2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship
Winton – Round Five – Friday Practice

Winter might be over but it certainly doesn’t seem like it at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend. Mixed conditions on Friday (Friday Practice Results Link), had seen Wayne Maxwell top the one and only dry practice session. 

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Wayne Maxwell was quickest on Friday – TBG Image

With the Superbike category so competitive it is perhaps churlish to call this round more important than others, but for some reason it does actually seem pertinent to underline the importance of this weekend. 

With only a single-point separating Cru Halliday from championship leader Mike Jones, and less than 30-points currently separating the top six in the championship, it really does suggest that this fifth round will make or break the championship aspirations of a few of the prime contenders.  

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Mike Jones – Image by Rob Mott

Today though there is only a single-point on the line for pole, but we know championship have been decided by less! Yes there have been Australian Championships that finished on equal points, with the champion then crowned on a count-back of the number of race wins. Thus that single point up for grabs later today, could prove crucial if this series goes down to the wire.  After this fifth round at Winton the series moves to Phillip Island for the penultimate contest in early October, before the championship decider at Sydney Motorsports Park over the first weekend in November. 

The new look Saturday format for 2019 sees Superbike competitors out for a 35-minute ‘Timed Practice’ session. The times from this session decide the nine riders that automatically qualify for the Q2 session. The riders from tenth back in the Timed Practice session then have to fight it out in a Q1 session, scheduled for 1450 this afternoon, with the top three in that session then being promoted into Q2, making for a final 12-rider tussle over the first four rows of the grid that is set to take place at 1520.

Cru Halliday was the first rider into the 1m20s this morning with a 1m20.933s on his fourth lap. The temperature had just crept into double digits when the session had got underway but the track temp was still a cool 18-degrees. 

Troy Herfoss had a hefty tumble at turn five with eight-minutes remaining in the session. He looked completely okay but slid and tumbled a long way across the grass so it was perhaps a somewhat lucky escape. An injury at this stage of the game for any of the contenders will be ruinous to their championship chances. 

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Troy Herfoss crashes on Saturday morning – Image by Rob Mott

A few drops of rain then started falling with a few minutes remaining in the session which saw riders return to the pits. 

ASBK Rnd Winton RbMotoLens SBK FP Cru HALLIDAY
Cru Halliday – Image by Rob Mott

That early time from Halliday surprisingly proved good enough for him to stay atop the timesheets. That suggests grip levels were quite low in this morning’s cool conditons. That might make final qualifying very interesting indeed, as temperatures show little sign of increasing. Tomorrow things are forecast to be slightly warmer, but are still unlikely to break past 15-degrees.. 

Ted Collins contested this morning’s session on a Bridgestone shod BMW but ongoing problems has seen the young Victorian now pull out of the weekend. 

ASBK Saturday Timed Practice

1Cru HALLIDAY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R11m20.933
2Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) Suzuki GSXRR1m20.979
3Troy HERFOSS (QLD) Honda CBR SP1m21.179
4Mike JONES (QLD)Ducati 1299 FE1m21.314
5Daniel FALZON (SA) Yamaha YZF-R11m21.381
6Josh WATERS (VIC)Suzuki GSXRR1m21.459
7Bryan STARING (WA) Kawasaki ZX10R1m21.654
8Mark CHIODO (VIC) Honda CBR SP1m21.656
9Arthur SISSIS (SA)Suzuki GSXRR1m22.168
10Matt WALTERS (NSW) Kawasaki1m22.208
11Aaron MORRIS (NSW) BMW S RR1m22.351
12Alex PHILLIS (VIC) Suzuki GSXR1m22.378
13Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) BMW S RR1m22.943
14Kyle BUCKLEY (QLD) Kawasaki ZX10R1m23.667
15Damon REES (NZ) Honda CBR1m24.307
16Lachlan EPIS (NSW) Kawasaki ZX10R1m24.592
17Ted COLLINS (VIC)BMW S RR1m26.393
18Brendan McINTYRE (NSW)Suzuki GSXR1m26.968
19Hamish McMURRAY (NSW)Kawasaki1m30.737

In the Supersport ranks Tom Toparis is in a class of his own. The Goulburn youngster back from furthering his experience in Europe, and clearly dominant.

