Penrite Honda man drops in a 1m53.203 in FP3
Cru Halliday totally dominant in Supersport
Olly Simpson very strong in Supersport 300
2018 ASBK – Round Three – The Bend

Things have certainly been hotting up out at The Bend Motorsport Complex this morning with the mercury already in the mid 20s by 1000 and heading for a peak somewhere in the mid 30s later this afternoon.

ASBK competitors all had 2 x 30 minute practice sessions yesterday, followed by their third Free Practice session today ahead of first qualifying later this afternoon. The second and final qualifying sessions for all ASBK classes will be staged on Saturday morning.

When the ASBK 600 Supersport machines hit the track at 1130 this morning the question on most people’s lips would be as to whether anyone could get near Cru Halliday? The YRT rider had been 1.4-seconds clear of Tom Toparis yesterday and two-seconds clear of third placed Broc Pearson.

Halliday answered that question for everyone on his first flying lap of the 4.95km The Bend International Circuit this morning. A 1m56.069 a full 7-tenths quicker than the benchmark he set yesterday, that new time would have him ninth on the Superike charts…

Halliday did not best that time during his remaining ten laps in the session, but he did record a number of laps still faster than the competition. Tom Toparis ended the session second quickest, 2.4-seconds behind Halliday, while Broc Pearson ranked third on 1m58.671.

It was not until gone midday when Superbike competitors hit the circuit today for their FP3 session. But some shadows started appearing on the western horizon ahead of FP3, and some rain was about on the radar…

Troy Herfoss did not hang about when the session got underway banging in a 1m54.29 to be the early leader as the large field of Superbike competitors set about trying to find the pace set by Bayliss yesterday, a 1m53.394 to the DesmoSport Ducati legend placed an early shot across the bows of his competitors. TB has now had the time to gel with the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition and while you can’t see the fire in his belly, you know it’s there… Actually he doesn’t have a belly, he looks trimmer than he did only a few weeks ago. Bayliss now has the silhouette of the much younger man that took those three-time World Superbike Championships all those years ago.

Josh Waters and Troy Herfoss then both dipped into the 1m53s for their first time ever. A 1m53.598 to Waters and 53.653 to Herfoss.

Wayne Maxwell then joined the 1m53s club with a 53.418 and backed that up immediately with a 1m53.751.

Troy Bayliss then dropped in a 1m53.949 and backed that up with a 1m53.822.

Daniel Falzon got serious with ten-minutes remaining in the session with a 1m53.618 and then set a blistering first sector in his next lap before losing a little time at the second split before then aborting that lap. Next time around though he was back on the pace with a 1m53.846. The South Australian eventuall ended the session fifth on 1m53.618.

Troy Herfoss then pulled his finger out and dropped in a 1m53.203 to be the new fastest ever man around The Bend. The Penrite Honda man then immediately backed that up with a 1m53.323. He was on course to better that first time in the first three sectors of a following lap, but lost a little ground in the final split.

At session end it was still Herfoss on top and as of now he is the fastest man ever around The Bend on two wheels. The question now is, how much faster will then go when Q1 gets underway around 1600 this afternoon…? If conditions allow, I think we might see the first 1min-32-second lap of The Bend’s 4.95km International Circuit…

An honourable mention must go to Alex Phillis for cracking eighth place in this company, on a bike that he has not had all that time to set up.

Mitch Levy and Arthur Sissis are also having a good start to their race weekends.

Sloan Frost might be wishing he never left New Zealand. Machine problems yesterday and dramas again today sees the #33 Suzuki currently languishing in 37th place on combined times.

