Rick Olson roared back in contention with a podium finish at Symmons Plains
Mike Jones continues to set the pace in the 600cc Superstock class
Cru Halliday picked up exactly where he left off in 2010, winning races.

Yamaha Racings' Strong Showing on the Apple Isle

8 Mar 2011

Yamaha racers again put in top shelf performances at round two of the Australian Superbike Championships (ASBK) held at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains on the weekend.

Fresh from standout performances at the opening round at Phillip Island, the blue squad was determined to keep the momentum rolling and take up as much podium space as possible on a cool afternoon in Tasmania.

Rick Olson picked himself up after last weeks’ disappointment at Phillip Island and promptly parked his Yamaha R6 on the podium at Symmons Plains in the Supersport 600cc division. Olson put together two consistent races to finish with 3-4 scores in the two race format and round out the day in third place.

Despite the DNF (did not finish) in the second race at Phillip Island, the weekends’ results has seen Olson climb to sixth on the points table after two rounds and well within striking distance of a podium finish.

The day wasn’t as good for teammate Kevin Curtain. Curtain took second place in the opening race at round two and looked to be on track for another podium filled day at the office. But in the waning moments of the second race and with a top three finish within his grasp, Curtain came off his R6 and was unable to finish the race. The 2-DNF scores left him in 11th for the round and he now sits fifth in the point standings.

Yamaha riders also continued their dominating display in the support classes with Mike Jones taking all three race wins in the Superstock 600cc class. Jones also smashed the lap record as he raced to victory for the second weekend in a row.

Cru Halliday also turned in another head turning performance, matching Jones and also taking all three race wins in the Pro Stock 1000cc class. Halliday continues to improve each and every weekend and is seen as one of the rising stars of Australian road racing.

“It was nice to see Rick rebound well after last weekend,” states YRT Manager, John Redding. He put in two goods races and lifted himself in the points. For Kevin, unfortunately his second race didn’t finish the way he or the team wanted it to, but we have to deal the hand we are given and get on with the job. I’m sure it will fire him up for the next round.”

“Also the form of Mike Jones and Cru Halliday is outstanding at the moment and both are riding well and deserve their position at the front of their classes,” Redding finishes.

For more information on Yamaha; www.yamaha-motor.com.au 

For a full list of results; www.computime.com.au

Round two Results – Symmons Plains
 Supersport 600cc
1st Christen Casella – 46
2nd Brodie Waters – 39
3rd Rick Olson- 35
4th Glenn Scott – 32
5th Michael Carr - 32
6th Aaron Gobert -29
7th Chris Quinn-26
8th Andy Lawson-26
9th Ryan Taylor -22
10th Darren Sciberras -20
11th Kevin Curtain – 20

Pro Stock 1000cc
1st Cru Halliday – 75
2nd Matthew Walters -56
3rd Linden Magee -55
4th Brett Simmonds -52
5th Nathan Houtermann -47

Superstock 600cc
1st Mike Jones – 75
2nd Matt Wilkinson - 58
3rd Zack Thackery -57
4th Timothy McGregor -48
5th Daniel Falzon -47



Keith Muir
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