A thrilling race between two Australians at the head of the Asia Road Racing Championship field saw the Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship rider Bryan Staring (Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team, Kawasaki ZX10RR) take the honours in Race 1 of Round 2 of the 2019 Asia Road Racing Championship. Staring, riding as an injury replacement for current championship leader ‘Tingnote’ Thitipong Warokorn, fought with fellow Australian Broc Parkes (Yamaha Racing Team Asean, Yamaha YZF-R1) in the early laps, but Staring appeared to be able to manage his tyres better across the 12-lap distance, eventually pulling out a two-second lead over Parkes by the chequered flag.
Australian wildcard Yannis Shaw (DB Racing Services, Kawasaki ZX10R) managed to pick up three championship points with his 13th place finish. Fellow wildcard Stephanie Redman (Addicted To Track, Yamaha YZF-R1) crashed awkwardly in the morning warm-up and sustained a shoulder injury, ruling her out from Race 1.
“It was good, obviously the end result was good! I made a cracking start, a small mistake maybe on the second lap and Broc came past me. He had really strong pace at the start and I sort of waited until I found my feet as I had the bike moving around a lot in the opening laps, and then once I got comfortable and everything sorted I put a big attack in.
“I closed the gap, and then I could see Broc starting to struggle for grip a little bit. I thought it was the right time to make a move and see if I couldn’t gap him a little bit.
“Overall fantastic result for me and I’m always happy to see the team happy, so thanks to Kawasaki for having me here.”
“It’s good for the championship, the points, but you know… I wanted to win. Bryan (Staring) was a little bit stronger, a little more track knowledge than me here.
“I need to be a bit more conservative on the tyre. I got jammed in the first corner and was back to fourth; I had to come back and push a little bit hard at the start. We need to focus on improving a bit of everything: me, the bike… and hopefully come back tomorrow and try and fight to get the win”.
“We got a really good start, and were right up there dicing with a couple of the guys. Early on I made a few errors and the gap started to get a little further and further away, but I was in P12 which was good starting in 13th place.
“We kind of managed that gap to the rider behind me. Tyres started to get a little bit worn towards the end but we set into a rhythm, and then a little mistake into turn one dropped me back to thirteenth. But P13, we’re in the points and we’re stoked. We’re so happy.”
The action from The Bend continues tomorrow with Round 3 of the Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship taking place this weekend (April 25-28) in conjunction with the Asia Road Racing Championship at International MotoFest 2019. Tickets are still available, head to thebend.com.au for information, or to purchase.
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