YRT mans tops ASBK shakedown at new South Australian circuit

Bryan Staring was the man that really need to make some progress this afternoon and the Western Australian and the Sydney based BCperformance Kawasaki definitely started to find the right direction.  Staring improved markedly to a 1m57.667 to make it inside the top ten.

The real fast man in today’s third session though was Glenn Allerton. The three-time champ found his form to set a new outright fastest lap of the 4.95km The Bend ‘International Circuit’, negotiating its 18 corners in 1m54.630 on the NextGen BMW S 1000 RR.

Glenn Allerton
Glenn Allerton

We mentioned in our AM report how The Bend, like Phillip Island, is not a horsepower track. That was underlined again late this afternoon when Cru Halliday smacked down a 1m56.464 on the YRT YZF-R6 Supersport machine. That time faster than 80 per cent of the Superbike field had managed.

Cru Halliday
Cru Halliday

The penultimate Superbike session of the day got underway around 1620 this afternoon but was red flagged almost immediately when Phil Czaj went down over the back of the circuit. Officials were concerned as there was no initial movement from the Aprilia rider thus the red flag, but he was then up and okay almost immediately after the red flag call was made. Riders were remonstrating their displeasure at the red flag call with officials from their motorcycles as they entered pitlane.

Everyone understands their frustration, but I would like to think that officials would err on the side of caution if I was lying out there on the track. And this is a test after all, thus some inconvenience in the aim of ultimate rider safety is totally appropriate.

Riders were back on track shortly thereafter and Troy Herfoss joined the 1m54s club for the first time with a 1m54.983. Then Wayne Maxwell and Josh Waters joined the 54 club, a 1m54.54 to the Suzuki man and a 1m54.58 to the YRT #47.

Josh Waters
Josh Waters

Josh Waters was just about to smash another fast one in to really cement his position on top when the red flag came out again, just as the defending champ had posted a first split that was four-tenths quicker than his already chart topping 1m54.54s scorcher. He could well have been on course for the first ever 1m53s lap around The Bend, but alas it was not to be.

One rider who was not enjoying the fourth session was Glenn Allerton. After topping the third session with a 1m54.630 the BMW man went out in the fourth session with new rubber, only to have problems.

A new front slick did not agree with Glenn Allerton and nearly put the NextGen man on his head thus the team called it a day prior to the last and did not participate in the final session.
A new front slick did not agree with Glenn Allerton and nearly put the NextGen man on his head thus the team called it a day prior to the last and did not participate in the final session.

A massive front end lose on the second lap out on a new front slick saw the team call enough and start packing up. The reason, they had simply no more tyres, nor did the tyre suppliers. And they saw there job here as largely done.

Glenn Allerton
Glenn Allerton

Bryan Staring had continued to make great progress on the BCperformance Kawasaki, slashing another two-seconds off his time to end the penultimate session with a best of 1m55.658. Clearly the team had found the solution to get the hard option Dunlop working.

The tenth and final Superbike session of this two-day test got underway at 1645 and Staring was again running a hot pace, his first flying lap a 1m55.676 and he then went better again at 1m55.470.

Bryan Staring
Bryan Staring

With 12-minutes remaining in the session it was Wayne Maxwell who set the new outright benchmark, a 1m54.504 to the YRT man put him atop the charts.

Troy Bayliss was determined to end the day as top dog but was gazumped in the dying minutes by Wayne Maxwell and Troy Herfoss
Troy Bayliss was determined to end the day as top dog but was gazumped in the dying minutes by Wayne Maxwell and Troy Herfoss

We did not have to wait long until Troy Bayliss then smashed out a 1m54.280 on the Ducati Panigale Finale R Edition to lower the benchmark further. There was now nine-minutes remaining for anyone else to try and knock him out of top spot.

Ducati Panigale R Final Edition
Ducati Panigale R Final Edition

Wayne Maxwell exited pitlane shortly after Bayliss knocked him off the top peg and put his head down to try and regain The Bend bragging rights.

He did it too… Maxwell banged in a 1m54.117 to steal that top spot back again from Bayliss.

Then Troy Herfoss joined the party! The Penrite Honda man then gazumped them all with a 1m54.030 with three-minutes remaining…

Troy Herfoss
Troy Herfoss

Maxwell immediately retaliated with a 1m54.020 to again be top dog and as the clock ticked down and the chequered flag came out he held on to that honour as the inaugural Tailem Bend motorcycle lap record holder.

Wayne Maxwell sets the The Bend benchmark with a 1m54.020
Wayne Maxwell sets the The Bend benchmark with a 1m54.020

