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Apr 11, 2011

Australian Superbike Championship Resumes This Coming Weekend At Hidden Valley Raceway

Team Honda Racing's Wayne Maxwell (47) and Jamie Stauffer (27).
Team Honda Racing CBR1000RR Development is on track for a race win at Hidden Valley

11th April 2011 Further development on the Team Honda Racing CBR1000RR sees the factory Honda Superbike team in a strong position heading into Round 3 of the Australian Superbike Championship at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin on the 15th -17th April.

New systems employed on the Motologic prepared CBR1000RR for 2011 have been under close scrutiny since the previous round of the championship at Symmons Plains Raceway in March, and the team are very happy with the development heading into Round 3 at Hidden Valley.

Although the team have secured two Superpoles from two rounds by #47 Wayne Maxwell and a fastest ever lap on a Superbike around Symmons Plains Raceway by #27 Jamie Stauffer, the focus for these two Hondas is now to make a charge for the front at Darwin.

#47 Wayne Maxwell, already in Darwin for promotional activities in the lead-up to the ASBK event believes it is time for a race win.

Maxwell: "We have been working closely with Motec at some test days locally and it has really clarified a few issues. The bike set-up is giving me more consistency now and I feel really comfortable on it. I have been fortunate enough to stay up here for the week leading up to the event to be involved in some promotional activities for Northern Territory Events so this will help me to acclimatise to the heat of the top end. I am really looking forward to the rest of the team arriving and getting into Round 3."

The other half of the Rider line up for Team Honda Racing, #27 Jamie Stauffer may not have the opportunity to acclimatise quite as much, but both riders will have the opportunity to feel the cool salty breeze in their face when the team visit HMAS Coonawarra at the Larrakeyah Barracks on Wednesday the 13th April.

The factory Team Honda Racing transporter, two Honda CBR1000RR Superbikes and 2 of the best riders in the country will be there with an unrivalled backdrop, providing some interesting Q&A and unique photo opportunities to attending media. The riders will then test their sea legs and compare notes on speed and hi-tech machinery when they are treated to a ride on a Navy vessel!

#27 Jamie Stauffer will no doubt appreciate the cool breeze upon his arrival in the intense heat of the Northern Territory and he is certainly looking forward to meeting the personnel at the Navy barracks, however, his focus will never be far from what lies ahead at Hidden Valley Raceway. Stauffer, ever the professional, will be looking to secure a race win (or two) at Round 3.

Stauffer: "We have come really close at the last 2 rounds to taking the win and we've seen what the CBR1000RR is capable of doing, now we just need to perfect it. The team have been working with the Motec technicians closely in the past month and the SMART shock has also been developed quite a lot further. I am really looking forward to riding the bike again and further developing my #27 CBR1000RR into a race winner."

No one is looking more determined to win the races at Darwin than Team Principle, Paul Free. His team have well and truly risen to the challenge of a new factory Honda Superbike team and Free would like nothing more than to see them rewarded by the win he knows is there for the taking.

Free: "When all is said and done the CBR1000RR is more than capable of winning races and now that we have ironed out some of the teething problems we initially experienced we are heading to the Top End ready to challenge for that win. The testing we have done in the past month has been extremely important, what we have learnt in a short period has been invaluable and I am finally confident that we will get a result in Darwin. The CBR1000RRs are showing the speed and consistency they need and I believe they are ready to do the job. The final part of the formula is the rider. We have 2 of the best riders in the country and I know they are ready to get the job done for Honda and the team."
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