Herfoss wins from Maxwell in Race 2

Waters third as Bryan Staring crashes out

Cru Halliday takes the Supersport clean sweep

Zac Levy the R3 Cup round standings and tops the SS300

Images by TBG Sport


Superbike Race 2

Heading into Superbike Race 2 Herfoss holds the championship lead on 80 points, from Josh Waters on 77 and round 1 winner Bryan Staring on 76, with Wayne Maxwell moving up to fourth with 68 championship points to his name following his Race 1 win.

Herfoss started from Pole but it was Maxwell who surged to an early lead
Herfoss started from Pole but it was Maxwell who surged to an early lead

Dark clouds rolled over as riders lined up on the grid and conditions continued to be extremely windy, with track temperature still 48°.

When the lights went out it was Wayne Maxwell taking an incredible start and the lead, with Herfoss, Waters and Bayliss the top four behind him.

Bayliss was again holding off Falzon in fourth, as the top three looked to open an early gap, with Bryan Staring again in sixth. Falzon made the pass onto the straight coming into lap 4 passing Bayliss, while in front Waters passed second placed Herfoss into Turn 1 and made it stick.

At the end of lap 9 Herfoss reclaimed second place from Waters, with Maxwell still holding a strong lead, while Bryan Staring ran off track at Turn 2 on lap 10.

Bryan Staring had a disappointing end to the weekend running off track in Race 2
Bryan Staring had a disappointing end to the weekend running off track in Race 2

On Lap 12 Herfoss went up the inside of Maxwell, setting the fastest lap so far with a 58.114, with 0.7s between the two by the start of lap 14, and Waters a further second behind, but still clear of Falzon in fourth, and Bayliss in fifth.

Four laps to go sees Herfoss in front, having built up a 1.6s lead from Maxwell, with a similar gap to third placed Waters, Herfoss no doubt aiming to ensure he’s got a strong buffer between himself and Maxwell heading into the final lap, with this gap continuing to grow.

Herfoss crossed the line first, taking the Race 2 win and cementing his Championship leadership, with Maxwell second and Waters third. Falzon finished fourth, ahead of Troy Bayliss, while Jamie Stauffer was sixth and Glenn Allerton, who’s been struggling with injury all weekend taking seventh.

In Race 2 Herfoss bided his time then took and extended his lead in the final laps, leaving Maxwell no chance to pip him across the line, while Waters came in third.
In Race 2 Herfoss bided his time then took and extended his lead in the final laps, leaving Maxwell no chance to pip him across the line, while Waters came in third.
Troy Herfoss

“It was an epic weekend, really tough all weekend, we struggled to match the pace that Wayne had throughout Friday, and then we just got there in the nick of time in Qualifying, and I realised that he and I had some good pace and I could ride with him. In that first race he just pipped me on the way to the line, and at the end of the day we were just 0.031 from a perfect weekend. In race 2 I had good pace mid-race and put my head down and kept chipping away and I knew we had Wayne on the ropes at the end there, which was really good. It’s not often when you can get away from guys like Josh and Wayne, so I’ll enjoy it while I can. Massive thanks to the whole team and all of our sponsors and of course the continued support I get. Not forgetting the #Goulburn crowd who came out today. Sure do hope you all enjoyed the action today!”

Troy Herfoss - Image by TBG
Troy Herfoss – Image by TBG
Wayne Maxwell

“The weekend for us, it’s not a track which suits the Yamaha, for me as a rider it’s a strong track, the Yamaha likes open and flowing tracks with its MotoGP pedigree. To come away with the fastest ever lap and then also a win in one race and a second, and second overall is fantastic. It’s my  best ever result here on the Yamaha and we moved up in the championship points-wise. You have to pick your battles and today Troy was just too good. I’m looking forward to the new track, you know world class, and hopefully we can have some success there with the Yamaha Racing Team.”

