Triumph’s Chiodo dominates Supersport Race One

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Tom Toparis on the grid - Image by TBG
Tom Toparis on the grid – Image by TBG

Motul Supersport Race One Report

Tom Toparis, Mark Chiodo and Sam Condon - Image by TBG
Tom Toparis, Mark Chiodo and Sam Condon – Image by TBG

Mark Chiodo got off the line well but Tommy Toparis soon swept past the Triumph man before turn two and that pair quickly started to pull away from their pursuers.

Tom Toparis leads Mark Chiodo, Sam Condon, Ryan Taylor and Mason Coote - Image by Half Light
Tom Toparis leads Mark Chiodo, Sam Condon, Ryan Taylor and Mason Coote – Image by Half Light

The closest of those pursuers were Sam Condon, Ryan Taylor and Mason Coote.

Sam Condon, Ryan Taylor and Mason Coote - Image by Half Light
Sam Condon, Ryan Taylor and Mason Coote – Image by Half Light

Chiodo took the lead back from Toparis into turn one next time around and maintained that advantage around the back of the circuuit and maintained that lead as they started lap three.

Mark Chiodo leads Tom Toparis - Image by TBG
Mark Chiodo leads Tom Toparis – Image by TBG

Unfortunately Mason Coote went down at turn 11, crashing out of fifth place. Ryan Taylor had got the better of Sam Condon for third place, that battle though unfolding four-seconds behind the leading duo.

Mark Chiodo - Image by Half Light
Mark Chiodo – Image by Half Light

As the race approached the halfway point of its 10-lap distance Chiodo looked to have it under control.

Mark Chiodo, Tom Toparis - Image by Half Light
Mark Chiodo, Tom Toparis – Image by Half Light

A succession of 1m35.9s laps had allowed the young Victorian to really start pulling away from Toparis.

Mark Chiodo, Tom Toparis - Image by Half Light
Mark Chiodo, Tom Toparis – Image by Half Light

That trend continued right until the flag, the gap by the chequered flag had grown to four-seconds.

Mark Chiodo - Image by TBG
Mark Chiodo – Image by TBG

Toparis a lonely second place with a 14-second buffer over Ryan Taylor who rounded out the podium ahead of Sam Condon.

Rhys Belling brought home fifth place just ahead of New Zealand’s Mitch Rees, the Kiwi thoroughly enjoying his first ever laps of the fast Phillip Island circuit.

Mason Coote’s slip at turn 11 had seen the Western Australian rejoin the race but eventually he had to return to the pits for some repairs. A disastrous blow to Coote, who looked almost certain to clinch the #2 plate in Supersport this season, a hefty 28-point advantage over Toparis heading into this weekend, but no points from this bout has seen that advantage trimmed back to a single digit gap with one race to go… That victory for Chiodo also moving him to within striking distance if any misfortune strikes Coote and Toparis in the final bout.

Motul Supersport Race One Results

  1. Mark Chiodo – Triumph
  2. Tom Toparis +4.316 – Kawasaki
  3. Ryan Taylor +18.099 – Yamaha
  4. Sam Condon +22.885 – Yamaha
  5. Rhys Belling +26.468 – Yamaha
  6. Mitch Rees +27.445 – Honda
  7. Aidan Hayes +28.480 – Kawasaki
  8. Jordan Carlsson +28.879 – Yamaha
  9. Chris Quinn +35.069 – Yamaha
  10. Cambridge Olivier +35.565 – Yamaha
  11. Brian Houghton +41.036 – Honda
  12. Ryan Sellen +42.032 – Kawasaki
  13. Mick Hefferan +46.973 – Kawasaki
  14. Patrick Li +48.777 – Kawasaki
  15. Jake Pruiti +65.122 – Kawasaki
Motul Supersport Race One Results Mark Chiodo - Triumph Tom Toparis +4.316 - Kawasaki Ryan Taylor +18.099 - Yamaha
Motul Supersport Race One Results
Mark Chiodo – Triumph
Tom Toparis +4.316 – Kawasaki
Ryan Taylor +18.099 – Yamaha

Motul Supersport Championship Points

  1. Ted Collins 263 (Champion)
  2. Mason Coote 200
  3. Tom Toparis 192
  4. Mark Chiodo 179.5
  5. Sam Condon 178.5
  6. Jordan Carlsson 162.5
  7. Chris Quinn 162.5
  8. Nic Liminton 151
  9. Sam Muldoon 128
  10. Cambridge Olivier 126