Mark Chiodo on 600 Supersport Pole – Reid Battye fastest 300 Supersport Production
Victorian rising star Mark Chiodo was untouchable in the Australian Motul Supersport Championship qualifying at Phillip Island’s opening round of the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship supported by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) this afternoon, soaring to a dominant pole position.
The Repsol Gas Racing Triumph 675 R rider posted a fastest lap of 1m35.899s on his fifth and final circulation during the 15-minute session, just outside of the existing circuit best lap of 1m35.826s set by former national champion Shannon Johnson in 2009.
“It’s really good to take the first pole position of the year,” Chiodo reflected. “I mean, testing has all been good, but it’s another thing to bring it to the round and we’ve shown that we can do that.”
Posting ‘that time’ put Chiodo a full 1.657s ahead of Mason Coote (Mason Coote Racing YZF-R6) in second, while Ted Collins (Next Get Motorsport GSX-R600) will fill the three-rider front row of the talent-packed 35 rider grid.
“P2 in qualifying, I can’t believe it because I’ve had 14 months off the bike and it’s my first race in such a long time,” Coote said. “It’s only qualifying, but I’m over the moon. The bike’s working amazingly well – the Yamaha and Pirelli combination is unreal.”
Collins commented; “That ride was awesome! The bike’s been working well, Traction Control suspension and Next Gen Motorsports have put an awesome package together. I just went out there and did my best – it’s my first front row in ASBK, so I’m pumped.”
Defending national number three, Luke Mitchell (DPH Motorsports YZF-R6) will start out of fourth, 2.013s from the pole-time, after edging out impressive class newcomer and Supersport 300 graduate Sam Condon (Bikebiz YZF-R6).
Positions six through 10 belong to Nic Liminton (ARAI Center YZF-R6), Ryan Taylor (Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres YZF-R6), Cambridge Olivier (Sydney West Riders Racing YZF-R6), Callum Alderson (AARK Racing YZF-R6) and Ben Burke (Yamaha YZF-R6) respectively.
Race one of the 2017 Australian Supersport Championship is scheduled to be contested across 10 laps at 4:10pm local time on Saturday, with two more races of the same duration due to take place on Sunday alongside round one of the Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).
Australian Supersport 2017 – Round One – Phillip Island – Qualifying Results
Mark Chiodo 1m35.899 / Triumph
Mason Coote 1m37.556 / Yamaha
Ted Collins 1m37.765 / Suzuki
Luke Mitchell 1m37.912 / Yamaha
Sam Condon 1m38.051 / Yamaha
Nic Liminton 1m38.144 / Yamaha
Ryan Taylor 1m38.492 / Yamaha
Cambridge Olivier 1m38.714 / Yamaha
Callum Alderson 1m38.829 / Yamaha
Ben Burke 1m38.855 / Yamaha
Giuseppe Scarcella 1m38.856 / Honda
Jordan Carlsson 1m38.928 / Yamaha
Chris Quinn 1m39.146 / Yamaha
Sam Muldoon 1m39.408 / Kawasaki
Tom Toparis 1m39.623 / Kawasaki
Brian Houghton 1m40.599
Brendan Wilson 1m40.774
Cam Russell 1m40.881
Michael Knight 1m41.161
Hayden Spinks 1m41.243
Aidan Hayes 1m41.601
Jack Dawes 1m41.767
Lincoln Gilding 1m42.099
Justin Case 1m42.228
Grant Davis 1m42.300
Jake Pruiti 1m42.368
Rhys Belling 1m42.597
Zac Levy 1m42.638
Adrian Forde 1m43.363
Steve Haslam 1m43.417
Jimmy Broadbent 1m43.444
Bob Mackenzie 1m44.254
Joel Rhodes 1m44.321
John McCabe 1m44.638
Steven Willmott 1m47.504
A determined line-up of Australian Supersport 300 Championship riders did battle on Friday at Phillip Island during round one of the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK), with Reid Battye (IPONE Ninja 300) capturing the first pole position of the season.
Battye (Up To 300) stormed to the top of the combined Over and Up To 300 time-sheets with a 1m51.525s, 0.182s ahead of practice pace-setter Tom Edwards (Steelline Ninja 300). Last year’s YMF R3 Cup winner Zac Levy (Puma RV’s YZF-R3) slotted into third overall and was the best of the Over 300 entries with a time of 1m51.862s.
“Qualifying went to plan and we got P1,” Battye said. “The bike felt unbelievable out there. There was a strong headwind, but I managed to get a few slip-streams down the straight and it paid off. So I’m really happy with this.”
Meanwhile, Levy will look to improve further once the lights go out in the races: “It’s definitely good to be first in the Over 300s. We were a bit off the pace in the practices and I was two and a half seconds from my best times here, but we got down to it in qualifying and that’s the main thing. Now I look forward to the races.”
Jack Passfield (Stay Upright YZF-R3) continued his strong run of form in fourth, ahead of Laura Brown (Shelk Ninja 300, 1:52.206), who completed a tight top-five. The top 10 was rounded out by defending Over 300 champion Brandon Demmery (Deborah Motorsports YZF-R3), Up To 300champion Drew Sells (Race Center Ninja 300), Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing Ninja 300), Billy van Eerde (KTM RC 390) and Jack Mahaffy (JDS Moto YZF-R3).
With 42 riders securing their place on the grid ahead of Saturday’s opening eight-lap race at 8:50am local time, three riders will be held as reserves, and the close-knit development category will contest its second race at 4:50pm. Race three will grid up on Sunday alongside the opening round of the 2017 Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).
Australian 300 Supersport 2017 – Round One – Phillip Island – Qualifying Results
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