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YMF ASBK 2017 – Round Seven – Phillip Island

It’s underway! Phillip Island this morning saw competitors hit the track as the seventh and final round of the YMF Australian Superbike Championship kicked off in cool and windy conditions. The white-caps were being whipped up off the coast looking towards Bass Strait and the often changing wind gusts to 35km/h kept riders on their toes as they refamiliarised themselves with the 4.45km ribbon of snaking blacktop that is widely recognised as one of the most daunting circuits in the world.

The YMI Superbike class is still fairly wide open heading into this finale. With 51-points up for grabs, one for pole position, plus 2×12-lap races each worth 25-points apiece on Sunday. And with only 25-points covering the top four Superbike competitors anything could still happen.

YMI Superbike Championship Standings
  1. Troy Herfoss 226
  2. Josh Waters 220
  3. Wayne Maxwell 211
  4. Robbie Bugden 201
  5. Daniel Falzon 188
  6. Cru Halliday 183

Many riders tested here early last week when they joined regular punters on circuit at Phillip Island Ride Days.

Despite no official timing at that test, Waters was reported to have been the pacesetter with a 1m33.2 on the GSX-R1000. Cru Halliday destroyed an R1 at the test while Corey Turner also fell on the DesmoSport Ducati.

Jed Metcher is making a return to the ASBK ranks this weekend onboard a Race Center Yamaha YZF-R1.

Recently crowned Supersport Champion Ted Collins is making his Superbike debut on a NextGen BMW this weekend. Last year’s Supersport Champion Troy Guenther has ridden a NextGen BMW throughout this season but will not race here this weekend, the likeable young Queenslander obviously just not gelling with the machine. He has collected 88-points this season but those results are not where he, or the team, expected thus they will focus their efforts on Collins’ debut this weekend at Phillip Island.

This morning the first of 3 x 25-minute Free Practice sessions for the YMI Superbike class got underway at 1033 with an ambient temperature of 12-degrees.

Wayne Maxwell quickly went to the top of the charts when the session got underway and that was where the #47 Yamaha remained until session end. Maxwell was the only man in the 1m33s this morning.

Wayne Maxwell - Image by TBG
Wayne Maxwell – Image by TBG

Josh Waters was second quickest, his 34.13 half-a-second quicker than Glenn Allerton.

Bryan Staring was quick out of the blocks this morning a 34.84 on his fifth lap good enough for fourth quickest ahead of Cru Halliday and Daniel Falzon.

Defending champion and current series leader Troy Herfoss was seventh quickest.

Robbie Bugden did not test here recently and rounded out the top ten this morning.

Ted Collins recorded a 1m37.61 on the NextGen BMW in what was his first ever official Superbike practice session.

YMI Superbike Free Practice Results

  1. Wayne Maxwell 1m33.91 – Yamaha
  2. Josh Waters 1m34.13 – Suzuki
  3. Glenn Allerton 1m34.64 – Yamaha
  4. Bryan Staring 1m34.84 – Honda
  5. Cru Halliday 1m34.86 – Yamaha
  6. Daniel Falzon 1m34.94 – Yamaha
  7. Troy Herfoss 1m35.01 – Honda
  8. Michael Blair 1m35.82 – Yamaha
  9. Matt Walters 1m35.82 – Kawasaki
  10. Robbie Bugden 1m35.85 – Kawasaki
  11. Corey Turner 1m36.06 – Ducati
  12. Jed Metcher 1m36.45 – Yamaha
  13. Alex Phillis 1m36.50 – Yamaha
  14. Sloan Frost 1m36.83 – Suzuki
  15. Josh Hook 1m37.13 – Ducati
  16. Beau Beaton 1m37.56 – Ducati
  17. Ted Collins 1m37.61 – BMW
  18. Aiden Coote 1m37.62 – Kawasaki
  19. Mitch Levy 1m37.72 – Yamaha
  20. Adam Senior 1m38.55 – Yamaha
  21. Kyle Buckley 1m38.66 – Kawasaki
  22. David Barker 1m39.02 – Kawasaki
  23. Trent Gibson 1m40.76 – Suzuki
  24. Scott McGregor 1m42.11 – Yamaha
  25. Ben Stronach 1m42.159 – Yamaha
  26. Matt Barton 1m43.15 – Honda
  27. Brendon McIntyre 1m45.08 – Suzuki
  28. Keith Harrison 1m50.08 – Kawasaki

