that Speedbox.tv has been at the boxing day event. Last year the live stream was action packed and didn’t miss a beat.
The annual Boxing Day motorcycle races on the Cemetery Circuit first ran in 1951. Today the event still runs on exactly the same city streets. Its sheer nature, Its singularly unique name, and its traditional place in the holiday calendar combine to create an occasion of high public interest.
Former “Motocourse” editor Peter Clifford, in a live TV interview at trackside in 1987 dubbed the Cemetery Circuit “The greatest little race track in the World”. And the thousands of fans that return every year would agree.
The circuit is an attraction in itself. It is unique. It has changes in elevation, a railway crossing, an overhead bridge, and a spectacular tree-shrouded esses section that tracks through the old town cemetery. And no two corners are the same. The action at the Cemetery Circuit is always high speed, arms-length and spectacular. It is a day-long adrenalin rush.
This year the Speedbox.tv team is back and excited about delivering the racing action live to the internet audience. The production includes a live mix from 5 cameras around the circuit and extended interviews from the pits played out between racing. Speedbox offers a 100% money back guarantee if you have issues watching the live stream. You can’t argue with that.
The boxing day race meeting has a world wide following and with several high profile international riders set to compete at this year’s event, the international audience is expected to grow. Expect to see Robert Bugden and Chris Seaton from Australia competing in F1/Superbike, against the likes of Andrew Nelson from Canada, and New Zealand’s best riders, Andrew Stroud, Craig Shirriffs, Sloan Frost and Nick Cole. In Super Moto the field will have to deal with world number 2, Davide Gozzini and top 10 finisher Andrea Occhini, both from Italy.
Classes include F1 Superbikes, F2 600 Sport, F3 Sport bikes, Post Classics, BEARS, F1 Sidecars, 450 Moto, Super Moto and Classic Sidecars.
Last year the subscribers to the live stream were from New Zealand, Australia, UK, Ireland, USA, Netherlands, Italy, Isle Of Man, Germany and Denmark with New Zealand making up half the numbers.
So this year if you are not going to be able to make it the Cemetery Circuit Street racing you don’t have to miss out altogether, Speedbox.tv reckons you should get a few mates over, plug the computer into the big screen at home and sit back on boxing day and enjoy the live coverage from Wanganui.