News 4 Jul 2011

Yamaha takes FX-Superbike podium sweep at Eastern Creek round

Yamaha dominated the Eastern Creek round of Formula Xtreme on Sunday.

Yamaha dominated the Eastern Creek round of Formula Xtreme on Sunday.

Yamaha Racing stamped their authority on the 2011 Australian FX–Superbike Championship after another superb performance at round three of the championship held at Eastern Creek over the weekend.

A season high of over 170 competitors entered the round but it was a streak of blue out front that had impressed onlookers as the factory Yamaha squad has put themselves in a commanding position in the championship chase of both premier FX-Superbike and FX-600cc divisions.

Kevin Curtain did what Kevin Curtain does best. He wins races. On his Yamaha R6, Curtain was never headed all weekend and made it a perfect three wins from three starts and has total control of the points in the championship chase.

The 600cc podium included Malaysian foreign exchange student Abdullah Hafizh, who as part of the YRD/Petronas Raceline program impressed many with his improvement over the weekend as he charged his way to second place for the round.

He came in ahead of Glenn Scott, with YRD’s Mike Jones, who suffered from poor starts all weekend, in fourth.

The headline FX-Superbike class races were some of the best of the season as all three Yamaha Racing Team riders put on some display out front of the pack. Kevin Curtain, Rick Olson and Pat Medcalf engaged in race long duels from the get go of every race with positions swapping several times a lap and countless times during a race.

In an almost unprecedented finish, two races saw Olson and Medcalf in a photo finish that timing couldn’t separate and a dead heat was given. Race one saw the pair share the points for second, while race three was a dead heat for the win.

Ultimately it was Curtain that won the day with 1-1-3 finishes, narrowly edging out Olson with 2-2-1, who got the nod over Medcalf with 2-3-1 finishes.