2019 ASBK
Round Three – The Bend
Race Two Reports


ASBK Superbike Race Two

The opening bout of the triple-header ASBK Superbike weekend took place on Saturday afternoon and resulted in a come from behind win for BCperformance Kawasaki’s Bryan Staring. It also ended with a no-points score for Wayne Maxwell after a collision with Daniel Falzon.

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ASBK Superbike Race Two

Maxwell shrugged that disappointment off when the lights went out just after 1030 on Sunday morning for the second of three 10-lap ASBK Superbike races at The Bend this weekend.

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ASBK Superbike Race Two

The #47 Suzuki scored the holeshot ahead of championship leader Cru Halliday, that pair immediately started to gap the field over the course of the opening lap.

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Saturday’s victor Bryan Staring threaded his way past Josh Waters, Daniel Falzon and Alex Phillis to move up to third position by the end of lap one. At the end of that opening lap Maxwell led Halliday by half-a-second, while Staring was a further 1.3-seconds behind in third place, and having to stave off the forward thrusts of Falzon.

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ASBK Superbike Race Two – The Bend 2019 – Image by Rob Mott

Halliday then started to close on Maxwell and as they started lap three Staring lost position to Falzon after getting into turn one a little too hot, and sideways, in his quest to try and keep Falzon, Waters, Phillis, Herfoss and Mike Jones behind him. That was a six-strong freight train battling hard for track position.

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ASBK Superbike Race Two
Maxwell leads Halliday – Image by TBG

Mark Chiodo put in a fantastic performance yesterday, leading much of the opening race before finishing fourth, the young Victorian was trying to stay in touch with that leading pack this morning, running in ninth position with seven laps to go.

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ASBK Superbike Race Two – The Bend 2019 – Image by Rob Mott

Falzon put in a new fastest lap of the race to start reeling Halliday and Maxwell in, Staring was also coming along for the ride. The Dunlop runner knowing that he may have an edge for grip in the closing laps.

On the following lap Falzon must have made some small error as he lost a few bike lengths on Staring. The Kawasaki man then quickly pulled away and in no time was on the back of Halliday’s YZF-R1M. Cru must have sensed him there, looking around as they went down the main straight, only for Staring to pass him on the opposite side! A couple of corners later Staring put a great move on Maxwell to take the race lead, from there he immediately started to pull away, with apparent ease.

ASBK Rnd The Bend RbMotoLens SBK R Bryan STARING Leads
ASBK Superbike Race Two – The Bend 2019 – Image by Rob Mott

It then became a race for second place, and what a race it was becoming. Mike Jones had joined the party, passing Falzon and then Halliday to move up to third place. Jones’ next target was the #47 Suzuki of Wayne Maxwell. All riders were suffering from tyre wear issues now, some a little worse than others, but all those Pirelli runners were suffering to some degree.

ASBK Rnd The Bend RbMotoLens SBK R Bryan STARING Leads
ASBK Superbike Race Two – The Bend 2019 – Image by Rob Mott

Mike Jones looked to be suffering less than the others though as he slipped the DesmoSport Ducati past Wayne Maxwell for second place with four laps to run.

Bryan Staring was now more than three-seconds ahead, the Dunlop rider running a different race here today. At most tracks the Pirelli rubber used in ASBK has the edge, but here at The Bend it is clear that Dunlop has the advantage.

With three laps to run Lachlan Epis went down with Ted Collins.  Glenn Allerton was already out of the running after breaking his wrist yesterday after a clash with Alex Phillis, not a great weekend for the NextGen BMW squad. Two wrecked bikes from two accidents, neither of which was really the fault of their riders. That made for two smacks to the head for Collins in the last month so he will not front the grid for race three.

At the last lap board Staring had a seven-second lead over Mike Jones, who in turn had just under half-a-second on Wayne Maxwell. That was where the action was on the final lap, Maxwell all over the back of Jones through the opening series of bends but the Queenslander responded, both riders having to stand the bikes up on the fat part of the tyre in their quest for drive but it was the Ducati man that managed his Pirelli best to take second place.

