ASBK hits The Bend Motorsport Park

Here is what you need to know

The race schedule for this weekend takes a departure from the ASBK norm to be a three-race schedule that includes a race on Saturday, followed by two races on Sunday.

Teams were consulted on the changes to the tyre allocation with most front runners suggesting ten tyres would be the allotment required.  Motorcycling Australia consulted with tyre suppliers and have subsequently allowed nine tyres to be used by each ASBK Superbike rider this weekend.

The Bend Motorsport Park also plays host to the ASBK and FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (April 19-22) for what promises to be one of the biggest weekend’s on the Australian motorsport calendar.  We have published comprehensive previews and technical information about the three ARRC categories that are joining us this weekend.

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The anticipation is as high as ever and here is what to look out for. The Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) is also pleased to announce the release of the digital program for Round 3 that can be viewed at ASBK.com.au.

The Bend Motorsport Park

The brand-new track has been developed surrounding a significant amount of hype. There’s no doubt that this is a world class facility that will deliver an exhilarating experience for rider’s and spectators. The Bend has a number of different configurations, but it is the 4.95km International Circuit that ASBK will race on.

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This event will be special as ASBK and ARRC will both be racing at the same track over the weekend. In addition, five Australian wildcards will be competing across three ARRC classes. Its sure to be a thrilling four days of on-track action!

The YMI Superbike Championship battle is all set up for a brilliant contest and certain contenders stand out from the crowd. As it stands, Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda, CBR1000SP) leads the points table.

After taking yet another overall round win at Wakefield, Herfoss will have no shortage of competition at The Bend Motorsport Park.

Troy Herfoss

“The Penrite Honda Racing team and I are feeling good heading into round three this weekend,” said Herfoss. “We had a good test here at The Bend Motorsport Park two weeks ago and, on top of that, we have had race wins at the opening two rounds with the overall at Wakefield Park, which sees us leading the championship. Everything is moving in the right direction and the Honda CBR1000RR SP is getting better and better. The guys have been doing a lot of work back at the workshop and we feel like that things are progressing well for us. In terms of testing here, it went well for us – in general we were always quick and had good track speed. I was able to go fast when I wanted to go fast, so we just have to manage the tyres and everyone is in the same boat. The track is unbelievable, world-class and one of the best tracks that I have ever ridden on, so we look forward to the race weekend now.”

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2017 Champion, Josh Waters (GSX-R1000R) is the closest challenger to Herfoss, despite not having a win under his belt this year. The Bend is the kind of circuit that suits Waters to a tee, so keep an eye out for him.

Josh Waters

“The Bend is the closest race track to my house, officially making it my home track now, so let’s hope I can get a good result on the weekend! I’m happy with how we went in testing. I really enjoyed the layout of the track and, while the surface is really abrasive, it’s the same track for everyone and just another factor that we have to consider in our race plans for the weekend. At just short of 5km, it’s a long lap with plenty of opportunities to pass, make mistakes and recover from them so I can’t wait to get back on the bike and get into it.”

Josh Waters
Josh Waters – TBG Image

Third in the standings, Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1M) was fastest at the Official ASBK Test and will be a huge contender for wins. Maxwell despite a disastrous race one at Phillip Island has been in impressive form ever since.

Then of course there are the likes of local favourite Daniel Falzon and that fella called Troy Bayliss!

Glenn Allerton should be back to strength on the BMW and could Bryan Staring on his Dunlop shod BMW upset the Pirelli apple cart…?

Unfortunately front running privateer Michael Blair has stepped away from ASBK for the foreseeable future due to ongoing hand injuries while Corey Taylor will also not take part, citing financial constraints and work commitments.

Fans are able to purchase tickets at ASBK.com.au for this weekend’s event. Whether it’s grandstand seating, onsite camping, park ‘n’ view or general admission, fans have a number of options to view the action! Don’t forget, entry is free on the Thursday.

