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SSTK: Staring splashes to second straight win
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Bryan Staring has moved himself onto the fringes of the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship title fight after notching up his second consecutive victory in treacherous weather at Brno.
Fresh from his dominant first-ever Superstock 1000 win last time out at Motorland Aragon, Staring showed his versatility by putting in a similarly comprehensive display, albeit this time in very wet conditions.
Getting away well from the front row of the grid, Staring struck a decisive blow from the very first lap as he swooped into the lead at the opening bend and quickly established an advantage over his more tentative opposition.
Ending the first lap with a margin of almost five seconds over second place man Sylvain Barrier, by the time Eddi La Marra had worked his way up to that position, he was faced with a stern task to reel in the Australian.
Even so, the Italian did his utmost, reducing the margin to less than three seconds at one point, before opting to ease off in the closing stages safe in the knowledge that he would assume the championship lead from that position.
Indeed, though pole man and series leader Barrier started well, he was dropping down the order when an aggressive overtaking attempt by David McFadden resulted in him falling out of the race. His retirement means, in six races, Barrier has managed three wins and three DNFs.
His demise has subsequently launched La Marra into the lead of the standings by 19 points, despite the fact he is yet to win a race, while Staring's second straight win means he is just five points behind Barrier in third position overall.
With the top two establishing a massive lead over the rest of the field, all eyes were instead on the battle for the remaining positions, in particular the epic progress of SSTK debutant Robbie Brown, who was flourishing in the tricky conditions.
Starting 24th on the grid, Ducati 848 Challenge points leader Brown simply picked his way up the order over the course of the race, a charge that would see him set the fastest lap of the race and come away with an exceptional fourth place finish. Furthermore, at the rate he was catching eventual third place man Jeremy Guarnoni, an additional lap may have seen Brown score an unprecedented podium in his maiden outing.
Behind him, a last lap shuffle would see Staring's team-mate David McFadden complete Pedercini Kawasaki's fine day in fifth place, ahead of Fabio Massei, Christoffer Bergman and local rider Ondrej Jezek.
Despite the conditions, the race enjoyed low attrition with just Barrier and his BMW Italia team-mate Lorenzo Baroni failing to see the chequered flag.
As such, the remaining positions were filled by Matthie Lussiana and Andrzej Chmielewski in ninth and tenth, followed by Kev Coghlan, Jan Halbich, Markus Reiterberger, Alen Gyorfi and Massimo Parziani.