Nov 12, 2010
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Ducati Motologic Racing Team's Jordan Burgess (33) in action in Tasmania. Photo by Keith Muir, courtesy of Ducati Motologic Racing Team
Superbike title contenders play it safe as Stauffer stars at Symmons
The late-season form of Ducati Motologic Racing's Jamie Stauffer continued today at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania, with the two-time Australian Superbike Champion setting the pace in qualifying for the seventh and final round of the season.
His best lap of the deceptively-demanding circuit was a 54.355s, .202 clear of Valvoline Superbike Team Honda rider Glenn Allerton.
Stauffer made the switch to the powerful 1198R at the start of the season, and by the mid-point showed it would be a force to be reckoned with, regularly topping the timesheets.
His only win in Ducati colours came at the non-championship MotoGP support event last month, and he is eager to convert today's promising pace to points this weekend.
"It's a good result to start off with but we're really looking forward to converting it to a couple of race wins," said Stauffer.
"I'm confident that the bike is as good in race trim as it is as a qualifier. If I can pull off another good flying lap in Superpole then we're in with a shot.
"We came here expecting wet conditions but we had a dry run for both sessions so there would be big changes to make if the rain starts falling tomorrow."
The Newcastle-based rider will be the last of 8 out to contest tomorrow's Motul Superpole, and will look to defend his provisional placing at the head of the field.
Two more former champions trailed Stauffer on the timesheets.
2008 titleholder Glenn Allerton delivered a typically-solid effort in second place with a 54.557s lap in the closing stages of the 20-minute qualifying session.
Following a successful return to his regular ride on the Team Suzuki GSX-R1000, 2009 champion Josh Waters was instantly on the pace, clocking the third-quickest time.
The only two riders in contention for the title had a safe day, with Demolition Plus GAS Honda's Wayne Maxwell banking a time good enough for fourth fastest, and Cougar Bourbon Honda Racing's Bryan Staring the last man in the 54-second bracket in fifth.
Tomorrow's Superbike race will be broadcast on Channel 7 from 2.00-2.30pm.
Christian Casella got the edge over Insure My Ride Australian Supersport points leader Troy Herfoss in the final stages of today's 20 minute qualifying for the 600cc machines.
The Triumph 675 rider recorded a time of 56.682s on lap 19 of 19, just .098s clear of his Suzuki rival.
Today's result could be too little, too late to stop Herfoss, who can wrap up the title a day early if he finishes in the top two tomorrow.
Local rider Brett Symonds used his intimate knowledge of the track to set the third quickest time on his Yamaha today.
Brodie Waters, the third rider in mathematical contention for the Supersport title, was fourth on his Suzuki GSX-R600.
Viking Group Australian Superbike Championship, Round 7 Symmons Plains, Qualifying
1. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW) / Ducati Motologic Racing, 54.355
2. Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) / Valvoline Superbike Team, 54.557"
3. Joshua WATERS (VIC) / Team Suzuki, 54.833
4. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) / Demolition Plus GAS Honda Racing, 54.870"
5. Bryan STARING (QLD/WA) / Cougar Bourbon Honda, 54.924"
6. Robert BUGDEN (QLD) / Team Suzuki"
7. Daniel STAUFFER (QLD) / The Natural Aprilia Racing Team, 55.514"
8. Scott CHARLTON (NSW) / Racers Edge Performance, 55.580
9. Craig COXHELL (VIC) / CJC Racing, 56.041"
10. Kris McLAREN (VIC) / McLaren Motorsports, 56.279
Insure My Ride Australian Supersport Championship, Round 7 Symmons Plains, Qualifying"
1. Christan CASELLA (VIC) / Aark Electrics / Peter Stevens M-cycles / Triumph, 56.682"
2. Troy HERFOSS (VIC) / Team Suzuki, 56.780"
3. Brett SIMMONDS (TAS) / Simmonds Racing / Xlite Helmets / Motul / Dunlop, 57.808"
4. Brodie WATERS (VIC) / Waters Racing, 57.901
5. Chris QUINN (NSW) / The Cannon Store / Coopers Pale Ale, 57.902"
6. Ben BURKE (NSW), 57.947
7. Aaron GOBERT (NSW) / AGR Inc / Bell Helmets / Yamaha / Dynojet, 58.211
8. Nicholas WATERS (VIC) / Waters Racing, 58.729"
9. Andy LAWSON Jnr (QLD) / Champion's Ride Days Race Team / Palfinger Aust., 59.502
10. Ryan TAYLOR (VIC) / Pakenham Yamaha / Monitor my Super, 59.509
More, from a press release issued by Ducati Motologic Racing Team:
Friday Qualifying at Symmons Plains Raceway
12 Nov 2010 A successful beginning to the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship at Symmons Plains today for the Ducati Motologic Racing Team with #27 Jamie Stauffer recording the fastest lap time in the first qualifying session of the event.
The skies may have taunted the competitors today with their greyness, but the track remained dry throughout. Stauffer was able to find a good rhythm during the 20 minute session to record a lap time of 54.355 seconds on lap 14 which saw him .202 seconds ahead of Glenn Allerton in second on the timesheets.
#27 Jamie Stauffer: "Today was a pretty good day, we tried a few different settings in the Ducati and seem to be getting closer now, but we are not quite there yet. We also tried two different compound Dunlop rear tyres today which basically performed equally well. Hopefully, we will have some dry track time tomorrow to try some new suspension settings that we think may help us find more speed."
Team mate #33 Jordan Burgess did not find the track as amenable today, however he departs with a good direction for tomorrow's second qualifying and is confident of finding the speed he needs to be well placed on the grid for Race 1.
#33 Jordan Burgess: "I was happy with today's progress. It's always difficult to be back on the bike after not having had much time on it due to my injuries, but we made significant progress. The field is very tight in terms of lap times so I think in tomorrow's qualifying session I will be able to improve again and make my way further up the order. The team are fantastic to work with and I am giving it 110% to give our side of the garage some happiness to end the season. Congratulations to Jamie on his efforts today, hopefully we can come home strong for the team this weekend."
The second qualifying session for the Superbikes will begin at 9am tomorrow with the Superpole shoot-out shortly there after. The Ducati Motologic Racing Team is focused on maintaining today's momentum going into the first race of the event in the afternoon and taking the Ducati 1198R to its second race win of the season.