-- ASBK Race Two Report
-- By Phil Harlum
Next Gen Motorsports BMW HP4 Rider Glenn Allerton completed the perfect weekend at Symmons plains this afternoon with a 2.8 second victory over Team Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell. Allerton now leads the championship following a perfect round of pole position and two race wins.
In Sunday afternoons race, televised live on channel 7 and witnessed by an enthusiastic crowd at the circuit, Team Volvo Group Suzuki’s Robbie Bugden got a flying start and led the field into turn one, but Allerton was soon past and had built a .8 of a second lead at the completion of the first lap.
The gap had increased to 1.5 seconds at the completion of lap two and Allerton’s fastest lap – the fastest of the race – on lap three took the lead to nearly two seconds. Allerton then managed the gap and eventually took victory by 2.8 seconds after the gap had been as high as 4.6 on lap ten.
After yesterday’s commanding victory the Next Gen Team could have rested on their laurels and left the bike as it was, unfortunately for the rest of the field that wasn’t the case and a new shock setting testing in the Sunday morning warm up made Glenn even more comfortable on the new HP4 S1000RR allowing him to lap quicker again, and record more fifty three second laps than Saturdays race.
“Our whole off season has been really good” Reflected a smiling Glenn Allerton. “The input from Pirelli has been fantastic with the testing program we had and all the hard work from the guys in the team this weekend has got us this result. The BMW HP4 is electronically advanced and really fast so thanks to my crew chief Shane (Kinderis), who has made all those elements into a package that was unbeatable this weekend. I still had a little bit left in the tank and if we had of been tested and I had of been shown a wheel I feel we could have gone quicker again. I am really happy to start the year off with a perfect round”.
From that point on the real focus was on the battle for the podium between the GSX-R1000’s of Maxwell and Bugden. Maxwell forced his way past the fast starting Queenslander on lap nine and gradually eased away from his team mate to secure second place.
“Glenn was pretty much unbeatable this weekend” said Maxwell. “We got two second places and it’s my best start to a championship ever, we’ll continue to fine tune the GSX-R and look for the top step at the next round. I didn’t get the best start but kept pushing for the entire race”.
Jamie Stauffer was meanwhile slowly closing in on Bugden from a second behind, lapping faster in the latter half of the race Stauffer was in position to assault Bugden with two laps remaining. The Team Honda rider never led Bugden across the line but did forge his was past only to have the late braking Queenslander come back immediately.
Stauffer tried everything he could but Bugden managed to hold him off with the assistance of traffic on the last lap.
“I’m happy with two third places” said Bugden. “I didnt do the tet and this bike is a fair bit different to the one I rode last year so all in all I have to be happy. The next round is at my home track and I’ll be looking for even better results there”.
The whole weekend hasn’t been a great one for us, qualifying sixth and two fourth places” lamented Team Honda’s Jamie Stauffer. “The first round could obviously have gone better but we have come away with points and this has never been my best track down here and we have really struggled this weekend. The next round is at Queensland Raceway and I seem to go good there so hopefully that will kick-start our year”.
Once again the battle for fifth place was the highlight of the day with Superbike rookie Josh Hook from Team Honda Racing getting the better of fellow debutant, BMW mounted Linden Magee, and Racers Edge Perfornce Suzuki’s Beau Beaton. Beaton had led the group until lap twelve when a few issues allowed Hook – still hurting from Saturdays big crash - and Magee who was using a new engine after the race one DNF to forge their was past. The three were separated by tenths of a second for a majority of the race with Hook and Magee taking that right to the flag, less than a tenth separating them.
The injured shoulder didn’t really bother me too much” said Hook. “Once the race got underway anyway………I didn’t get the best of starts and I feel I had the pace to run with Jamie which is a bummer. The battle with the other guys was good but I was having trouble trying to pull my thing up, but I have to say I’m pretty happy with how I went and to finish at the front of that group I can’t complain”.