ASBK Tailem Bend Superbike Practice Times

  1. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:54.020
  2. Troy HERFOSS (QLD) Honda CBR-RR SP 1:54.030
  3. A Troy BAYLISS (QLD) Ducati Panigale FE 1:54.280
  4. Josh WATERS (VIC) Suzuki GSXR-R 1:54.544
  5. Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) BMW S RR 1:54.630
  6. Daniel FALZON (SA) Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:54.994
  7. Bryan STARING (WA) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:55.441
  8. Arthur SISSIS (SA) Suzuki GSXR 1:56.539
  9. Michael BLAIR (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R1 1:56.784
  10. Kyle BUCKLEY (QLD) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:57.033
  11. Mark CHIODO (VIC) Suzuki GSXR-R 1:57.161
  12. Ted COLLINS (VIC) BMW S 1:57.174
  13. Sam LAMBERT (NT) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:57.203
  14. Alex PHILLIS (VIC) Suzuki GSXR 1:57.417
  15. Jay PRESEPIO (SA) Suzuki GSXR 1:58.152
  16. Mitchell LEVY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R1 1:58.447
  17. Mitch REES (NZ) Honda CBR-RR SP 1:58.858
  18. William STRUGNELL (SA) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:58.915
  19. Matt WALTERS (NSW) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:59.077
  20. Mason COOTE (VIC) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:59.192
  21. Phil CZAJ (VIC) Aprilia RSV4 F 1:59.435
  22. Lucas VITALE (NSW) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:59.733
  23. Brendan MCINTYRE (NSW) Suzuki GSXR-R 1:59.982
  24. Adam CHRISTIE (SA) Suzuki GSXR-R 2:01.016
  25. Trent GIBSON (VIC) Suzuki GSXR 2:01.136
  26. Patrick LI (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R1 2:01.158
  27. Simon GALLOWAY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R1 2:01.538
  28. Mathew HARDING (NSW) Kawasaki ZX10R 2:01.626
  29. Sloan FROST (NZ) Suzuki GSXR 2:01.677
  30. Nathan SPITERI (VIC) Suzuki GSXR-R 2:02.307
  31. Scott MCGREGOR (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R1 2:02.622
  32. David BARKER (SA) Kawasaki ZX10R 2:03.291
  33. Aaiden COOTE (VIC) Kawasaki ZX10R 2:04.387
  34. Ashley MANUEL (SA) Kawasaki ZX10R 2:04.800
  35. Kieran HURRELL (SA) Honda CBR RR 2:06.529
  36. Evan BYLES (SA) / SA Kawasaki ZX10R 2:07.399
  37. Con KOKKORIS (NSW) Ducati Panigale 2:07.583
  38. Jeremy GUNIA (SA) BMW S RR 2:07.881
  39. Donald OWEN (VIC) Suzuki GSXR 2:10.777

Supersport 600

Cru Halliday
Cru Halliday

Cru Halliday proved head and shoulders above the competition in the Supersport category with his 1m56.464 good enough for a top ten in the Superbike class, and well clear of second placed Supersport rider Tom Toparis who posted a 1m58.249. Third placed Giuseppe Scarcella set a 1m58.677.

Halliday’s time was faster than all but the top seven Superbike riders…

ASBK 600 Supersport Tailem Bend Superbike Practice Times

  1. Cru HALLIDAY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R6 1:56.464
  2. Tom TOPARIS (NSW) Kawasaki ZX6R 1:58.249
  3. Giuseppe SCARCELLA (NSW) Kawasaki ZX6R 1:58.677
  4. Broc PEARSON (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R6 1:59.398
  5. Max CROKER (NSW) Suzuki GSXR 1:59.652
  6. Zac JOHNSON (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R6 1:59.695
  7. John HUNT (SA) Suzuki GSXR 2:00.461
  8. Damon REES (NZ) Honda CBR RR 2:00.954
  9. Jack PASSFIELD (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:01.556
  10. Dallas SKEER (SA) Suzuki GSXR 2:01.839
  11. Scott NICHOLSON (VIC) Suzuki GSXR 2:02.080
  12. Ty LYNCH (SA) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:02.205
  13. Rhys BELLING (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:02.517
  14. Thomas BRYDEN (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:03.147
  15. Campbell RUSSELL (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:06.148
  16. Meri MALENA (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:11.081

Supersport 300

Hunter Ford
Hunter Ford

Supersport 300 was a tight contest today for top dog status but in the final wash-up it was Hunter Ford who took the mantle clearly despite not going out in the final session.

Hunter Ford’s 2m11.506 was just clear of second placed Olly Simpson with a 2m11.623, while Tayla Relph was the last of the 300 Supersport field in the 2m11s with a 2m11.980.

ASBK 300 Supersport Tailem Bend Superbike Practice Times

  1. Hunter FORD (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:11.506
  2. Oliver SIMPSON (SA) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:11.623
  3. Tayla RELPH (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:11.980
  4. Oli BAYLISS (QLD) Kawasaki Ninja 2:12.238
  5. Ben BAKER (NSW) Kawasaki Ninja 2:12.566
  6. Yanni SHAW (NSW) Kawasaki Ninja 2:12.613
  7. Tom BRAMICH (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:12.804
  8. Harry KHOURI (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:12.999
  9. Travis HALL (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:13.237
  10. Mitchell KUHNE (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:13.875
  11. Zane FORD (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:14.509
  12. Dan THOMAS (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:15.438
  13. Mitchell SIMPSON (SA) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:16.221
  14. Troy RYAN (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:16.343
  15. Ben BRAMICH (VIC) KTM RC 2:16.529
  16. Bronson PICKETT (WA) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:16.529
  17. Ned FAULKHEAD (VIC) Kawasaki Ninja 2:22.145
  18. Jack COUSENS (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R3 2:24.031
  19. Austin BARNES (VIC) Kawasaki Ninja 300 2:30.192

Images by TBG and Trevor Hedge