2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli
Round Four – Hidden Valley Raceway, NT 7-9 July
Darwin ASBK will see the return of Glenn Allerton
Crankt Protein Honda Fireblade SP2 to make competitive debut at Hidden Valley
The Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) is ready to ignite Darwin when it returns for the first time in years to Hidden Valley Raceway.
This time around not only will the on-track action be electric, the ASBK will broadcast straight to fan’s TV screens and devices, live! Can’t make it to the track? Then make sure you tune-in to channel SBS at 2:30 PM AEST or Live Stream via asbk.com.au from 10:30 AM AEST.
There’s simply too much on the line this round to miss a second of the action.
Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway is an absolute rider favourite and crowd pleaser. Boasting a long main straight, intricate corner sequences topped with tropical weather, the lap records are sure to tumble across the classes! Aside from the on-track racing action, there’s plenty for race fans to look out for.
From the Dave McKenna Yamaha MT-09 Stunt Show, the ASBK Trade Alley featuring the massive bLU cRU Yamaha truck, VIP helicopter rides and the Mini Moto which is free for kids to try, it will be a weekend to remember!
There are a myriad of stories to keep track of as Round 4 rapidly approaches; with Yamaha Racing Team’s Glenn Allerton’s (Yamaha YZF-R1) long awaited return after breaking his arm back at Wakefield Park Raceway (NSW) at Round 2. It will be fascinating to see how the former Australian Superbike Champion fares on his return as he remounts his trusted Yamaha Superbike around the circuit.
ASBK will be treated to Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team debuting the brand new CBR1000SP2 in Darwin and there is much anticipation to see how the new bike will perform and whether it can provide reigning champion Troy Herfoss (Honda CBR1000SP2) the competitive edge in the 2017 title hunt.
Another story to keep track of is young Troy Guenther (NextGen Motorsports, BMW S1000RR), as he recovers from a racing incident last weekend. Team Manager, Wayne Hepburn is hopeful that the Superbike Rookie will be able to compete, if he’s up to the task.
To better cope with the Darwin heat (as the rest of Australia shivers through the winter), riders have been training hard over the ‘unofficial winter break’ to better perform and endure the high temperatures of the ‘Top End’. The race weekend will be a test of fitness and could play into the hands of those who have put in the hard work.
As it stands, the Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbike (YMI) class is caught in a tight championship scrap, with Daniel Falzon (JD Racing Team, Yamaha YZF-R1), Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1) and Herfoss all separated by only nine points! With so much to play for, collecting wins at Hidden Valley will be critical.
The Motul Supersport class has been thrown a curveball with young gun Ted Collins (NextGen Motorsports, Suzuki GSX-R600) taking the title-fight to the highly touted Mark Chiodo (Repsol Gas Racing, Triumph 675R).
Motul Supersport Championship Standings
Ted Collins 137
Mason Coote 111
Mark Chiodo 94.5
Tom Toparis 91
Jordan Carlsson 81.5
Sam Condon 80.5
Nic Liminton 67
Ryan Taylor 61
Chris Quinn 56.5
Damon Rees 46
Jake Pruiti 46
Cambridge Olivier 46
Lincoln Gilding 43
Ben Burke 41.5
Giuseppe Scarcella 40
Sam Lambert 36
Aidan Hayes 36
Sam Muldoon 33
Rhys Belling 28.5
Hayden Spinks 25
The Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 class is delivering a massive field of riders with too many up and coming stars of the future to count; such as young guns Reid Battye (DB Racing, Kawasaki EX 300) and Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing, Kawasaki EX 300).
Hi-Tec Supersport 300 Over 300cc Championship Points
Zac Levy 139
Tom Bramich 130.5
Brandon Demmery 127
Jack Mahaffy 114
Billy Van Eerde 112
Corey Briffa 103.5
Hunter Ford 99.5
Ben Bramich 97.5
Jack Passfield 94
Ty Lynch 94
Hi-Tec Supersport 300 Under 300cc Championship Points
Reid Battye 185
Scott Nicholson 149
Yanni Shaw 129
Drew Sells 123
Bronson Joel Pickett 94.5
Oli Bayliss 92
Laura Brown 79
Gregory Farrell 72
Tom Edwards 70
Keegan Pickering 63
This round includes the Moto 3 and Motorsports NT Club Challenge who feature for the first time this year on the ASBK calendar.
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