MotoGP Support Races

Saturday Midday Report

Somewhat predictably, Troy Herfoss and Troy Bayliss dominated practice and qualifying for the Superbike support events at the Australian GP.

Herfoss was half-a-second clear of Bayliss, and more than two-seconds ahead of third ranked Glenn Allerton. The NextGen BMW rider using the event to shakedown the latest S 1000 RR for the first time in fledgling race trim.

The vast majority of the regular ASBK Superbike front runners have chosen not to compete this weekend. There are no championship points on offer, the ASBK finale is the following weekend after MotoGP, and finding the extra ten grand (at least that for a major team – probably a quarter of that for a base privateer), to do the MotoGP round, after already trying to find enough budget for a seven-round ASBK Championship, just doesn’t add up for most.

The opening eight-lap encounter for the Superbikes got underway almost on schedule at 1146.  Herfoss lifted the front off the line which allowed Bayliss to sneak through on the entry to turn one, just as a few drops of precipitation started falling around the circuit. Herfoss was back in front at Southern Loop and Bayliss then continued to lose positions. Mark Chiodo sneaking past the three-time World Superbike Champion and Glenn Allerton then pushed Bayliss further back to fourth. Lachlan Epis and Jed Metcher then both relegated Bayliss further down the order.

MotoGP Australia Phillip Island RbMotoLens ASBK Race Start Herfoss Leads
Superbike Race One – Image by Rob Mott

Officials then brought out the red flag due to the increased rain, which was still quite light, but combined with the blustery gale across the circuit, it was enough to see safety take priority. Riders formed straight back up on the grid where they were told that they would get a warm-up lap before re-starting the race.  That delay of a couple of minutes though saw tyres now getting colder while riders sat in the wind on the grid. The rain had passed by the time riders set out on another warm-up lap, thus conditions were better, but their tyres were now colder… No doubt that had been a hard call for officials to bring out the red flag, sort of damned if you do and damned if you don’t I guess.

Glenn Allerton got a scorching start on the new BMW S 1000 RR when they got underway again ahead of Troy Bayliss and Troy Herfoss. Allerton winding the BMW up out of Southern Loop saw the rear end of the machine pumping away as it lost traction, Allerton then ran in too hot for turn four and went from hero to zero, rejoining at the back of the field. 

Troy Herfoss and Mark Chiodo made short work of Bayliss as it became a Penrite Honda 1-2 at the head of the field. Lachlan Epis and Jed Metcher were tussling over fourth position. 

Herfoss and Chiodo were both quickly down to 1m33s and Chiodo was keeping Herfoss honest, setting the fastest lap of the race but then at half-race distance the young Victorian lost some ground after making some sort of mistake, and Bayliss pounced to move up to second place. Herfoss had a 2.5-second lead. 

Mark Chiodo got back past Bayliss on the penultimate lap and pulled enough ground on the Ducati to secure that second place. Herfoss though a clear winner and despite backing off on the final lap still the victor by 3.3-seconds.

Lachlan Epis held off a determined charge from Jed Metcher to take fourth place while Allerton had pushed his way back through the field to take sixth. 

Superbikes were scheduled to have two more races but due to excessive wind the rest of the Saturday schedule was cancelled. Then due to the MotoGP schedule needing to be rejigged for Sunday, all further domestic racing was canned for the weekend. 

Superbike Support Race One Results

ASBK Superbike Day one Practice and Qualification
Qualifying record – Mike JONES (QLD) – 05/10/19 – 1:31.995


1Troy HERFOSSHonda CBR RR11m08.047
2Mark CHIODOHonda CBR RR+3.367
3Troy BAYLISS Ducati+3.875
4Lachlan EPISKawasaki ZX10R+12.324
5Jed METCHERSuzuki GSXR+12.422
6Glenn ALLERTONBMW S RR+21.137
7Dean HASLER BMW S RR+32.305
8Ryan TAYLOR Yamaha YZF-R1+37.798
9Lukey Luke FOLLACCHIOBMW S RR+42.424
10Trent GIBSONDucati+1m01.993
11Hamish McMURRAY Kawasaki ZX10R+1m05.853
12Richard HEWSONYamaha YZF-R1+1m06.064
13Philip BUCKMAN Suzuki GSXR+1m14.159
DNSPhilip CZAJ (Aprilia RSV47 Laps
1Troy HERFOSSHonda CBR RR1m32.171
2Troy BAYLISSDucati1m32.789
3Glenn ALLERTONBMW S RR1m34.283
4Jed METCHERSuzuki GSXR1m34.681
5Mark CHIODOHonda CBR RR1m34.768
6Lachlan EPISKawasaki ZX10R1m35.683
7Dean HASLERBMW S RR1m37.654
8Philip CZAJAprilia RSV41m38.644
9Ryan TAYLORYamaha YZF-R11m38.979
10Lukey Luke FOLLACCHIOBMW S RR1m38.990
11Trent GIBSONDucati1m40.071
12Richard HEWSONYamaha YZF-R11m41.179
13Hamish McMURRAYKawasaki ZX10R1m42.424
14Dennis BECHYamaha YZF-R11m43.394
15Philip BUCKMANSuzuki GSXR1m43.858
1Troy BAYLISS Ducati1m48.184
2Troy HERFOSS Honda CBR RR+0.680
3Jed METCHERSuzuki GSXR+0.779
5Lachlan EPIS Kawasaki ZX10R+1.760
6Mark CHIODO Honda CBR RR+3.894
7Richard HEWSONYamaha YZF-R1+5.778
8Lukey Luke FOLLACCHIO BMW S RR+6.127
9Dean HASLERBMW S RR+6.621
10Philip CZAJ Aprilia RSV4+7.358
11Philip BUCKMAN Suzuki GSXR+8.141
12Dennis BECH Yamaha YZF-R1+16.548
13Ryan TAYLOR Yamaha YZF-R1+19.434
14Hamish McMURRAY Kawasaki ZX10R+26.347

