ASBK 2018 – Round Seven – Phillip Island
First Qualifying

While the weather today across most of Australia is pretty crap this weekend, here at Phillip Island glorious sunshine is bathing the 4.45 kilometres of sensational blacktop that is the magnificent Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

First out this morning was the Supersport 300 class where times tumbled markedly from yesterday, as three riders undercut the existing lap record.

19-year-old Hunter Ford led the way with a sensational 1m47.696, more than a second under the existing lap record on his YRD supported YZF-R3. No single split really stood out for Ford, just that on that particular lap, he did his fastest split time at every split, which added up to that sensational time. Normally even on any best lap, a rider has done a segment of series of corners of the track better on a different lap, it is rare that it comes together perfectly where every split is a rider’s best, but that was how it came together for Ford today in order for him to set that 1m47.696 benchmark for the 300 Supersport class.

Next was yesterday’s pacesetter Oli Bayliss, the Cube Kawsaki crossing the stripe with a best of 1m48.422.

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Hunter Ford put in a sensational lap this morning

In the YZF-R3 Cup ranks though it was Locky Taylor top of the pops on a 1m48.910 while Ford was second on 1m49.442 ahead of Tom Bramich.

Aaron Morris again topped the Superbike Masters category by a clear margin and looks set to run away with the races on his Period 6 FZR1000 Yamaha. Today though Morris’ 1m38.470 was not as quick as the 1m38.084 he put down in free practice yesterday.

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Aaron Morris looks likely to run away with the Superbike Masters bouts

Cru Halliday again held sway at the top of the Supersport time-sheets with a clear buffer over second placed Tom Toparis. On current form it looks as though Halliday might be in a league of his own this weekend while Toparis is left to tussle with the returning Callum Spriggs and Max Croker while Nic Liminton made progress today after some machinery problems on Friday.

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Cru Halliday – TBG Image

Liminton’s YZF-R6 developed an electrical problem yesterday that required a part from Melbourne, some lateral thinking was employed and it worked out the easiest and cheapest way of getting the component to Phillip Island in a timely fashion was by ordering an Uber to deliver it!

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Nic Liminton – TBG Image

The big boys of Superbike hit the track just before 1100 and Troy Bayliss was on fire straight out of the box. On his firs flying lap TB set down a 1m32.856. Perhaps eager to get a time on the box before he has to shoot from here to attend tonight’s Supercross event he is promoting in Geelong, a busy day for Bayliss today!

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Troy Bayliss – TBG Image

It took another 15 minutes for anyone to knock Bayliss out of top spot and it was Wayne Maxwell, sometimes dubbed the ‘Pharoah of Phillip Island’, clocking a 1m32.644 on the fourth of his four laps in that first half of the session.

Josh Waters then dropped in a 1m32.542 to steal that provisional P1 on his third lap, then backed it up with a 1m32.657 shortly after.  Meanwhile Bayliss had improved his best with a 1m32.702 and was sitting in P3.

Wayne Maxwell went back out with seven-minutes remaining in the session, a 1m32.856 his first flyer that time around before then cruising for a lap to find some clear air, then it was head down again to start another time attack lap but a slow middle section of the circuit cost him his chance to improve thus Maxwell ended the morning session in second place ahead of Bayliss.

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Wayne Maxwell – TBG Image

Fourth quickest was newly crowned 2018 Australian Superbike Champion Troy Herfoss. A 1m33.003 good enough to put him just ahead of Daniel Falzon after the young South Australian made much progress today.

Glenn Allerton is making a successful return to injury, marginally quicker than yesterday his 1m33.211 places him sixth on the provisional grid ahead of Bryan Staring and Matt Walters.

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Bryan Staring – TBG Image

Glenn Scott went down at turn six late in the session as he strived to improve his ninth place standing while Mitch Levy rounded out the top ten ahead of Mark Chiodo and Jamie Stauffer.

Ted Collins had gone out early in QP1 but did not complete a lap before a mechanical issue put him out of the session.

The second and final 30-minute qualifying session is scheduled to get underway just after 1500 this afternoon.

