2019 ASBK

Round Four – Morgan Park

Images by TBG and Rob Mott

Weather conditions were a little problematic this morning out at Warwick as practice for the fourth round of the Australian Superbike Championship got underway at Morgan Park.

A stiff wind combined with some very light, almost imperceptible rain drops made things a little sketchy.

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Morgan Park

The forecast for weekend is for much of the same really, but nobody could hold it against the weather gods this weekend even if it bucketed down.  This region is on stringent water restrictions and currently resembles somewhat of a desert.

Last year this was a watershed round for Troy Herfoss and the new look Penrite Honda led by Shaun Clarke. To my mind it was the most well calculated performance that Herfoss and his team have ever put in.

In what was a very clear team effort, where everyone in the team was on the top of their game, Herfoss had to come from behind in both races in a well judged ride before then simply smashing the opposition in the closing stages of each race.

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Troy Herfoss dominated the races here at Morgan Park in 2018 – TBG Image

It was a dominant and crushing performance the likes of which is rarely witnessed in Australian Superbike.

As we head into this weekend their competitors will be working harder, and smarter, to try and prevent the reigning champion from just walking away from them in the closing laps once again…

Tyre wear was critical here last year and no doubt it will be the same again this year when the 2 x 16-lap races get underway on Sunday.

Tyres are always critical in regards to longevity in this series, but last time out in South Australia it was a bigger factor than ever.  There Bryan Staring, as the only lead rider on Dunlop rubber, dominated the races completely and catapulted himself into the series lead off the back of a 75-point haul in what was a triple-header weekend.

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Bryan Staring’s Dunlop on the left, the Pirelli on Mike Jones’ DesmoSport Ducati on the right as pictured after race two at The Bend – Image by TH

Pirelli had no answer for Dunlop at The Bend, in what was a big turn up for the books as in recent years the Italian rubber has largely dominated ASBK, where ever we went. Which brand will win the tyre war this weekend…? To throw another wildcard in to that question both Dunlop and Pirelli have a new spec’ rear here this weekend… The Pirelli in question sacrifices a small amount of ultimate edge grip in return for an increase in longevity, while the Dunlop option for this weekend is softer than what they dominated with at The Bend but Dunlop are still confident that it will last the 16-lap distance without a problem.

Few Superbike riders ventured out in the opening practice session this morning but most of the field hit the track for the 30-minute FP2 session that got underway at 1330 this afternoon. Conditions were now perfectly dry but the wind was blustery and somewhat unpredictable which kept the riders on their toes. There was certainly nothing to be gained by throwing a bike away today!

Cru Halliday topped that FP2 session by a narrow margin over Mike Jones and Wayne Maxwell. Only a tenth-of-a-second covered that trio with Mike Jones clocking 20 laps in the session to Halliday’s 16 and Maxwell’s 14.

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Cru Halliday

Track temperatures were well under 30-degrees all day and by 1550 this afternoon when the final 30-minute Superbike practice session of the day got underway the track temp’ was down to only 20-degrees.

Cru Halliday didn’t mind the cold though and was quick out of the blocks with a 1m13.8s on his first lap, and he followed that up with a 1m13.52s on his second, a 1m13.96s on his third.

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Wayne Maxwell

Wayne Maxwell then started banging in some 1m13s also, a 1m13.72s followed by a 1m13.33s to set a new benchmark for the day before returning to pit-lane.

Mike Jones then started winding the big Ducati 1299 up as the session reached the halfway marker and dropped in a 1m13.82s before topping that with a 1m13.50s and then a 1m13.45s.

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Mike Jones chasing Bryan Staring

It was also 15-minutes into the session before Herfoss started moving up the leader-board. A 1m14.16s and then Staring matched him a few minutes later but that time hardly representative of their potential pace come Sunday.

Cru Halliday exited pit-lane with ten-minutes to run but immediately went down at turn 11.