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Bryan Staring – Image by Rob Mott

Staring though untouchable, winning the race by eight-seconds.

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Bryan Staring returning to Parc Ferme – Image by Rob Mott

Championship leader Cru Halliday took fourth place ahead of Josh Waters.

Troy Herfoss got the better of Daniel Falzon on the final lap to take sixth place.

Arthur Sissis a highly creditable eighth place ahead of Glenn Scott while Alex Phillis managed to push Mark Chiodo outside the top ten on the final lap.

Cru Halliday retains the championship lead while Bryan Staring moves up to second place, six-points adrift of Halliday, and one-point ahead of Jones.

Defending champion Troy Herfoss took 15-points for that sixth place and sits in fourth place in the championship, 16-points behind series leader Halliday.


A tale of two tyres…

Staring’s rear Dunlop on left – Jones’ Pirelli on right

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Bryan Staring’s Dunlop on the left, the Pirelli on Mike Jones’ DesmoSport Ducati on the right – Image by TH

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BCperformance Team Manager Kelvin Reilly congratulates Bryan Staring – Image by Rob Mott

ASBK Superbike Race Two Results

  1. Bryan Staring – Kawasaki
  2. Mike Jones – Ducati +7.908
  3. Wayne Maxwell – Suzuki +8.111
  4. Cru Halliday – Yamaha +10.233
  5. Josh Waters – Suzuki +11.527
  6. Troy Herfoss – Honda +15.235
  7. Daniel Falzon – Yamaha +15.569
  8. Arthur Sissis – Suzuki +16.174
  9. Glenn Scott – Kawasaki +23.097
  10. Alex Phillis – Suzuki +25.014
  11. Mark Chiodo – Honda +25.158
  12. Matt Walters – Kawasaki +28.867
  13. Sloan Frost – Suzuki +33.654
  14. Damon Rees – Honda +38.055
  15. Brendan McIntyre – Suzuki +46.625
  16. Evan Byles – Kawasaki +58.122
  17. David Barker – Kawasaki +62.002
  18. Phil Czaj – Aprilia +64.672
  19. Matthew Tooley – Yamaha +75.173
  20. Paul Van der Heiden – BMW +78.186
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ASBK Superbike Race Two Results
Bryan Staring – Kawasaki
Mike Jones – Ducati +7.908
Wayne Maxwell – Suzuki +8.111
Image by TBG

ASBK Superbike Championship Standings

  1. Cru Halliday 131
  2. Bryan Staring 125
  3. Mike Jones 124
  4. Troy Herfoss 115
  5. Josh Waters 111
  6. Daniel Falzon 95
  7. Wayne Maxwell 93
  8. Matt Walters 78
  9. Glenn Scott 77
  10. Aiden Wagner 71
  11. Mark Chiodo 67
  12. Glenn Allerton 56
  13. Arthur Sissis 55
  14. Alex Phillis 54
  15. Damon Rees 49
ASBK Rnd The Bend RbMotoLens SBK R Parc Ferme Wayne MAXWELL Bryan STARING Mike Jones
ASBK Superbike Race Two Results
Bryan Staring – Kawasaki
Mike Jones – Ducati +7.908
Wayne Maxwell – Suzuki +8.111
Image by Rob Mott


Australian Supersport Race Two

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Supersport Race Two
Image by Rob Mott

Reid Battye scored the holeshot but Nic Liminton squeezed past him a couple of turns into the eight-lap race. Toparis had not got a great start but steadily worked his way past Oli Bayliss and Aidan Hayes to move up to third place by halfway around the opening lap.

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2019 ASBK – Round Three – The Bend
Supersport Race Two
Image by Rob Mott

Oli Bayliss was looking much more composed this morning, with none of the mistakes he made early in the opening ASBK Supersport race on Saturday afternoon. He was engaged in a strong tussle over fourth place throughout the opening lap with Broc Pearson and Aidan Hayes.

