Ducati Motologic’s Jamie Stauffer is determined to fight for victory in today’s second race of the sixth round of the 2010 Viking Group Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island.
The former dual ASBK champion was the pre-race favourite after topping regular qualifying and winning Superpole in spectacular fashion on Saturday, however a scary turn one clash with Bryan Staring on lap four of the opening race forced him to settle for 17th position.
“The race started fairly well, I got a reasonable start and was able to come through the pack early on,” Stauffer commented. “I felt comfortable once I got into third position and I got a good run on the straight to start lap four.
“Once I passed Bryan on the inside I got slowed by Wayne at the entry to the corner. It then seemed that Bryan thought he had an opportunity to repass me, but he left me no room and I clipped his back wheel with my front before I stood the bike up and ran off the track.
“I managed to get back onto the track to finish the race, but obviously my race was done.”
Despite his off-track excursion, Stauffer circulated for the remainder of the race to test the duration of Dunlop’s 200 profile control tyre over the 10-lap race distance.
“I was extremely comfortable seeing him circulating in third by the start of lap four and knew that he would easily move to the front in a couple of laps and run away with the win,” team manager Paul Free said.
“But that all came to nothing when he and Bryan rubbed tyres at turn one and all the hard work and confidence turned to nothing when Jamie run off the track.
“To his credit he pushed on through the muddy grass and continued the race with the thought of testing the Dunlop control tyre over race distance. Hopefully tomorrow we have a more positive race.”
Today’s second Superbike race will be televised live on Channel 7 at 11:30 as part of the V8 Supercars Championship Series telecast.