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Honda’s Trounson Tops up Championship Haul with Privateers Cup Win

22 October 2008 - Despite being his first year riding in the highly competitive Superbike class, Honda’s Chris Trounson wrapped up the Privateers Cup at the Eastern Creek round of the Australian Championships on his 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Chris held the lead in the privateer class whilst mixing it with the factory riders all season, finishing an impressive eighth overall on his GAS Honda Racing prepped bike headed by Geoff Winzer of Geoff’s Pro Honda dealership.

The last race of the Championship saw Chris finish five places ahead of his nearest privateer competitor.

“I’m over the moon, I’d like to thank Geoff for believing in me,” said Chris.  “It’s been a very steep learning curve during my first year, and once we got hold of the 2008 Fireblade it all started to come together. “

“The major turning point came when Paul Free from Motologic swapped the suspension on my bike and worked with me during the final rounds.”

Winzer also expressed his delight at Chris’s win. “Our riders have won the Privateers Cup for the last three years, but in the past they have been ex-factory riders so our expectations were a bit higher.”

“This is the sweetest win of all because this is Chris’ first year; it’s pretty special,” said Winzer.

Twenty-year old Trounson also won the long running Hughie Hoare Endurance Race held in September at Broadford, teaming up with fellow Honda rider Yarrive Konsky on board a relatively stock CBR to take out the coveted trophy.

“I want to thank Geoff for believing in me, Shane Kenderis for all his hard work and support, and of course Paul Free of Motologic,” Chris said.

According to Free, Trounson’s win was a “wonderful complement” to the Teknic Honda Team’s overall 2008 Championship haul with factory rider Glenn Allerton.

For the full results of the Australian Superbike Championships visit www.ma.org.au