2019 ASBK – Round Six – Phillip Island

Superbike Race Two

Wayne Maxwell completely dominated the opening 12-lapper while Troy Herfoss displayed even more determination than normal to take second ahead of Mike Jones. While Maxwell had been by himself up front, the battle for second place had been frenetic and took place with Josh Waters and Cru Halliday in close company.

Mike Jones may have ‘only’ scored third but he still extended his lead in the championship over Cru Halliday out to 14.5-points. The 25-points for Wayne Maxwell promoted him into third place, four-points behind Halliday, 18.5-points over Jones. Herfoss’ hard fought second place had pushed his tally up to 216-points, thus we had 20-points covering the top four in the championship ahead to this final race of the penultimate round.

Away we go!

All riders got away cleanly but it was pole-sitter Mike Jones that led them through Southern Loop for the first time with Wayne Maxwell and Matt Walters in close company.

Jones and Maxwell started to break away from the field from turn four and around the back of the circuit, the pair down the chute to start lap two nose-to-tail. Despite tailing Jones around turn 12 the Ducati still had enough mumbo to pull away from the Suzuki down the main straight.

Maxwell made his way past at turn three with an inside move that made the Ducati man stand the Ducati down a little. Matt Walters was still a strong third place.

Cru Halliday then saw his championship chances slide away from him as the #65 went down while trying to pass team-mate Falzon at MG Hairpin. 

Mike Jones was back into the lead with ten laps to go but not for long as Maxwell again took the lead at turn four. 

Troy Herfoss then put in a new fastest lap of the race on lap four to close in on third placed Matt Walters and then pass him around the back of the circuit. Next target Jones…

Herfoss set another new fastest lap of the race on the next circuit, a 1m32.512s to close to within striking distance of the leading duo. Would Herf’ have enough rubber left to take the battle all the way to Maxwell and Jones in the closing laps….?

Mike Jones goes down!

Jones went down at turn four, he was just a little wide on entry and while trying to gather it back up and on-line he was brushed on the inside by Maxwell who was on the normal tighter line, the result saw Jones on the deck, and Maxwell in the lead…

Officials notified us that the incident was under investigation, for what reason I don’t really know unless they had a lot more camera angles than I had seen…

Bryan Staring goes down…!

Another championship contender sees his championship chances disappear before his eyes as Bryan Staring. 

Mark Chiodo goes down!

With five laps to run it was Herfoss shadowing Maxwell and that pair had three-seconds on Matt Walters.

The Cessnock Kawasaki privateer was starting to come under attack from Josh Waters and Daniel Falzon as they tried to steal that podium from the 26-year-old. He was not giving up without a very big fight, the ZX-10R wriggling and writhing around on corner exit but Walters pin-point accurate on corner entries in what was an impressive performance. 

Last lap board

Troy Herfoss lunges up the inside of Wayne Maxwell into turn one on the final lap, maintains sway through Southern Loop, Maxwell goes up the inside before turn three… Maxwell has the inside line at turn four, maintains advantage into Siberia. Herfoss on the pipe of the Suzuki before slipping up the inside before Hayshed in an awesome move!

Herfoss holds on through Lukey Heights and MG Hairpin, leads Maxwell around turn 11…… Gets the power down…..   Maxwell got a great run off 12 but Herfoss had done enough! Herfoss the race winner by 0.028 of a second at the chequered flag! 

ASBK Round Phillip Island Superbike Race Flag
Maxwell pulled out of the slipstream but didn’t have enough to overhaul Herfoss on the run to the line

Herfoss wins and takes series lead!

ASBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens SBK R Parc Ferme Troy Herfoss
Troy Herfoss the new ASBK Championship leader

Troy Herfoss the new championship leader by three-points over Maxwell.  Jones still right in the hunt, only 4.5-points off the championship leader and of course that means less than five-points separates that top trio heading to the championship finale at Sydney Motorsport Park early next month. 

ASBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens SBK R Parc Ferme Troy Herfoss
Phillip Island is generally a track that Herfoss has not had his best results, but he turned that form around this weekend and walks away the series lead

Josh Waters got the better of Falzon and Walters to climb the final step on the rostrum for this race, and also third place for the round. 

ASBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens SBK R Parc Josh Waters Ferme Troy Herfoss Wayne Maxwell
Superbike Race Two Podium – Herfoss the winner from Maxwell while Waters claimed third

Superbike Race Two Results


Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Troy HERFOSS  Honda CBR RR SP 18m45.784
2 Wayne MAXWELL Suzuki GSXRR +0.028
3 Josh WATERS  Suzuki GSXRR +5.845
4 Daniel FALZON  Yamaha YZF-R1 +5.865
5 Matt WALTERS  Kawasaki ZX10R +7.018
6 Glenn ALLERTON BMW S RR +21.089
7 Damon REES  Honda CBR +27.446
8 Alex PHILLIS  Suzuki GSXR +27.875
9 Lachlan EPIS  Kawasaki ZX10R +36.998
10 Sloan FROST  Suzuki GSXR +53.843
11 Aaron MORRIS  BMW S RR +59.411
12 Dean HASLER  BMW S RR +59.830
13 Matt TOOLEY Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m01.825
14 David BARKER  Kawasaki ZX10R +1m04.426
15 Philip CZAJ Aprilia RSV4 +1m18.626
16 Nathan SPITERI Suzuki GSXRR +1m21.343
17 Brendan MCINTYRE  Suzuki GSXR +1m28.002
18 Trent GIBSON Suzuki GSXR +1m38.075
19 Michael EDWARDS  Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m38.292
DNF Mark CHIODO Honda CBR RR SP 5 Laps
DNF Mike JONES  Ducati 1299 FE 6 Laps
DNF Bryan STARING  Kawasaki ZX10R 6 Laps
DNF Cru HALLIDAY  Yamaha YZF-R1 11 Laps


Pos Rider Pole Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Troy HERFOSS   20 25 45
2 Wayne MAXWELL   25 20 45
3 Josh WATERS   17 18 35
4 Daniel FALZON   15 17 32
5 Matt WALTERS   14 16 30
6 Glenn ALLERTON   11 15 26
7 Alex PHILLIS   8 13 21
8 Lachlan EPIS   9 12 21
9 Michael JONES 1 18   19
10 Sloan FROST   7 11 18
11 Cru HALLIDAY   16   16
12 Dean HASLER   6 9 15
13 Damon REES     14 14
14 Bryan STARING   13   13
15 Mark CHIODO   12   12
16 David BARKER   4 7 11
17 Philip CZAJ   5 6 11
18 Aaron MORRIS     10 10
19 Jamie STAUFFER   10   10
20 Matt TOOLEY     8 8
21 Nathan SPITERI   3 5 8
22 Brendan McINTYRE   2 4 6
23 Trent GIBSON     3 3
24 Michael EDWARDS   1 2 3
Pos Name Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Troy HERFOSS 20 25 241
2 Wayne MAXWELL 25 20 238
3 Michael JONES x1 Pole 18   236.5
4 Cru HALLIDAY 16   222
5 Josh WATERS 17 18 216
6 Bryan STARING 13   211.5
7 Matt WALTERS 14 16 160.5
8 Daniel FALZON 15 17 156
9 Alex PHILLIS 8 13 131
10 Arthur SISSIS     106.5
11 Mark CHIODO 12   105
12 Damon REES   14 98.5
13 Glenn SCOTT     90
14 Lachlan EPIS 9 12 85
15 Glenn ALLERTON 11 15 82
16 Aiden WAGNER     71
17 Sloan FROST 7 11 60
18 Ted COLLINS     49
19 Aaron MORRIS   10 40
20 Brendan McINTYRE 2 4 32
21 Philip CZAJ 5 6 31
22 David BARKER 4 7 27
23 Max CROKER     27
24 Dean HASLER 6 9 15
25 Matt TOOLEY   8 15
26 Evan BYLES     13
27 Jamie STAUFFER 10   10
28 Brian HOUGHTON     10
29 Kyle BUCKLEY     9
30 Nathan SPITERI 3 5 8
31 Michael EDWARDS 1 2 5
32 Adam SENIOR     5
33 Paul VAN DER HEIDEN     4
34 Trent GIBSON   3 3
35 Ryan YANKO     3
36 Will DAVIDSON     2
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