Cru Halliday on the gas
Aaron Morris leads an angry pack

Yamaha In Strong Showing at Queensland ASBK

8 Jun 2010

Yamaha Racing Development riders (YRD) acquitted themselves well at round three of the Australian Superbike Championships held at Queensland raceway over the weekend, taking two class wins and a class podium in the Superstock 600cc and the Superstock 1000cc C & D.

Aaron Morris continues to impress taking the round victory in the Superstock 600cc class on the back of his 2-1-1 results. In three very tight and exciting races, Morris had to fight off constant challenges from fellow Yamaha rider Michael Jones to claim the round victory.

Race two saw the rider cross the finish line with two tenths of a second between them. Race three was even tighter with .141 seconds the gap and they provided the closest racing of the round.

Michael Jones had to settle for the runner up position, but he put up a great fight. After taking the race one victory, Jones finished second in the next two races allowing Morris to take the round win. It was sensational racing from the Yamaha pair and they quickly separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

The championship points now sees Morris 16 points clear on top of the table after round three while Jones has stormed his way into third and only four points off second place.

Cru Halliday also had a round to remember taking three race wins from three starts in the Superstock 1000cc C &D class. Halliday took control of proceedings early in each race and was able to stretch out a commanding lead by race end.

The strong round performance also gives Halliday a healthy points break on his rivals. He is now 34 points clear after round three and confident he can continue his good form through the remained of the championship.

The weekend proved to be a successful one for Yamaha on the road with class wins at both the ASBK and the FX Series, a result that impressed YRD manager, John Redding.

“The Queensland Raceway round certainly proved to be a good one for Aaron, Michael, Cru and Yamaha. All three riders are doing extremely well and do a tremendous job of flying the Yamaha and YRD flag at the ASBK rounds in 2010.  We wish them continued success at future rounds,” he commented.

Yamaha also leads the manufacturers’ cup in the 600cc Superstock with 1030 points, over 500 clear of its nearest rival, Kawasaki on 452. But more impressive is that fact that Yamaha leads the way in the Supersport 600cc class without factory representation, a real testament to the quality of the Yamaha R6 and the weapon of choice for the hard working privateer. Yamaha sits on 510 points, with Suzuki on 374.

ASBK RESULTS – Round three
Queensland Raceway
Superstock 600cc
1st Aaron Morris – 71 (Yamaha)
2nd Michael Jones – 65 (Yamaha)
3rd Matthew Walters – 54 (Kawasaki)
4th Nick Waters – 50 (Suzuki)
5th Nathan Houterman – 43 (Yamaha)

Superstock 1000cc C & D
1st Cru Halliday – 75 (Yamaha)
2nd Matthew Walters – 58 (Kawasaki)
3rd Richard Parry – 52 (Honda)
4th Jesse Wacker – 47 (BMW)
5th Wayne Hepburn – 46 (KTM)

Championship Standings – After Round three
Superstock 600cc

1st Aaron Morris – 173
2nd Matthew Walters – 157
3rd Michael Jones – 153
4th Nick Waters – 145
5th Carew Dickinson – 117

Superstock 1000cc C & D
1st Cru Halliday – 152
2nd Matthew Walters – 118
3rd Derek Pasturek – 92
4th Warren Harding – 84
5th Wayne Hepburn - 62


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