Stauffer Heads to USA
Australian Superbike Championship winner Jamie Stauffer set off to the United States yesterday in preparation for a serious dual-round assault on the AMA Superstock class
Yamaha’s back-to-back Australian Superbike Championship winner Jamie Stauffer set off to the United States yesterday in preparation for a serious dual-round assault on the AMA Superstock class. Barely a fortnight after the official awarding of the 2007 title, Stauffer is gearing up for this weekend’s Road Atlanta event on a specially-prepared Yamaha R1, built by his Australian crew. Machine specifications in the AMA Superstock class are close to those of the Australian Superbike class, and earlier in the year the 28-year-old identified the United States as a region he would be keen to evaluate the calibre of the competition.
As well as Road Atlanta, Stauffer will also contest the Laguna Seca round in mid-September, and he is looking forward to the challenge of a new and competitive series. “It has been a busy few weeks following Eastern Creek and everyone has been working hard to ensure we are in with a shot as soon as we hit the track,” said Stauffer. “I’m really looking forward to racing the new R1 and seeing what I’m able to do on some of the United States’ most well known tracks.” “I’ll definitely be out to take it right to the American riders.”
Jamie will be accompanied by his regular crewmembers as well as Dunlop tyre technician Aaron Jones, and the team will also be assisted by Yamaha Motor US staff. Both Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca vary greatly from Australian tracks, but Stauffer already has some interntational experience under his belt in 2007 after riding to a fantastic top 10 finish at the Suzuka 8 Hour. The format of this weekend’s race will be similar to the Australian series, with practice on Friday and qualifying on Saturday. The Superstock class will contest a single 60km/15 lap race at 1pm on Sunday.