Craig Coxhell finishes in top ten on the CJC Racing S1000RR’s first race
Australia’s northern territory city of Darwin recently played host to round two of the Australian Superbike Championship and the S1000RR finally made its debut in this exciting national series. With rider Craig Coxhell aboard the CJC Racing S1000RR, fans had the opportunity to see the stunning superbike up close in the highly competitive series that has been the breeding ground for many of the world’s great riders – including BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s very own Troy Corser.
The interest in BMW’s most technically innovative and powerful class-leading motorcycle has reached phenomenal levels, especially since its customer launch. For Craig and the CJC Bisley Racing Team it was the perfect motorcycle on which to attack the Australian championships
For the 2010 season the team was looking to build upon the success Craig had in 2009 where he finished as the leading privateer. Craig believes the powerful S1000RR is the perfect motorcycle to not only stand out in the crowd but to also make a serious impression on the track and put a smile on the faces of Australian BMW fans.
Australia’s largest BMW Motorrad dealership, Southbank Motorcycles in Melbourne, is supporting the team and along with the other sponsors is looking forward to a successful series this year. “The S1000RR is an amazing motorcycle and we at Southbank are excited to be involved in having a BMW competing at the highest level in Australia,” said Dealer Principal Chris Bussenschutt. As well as Southbank Motorcycles, local dealership, Prestige BMW was also heavily involved with the team over the race weekend, providing equipment and expertise.
It was not an easy task for the CJC team to get to Darwin to race, as the circuit was 4,000 kilometres from their home base in Victoria – the equivalent of travelling from New York to Los Angeles! Furthermore, the race motorcycles had only just become available and much work was needed to prepare them for track action. In fact, Craig only had twelve laps of practice prior to shipping the bikes north. However, the CJC Racing team’s beautifully prepared S1000RRs in their distinctive livery made a big impression on arrival in Darwin.
The weekend was hard work with constant changes to settings on what is still basically a stock motorcycle. However, as the weekend progressed Craig’s lap times came down and he was rewarded with a ninth place finish, which is some achievement at this early stage.
“We are delighted with a top ten result and are very excited for the year ahead,” said Craig after the racing was over. “And I have to thank my hard working team as well as Southbank Motorcycles and Prestige BMW for their invaluable assistance.”
It was a positive start for this new Australian team as they set out to create and build an exciting new focus for BMW Motorrad in Australia with the S1000RR.