News 29 Jul 2010

BSB: Staring confirmed for Brands Hatch round with Honda

Aussie Bryan Staring will be back with HM Plant Honda at Brands Hatch next month.

Aussie Bryan Staring will be back with HM Plant Honda at Brands Hatch next month.

Australian Superbike Championship leader Bryan Staring has spoken out about his opportunity with the factory HM Plant Honda team in the British Superstock 1000 Championship, set to continue at Brands Hatch on 6-8 August.

Staring was called upon to contest the recent round at Snetterton and, following a promising debut performance, will again stand in for the injured Steve Plater at Brands Hatch.

“I have a lot of interest in the BSB and was already headed to the UK for the Snetterton meeting; then the offer came to fill in for Steve on the Superstock 1000 bike,” Staring said.

“The team has been very successful in the past and are used to having some of the best riders in the world. It is very much a privilege for me to be involved with them for these rounds, so it is a big thanks to Honda Australia, Honda UK, HM Plant and my management.”

Reigning Australian Supersport Champion Staring will go into the Brands Hatch event with his confidence bolstered after setting a competitive pace on an unfamiliar circuit in his impressive debut with the team at Snetterton.

“I didn’t have the chance to test the bike beforehand, but everything fell into place. I felt like I was fast enough to do well and qualified sixth after only one session on the track. I was happy enough with that, but in the race I was taken out in the first corner after getting a great start. It was very unlucky,” Staring said.

“I’ve never ridden at Brands Hatch before. I am very excited because it has great history. I have stayed up very late for many, many years watching the racing from this track. It is one of the circuits I have been longing to ride. To be able to race there with the HM Plant Honda team is a dream come true for me.”

In preparation for the race, Staring will have the opportunity to familiarise himself with the Brands Hatch circuit by riding the track with Plater prior the event.

“Although we will be riding the short circuit on Honda Hornet road bikes, it will be a good chance for me to get a look at the circuit and the lines for the difficult first and last corners there,” Staring said.

As well as receiving Plater’s input, Staring is also stable mates with HM Plant Honda’s number one rider, former Australian Superbike and Supersport Champion, Josh Brookes who races in the British premier class.

“He has been a great support, offering his knowledge and helping me where he can. He is riding very well at the moment and is a great inspiration for the team,” Staring said.

“All my focus is on getting comfortable on the bike and the track throughout practice and qualifying. I’ll take my time to get into it. All I can do is my best and, if everything runs smoothly, I’m sure my best will be very competitive.

“The HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR is an absolute pleasure to ride. The differences to my Superbike are very minimal. Our bikes in Australia are more modified than the Superstock bikes here. They can’t change anything in the engine or the electronics, but all the suspension and chassis rules are the same, so the bike is very similar to ride, only it’s down about 20hp or so.

“Racing these events is very valuable for me in terms of experience. It’s good to challenge yourself with new circuits and competitors. All the experiences you have in racing, good or bad, make you a better rider.

“So this will all help my ASBK campaign. My main goal for this year is still to win the ASBK Championship with Honda.”

Following the Brands Hatch event, Staring will return home to Australia to defend his series lead in round five of the 2010 ASBK Championship at Queensland Raceway on 20-22 August.