“That was pretty hectic” smiled sixth placed Magee. The other two guys weren’t as strong on the brakes and the spare engine we had just didn’t have the top end of the other one and I was losing out a bit there on the drive out of the hairpin and making it up on the brakes. It was good to get some points today and it’s a long championship. We go to Queensland Raceway next and I’ve had really results there so I can’t wait for the next round”.
“We had a great race, the bike was really good and consistent” enthused Beaton. “We had a bit of a battle there with Hooky and Linden, my bike was good on the brakes but not as good coming onto the straight as the other boys. I did have a few drama’s with two laps to go and that allowed Linden to get back past me but we’re happy to come away with good points for the weekend.
Glenn Scott eventually got the better of Ben Nicholson after a race long battle that also involved Australian Outdoor Living Cube Racing’s Ben Henry and another Honda – BMW – Suzuki battle. Both Scott and Nicholson had turns leading with Nicholson riding impressively on his Prostock spec machine to lead from lap two to twelve when Scott got passed and carried it to the end, .2 of a second ahead of Nicholson who recorded the fastest lap of the three at an impressive 55.280.
Phil Lovett was eleventh and took the Monster Energy Prostock Challenge Cup ahead of local Kurt Sushames and Josh King with Phil’s fast daughter Sophie Lovett continuing to improve on her first ever visit to Symmons Plains, one lap down in fourteenth place getting the better of Local Shaun Murfet. Adam Senior rounded out the finishers after having machine issues mid race.
Chas Hern failed to start after some bike issues on the sighting lap rounding out a horror weekend for the Victorian who had qualified fifth and shown impressive pace in every practice and qualifying session. Saturdays crash was deemed most likely to have been the cause of the issues.
“We had an engine issue on the sighting lap and I felt it loose a bit of power, I looked around and Jamie was pointing at it” said a disappointed Hern. “At that point there was no use pushing on, by that stage the weekend was pretty well ruined and once again I watched from the sidelines.
-- Promoters Report - Allerton completes Symmons Plains clean sweep
Next Gen Motorsports Glenn Allerton has completed a clean sweep of the QBE Australian Superbike Championship class, run in conjunction with the V8 Supercars at the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365.
The BMW rider was the quickest man on track in the morning warm-up, before completing his perfect weekend with a dominating win in this afternoon’s final 16-lap race.
Allerton, who took maximum points from the round, topped every Superbike session held over the weekend.
“I am really happy with today’s race it couldn’t have gone much better other than getting the holeshot,” Allerton said.
“I was behind Robbie off the start but once I got past him I laid down some good laps and got away early.
“This is what we have all been working for. Hopefully we can keep it together and keep building on today’s result,” he added.
Allerton’s only challenge came from Volvo Group Suzuki’s Robbie Bugden, who took the holeshot before relinquishing the race lead to Allerton mid lap.
Team Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell passed his teammate to finish the race second and now sits 11 points adrift of Allerton in the championship standings.
“I got a bit of an average start in Race 2 and both Robbie and Glenn got away,” Maxwell explained. “Then it took me a few laps to set up a pass on Robbie.
“Suzuki provided me with an awesome bike we just didn’t quite have it. We will go back to the drawing board and see if we can get the GSX R onto the top step at the next round.”
Finishing third in today’s race, Bugden is third in the championship standings and acknowledged his team had some work to do in bridging the gap to rival Allerton.
“I got a good start but lacked a little bit of grip early. Glenn is riding really well and he got that little bit of a gap,” Bugden stated.
“For Team Suzuki to finish second and third is still a really good result but we came here to win.
“We have a very dedicated team here at Suzuki so we wont’ rest until we bridge that gap to Glenn,” Bugden said.
Team Honda’s Jamie Stauffer and Josh Hook once again rounded out the top five.
CM Racing's Chas Hern endured another horror day, pulling off on the warm-up lap due to an engine failure.
The teams will now prepare for the next event on the QBE Australian Superbike Championship which will be held at Queensland Raceway on June 14-16.
