2019 ASBK
Round Three – The Bend

Josh Waters topped a 60-minute free practice session late this afternoon at South Australia’s The Bend Motorsport Park as riders prepare for this weekend’s triple header of 10-lap Australian Superbike races on the 18-turn, 4.945-kilometre ‘International Circuit’ layout.

A 1m52.695 was the opening benchmark set by Waters today on the Ecstar Suzuki GSX-R1000R on what could almost be called his new ‘home’ track. Mildura is still over 300-kilometres away from Tailem Bend but this is about as close as it gets to home for the 32-year-old.

Bryan Staring was second best today, two-tenths behind Waters on what is the longest circuit that Australian Superbike visits. Staring is pulling double duty this weekend as he is also racing for Team Kawasaki Thailand in the Asian Road Racing Championships Superbike class. The ARRC Superbikes will race two 12-lap races this weekend, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, which makes for a busy schedule for the West Australian this weekend.

Wayne Maxwell was third quickest ahead of local favourite Daniel Falzon and DesmoSport Ducati’s Mike Jones.

Troy Herfoss turned few laps today and was almost two-seconds off the P1 pace of Waters and ranked sixth on the timesheets. No doubt that is not indicative of the pace we can expert from the defending champion this weekend as the Penrite Honda squad spent time today experimenting with different fork settings, and also had their schedule interrupted with a minor electronics issue.

Glenn Allerton was seventh ahead of championship leader Cru Halliday and local star Arthur Sissis while Matt Walters rounded out the top ten ahead of Mark Chiodo and Alex Phillis.

For reference the race lap record set on a green track here last April was a 1m52.939 set by Herfoss, but the pole record and circuit best lap went to Wayne Maxwell with a 1m52.175.

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Nic Liminton at The Bend today – TBG Image

Nic Liminton topped proceedings in the Supersport category ahead of Broc Pearson, Tom Toparis and Oli Bayliss.

It was an Aussie 1-2 in Asia Superbike 1000 Championship practice with Broc Parkes besting Bryan Staring by a few thousandths of a second, 1m53.855 versus 1m53.859. Honda’s Zaqhwan Zadi was third quickest ahead of Yuki Ito.

ASBK Superbike Friday Practice Times

ASBK Supersport Friday Practice Times

ASBK Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Nat Rider Bike Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd2 Tot Rnd3 R3 Tot Rnd4 R4 Tot Rnd5 R5 Tot Rnd6 R6 Tot Rnd7 PTS
1 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha 55 41 96 53 149 149 149 149 149
2 Troy HERFOSS Honda 41 50 91 41 132 132 132 132 132
3 Mike JONES Ducati 49 34 83 57 140 140 140 140 140
4 Josh WATERS Suzuki 50 30 80 46 126 126 126 126 126
5 Wayne MAXWELL Suzuki 40 35 75 38 113 113 113 113 113
6 Bryan STARING Kawasaki 48 27 75 75 150 150 150 150 150
7 Aiden WAGNER Yamaha 71 0 71 0 71 71 71 71 71
8 Daniel FALZON Yamaha 32 33 65 30 95 95 95 95 95
9 Matt WALTERS Kawasaki 30 26 56 31 87 87 87 87 87
10 Glenn ALLERTON BMW 40 16 56 0 56 56 56 56 56
11 Glenn SCOTT Kawasaki 28 23 51 39 90 90 90 90 90
12 Alex PHILLIS Suzuki 19 24 43 25 68 68 68 68 68
13 Ted COLLINS BMW 31 10 41 8 49 49 49 49 49
14 Mark CHIODO Honda 24 16 40 39 79 79 79 79 79
15 Arthur SISSIS Suzuki 18 14 32 31 63 63 63 63 63
16 Damon REES Honda 11 19 30 29 59 59 59 59 59
17 Sloan FROST Suzuki 12 15 27 15 42 42 42 42 42
18 Max CROKER Suzuki 27 0 27 0 27 27 27 27 27
19 Lachlan EPIS Kawasaki 10 4 14 22 36 36 36 36 36
20 Philip CZAJ Aprilia 8 5 13 7 20 20 20 20 20
21 Brendan McINTYRE Suzuki 0 7 7 19 26 26 26 26 26
22 Ryan YANKO Ducati 3 0 3 0 3 3 3 3 3
23 Will DAVIDSON Yamaha 0 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 2
24 Michael EDWARDS Yamaha 0 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 2
25 David BARKER Kawasaki 1 0 1 15 16 16 16 16 16
26 Matt TOOLEY Yamaha 1 0 1 6 7 7 7 7 7
27 Paul Van Der Heiden BMW 0 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4
28 Evan Byles Kawasaki 0 0 0 13 13 13 13 13 13
29 Troy BAYLISS Ducati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Adam SENIOR Yamaha 0 0 0 5 5 5 5 5 5

ASBK SSP600 Championship Standings

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