Mark Chiodo was showing good pace early on in the session before going down at turn four. In fact Chiodo’s 1m14.123 at the beginning of the session still ranked him fourth two-thirds of the way through the session. It was also faster than his team-mate Troy Herfoss managed all session as the #1 was struggling today with the bumps at Morgan Park and looking for a better suspension setting to help smooth his progress.

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Troy Herfoss

With seven-minutes remaining in the session other riders started to put their head down and move up the leader-board

Josh Waters moved up to fourth just after Matt Walters had taken that position, then Daniel Falzon pushed Walters back further to sixth.

ASBK Rnd Morgan Park RbMotoLens SBK FP Josh Waters
Josh Waters

Just as things were starting to hot up the red flag was then produced to put a premature end to the session after Glenn Scott went down at the left-hander under the bridge. Scott went under the air-fence and was followed in by his bike. Medical staff were on the scene quickly to attend to a conscious but clearly injured Scott.

Thus Maxwell tops Friday practice overall ahead of Jones and Halliday while Josh Waters rounds out the top four ahead of Daniel Falzon and Matt Walters.

Tailem Bend winner Bryan Staring eighth today while championship leader Herfoss appears a little frustrated and was only ninth on combined times. A bit of work to do for the Penrite Honda squad tonight to turn things around tomorrow.

Aaron Morris did a good job today to get the NextGen BMW into the top ten on his first competitive outing with the squad as he stands in for the injured Glenn Allerton and Ted Collins.

Kawasaki Superbike Friday Times

1Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) Suzuki GSXR-R1m13.334
2Mike JONES (QLD)Ducati 1299 FE1m13.452
3Cru HALLIDAY (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R1M1m13.515
4Josh WATERS (VIC)Suzuki GSXR-R1m13.527
5Daniel FALZON (SA) Yamaha YZF-R1M1m13.798
6Matt WALTERS (NSW) Kawasaki ZX10RR1m13.890
7Mark CHIODO (VIC) Honda CBR SP1m14.123
8Bryan STARING (WA)Kawasaki ZX10RR1m14.127
9Troy HERFOSS (QLD) Honda CBR SP1m14.164
10Aaron MORRIS (NSW) BMW S RR1m14.729
11Glenn SCOTT (NSW)Kawasaki ZX10RR1m14.784
12Damon REES (NZ) Honda CBR1m14.894
13Alex PHILLIS (VIC) Suzuki GSXR-R1m15.002
14Lachlan EPIS (NSW) Kawasaki ZX10RR1m15.748
15Arthur SISSIS (SA)Suzuki GSXR-R1m17.285
16Brian HOUGHTON (QLD)Honda CBR RR1m18.836

Australian Supersport Friday

Despite some bike problems Tom Toparis narrowly edged out Nic Liminton for top spot today in the Australian Supersport ranks while Reid Battye rounded out the top three.

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Tom Toparis

Corey Turner and Callum Spriggs are a couple of well credentialled locals with their experienced hats in the ring this weekend and today they managed fourth and fifth on the timesheets ahead of Broc Pearson.

Oli Bayliss was seventh quickest this afternoon ahead of Chris Quinn and Avalon Biddle while Aidan Hayes rounded out the top ten.

1Tom TOPARIS (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R61m15.455
2Nic LIMINTON (SA)Yamaha YZF-R61m15.694
3Reid BATTYE (NSW) Suzuki GSX-R1m15.835
4Corey TURNER (QLD) Honda CBR1m15.934
5Callum SPRIGGS (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R61m16.309
6Broc PEARSON (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R61m16.484
7Oli BAYLISS (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R61m16.540
8Chris QUINN (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R61m16.680
9Avalon BIDDLE (NZ) Yamaha YZF-R61m17.851
10Aidan HAYES (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R61m18.003
11Dallas SKEER (SA) Suzuki GSXR 6001m18.397
12Jack PASSFIELD (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R61m18.612
13Ty LYNCH (SA) Yamaha YZF-R61m19.372
14Jack HYDE (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R61m20.485
15Andrew EDSER (NSW) Kawasaki ZX6R1m21.760

YMI Supersport 300 Friday

Senna Agius topped Supersport 300 proceedings today on a 400 Kawasaki ahead of a trio of Yamaha YZF-R3 machines headed by Locky Taylor.