Wayne Maxwell - Image by TBG
Wayne Maxwell – Image by TBG
Josh Waters

“I’m happy to finish on the podium in both races here today at Wakefield Park. Third in both of them. Not going to lie, not a circuit I dream about riding around. Big thanks to my team, personal sponsors and everyone for the support.”

Josh Waters
Josh Waters
Daniel Falzon

“I’m actually quite happy with the result today. The weather played absolute havoc, with 50km/h gusty winds it certainly made it a very hard twenty laps! I felt good on the bike all weekend and knew we had the pace to run near the front, it was a matter of making sure we stayed on the bike and, again, collecting a good bag of points heading to round three in my home state! Thanks to the crew at Yamaha Racing Team. They put in a lot of effort as always and prepared me a very competitive Yamaha YZF-R1M this weekend.”

Daniel Falzon
Daniel Falzon
Troy Bayliss

“In the end I’m happy to come away from the weekend like we did. In qualifying we went backwards a little bit compared to Friday afternoon, but anyway the races were good and I was strong off the starts, which was good. It was pretty consistent, but we are having some problems with the rear of the bike still on the exit of the turns – basically it’s a bit loose and a handful to ride around a place like this. In general I’m happy though, satisfied with my fitness because this is such a physical track and it was difficult conditions that we raced in. I thought we would have been a bit better, but we’ll move on, keep on working away and aim to improve for the next one.”

Troy Bayliss - Image by TBG
Troy Bayliss – Image by TBG
Bryan Staring

“Race one was okay to finish in fifth, but crashing out of race two was a disaster for my championship. It was just a disappointing way to finish the round and everything seemed to be a bit of a challenge this weekend. Anyway, it was my mistake when I went off the track and I couldn’t restart the bike, so that was it. By no means are we out of it, right now it’s still early in the championship and we have some tracks coming up that I imagine will be well-suited to myself and the Ninja ZX-10R. Winning is definitely still the target and we’re confident that we can bounce back in the rounds to come, so a big thanks to the team for their efforts all weekend.”

Superbike Race 2 – Provisional Results

  1. Troy HERFOSS Honda
  2. Wayne MAXWELL Yamaha +1.144
  3. Josh WATERS Suzuki +2.986
  4. Daniel FALZON Yamaha +5.889
  5. Troy BAYLISS Ducati +10.506
  6. Jamie STAUFFER Ducati +18.344
  7. Glenn ALLERTON BMW +22.005
  8. Alex PHILLIS Suzuki +25.854
  9. Michael BLAIR Yamaha +26.497
  10. Kyle BUCKLEY Kawasaki +28.673
The Round 2 podium saw Herfoss on top, with a one-point lead from second placed Wayne Maxwell, with just the pole point separating the two. Josh Waters took third overall, with two third places to his name.
The Round 2 podium saw Troy Herfoss come out on top, with a one-point lead from second placed Wayne Maxwell, with just the pole point separating the two. Josh Waters took third overall, with two third places to his name.

ASBK Superbike standings

  1. Troy HERFOSS Honda 105
  2. Josh WATERS Suzuki 95
  3. Wayne MAXWELL Yamaha 88
  4. Troy BAYLISS Ducati 82
  5. Daniel FALZON Yamaha 81
  6. Bryan STARING Kawasaki 76
  7. Michael BLAIR Yamaha 63
  8. Matt WALTERS Kawasaki 57
  9. Alex PHILLIS Suzuki 56
  10. Glenn ALLERTON BMW 53

Supersport 300 – Race 3

The Supersport 300 warm-up lap saw some dramas, with pole sitter Hunter Ford out when his bike lost power sending him off track and he was unable to get the bike restarted, with rider obviously upset, leaving the race to start with no one in the leading grid position.

This left Levy to take the early lead, before Bayliss took control, with Taylor, Bramich and Relph completing the top five as the field completed lap 2.

