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Cam Dunker stuns on Superbike debut at SMP

Cam Dunker stuns on Superbike debut at SMP


Cam Dunker stuns on Superbike debut at SMP

16-year-old Cameron Dunker threw a leg over a Superbike on Friday for the primary time at a sweltering Sydney Motorsports Park.

The Superbike in query was a inventory normal YZF-R1 street bike till the earlier week.

Customary YZF-R1 street bike a few days earlier, lapping the Creek in 30.5 shortly after… – Picture RbMotoLens

Burning some midnight oil up at Kurri Kurri within the days main as much as the occasion have been Heath Griffin, Jamie Stauffer and Cam’s dad Mark. Crew Chief Glen Richards then joined them on Wednesday night to load a base map into the bike so he might begin coming into parameters and tuning the Yamaha Package ECU on Thursday.

Glen Richards and Wayne Maxwell discuss with Cam Dunker – Picture RbMotoLens

The Okay-Tech shock from Max Stauffer’s R1 race bike was fitted whereas the entrance finish and brakes have been merely unbolted from Cam’s Australian Supersport Championship successful YZF-R6 machine and slotted into the R1. A stiffer set of springs have been put in however they merely didn’t have time to construct a set of Superbike spec’ forks for the machine in time, and in actuality the weekend was merely about getting Cam out on a Superbike for the primary time.

The bike being prepped by Cam’s dad Mark, Glen Richards and Heath Griffin – Picture RbMotoLens

A gremlin with the package ECU had them scratching their heads and in addition price them a bit of time earlier than they traced it right down to a fault with the ECU itself. A borrowed unit put them again heading in the right direction.

Offering the facility was the fully normal unopened YZF-R1 engine with zero kilometres on the clock that got here within the bike once they picked it up.

Bone inventory zero kilometre YZF-R1 engine – Picture RbMotoLens

The Friday monitor day at Sydney Motorsports Park was the primary time Cam turned a wheel on the bike earlier than he headed into qualifying for the third spherical of the ST. George Bike Membership’s Summer time Evening Collection. Dunker managed six laps in qualifying with a better of 1m32.376.

Cam Dunker – Picture RbMotoLens

Friday’s opening race noticed Cam struggling to show the bike, an excessive amount of slide management stopping him from having the ability to successfully flip the bike on the throttle. Cam completed sixth behind Bryan Staring, his quickest lap a 1m33.413.  For comparative functions the quickest lap of the race was set by race winner Josh Brookes at 1m31.023.

Cam Dunker – Picture Half Mild

The second bout noticed Dunker end fifth, his finest lap bettering to 1m31.996.  Brookes once more the winner with a quickest lap of 1m30.703.

Brookesy was impressed with the younger fella and had lengthy chat with him on the finish of proceedings – Picture RbMotoLens

The final race on Friday evening noticed Dunker end sixth, his finest lap a 1m31.839. Group-mate Max Stauffer successful that contest forward of Brookes, West and Staring.  The quickest lap of that bout thought was set by fifth place finisher Lachlan Epis at 1m30.758.

Cam Dunker chasing triple Aussie Superbike Champ Bryan Staring – Picture RbMotoLens

Some midnight oil burned on Friday evening because the workforce began to fettle the bike a bit of extra whereas analyzing the info from the MoTeC logger.

One other ten-minute qualifying session was staged on Saturday and this time round Dunker recorded a 1m30.520. That’s good going after one single day on any Superbike, not to mention this freshly put collectively package deal. The workforce have been shell shocked and this was far exceeding their expectations. Sooner or later on a unexpectedly prepped and comparatively low-spec Superbike and Cam was doing 1m30.5s on the Creek.

Cam Dunker – Picture Half Mild

They thought that was concerning the restrict of that package deal, however Cam reported that he felt fairly snug and that he didn’t suppose he was actually making an attempt ‘that arduous’.

Come race one on Saturday although he did discover that restrict, dropping the entrance whereas making an attempt to vary his line mid-corner whereas difficult for the lead early on after scoring the holeshot. Lesson realized and he would now have to begin from the again of the grid in race two.

Cam Dunker discussing issues with Wayne Maxwell, Glen Richards and pa Mark. Picture RbMotoLens

Cam got here from the again of the grid in that penultimate bout to complete fourth, forward of Anthony West and Bryan Staring. Brookes the winner with a quickest lap of 1m30.478 on the Livson BMW. Cam’s finest lap a 1m30.658.   

Too many Aussie Supersport and Superbike titles to rely amongst that group… Picture Half Mild

Dunker was fourth once more within the remaining bout of the weekend to finish his second ever day on a 1000 cc bike.

The plan for the weekend had been to easily let Cam log laps and get some expertise on the Superbike forward of what’s anticipated to be a comparatively low-budget single-bike studying 12 months in ASBK.

Cam Dunker – Picture RbMotoLens

On the again of his debut journey I feel it’s honest to say that these goalposts have modified.  Not many riders go instantly faster first outing on a Superbike, not to mention to do it on the very technical Sydney Motorsports Park.

Cam Dunker – Picture RbMotoLens

Subsequent weekend they are going to enterprise to a freshly resurfaced Phillip Island for the Hartwell Bike Membership spherical. A cartridge package is supposed to reach for the R1 forks this week, and the purpose is to have Dunker on the identical Bitubo suspension that team-mate Max Stauffer just lately switched to, and can race on this season.

Cam Dunker – Picture RbMotoLens

For a bit of extra background on how Cam bought right here, try some previous yarns the place now we have featured the likeable lad. In brief, he accomplished the Supersport 300 and YMF R3 Cup double in 2022 at age 14, earlier than then winning the Australian Supersport Championship at his first try the following 12 months. That win approaching his sixteenth birthday, solely two months in the past at The Bend. Cam additionally just lately received the FIM MiniGP Australia Collection.  The younger bloke goes alright…. Watch this area….

Dunker received the Australian Supersport Championship two months in the past on his sixteenth birthday – Picture RbMotoLens



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