QBE Australian Superbike Championship Race 2 Results
1. Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) / NextGen Motorsports / Dynotech / Maxima / BMW, BMW HP4
2. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) / Team Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R
3. Robert BUGDEN (QLD) / Team Volvo Group Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R
4. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW) / Team Honda Racing / Motologic / Vantage, Honda CBR RR
5. Josh HOOK (NSW) / Team Honda Racing / Motologic / Vantage, Honda CBR RR
6. Linden MAGEE (QLD) / NextGen Motorsports / Dynotech / Maxima / BMW, BMW S-RR
7. Beau BEATON (NSW) / Racers Edge Performance / Suzuki Australia / PTR / Verngraham, Suzuki GSX-R
8. Glenn SCOTT (NSW) / Team Insure My Ride Racing, Honda CBR RR
9. Ben NICOLSON (VIC) / NextGen Motorsports / Dynotech / Maxima / BMW, BMW S-RR 16
10. Ben HENRY (QLD) / CUBE Racing / Australian Outdoor Living / Underground Designs, Suzuki GSX-R
11. Phil LOVETT (NSW) / Cessnock KTM / Lovett's Earthmoving / Central Coast Harley, Kawasaki ZX-10R
12. Kurt SUSHAMES (TAS) / Motors Holden Davenport, Suzuki GSX-R
13. Josh KING (TAS), Yamaha YZF-R1
14. Sophie LOVETT (NSW) / Cessnock KTM / Central Coast Harley Davidson / ARAI, Kawasaki ZX-10R 15
15. Shaun MURFET (TAS), Honda CBR RR
16. Adam SENIOR (WA) / City Toyota / Silkolene / Radmix / Boreclean / Fine Riders, Honda CBR RR 14
QBE Australian Superbike Championship Points (After Rd 1 of 7)
1. Glenn ALLERTON, 51pts
2. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC), 40pts
3. Robert BUGDEN (QLD), 36pts
4. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW), 34pts
5. Josh HOOK (NSW), 32pts
6. Glenn SCOTT (NSW), 27pts
7. Ben NICOLSON (VIC), 27pts
8. Beau BEATON (NSW), 26pts
9. Ben HENRY (QLD), 24pts
10. Phil LOVETT (NSW), 21pts
11. Kurt SUSHAMES (TAS), 18pts
12. Josh KING (TAS), 18pts
13. Linden MAGEE (QLD), 15pts
14. Sophie LOVETT (NSW), 13pts
15. Shaun MURFET (TAS), 13pts
16. Adam SENIOR (WA), 13pts
-- Insure My Ride Racing / Glenn Scott
Team InsureMyRide Racing’s Glenn Scott has achieved some extraordinary results in his first points round in the Australian Superbike Championship, securing sixth overall and second in the privateers rankings which has given the 21 year-old a great launching pad leading into the coming rounds.
Glenn kick started the final day in Tasmania with a solid performance in the opening warm-up, it was a chance for the Team InsureMyRide Racing outfit to test some changes made in preparation for the final race, and it filled Glenn with plenty of confidence.
“The warm-up went really well, the few changes we made to the bike seemed to work, we ran yesterday’s race tyres so we could the feel the changes and were happy to be only 0.5seconds off yesterday’s time.
“I worked hard on changing a few lines to improve my edge grip and this seemed successful also, I’m really excited for the final race,” said Scott.
With the starting positions for race two as per qualifying, Glenn was looking set for another strong top ten result. Crucially, he was able to maintain his target low 55second times with his fastest coming on lap 14 of the 16 lap race with a 55.382.
“Today was a difficult race but again really enjoyable, I’m already thinking about what we can improve for Queensland.
“Unfortunately I took a few laps to find my feet in the race which made me lose touch with the top six but once I was comfortable the bike handled really well.