Zac Levy leading the Supersport 300 field in Race 3
Zac Levy leading the Supersport 300 field in Race 3

Lap five saw Taylor leading a break away group of four riders, with Bayliss, Bramich and Levy pulling away from the next group of Briffa, Relph and Khouri, 2.6s off the leader.

Coming into the final lap Bramich led the top four of Levy, Taylor, Bayliss with just 0.2s between them, with Zach Levy taking the win by 0.003s from Bayliss, while Bramich was just 0.008s off the lead in third. Taylor was the last of the top four, and was 0.081 off the lead crossing the line.

Bayliss leaves round two with the Australian Supersport 300 class points lead, sitting on top with 125 points, Levy is in second position with 117 point and Bramich is in third with 112 points.

Oli Bayliss

“It was a tough weekend in some ways, but I feel like we came good in the races and got the job done to get as many points as we could. That final race was so close, everyone was riding so fast and it feels good to be in the championship lead still ahead of round three. In some ways it still does feel like a win!”

Bayliss took the round win at Wakefield,
Bayliss took the round win at Wakefield, from Levy and Bramich

Supersport 300 – Race 3 Provisional Results

  1. Zac LEVY Yamaha
  2. Oliver BAYLISS Kawasaki +.003
  3. Tom BRAMICH Yamaha +.008
  4. Locky TAYLOR Yamaha +.081
  5. Harry KHOURI Yamaha +3.804
  6. Tayla RELPH Yamaha +5.147
  7. Jarred BROOK KTM +10.899
  8. Seth CRUMP KTM +12.691
  9. John LYTRAS Yamaha +14.707
  10. Max STAUFFER Yamaha +14.741

Supersport 300 Standings

  1. Oliver BAYLISS 125
  2. Zac LEVY 117
  3. Tom BRAMICH 112
  4. Harry KHOURI 103
  5. Locky TAYLOR 88
  6. Hunter FORD 83
  7. Ben BRAMICH 65
  8. Tayla RELPH 61
  9. Corey BRIFFA 61
  10. Jarred BROOK 56

Supersport Race 2

As riders prepared for Supersport Race 2, the start saw a short delay with warmers put back on the bikes, as power was lost to the tower, with live timing going down as a result, and the extreme wind conditions continuing alongside the ‘partly cloudy’ weather.

The race would be started by an old-school flag start, with Halliday taking an early lead, until Tom Toparis made an inside pass just before KTM corner to lead into Lap 2.

Cru Halliday took an unassailable lead in Race 2 capping off the perfect weekend
Cru Halliday took an unassailable lead in Race 2 capping off the perfect weekend

Third placed Epis went down in lap two into Turn 6, and was quickly up on his feet, however his Kawasaki would not be continuing.

Toparis continued to lead the race from Halliday with less than two-tenths of a second between them, with a 3s gap back to third placed Pearson at the start of lap 5.

But Halliday retook the lead going down the inside of Toparis, setting the fastest lap of the race and first below the one-minute mark thus far, with a 59.740.

He extended his lead by the halfway mark, with Pearson still in third but with a 3s gap between first and second places on lap 12, and a 12s gap between first and third.

Lap 15 saw the same positions, with a red flag called and the race declared as of Lap 14 positions, with Race Safe out assisting a downed rider at Turn 8.

This saw Halliday take his second dominant win of the weekend, with Toparis second and Pearson third. Croker tooth fourth, with Scarcella and Rees battling it out for fifth to the line, with Scarcella coming out on top.

Broc Pearson - Image by TBG
Broc Pearson – Image by TBG

Halliday took the Round win with a clean sweep of the two races plus the pole point, closing in on Toparis’s championship lead. Toparis currently holds a four point lead on 115 points, to Halliday’s 111. Pearson took third for the round and holds the same position in the standings with 85 points.

Tom Toparis

“It was a good weekend for me and I’m still leading the championship, which is a plus, I was a lot faster in testing, but I struggled after my crash on Saturday, so we will look to build the confidence back up now. Cru [Halliday] was really strong today, but it’s good that it’s close and I’m happy not to make any mistakes in the races after what happened yesterday. 40 points in the bag at my home round was good and, although I’m a bit disappointed, it wasn’t to be this weekend and we will move on to South Australia and see what we can do.”