ASBK Goes Live

ASBK and ARRC action will be showcased over Live Stream for both Saturday and Sunday. Hardcore fans won’t want to miss a minute of the racing action. Both SBS and Fox Sports Australia 505 will be live from 11:30am local time on Sunday 22nd April. There will be plenty of races, interviews and special features to keep the interest of the fans.

SBS Australia LIVE from 1130 – 1330 Local Time on Sunday 22nd April.
FOX Sports Australia LIVE from 1130 – 1330 Local Time on Sunday 22nd April.
ASBK.com.au Saturday and Sunday all day live stream.

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ASBK The Bend Entry List

Australian Superbike Championship
2018 ASBK Round 3 – The Bend Motorsport Park
Competitor Entry List
YAMAHA MOTOR INSURANCE SUPERBIKE CLASS
18AshleyManuelKawasaki
20AlexPhillisSuzuki
21TroyBaylissDucati
22TrentGibsonSuzuki
23HeathGriffinDucati
25DanielFalzonYamaha
27JamieStaufferDucati
29TedCollinsBMW
30MarkChiodoSuzuki
33SloanFrostSuzuki
34JustinVellaKawasaki
35BenStronachYamaha
42AdamChristieSuzuki
46SimonGallowayYamaha

Australian Superbike Championship
2018 ASBK Round 3 – The Bend Motorsport Park
Competitor Entry List
YAMAHA MOTOR INSURANCE SUPERBIKE CLASS
47WayneMaxwellYamaha
53MasonCooteKawasaki
54SamLambertKawasaki
56BradSwallowKawasaki
61ArthurSissisSuzuki
62BrendanMcintyreSuzuki
66AaidenCooteKawasaki
67BryanStaringKawasaki
68MitchLevyYamaha
74ScottMcGregorYamaha
77AdamSeniorYamaha
78NathanSpiteriSuzuki
83KyleBuckleyKawasaki
94MitchReesHonda
98EvanBylesKawasaki
99WilliamStrugnellKawasaki
188LucasVitaleKawasaki
404ConKokkorisDucati

 

Australian Superbike Championship
2018 ASBK Round 3 – The Bend Motorsport Park
Competitor Entry List
SUPERSPORT CLASS
7TomToparisKawasaki
12BrocPearsonYamaha
14MattBartonYamaha
20DamonReesHonda
22ZacJohnsonYamaha
23CruHallidayYamaha
31JohnHuntSuzuki
39ScottNicholsonSuzuki
41MaxCrokerSuzuki
42JackPassfieldYamaha
44LachlanHillKawasaki
47GiuseppeScarcellaKawasaki
52RyanTaylorYamaha
61RhysBellingYamaha
84ThomasBrydenYamaha
86DallasSkeerSuzuki
96LukeMitchellYamaha
151TyLynchYamaha

 

Australian Superbike Championship
2018 ASBK Round 3 – The Bend Motorsport Park
Competitor Entry List
SUPERSPORT 300 CLASS
11BrandonDemmeryYamaha
12AustinBarnesKawasaki
15BronsonPickettYamaha
17ZaneFordYamaha
20HunterFordYamaha
21JarredBrookKTM
22KeeganPickeringYamaha
24BenBramichKTM
28TaylaRelphYamaha
36TravisHallYamaha
43HarryKhouriYamaha
44TomBramichYamaha
45OliverSimpsonYamaha
46StephanyKapilawi-JamesKawasaki
48NedFaulkheadKawasaki
57SethCrumpKTM
58MitchKuhneYamaha
66MitchellSimpsonYamaha
70TroyRyanYamaha

Australian Superbike Championship
2018 ASBK Round 3 – The Bend Motorsport Park
Competitor Entry List
SUPERSPORT 300 CLASS
72BenBakerKawasaki
86OliBaylissKawasaki
87ZacLevyYamaha
96JakeBrettYamaha
97PeterNerlichKawasaki
127MaxStaufferYamaha
123JamesWensemiusYamaha
151LockyTaylorYamaha
152DanThomasYamaha
227HunterPenhallurickKTM
308JohnLytrasYamaha
334JackCousensYamaha

