Tailem Bend ASBK Test Day One Wrap

Glenn Allerton topped the first ever ASBK timed session at The Bend Motorsports Park this morning but was bettered by Josh Waters in FP2. We covered all the action from the morning sessions in this earlier report, along with an onboard lap of the 4.95km ‘International Circuit’, which you can check out at this link here.

Glenn Allerton again rose to the top of charts in FP3 but this afternoon Troy Herfoss became the first man in the 56s when in the penultimate session of the day he put in a 1m56.957 only to be gazumped only seconds later by Wayne Maxwell who knocked the Penrite Honda man out of top spot with a 1m56.71.

Third quickest in that fourth session was Troy Bayliss while Josh Waters made it four different manufactuers in the top quartet.

The fifth and final session of the day got underway at 1715 and was a shortened 15-minute session due to time lost during the day.

Daniel Falzon
Daniel Falzon

Daniel Falzon was eager to end the first official day of testing on a high note and was quick out of the blocks with a 1m57.40, his fastest time of the day thus far. The South Australian is the only rider to have turned a wheel here before, when he recently conducted some speed limited laps for a photo shoot, but it was hardly any measure of advantage in today’s proceedings. Falzon then dropped in a 1m56.70 to go top on combined times with six-minutes remaining in this first day of testing at the new circuit.

While most riders had been on used tyres all day many broke out a new rear slick for this final session, the battle was now on for bragging rights after all!

Troy Herfoss
Troy Herfoss

Troy Herfoss then became the first man to put in a 1m55s lap around The Bend, a 1m55.920 to the Penrite Honda man with less than three-minutes remaining in the session.

In the dying seconds Troy Bayliss went oh so close to claiming day one bragging rights, a 1m55.951 close but no cigar for the three-time World Superbike Champ here today.

Troy Bayliss
Troy Bayliss

Of note today though is that Wayne Maxwell was not out in the final session. What odds are there on him coming out and doing the business to end up on top at the end of day two…?

Wayne Maxwell
Wayne Maxwell

Today was all about tyre wear, the degradation was dramatic and across the board. The sand and dust on the circuit combined with a lack of rubber down on the circuit has rendered the track virtual sandpaper.

Tailem Bend ASBK Test Day One Times

  1. Troy HERFOSS (QLD) Honda 1:55.920
  2. Troy BAYLISS (QLD) Ducati 1:55.951
  3. Daniel FALZON (SA) Yamaha 1:56.701
  4. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) Yamaha 1:56.712
  5. Josh WATERS (VIC) Suzuki 1:57.073
  6. Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) BMW 1:57.740
  7. Arthur SISSIS (SA) Suzuki 1:58.609
  8. Matt WALTERS (NSW) Kawasaki 1:59.077
  9. Ted COLLINS (VIC) BMW 1:59.336
  10. Michael BLAIR (NSW) Yamaha 1:59.546
  11. Mark CHIODO (VIC) Suzuki 1:59.556
  12. William STRUGNELL (SA) Kawasaki 2:00.166
  13. Mitch REES (NZ) Honda 2:00.573
  14. Jay PRESEPIO (SA) Suzuki 2:00.822
  15. Bryan STARING (WA) Kawasaki 2:00.933
  16. Sam LAMBERT (NT) Kawasaki 2:01.164
  17. Brendan MCINTYRE (NSW) Suzuki 2:01.442
  18. Mathew HARDING (NSW) Kawasaki 2:02.597
  19. Alex PHILLIS (VIC) Suzuki 2:02.635
  20. Mitchell LEVY (NSW) Yamaha 2:02.738
  21. Kyle BUCKLEY (QLD) Kawasaki 2:03.329
  22. Simon GALLOWAY (NSW) Yamaha 2:04.150
  23. Patrick LI (VIC) Yamaha 2:04.791
  24. Adam CHRISTIE (SA) Suzuki 2:04.958
  25. David BARKER (SA) Kawasaki 2:05.500
  26. Nathan SPITERI (VIC) Suzuki 2:05.700
  27. Scott MCGREGOR (VIC) Yamaha 2:05.728
  28. Lucas VITALE (NSW) Kawasaki 2:06.110
  29. Sloan FROST (NZ) Suzuki 2:06.413
  30. Kieran HURRELL (SA) Honda 2:06.529
  31. Phil CZAJ (VIC) Aprilia 2:06.825
  32. Trent GIBSON (VIC) Suzuki 2:07.069
  33. Evan BYLES (SA) Kawasaki 2:09.199
  34. Ashley MANUEL (SA) Kawasaki 2:09.930
  35. Mason COOTE (VIC) Kawasaki 2:10.090
  36. Con KOKKORIS (NSW) Ducati 2:10.184
  37. Donald OWEN (VIC) Suzuki 2:14.332
The Bend Motorsport Park - Tailem Bend - Corner Speeds - Track Map
The Bend Motorsport Park – Tailem Bend – Corner Speeds – Track Map

Supersport 600

Cru Halliday
Cru Halliday

Continuing on from his Wakefield Park domination was Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R6). The Factory Yamaha rider was devastatingly quick and looked like he was progressing well throughout the day.

