2019 Australian Superbike Championship

Round 7 – Sydney Motorsports Park

You can tell there is even more tension in the air than normal here at Sydney Motorsports Park today. The temperature too is rising as the mercury is heading towards the low-mid 30s today, with track temperatures likely to be over 50-degrees at times as this final round of the Motul Pirelli ASBK Championship plays out in Western Sydney.

51-points are up for grabs this weekend in the Superbike category and there are six riders in with a shot at the championship with the top three separated by less than five points. 

Troy Herfoss, Wayne Maxwell and Mike Jones are that highest ranked trio but Cru Halliday, Josh Waters and Bryan Staring are still in the race for the title.

With the competition so tight, and the riders and machinery so closely matched, it is not only skill, fitness, bravery, guile and cunning that will decide the outcome, lady luck is also sure to play its part. Riders have fallen in and out of favour with that lady at various times this season and she can be a fickle beast…

Track temperatures had already passed 41-degrees despite the early 1030 start of FP1 and was rising rapidly as a smoky haze cast a grey shadow over Sydney Motorsports Park.

All superbike riders were getting plenty of laps in as they tested tyre longevity, and suspension settings to extend that longevity. With hot conditions also forecast for tomorrow, before a cooler change on Sunday that will bring with it a high probability of heavy showers, it is going to be a very interesting weekend with that weather factor sure to increase the already palpable tension yet further.

YRT’s Cru Halliday set the pace throughout FP1, using his local knowledge to good effect to secure top spot with a m1m30.752s.

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Cru Halliday – TBG Image

Wayne Maxwell got close to that marker later on in the session but was P2 ahead of Troy Herfoss at the chequered flag. The top three all put in 14 laps during the session.

Daniel Falzon was fourth quickest and on the pace with a 1m31.042 ahead of Mike Jones and Daniel Falzon while Josh Waters was seventh. 

1Cru HALLIDAYYamaha YZF-R11m30.752
2Wayne MAXWELLSuzuki GSXR1m30.790
3Troy HERFOSSHonda CBR SP1m30.980
4Daniel FALZONYamaha YZF-R11m31.042
5Mike JONESDucati FE1m31.206
6Mark CHIODOHonda CBR SP1m31.684
7Josh WATERSSuzuki GSXR1m32.026
8Matt WALTERSKawasaki ZX10R1m32.140
9Bryan STARINGKawasaki ZX10R1m32.486
10Glenn ALLERTONBMW S RR1m32.518
11Alex PHILLISSuzuki GSXR1m32.889
12Lachlan EPISKawasaki ZX10R1m33.063
13Damon REESHonda CBR SP1m33.071
14Brendan MCINTYRESuzuki GSXR1m34.210
15Ben BURKEKawasaki ZX10R1m34.368
16Arthur SISSISSuzuki GSXR1m34.519
17Sloan FROSTSuzuki GSXR1m34.558
18Jamie STAUFFERDucati V4R1m35.072
19Dominic DE LEONKawasaki ZX10R1m35.608
20Heath GRIFFINSuzuki GSXR1m36.345
21Matthew TOOLEYYamaha YZF-R11m36.886
22Nathan SPITERISuzuki GSXR1m37.758
23Michael EDWARDSYamaha YZF-R11m37.930


In the Supersport ranks the championship has already been decided with Goulburn teenager Tom Toparis crowned at Phillip Island after a faultless year that saw him dominate almost every outing. He looks set to do the same here after setting a 1m33.023s in FP1, 1.7-seconds quicker than the rest of the field…

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Tom Toparis in action at SMP this morning – TBG Image

Second placed Broc Pearson has a 38-point advantage over Nic Liminton thus is in the box seat to claim the #2 plate.

An interesting addition to the Supersport field this weekend is young Tommy Edwards, who has returned from World Supersport 300 duties to chance his hand in stepping up to the 600 Supersport ranks this weekend. He was seventh in FP1 on a 1m35.676s.

