News 30 Nov 2009

ASBK: Yamaha wraps up Superstock 1000 and 600 titles


Yamaha riders have taken top honours in Australia’s premier Superstock racing categories – Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600.

R1 rider Pat Medcalf and R6 rider Rick Olson both rounded out perfect seasons with outright wins at the weekend’s Phillip Island final.

The results highlight another exceptional year in Australian road racing for Yamaha.

A member of the Yamaha Racing Team’s factory squad, young gun Medcalf showed professionalism and experience beyond his years across the course of a successful season.

The NSW-based rider dominated the Superstock 1000 class, winning each of the six rounds he competed in. He finished on 359 points, 55 clear of second place.

Medcalf’s Phillip Island weekend went to plan despite a slow start in qualifying.

“All in all it was an awesome weekend, I started out a little off the pace in qualifying but came through strong in the races,” he said.

“It was a great feeling to be able to run that number one plate on Sunday after wrapping things up in the first race on Saturday.

“I’ve had a really good year and been fortunate enough to have the support and guidance of the best team in pit lane, I’m very proud to be able to bring this title home to Yamaha.

“I thought my experience on the Superstock 600 machine would carry over well but couldn’t have predicted such a strong result.”

YRD Development rider and Reece Bancell Scholarship holder Rick Olson came back from a slow start to his Superstock 600 campaign to win in a convincing fashion aboard his R6.

Olson, a graduate of the Yamaha FZ6 Cup series, finished sixth at the season opener and seventh at Symmons Plains before kick-starting an incredible run of results.

Olson won every round from Queensland Raceway onwards to secure the Superstock 600 title, wrapping up the season 70.5 points ahead of the second-placed rider.

Ray Howard, Yamaha Motor Australia Manager, Motorsports Division, congratulated both riders on a standout season.

“Pat and Rick have worked very hard to achieve these results and we are pleased to have been able to provide the opportunity to such dedicated and professional young riders,” said Howard.

“Yamaha has had a stellar year in both Superstock classes, highlighting the strength of the R1 and R6 race packages and their performance and reliability on track.

“We remain committed to nurturing talented riders and can see a very bright future ahead of the pair.

“The dual titles add to the Supersport class win by Bryan Staring, which caps off a very solid ASBK season all round.”