Jamie Stauffer claims Australian Superbike Title After clinching the Australian Supersport title last month Jamie Stauffer has today claimed his and Yamaha's first ever Australian Superbike title with a clean sweep at the final round of the ...
Jamie Stauffer claims Australian Superbike Title
After clinching the Australian Supersport title last month Jamie Stauffer has today claimed his and Yamaha's first ever Australian Superbike title with a clean sweep at the final round of the 2006 YMF Loan Australian Superbike Championship at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway.
The Superbike title caps off a remarkable year for the Yamaha Racing Team rider who has claimed pole position in the Superbike class at all seven rounds of the series, won more rounds than any other rider in both the Supersport and Superbike Series and recorded the fastest ever lap of Eastern Creek Raceway on a motorcycle.
Today's victory was not without drama, with the first race run in two parts after it was red flagged. Stauffer led both legs of the interrupted race from start to finish without any challenge from the rest of the field.
In the final Superbike race of the year the 27-year old enjoyed a battle with Shawn Giles in opening laps before taking the lead on lap 5 and storming to race, round and championship victory.
"It is a great feeling to have wrapped up Yamaha's first ever Superbike title," Stauffer said.
"To dominate both classes this way is something I'd only ever dreamed about. This success is proof of the Yamaha Racing Teams' thorough preparation and the amazing performance of the YZF-R1SP."
"We have come a long way in a short time and our results this year will really set us up for next years campaign," Stauffer added.
Yamaha Racing Team Manager John Redding said the dual championship win justified the hard work of the Yamaha Racing Team.
"This is certainly one of the most rewarding times of my career." Redding said.
"To not only have won two titles but also completely dominate the Supersport Championship the way we have this year is something the whole team will savour for a long time."
"Traditionally motorsport is more lows than highs but our success in 2006 will leave us with many highs for years to come," Redding commented.
"I really want to thank all the staff members of the Yamaha Racing Team, Yamaha Motor Australia and our Yamaha dealers for all the hard work and support given to the team which has enabled us to get to the front of the field in such a short timeframe.
Yamaha Motor Australia's Motorsport Manager Cheryl Muldoon acknowledged the team's results this season as being second to none, not only for Yamaha locally but also at a global level.
"This is a fantastic time for Yamaha Motor Australia with our team's domination of all three national titles."
"Jamie has absolutely dominated the Supersport class and also given us our first ever Australian Superbike title. These two titles are complimented by Jon Cartwright's win in the Naked Bike class."
"Our teams' success this year is attributable to a combination of superb riders, meticulous preparation and of course the best possible machinery in both the YZF-R6 and YZF-R1SP," Muldoon added.
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