The track temperature was over 54-degrees by the time Superbike FP2 got underway at 1330 this afternoon and as a result many riders failed to improve on the times they had set in FP1. It was still Cru Halliday topping the time-sheets throughout though with a 1m30.823s ahead of Mark Chiodo, the young Penrite Honda rider improving markedly on his FP1 time.
The track temperature had dropped slightly to 52.7-degrees when riders headed out of pit-lane at 1545 for FP3.
Mike Jones was quick out of the blocks with a 1m31.003s on his first flying lap this afternoon then backed it up with a 1m30.770s on his second circuit, almost good enough to best Halliday’s 1m30.752s from FP1. On his third lap of the session Jones then recorded a 1m30.885s, followed by a 1m31.065s then 1m31.608s followed by 1m31.391s, 1m31.765s and 1m31.362s before then pulling into the pits.
FP1 pacesetter and still leader on combined times Cru Halliday did not leave the pits until halfway through the 30-minute session. Just as Jones returned to the DesmoSport Ducati pit bay.
Daniel Falzon had put in a great 1m31.220s early on in the session and was also back out to try and better it in the second half of the session.
Bryan Staring was also starting to wind up the BCperformance Kawasaki, the Western Australian improved to a 1m31.081s with 12 minutes to go.
Daniel Falzon then dropped in the fastest time of the day thus far, a 1m30.543s to the young South Australian with ten minutes remaining. He then slowed to a 1m33.679s before ramping up again on the next lap where he was under at the first split, slightly outside at the second and then crossed the line to record a 1m30.878s. There were now seven minutes remaining.
Wayne Maxwell kept his powder dry until this stage of the game but then announced his presence with a 1m30.500s to take top spot from Falzon.
Five minutes remaining and Daniel Falzon, Mike Jones and Bryan Staring were heading back out on track while Cru Halliday was shaping up for a flyer… Halliday under Maxwell’s marker at the first split, under again at the second and then crossed the line to go P1 on a 1m30.486s.
Then it was Herfoss’ turn to shake things up. A tenth outside at the first split, three-tenths at the second before then pulling back a little time in the last sector to set a 1m30.739s. There were now two minutes remaining… The Penrite Honda man had another crack but failed to improve further.
Mike Jones had used his last laps of the session to try a new shock in the DesmoSport Ducati but ended up preferring the previous set-up. His run of laps earlier in the session very impressive and the Queenslander put in the largest number of truly quick laps today suggesting that they already have arrived at a competitive race set-up.
YRT’s Halliday is the top man for the day ahead of Maxwell, Falzon, Herfoss, Jones, Chiodo, Staring and Josh Waters.
Matt Walters continued his recent hot form to be right on the heels of the factory boys and ahead of Glenn Allerton who rounded out the top ten on the NextGen BMW as he continues to shake down the new S 1000 RR that the team recently took delivery of.
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It was a very hot FP2 session for Avalon Biddle.Her Cube Racing YZF-R6 burst into flames when she entered pit-lane and she promptly jumped off the machine as fire extinguishers were called to action and thankfully put it out before too much damage was wrought. Still, her crew is left with a lot of work to do.
Despite the hot track temperatures late in the afternoon, Tom Toparis lowered his marker further in FP3, a 1m32.655s only one-thousandth away from Jamie Stauffer’s Supersport lap record from 2008.Tommy has a little way to go for the fastest outright Supersport lap though, that also belongs to Jamie with his 1m32.009s in qualifying on his way to pole in 2008.
Tom Edwards improved dramatically in FP3 to place second in Supersport for the day but his time is 1.7-seconds off Toparis. Still, an impressive outing on the BikeBiz YZF-R6 after a season spent on SuperSport 300 machinery in Europe.
Aidan Hayes was third quickest ahead of Jack Passfield and Callum Spriggs while Broc Pearson was sixth ahead of Nic Liminton and Oli Bayliss.
Senna Agius topped proceedings in Supersport 300 with his 1m43.455s in FP2 good enough to top the overall timesheets ahead of Hunter Ford and Max Stauffer.
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