Aug 24, 2001
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Another Australian road racing event is at Oran Park this weekend, this one part of a multi-event series instead of being a stand-alone race and title. This press release from Steve Reeves previews the event as it plugs his client, Radar's Team Yamaha:<BR><BR>2001 Shell Australian Superbike & Supersport Championships<BR>Oran Park Raceway, NSW - Event Preview<BR><BR>YAMAHA TRIO READY FOR AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE AT ORAN PARK<BR><BR>Fresh from their successful New South Wales State Title round last weekend, the Radar's Team Yamaha will remain at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway to compete in this weekend's fifth and final round of the 2001 Shell Australian Superbike & Supersport Championships.<BR><BR>Robbie Baird, Craig Coxhell and Jamie Stauffer claimed the top three placings in the feature class last week and will be out to duplicate their efforts this weekend. The only difference being that Baird will be focusing his attentions on the Supersport class, were he currently lies fourth overall, while Coxhell and Stauffer will compete in the Superbike class and cement themselves in the top three final standings.<BR><BR>Baird defeated current Supersport points leader Josh Brookes last weekend and with Brendan Clarke missing this weekend as he continues his guest rides in the World 500 GP, Baird will be looking at a move to third and possibly second in the championship by the end of the weekend.<BR><BR>"Thing's went well for us last weekend at the State title round, so we'll be looking for the same results this weekend," said Baird. "We were able to get the Yamaha YZF-R6 dialed in last week and that showed as we picked up a win and a new Supersport lap record in the process."<BR><BR>With the Superbike title being retained by Shawn Giles, Coxhell and Stauffer will focus their attentions on winning races and finishing their season off with another pair of top-three placings.<BR><BR>"Last weekend was good and bad for me," said Coxhell. "I didn't quite get the results I was looking for, but we did learn a lot about the bike and the Motec system. We had changed a few things and they didn't work as planned, so we went back and had a look at the data and make some assessments on that. I think we'll be right for this weekend in the Superbike class."<BR><BR>Stauffer was in the same mind set as Coxhell as he too took full advantage of the extra races to sort out suspension settings on his YZF-R1.<BR><BR>"I gained a lot of confidence after winning the final race last weekend," said Stauffer. "We changed a few things on the rear of the bike which allowed us to get the maximum out of a set of tires that we had used all day. So to get a win in those circumstances was good and I'm sure that it will give us a solid base to work from for this weekend."