ASBK TBG Round SMP Tom Edwards TBG
Tom Edwards getting a feel for the BikeBiz Yamaha YZF-R6 at SMP in FP1 – TBG Image
1Tom TOPARIS Yamaha YZF-R61m33.023
2Jack PASSFIELDYamaha YZF-R6+1.745
3Aidan HAYES Yamaha YZF-R6+1.854
4Nic LIMINTON Yamaha YZF-R6+1.910
5Oli BAYLISS Yamaha YZF-R6+2.149
6Broc PEARSON Yamaha YZF-R6+2.288
7Tom EDWARDS Yamaha YZF-R6+2.653
8Callum SPRIGGSYamaha YZF-R6+2.729
9Ty LYNCH Yamaha YZF-R6+3.424
10Brodie MALOUF Yamaha YZF-R6+4.223
11Jack HYDE Yamaha YZF-R6+4.323
12Luke MITCHELLYamaha YZF-R6+4.425
13Dallas SKEERSuzuki GSXR+4.789
14Chris QUINN Yamaha YZF-R6+4.842
15Rhys BELLING esYamaha YZF-R6+5.048
16Richie DIBBEN Suzuki GSXR+5.283
17Andrew EDSERKawasaki ZX6R+5.491
18Avalon BIDDLEYamaha YZF-R6+5.644
19Callum O’BRIENKawasaki ZX6R+8.223


Supersport 300

Max Stauffer had looked on course comfortable victory in the Supersport 300 Championship, but in the most recent round at Phillip Island his points margin was eroded by Senna Agius, who has closed to within 16-points of Stauffer. Yannis Shaw topped FP1 this morning ahead of Agius and Hunter Ford while Max Stauffer was sixth. 

1Yannis SHAW Kawasaki EX 4001m44.833
2Senna AGIUS Kawasaki EX 400+0.566
3Hunter FORDYamaha R3 321+0.837
4Brandon DEMMERYYamaha R3 321+1.013
5Ben BAKERYamaha R3 321+1.174
6Max STAUFFER Yamaha R3 321+1.413
7Kyle O’CONNELL Yamaha R3 321+1.518
8Ryan SMITH Yamaha R3 321+1.776
9Luke JHONSTON Kawasaki EX 400+1.871
10John LYTRAS Yamaha R3 321+2.641
11Zylas BUNTINGKawasaki EX 400+3.307
12Peter NERLICH Kawasaki EX 400+4.499
13Laura BROWN Yamaha R3 321+4.892
14Jimmy BROADBENT Kawasaki EX 400+5.223
15Seth CRUMP KTM RC 390+5.305
16Noel MAHONKawasaki EX 400+6.717
17Matt RINDEL Yamaha R3 321+8.586
18Zak PETTENDY Yamaha R3 321+8.799
19Caleb GILMOREYamaha R3 321+8.875
20James JACOBSKawasaki EX 400+9.201
21Harry PARKER Yamaha R3 321+9.325


YMF R3 Cup

The YMF R3 Cup has produced a see-sawing contest between Hunter Ford and John Lytras, the two riders swapping the points lead several times over the last couple of rounds. At Phillip Island, Ford scored two wins but Lytras kept his chances alive with a trio of third-place finishes, and is only 13 points behind Ford. Max Stauffer is only a further five-points behind and is still in the game. Ford set the early pace in FP1, topping the session from Stauffer and Demmery with Lytras fourth.

