News 25 Aug 2010

ASBK: Stauffer and Ducati gain momentum in Queensland

Ducati's Jamie Stauffer raced to a pair of podium results in Queensland last weekend.

Ducati's Jamie Stauffer raced to a pair of podium results in Queensland last weekend.

Ducati Motologic team leader Jamie Stauffer took his best finish of the season at last weekend’s Queensland Raceway round of the Australian Superbike Championship, finishing second overall with 2-3 results on Sunday.

After a disappointing Superpole performance, Stauffer worked his way through the field in spectacular style in both 16-lap races, slotting into a podium position but failing to top runaway series leader and dual race winner Bryan Staring on the Cougar Bourbon Honda.

“The weekend was really positive for us – we got a podium result for both the races and learned a lot yet again about the 1198R,” Stauffer, a former double ASBK champion, said.

“I didn’t get good starts for the races so I had to work hard to get past quite a few riders, but my lap times are extremely consistent. The Ducati definitely has the speed so I know going into Phillip Island in a few weeks we will be even more competitive.”

Ducati Motologic Racing team manager Paul Free was also satisfied to see his team back on the rostrum, despite the injury of rookie team rider Jordan Burgess, who broke his foot in Saturday’s qualifying.

“I am definitely happy with the results from the weekend although Jordan’s crash did subdue the mood somewhat on Saturday,” Free reflected. “We are relieved that he should heal well with some rest.

“Sunday’s races gave us some valuable information to look at and maintain the development path we are currently on with the 1198R. I am really enjoying working with Jamie and the Ducati, our development path is so steep at the moment and we are learning so much. It really is exciting.”

The ASBK series will continue alongside the V8 Supercars Championship Series at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island in Victoria on 10-12 September.