News 6 Jun 2010

ASBK: Three-way fight for series heats up in Queensland

Cougar Bourbon Honda Racing's Bryan Staring snatches ASBK series lead after epic double victory at Queensland Raceway over Josh Waters and Wayne Maxwell. Team Suzuki's Troy Herfoss sweeps Supersport.

Staring won ahead of Waters to take over the ASBK series lead in Queensland today.

Staring won ahead of Waters to take over the ASBK series lead in Queensland today.

Cougar Bourbon Honda Racing’s Bryan Staring has rocketed from third to first in the race for Viking Group Australian Superbike Championship honours with a clean sweep at Queensland Raceway, host of round three.

This morning’s race win was a career first for the 23-year-old from the Gold Coast, but he wasn’t content to stop at one, comfortably winning the second 16-lap stoush and the round in the process.

Staring’s stellar starts were a key contributor; he was away well from second place on the grid and once in the lead looked unstoppable.

The results cap off a weekend in which rider and team went from strength to strength.

“It’s been such an unreal weekend, we kept progressing with what we knew and the bike just kept getting better,” said Staring.

“I said yesterday that Wayne [Maxwell] had a clean sweep in the first round, Josh [Waters] in the second and felt it might have been my weekend to have a go too.

“The team deserves this victory as much as me, they put together an awesome bike in the CBR1000RR.

“This is my local round now so it’s good to share this with my family and friends.”

Staring collects 50 points for the round and dislodges Demolition Plus GAS Honda’s Wayne Maxwell from the top spot after the Victorian endured a frustrating day.

Maxwell finished third in both races, unable to convert yesterday’s blistering qualifying pace into a result today.

A despondent Maxwell said there was lots of work to be done before the series returned to the circuit in Ipswich for its next point-scoring round.

“We’ve got a lot of work in front of us, today was a constant struggle,” he said. “We were gifted a few places in that second race when a few of the other bikes dropped out, that was the only positive to come from today.

“Josh and Bryan raced hard today and are making this a really tough battle, congratulations to both.

“We’ll go away and regroup. The team is strong and I have to thank them for all their efforts today.”

Though consistent, Waters’ two second place finishes weren’t enough to hold on to second place in the title race, and the defending champion said the team would most likely revert to the setup which brought them success at Hidden Valley in April.

“We made a few changes to the bike for the second race which helped, but no one was going to beat Bryan today,” said Waters.

“The bike was great and the team worked as hard as ever but it just wasn’t our day.

“We come back here in August and we’ll have a much better idea of where to start with setup from the outset, I’m looking forward to improving on today’s result and most importantly, staying in the hunt for the title.”

Two eventful races changed the complexion of the 2010 championship for a number of leading riders.

Problems plagued Ducati Motologic Racing’s Jamie Stauffer, with the two-time winner exiting both races early and taking zero points for the round. The outcome is a slide from fourth to eighth on the standings.

Suzuki riders put in a solid performance across the board, claiming positions 4 through 6 for the round.

Brisbane-based rider Team Mack Trucks Suzuki’s Robbie Bugden excelled at his home event, and makes good inroads on his 2010 campaign after missing the opening round.

Team Suzuki’s Shawn Giles finished fifth followed by Racers Edge Performance Suzuki rider Scott Charlton.

Valvoline Superbike Team rider and 2008 champion Glenn Allerton launched an attack on the leaders in race two before a mishap put him out of the running and made the final few laps a salvage operation for points.

Gold Coast rider Daniel Stauffer put in his best performance of the season on the new factory Aprilia RSV4, finishing seventh for the round.

CJC Racing’s Craig Coxhell recorded two exceptional finishes in his pursuit of the Superstock 1000 A and B title, with the dual wins aboard his BMW S 1000 RR good for sixth and seventh outright in combined race with the Superbike field.

Suzuki’s Troy Herfoss’ domination of the Insure My Ride Australian Supersport Championship continued today, with the in-form rider winning both races.

Herfoss stretches his lead from 8 to 19 points over fellow Victorian and Suzuki rider, Brodie Waters.

Triumph rider Christian Casella hung on to his third placing in the 600cc class despite a tough outing.

New South Welshman Cru Halliday rode his Yamaha R1 to another clean sweep, and has taken maximum points available at both Cougar Bourbon Superstock 1000 C and D rounds to date.

Aaron Morris held out local favourite Mike Jones in the Suzuki Superstock 600 class, taking two wins from three starts. Jones had two second places to go with his win in yesterday’s race.

The Motul 125cc Grand Prix battle was handled capably by Queenslander Jordan Zamora while Lincoln Gilding delivered another victory for the locals in the Dunlop 250cc Mono class.


RACE ONE (16 laps)
1. Bryan Staring (Qld), Honda, 18:57.984
2. Josh Waters (Vic), Suzuki
3. Wayne Maxwell (Vic), Honda
4. Shawn Giles (NSW), Suzuki
5. Robbie Bugden (Qld), Suzuki
6. Craig Coxhell (Vic), BMW
7. Scott Charlton (Vic), Suzuki
8. Glenn Allerton (NSW), Honda
9. Brendan Clarke (Qld), Honda
10. Daniel Stauffer (Qld), Aprilia
FASTEST LAP: Jamie Stauffer (NSW, Ducati) 1:10.470

RACE TWO (16 laps)
1. Bryan Staring (Qld), Honda, 18:58.007
2. Josh Waters (Vic), Suzuki
3. Wayne Maxwell (Vic), Honda
4. Robbie Bugden (Qld), Suzuki
5. Shawn Giles (NSW), Suzuki
6. Scott Charlton (Vic), Suzuki
7. Craig Coxhell (Vic), BMW
8. Brendan Clarke (Qld), Honda
9. Ben Attard (Qld), Ducati
10. Daniel Stauffer (Qld), Aprilia
FASTEST LAP: Josh Waters 1:10.424

1 Bryan Staring 115pts; 2 Wayne Maxwell 110.5; 3. Josh Waters 104.5; 4 Shawn Giles 82.5; 5 Glenn Allerton 80; 6 Scott Charlton 79; 7 Shannon Johnson (Vic, KTM) 66; 8 Jamie Stauffer 60; 9 Robbie Bugden 58; 10 Jordan Burgess (NSW, Ducati) 53.5.


RACE ONE (16 laps)
1. Troy Herfoss (NSW), Suzuki, 19:41.462
2. Brodie Waters (Vic), Suzuki
3. Chris Quinn (NSW), Yamaha
4. Aaron Gobert (NSW), Yamaha
5. Christian Casella (Vic), Triumph
FASTEST LAP: Troy Herfoss 1:13.005

RACE TWO (12 laps)
1. Troy Herfoss (NSW), Suzuki, 14:49.469
2. Brodie Waters (Vic), Suzuki
3. Chris Quinn (NSW), Yamaha
4. Christian Casella (Vic), Triumph
5. Ryan Taylor (Vic), Yamaha
FASTEST LAP: Brodie Waters 1:13.224

1 Troy Herfoss 140pts; 2 Brodie Waters 121; 3 Christan Casella 113; 4 Chris Quinn 78; 5 Ryan Taylor 74.