The 2009 privateer champion Craig Coxhell finished the season with another victory in his final track outing of the year in what has been an impressive debut season for the new team. Following the spectacular crash at Phillip Island during the previous round of the Woodstock Bourbon Australian Superbikes Championship, Craig was only able to step back onto a bike last weekend where he rode alongside Russell Holland and Gareth Jones, taking a solid victory for the Demolition Plus team in the 6hour endurance race at Oran Park.
‘Not the most conventional recovery for sure! I wasn’t sure how I was going to go last weekend but I needed to get back on a bike and when Demolition Plus’s Richard Perry asked me to ride for him I thought it would be a good way to try and get back to race fitness. I didn’t figure on it being 40 degrees for the race, but we still managed to keep it together and take the win which was great to be a part of.’
Craig had spent the entire lead up recuperating from the crash that saw him break some ribs while the team spent the time putting the bike back together for the final round of the ASBK series.
Crew Chief Rob Coxhell:
‘We got out of that crash better than we expected to be honest, both with Craig and the bike – however when we were went out on the bike on Friday we soon realised there was some fine tuning we need to do to get the bike right again after the rebuild. Ultimately we didn’t get it back to the pace we had run at the previous round, but we performed well again and I’m really pleased with the way the year went’.
‘We picked up a 5th in race one and were looking good again for 5th in race two until I out braked myself battling with Dan and Kev into turn 4. I lost the rear and had to pick it up and run straight which put me back to 14th or something. From there I was able to claw back up to 10th in the remaining laps and I think I still held onto 6th overall in the championship. So although I’m annoyed at myself right now for not finishing better in race 2 I have to look at the overall result and winning the privateer championship and 6th overall is a pretty awesome effort for a brand new team. To top that off we had the Harvie Wiltshire Memorial race to end the day and I was able to take the win there as well in front of a Shannon and Krusty. It was good to see Adam back on a bike again and a great way to finish the year.
Congratulations to Josh and team Joe Rocket Suzuki. He’s ridden so well this year and now has the title under his belt to show for it. That the top step of the championship was still being fought between three riders on the last day of the last round shows just how competitive this series is and is why we all love doing what we do.
It’s been one hell of a year and we need to thank the people who have made it possible. Bisley Workwear first and foremost, who have been nothing short of incredible this year and as always we’re very proud to wear Bisley. But we need to mention our other sponsors and supporters as well, Shepparton Motor Body Builders, Wurth, Metabo, Bell Real Estate, V3 Design, AGV, Dainese, Akrapovic, Sportsbike Tyre Warmers – the list goes on.
Which brings me to the team. To Rob, Geoff, James, Troy, Wayne, Ben, and of course Gayle, Dianne, Anna and Jess – my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all of your efforts this year; We’ve had a awesome year and it has genuinely been a pleasure to work with all of you. Without everyone’s help this year would simply not have happened.’
Craig and the team now look forward to next year. You can keep track of the team’s progress for the 2010 season on www.cjcracing.com.au.
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