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Posted - 04 Jul 2006 : 13:19:45
Superbike setup crucial to victory quest at Queensland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2006
Australia’s premier motorcycle road racers will chase a precise race setup to ensure the compromise between pace and handling is minimised at next weekend’s round of the YMF Loan Australian Superbike Championship, to be held at Ipswich’s Queensland Raceway July 7-9.
The layout of the 3.12km track is deceivingly simple from above, but as racers of all disciplines know from experience, winning here requires focus and the ability to select a precise racing line, lap after lap.
In 2005, Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s Shawn Giles made the most of red flag restart situations across both Superbike races to snatch the round win without actually taking the chequered flag in a race. Glenn Allerton and Jamie Stauffer traded places at the front but were unable to accumulate enough round points to stop Giles; they finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Unfortunately there will be no repeat performance at Queensland Raceway for Shawn Giles, who has been ruled out of racing for the next three months with complications arising from injuries sustained at Barbagallo Raceway at round 2.
“Obviously I would prefer to be racing in Queensland, but I’m looking forward to getting out of the house, catching up with a few people and helping Team Yoshimura Suzuki however I can,” said Giles.
“It’s going to be really difficult to stand on the sidelines and spectate at Queensland Raceway, because it is a track where the Suzuki GSX-R1000 always performs so strongly.”
Current championship leader and season standout Jamie Stauffer is looking to return to the winner’s circle after finishing second to a storming ride by Honda privateer Russell Holland.
Stauffer has completed two solid test sessions at Queensland Raceway ahead of the round, and said the team made a lot of progress in fine tuning the bike for race conditions.
“We just missed out on the round win at Mallala so the team is really fired up to take it out in Queensland, certainly the recent test sessions suggest we will have what it takes,” said Stauffer.
“As always, the Dunlop tyre package is right on the money, and has shown time after time the rubber is able to handle race distance with ease.”
Stauffer also leads the YMF Loan Australian Supersport Championship in spectacular style, having taken every pole, race and round win so far in 2006. A modest Stauffer attributed the amazing run of success to his team as much as himself.
Joe Rocket Honda’s Glenn Allerton makes a return to the site of his maiden Australian Superbike Championship race win next weekend, with every intention of notching up another.
Allerton experienced a difficult weekend at Mallala just under a month ago, and his 11th position in the series standings is hardly an indication of his ability.
“Testing was shortened and the limited laps we were able to do were a little hard to judge at Queensland Raceway because of both rain and oil, but I am feeling very positive about the round,” said Allerton.
“I’ve had some great success there in the past and it will be a good chance to get some more points on the board for the championship.”
Like Stauffer, Allerton also campaigns an entry in the Supersport class, and there will be a number of interesting duels between riders as they switch from their 1000cc to 600cc machines.
Round four of the YMF Loan Australian Superbike Championship will be contested from Friday July 9 to Sunday July 7, with practice, qualifying and racing on these respective days.
The headline class racing begins at 9am on Sunday, with a number of exciting support classes sure to keep fans entertained throughout the course of the day.
There is a range of ticketing options available for racegoers, as detailed below.
Saturday: Adult $20
Two Day Pass/Sunday: Adult $35
Two Day Pass/Sunday: Pensioner $20
Two Day Pass/Sunday: Family (2 adults and up to 5 children): $50
Two Day Pass/Sunday: Children (6-15): $10
Children under 6 Free
Collectors Event Program: $5