Motul Supersport

While the Motul Supersport Championship has already been wrapped up, second place is still in play.

Mason Coote has a considerable 28-points advantage over Goulburn’s teenager Tommy Toparis but it was Toparis that proved pacesetter this morning from Mark Chiodo.

Tom Toparis - Image by TBG
Tom Toparis – Image by TBG

Chiodo was second quickest this morning and will be eager to finish season 2017 on a high. Chiodo has crashed out of the lead or podium positions on numerous occasions this season but still has a reasonable swag of 153.5-points heading into the finale. We believe the young Victorian is planning a step up to the Superbike category next season.

Supersport FP1 Times

  1. Toparis 37.73
  2. Chiodo 38.64
  3. Quinn 39.83
  4. Condon 39.89
  5. Carlsson 40.51
  6. Taylor 40.80
  7. Coote 41.13
  8. Belling 41.22
  9. Hayes 41.32
  10. Muldoon 41.58
Motul Supersport Championship Standings
  1. Ted Collins 263 (Champion)
  2. Mason Coote 200
  3. Tom Toparis 172
  4. Sam Condon 161.5
  5. Mark Chiodo 153.5
  6. Nic Liminton 151
  7. Chris Quinn 150.5
  8. Jordan Carlsson 149.5
  9. Sam Muldoon 128
  10. Cambridge Olivier 115

300 Supersport

While Reid Battye has already wrapped up the ‘Under 300cc’ sub-category in 300 Supersport, basically the class for Kawasaki Ninja 300 competitors, the ‘Over 300cc’ category, contested primarily by Yamaha YZF-R3 competitors with a few KTM RC 390 machines also filling out the burgeoning and exciting class that is 300 Supersport.

Young Queenslander Billy Van Eerde (KTM) currently leads the championship chase in that ‘Over 300’ category but things are tight at the top with Yamaha riders Zac Levy, Jack Mahaffy and Tommy Edwards all in with good changes to take that #1 plate this weekend.

Leading the way this morning at a cold and breezy Phillip Island however was the KTM of Max Croker ahead of Edwards and Battye. Championship leader Van Eerde did not make the top ten in the morning session, 1m56.821 good enough only for 17th on the timesheets. Van Eerde was trying out some new leathers for the first time and was experiencing some problems moving around in them.

Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 FP1

  1. Croker – 52.25 – KTM
  2. Edwards – 52.52 – Yamaha
  3. Battye – 52.67 – Kawasaki
  4. Bramich B – 53.55 – Yamaha
  5. Shaw – 53.56 – Kawasaki
  6. Levy – 53.61 – Yamaha
  7. Bramich T – 53.65 – Yamaha
  8. Bayliss – 53.72 – Kawasaki
  9. Mahaffy – 53.93 – Yamaha
  10. Crump – 54.59 – KTM
Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 Championship (Over 300cc)
  1. Billy Van Eerde 276
  2. Zac Levy 264
  3. Jack Mahaffy 262
  4. Tommy Edwards 262
  5. Tom Bramich 253.5
  6. Brandon Demmery 238
  7. Max Croker 219.5
  8. Hunter Ford 200.5
  9. Ben Bramich 185.5
  10. Corey Briffa 163.5
Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 Championship (Up To 300cc)
  1. Reid Battye 373 (Champion)
  2. Yanni Shaw 288
  3. Drew Sells 275
  4. Oli Bayliss 259
  5. Laura Brown 220