AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE Sunday November 19 EASTERN CREEK
Submitted by fluxrider on Fri, 17/11/2006 - 10:39pm
NEWS from the website of Australian Superbike AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE Only Days To Go To The YMF Loan Australian Superbike Championship Grand Final At Eastern Creek Raceway.
Yamaha Rider Jamie StaufferIn one of the most thrilling seasons of Australian Superbike racing action in many years, two riders and two manufacturers are still vying for Superbike championship title honours and the coveted #1 plate. The injured underdog Honda pilot Russell Holland goes into the final round knowing he has to beat title favourite Yamaha rider Jamie Stauffer to be the first privateer to win an Australian Superbike Championship in the modern era. Holland has shown he has what it takes to do this by consistently taking the challenge to the factory-mounted riders including Stauffer throughout the season, and his hunger to re-write the history books and put privateers on the map will be only too apparent as the championship comes to a close on Sunday November 19 at Sydneyâ€™s Eastern Creek. In 2005 it was Honda rider Josh Brookes who claimed the championship victory, and his subsequent move to the world Superbike scene saw the prestigious #1 take a well-earned break on the sidelines. In previous seasons it had taken pride of place on the race craft of legendary names such as Fergusson and Giles. While Staufferâ€™s 37-point advantage gives him the upper hand, there are still 51 points on offer, a fact that has never escaped the mind of standout privateer Russell Holland. Holland will graduate to full factory status with the Joe Rocket Honda team in 2007, and would like nothing more than to display the #1 on the front of his CBR1000RR. â€œThe injury put me very much behind the eight-ball in terms of my championship, at Winton I was defending more than I was attacking and the points gap opened up again,â€ said Holland. â€œIâ€™m still very committed to chasing down the top spot, the odds are certainly stacked against us but the team will put their heads down and concentrate on winning the round.â€ â€œWeâ€™ve had a fantastic year and if the opportunity presents itself at Eastern Creek Iâ€™ll certainly be sure to score as many points as possible.â€ Stauffer has a similar outlook on the Eastern Creek weekend, and said he could afford to be anything but complacent when it came down to business â€“ the two final races. While his previous clean sweep at the circuit in round one certainly instills confidence within the 27-year-old, he remains just as committed in his preparation for the event. â€œItâ€™s not over by a long shot,â€ said Stauffer, â€œMotor racing is undeniably one of the most unpredictable sports, and we are taking no chances ahead of Eastern Creek.â€ â€œThe Yamaha Racing Team is very professional about the way it goes racing and this has shown throughout the year, everyone will band together again in a few weeks and hopefully we can give Yamaha its first Australian Superbike title.â€ â€œThe number 1 would look great on the front of the new 2007 R1,â€ added Stauffer. Riders will complete two practice sessions on the Friday, followed by two qualifying sessions on the Saturday, to determine the grid positions for Sundayâ€™s racing. Pole position is good for an additional 1 point, with each race offering 25 points to the winner. YMF Loan Australian Superbike Championship Standings (at round 6 of 7) 1 Jamie STAUFFER (NSW) 269 points 2 Russell HOLLAND (NSW) 232 3 Andrew STROUD (NZ) 173 4 Robert BUGDEN (QLD) 166.5 5 Daniel STAUFFER (NSW) 150 6 Scott CHARLTON (VIC) 147.5 7 Shannon JOHNSON (VIC) 126.5 8 Wayne MAXWELL (NSW) 122 9 Shannon ETHERIDGE (NSW) 112.5 10 Ashley ROE (VIC) 97 Tickets for round seven of the 2006 YMF Loan Australian Superbike Championship are available online through AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE website and at the gate. The cost is: Saturday Adult: $20 Two Day Pass/Sunday Adult: $35 Pensioner: $20 Family (2 adults and up to 5 children): $50 Children (6-15): $10 Program: $5