ASBK The Bend Race Schedule

Thursday

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship – Round 2 
Australian Superbike Championship – Round 3 
The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia 
19 – 22 April, 2018  
Thursday   
07.00 – 07.30Officials Briefing 30 min
07.30 – 07.50Riders & Team Managers Briefing 20 min
08.30 – 09.00Supersport 300Practice 130 min
09.10 – 09.40Kawasaki SupersportPractice 130 min
09.50 – 10.20Yamaha Motor Insurance SuperbikePractice 130 min
10.30 – 11.00ARRC UB150Practice 130 min
11.10 – 11.40ARRC AP250Practice 130 min
11.50 – 12.30ARRC SS600Practice 140 min
Lunch Break & ASBK Pillion Ride Activities40 min
13.10 – 13.40Supersport 300Practice 230 min
13.50 – 14.20Kawasaki SupersportPractice 230 min
14.30 – 15.00Yamaha Motor Insurance SuperbikePractice 230 min
15.10 – 15.40ARRC UB150Practice 230 min
15.50 – 16.20ARRC AP250Practice 230 min
16.30 – 17.10ARRC SS600Practice 240 min
This schedule is approximate; and all starting times, length of sessions and races are subject to
change; and may be changed by Race Direction in the event of an incident or delay in
operations.

Friday

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship – Round 2 
Australian Superbike Championship – Round 3 
The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia 
19 – 22 April, 2018  
Friday   
07.00 – 07.30Officials Briefing 30 min
07.30 – 07.50Riders & Team Managers Briefing 20 min
08.30 – 09.00ARRC AP250Practice 330 min
09.10 – 09.50ARRC SS600Practice 340 min
10.00 – 10.30ARRC UB150Qualifying30 min
10.40 – 11.10Supersport 300Practice 330 min
11.20 – 11.50Kawasaki SupersportPractice 330 min
12.00 – 12.30Yamaha Motor Insurance SuperbikePractice 330 min
Lunch Break & ASBK Pillion Ride Activities40 min
13.10 – 13.30Supersport 300Qualifying 120 min
13.40 – 14.10ARRC AP250Qualifying30 min
14.20 – 15.00ARRC SS600Qualifying40 min
15.10 – 15.40ARRC UB150Superpole30 min
15.50 – 16.20Yamaha Motor Insurance SuperbikeQualifying 130 min
16.30 – 17.00Kawasaki SupersportQualifying 130 min
This schedule is approximate; and all starting times, length of sessions and races are subject to
change; and may be changed by Race Direction in the event of an incident or delay in
operations.

Saturday

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship – Round 2 
Australian Superbike Championship – Round 3 
The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia 
19 – 22 April, 2018  
Saturday   
07.00 – 07.20Officials Briefing 20 min
08.30 – 08.50Supersport 300Qualifying 230 min
09.00 – 09.30Kawasaki SupersportQualifying 230 min
09.40 – 10.10Yamaha Motor Insurance SuperbikeQualifying 230 min
10.20 – 10.30ARRC UB150Warm Up10 min
10.40 – 10.50ARRC AP250Warm Up10 min
11.00 – 11.15ARRC SS600Warm Up15 min
11.25 – 11.45Supersport 300Race 17 laps
11.55 – 12.25Kawasaki SupersportRace 18 laps
12.35 – 13.20Yamaha Motor Insurance SuperbikeRace 110 laps
Lunch Break35 min 
13.55 – 14.30ARRC UB150Race 17 laps
14.50 – 15.25ARRC AP250Race 19 laps
15.45 – 16.35ARRC SS600Race 115 laps
16.45 – 17.05Supersport 300Race 27 laps
This schedule is approximate; and all starting times, length of sessions and races are subject to
change; and may be changed by Race Direction in the event of an incident or delay in
operations.

