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

 

Pos Name Machine Time/Gap
1 Troy HERFOSS Honda CBR RR 11m08.047
2 Mark CHIODO Honda CBR RR +3.367
3 Troy BAYLISS  Ducati +3.875
4 Lachlan EPIS Kawasaki ZX10R +12.324
5 Jed METCHER Suzuki GSXR +12.422
6 Glenn ALLERTON BMW S RR +21.137
7 Dean HASLER  BMW S RR +32.305
8 Ryan TAYLOR  Yamaha YZF-R1 +37.798
9 Lukey Luke FOLLACCHIO BMW S RR +42.424
10 Trent GIBSON Ducati +1m01.993
11 Hamish McMURRAY  Kawasaki ZX10R +1m05.853
12 Richard HEWSON Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m06.064
13 Philip BUCKMAN  Suzuki GSXR +1m14.159
DNS Philip CZAJ ( Aprilia RSV4 7 Laps
Pos Rider Rider Time
1 Troy HERFOSS Honda CBR RR 1m32.171
2 Troy BAYLISS Ducati 1m32.789
3 Glenn ALLERTON BMW S RR 1m34.283
4 Jed METCHER Suzuki GSXR 1m34.681
5 Mark CHIODO Honda CBR RR 1m34.768
6 Lachlan EPIS Kawasaki ZX10R 1m35.683
7 Dean HASLER BMW S RR 1m37.654
8 Philip CZAJ Aprilia RSV4 1m38.644
9 Ryan TAYLOR Yamaha YZF-R1 1m38.979
10 Lukey Luke FOLLACCHIO BMW S RR 1m38.990
11 Trent GIBSON Ducati 1m40.071
12 Richard HEWSON Yamaha YZF-R1 1m41.179
13 Hamish McMURRAY Kawasaki ZX10R 1m42.424
14 Dennis BECH Yamaha YZF-R1 1m43.394
15 Philip BUCKMAN Suzuki GSXR 1m43.858
Pos Name Bike Time/Gap
1 Troy BAYLISS  Ducati 1m48.184
2 Troy HERFOSS  Honda CBR RR +0.680
3 Jed METCHER Suzuki GSXR +0.779
4 Glenn ALLERTON BMW S RR +1.307
5 Lachlan EPIS  Kawasaki ZX10R +1.760
6 Mark CHIODO  Honda CBR RR +3.894
7 Richard HEWSON Yamaha YZF-R1 +5.778
8 Lukey Luke FOLLACCHIO  BMW S RR +6.127
9 Dean HASLER BMW S RR +6.621
10 Philip CZAJ  Aprilia RSV4 +7.358
11 Philip BUCKMAN  Suzuki GSXR +8.141
12 Dennis BECH  Yamaha YZF-R1 +16.548
13 Ryan TAYLOR  Yamaha YZF-R1 +19.434
14 Hamish McMURRAY  Kawasaki ZX10R +26.347

2019 Australian GP Supports Entry Lists

Australian Superbike (ASBK)

# Rider State Make
1 Troy Herfoss QLD Honda
33 Hamish McMurray NSW Kawasaki
14 Glenn Allerton NSW BMW
21 Troy Bayliss  QLD Ducati
217 Dean Hasler NSW  
83 Lachlan Epis NSW Kawasaki
52 Ryan Taylor VIC Yamaha 
74 Scott McGregor VIC Honda
34 Trent Gibson VIC Ducati
3 Jed Metcher VIC Suzuki
11 Philip Czaj VIC Aprilia
30 Mark Chiodo VIC Honda
113 Dennis Bech VIC Yamaha 
19 Richard Hewson VIC Yamaha 
41 Philip Buckman VIC Suzuki
78 Lukey Luke Follacchio VIC BMW

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

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

2019 Australian GP Supports Entry Lists

Australian Supersport 300 (SSP300)

# Rider State Make
22 Keegan Pickering NSW Yamaha
25 Luke Jhonston NSW Kawasaki
131 Adam Cox QLD KTM
100 Zane Kinna VIC Yamaha
16 Josh Noden VIC Yamaha
24 Cooper Corbett VIC Yamaha
40 Jeremy Czmok VIC Yamaha
25 Alistair Wilton NZ Yamaha
37 Patrick Bognar VIC Yamaha
48 Brian Lewis VIC KTM
95 Matthew Rindel  VIC Yamaha
111 Wayne Batson SA  
12 John Blenkin NSW Yamaha
19 Craig White NSW Kawasaki