Kevin Curtain on his way to the round victory at Darwin ASBK
Curtain and Olson take 1-3 for the round in Darwin
The Olson / Curtain freight train

Yamaha Racing Podium Double in the Top End

18 Apr 2011

Yamaha Racing continues to make their presence felt in the Australian Super Bike Championships (ASBK) with another quality performance by their riders in the 600cc Supersport category at round three of the championships held at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway.

The team of Kevin Curtain and Rick Olson crowded the podium with a 1-3 finish respectively for the round while Yamaha also took the points in the 600cc class ‘Manufacturers Cup,’ nearly 100 points clear of their nearest rival, for the round.

Curtain continues to combine his obvious talent with raw speed and track smarts to rack up another round win in his long and celebrated career. Curtain claimed second in the first of two races and then stormed home to win the final leg to take the round win.

But it wasn’t without some tight racing. Curtain missed winning the opening leg by just .152 of a second behind Mitchell Carr, while race two saw Curtain cross the line .054 ahead of his team mate Olson in some extremely exciting racing.

“We had to work for it today,” Curtain said. “There wasn’t a lot to separate the fast guys on the time sheets, so I knew we were going to be in for a fight on the track. I was able to get myself in the right positions at the right times and winning race two gave me the round win and closed up the points in the championship,” Curtain finishes.

Curtain now sits in third in the 600cc Supersport class, just five points from the lead.

Rick Olson also turned up the heat in the top end and gave his opponents, including his team mate all that they could handle. Olson charged home for a third in race one after being as low as 11th on the opening lap.

Race two and it was an instant paint swapper with Curtain. Although Curtain lead from start to finish, Olson was all over him from lap five and sweating on a mistake from his older statesman. That mistake never came, but Olson pushed through for a new lap record in his pursuit of Curtain to take second for the race and locked down third for the round.

“It was a pleasing day for the team,” comments team owner John Redding. “Both riders up on the podium and we were able to claw some points back in the championship after the tough round we had previously.”

“With two rounds to go and only a handful of points between first and third, it will make for some intense racing for this championship.”

“The guys will head back to the workshop and get started immediately on preparations for round four and we will continue to build on the momentum from the Darwin round,” Redding stated.

Round three Results- Darwin
600cc Supersport

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st Kevin Curtain

Yamaha

2-1

45points

2nd Mitchell Carr

Triumph

1-4

43points

3rd Rick Olson

Yamaha

3-2

38 points

4th Nick Waters

Suzuki

5-3

34points

5th Christian Casella

Triumph

4-7

31points

6th Aaron Gobert

Yamaha

8-6

28points

7th Dylan Mavin

Honda

6-8

28points

8th Brodie Waters

Suzuki

10-5

27points

9th Andy Lawson

Yamaha

9-9

24points

10th Jackson L- Smith

Honda

7-11

24points

Championship Points – After Round three
1st Mitchell Carr – 110
2nd Christian Casella – 108
3rd Kevin Curtain – 105
4th Brodie Waters – 103
5th Aaron Gobert – 99
6th Rick Olson – 89
7th Andy Lawson – 70
8th Nicholas Waters – 66
9th Ryan Taylor – 59
10th Chris Quinn - 55

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Keith Muir
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