1Hunter FORD Yamaha YZF-R31m45.020
2Max STAUFFERYamaha YZF-R3+0.151
3Brandon DEMMERY Yamaha YZF-R3+0.459
4John LYTRASYamaha YZF-R3+0.878
5Ryan SMITH Yamaha YZF-R3+0.989
6Kyle O’CONNELL Yamaha YZF-R3+1.192
7Ben BAKERYamaha YZF-R3+1.518
8Jacob HATCHYamaha YZF-R3+3.084
9Patrick BOGNARYamaha YZF-R3+3.837
10Archie MCDONALD Yamaha YZF-R3+4.239
11Caleb GILMORE Yamaha YZF-R3+4.590
12Harry PARKERYamaha YZF-R3+5.143
13Tony SIMS Yamaha YZF-R3+5.866
14Matt RINDEL Yamaha YZF-R3+6.048
15Hunter DIPLOCK Yamaha YZF-R3+6.944
16Zak PETTENDYYamaha YZF-R3+6.963
17Dominic FLETCHERYamaha YZF-R3+7.535
18Patrick LI Yamaha YZF-R3+2m52.998
DNSLaura BROWN Yamaha YZF-R3-1:45.020


Superbike Masters

The Superbike Masters category appeared earlier in the season at the Morgan Park ASBK round, and encompasses a range of Period 5 (1976-82) and Period 6 (1983-1990) motorcycles.

John Allen leads Alex Pickett by 15-points but it was Aaron Morris who topped FP1 here at SMP this morning by a huge 6.8-seconds after putting in a 1m35.515s on the C&M Motorcycles FZR 1000.  Morris did not race with the Superbike Masters at their previous round as he was otherwise engaged riding a NextGen BMW Superbike. 
1Aaron MORRIS Yamaha FZR 10431m35.515
2Stephen KAIRL Yamaha FZR 1040+6.857
3Stephen WARDYamaha FZR 1000+10.383
4Stuart WOODBURY Yamaha FZR 1040+11.744
5Scott WEBSTER Harris Suzuki 1200+11.777
6Phillip BURKEHonda RC30 750+12.477
7Mick JOHNSTONDucati TTF1 985+14.532
8Gregory JAMESHonda CB R 1100+16.595
9Steven HARLEYYamaha FZN 750+17.168
10Roger GUNN Harris F1 1170+18.041
11Phillip BEVAN)Honda VFRR 750+19.652
12Anthony BANNKawasaki ZXR 750+19.731
13Gary NAYSMITH Kawasaki Z J 1166+22.502
14Karen WEBB Suzuki GSXR 749+22.762
15Patrick POVOLNY Suzuki GSX 1100+26.798
16Mark RODDASuzuki GS S 1100+30.893
17Paul RIGNEY Kawasaki Z R 1170+31.277
18Darren LARK Suzuki GSX 1150+41.182
DNSJohn ALLEN Yamaha OW31 750-1m35.515


bLUcRU Oceania Junior Cup

1Jacob HATCHYamaha YZF-R152m01.739
2Tom DRANEYamaha YZF-R15+0.757
3Carter THOMPSON Yamaha YZF-R15+0.769
4Patrick BOGNARYamaha YZF-R15+1.273
5Archie MCDONALDYamaha YZF-R15+2.741
6Marianos NIKOLIS Yamaha YZF-R15+3.063
7Max GIBBONS Yamaha YZF-R15+3.142
8Lincoln KNIGHT Yamaha YZF-R15+4.016
9Cormac BUCHANAN Yamaha YZF-R15+4.030
10Zak PETTENDYYamaha YZF-R15+4.305
11Hunter DIPLOCK Yamaha YZF-R15+4.414
12Cros FRANCIS Yamaha YZF-R15+4.910
13Dominic FLETCHERYamaha YZF-R15+5.716
14Jai RUSSO Yamaha YZF-R15+5.730
15Clay CLEGGYamaha YZF-R15+5.939
16Lucas QUINN Yamaha YZF-R15+7.006
17Cameron DUNKERYamaha YZF-R15+7.119
18Tom CONNORS Yamaha YZF-R15+8.662
19Jamie PORT Yamaha YZF-R15+9.373
20Varis FLEMING Yamaha YZF-R15+13.673
21Toby JAMES Yamaha YZF-R15+16.197
DNSAngus GRENFELLYamaha YZF-R15-2:01.739


