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Disaster for championship leader Cudlin

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IDM Superbike Championship leader Damian Cudlin endured a race he‰Ûªd soon rather forget at the Red Bull Ring in Austria last weekend.

Coming straight off the back of a double podium finish at Oschersleben just one week earlier, Cudlin headed into the Red Bull Ring round in a confident mood with a comfortable lead in the championship standings.

The RAC BMW was tipped to be a pace setter from the start at the Red Bull Ring however technical issues, predominantly brake problems, throughout practice and qualifying put Cudlin and his crew on the back foot. Despite the issues, and a crash caused by a front brake seizure in qualifying, Cudlin still managed to qualify 3rd on the grid for Sunday‰Ûªs two Superbike races.

As the first race got underway in hot and humid conditions, the Australian made a cautious start before making his customary charge through the field after a couple of laps. Soon though his efforts were thwarted as a handlebar issue, followed by more brake problems halted his charge.

He slipped further and further back through the field as the race went on, hoping only for points as the race drew to a close. Eventually coming home in 7th, Cudlin was bitterly disappointed as his championship rivals Nigon and Reiterburger clawed back valuable points in the championship.

‰ÛÏIt was very frustrating watching the other guys ride off into the distance as I struggled with technical issues.‰Û

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