“We just need more time to learn the bike, I’m really happy with our results for our first Australian Superbike points race, it’s incredible to get such a good result in the privateers rankings, we’ve found a great base to build from and I can’t wait to get back on the Team InsureMyRide Racing Honda in Queensland,” Scott concluded.
Round 3 of the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship takes place at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, Queensland from 14-16 June.
-- ASBK Race One
-- By Phil Harlum
In a drama filled, and action packed race one of the QBE ASBK at Symmons Plains, BMW rider Glenn Allerton has taken a commanding victory ahead of Team Suzuki riders Wayne Maxwell and Robbie Bugden.
Allerton didn’t get the best of starts but a first lap incident involving fast starting Suzuki privateer Chas Hern and Team Honda young gun Josh Hook that resulted in a red flag stoppage limited the damage.
Hern high sided his CM Racing Suzuki on the exit of the penultimate corner on the first lap leaving Hook nowhere to go, both riders hitting the tarmac hard.
Hook then showed ironman determination to run back to pitlane, mounting his spare bike to take his position for the restart after donning a new Bell Helmet and Alpinestar gloves.
“I followed Wayne (Maxwell) into the corner, we both ran a little wide” recounted Hern. “When I got on the gas it just spun up and I thought I had it, next I know it’s just flung me off and down I went. I landed on my hip and it’s a bit sore, I haven’t even looked at the bike yet.
The incident resulted in a full restart, much to the dismay of Robbie Bugden who got off the line brilliantly and was leading the field with Allerton who had overtaken a fast starting Wayne Maxwell early in second place.
Allerton blitzed the restart and pinned his ears back to build a one second buffer after only two laps. The gap increased to over two seconds on lap twelve and remained so until the end.
“I employed a different technique at the start of the second leg, and it worked” said a smiling Allerton. “I wanted to get that gap and I really just managed it, I saw Robbie pulled a few tenths back on one lap and I got them back on the next. The bike felt great, tyres worked well, we’ll just trim it up a little and try and do the same thing tomorrow”.
Maxell meantime had his hands full with team mate Robbie Bugden who pulled a big move on the brakes into turn 6 to move into second on lap two.
“I was a bit slow at the start and then one we got going a bit I was alright” said Maxwell. “Robbie was holding me up a bit mid corner but he would then gap me on the way out of the slow corners. I was picking up the throttle early but just couldn’t do enough with it. We’ll make a few changes to the bike and who knows what’ll happen tomorrow”.
“At the restart I just didn’t quite get the start I was after” said a disappointed Bugden. “Glenn got a bit of a lead and the faster I went the faster he went. Towards the end there a bit of oil went down and that just freaked me out a bit and I had a few moments – its not a place you want to crash – so I just backed it off a bit. I’ll take third and well come back tomorrow in the next one and see if we can put it up front.
A pumped up Jamie Stauffer got away well from the second row of the grid after the Superpole issues of earlier today to secure fourth place, a position he would hold till the end of the sixteen lap journey, some seven seconds behind Bugden, after a lonely race.
Behind Stauffer Linden Magee on his Net Gen BMW was involved in a battle with Racers Edge Suzuki’s Beau Beaton, until Magee’s engine let go in a big way just before the fastest section of the track, the fast right hand sweeper on lap nine.
“I don’t know how I stayed on the thing” commented Magee. “It just went sideways and I had both feet off the pegs. I then just tried to get off the track as soon as I could”.
Beaton, who was blinded from being covered in oil lost five positions and was lucky to be able to complete the race, albeit some four positions behind his previous position.
“Scariest moment I have ever had on a motorcycle” reflected the Racers Edge Suzuki Rider. “I could not see a thing after getting covered in oil and there was smoke everywhere. I didn’t know if I was still on the track, if there was a fence or a ditch or what. I just wiped the visor as soon as I could and then got back into the race”.
Josh Hook, after his big crash earlier, led home a race long four bike battle to card a brilliant fifth position ahead of Ben Nicholson, Glenn Scott and Ben Henry. The three separated by tenths of a second for most of the race in a sensational battle. Hook just getting to the line a tenth over Nicholson who was two tenths ahead of Scott.