Australian Superbike Standings

1Troy HERFOSS241
2Wayne MAXWELL238
3Michael JONES 236.5
5Josh WATERS216
6Bryan STARING211.5
7Matt WALTERS160.5
8Daniel FALZON156
9Alex PHILLIS131
10Arthur SISSIS106.5
11Mark CHIODO105
12Damon REES98.5
13Glenn SCOTT90
14Lachlan EPIS85
15Glenn ALLERTON82
16Aiden WAGNER71
17Sloan FROST60
19Aaron MORRIS40
20Brendan McINTYRE32
21Philip CZAJ31
22David BARKER27
23Max CROKER27
24Dean HASLER15
25Matt TOOLEY15
26Evan BYLES13
27Jamie STAUFFER10
28Brian HOUGHTON10
30Nathan SPITERI8
31Michael EDWARDS5
32Adam SENIOR5
34Trent GIBSON3
35Ryan YANKO3

Australian Supersport


Australian Supersport Standings

1Tom TOPARIS 350
2Broc PEARSON246
4Aidan HAYES191
5Oliver BAYLISS181
6Dallas SKEER161
7Reid BATTYE142
9Ty LYNCH141
10Rhys BELLING118
11Chris QUINN109
12Avalon BIDDLE101
13Callum SPRIGGS89
14John QUINN76
15Jack HYDE67
17Andrew EDSER64
18Richie DIBBEN48
21Timothy DONNON28
23Samuel LAMBERT22
24Callum O’BRIEN18
25Brodie MALOUF18
26Ryan SELLEN17
27Chandler COOPER17
28Corey TURNER16
29Ben LIEBIG14
30Matt CRANMER13
31Luke SANDERS13
32Bronson PICKETT12
33Daniel LEONARD5
34Oscar DAVISON1


ASBK Schedule

Friday Schedule
07.45Riders Briefing Briefing
08.45YMI Supersport 300FP
09.10Superbike MastersFP
09.30Motorsport TV SupersportFP
10.00YMF R3 CupFP1
10.25Kawasaki SuperbikeFP1
11.00bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupFP1
11.20YMI Supersport 300FP2
11.45Superbike MastersFP2
12.00Lunch – ASBK Pillion Rides
12.35Motorsport TV SupersportFP2
13.05YMF R3 CupFP2
13.30Kawasaki SuperbikeFP2
14.05bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupFP2
14.25YMI Supersport 300FP3
14.50Motorsport TV SupersportFP3
15.20YMF R3 CupFP3
15.45Kawasaki SuperbikeFP3
16.20bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupFP3
16.40Superbike MastersFP3
Saturday Schedule
09.00YMI Supersport 300Q1
09.25Superbike MastersQ1
09.45Motorsport TV SupersportQ1
10.15YMF R3 CupQ1
10.40Kawasaki SuperbikeTP
11.20bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupQ1
11.40YMI Supersport 300Q2
12.05Superbike MastersQ2
12.20Lunch – ASBK Pillion Rides
13.00YMF R3 CupQ2
13.25Motosport TV SupersportQ2
13.55bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupQ2
14.15YMI Supersport 300R1
14.40Kawasaki SuperbikeQ1
15.10Kawasaki Superbike (Top 12)Q2
15.30bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupR1
15.55Superbike MastersR1
16.15YMF R3 CupR1
Sunday Schedule
08.30YMF R3 CupWUP
08.40bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupWUP
08.50Motorsport TV SupersportWUP
09.00YMI Supersport 300WUP
09.10Kawasaki SuperbikeWUP
09.25Superbike MastersWUP
09.40YMF R3 CupR2
10.05bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupR2
10.25Motorsport TV SupersportR1
11.00YMI Supersport 300R2
11.25Kawasaki SuperbikeR1
12.10Superbike MastersR2
12.25Lunch – Pit Lane Walk
13.05YMI Supersport 300*R3
13.35Motorsport TV Supersport*R2
14.10Kawasaki Superbike*R2
15.05bLU cRU Oceania Junior CupR3
15.30YMF R3 CupR3
15.55Superbike MastersR3
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