ASBK Superbike FP3 Results

  1. Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m53.203
  2. Wayne Maxwell – Yamaha 1m53.418
  3. Josh Waters – Suzuki 1m53.598
  4. Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 1m53.618
  5. Troy Bayliss – Ducati 1m53.822
  6. Glenn Allerton – BMW 1m54.297
  7. Bryan Staring – Kawasaki 1m54.576
  8. Alex Phillis – Suzuki 1m55.519
  9. Jamie Stauffer – Ducati 1m56.082
  10. Mark Chiodo – Suzuki 1m56.091
  11. Mitch Levy – Yamaha 1m56.269
  12. Arthur Sissis – Suzuki 1m56.358
  13. Ted Collins – BMW 1m56.631
  14. Matt Walters – Kawasaki 1m56.717
  15. Kyle Buckley – Kawasaki 1m56.761
  16. Mitch Rees – Honda 1m56.878
  17. Willy Strugnell – Kawasaki 1m57.378
  18. Adam Christie – Suzuki 1m57.662
  19. Sam Lambert – Kawasaki 1m58.139
  20. Aaiden Coote – Kawasaki 1m58.474
  21. Lucas Vitale – Kawasaki 1m58.494
  22. Mason Coote – Kawasaki 1m58.707
  23. Brad Swallow – Kawasaki 1m58.733
  24. Phil Czaj – Aprilia 1m59.157
  25. Adam Senior – Yamaha 1m59.376
  26. Ben Stronach – Yamaha 1m59.864
  27. Brendan McIntyre – Suzuki 1m59.926
  28. Trent Gibson – Suzuki 2m00.734
  29. Scott McGregor – Yamaha 2m00.938
  30. Nathan Spiteri – Suzuki 2m02.396
  31. Evan Byles – Kawasaki 2m02.480
  32. Con Kokkoris – Ducati 2m04.189
  33. Heath Griffin – Ducati 2m04.219
  34. Ashley Manuel – Kawasaki 2m04.283
  35. David Barker – Kawasaki 2m04.542
ASBK Superbike FP1/FP2/FP3 Combined Times
  1. Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m53.203
  2. Troy Bayliss – Ducati 1m53.394
  3. Wayne Maxwell – Yamaha 1m53.418
  4. Josh Waters – Suzuki 1m53.598
  5. Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 1m53.618
  6. Glenn Allerton – BMW 1m54.297
  7. Bryan Staring – Kawasaki 1m54.576
  8. Alex Phillis – Suzuki 1m55.519
  9. Jamie Stauffer – Ducati 1m56.082
  10. Mark Chiodo – Suzuki 1m56.091
  11. Ted Collins – BMW 1m56.234
  12. Mitch Levy – Yamaha 1m56.269
  13. Arthur Sissis – Suzuki 1m56.358
  14. Mitch Rees – Honda 1m56.692
  15. Matt Walters – Kawasaki 1m56.717
  16. Kyle Buckley – Kawasaki 1m56.761
  17. Willy Strugnell – Kawasaki 1m57.378
  18. Adam Christie – Suzuki 1m57.662
  19. Sam Lambert – Kawasaki 1m58.139
  20. Aaiden Coote – Kawasaki 1m58.474
  21. Lucas Vitale – Kawasaki 1m58.494
  22. Mason Coote – Kawasaki 1m58.707
  23. Brad Swallow – Kawasaki 1m58.733
  24. Phil Czaj – Aprilia 1m59.157
  25. Adam Senior – Yamaha 1m59.376
  26. Simon Galloway – Yamaha 1m59.852
  27. Ben Stronach – Yamaha 1m59.864
  28. Brendan McIntyre – Suzuki 1m59.926
  29. Trent Gibson – Suzuki 2m00.734
  30. Scott McGregor – Yamaha 2m00.938
  31. Nathan Spiteri – Suzuki 2m02.396
  32. Evan Byles – Kawasaki 2m02.480
  33. David Barker – Kawasaki 2m02.882
  34. Ashley Manuel – Kawasaki 2m03.159
  35. Con Kokkoris – Ducati 2m03.337
  36. Heath Griffin – Ducati 2m03.425
  37. Sloan Frost – Suzuki 2m06.226
  38. Justin Vella – Kawasaki 2m09.738

Supersport 600 FP3 Results

  1. Cru Halliday – Yamaha 1m56.069
  2. Tom Toparis – Kawasaki 1m58.469
  3. Broc Pearson – Yamaha 1m58.671
  4. Damon Rees – Honda 1m58.963
  5. John Hunt – Suzuki 1m59.168
  6. Max Croker – Suzuki 1m59.179
  7. Giuseppe Scarcella – Kawasaki 1m59.532
  8. Luke Mitchell – Yamaha 2m00.627
  9. Ty Lynch – Yamaha 2m00.630
  10. Zac Johnson – Yamaha 2m00.836
  11. Dallas Skeer – Suzuki 2m01.168
  12. Scott Nicholson – Suzuki 2m01.259
  13. Matt Barton – Yamaha 2m01.338
  14. Rhys Belling – Yamaha 2m01.390
  15. Ryan Taylor – Yamaha 2m02.883

Supersport 300 FP3 Results

  1. Olly Simpson – Yamaha 2m11.238
  2. Tom Bramich – Yamaha 2m12.094
  3. Hunter Ford – Yamaha 2m12.193
  4. Tayla Relph – Yamaha 2m12.249
  5. Harry Khouri – Yamaha 2m12.253
  6. Ben Bramich – KTM 2m12.468
  7. Locky Taylor – Yamaha 2m12.589
  8. Oli Bayliss – Kawasaki 2m12.912
  9. Seth Crump – KTM 2m13.031
  10. Zac Levy – Yamaha 2m13.465
  11. Ben Baker – Kawasaki 2m14.087
  12. Zane Ford – Yamaha 2m14.373
  13. Mitch Kuhne – Yamaha 2m14.821
  14. Bronson Pickett – Yamaha 2m15.209
  15. Mitchell Simpson – Yamaha 2m15.381

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