AUS: Superbike Championship round 1, race two

Fergusson wins a thriller Defending champion Adam Fergusson (Joe Rocket Honda CBR1000RR) has ignited his 2005 Australian Superbike Championship campaign after a thrilling race two at Phillip Island on April 2. The Victorian, who finished...

Fergusson wins a thriller

Defending champion Adam Fergusson (Joe Rocket Honda CBR1000RR) has ignited his 2005 Australian Superbike Championship campaign after a thrilling race two at Phillip Island on April 2.

The Victorian, who finished 25th in race one after his rear tyre self-destructed, responded in the most emphatic way possible, eking out a thrilling victory over Team Suzuki's Shawn Giles (GSX-R1000) and teammate Josh Brookes (CBR1000RR) -- the troika separated by just 0.211sec in an archetypal Phillip Island drag to the finish line.

In a touch of dejà vu, the next three placegetters in the lightning five-lapper -- Daniel Stauffer (Team Yamaha YZF-R1), Scott Charlton (BTX Motorcycles GSWX-R1000) and Shannon Johnson (Team Yamaha YZF-R1 -- all repeated their finishing positions from race one, leaving Victorian Nick Henderson (CBR1000) and former 250 GP champion Shaun Geronimi (Sydney Mesh & Steel YZF-R1) to see out the top eight.

Meanwhile, Jamie Stauffer (Kawasaki Motors ZX-10R), who has enjoyed a recent purple patch at Phillip Island, completed his lot in ninth place, but only after he ran off the circuit at Turn Four -- the unfortunate by-product of some shenanigans between Fergusson and Giles.

In race one, Stauffer set a new domestic Superbike lap record -- 1:35.247 -- en route to finishing second behind Brookes.

Thirty-six riders completed the journey, including 1994 national champion and seven-time world Superbike winner Anthony Gobert (Redwing Honda CBR1000RR), whose was disqualified from the opener.

-www.ma.org.au

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Series Other bike
Drivers Anthony Gobert , Adam Fergusson , Nick Henderson , Jamie Stauffer , Phillip Island