Supersport Race 2 Provisional Result

  1. Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha
  2. Tom TOPARIS Kawasaki +3.739
  3. Broc PEARSON Yamaha +14.192
  4. Max CROKER Suzuki +17.777
  5. Giuseppe SCARCELLA Kawasaki +22.120
  6. Damon REES Honda +22.137
  7. Scott NICHOLSON Suzuki +25.252
  8. Cambridge OLIVIER Yamaha +29.840
  9. Jack PASSFIELD Yamaha +33.599
  10. Nic LIMINTON Yamaha +38.216
  11. Luke MITCHELL Yamaha +39.472
  12. Matt BARTON Yamaha +40.615
Halliday took the round win with a clean sweep, while Toparis was second, with Pearson third.
Halliday took the round win with a clean sweep, while Toparis was second, with Pearson third

ASBK Supersport Standings

  1. Tom TOPARIS Kawasaki 115
  2. Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha 111
  3. Broc PEARSON Yamaha 85
  4. Damon REES Honda 71
  5. Giuseppe SCARCELLA Kawasaki 62
  6. Nic LIMINTON Yamaha 60
  7. Zackary JOHNSON Yamaha 56
  8. Scott NICHOLSON Suzuki 55
  9. Rhys BELLING Yamaha 54
  10. Max CROKER Suzuki 51

R3 Cup – Race 3

Race 3 of the R3 Cup saw Zac Levy take a dominant win, with Locky Taylor and Hunter Ford completing the podium. Hunter Ford edging out Tom Bramich for the final podium position in the last lap, while Tayla Relph was fifth.

Locky Taylor leading the R3 Cup field
Locky Taylor leading the R3 Cup field

This gave Levy the clean sweep for the weekend, taking 75 points, ahead of Hunter Ford on 58 and Locky Taylor on 56.

The trio hold the same positions in the overall standings after Round 2, Levy on 136 points, Ford on 119, and Taylor on 105.

R3 Cup – Race 3 Provisional Results

  1. Zac LEVY Yamaha
  2. Locky TAYLOR Yamaha +1.875
  3. Hunter FORD Yamaha +3.755
  4. Tom BRAMICH Yamaha +3.847
  5. Tayla RELPH Yamaha +6.342
  6. Harry KHOURI Yamaha +11.929
  7. John LYTRAS Yamaha +16.012
  8. Travis HALL Yamaha +16.317
  9. Max STAUFFER Yamaha +20.502
  10. Mitch KUHNE Yamaha +20.696
The Wakefield Park Round 2 R3 Cup Overall podium
The Wakefield Park Round 2 R3 Cup Overall podium, with Zac Levy taking the win, from Locky Taylor and Hunter Ford

R3 Cup Standings

  1. Zac LEVY Yamaha 136
  2. Hunter FORD Yamaha 119
  3. Locky TAYLOR Yamaha 105
  4. Tom BRAMICH Yamaha 97
  5. Harry KHOURI Yamaha 95
  6. Tayla RELPH Yamaha 81
  7. Max STAUFFER Yamaha 80
  8. Travis HALL Yamaha 76
  9. John LYTRAS Yamaha 69
  10. Callum OBRIEN Yamaha 59

GP Juniors Cup

Max Stauffer (Chris Watson, Yamaha R15) has taken out Round 1 of the GP Juniors Cup at the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK), Stauffer claimed two race wins and a second in an impressive first round performance.

Stauffer took out race one and race three, but John Lytras (Yamaha R15) stood in the way of his perfect weekend taking out race two.

John Lytras had an up and down weekend
John Lytras had an up and down weekend

Lytras had an up and down weekend, the highlight being his victory in race two and a second place in race one, but a fall in race three really cost him the chance to push for the overall result.