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2019 ASBK – Round Three – The Bend
Supersport Race Two
Image by Rob Mott

Up front it was Nic Liminton being stalked by Tom Toparis, as Reid Battye struggled to keep that pair in sight. Pearson though put in a great second lap to break away from Bayliss and Hayes. Pearson then closed and passed Reid Battye, but Pearson then put together a poor lap that was a second slower than his previous, allowing the leading duo to really break away.

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Supersport Race Two
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Broc Pearson leads Reid Battye

Aidan Hayes was tussling over fifth position with Oli Bayliss but Hayes went down with five laps to run. Bayliss had almost four-seconds on Luke Mitchell and was looking safe in that fifth place.

Nic Liminton went wide on the next lap and lost drive as his rear skidded across the dirt which allowed Tom Toparis to make an easy pass and quickly pull away from the young South Australian.

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2019 ASBK – Round Three – The Bend
Supersport Race Two
Image by Rob Mott

Pearson had caught and passed Battye quite easily early in the race, where he was lapping more than a second faster than the Suzuki man. Immediately around that stage of the race though Pearson’s rear tyre went off badly and Battye was able to sneak back past and pull away from Pearson in the later laps.

The battle for sixth place was being waged forcefully between Dallas Skeer, Luke Mitchell, Zac Johnson and young Kiwi starlet Avalon Biddle was now catching fifth placed Oli Bayliss as the race wore on. As they got the last lap board Dallas Skeer got the better of Bayliss to take that fifth position, Bayliss was then shuffled down to ninth place as the whole group gazumped him, presumably his tyres toasted.

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Supersport Race Two victor Tom Toparis
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Tom Toparis went on to win by over six-seconds. Liminton was on a softer rear tyre that had allowed him to be strong early on but he paid the price as the laps progressed.

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Supersport Race Two second placed finisher Nic Liminton
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Reid Battye worked hard for that third position while Broc Pearson came home in fourth place. Dallas Skeer made it two Suzuki GSX-R600s in what is an otherwise Yamaha dominated Australian Supersport Championship.

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Supersport Race Two – Third placed Reid Battye interviewed in Parc Ferme
Image by Rob Mott

Tom Toparis leads the series by 46-points over Liminton with Pearson a further eight-points adrift in third.

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2019 ASBK – Round Three – The Bend
Supersport Race Two
Image by Rob Mott

Australian Supersport Race Two Results

  1. Tom Toparis – Yamaha
  2. Nic Liminton – Yamaha +6.144
  3. Reid Battye – Suzuki +6.695
  4. Broc Pearson – Yamaha +7.776
  5. Dallas Skeer – Suzuki +15.150
  6. Luke Mitchell – Yamaha +15.528
  7. Avalon Biddle – Yamaha +15.703
  8. Zac Johnson – Yamaha +16.761
  9. Oli Bayliss – Yamaha +16.884
  10. Andrew Edser – Kawasaki +23.856
  11. Chris Quinn – Yamaha +24.341
  12. Rhys Belling – Yamaha +26.111
  13. Timothy Donnon – Suzuki +31.651
  14. Jack Passfield – Yamaha +31.888
ASBK Rnd The Bend RbMotoLens SS R Parc Tom TOPARIS Nic LIMINTON Reid BATTYE
Australian Supersport Race Two Results
Tom Toparis – Yamaha
Nic Liminton – Yamaha +6.144
Reid Battye – Suzuki +6.695
Image by Rob Mott

ASBK SSP600 Championship Standings

  1. Tom Toparis 178
  2. Nic Liminton 132
  3. Broc Pearson 124
  4. Oli Bayliss 113
  5. Reid Battye 109
  6. Aidan Hayes 90
  7. Dallas Skeer 73
  8. Rhys Belling 63
  9. Ty Lynch 58
  10. Jack Passfield 53
  11. Luke Mitchell 52
  12. John Quinn 50
  13. Callum Spriggs 49
  14. Chris Quinn 46
  15. Andrew Edser 39


Australian Supersport 300 Race Two

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Supersport 300 Race Two
Image by Rob Mott

Race one dominator Olly Simpson again got a fantastic start this morning as Senna Agius nipped at his hees along with Seth Crump.

