A change in bike capacity and racing class did nothing to stop Cru Halliday and his winning ways. Stepping down after several successful seasons on his Formula Oz Yamaha R1, Halliday moved to the Yamaha R6 and the FX600cc category, but his winning habit continued as he took the overall victory at the opening round of the 2013 Australian FX Superbike Championship at Sydney's Eastern Creek.
Halliday won the opening two races and then raced a well-constructed third leg to finish second and take the round win on 72 points. It was just the start Halliday was looking for and signals his skill and ability on any machine.
"The change of class has been a good motivator for me," Halliday explains. "The opportunity to ride a different bike in with a bunch of different riders was something that I needed and today was a great way to get the season under way."
"The depth in the FX600cc class is good and there will be plenty of close races this year and I'm looking forward to some exciting battles this year," Halliday ends.
The opening round was also the team debut for world experienced Broc Parkes. Parkes lined up in both the Formula Oz and FX Superbike classes and competed well all weekend despite limited time on the new bikes.
Parkes claimed second on the day in the Formula Oz Yamaha R1 behind stable mate Kevin Curtain. He took 2-2-4 race finishes in a workmanlike performance that sees him well placed as the championship moves on.
He also managed a hard fought fourth overall in the hotly contested FX Superbike Championship with more consistent results. His 4-5-2 finishes saw him get better as the day went on and just missed the podium by a single point.
"It was a tough weekend in a couple of ways," Parkes offers. "Getting used to new bikes and conditions that changed by the race was hard, but I felt better as the weekend went on and it was good to finish the weekend on a strong note with a second in the final Superbike race and in a good battle with the top guys."
"I hope to make similar gains at round two and keep building momentum as the championship continues."
"Both riders overcame several changes in the lead up and during the weekend but showed their class by riding well and posting good results", says team owner, John Redding. "Cru was impressive in his first major outing on the 600cc, while Broc will only get better with more time on the bikes."
Australian FX Superbike Championship
Rd1 - Sydney's Motorsport Park
1st Cru Halliday - 72 (YRT with Yamalube)
2nd Callum Spriggs - 58
3rd Aiden Wagner - 56
1st Kevin Curtain - 75
2nd Broc Parkes - 62 (YRT with Yamalube)
3rd Glenn Scott - 53
1st Matthew Walters - 70
2nd Kevin Curtain - 67
3rd Rick Olson - 57
4th Broc Parkes - 56 (YRT with Yamalube)
Credits: Keith Muir