News 17 Oct 2010

ASBK: Stauffer wins race three to claim overall at MotoGP

New South Welshman Jamie Stauffer has put on a master-class in the third and final Superbike support race at the 2010 IVECO Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The two-time national Superbike champion’s eight-lap blitz saw him record an emphatic 5.864-second victory over Honda’s Bryan Staring, with Suzuki’s Josh Waters making it three different manufacturers on the podium.

After moving into the lead late on lap one, it didn’t take long for Stauffer to leave the field in his wake as he circulated within a few tenths of the current Superbike national lap record held by Wayne Maxwell.

It was a stunning return to winning form for the two-time national Superbike champion, who hasn’t enjoyed the most successful of seasons since he made the switch from Yamaha to Ducati for 2010.

“To be honest, we should have been winning races all year, but I’ve had some of the worst luck of my career,” said Stauffer. “This has been a long time coming, and it’s great to finally have a dry race this weekend after having to use wet tyres in the previous races.”

Stauffer was the third separate winner in the Superbike support program, with Shannon Johnson (Honda) winning the opener followed by Waters in race two.

The rolling scrum between Staring and Waters in race three went down to the wire, with the latter’s seriously fast Suzuki doing its best to try and sneak ahead on the last run down Gardner Straight.

But Waters fell short by just 0.007 seconds, while Johnson – who was also heavily involved in the battle for second for a number of laps – was a clear fourth, ahead of Craig Coxhell (BMW) and Robbie Bugden (Suzuki).

Budgen had to dust himself off after a big crash in race two, but he was back in full combat mode in his scrap with Coxhell.

The race got off to a wild start when Glenn Allerton crashed at Turn One after clipping the rear end of fellow Honda rider Daniel Stauffer.

Daniel also ran off the circuit during the melee before returning to the pits without completing a lap.

Jamie Stauffer was the overall victor this weekend on 59pts, ahead of Johnson (57), Staring (54), Waters (54) and Coxhell (48).

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