2019 Australian GP Supports Entry Lists

Australian Superbike (ASBK)

1Troy HerfossQLDHonda
33Hamish McMurrayNSWKawasaki
14Glenn AllertonNSWBMW
21Troy Bayliss QLDDucati
217Dean HaslerNSW 
83Lachlan EpisNSWKawasaki
52Ryan TaylorVICYamaha 
74Scott McGregorVICHonda
34Trent GibsonVICDucati
3Jed MetcherVICSuzuki
11Philip CzajVICAprilia
30Mark ChiodoVICHonda
113Dennis BechVICYamaha 
19Richard HewsonVICYamaha 
41Philip BuckmanVICSuzuki
78Lukey Luke FollacchioVICBMW

SSP300 Race One Report

Matthew Rindel took Friday honours in the keenly fought Australian Supersport 300 class that marked the opening support race at this weekend’s Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019.

Jhonston was fast in the damp Friday morning practice session, took pole position in the afternoon and was looking like the man to beat in the race.

But Rindel gave Jhonston plenty to think about come the race and the two battled hard until Jhonston raised his hand on the main straight at the end of six laps, parkinj his Kawasaki against the fence with a mechanical problem.

In the end, Rindel cleared out, winning by an incredible 22-seconds.

There was a great battle for the podium places, with Patrick Bognar, Zane Kinna and Cooper Corbett swapping positions over the first half of the race. But Bognar dropped his bike at MG on Lap 5, leaving Kinna and Corbett to fight it out.

Corbett drafted by Kinna on the run to the flag to snatch the spot by 0.067 seconds. Bognar recovered to take fourth, fighting off Josh Noden (Yamaha).

ASBK SSP300 Practice Race and Qualification Results

1Matthew RINDEL Yamaha R3 32114m58.889
2Cooper CORBETTYamaha R3 321+21.911
3Zane KINNA Yamaha R3 321+21.978
4Patrick BOGNAR Yamaha R3 321+40.509
5Josh NODENYamaha R3 321+40.586
6Craig WHITE Kawasaki EX 400+52.598
7Jeremy CZMOKYamaha R3 321+1m03.118
8Brian LEWIS KTM RC 390+1m03.548
9Wayne BATSONKawasaki EX 300+1m15.521
10Alistair WILTONYamaha R3 321+1m29.929
11Luke JHONSTON Kawasaki EX 400+2 Laps
12John BLENKINYamaha R3 321+3 Laps
1Luke JHONSTON Kawasaki EX 4001m50.154
2Matthew RINDEL Yamaha R3 321+1.558
3Cooper CORBETTYamaha R3 321+3.598
4Patrick BOGNARYamaha R3 321+4.074
5Zane KINNAYamaha R3 321+4.380
6Josh NODEN Yamaha R3 321+6.804
7John BLENKINYamaha R3 321+7.873
8Keegan PICKERINGYamaha R3 321+8.010
9Craig WHITE Kawasaki EX 400+8.472
10Wayne BATSON Kawasaki EX 300+9.600
11Brian LEWIS KTM RC 390+9.648
12Jeremy CZMOK Yamaha R3 321+10.991
13Alistair WILTONYamaha R3 321+13.489
1Luke JHONSTON Kawasaki EX 4001m59.774
2Matthew RINDELYamaha R3 321+1.106
3Cooper CORBETTYamaha R3 321+1.953
4Zane KINNA Yamaha R3 321+4.629
5Josh NODENYamaha R3 321+6.821
6Keegan PICKERING Yamaha R3 321+7.007
7Brian LEWISKTM RC 390+9.659
8Jeremy CZMOK Yamaha R3 321+12.639
9John BLENKIN Yamaha R3 321+12.780
10Adam COX KTM RC 390+13.416
11Patrick BOGNARYamaha R3 321+13.852
12Craig WHITE Kawasaki EX 400+18.114
13Wayne BATSONKawasaki EX 300+19.609
14Alistair WILTONYamaha R3 321+24.092

2019 Australian GP Supports Entry Lists

Australian Supersport 300 (SSP300)

22Keegan PickeringNSWYamaha
25Luke JhonstonNSWKawasaki
131Adam CoxQLDKTM
100Zane KinnaVICYamaha
16Josh NodenVICYamaha
24Cooper CorbettVICYamaha
40Jeremy CzmokVICYamaha
25Alistair WiltonNZYamaha
37Patrick BognarVICYamaha
48Brian LewisVICKTM
95Matthew Rindel VICYamaha
111Wayne BatsonSA 
12John BlenkinNSWYamaha
19Craig WhiteNSWKawasaki