Supersport 600 Q1
1Tom TOPARIS (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R61m23.503
2Nic LIMINTON (SA) Yamaha YZF-R61m24.807
3Reid BATTYE (NSW)Suzuki GSXR1m25.451
4Oli BAYLISS (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R61m25.739
5Jack HYDE (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R61m25.835
6Chris QUINN (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R61m25.950
7Broc PEARSON (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R61m26.206
8Richie DIBBEN (NZ) Suzuki GSXR1m26.209
9Dallas SKEER (SA)Suzuki GSXR1m26.279
10Aidan HAYES (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R61m26.290
11Ty LYNCH (SA) Yamaha YZF-R61m26.535
12Jack PASSFIELD (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R61m26.941
13Rhys BELLING (VIC)Yamaha YZF-R61m27.007
14Avalon BIDDLE (NZ)Yamaha YZF-R61m28.183
15Chandler COOPER (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R61m28.267
16Ryan SELLEN (NSW) Kawasaki ZX6R1m28.625
ASBK TBG Round Winton Tom Toparis TBG
Tom Toparis – TBG Image

Nic Liminton, Reid Battye, Oli Bayliss, Jack Hyde, Chris Quinn and Broc Pearson the likely contenders for the remaining steps on the rostrum but I can’t see anyone matching the speed of Toparis. Oli Bayliss had a tumble this morning that saw his shoulder take a hefty whack.

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Oli Bayliss took a tumble this morning – TBG Image

Supersport 300 / YMF R3 Cup

Max Stauffer topped both this morning’s Supersport 300 and the separate YMF R3 Cup sessions. 

Supersport 300 Q1 Times
1Max STAUFFER (NSW) Yamaha R3 3211m33.530
2Yannis SHAW (NSW)Kawasaki EX 4001m33.554
3Luke JHONSTON (NSW) Kawasaki EX 4001m34.197
4Seth CRUMP (QLD)KTM RC390 3901m34.242
5Ben BAKER (NSW) Yamaha R3 3211m34.279
6Luke POWER (VIC) Kawasaki EX 4001m34.474
7Hunter FORD (NSW)Yamaha R3 3211m34.587
8Senna AGIUS (NSW) Kawasaki EX 4001m34.683
9Brandon DEMMERY (NSW) Yamaha R3 3211m34.900
10Peter NERLICH (VIC) Kawasaki EX 3001m34.935
11Locky TAYLOR (QLD)Yamaha R3 3211m35.101
12John LYTRAS (QLD)Yamaha R3 3211m35.240
13Zac LEVY (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m35.643
14Ben BURKE (NSW)Kawasaki EX 4001m35.995
15John QUINN (VIC) Kawasaki EX 4001m36.774
16Reece OUGHTRED (VIC) Yamaha R3 3211m36.777
17Tristan ADAMSON (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m36.834
18Jacob ROULSTONE (NSW) Yamaha R3 3211m37.462
19Harry PARKER (NZ) Yamaha R3 3211m37.862
20Matt RINDEL (VIC)Yamaha R3 3211m38.053
21Ryan SMITH (NSW) Yamaha R3 3211m38.306
22Zylas BUNTING (NSW)Yamaha R3 3211m39.351
23Stephany KAPILAWI-JAMES (QLD) Yamaha R3 3211m40.025
24Zak PETTENDY (NSW)Yamaha R3 3211m42.277
25Craig WHITE (NSW)Kawasaki EX 4001m42.441
26Jeremy CZMOK (VIC) Yamaha R3 3211m42.713
27Josh NODEN (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R31m43.118
28Greg FARRELL (NSW) Kawasaki EX 3001m43.126
29Noel MAHON (VIC) Kawasaki EX 4001m43.221
30Dominic FLETCHER (NSW)Yamaha R3 3211m45.350
YMF R3 Cup Q1 Times
1Max STAUFFER (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m32.699
2Ben BAKER (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m32.936
3Hunter FORD (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m33.758
4Luke JHONSTON (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m34.046
5Zac LEVY (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R31m34.142
6Brandon DEMMERY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m34.197
7John LYTRAS (QLD)Yamaha YZF-R31m34.364
8Locky TAYLOR (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R31m35.064
9Tristan ADAMSON (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R31m35.508
10Matt RINDEL (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R31m35.617
11Harry PARKER (NZ) Yamaha YZF-R31m36.038
12Ryan SMITH (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m36.039
13Reece OUGHTRED (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R31m36.200
14Jacob ROULSTONE (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m36.283
15Zylas BUNTING (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m36.524
16Archie McDONALD (VIC)Yamaha YZF-R31m38.286
17Zak PETTENDY (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m38.641
18Jacob HATCH (NSW)Yamaha YZF-R31m39.565
19Stephany KAPILAWI-JAMES (QLD) Yamaha YZF-R31m39.647
20Josh NODEN (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R31m40.868
21Dominic FLETCHER (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m41.681
22Jeremy CZMOK (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R31m42.447
23Patrick BOGNAR (VIC)Yamaha YZF-R31m45.867
24Jamie PORT (VIC)Yamaha YZF-R31m46.377
25Hunter DIPLOCK (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R31m46.907
ASBK Rnd Winton RbMotoLens R Cup Max STAUFFER
Max Stauffer – Image by Rob Mott

