Baird And Curtain Win In Australian Formula Xtreme

Baird And Curtain Win In Australian Formula Xtreme

© 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.


From a press release issued by race promoters Formula Xtreme Promotions:


Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway provided race fans with some of the best action seen in this year’s series, which was evident by the number of class lap records that were broken.

One lap record that wasn’t broken was that of the premier Formula Xtreme class. That didn’t mean that the pace wasn’t there, quite the contrary actually as the battle for supremacy came down to a battle between the two major Yamaha teams competing in this years series, Radar’s Team Yamaha and Bio Magnetics Sport.

At the end of the day it was the Radar’s Team Yamaha pair of defending champion Robbie Baird and former three times champion Kevin Curtain who came away with two wins apiece from the four 8-lap Formula Xtreme races held.

Baird’s two wins and two second place finishes saw him take out the round win, plus an extended lead in the series points chase as he now totals 259. Curtain continues to hold second overall with 235 points courtesy of his two race wins which followed a fourth and fifth in the opening two races.

The pair were challenged all the way by the Bio Magnetics Sport Yamaha YZF-R1 rider, Daniel and Jamie Stauffer. Daniel offered the strongest challenge and was in the thick of the action all day in what has been his best ride for the team this year. He finished the weekend with two seconds and two thirds.

Leading privateer riders on the day were: A Grade – Luke Phillips (RMS Performance Engines Honda CBR929RR); B Grade – Brendan McIntyre (Western Motorcycles Suzuki GSX-R1000); C&D Grade – Glenn Warland (Yamaha YZF R1)

Buell NakedBikes/Streetfighter NK Lites
Arriving at Eastern Creek this weekend, Craig Trinder (Bio Magnetics Sport Yamaha FZ1) was the only rider in the Yamaha Xtreme Tri-State series that remained unbeaten after two rounds of the series.

That run came to an end this weekend, when the veteran Queenslander was forced to share two wins apiece with the Gulf Western Oils Yamaha FZ1 of Lithgow’s Dave Butler.

The two emerged equal on points for the round after four closely fought races that had the pair split by just 0.051 of a second in race 3 and 0.064 of a second in race four. The two also swapped new lap records with Trinder setting the new mark with a 1:37.665.

Third overall on the day went to Michael Thomas (Wet4U Racing Kawasaki ZRX 1100) who scored three thirds and a fifth, while Leo Cash (Pirelli Yamaha FZ1) was fourth after scoring a third, two fourths and a sixth.

The Streetfighter NK Lites class saw Victorian rider Rob Hermans take the overall round win with four wins aboard his Buell Dealer Team Buell X1. The wins further extend his points lead in the category and he is a clear leader over Mick Matheson (Performance Streetbike Honda 600 Hornet).

Matheson continues to improve on the Honda and finished the day with two seconds, a third and a fourth. Third home was Sam Lucchetti aboard the Blacktown Harley & Buell X1.

Defending champion Craig McMartin was again the man to beat as he debuted a brand new Ducati 998S and made full use of the new bike.

He dominated the round taking a clean sweep by taking pole position for the opening race, before taking to the track and grabbing four straight wins.

He is now in a commanding position in the class with 283 points, well clear of Peter Hinton (BEARs Racing Ducati 998S) and Mike Soderland (JSG Gowanloch Aprilia RSV)

Second overall today was Dave Butler aboard his BEAR’s Racing Ducati who finished the day with three seconds and a third.

Third overall went to Peter Hinton, making it a trifecta for the Ducati riders as they held off the advances of a horde of Aprilia’s Honda’s and Suzuki’s.

The Yamaha Supersport races were four of the most hotly contested of the weekend, even though it was essentially between two riders.

The fierce battle was held between current points leader Kevin Curtain (Radar’s Team Yamaha YZF R6) and Jamie Stauffer (Bio Magnetics Sport Yamaha YZF R6).

Starting from pole position, Stauffer was in a determined mood and was not keen to give Curtain a sniff of the race lead. He confirmed his speed by taking three race wins, with Curtain scoring just one. Stauffer was also credited with a new lap record (1:35.973), the day after Curtain set the new mark.

With three rounds now complete, Curtain holds a handy points lead with a
total of 259, with Jamie Stauffer second with 185. Third overall is Victorian Cameron Donald with a total of 140.

Queensland veteran John Allen has become a regular in recent rounds of the EXEL Aprilia Challenge and was out to show the young up and coming riders of the sport the quick way around.

He was in great form aboard his Aluma Lite Racing Aprilia, winning the opening three races. He looked to be in a position to make it four from four but tangled with Dustin Goldsmith (GC Performance Aprilia) on the final lap and crashed after running off the circuit at Turn Four.

Goldsmith went on to take the race win and the overall win for the day after he finished second to Allen in each of the first three races.

Third overall was Cameron Dale who scored a second, two thirds and a fourth.

Goldsmith now takes the series points lead with 218, pushing Josh Forster to second with 198, with Allen moving to third with 168.

Kawasaki Superbike rider Alistair Maxwell proved to be the man to beat in the Formula Oz class this weekend. The Albury rider took pole position during qualifying before taking to the track aboard his ZX-7R and taking three race victories from the four races.

John Allen chased hard all weekend aboard the Aluma Lite Racing Honda NSR500V GP bike, finishing the weekend a win and three seconds.

Maxwell holds the series lead ahead of Allen with 250GP rider Mark Stanley third after scoring three thirds and an eighth.

Michael Wright made it three consecutive race wins in the Gulf Western Formula X Unlimited aboard his Honda CBR929RR.

The race brings together the best C&D Grade riders of the weekend in an opportunity to show their skills without the distraction of having a host of quicker A&B grade riders in attendance.

Second in today’s race was Steve Vece aboard his Doin’ Bikes Honda CBR929RR, with James Spence third aboard his Circuit Breakers Yamaha YZF R1.

The next round of the 2002 Yamaha Xtreme Tri-State will be held at Queensland Raceway on June 29 & 30.

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