News 12 Sep 2018

Winton ASBK race day ‘underwhelming’ says Staring

Race one DNF hinders Kawasaki ace at Victoria's sixth round.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Western Australian Bryan Staring experienced a round he would like to forget at Winton’s sixth stop of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), describing race day as underwhelming and unsatisfying.

The Kawasaki BCperformance ace showed promising pace in the earlier stages of the weekend and ultimately qualified in P5, however his plans to elevate himself in the championship came to an abrupt halt at turn one in the opening race, when an incident at the start saw him crash out of the outing.

Equipped with his second bike for race two, the former champion rebounded, charging his way into fourth position during the final laps of the red-flag filled encounter.

“I’m pretty disappointed really,” Staring expressed. “It was an underwhelming and unsatisfying Sunday for us and it wasn’t through a lack of trying. I felt I got shot out of the sky in the first one – I was a bit unlucky there and had no option but to put the bike on the ground.

“In race two with all the restarts, it was anyone’s race. In the end we were fourth, which is pretty good on paper. I’m mostly disappointed because I don’t feel today was real racing – I don’t think I turned a lap in anger today because of the stoppages. We put our best foot forward, but that’s how it goes.”

Staring is ranked sixth in the championship standings as the series heads to Phillip Island next month for the seventh and final round – the same venue in which he captured his sole overall victory of the season far at round one.