He didn’t win everything but Andrew Stroud did more than enough when he wrapped up his third consecutive Suzuki Tri Series title at Wanganui’s famous annual Cemetery Circuit race meeting on Boxing Day.
The 42-year-old father-of-eight from Hamilton took his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to finish 1-2 in his two Formula One outings on Boxing Day. He fended off tenacious fellow Waikato man Nick Cole (Kawasaki ZX10R) to win the first race, but he was beaten by visiting Australian Daniel Stauffer (Yamaha YZF R1) in the next race.
But it was still easily enough to give Stroud the class outright for the day and for the series too.
Strauffer finished fourth in his first F1 race and that ultimately proved costly in his ambitions for class honours at Wanganui. He had skipped the second round of the series at Manfeild a week earlier, so he also had no chance of taking the series honours.
But Stauffer did have the last laugh, winning the one-off Robert Holden Memorial feature race that wound up the day, beating Stroud to the chequered flag by two one-hundredths of a second. Third was Tauranga’s Sloan Frost (BMW SS1000RR), fourth was Cole and Canada’s Andrew Nelson (Yamaha YZF R1) rounded out the top five.
Three-time New Zealand superbike champion Robbie Bugden (Suzuki), the Australian making his Wanganui street circuit debut, fell victim to a first-turn crash in the second F1 race and was taken to hospital with a broken leg.
It now seems impossible for him to challenge Stroud for the national superbike crown when that series kicks off near Timaru on January 30.
Other Tri Series class winners were Wellington’s Glen Skachill (Suzuki, 600 supers), New Plymouth’s Terry Fitzgerald (Suzuki, F3 sportbikes), Paraparaumu’s Sean Donnelly (Kawasaki, Post Classics pre-89), Taupo’s Scott Moir (Aprilia, over-450cc super moto), Italy’s Davide Gozzini (TM, under-450cc super moto), Christchurch’s John Ross (BMW, Bears), Wanganui’s Steve Bron and Dennis Simonsen (Suzuki, sidecars).
F1 Superbikes race 1: Andrew Stroud (Hamilton, Suzuki GSXR1000), 1; Nick Cole (Hamilton, Kawasaki ZX-10R), 2; Craig Shirriffs (Feilding, Suzuki GSXR1000), 3; Dan Stauffer (Australia, Yamaha YZF R1), 4; Sloan Frost (Tauranga, BMW S1000RR), 5; Robbie Bugden (Australia, Suzuki GSXR1000), 6.
Race 2: Stauffer, 1; Stroud, 2; Shirriffs, 3; Frost, 4; Cole, 5; James Smith (Christchurch, Suzuki GSXR1000), 6.
Final series points: Andrew Stroud, 141; Sloan Frost, 119; Robbie Bugden, 105; Nick Cole, 92; Craig Shirriffs, 91; Dan Stauffer, 74.
Robert Holden Memorial: Dan Stauffer, 1; Andrew Stroud, 2; Sloan Frost, 3; Nick Cole, 4; Andrew Nelson (Canada, Yamaha YZF-R1), 5; James Smith, 6.
F2 600 Supers race 1: Glen Skachill (Wellington, Suzuki GSXR600), 1; Dennis Charlett (Christchurch, Suzuki GSXR600), 2; Adam Chambers (Clive, Kawasaki ZX600), 3; John Ross (Christchurch, Yamaha YZF-R6), 4; Karl Morgan (Auckland, Suzuki GSXR600), 5; Ashley Payne (Wanganui, Suzuki GSXR600) 6.
Race 2: Skachill, 1; Charlett, 2; Chambers, 3; Morgan, 4; Payne, 5; Ross, 6.
Final series points: Glen Skachill, 126; Dennis Charlett, 88; Karl Morgan 81; Adam Chambers, 80; John Ross 80; Jaden Hassan (Auckland, Yamaha YZF-R6), 76.
450 Supermoto race 1: Davide Gozzini (Italy, TM SMX450F), 1; Andrea Occhini (Italy, Suzuki RMZ450), 2; Jayden Carrick (Wanganui, Suzuki RMZ450), 3; Toby Summers (Auckland, Yamaha YZF450), 4; Richard Dibben (Wanganui, Honda CRF450), 5; Duncan Hart (Tauranga, Husqvarna SMRR450), 6.
Race 2: Gozzini, 1; Occhini, 2; Carrick, 3; Summers, 4; Dibben, 5; Steven Croad (Auckland, Honda CRF450), 6.
Final series points: Davide Gozzini, 148; Toby Summers, 122; Jayden Carrick, 122; Andrea Occhini, 116; Richard Dibben, 100; Duncan Hart, 88.