Superbike QP1

  1. Josh Waters – Suzuki 1m32.542
  2. Wayne Maxwell – Yamaha 1m32.644
  3. Troy Bayliss – Ducati 1m32.702
  4. Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m33.003
  5. Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 1m33.065
  6. Glenn Allerton – BMW 1m33.211
  7. Bryan Staring – Kawasaki 1m33.251
  8. Matt Walters – Kawasaki 1m34.047
  9. Glenn Scott – Kawasaki 1m34.343
  10. Mitch Levy – Yamaha 1m34.423
  11. Mark Chiodo – Suzuki 1m34.535
  12. Jamie Stauffer – Ducati 1m34.594
  13. Arthur Sissis – Honda 1m34.752
  14. Kyle Buckley – Kawasaki 1m34.756
  15. Alex Phillis – Suzuki 1m35.055
  16. Mitch Rees – Honda 1m35.106
  17. Mason Coote – Kawasaki 1m35.529
  18. Lachlan Epis – Kawasaki 1m36.099
  19. Phil Czaj – Aprilia 1m36.821
  20. Patrick Li – Yamaha 1m36.948
  21. Adam Senior – Yamaha 1m37.466
  22. Yanni Shaw – Kawasaki 1m37.561
  23. Matt Tooley – Yamaha 1m37.870
  24. Brendan McIntyre – Suzuki 1m37.963
  25. David Barker – Kawasaki 1m38.063


Supersport QP1

  1. Cru Halliday – Yamaha 1m35.570
  2. Tom Toparis – Kawasaki 1m36.178
  3. Callum Spriggs – Yamaha 1m36.409
  4. Max Croker – Suzuki 1m36.593
  5. Nic Liminton – Yamaha 1m37.194
  6. Jack Passfield – Yamaha 1m37.328
  7. Scott Nicholson – Suzuki 1m37.422
  8. Damon Rees – Honda 1m37.537
  9. Dylan Whiteside – Yamaha 1m37.803
  10. Zac Johnson – Yamaha 1m38.445
  11. Broc Pearson – Yamaha 1m38.672
  12. Aidan Hayes – Yamaha 1m38.771
  13. Rhys Belling – Yamaha 1m38.862
  14. Ryan Taylor – Yamaha 1m38.888
  15. Campbell Russell – Yamaha 1m39.044


Supersport 300 QP1

  1. Hunter Ford – Yamaha 1m47.696
  2. Oli Bayliss – Kawasaki 1m48.422
  3. Locky Taylor – Yamaha 1m48.716
  4. Tom Bramich – Yamaha 1m48.889
  5. Max Stauffer – Yamaha 1m48.965
  6. Zac Levy – Yamaha 1m49.198
  7. Tayla Relph – Yamaha 1m49.256
  8. Seth Crump – KTM 1m49.732
  9. Dylan Whiteside – Kawasaki 1m49.748
  10. Harry Khouri – Yamaha 1m50.069
  11. Stephanie Redman – Yamaha 1m50.442
  12. Luke Johnston – Yamaha 1m50.680
  13. Peter Nerlich – Kawasaki 1m50.718
  14. Jack Cousens – Yamaha 1m50.812
  15. Laura Brown – Yamaha 1m50.987


Superbike Masters QP1

  1. Aaron Morris – Yamaha 1m38.470
  2. Jason Cullen – Yamaha 1m41.160
  3. Scott Webster – Suzuki 1m43.847
  4. Stephan Kairl – Yamaha 1m44.167
  5. Lachlan Hill – Yamaha 1m46.183
  6. Justin Mellerick – Honda 1m47.584
  7. Bernie Leen – Harris F1 1m48.206
  8. Glenn Crutchley – Kawasaki 1m48.268
  9. James Agmobar – Yamaha TZ 1m48.749
  10. Tyler Bradford – Suzuki 1m49.011
  11. Albert Tehennepe – Harris F1 1m49.535
  12. Dean Castleton – Honda 1m49.884
  13. Denis Ackland – Kawasaki 1m50.135
  14. Bill Newton – Suzuki 1m50.285
  15. Rick Johnson – Suzuki 1m50.802


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