1Senna AGIUS (NSW) Kawasaki EX 4001m24.380
2Locky TAYLOR (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m24.586
3John LYTRAS (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m24.627
4Hunter FORD (NSW)Yamaha R3 3211m24.758
5Harry KHOURI (NSW) Yamaha R3 3211m25.046
6Yannis SHAW (NSW)Kawasaki EX 4001m25.067
7Brandon DEMMERY Yamaha R3 3211m25.142
8Max STAUFFER Yamaha R3 3211m25.364
9Harrison VOIGHT (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m25.604
10Seth CRUMP (QLD) KTM RC 3901m25.639
11Kyle O’CONNELL (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m25.704
12Luke JHONSTON (NSW) Yamaha R3 3211m25.852
13Peter NERLICH (VIC)Kawasaki EX 3001m26.038
14Travis HALL (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m26.487
15Callum O’BRIEN (WA)Kawasaki EX 4001m26.597
16Zylas BUNTING (NSW) Yamaha R3 3211m27.364
17Ryan SMITH (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m27.399
18Jacob ROULSTONE Yamaha R3 3211m27.412
19Mitch KUHNE (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m27.512
20Zac LEVY (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m27.530
21Brad TRIVETT (NSW) Kawasaki EX 3001m28.123
22Tristan ADAMSON (QLD)Yamaha R3 3211m28.215
23John BLENKIN (NSW)Yamaha R3 3211m28.749
24Ben BAKER (NSW) Yamaha R3 3211m28.838
25Josh HALL (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m29.165
26Laura BROWN (NSW)Yamaha R3 3211m29.767
27Ryan MOSCARDINI (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m29.989
28Tom NEWTON (NZ) / Kawasaki EX 4001m30.235
29Stephany KAPILAWI-JAMES (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m30.465
30Reece OUGHTRED (VIC)Yamaha R3 3211m30.684
31Jacob HATCH (NSW)Yamaha R3 3211m30.887
32Sarah FAIRBROTHER (QLD)Yamaha R3 3211m31.062
33Jeremy CZMOK (VIC) Yamaha R3 3211m31.675
34Josh ANDREWS (NSW)Yamaha R3 3211m32.419
35Hayden STIFF (NSW) Kawasaki EX 4001m32.497
36Noel MAHON (VIC) Kawasaki EX 4001m32.719
37Gregory FARRELL (NSW)Kawasaki EX 3001m33.667
38Benjamin ANGELIDIS (ACT)Kawasaki EX 3001m35.099
39Lachlan O’BRIEN (NT) Yamaha R3 3211m36.405

YMF R3 Cup Friday

Locky Taylor topped the YMF R3 category on Friday from John Lytras and Brandon Demmery while Harry Khouri rounded out the top four.

1Locky TAYLOR (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R31m24.236
2John LYTRAS (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R31m24.276
3Brandon DEMMERY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m24.568
4Harry KHOURI (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m24.825
5Hunter FORD (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m25.035
6Harrison VOIGHT (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m25.042
7Max STAUFFER (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m25.235
8Kyle O’CONNELL (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m25.491
9Luke JHONSTON (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m25.634
10Zac LEVY (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m25.769
11Ben BAKER (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m26.194
12Jacob ROULSTONE (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m26.373
13Travis HALL (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m26.500
14Zylas BUNTING (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m27.085
15Mitch KUHNE (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m27.099
16Ryan SMITH (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m27.920
17Tristan ADAMSON (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m28.068
18John BLENKIN (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m28.379
19Reece OUGHTRED (VIC)Yamaha YZF-R31m29.048
20Josh HALL (QLD) / Stichsmith Yamaha YZF-R31m29.575
21Laura BROWN (NSW) / WNRYamaha YZF-R31m29.700
22Stephany KAPILAWI-JAMES Yamaha YZF-R31m29.839
23Zak PETTENDY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m29.932
24Ryan MOSCARDINI (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m30.210
25Sarah FAIRBROTHER (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m30.883
26Hunter DIPLOCK (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m32.080
27Jeremy CZMOK (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R31m32.631
28Josh ANDREWS (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m34.670
29Lachlan O’BRIEN Yamaha YZF-R31m34.995

bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup Friday

1Tom DRANE (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R151:40.031
2Max GIBBONS Yamaha YZF-R151:40.229
3Angus GRENFELLYamaha YZF-R151:40.291
4Jacob ROULSTONE Yamaha YZR-R151:40.693
5Marianos NIKOLIS (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R151:40.745
6Jai RUSSO (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R151:40.747
7Zak PETTENDY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R151:40.765
8Carter THOMPSON (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R151:41.532
9Archie MCDONALD (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R151:41.633
10Thomas BROWN (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R151:41.806
11Jacob HATCH (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R151:42.145
12Cros FRANCIS (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R151:42.202
13Lucas QUINN (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R151:42.285
14Cormac BUCHANAN (NZ)Yamaha YZF-R151:42.850
15Varis FLEMING (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R151:42.867
16Glenn NELSON (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R151:42.994
17Reece OUGHTRED (VIC)Yamaha YZR-R151:43.045
18Hunter DIPLOCK (NSW)Yamaha YZR-R151:44.300
19Alex KENWORTHY-JONES (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R151:44.420
20Lincoln KNIGHT (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R151:45.825
21Patrick BOGNAR (VIC)Yamaha YZR-R151:46.079
22Tom CONNORS (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R151:46.227
23Jamie PORT (VIC)Yamaha YZF-R151:47.423
24Toby JAMES (VIC) Yamaha YZR-R151:51.682
25Natalie BARBATI (VIC)Yamaha YZF-R152:06.860
26Pyper KENT (WA)Yamaha YZF-R152:26.755


Superbike Masters Friday FP2

FP3 Cancelled

1John ALLEN (QLD) Yamaha TZ 7501m22.265
2Murray CLARK Suzuki GSXR1m23.321
3Gregory JAMES Honda CB 1100 R1m27.270
4Mark McVEIGH (NSW)Yamaha FZR 10001m28.441
5Mark RODDA (NSW) Suzuki GS 1000 S1m29.351
6Scott WEBSTER (VIC)Suzuki GSX 12001m33.022
7Richard EASTON (NSW)Suzuki GSX 11001m34.152
8Darren LARK (VIC)Suzuki GSX 11501m56.326
9Alexander PICKETT (NSW) Yamaha FZR 10002m02.726




