The Yamaha Racing with Ipone team featuring Kevin Curtain and Rick Olson started off their 2012 racing campaigns in impressive fashion, each taking a class win at the opening round of the of Australian FX Superbike Championship at Eastern Creek over the weekend.
Strong fields and good numbers lined the starting grids for all classes, with Curtain contesting both the FX 600cc as well as the premier FX ‰ÛÒ Superbike classes, while Olson fronted up on his Yamaha R1 for the FX Superbike class also.
Curtain produced a polished performance taking a hard fought win in the FX600cc class with 1-2-1 results in the three races conducted. Curtain enjoyed a spirited battled with Yamaha stable-mate Mike Jones and the pair traded wins in the opening races and it came down to a thrilling final leg to separate them.
Curtain jumped to an early but slender lead over Jones. Jones watched Curtain, picked up some lines and managed to squeeze by just past the half way point. But Curtain wasn't done with yet and on the final lap put another pass on Jones and then hung on for the win and the overall for the round.