2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championships Calendar
  • Round 5: Winton Motor Raceway, VIC – 6-8 September 2019
  • Round 6: Phillip Island GP Circuit, VIC – 4-6 October 2019
  • Round 7: Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW – 1-3 November 2019

Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship Standings
    1Michael JONES184
    2Cru HALLIDAY183
    3Bryan STARING176
    4Troy HERFOSS169
    5Wayne MAXWELL158
    6Josh WATERS157
    7Matt WALTERS112
    8Daniel FALZON109
    9Alex PHILLIS93
    10Glenn SCOTT90
    11Arthur SISSIS88
    12Mark CHIODO87
    13Aiden WAGNER71
    14Damon REES68
    15Lachlan EPIS57
    16Glenn ALLERTON56
    17Ted COLLINS49
    18Sloan FROST42
    19Max CROKER27
    20Brendan McINTYRE26
    21Philip CZAJ20
    22Brian HOUGHTON17
    23David BARKER16
    24Aaron MORRIS15
    25Evan BYLES13
    26Matt TOOLEY7
    27Adam SENIOR5
    28Paul VAN DER HEIDEN4
    29Ryan YANKO3
    30Will DAVIDSON2
    31Michael EDWARDS2
    1Tom TOPARIS248
    2Nic LIMINTON188
    3Broc PEARSON176
    4Oliver BAYLISS161
    5Reid BATTYE149
    6Aidan HAYES124
    7Dallas SKEER113
    8Callum SPRIGGS89
    9Chris QUINN86
    10Jack PASSFIELD81
    11Ty LYNCH79
    12Rhys BELLING70
    13Luke MITCHELL65
    14Andrew EDSER64
    15Avalon BIDDLE63
    16John QUINN55
    17Zac JOHNSON37
    18Scott NICHOLSON31
    19Dylan WHITESIDE26
    20Samuel LAMBERT22
    21Timothy DONNON21
    22Corey TURNER16
    23Jack HYDE14
    24Ben LIEBIG14
    25Matt CRANMER13
    26Luke SANDERS13
    27Bronson PICKETT12
    28Daniel LEONARD5
    29Oscar DAVISON1
    1Max STAUFFER232
    2Senna AGIUS204
    3Harry KHOURI192
    4John LYTRAS170
    5Seth CRUMP155
    6Zac LEVY153
    7Hunter FORD146
    8Ben BAKER128
    9Yannis SHAW127
    10Brandon DEMMERY126
    11Locky TAYLOR123
    12Travis HALL108
    13Peter NERLICH83
    14Callum O’BRIEN62
    15Luke JHONSTON60
    16Luke POWER55
    17Mitch KUHNE54
    18Olly SIMPSON51
    19Jacob ROULSTONE49
    20Kyle O’CONNELL49
    21Zylas BUNTING44
    22Tristan ADAMSON40
    23Dylan WHITESIDE39
    24Harrison VOIGHT32
    25Mitchell SIMPSON25
    26Laura BROWN21
    27Tayla RELPH14
    28Ryan SMITH12
    29Jesse WOODS8
    30Tom NEWTON7
    31Josh HALL6
    32Bronson PICKETT4
    33Grace POUTCH4
    34Reece OUGHTRED3
    35Jacob HATCH3
    36John BLENKIN2
    37Stephany KAPILAWI-JAMES2
    38Keegan PICKERING2
    39Jordan SIMPSON1
    1John LYTRAS124
    2Max STAUFFER113
    3Hunter FORD110
    4Zac LEVY108
    5Harry KHOURI86
    6Locky TAYLOR86
    7Brandon DEMMERY85
    8Travis HALL76
    9Luke JHONSTON68
    10Jacob ROULSTONE49
    11Ben BAKER47
    12Mitch KUHNE46
    13Harrison VOIGHT45
    14Tristan ADAMSON44
    15Kyle O’CONNELL43
    16Ryan SMITH33
    17Zylas BUNTING32
    18Reece OUGHTRED30
    19Keegan PICKERING14
    20Josh HALL11
    21Zak PETTENDY9
    22Bronson PICKETT8
    23Stephany KAPILAWI-JAMES6
    24Laura BROWN6
    25John BLENKIN6
    26Cameron AGOSTINI5
    27Ryan MOSCARDINI3
    28Kristian AGOSTINI2
    29Jeremy CZMOK1
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