Up in second was Halliday’s greatest title rival, Tom Toparis (Cube Racing, Kawasaki ZX-6R). These two have been battling it out in the early rounds of the season and results indicate this could be on again for Round 3 at The Bend. Toparis finished a further 0.648 off the fastest time.

Finishing in third position was the impressive Max Croker (Mat Mladin, Suzuki GSX-R600). Croker was injured at Round 1 and it’s great to see him back towards the top of the times. Croker will need to find 1.563s to match the best lap time in his class so far.

Giuseppe Scarcella (Kawasaki BCperformance, ZX-6R) and Broc Pearson (Yamaha Motors Australia, Yamaha YZF-R6) completed the top five.

Superbike competitors were not the only ones experiencing massive tyre degradation issues, it was across the board in all classes. Here is a shot of Broc Pearson's tyre from Supersport 600 testing - Image by TBG
Superbike competitors were not the only ones experiencing massive tyre degradation issues, it was across the board in all classes. Here is a shot of Broc Pearson’s tyre from Supersport 600 testing – Image by TBG
Supersport 600 Tailem Bend Test Day One Times
  1. Cru HALLIDAY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R6 1:59.303
  2. Tom TOPARIS (NSW) Kawasaki ZX6R 1:59.951
  3. Max CROKER (NSW) Suzuki GSXR 2:00.866
  4. Giuseppe SCARCELLA (NSW) Kawasaki ZX6R 2:01.062
  5. Broc PEARSON (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:01.272
  6. John HUNT (SA) Suzuki GSXR 2:03.219
  7. Zac JOHNSON (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:03.474
  8. Thomas BRYDEN (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:03.578
  9. Damon REES (NZ) Honda CBR RR 2:03.825
  10. Ty LYNCH (SA) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:04.135
  11. Rhys BELLING (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:04.271
  12. Dallas SKEER (SA) Suzuki GSXR 2:04.656
  13. Scott NICHOLSON (VIC) Suzuki GSXR 2:05.060
  14. Campbell RUSSELL (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:06.148
  15. Jack PASSFIELD (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:06.801
  16. Meri MALENA (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R6 2:16.021

Supersport 300

Olly Simpson was a name I was somewhat surprised to see on the timesheets today and the young local ended the day with his name on top of those timesheets. While at 20-years of age Olly is still very young, and has been away from competition in recent times, a few years ago he did spend a few years in Europe in both the Red Bull Rookies Cup and then Moto3, racking up extensive experience before returning to Australia after failing to muster the financial support required to continue to compete in Europe.

Olly Simpson
Olly Simpson

Tom Bramich was very close behind Simpson but really nothing separated the top six with Yanni Shaw, Tayla Relph, Oli Bayliss and Harry Khouri all having their hat firmly in the ring.

Oli Bayliss
Oli Bayliss
Supersport 300 Tailem Bend Test Day One Times
  1. Oliver SIMPSON (SA) Yamaha 2:14.141
  2. Tom BRAMICH (VIC) Yamaha 2:14.222
  3. Yanni SHAW (NSW) Kawasaki 2:14.320
  4. Tayla RELPH (QLD) Yamaha 2:14.351
  5. Oli BAYLISS (QLD) Kawasaki 2:14.400
  6. Harry KHOURI (NSW) Yamaha 2:15.282
  7. Ben BAKER (NSW) Kawasaki 2:15.300
  8. Dan THOMAS (NSW) Yamaha 2:15.438
  9. Hunter FORD (NSW) Yamaha 2:15.535
  10. Travis HALL (QLD) Yamaha 2:16.655
  11. Mitchell KUHNE (QLD) Yamaha 2:16.975
  12. Ben BRAMICH (VIC) KTM 2:17.411
  13. Bronson PICKETT (WA) Yamaha 2:18.092
  14. Zane FORD (NSW) Yamaha 2:18.505
  15. Troy RYAN (NSW) Yamaha 2:19.506
  16. Mitchell SIMPSON (SA) Yamaha 2:21.414
  17. Ned FAULKHEAD (VIC) Kawasaki 2:25.786
  18. Austin BARNES (VIC) Kawasaki 2:30.192
  19. Jack COUSENS (VIC) Yamaha 2:31.329

Images by TBG

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