ASBK 2018 – Round Six – Winton
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Wayne Maxwell started proceedings on Saturday at Winton the way he had finished them up on Friday, on top of the timesheets.
In QP1 the YRT #47 put in a 1m20.388, fractionally slower than his Friday best of 1m20.351, but still good enough to take provisional pole ahead of ASBK Championship leader Troy Herfoss. The Honda man setting a best of 1m20.568 on the fifth of his six laps.
The big improver on Saturday morning was BCperformance Kawasaki’s Bryan Staring. The West Australian was sixth quickest on Friday on a best of 1m21.577 but lopped almost a full-second off that marker this morning to finish QP1 in third place on the back of a 1m20.753.
Josh Waters put in a best of 1m20.826 in QP1 to be fourth quickest ahead of Troy Bayliss (1m20.890) and Daniel Falzon (1m21.072). Mark Chiodo (1m21.521) was seventh ahead of fellow Suzuki rider Alex Phillis (1m21.685), while Jamie Stauffer slotted Craig McMartin’s Ducati Panigale R into ninth spot. Arthur Sissis rounded out the provisional top ten ahead of Ted Collins and Matt Walters.
YMI Superbike Final Quaifying got underway on schedule at 1500 this afternoon.
Josh Waters was the first of the front runners to improve their standing in QP2, the defending champion dropping in a 1m20.553 on his fourth lap to move up to second on combined times.
Troy Bayliss moved up the order to fourth after wrestling the DesmoSport Ducati to a 1m20.613. Bayliss then improved to a 1m20.485 to push Waters back to third place, he then went faster again, a 1m20.425.
With ten minutes left in the session Herfoss was still to record a fast lap, and had only made three laps of the circuit before returning to the pits.
With seven-minutes remaining Herfoss then shot to the top of the charts with a 1m20.160. Maxwell instantly responded, 0.132 under at the first split, a slender 0.051 over at the second, but just failed to knock Herfoss from top spot, a 1m20.278 that time around to the YRT man.
Bayliss then improved again, a 1m20.333, but both Maxwell and Herfoss were again on flyers, both under their previous best through the first two splits, but marginally outside the third sector benchmark and then failing to improve.
Four minutes to run and Maxwell was still pumping out fast laps in succession, under again at the second split but losing a lot of time on the third and again failing to better that 1m20.278 he set on his seventh lap.
Both Maxwell and Herfoss determined to claim that single but important championship point for pole. With two minutes to go it was still Herfoss on top…
When the chequered flag came out Josh Waters was on his final flier… But despite a determined effort the Suzuki failed to improve and will head the second row.
Troy Herfoss takes that championship point to extend his series lead over Maxwell to 45.5-points. The pole lap a 1m20.160 to Maxwell’s 20.278. TB very much in the game and starting from the front row after clocking plenty of quick times, the best of which was a 1m20.333.
Bryan Staring was fifth quickest to make it five different manufacturers in the top five grid positions for tomorrow’s 2 x 16-lap bouts.
Arthur Sissis was a brilliant sixth quickest, the South Australian recently operating with some assistance under the Penrite Honda tent and obviously finding the change to his liking.
Daniel Falzon heads the third row alongside Mark Chiodo and Jamie Stauffer while Ted Collins rounded out the top ten ahead of Alex Phillis, Kyle Buckley and Matt Walters.
The first of tomorrow’s two YMI Superbike races is scheduled to get underway at 1110 with the second contest slated for 1345. If after the second of those 16-lap bouts Herfoss has earned six more points from the Winton round than Maxwell, he could be crowned 2018 ASBK Champion with a round still remaining. But this is motorcycle racing, anything can happen, and probably will! Tune in to Fox or SBS tomorrow to watch it all unfold live or get out to Winton and be part of the atmosphere yourself.
Winton Saturday Provisional Classification Superbike
- Troy HERFOSS – Honda CBR RR SP – 1:20.160
- Wayne MAXWELL – Yamaha YZF-R1 – 1:20.278
- Troy BAYLISS – Ducati Final Edition – 1:20.333
- Josh WATERS – Suzuki GSX-RR – 1:20.348
- Bryan STARING – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1:20.753
- Arthur SISSIS – Honda CBR RR SP – 1:20.821
- Daniel FALZON – Yamaha YZF-R1 – 1:21.072
- Mark CHIODO – Suzuki GSX-RR – 1:21.237
- Jamie STAUFFER – Ducati Panigale R – 1:21.533
- Ted COLLINS – BMW S RR – 1:21.663
- Alex PHILLIS – Suzuki GSX-RR – 1:21.685
- Kyle BUCKLEY – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1:21.811
- Matt WALTERS – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1:22.036
- Mitch REES – Honda CBR RR SP – 1:22.361
- Mitch LEVY – Yamaha YZF-R1 – 1:22.469
- Glenn SCOTT – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1:22.943
- Corey TURNER – Honda CBR RR – 1:23.129
- Sloan FROST – Suzuki GSX-RR – 1:23.930
- Mason COOTE – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1:24.229
- Adam SENIOR – Yamaha YZF-R1 – 1:24.268
- Yannis SHAW – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1:24.332
- Phil CZAJ – Aprilia RSV4 RFW – 1:24.337
- Brendan McINTYRE – Suzuki GSX-RR – 1:24.476
- Heath GRIFFIN – Ducati Panigale – 1:25.472
- Patrick Jun LI – Yamaha YZF-R1 – 1:25.621
- Nathan SPITERI – Suzuki GSX-RR – 1:25.818
- Evan BYLES Kawasaki ZX10R – 1:26.427
- Hamish McMURRAY – Kawasaki ZX10R – 1:28.498
- Brian KOZAN – BMW S RR – 1:29.199
ASBK Championship Points Standings
- Troy Herfoss 257.5
- Wayne Maxwell 212
- Troy Bayliss 194
- Daniel Falzon 186
- Josh Waters 185.5
- Bryan Staring 171.5
- Alex Phillis 127
- Glenn Allerton 124
- Matt Walters 112
- Mark Chiodo 83.5
- Arthur Sissis 79.5
- Kyle Buckley 72.5
- Ted Collins 65
- Mitch Levy 65
- Michael Blair 63
- Mitch Rees 61.5
- Corey Turner 60
- Jamie Stauffer 60
- Glenn scott 39
- Aaron Morris 37