Phil Lovet finished in tenth place behind the luckless Beaton after his heart-in-mouth moment with local men King and Sushames the last riders on the lead lap.
One lap down was Adam Senior on his Honda, Shaun Murfet and Sophie Lovett who did her fastest lap of the weekend rounding out the field.
-- Promoters Report
BMW rider Glenn Allerton has continued his clean-sweep of the QBE Australian Superbike sessions at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway, winning today’s 16-lap race ahead of Suzuki teammates Wayne Maxwell and Robbie Bugden.
The action packed opening race was red-flagged on Lap 1, due to an incident at Turn 6 involving CM Racing’s Chas Hern and Team Honda rider Josh Hook.
Hook, who was thrown over the top of his Honda CBR 1000 RR as a result of Hern high-siding, made it back to the grid for the re-start while the Suzuki mounted rider was taken to the medical centre as a precaution.
The re-start provided Allerton with a chance to redeem the race lead after a slow start the first time around. After leading the race from start to finish the Next Gen Motorsports rider said he wasvery happy to take the first race win of the year.
“That was a pretty interesting race, I got the start that I wanted after the red flag and put my head down for two laps to try and build a gap,” Allerton explained.
“After the blow up, there was a fair bit of oil through the sweeper. I had to ride to the conditions and had to back off a fair bit through there.
“I am very happy to be coming away with the first win for the year, it is a good start in the direction the team has been working so hard towards,” Allerton continued.
All eyes were on Team Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell and Volvo Group Suzuki’s Robbie Bugden who traded blows throughout the race.
Bugden past Maxwell for second on the opening lap but was relegated to third with two laps remaining.
“My teammate Robbie got past me and was going quite well,” Maxwell said. It is one of those tracks that when you have a similar speed design it is hard to get by.
“He backed off a bit and I got by him but there was a bit of oil down in the kink and by the time I got through Glenn was gone so I ran the race out at my own pace to see how I felt on the bike and how the bike is feeling.
“We will collect some good data from today, it is only Round 1 of 7 so there is still a long way to go,” Maxwell added.
Volvo Group Suzuki’s Robbie Bugden was lamenting what might of been after a sensational start catapulted him into the race lead before the red flag.
"It was a pretty challenging race," Budgen said. "I got a great start and got out in front and was feeling really good. At that point I knew I could set that pace and block where I had to.
"Unfortunately the race was red-flagged and I had to do it all again. I didn't quite get the re-start I was after, I got past Wayne pretty quick but Glenn had a that little bit of a lead and the faster I went the faster he went so the lead stayed stagnant.
"Towards the end of the race there was a bit of a drama and some oil down, I had a couple of moments so I backed it off a bit, took my medicine and thought I will take third."
Team Honda teammates Jamie Stauffer and Josh Hook rounded out the top five with BMW privateer Ben Nicolson finishing an impressive sixth.
With smoke pouring from his Next Gen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR Linden Magee was forced out of the race on Lap 10.
Josh King was the best-placed local rider finishing just outside the top ten, ahead of fellow Tasmanian Kurt Sushames.
The QBE Australian Superbike Championship will contest their final race at the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365 at 3.20pm (AEDST) tomorrow.
Catch all the action from tomorrow's race live on Channel 7 from 3.20pm.