 Sunday

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship – Round 2 
Australian Superbike Championship – Round 3 
The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia 
 19 – 22 April, 2018  
Sunday   
07.00 – 07.20Officials Briefing 20 min
08.20 – 08.30ARRC UB150Warm Up10 min
08.40 – 08.50ARRC AP250Warm Up10 min
09.00 – 09.15ARRC SS600Warm Up15 min
09.25 – 09.55Kawasaki SupersportRace 28 laps
10.05 – 10.50Yamaha Motor Insurance SuperbikeRace 210 laps
Break & Activities45 min 
11.35 – 11.55Supersport 300Race 37 laps
12.00 – 12.30Kawasaki SupersportRace 38 laps
12.40 – 13.25Yamaha Motor Insurance SuperbikeRace 310 laps
13.55 – 14.30ARRC UB150Race 27 laps
14.50 – 15.25ARRC AP250Race 29 laps
15.45 – 16.35ARRC SS600Race 215 laps
This schedule is approximate; and all starting times, length of sessions and races are subject to
change; and may be changed by Race Direction in the event of an incident or delay in
operations.

Tailem Bend Practice Times

ASBK Tailem Bend Superbike Practice Times

  1. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:54.020
  2. Troy HERFOSS (QLD) Honda CBR-RR SP 1:54.030
  3. A Troy BAYLISS (QLD) Ducati Panigale FE 1:54.280
  4. Josh WATERS (VIC) Suzuki GSXR-R 1:54.544
  5. Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) BMW S RR 1:54.630
  6. Daniel FALZON (SA) Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:54.994
  7. Bryan STARING (WA) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:55.441
  8. Arthur SISSIS (SA) Suzuki GSXR 1:56.539
  9. Michael BLAIR (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R1 1:56.784
  10. Kyle BUCKLEY (QLD) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:57.033
  11. Mark CHIODO (VIC) Suzuki GSXR-R 1:57.161
  12. Ted COLLINS (VIC) BMW S 1:57.174
  13. Sam LAMBERT (NT) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:57.203
  14. Alex PHILLIS (VIC) Suzuki GSXR 1:57.417
  15. Jay PRESEPIO (SA) Suzuki GSXR 1:58.152
  16. Mitchell LEVY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R1 1:58.447
  17. Mitch REES (NZ) Honda CBR-RR SP 1:58.858
  18. William STRUGNELL (SA) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:58.915
  19. Matt WALTERS (NSW) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:59.077
  20. Mason COOTE (VIC) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:59.192
  21. Phil CZAJ (VIC) Aprilia RSV4 F 1:59.435
  22. Lucas VITALE (NSW) Kawasaki ZX10R 1:59.733
  23. Brendan MCINTYRE (NSW) Suzuki GSXR-R 1:59.982
  24. Adam CHRISTIE (SA) Suzuki GSXR-R 2:01.016
  25. Trent GIBSON (VIC) Suzuki GSXR 2:01.136
  26. Patrick LI (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R1 2:01.158
  27. Simon GALLOWAY (NSW) Yamaha YZF-R1 2:01.538
  28. Mathew HARDING (NSW) Kawasaki ZX10R 2:01.626
  29. Sloan FROST (NZ) Suzuki GSXR 2:01.677
  30. Nathan SPITERI (VIC) Suzuki GSXR-R 2:02.307
  31. Scott MCGREGOR (VIC) Yamaha YZF-R1 2:02.622
  32. David BARKER (SA) Kawasaki ZX10R 2:03.291
  33. Aaiden COOTE (VIC) Kawasaki ZX10R 2:04.387
  34. Ashley MANUEL (SA) Kawasaki ZX10R 2:04.800
  35. Kieran HURRELL (SA) Honda CBR RR 2:06.529
  36. Evan BYLES (SA) / SA Kawasaki ZX10R 2:07.399
  37. Con KOKKORIS (NSW) Ducati Panigale 2:07.583
  38. Jeremy GUNIA (SA) BMW S RR 2:07.881
  39. Donald OWEN (VIC) Suzuki GSXR 2:10.777

 

2018 ASBK Calendar
  • Round 3- The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA April 19 – 22
  • Round 4- Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT June 28 – 1 July
  • Round 5- Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD August 17 – 19
  • Round 6- Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC September 7 – 9
  • Round 7- Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC October 12 – 14