Stauffer ready for Laguna Seca
After an impressive return to the AMA Superstock scene, Yamaha’s Jamie Stauffer is gearing up for his second attack on the series this weekend, competing in the final round at Laguna Seca.
After an impressive return to the AMA Superstock scene, Yamaha’s Jamie Stauffer is gearing up for his second attack on the series this weekend, competing in the final round at Laguna Seca. As expected, Stauffer fired from the blocks early at Road Atlanta a fortnight ago, and was instantly on the pace, showing up established riders left, right and centre.
With minimal preparation and practice time, he was still able to wrangle a top 5 finish from the field, and is confident that his and the team’s return to the tarmac this weekend will yield even better results. The touring Yamaha Racing Team crew have spent the past two weeks making minor adjustments to the custom-built R1, to ensure Jamie has the best possible chance to shine as soon as he hits the track. The strategy of the Aussie team is simple – fit in as many laps as possible in practice and qualifying to ensure the dual-Superbike champ is comfortable to attack in the race. The race start will be another telling factor, and Stauffer is now familiar with the procedure which is vastly different to that of the national Australian series’ system.
“I’m feeling much more confident and comfortable heading into this weekend, we were able to highlight any areas that needed improvement during the Road Atlanta round and the team has been working hard in at the Yamaha Motor US workshop to ensure the bike is on the pace straight away,” said Stauffer. “I have the luxury of not racing for points, whereas the majority of this field still has to ride conservatively to finish the race and improve their championship position.”
“They’d better get used to seeing my backside!” he finished. The 60km/17-lap race will take place on Sunday, with initial practice and qualifying sessions to be held on Friday and Saturday respectively.