Harrison Voight (Voight Contracting, Yamaha R15) leaves Wakefield Park in third position overall after a consistent and solid weekend’s racing, picking up two podium positions and a fourth.

Race Two

Lytras has taken out race two of the GP Juniors Cup, after a tantalising battle with race one winner Stauffer, the pair duked it out at Wakefield Park Raceway as part of ASBK.

Lytras, Stauffer and Zylas Bunting (Shark Leathers, Yamaha R15) were neck and neck throughout the six-laps, but on lap four Lytras and Stauffer made their move and put a little gap on the rest of the field.

Stauffer just couldn’t get the better of Lytras and had to settle for second and Bunting rounded out the podium.

John Lytras

“Yeah it was my first win in the class, it was just a fun race and I enjoyed racing and battling with the guys, I concentrated on two wheels through the sketchy sections with the wind, and I did that so I’m looking forward to race three.”

GP Juniors Cup Race Two Provisional Results

  1. John LYTRAS (Yamaha R15)
  2. Max STAUFFER (Chris Watson, Yamaha R15)
  3. Zylas BUNTING (Shark Leathers, Yamaha R15)
  4. Harrison VOIGHT (Voight Contracting, Yamaha R15)
  5. Tristan ADAMSON (Five5 Motorcycles, Yamaha R15)
  6. Harry KHOURI (Excite M-sports, Yamaha R15)
  7. Reece OUGHTRED (Carl Cox Motorsport, Yamaha R15)
  8. Jedd RANDALL (Yamaha R15)
  9. Jamie PORT (Mum ‘N Dad Racing, Yamaha R15)

Race Three

Stauffer claimed his second race win of the GP Juniors Cup, after battling right to the finish line with Voight. The pair could only be split by .207s in one of the finishes of the day.

Stauffer and Voight pulled away from the pack during lap four and didn’t look back, racing side-by-side and looking for any opportunity to make the move for the win.

Race two winner Lytras crashed on lap four to eliminate his chance of competing for the win in race three. Tristan Adamson (Five5 Motorcycles, Yamaha R15) was the beneficiary of Lytras crash as he moved into the final spot on the podium.

Reece Oughtred (Carl Cox Motorsport, Yamaha R15) and Harry Khouri (Excite M-sports, Yamaha R15) had their own tussle for fourth position and it went down to the final straight, with Oughtred crossing the line in fourth and Khouri rounded out the top five.

GP Juniors Cup Race Three Provisional Results

  1. Max STAUFFER (Chris Watson, Yamaha R15)
  2. Harrison VOIGHT (Voight Contracting, Yamaha R15)
  3. Tristan ADAMSON (Five5 Motorcycles, Yamaha R15)
  4. Reece OUGHTRED (Carl Cox Motorsport, Yamaha R15)
  5. Harry KHOURI (Excite M-sports, Yamaha R15)
  6. Zylas BUNTING (Shark Leathers, Yamaha R15)
  7. Jedd RANDALL (Yamaha R15)
  8. Jamie PORT (Mum ‘N Dad Racing, Yamaha R15)
  9. John LYTRAS (Yamaha R15)
Stauffer took the overall round win
Stauffer took the overall round win ahead of Lytras and Voight

Stauffer leaves round one of the GP Juniors Cup as the points leader, coming away with 70 points, Lytras despite his fall in race three will be second with 57 points and in third position is Voight with 55 points.


F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar

Wakefield Park Raceway was treated to great racing from the Puma RV’s Round of the Australian F1 and F2 Sidecar Championship, part of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK).

Mick Alton / Chrissie Clancy in the F2 class
Mick Alton/Chrissie Clancy of the F2 class leading Love/Turner

Race Two

Race two of the Puma RV’s round of the F1 & F2 Sidecar championship had plenty of twists and turns as Bruce Collins / Peter De Angelis (F2 Honda LCR) took victory for F2.