Championship Standings

1Bryan STARING150
3Michael JONES140
4Troy HERFOSS132
5Josh WATERS126
6Wayne MAXWELL113
7Daniel FALZON95
8Glenn SCOTT90
10Mark CHIODO79
11Aiden WAGNER71
12Alex PHILLIS68
13Arthur SISSIS63
14Damon REES59
15Glenn ALLERTON56
17Sloan FROST42
18Lachlan EPIS36
19Max CROKER27
20Brendan McINTYRE26
21Philip CZAJ20
22David BARKER16
23Evan BYLES13
24Matt TOOLEY7
25Adam SENIOR5
27Ryan YANKO3
29Michael EDWARDS2
3Broc PEARSON141
4Oliver BAYLISS128
5Reid BATTYE127
6Aidan HAYES102
7Dallas SKEER87
11Ty LYNCH58
12Chris QUINN56
13John QUINN55
14Callum SPRIGGS49
15Andrew EDSER48
16Avalon BIDDLE42
20Samuel LAMBERT22
21Timothy DONNON21
22Ben LIEBIG14
23Matt CRANMER13
24Luke SANDERS13
25Bronson PICKETT12
26Daniel LEONARD5
27Oscar DAVISON0
2Harry KHOURI146
3John LYTRAS134
4Ben BAKER128
5Senna AGIUS128
6Seth CRUMP118
7Zac LEVY105
8Locky TAYLOR102
9Yannis SHAW100
10Hunter FORD93
11Travis HALL85
12Brandon DEMMERY84
13Callum O’BRIEN62
14Luke POWER55
15Peter NERLICH54
16Olly SIMPSON51
17Mitch KUHNE45
18Zylas BUNTING40
20Kyle O’CONNELL35
23Mitchell SIMPSON25
24Tristan ADAMSON23
25Laura BROWN20
26Tayla RELPH14
27Jesse WOODS8
28Bronson PICKETT4
29Grace POUTCH4
30Jacob HATCH3
33Josh HALL1
34Jordan SIMPSON1
2John LYTRAS63
3Hunter FORD51
4Locky TAYLOR50
5Ben BAKER47
6Zac LEVY45
7Travis HALL42
8Brandon DEMMERY36
10Harry KHOURI32
11Mitch KUHNE27
12Zylas BUNTING26
13Kyle O’CONNELL23
14Tristan ADAMSON21
16Reece OUGHTRED17
17Keegan PICKERING14
18Ryan SMITH9
19Bronson PICKETT8
20Cameron AGOSTINI5
23Kristian AGOSTINI2
24Jeremy CZMOK1
1Carter THOMPSON131
2Angus GRENFELL106
3Tom DRANE102
6Marianos NIKOLIS90
9Archie McDONALD60
11Jai RUSSO53
12Glenn NELSON52
13Jacob HATCH49
14Cormac BUCHANAN47
16Lucas QUINN38
17Hunter DIPLOCK36
18Lincoln KNIGHT31
19Varis FLEMING19
20Jamie PORT19
21Patrick BOGNAR17
23Dominic FLETCHER6

ASBK Schedule AEST

9.009.20YMI Supersport 300Qualifying 120 mins
9.259.40Superbike MastersQualifying 115 mins
9.4510.10Australian SupersportQualifying 125 mins
10.1510.35YMF R3 CupQualifying 120 mins
10.4011.15Kawasaki SuperbikeTimed Practice35 mins
11.2011.35bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupQualifying 115 mins
11.4012.00YMI Supersport 300Qualifying 220 mins
12.0512.20Superbike MastersQualifying 215 mins
12.2013.00Lunch – ASBK Pillion Rides40 mins
13.0013.20YMF R3 CupQualifying 220 mins
13.2513.50Australian SupersportQualifying 225 mins
13.5514.10bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupQualifying 215 mins
14.1514.35YMI Supersport 300Race 110 Laps
14.4014.55Kawasaki SuperbikeQualifying 115 mins
15.1015.25Kawasaki Superbike (Top 12)Qualifying 215 mins
15.3015.45bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupRace 16 Laps
15.5016.10Superbike MastersRace 18 Laps
16.1516.35YMF R3 CupRace 18 Laps
8.308.35YMF R3 CupWarm Up5 mins
8.408.45bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupWarm Up5 mins
8.508.55Australian SupersportWarm Up5 mins
9.009.05YMI Supersport 300Warm Up5 mins
9.109.20Kawasaki SuperbikeWarm Up10 mins
9.259.30Superbike MastersWarm Up5 mins
9.4010.00YMF R3 CupRace 28 Laps
10.0510.20bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupRace 26 Laps
10.2510.55Australian SupersportRace 114 Laps
11.0011.20YMI Supersport 300Race 210 Laps
11.2512.05Kawasaki SuperbikeRace 116 Laps
12.1012.30Superbike MastersRace 28 Laps
12.3013.10Lunch40 mins
13.1013.30YMI Supersport 300*Race 310 Laps
13.3514.05Australian Supersport*Race 214 Laps
14.1014.50Kawasaki Superbike*Race 216 Laps
15.0015.15bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupRace 36 Laps
15.2015.40YMF R3 CupRace 38 Laps
15.4516.05Superbike MastersRace 38 Laps