Supermoto Open race 1: Scott Birch (Rotorua, Aprilia SXV550), 1; Scott Moir (Taupo, Aprilia SXV550), 2; Casey Bullock (Taupo, Aprilia SXV550), 3; Doug Stockwell (Auckland, Aprilia SXV550), 4; John Oliver (Hawera, Aprilia SXV550), 5; Leeroy Verdegem (New Calendonia, TM530); 6.
Race 2: Moir, 1; Birch, 2; Bullock 3; Verdegen, 4; Glenn Haden (Wanganui, Honda CRF490), 5; Nick Payne (Wanganui, Husqvarna SMR570) 6.
Final series points: Scott Moir, 146; Scott Birch, 139; Craig Flood (New Plymouth, Aprilia SXV550), 90; Lewis Waho (Taupo, Aprilia SXV550), 84; Doug Stockwell, 82; Glenn Haden, 81.
Post Classic race 1: Glen Williams (Palmerston North, Yamaha FZR1000), 1; Sean Donnelly, (Paraparaumu, Kawasaki GPZ1100), 2; Mike Webster (Wellington, Kawasaki ZXR H1 750), 3; Jason Hulme (Marton, Honda NC30 400), 4; Peter Smith (Rotorua, Suzuki 1989 GSXR1100), 5; Bernard Ryan, 6.
Race 2: Williams, 1; Donnelly, 2; Webster, 3; Smith, 4; Ryan, 5; Hulme, 6.
Final series points: Sean Donnelly, 123; Mike Webster, 107; Glen Williams, 101; Jason Hulme, 94; Chris Sales (Feilding, Honda XR500), 60; Graham Moorhead (Takapuna, Suzuki GS1000), 51.
BEARS race 1: Sloan Frost (Tauranga, BMW SS1000R), 1; John Ross (Christchurch, BMW S1000RR), 2; Peter Tanner (Feilding, Aprilia RSVR1000), 3; Joel Reed (Australia, Aprilia RSV4), 4; Mark Perry (Palmerston North, Aprilia RSV1000), 5; Steve Bridge (Ngaruawahia, Ducati F1 1000), 6.
Race 2: Frost, 1; Ross, 2; Tanner, 3; Reed, 4; Perry, 5; Jarrod Wintle, 6.
Final series points: John Ross, 141; Joel Reed, 112; Peter Tanner, 109; John Woodley (Australia, MV Agusta R312), 76; Damian Mackie (Te Puke, Ducati 998S), 68; Duncan Coutts (Whangarei, Aprilia RSVR1000), 57.
F3 Sportbikes race 1: Scott Moir (Taupo, Honda RSV450), 1; Glen Williams (Palmerston North, Suzuki SVR650), 2; Terry Fitzgerald (New Plymouth, Suzuki SV650), 1; Daniel Kempthorne (Palmerston North, Suzuki SV650), 4; Paul Duncan (Rotorua, Suzuki SV650), 5; Yoshi Kishimoto, 6.
Race 2: Moir, 1; Williams, 2; Fitzgerald, 3, Kempthorne, 4; Bentley (Lower Hutt, Suzuki SV650), 5; Kishimoto, 6.
Final series points: Terry Fitzgerald, 134; Scott Moir, 131; Geoff Booth (Dannevirke, Suzuki SV650), 74; Daniel Kempthorne, 96; Dean Bentley, 60; Jason Easton (Palmerston North, Tigcraft Aprilia), 47.
F1 Sidecars race 1: Steve Bron/Dennis Simonsen (Wanganui/Masterton, Suzuki LCR1000), 1; Adam Unsworth/Stu Dawe (Wanganui, Windle F1 1000), 2; Darryl Dowman/Scott Dowman (Wanganui, Yamaha R1 1000), 3; Stu Prentis/Louise Blythe (Hawera, Yamaha 1000), 4; Des James/Johnathon Shaw (Auckland, Applecross GSXR1000), 5; Darren Pate/Karl Verdell (Katikati, Kawasaki 1000), 6.
Race 2: Bron/Simonsen, 1; Unsworth/Dawe, 2; Prentis/Blythe, 3; Dowman/Dowman, 4; James/Shaw, 5; Tracey Anderson/Steve Bryan (Tauranga, Yamaha DMR 600), 6.
Final series points: Steve Bron/Dennis Simonsen, 196; Adam Unsworth/Stu Dawe, 177; Des James/Jonathan Shaw, 96; Darren Pate/Karl Verdellen, 90; Brian Read/Darren Prentis (Auckland, Kawasaki ZX10R), 63; Stu Prentis/Louise Blythe (Hawera, Yamaha 1000) 58.
© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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