| Race Report From Yamaha Australia|
Like a good red wine, Kevin Curtain continues to get better with age as he swept all before him once again at round three of the 2003 Yamaha Formula Xtreme TT Series held at Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria.
Curtain and his pair of Nikon Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha’s won all four races in both the Xtreme (YZF R1) and Supersport (YZF R6) classes, smashing lap records in each category during his rampage at Winton.
His only blemish for the weekend, if you can call it one, was that he was bumped off pole position in the final moments of the Xtreme qualifying session by teammate and current series point’s leader Daniel Stauffer.
A quartet of second place Xtreme finishes for Stauffer still has him leading the points table for the premier class by six points over Curtain who rebounded in exemplary style after leaving the previous round of the series with two dnf’s from four starts.
While he appears to under considerable pressure to retain his Xtreme title, Curtain has already built up a healthy 95-point break over his nearest rival in the FX Supersport class, courtesy of 12 consecutive race wins to date.
“I was very happy with what I was able to achieve today,” said Curtain at the conclusion of the days racing. “It is a nice feeling to come away with a bag full of race wins and a couple of lap records, but it wasn’t as easy for me as it appears. I had four very good hard races in the Xtreme against Daniel and he was riding very well all weekend. I had to work hard to get past him and each time I did I wanted to make the move as clean as possible. He was able to make some very starts in each of the races and I had it all to do if I wanted to get the win. In the end it all worked out well and I’ve been able to bridge the points gap to him after the bad round that I had at Oran Park a few weeks ago.”
“With the Supersport class, all I can say is that the Yamaha YZF R6 is just getting better and better. I’m getting a lot more comfortable on the bike and we are dialling in the suspension settings in a way that it is steering and doing everything that we want it to. It’s a great bike. I did expect to be challenged a bit more though, but for some reason I was just on it this weekend and everything just felt right.”
Joining Curtain in a dominating display of riding was defending NakedBike champion Craig Trinder aboard the Nikon Yamaha Racing Team FZ1. Four race wins has seen him extend his current points lead to 79 over fellow Queensland veteran John Allen, while FZ1 riders fill four of the top five placings in the class, with Trinder ably supported by Graeme Wilshaw (Procycles), Matthew Waldron (mycontrolroom.com.au) and Lee Munro (Gulf Western Oils), who hold positions three, four and five in the class respectively.
Aside from the domination shown by Curtain and Trinder, Yamaha riders proved to be the dominating force in the Xtreme, Supersport and NakedBike classes.
In Xtreme, Yamaha riders filled six of the top ten placings, while they fill eight of the top ten in the overall series points, proving yet again the performance of the Yamaha YZF R1.
Along with Curtain and Stauffer, Victorian privateer Cameron Donald (Gary O’Brien Yamaha) had his best result of the year, finishing third overall in Xtreme and pushing young Queenslander Brendan Clarke on the third of the Nikon Yamaha’s back to fourth. Stephen Tozer (Stafford Yamaha) finished seventh overall, with Queensland’s Ben Attard ninth aboard his Aluma-Lite Racing Yamaha.
Curtain’s pace in the Xtreme class showed as he not only smashed the existing Xtreme lap record, but set a new motorcycle lap record for the 3.00km Victorian circuit with a 1:24.428 in the fourth and final Xtreme race.
A trio of Yamaha’s led the Supersport field for overall honours with Curtain on top from teammate Clarke and Sydney privateer Glen Allerton, who had a best finish of third in race two. Procycles Yamaha rider Shaun Geronimi also had a solid consistent weekend, finishing fifth overall.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Cudlin moved to the top of the Superstock points table thanks to four race wins aboard his Fineline Motorcycles Yamaha YZF R6. He now holds an eleven-point lead in the class over Alex Tomasetti.
Round four of the 2003 Yamaha Formula Xtreme TT Series will be held at Queensland Raceway on the weekend of May 31 – June 1.
YAMAHA XTREME (Overall round placings)
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Pts|
|Kevin Curtain (Yamaha)||1st|| 1st||1st||1st||100|
|Daniel Stauffer (Yamaha)||2||2||2||2||80|
|Cameron Donald (Yamaha)||4||3||4||3||58|
|Brendan Clarke (Yamaha)||3||5||3||-|| 43|
|Nick Henderson (Honda)||8||7||7||6||36|
|David Butler (Suzuki) ||5||4||-|| 5||35|
|Stephen Tozer (Yamaha)||-|| 6||5||4||34|
|Jay Normoyle (Suzuki)||9||8||8||8||31|
|Ben Attard (Yamaha)||7||-|| 6||7||28|
|Luke Wicks (Suzuki)||10||9||9||-|| 20|
Yamaha Xtreme (points after 3 of 5 rounds)
1. D Stauffer 251;2. K Curtain 245;3. B Clarke 115;4. S Tozer 110;5. D Butler 99;6.N Barton 95;7. C Donald 93;8. B Archibald 73;9. B Attard 68;10. A Maxwell 56.
YAMAHA SUPERSPORT (Overall round placings)
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Pts|
|Kevin Curtain (Yamaha)||1st||1st||1st||1st||100|
|Brendan Clarke (Yamaha)||2||2||2||-|| 60|
|Glenn Allerton (Yamaha)||4||3||6||4||52|
|Russell Holland (Kawasaki)||3||-|| 3||3||48|
|Mark Aitchison (Suzuki)||-||6||5||2||41|
|Shaun Geronimi (Yamaha)||6||8||7||6||37|
|Simon Rattenbury (Kawasaki)||5||5||14||5||35|
|Wayne Maxwell (Kawasaki)||7||7||-||8||26|
|Mick Kelly (Kawasaki)||8||12||8||10||26|
|Rory Rock (Honda)||11||9||10||9||25|
Yamaha Supersport (points after 3 of 5 rounds)
1. K Curtain 300;2. B Clarke 205;3. R Holland 156;4. M Aitchison 115;5. W Maxwell 111;6. S Rattenbury 94;7. G Allerton 89;8. C Seaton 75;9. M Stanley 73;10. J Crowe 52.
NAKEDBIKES (Overall round placings)
Craig Trinder (Yamaha) 1st,1st, 1st, 1st, 100
John Allen (Aprilia), 2, -,2, 2, 60
Graeme Wilshaw (Yamaha)4, 2, 3, 5, 60
Matthew Waldron (Yamaha)3, 10, 4, 3, 51
Lee Munro (Yamaha)6, 3, 5, 4, 50
NakedBikes (points after 3 of 5 rounds)
1. C Trinder 285;2. J Allen 206;3. G Wilshaw 194;4. M Waldron 165;5. L Munro 126
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