Wayne Maxwell topped the opening practice session at a sunny Phillip Island this morning then reasserted his speed by also topping most of the FP2 session this afternoon before being gazumped at the final juncture by defending champion Josh Waters.
Maxwell was straight into the 1m32s on his first flying lap of FP2 and Waters was the only rider to keep him company in the 32s, but that was not until late in the session.
Waters dropped in a 1m32.916 to knock Maxwell out of top spot in FP2, but that was not enough to better Maxwell’s 1m32.901 from the morning session. Waters then put his head down again though to lower the benchmark to 1m32.846, then dropped it further again to 1m32.762s. That was good enough to give the Suzuki man sway at the front of the field ahead of the FP3 session later this afternoon.
Troy Bayliss left his charge until the end of the session, catapulting himself forward from P8 up to P3 in the dying seconds of the FP2 session with a 1m33.104.
Newly crowned 2018 ASBK Champion Troy Herfoss was another to improve on his final lap of the session, a 1m33.194 his best for the day so far and good enough for P4.
Glenn Allerton is certainly glad to be back onboard the BMW S 1000 RR and delighted his NextGen team with a string of fast laps, the best of which was a 1m33.220, good enough for fifth this afternoon. His young teammate Ted Collins is putting in an encouraging performance with a 1m33.781 good enough for P6 this afternoon.
Bryan Staring and the BCperformance Kawasaki have some speed to find but he did lap quicker today than Mark Chiodo, Daniel Falzon and Matt Walters.
Newly minted Australian Supersport Champion Cru Halliday topped both Supersport sessions from Tom Toparis. Queenslander Callum Spriggs showed that he had not lost any speed in his time away from top level competition after dropping in a 1m36.733 to go third quickest.
Callum O-Brien set the 300 Supersport pace by a gnat’s whisker from fellow Yamaha YZF-R3 rider Locky Taylor while Oli Bayliss rounded out the top three.
Aaron Morris streeted the field in the Superbike Masters category with a 1m38.084. The second session was brought to a premature end after the second placed Irving Vincent of Beau Beaton dropped its lunch and left the circuit staff some cleaning up to do, causing a delay in proceedings. Here are some of the bits and pieces collected from the track…
All categories still have one more practice session remaining later on today.
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