Taking a well-deserved victory was Jeff Brown / Darren Sheldrick (APW M-cycles F1 Suzuki) for the F1 class.

The race was red flagged after four laps and restarted for three laps due to an accident. Trevor Love / Aimee Turner (Surfside Motorcycle Garage Honda CBR) were imposed a 10 second penalty due to a jump start.

There was a thrilling race to the finish but Collins / De Angelis would take the victory by .462s. The fastest Lap went to Brown / Shieldrick, showcasing brilliant speed on the Suzuki powered machine.

F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar Race Two Provisional Results

  1. Bruce COLLINS / Peter DE ANGELIS (F2 Honda LCR)
  2. Jeff BROWN / Darren SHELDRICK (APW M-cycles F1 Suzuki)
  3. Damien EDIS / Melanie SCHLUTER (F2 Random Suz. GSXR)
  4. Richard GOODALE / Scott GOODALE (F2 Shelbourne)
  5. Declan BEARE / Noel BEARE (Beare Boys Racing F1 Suzuki Alvin)
  6. Howard FORD / Lee MENZIES (California Custom Products, F1 Suzuki LCR)
  7. John CLANCY / Warren GRUBB (J&C Contracting F2 Suzuki LCR)
  8. Simon REYNOLDS / Kathryn WARNE (Yamaha R6)
  9. Mick ALTON / Chrissie CLANCY (J&C Contracting, F2 Suzuki LCR)
  10. Trevor LOVE / Aimee TURNER (Surfside Motorcycle Garage Honda CBR)

Race Three

Race Three of Puma RV’s Round of the F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar Championship was the final session on track at Wakefield Park Raceway. The race was a much more conventional affair compared to the second.

In the start, all outfits featured were away quickly and cleanly off the line and through the turn one.

The F2 duo of Mick Alton / Chrissie Clancy (J&C Contracting F2 Suzuki LCR) chased down the F1 Howard Ford / Lee Menzies outfit as best they could, however they would not be able to maintain the pace compared to the leaders.

In the end, the top three would be made up of sidecar duos Ford / Menzies, Alton / Clancy and Brown / Sheldrick, who made a late charge, on the final lap to the podium.

Hunter Ford

“It was great to battle with Mick and Chrissie, if your having a battle with those two you’re doing very well!”

Ford/Menzies topped the F1 class from from Alton/Clancy and Brown Sheldrick
Ford/Menzies topped the F1 class from from Alton/Clancy and Brown Sheldrick

F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar Race Three Provisional Results

  1. Howard FORD / Lee MENZIES (California Custom Products F1 Suzuki LCR)
  2. Mick ALTON / Chrissie CLANCY (J&C Contracting F2 Suzuki LCR)
  3. Jeff BROWN / Darren SHELDRICK (APW M-cycles F1 Suzuki GSXR JBR)
  4. Patrick CLANCY / Stephen BONNEY (Alton Racing F2 Suzuki LCR)
  5. Damien EDIS / Melanie SCHLUTER (F2 Random Suz. GSXR)
  6. Matthew McKINNON / Shelby TURNER (Matty’s PC’s F2 Peterbuilt GSXR)
  7. Declan BEARE / Noel BEARE (Beare Boys Racing F1 Suzuki Alvin)
  8. John CLANCY / Warren GRUBB (J&C Contracting F2 Suzuki LCR)
  9. Richard GOODALE / Scott GOODALE (F2 Shelbourne)
  10. Trevor LOVE / Aimee TURNER (Surfside Motorcycle Garage)
Alton/Clancy won the F2 from Clancy/Bonney and Edis/Schluter
Alton/Clancy won the F2 from Clancy/Bonney and Edis/Schluter

2018 ASBK Calendar

  • Round 3- The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA April 19 – 22
  • Round 4- Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT June 28 – 1 July
  • Round 5- Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD August 17 – 19
  • Round 6- Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC September 7 – 9
  • Round 7- Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC October 12 – 14

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