Kevin Curtain now leads both the 600cc and 1000cc classes at the Formula Xtreme Superbike Championships
Rick Olson and Pat Medcalf fight it out at Wakefield Park.

Curtain Takes Control at FX Superbike Championship

2 May 2011

Yamaha Racing’s Kevin Curtain staked his claimed for dual 2011 Formula Xtreme Australian Superbike Championships after another outstanding performance at round two of the series held at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park over the weekend.

Just two rounds in and Curtain has taken control of the points lead in both premier divisions of the Formula Xtreme Championship- the 1000cc Superbike and 600cc division- and history shows Curtain is not a man to relinquish championship leads easily.

Curtain kicked off round two in top form winning all three legs of the 600cc category with mature and polished rides. Curtain led early and maintained control in each race until the checkered flag to take the maximum points haul from the weekend on his Yamaha R6.

That form continued over on to the thundering Yamaha R1 and Curtain racked up victories in races one and two and was set for a complete white wash of the round. But, the final 1000cc race saw Curtain leave the grid on cold tyres as an issue with the tyre warmer didn’t get the front up to the required temperature. He struggled early before coming home strongly but could only manage a fifth in the final race, leaving him on 66 points, equal first for the round, but second on a count back.

Curtain leads the 600cc class with a 19 point margin while he has an 18 point gap back to his nearest rival in the 1000cc category.

But fellow Yamaha Racing Team riders experienced a tough day at the Wakefield round. Rick Olson hit the pavement in race one of the 1000cc Superbike class and scored no points, putting an end to any chance of a podium finish. Olson finished the final two legs in 7-6 formation but finished well down the order in 10th place for the round.

 Pat Medcalf battled bravely and consistently to take 3-5-4 finishes and fifth for the round, also in the 1000cc class. Medcalf was always towards the front but didn’t quite have the speed required to snare a race win.

“It was a real mixed weekend,” says team manager, John Redding. “Kevin settled into the racing quickly and was obviously the standout rider of the weekend winning five and out the six races he competed in and now leads the points in both classes.”

“For Pat and Rick, it was a bit of a battle all weekend. Both riders gave it their all but we just couldn’t manage to get them right up the front. Medcalf was consistent all weekend, so that was a positive while Rick’s crash did take the wind out of his sails somewhat,” Redding concluded.

Formula Extreme Superbike Championship
Round two – Wakefield Park

1000cc

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st Brayden Carr

BMW

2-2-2

66points

2nd Kevin Curtain

Yamaha

1-1-5

66points

3rd Jason Cullen

Honda

6-4-1

58points

4th Glenn Cullen

Honda

4-3-3

58points

5th Pat Medcalf

Yamaha

3-5-4

54points

6th Aaron Morris

Honda

8-8-7

40points

7th Brendan Watson

Kawasaki

10-10-9

34points

8th Craig McMartin

Ducati

5-6-0

31points

9th Corey Snowsill

Honda

12-11-10

30points

10th Rick Olson

Yamaha

0-7-6

29points

 

600cc

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st Kevin Curtain

Yamaha

1-1-1

75points

2nd Josh Hook

Honda

2-2-2

66points

3rd Jackson L- Smith

Honda

5-4-4

52points

4th Sean Condon

Yamaha

3-10-3

51points

5th Colin Lewis

Yamaha

7-5-9

42points

6th Joel Muddle

Yamaha

11-6-5

41points

7th Terry Burns

Yamaha

8-8-6

41points

8th Sam Muldoon

Kawasaki

9-7-7

40points

9th Adrian Di Giandomenico

Yamaha

4-3-0

38points

10th Liam Wilkinson

Kawasaki

10-9-8

36points

      
Championship Standings- After round two.
1000cc

1st Kevin Curtain – 141
2nd Brayden Carr – 122
3rd Pat Medcalf – 103
4th Jason Cullen – 101
5th Glenn Cullen – 90
6th Aaron Morris – 89
7th Rick Olson  - 86
8th Brendan Watson  - 69
9th Jeremy Crowe – 64
10th Craig McMartin – 53

600cc
1st Kevin Curtain – 144
2nd Josh Hook – 126
3rd Sean Condon – 107
4th Joel Muddle – 89
5th Colin Lewis – 76
6th Liam Wilkinson – 66
7th Dylan Mavis – 60
8th Adrian Di Giandomenico -58
9th Todd Harding – 54
10th Jackson L- Smith – 52

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Keith Muir
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