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Mar 16, 2002

A Kind Of Strange Press Release On The Australian Formula Xtreme Series

From a press release:<BR><BR>FORMULA XTREME ACTION HITS EASTERN CREEK THIS WEEKEND<BR><BR><BR>Would you really like to see who produces the most powerful and fastest road-going motorcycles available in Australia today? If you do, then Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway is where you'll need to be this weekend, (March 16 & 17) perch yourself in the grandstand and watch all of the racing action of the $200,000 2002 Yamaha Xtreme Tri-State on the giant superscreen live.<BR><BR>Nowhere in Australia will you find such an array of sports bred motorcycles racing against each other in evenly structured classes that will bring out the very best in machines and their riders.<BR><BR>The weekend will also bring together the latest crop of Australian riders who are preparing to burst onto the world scene, plus those who have already made it the pinnacle of their sport. Three riders in particular will fit this criteria, - Sydney's Warwick Nowland (2000 World Endurance Champion), Newcastle's Kevin Curtain (2 times 2001 World Supersport race winner) and<BR>Narramine's Mark Willis (former 500GP team member for the Kenny Roberts owned Proton KR3 team). All three will be competing this weekend head to head.<BR>Suzuki GSX-R1000 mounted Nowland will be out to topple three times Xtreme champion Curtain who will return to ride the Radar's Team Yamaha YZF R1. After four years racing in the 500 Grand Prix World Championships Willis returns to the domestic competition riding for the Procycles Motul Team aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000.<BR><BR>The YZF R1 and the GSX-R1000 have become two of the most sought after sports bikes on the market, add to that Honda's new secret weapon on its Aussie debut, the CBR954RR, all three will be searching for Xtreme glory this year to see which bike is best.<BR><BR>Not to be outdone though are the Kawasaki ZX-9R and Ducati's exotic 996R. Once again each one of these big bore sports bikes will have Australia's<BR>best riders aboard as they strive to outscore their more fancied rivals.<BR><BR>The premier Formula Xtreme class, that is run over four eight-lap sprint races per event, has also attracted a host of young riders looking for their ticket to Europe. These include Victorian teenager Craig Coxhell (Radar's Team Yamaha R1), Bringelly's Josh Brookes (Team Honda CBR954RR), Ballarat's Liam Magee (Suzuki GSX-R1000) and the Newcastle's Stauffer brothers Jamie and Daniel (Bio Magnetics Therapy Yamaha R1s) to name but a few.<BR><BR>Each one of these riders will be out to topple the defending Champion, Brisbane's Robbie Baird, who will again be at the controls of his super fast Radar's Team Yamaha YZF R1. Bairdy is one of the hardest riders in Australian road racing and it will take a rider with a huge amount of<BR>determination to beat the Queenslander. The challenge for his rivals starts this weekend.<BR><BR>Formula Xtreme is by no way the only class that will provide hard close racing. There are six other classes on the program, each running the same four-race sprint format as Xtreme, giving fans maximum opportunity to watch their favourite bikes and riders performing.<BR><BR>If you enjoying the big booming V-Twins such as Ducati 996SPS's, Aprilia RSV Mille's, Honda SP1's or Suzuki TLR 1000's then the FX Pro Twins is your<BR>class.<BR><BR>If you want to see a race that will bring together specially prepared full-house race bikes such as the rare Honda NSR-V500 Twin GP bike ridden by defending champion John Allen the Formula Oz is a class well worth viewing.<BR><BR>As the name suggests, the Buell sponsored Nakedbikes brings together the very latest unfaired sports bikes available. This new class has provided some great action with riders aboard machines fitted with higher handlebars and rubbing elbows as they negotiate their way around the circuit. Also included in this category are the Streetfighter NK Lites (for the middleweights) and a host of 1200 Harley Sportsters.<BR><BR>And after all of this there are still two of Australia's most competitive classes left - Yamaha Supersport and the EXEL Aprilia Challenge. Both classes have grown to such a level, that they are now seen as the perfect nursery for budding champions. The Aprilia RS250's are equally matched in performance, leaving it solely to rider ability, while the Supersport class<BR>allows the riders to become used to much more powerful four-cylinder motorcycles such as the Yamaha YZF R6, Honda CBR600, Kawasaki ZX-6R and the Suzuki GSX-R600. Throw in a field full of determined young riders and you will have the best racing seen in this country.<BR><BR>In a nutshell Eastern Creek is the place to be this weekend for all of the high octane Xtreme action.<BR><BR>Schedule<BR>Friday, March 15, Practice for all classes<BR><BR>Saturday, March 16, Practice and qualifying with the opening races commencing after 1:00 p.m.<BR><BR>Sunday, March 17, Warm-up and racing from 10:00 a.m.<BR><BR>Admission: For $25 you gain access to the general admission spectator area plus the pit area to watch and get close to your favourite riders. This<BR>admission is valid for both Saturday and Sunday and allows spectators into the grandstand to watch all the racing live on the giant Superscreen.<BR><BR>Children under the age of 15 are FREE and pensioner concessions are $15.<BR><BR>For further information check out the website at<BR><BR><BR><BR>2002 Yamaha Xtreme Tri State - Calendar<BR><BR>Mar 17 Eastern Creek (NSW)<BR>April 14 Winton (Vic)<BR>May 19 Eastern Creek (NSW)<BR>June 30 Q'ld Raceway (Q'ld)<BR>Aug 18 Oran Park (NSW)<BR>Sept 29 Eastern Creek (NSW)