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Supersport 300 Race Two – Senna Agius leads
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Simpson then looked to perhaps miss a gear or suffer some sort of minor hiccup, Agius managing to squeeze his way through to the lead shortly thereafter.

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Supersport 300 Race Two – Olly Simpson leads Seth Crump
Image by Rob Mott

Simpson got the lead back and Crump added further insult by demoting Agius to third, but still ahead of championship leader Max Stauffer.

Crump hit the front early on the second lap as Agius pushed Simpson back to third. The South Australian was blooded in the Red Bull Rookies a few years ago though and knows how to put the elbows out, he did exactly that as he pushed past Agius.

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Supersport 300 Race Two – Seth Crump and Senna Agius doing battle
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Seth Crump then came under attack next up as Simpson forced his way through to the lead.

The 300 Supersport regulars though came back at him just as hard, a group of eight riders giving no quarter.

With four laps to run it was Agius, Crump, Simpson, Baker, Khouri, Ford, Stauffer and Levy all running nose-to-tail or side-by-side, depending on where they were on the circuit.

On the next lap though the tussle between Simpson and Agius went next level. Simpson took the inside line into a curve and chose to give no room to his sparring partner, forcing him off on to the grass. Luckily that rider did manage to recover and rejoin the circuit without major incident.

Two laps to go and Hunter Ford had just set a new lap record, 2m10.034, to hit the front for the first time. A couple of corners later Crump, Khouri and Ford went three-wide into a closing radius left-hander and, somehow, all came out the other side.

At the last lap board it was Simpson and Ford side-by-side, smashing elbows at the stripe hard enough to make each others machine violently wriggle. It was Seth Crump though that took the early lead on that final lap, but he was then quickly shuffled by Agius and Simpson, as they swapped positions.

Simpson then went back in front and it was elbows out again as Agius tried to make a move. Hunter Ford then went up the inside of Agius a couple of corners before the end. Simpson was a little wide at the final turn which allowed Hunter Ford to almost get him on the line, but Simpson held on by nine-thousandths of a second. Ford second, Agius third.

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Australian Supersport 300 Race Two Results
Olly Simpson – Yamaha
Hunter Ford – Yamaha +.009
Senna Agius – 400 Kawasaki +0.244
TBG Image

Only a second covered the top-eight and rounding out that group was championship leader Max Stauffer.

I have to say that was a new level of aggression that we had not yet seen before in Australian 300 Supersport. It will be interesting to see if officials take any steps to try and rein them in, as it certainly doesn’t get more aggressive and ruthless than that without an invisible borderline being crossed. In my judgement, that line was not crossed today, but gee it did go oh so close…Crucially though, they were all left standing, somehow.

Australian Supersport 300 Race Two Results

  1. Olly Simpson – Yamaha
  2. Hunter Ford – Yamaha +.009
  3. Senna Agius – 400 Kawasaki +0.244
  4. Harry Khouri – Yamaha +0.778
  5. Seth Crump – KTM +1.067
  6. Ben Baker – Yamaha +1.116
  7. Zac Levy – Yamaha +1.758
  8. Max Stauffer – Yamaha +1.805
  9. Brandon Demmery – Yamaha +3.028
  10. John Lytras – Yamaha +6.935
  11. Locky Taylor – Yamaha +6.970
  12. Kyle O’Connell – Yamaha +16.384
  13. Yanni Shaw – 400 Kawasaki +17.318
  14. Mitchell Simpson – Yamaha +22.282
  15. Peter Nerlich – 300 Kawasaki +25.731

ASBK SSP300 Championship Standings

  1. Max Stauffer 164
  2. Senna Agius 128
  3. Harry Khouri 128
  4. John Lytras 120
  5. Ben Baker 115
  6. Seth Crump 102
  7. Locky Taylor 102
  8. Zac Levy 93
  9. Yannis Shaw 83
  10. Travis Hall 76
  11. Hunter Ford 68
  12. Brandon Demmery 64
  13. Callum O’Brien 55
  14. Luke Power 55
  15. Olly Simpson 51