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Michael Blair wins wet final SBK Race

Tyre choices prove crucial in Superbike finale

Josh Waters wins Phillip Island Championship


Michael Blair (Blairbuild, Yamaha YZF-R1) secured victory over Matt Barton (West End Mazda, Honda CBR1000RR) today in a wet weather masterclass.

Josh Waters (Team Suzuki ECSTAR, GSX-R1000R) did all he needed to secure the Phillip Island Superbike Championship in front of thousands of spectators at the 2017 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. A selection of wet weather tyres, key to the race win for Blair.

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Superbike Race Four

As riders headed out for their sighting lap anticipating their Race Three start, spectators dotted the fence around the entire perimeter of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, ready for the action to kick off. Conditions were damp after the Australian Supersport 300 race experienced rainfall.

Australian Superbike Race Four - Image by TBG
Australian Superbike Race Four – Image by TBG

Visors went down and as the red lights went out, up to 21 Superbike competitors twisted their throttle and launched off the main straight and in to turn one in a roar of bikes, commencing their six-lap journey ahead.

Taking the lead into Doohan Corner was Waters, followed by Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team riders, Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing, CBR1000SP2) and Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing, CBR1000SP2). This time, Herfoss was looking much more aggressive and overtook Waters towards the end of lap one. At the end of lap one the heavens opened once again and the riders were looking tentative around Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Troy Herfoss - Image by TBG
Troy Herfoss – Image by TBG

In the wet conditions, Michael Blair (Demolition Plus, Yamaha YZF-R1) was riding like a man possessed and overtook all the front runners within the course of a lap. It was clear that the wet tyres were the preferred choice as Waters, Herfoss and Staring dropped through the field. Mitch Levy (ATR, Yamaha YZF-R1) had also overtaken the front runners. As it stood with four laps to go, Blair led from Levy, Barton, Herfoss and Waters had dropped back to fifth.

With three laps to go, Blair had a ten second gap to second place runner Levy.

Australian Superbike Race Four - Image by TBG
Australian Superbike Race Four – Image by TBG

This truly was a wet weather masterclass from Blair on his Yamaha. With two laps to go Corey Tuner (Desmosport Ducati, 1299 Panigale) was an unfortunate crasher. Second place runner Levy had also crashed taking away a certain podium.

By the final lap, the placings had changed dramatically with Blair taking the victory in front of Barton and Dale Brede (Team Suzuki ECSTAR, GSX-R1000R). An excellent performance by Blair in tricky conditions.

Fourth place went to Con Kokkoris (Ticksings, Ducati Panigale), followed by Richard Hewson (Acclaim Accident Repairs, Yamaha YZF-R1) Jake Drew (Brighton Bikes & Bits, Yamaha YZF-R1), Shane Yokom (Team MYR, Honda CBR1000RR), Jed Metcher (Demolition Plus, Yamaha YZF-R1), Cru Halliday (R Star Mining, Yamaha YZF-R1) and Waters.

Phillip Island Superbike Championship Race Four Results
  1. Michael BLAIR (Blairbuild, Yamaha YZF-R1)
  2. Matt BARTON (West End Mazda, Honda CBR1000RR)
  3. Dale BREDE (Team Suzuki ECSTAR, GSX-R1000R)
  4. Con KOKKORIS (Ticksings, Ducati Panigale)
  5. Richard HEWSON (Acclaim Accident Repairs, Yamaha YZF-R1)
  6. Jake DREW (Brighton Bikes & Bits, Yamaha YZF-R1)
  7. Shane YOKOM (Team MYR, Honda CBR1000RR)
  8. Jed METCHER (Demolition Plus, Yamaha YZF-R1)
  9. Cru HALLIDAY (R Star Mining, Yamaha YZF-R1)
  10. Josh WATERS (Team Suzuki ECSTAR, GSX-R1000R)

Phillip Island Championship

Over the three-round Phillip Island Superbike Championship, Waters did what was required to win the Championship with 148 points. Waters was followed by Crankt Protein Honda Racing riders, Herfoss and Staring in the standings who had 135 and 129 points respectively.

Josh Waters

“It’s a great feeling to win the Phillip Island and ASBK Championships in one year with Team Suzuki ECSTAR. I won the round as well! Hopefully we can keep this momentum leading into 2018. Obviously, I chose the wrong tyres for the final race but that’s racing.”

Josh Waters
Josh Waters

Phillip Island Superbike Championship Final Points

  1. Josh WATERS (Team Suzuki ECSTAR, GSX-R1000R) 148
  2. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2) 135
  3. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2) 129
  4. Cru HALLIDAY (R Star Mining, Yamaha YZF-R1) 120
  5. Daniel FALZON (JD Racing, YZF-R1) 107
  6. Michael BLAIR (Blairbuild, Yamaha YZF-R1) 96
  7. Wayne MAXWELL (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1) 86
  8. Mitch LEVY (ATR, YZF-R1) 82
  9. Robert BUGDEN (Kawasaki BCperformance, ZX-10R) 73
  10. Glenn ALLERTON (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1) 68
Phillip Island Superbike Championship Final Points Josh WATERS (Team Suzuki ECSTAR, GSX-R1000R) 148 Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2) 135 Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2) 129
Phillip Island Superbike Championship – Round Overall
(L-R) Michael Blair, Josh Waters, Bryan Staring

 

Superbike Race Four Results - Phillip Island MotoGP 2017
Superbike Race Four Results – Phillip Island MotoGP 2017

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