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Thrills And Spills For YRT With Ipone at Wakefield Park

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It was a win it or bin it weekend for the Yamaha Racing with Ipone team as they contested round three of the FX Superbike Championships at a chilly Wakefield Park, Goulburn NSW.

Crashes throughout the weekend for Kevin Curtain kept him from performing at his best while Rick Olson spent the day battling through the pack in a mad dash towards the front.

Rick Olson was able to overcome a day of bad starts to bounce back and take the win the FX600cc class. Olson won all three races comfortably and stretched his lead in the championship.

He backed that up with a solid performance on the more powerful FX 1000cc Superbike class with a second place finish for the round. In a model of consistency, Olson took three second place finishes to claim second spot on the podium and keep him in the championship hunt in third place.

"It was a weird weekend with a lot of guys with a few riders crashing while I wasn't able to get a decent start all day. Fortunately, I was able to rebound well and I managed a pretty good weekend. I will take the 1-2 finish for the day and hold down 1-3 in the championships so far, so things are going alright," Olson said.

Team mate Kevin Curtain experienced a rare tough day at the office with a couple of falls halting his momentum. The weekend didn't start off well for Curtain with a heavy fall on his Formula Oz machine after hit it some coolant on the track. Still, he battled on bravely and managed to pull down third in the FX Superbike class while another fall on his Formula Oz bike meant he rounded out the day in seventh.

Despite the tough day, Curtain still maintains the championship lead in both classes after dominating the early rounds.

"I'm feeling pretty second hand at the moment as I had two big offs, one of Friday and another today (Sunday). I don't seem to crash often but when I do it is always pretty big," Curtain smirks.

"At least the two positives are that I kept the points lead in both classes and there is a bit of a break in the calendar until the next round and gives me some time to heal up before hitting the track again."
Kevin Curtain endured a crash filled weekend but maintained his lead in the championships. Photo: Keith Muir
Team manager, John Redding, also took the positives as he reflected on a rare off weekend for his team. "The weekend proved to be a tough one for the team but all things consider we were able to keep the points lead in the championship and the riders will be fighting fit for the next round. It also made the team work double time over the course of the weekend as they continue to repair and prepare bikes for each and every race."

"Everyone on the team pulled together and got the job done and it was pleasing to see the team work in the YRT crew," Redding ends.

Main Photo: Rick Olson capped off a solid day with a win on the R6 and third place on his R1
Credit: Keith Muir

Round Three Results - Wakefield Park

FX600cc
1st Rick Olson - 75 (YRT)
2nd Cru Halliday - 66 (YRT)
3rd Michael Blair - 56

FX Superbikes
1st Broc Parkes - 75
2nd Rick Olson - 66
3rd Kevin Curtain - 65

Formula Oz
1st Glenn Allerton - 75
2nd Chris Trounson - 62
3rd Russel Holland - 54
7th Kevin Curtain - 37

Championship Standings - After Round Three

FX600cc
1st Rick Olson - 197
2nd Cru Halliday - 182
3rd Justin Di Giandomenico - 140

FX Superbikes
1st Kevin Curtain - 202
2nd Broc Parkes - 191
3rd Rick Olson - 189

Formula Oz
1st Kevin Curtain - 187
2nd Broc Parkes - 128
3rd Brett Kitchen - 121

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