News 7 Jun 2010

Oz RR: Curtain remains perfect in Winton Formula Xtreme

Curtain took six wins from six starts at Winton's second round of the AFXC.

Curtain took six wins from six starts at Winton's second round of the AFXC.

Yamaha Racing Team has continued its dominance of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Formula Xtreme Championship, claiming two class victories in the headline FX1000 and FX600 categories at round two of the series contested at Winton in Victoria over the weekend.

Former world championship number two and multiple-time national champion Kevin Curtain picked up right where he left off at round one, taking six wins from six starts during the course of the weekend.

Curtain dominated the FX1000 class with controlled aggression and smart racing to first create, and then maintain a comfortable margin over his nearest rivals.

Curtain won the round ahead of Honda-mounted New South Welshman Grant Hay, with series revelation Glenn Cullen (Honda) rounding out the podium from Yamaha privateer Dustin Goldsmith and the quickly improving BMW of Jeremy Crowe.

Fellow YRT factory rider Pat Medcalf again fought on bravely in the FX1000 class in taking sixth overall for the round despite a nagging knee injury that he suffered at Wakefield’s season opener.

“My knee is banged up, but I make the decision to race, so I give it everything I have,” the double Australian Superstock Champion said. “I managed to salvage some pretty good points again today and with some more time to heal up and get some training under my belt, I’m confident I can return to the front of the pack in future rounds.”

Victory in the FX600 class was far from easy and took all of Curtain’s years of experience and race craft to gain the upper hand on young gun and teammate Rick Olson.

Again, Curtain won all three legs, but with the pair being split by less than one second in the first leg, Curtain needed to be on his A-game to keep his win streak intact. The pair battled long and hard in races two and three, with Curtain taking the honours and able to maintain his perfect record in the championship so far.

“Rick took it right up to me today on the 600 and he was riding exceptionally well, so a big pat on the back to him,” veteran Curtain commented. “But for me, I feel right at home on the Yamaha – both the R1 and R6. Kev and Geoff again had the bikes in flawless condition and the results show how hard these guys work.”

For Olson, the steep learning curve continues to climb and the gap between himself and Curtain continues to tighten up. With each passing race and each round his racing steps up a cog and he might just be the rider who can pinch a race or round win from Curtain.

“Like any rider, the goal is to improve and be a better racer every time I hit the track. I feel that I am doing that at the moment as I try to consistently run Kevin’s speed. I enjoy racing with him and with every race, I learn and pick up a little more,” Olson commented.

Behind Olson came Daniel Falzon, who in turn edged out Adrian Nestorovic and Jesse Austin for the final podium position.

The series will now head to Eastern Creek on 2-4 July for the third of five rounds to be contested during 2010.

1. Kevin Curtain (Yamaha)
2. Grant Hay (Honda)
3. Glenn Cullen (Honda)
4. Dustin Goldsmith (Yamaha)
5. Jeremy Crowe (BMW)
6. Pat Medcalf (Yamaha)
7. Glenn Scott (BMW)
8. Damien Murphy (Honda)
9. Jamie Aitken (Kawasaki)
10. Matt Thornton (Yamaha)

1. Kevin Curtain (Yamaha)
2. Rick Olson (Yamaha)
3. Daniel Falzon (Honda)
4. Adrian Nestorovic (Kawasaki)
5. Jesse Austin (Yamaha)
6. Andrew Cornish (Yamaha)
7. Joel Muddle (Suzuki)
8. Adrian Di Giandomenico (Yamaha)
9. James Beck (Yamaha)
10. Lachie Thomas (Kawasaki)

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after two of five rounds):
1. Kevin Curtain 150 (Yamaha)
2. Glenn Cullen 116 (Honda)
3. Grant Hay 114 (Honda)
4. Dustin Goldsmith 113 (Yamaha)
5. Jamie Aitken 83 (Kawasaki)

1. Kevin Curtain 150 (Yamaha)
2. Rick Olson 132 (Yamaha)
3. Jesse Austin 108 (Yamaha)
4. Daniel Falzon 104 (Honda)
5. Adrian Nestorovic 88 (Kawasaki)

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