Team Honda's Jamie Stauffer has prevailed in a classic opening Superbike support race at the 2015 Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
The veteran New South Welshman, a four-time Australian road racing champion, speared his CBR1000RR SP under long-time leader Glenn Allerton (Yamaha Motor Insurance YZF-R1M) at turn 12 on the final lap.
Stauffer then held off his adversary in a frenetic blast to the finish line —with Allerton even edging off the track to add to the drama.
It was Stauffer's third successive victory at Phillip Island after he clean-swept the final round of the 2015 Australian Superbike Championship two weeks ago.
"It was certainly a great race," said Stauffer. "I had great pace and I noticed that Glenn was losing grip so I made a big dive under him on the last corner.
"Thanks to Honda for providing a great bike, and it's nice to have the early bragging rights."
Just over one second covered the top six finishers in the eight-lap race, with Mike Jones (Australian Outdoor Living Kawasaki ZX-10R) making it three different bikes on the podium, followed by Daniel Falzon (JD Racing YZF-R1), Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Motor Insurance YZF-R1M) and polesitter Troy Herfoss (Team Honda CBR1000RR SP).
For Falzon, it was a superb break-out performance in his first year as a fully-fledged superbike rider, while Jones, the new Aussie superbike champion, set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:33.112.
Cru Halliday (Yamaha Motor Insurance YZF-R1M) and Ben Henry (Australian Outdoor Living ZX-10R) completed the top eight, with 20 riders completing the journey and only one DNF.
Race two is at 8:55am on Saturday.
For full Superbike Race Results, click here.