Flashback Friday
Max and Jamie Stauffer


I stumbled across this image (below), of a young Max Stauffer while looking through the MCNews.com.au archives for something else earlier this week. This is Max in pit-lane at Phillip Island during the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship in 2004, when dad, Jamie, was riding for Kawasaki.

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Max Stauffer – P.I. 2004 – Image by Stephen Piper

All of us around the sport back in those days remember young Max. And we remember only a few years later when Max was a very sick young boy. In 2009, at age five, Max was diagnosed with cancer, or acute lymphoblastic leukaemia to be precise. What followed was a very trying two years of treatment for young Max just as he was starting school. Along with plenty of wrenching heartache for the whole Stauffer family. They eventually came out the other side stronger…

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Max congratuled by mum and dad in parc ferme at Wakefield Park last weekend – TBG Image

Last weekend Max won four races across two classes, and took the round win across both the Supersport 300 and YMF R3 Cup races during the second round of the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship at Wakefield Park.

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Max gives dad Jamie Stauffer a hug in the pits at Wakefield Park in 2015. Team Honda Racing boss Paul Free and son Alex in right of shot.

We thought this also a prime opportunity to flashback to dad Jamie’s 2006 championship double, winning both the Superbike and Supersport Championship. Jamie then backed it up again in 2007 with another Australian Superbike Championship #1 plate.

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Jamie Stauffer – Australian Superbike Champion – 2006 & 2007

This Yamaha advert, celebrating Jamie’s success back in the day, was a ripper. I was also there riding the day Jamie did these skids at P.I. on a stock YZF-R1, check the angle of the dangle around 1min17s in this video. Jamie was sent out on a stock bike and told ‘we need some slides for the video’… no practice, he just went straight out and had it on the lock-stops… Mint 🙂

It’s great having Jamie and Max still in the Aussie Superbike paddock today.

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Max Stauffer with Aussie Superbike legend dad, Jamie Stauffer – Image Rob Mott