QBE Australian Superbike Championship Race 1 Results
1. Glenn ALLERTON, BMW HP4
2. Wayne MAXWELL, Suzuki GSX-R
3. Robert BUGDEN, Suzuki GSX-R
4. Jamie Stauffer, Honda CBR RR
5. Josh HOOK, Honda CBR RR
6. Ben NICOLSON, BMW S-RR
7. Glenn Scott, Honda CBR RR
8. Ben Henry, Suzuki GSX-R
9. Beau BEATON, Suzuki GSX-R
10. Phil Lovett, Kawasaki ZX-10R
11. Josh King, Yamaha YZF-R1
12.Kurt Sushames, Suzuki GSX-R
13. Adam Senior, Honda CBR RR
14. Shaun Murfet, Honda CBR RR
15. Sophie Lovett, Kawasaki ZX-10R
-- Team Honda Report
A dramatic day at the track for the first points scoring event of the Australian Superbike Championship for Team Honda Racing. A very early Superpole Shootout this morning consisting of 3 knock-out sessions based initially on the top 13 riders from yesterday's qualifying saw Jamie Stauffer excluded from Superpole 3 altogether due to a controversial minor infringement. With the matter cleared up and the top 5 grid positions decided in Superpole 3, Stauffer was re-instated to a P6 grid position from which he must start both races this weekend. #34 Josh Hook qualified well in Superpole and took P7 on the grid.
Race 1 this afternoon was not without drama itself with Hook involved in a spectacular crash on the first lap after Chas Hern high sided in front of him, leaving the young rider with nowhere to go, but up. Hook and his Honda flew over the top of Hern and hit the ground hard. Hook displayed ironman qualities in his dash to the pits to collect his spare bike when the race was red flagged, determined not to miss the race re-start.
The race was then run in full with Stauffer finishing in 4th place and Hook in 5th. Stauffer is looking to tomorrow's race with anticipation of a stronger day.
Stauffer: "This hasn't really been the start to the year we were looking for. Trouble in the Superpole made us miss the 3rd session and that meant I couldn't start from the front row. In the race I got good starts and was pretty consistent for a while, but my pace wasn't quite there. So when I realized there was oil on the racing line from Linden Magee's blown BMW engine and I had a good gap to the riders behind me I decided I needed to bring it home safely and get the points for 4th. The team are working on some things tonight to give me the extra tenths I need and I'm confident the new day will bring a good result."
Focusing tonight on rest and recovery, Hook will also be keen to begin a new day.
Hook: "The crash today was really unfortunate and I'll be resting up as much as possible tonight to be ready for Race 2 tomorrow. The plan for tomorrow is to match the spare bike with the settings I had in the main bike for Superpole. I was feeling good on the CBR1000RR before the crash so the team will emulate those settings for me ready for tomorrow. I will definitely be giving it 110% tomorrow to challenge the front of the field."
-- Insure My Ride Report
Glenn Scott has ridden his Team InsureMyRide Racing Honda CBR well and truly into the top ten as the opening race of the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship took place at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania.
After qualifying tenth on Friday, it progressed Glenn into the superpole taking place at an early 7:50am on a cool Symmons Plains circuit, finishing the session with a best time of 56.440 it consolidated Scott into 11th in the lead up to race one.
“To make superpole this morning was a huge effort for myself and the team, the track was only 8 degrees which made things exciting but difficult, we used the session as more ride time to work on a few areas on the track and to continue to learn the 1000cc bike,” said Scott.
After an opening lap red flag incident, the first race of the weekend was given a full restart, and it proved beneficial for Glenn. Launching from the line, he carried some great pace, climbing to as high as fifth over the course of the 16 lap event. Consistency proved key for Glenn, as he settled for 7th by the end of the race.
“The opening race was really exciting, it felt awesome to line up on the superbike grid against the likes of (Wayne) Maxwell, (Glenn) Allerton and (Jamie) Stauffer.
“After the race was restarted, I got a great jump from the line and rode a really consistent race; we set our fastest lap time around the Symmons Plains track and sat consistently in the low 55’s.
“Finishing seventh and improving our lap times by 1.5 seconds since yesterday is very positive for myself and Team InsureMyRide Racing, I can’t wait to get back on track tomorrow, with a few setting changes to deliver me more to learn throughout the race,” Scott concluded.
Round 1 of the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship takes place at the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365 V8 Supercar round at Symmons Plains, Tasmania continues tomorrow with superpole from 7:50am and race one from 12:30pm local time, check your local guides for television times.
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