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Cougar Bourbon Honda’s Bryan Staring 2nd In Round 1 Of Viking Group ASBK

1 March 2010 – Cougar Bourbon Honda’s Bryan Staring has claimed 2nd overall in the first round of the Viking Group ASBK at Phillip Island's infamous race track this past weekend.

Bryan couldn’t contain his appreciation for the team’s effort as he sprayed them with champagne on the podium.

“This is more than I ever imagined going into round 1. The Honda CBR1000RR is awesome; I made a few mistakes in the 2nd race whilst I was leading and I started to over think. I must extend my thanks to everyone on the team as well as the sponsors that got behind us. It feels great knowing these guys had faith in me," said Bryan.

The team is looking forward to the next five weeks as they prepare a new motorcycle for Bryan to compete on in round 2.

The team’s technicians have their work cut out for them, but are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new motorcycle, whilst Bryan is also confident that with more preparation, a win isn’t out of the question.

“We really put this together with 4 tests in 3 weeks. It is remarkable what the team has done. We had a 2008 CBR1000RR that had done two seasons; we modified the suspension, freshened it up, and worked on the gearing and set it up as best we could to suit my style. The Honda is a dream to ride and that made the whole job easier. I am looking forward to a new motorcycle and some more testing before round 2. In saying that, I don’t want to take anything away from the team or the winner on the day. Wayne (Maxwell) did an amazing job on his Honda and I just need to concentrate on getting more prepared," said Bryan after race two.

Tony Hinton, General Manager of Honda Motorcycles was equally proud of the Honda mounted teams results.

“This is a great result for both Honda mounted riders. The Honda CBR1000RR is a great motorcycle and it's wonderful to see Wayne and Bryan come away in 1st and 2nd. The Cougar Honda team has done a great job in piecing this together and their decision to race Hondas has been rewarded."

The team next competes at round 2 of the Viking Group ASBK. For further details please go to