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Jun 23, 2001

Baird Takes Australian Formula Xtreme Point Lead At Phillip Island

Radar Team Yamaha's Robbie Baird took the points lead in the 2001 Yamaha Xtreme Tri-State series with the overall win in the four-leg race event held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit June 17. Baird finished 1st – 2nd – 2nd- 2nd in the four, seven-lap legs on his Yamaha YZF-R1 in wet conditions to surpass his teammate Jamie Stauffer for the series lead.<BR><BR>Also riding a Yamaha YZF-R1, Stauffer finished 4th – 4th – 4th – 5th on the day and slipped to second in points with only one round of the five-round series remaining.<BR><BR>Baird's other teammate, 18-year-old Craig Coxhell finished 3rd – 3rd – 9th – 1st to move into third in the points before heading to the final round at Eastern Creek Raceway July 7-8.<BR><BR>Second overall at Phillip Island was Geoff's Auto Spares' Josh Brookes, 18. Brookes collected two wins and a second place finish at Phillip Island and sits seventh in the points having missed the last round while racing in Japan. <BR><BR>The youngest of the three Gobert brothers, 17-year-old Alex, finished 2nd – 10th – 5th – 6th as he and his Red Wing Honda team came to terms with their week-old CBR929RR. Gobert is now sixth in the series points.<BR><BR>RESULTS<BR>YAMAHA XTREME TRI-STATE PHILLIP ISLAND:<BR>RACE 1:<BR>1. Robbie Baird, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>2. Alex Gobert, Honda CBR929RR<BR>3. Craig Coxhell, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>4. Stephen Tozer, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>5. Jamie Stauffer, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>6. Damien Cudlin, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR><BR>RACE 2:<BR>1. Josh Brookes, Honda CBR929RR<BR>2. Robbie Baird, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>3. Craig Coxhell, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>4. Jamie Stauffer, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>5. Damien Cudlin, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>6. Steven Cutting, Suzuki GSX-R1000<BR><BR>RACE 3:<BR>1. Josh Brookes, Honda CBR929RR<BR>2. Robbie Baird, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>3. Damien Cudlin, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>4. Jamie Stauffer, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>5. Tony Rees, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>6. Alex Gobert, Honda CBR929RR<BR><BR>RACE 4:<BR>1. Craig Coxhell, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>2. Robbie Baird, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>3. Josh Brookes, Honda CBR929RR<BR>4. Jamie Stauffer, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>5. Alex Gobert, Honda CBR929RR<BR>6. Luke Phillips, Honda CBR929RR<BR><BR>YAMAHA XTREME TRI-STATE SERIES POINT STANDINGS (After 4 of 5 rounds):<BR>1. Robbie Baird, 279 points<BR>2. Jamie Stauffer, 246 points<BR>3. Craig Coxhell, 239 points<BR>4. Tony Rees, 203 points<BR>5. Damien Cudlin, 178 points<BR>6. Alex Gobert, 168 points<BR>7. Josh Brookes, 130 points<BR>8. Luke Phillips, 116 points<BR>9. Graeme Morris, 100 points<BR>10. Stephen Tozer, 84 points<BR><BR><BR>Springwood Suzuki Aprilia's Brendan Clarke, 17, clinched the 2001 Aprilia Challenge Championship at Phillip Island with a 3rd - 1st – 1st performance.<BR>