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Curtain bags two FX Crowns for YRT

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Kevin Curtain locked down both the FX600cc and FX Superbike Championship after the penultimate round of the Australian FX Superbike Championship was held at Wakefield Park, New South Wales, over the weekend.

Curtain had to endure a challenging weekend of vastly different weather and track conditions, a fall during Saturday's racing and a spirited effort from fellow competitors to secure the championship victory in what was another triumphant weekend for the Yamaha Racing Team.

On board the Yamaha R6, Curtain claimed another perfect round taking three wins from three starts and included a new lap record on his way to victory lane. The Wakefield track was fast as race conditions were almost ideal and Curtain cashed in on the fast track on his powerhouse R6 to win the round and put the exclamation point on his 2011 championship victory.

But there was a far greater challenge waiting for Curtain in the FX Superbike class. Coming up against the Cullen Brothers, both armed with plenty of track knowledge and quality racing skills, Curtain battled valiantly all day to register 2-2-2 results from his three races and claim second overall for the round but more importantly stretch his lead to an unreachable 76.5 points with one round and only 75 points up for grabs.
Pat Medcalf on his way to a solid fourth place for the round. Credit: Keith Muir
"For while there I didn't think I would be able to get it done this weekend as we had a terrible day on the Saturday and struggled to get any real momentum. Fortunately, the team worked hard over night to get the bike right, I was able to focus on racing and we managed to get it done, so I'm happy about that," Curtain explains.

"It's nice to win the FX championship again and this year feels good as I really had to work for it and especially today with the Cullen brothers setting such a fast pace."

"I can't thank the YRT guys enough with John, Kevin, Ryan and Geoff working tirelessly to get us exactly the bikes we need and that makes me job that little bit easier."

Pat Medcalf and Rick Olson both soldier their way through the weekend and a carry the scars to prove it. Pat was carrying an injury from the previous day and picked up some aches and pains because of it. He toughed it out for 4-5-5 results in the FX Superbike class to finish fourth for the round and maintain his second place in the championship standings.

Rick Olson also had to fight off a tough start to the day finishing race one outside the top 10. While battling in the lead pack, Olson crashed but still managed to pick up his bike and get it to the finish in 14th place. He then fought back strongly in the remaining two legs to register a fourth and a third to finish the round in sixth spot and hold down fifth overall in the standings.

"It was a tough weekend for the team in many ways," reports John Redding, team manager. "The wet conditions on Saturday had a searching for a good setup and crashes slowed the riders but all of them regrouped well overnight and put up a good performance when it mattered."

"Kevin continues to amaze me with his results and experience. Even today when he struggled to match the Cullen Brothers, who both raced exceptionally well, he managed to grind out a good result for the round and secure the championship."

"Both Pat and Rick worked hard for their results and with one round to go at Eastern Creek, I'm sure both of them would like to be on the podium one more time."

"I would also like to take this time to thank Yamaha and all the YRT sponsors for another championship winning season. It really is a team effort and the success we have is because of the products and people we have that do a tremendous job."

There is little time to celebrate the success of Curtain as the month of November is a busy period for YRT. The final round of the FX Superbike championship, followed by a scheduled test session and the last ASBK round will see the team finish of the season in a flurry and no time to waste.

For more full results: www.computime.com.au

Main Photo: Kevin Curtain and the championship winning Yamaha Race Team
Credit: Keith Muir
Rick Olson overcame a fall in race one to bounce back strongly. Credit: Keith Muir
Championship Standings

FX 600cc
1st Kevin Curtain - 369 (2011 Champion)
2nd Sean Condon ‰ÛÒ 275
3rd Josh Hook -251
4th Joel Muddle ‰ÛÒ 210
5th Adrian Di Giandomenico - 187

FX ‰ÛÒ Superbikes
1st Kevin Curtain ‰ÛÒ 352 (2011 Champion)
2nd Pat Medcalf ‰ÛÒ 275.5
3rd Jason Cullen ‰ÛÒ 258
4th Glenn Cullen ‰ÛÒ 232
5th Rick Olson ‰ÛÒ 216.5

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