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    Josh Brookes (Joe Rocket Honda CBR1000) nailed victory in the first superbike race of the day after a sensational dice with the Stauffer brothers Dan (Team Yamaha Aust Yamaha R1) and Jamie (Team Kawasaki Australia ZX10R) that lasted all the way to the fall of the flag.

    Jamie Stauffer led off the line with the huge superbike field trailing in his wake. Pole sitter Dan Stauffer in second and Brookes in third. Reining Champion Ferguson 4th followed by Shannon Johnson (Team Yamaha Aust Yamaha R1).

    Jamie Stauffer ahead for the first 6 laps, setting a new lap record of 1.32.02 on lap 2 with Dan Stauffer and Brookes attached the back of his green ZX10R. Nothing separated the three so that when Dan made a move on Jamie and ran fractionally wide at turn 2 Brookes need no further invitation and shot into the lead whilst Jamie dropped back to 3rd with 6 laps to run.

    Brookes, sliding the bike into and out of the turns 6 and 7 started to pull a small gap while the Stauffer brothers argued over second. Ferguson loosing touch with the leaders and having to keep ahead of a charging Johnson and leading privateer Scott Charlton (Active Electrical GSX-R1000). 3 Time Australian Champion Shaun Giles struggling with his new bike, not on the pace in this race circulating in the top 10 – just.

    Anthony “the Go Show” Gobert continuing his comeback circulating in the top 15 on his Redwing Honda CBR1000

    With the intensity of the battle of the leading group heating up so did the tyres, Dan seeming to be having more problems than Jamie with big sideways action out of turn 7, meanwhile Jamie making several attempts to pass – all unsuccessful.

    Brookes with a race winning break over the dueling brothers now, Fergusson still 4th.

    Jamie - trying to make a pass stick in several corners was finally past into turn 2 on the brakes on the last lap. Pulling a slight but immediate gap he looked assured of second place until backmarkers at turn 10, 11 and 12 pushed him wide allowing Dan to sneak through to take 2nd at the flag.

    Ferguson home 4th, Charlton, in a sensational ride 5th, Johnson 6th, Giles 7th ahead of privateers Nick Henderson (Dudley Hotel CBR1000) and Robert Bugden (Northstar Yamaha YZF R1). Glenn Allerton rounded out the top 10 on the second Team Suzuki GSX-R 1000).


    Pole sitter and Eastern Creek specialist Josh Brookes (Joe Rocket Honda CBR600) stormed to victory in today’s first supersport race.

    Brookes, still recovering after season ending injuries last year, got the jump from the start and stormed into turn one leading the marauding supersport pack. Brookes was not to have it all his own way though being challenged strongly by Mark Aitchison.

    Aitchison made his move into turn 2 on lap 3 and lead – albeit by a very small margin for the next few laps. Josh Waters was now moving forward after an average start, having disposed of Jason O’Halloran (Rocket Racing) and Brain Staring(Allect Racing CBR 600). Behind them was a titanic battle that would last all the way to the flag – and beyond – between Yamaha Racing teams Robbie Baird and former Nikon Yamaha’s Brendan Clarke.

    Brookes having a look at Aitchison several times, including one audacious maneuver down the straight and round the outside into turn one – one of the fastest corners in the country.

    Team Kawasaki Australia’s Josh Waters now a safe third and pulling away from the titanic 4-way battle in full swing behind, a resurgent Clarke, O’Halloran, Baird and Staring swapping please several times each lap.

    Brookes and Aitchison in their own 2 horse race have pulled a hug gap on third, Brookes finally managing to make a pass stick after several unsuccessful attempts and starts to pull a gap with 4 laps to go. Aitchison not letting go staying with the hard charger from Bringelly.

    1 Lap to go and both leaders in the low 1.35’s, Brookes holding off Aitchison to take a close victory only .234 of a second separating them at the line. Waters, some 12 seconds behind rounding out the podium. O’Halloran managed to draft Clarke down the chute sneaking 4th place by the smallest of margins, .11 of a second. Clarke .2 ahead of Baird in 5 & 6th respectively. Staring 7th ahead of Coote (Yamaha R6), young Queenslander Gareth Jones and reining champion Ferguson rounding out the top 10.

    Round 3 comes to Perth May 27th - 29th