Daniel Falzon takes Brembo Superbike Privateer Challenge lead from absent Burke

The recently formed Brembo Superbike Challenge, a new initiative to recognise the efforts of privateer riders, debuted at the Morgan Park fifth round of the 2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul Pirelli.

After trailing ZX-10R mounted Ben Burke (Kawasaki Motors Finance) by six points leading into round four, Daniel Falzon (Jon Daniels Racing Yamaha) now heads to Winton Raceway with a comfortable 45-point lead over Burke.

With Burke absent from Morgan Park it fell into the hands of Falzon on his Caterpillar R1, and third placed Knobby Underwear Suzuki rider Brayden Elliott to contest the series fight across the two races held on Sunday August 7, alongside the premier Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance (YMI) Superbike category.

The Next Gen Suzuki mounted Kiwi pairing of Ryan Hampton and Sloan Frost are currently fourth and fifth.

Race one of the Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbikes saw Falzon storm to his best finishing position all season, completing race one of the YMI Superbike class on the podium in third place overall and first place in the Brembo Superbike Challenge, collecting 25-points.

Despite a tight battle with his fellow Superbike competitors Elliott finished in sixth position overall, cementing second in the Brembo Superbike Challenge and snatching 20 points, while Kiwi’s Frost finished just behind in seventh position, and third in the Challenge for 18-points.

Leading into the second race it was Falzon who looked to be the man to beat, and with a lot on the line he once again manoeuvred himself into the top position for the Brembo Superbike Challenge, finishing fifth in the YMI Superbike Class.

Elliott, Hampton and Frost rounded out positions sixth, seventh and eighth, securing second, third and fourth respectively.

Over the weekend it was Falzon who took home both a set of Brembo Brake pads as well as a set of Pazzo levers for his efforts on track.

Also sporting a pair of Brembo brake pads, thanks to the alignment of brands (Brembo and Pazzo Levers) with Gas Imports and the Australian Superbike series, it was C-grade rider Brenton Hyde (Yates Plumbing) on his CBR1000 who stole the show as the first non A-grade competitor to cross the finish line over the two races.

The final Round of the Brembo Superbike Challenge, raced alongside the main ASBK title rivals, makes its way to Winton Raceway in Victoria on the weekend of October 2.

Brembo Superbike Challenge Provisional series points
  1. Daniel FALZON 215
  2. Ben BURKE 170
  3. Brayden ELLIOTT 167
  4. Sloan FROST 149
  5. Ryan HAMPTON 137
  6. Adam SENIOR 137
  7. Matt WALTERS 111
  8. Michael BLAIR 102
  9. Peter BERRY 79
  10. Nathan SPITERI 61
ASBK Morgan Park - Image by Keith Muir - Daniel Falzon, Jamie Stauffer, Brayden Elliott
ASBK Morgan Park – Image by Keith Muir – Daniel Falzon, Jamie Stauffer, Brayden Elliott
2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship
ASBK Championship Round Five Results
  1. Troy Herfoss 51
  2. Wayne Maxwell 40
  3. Glenn Allerton 34
  4. Daniel Falzon 34
  5. Jamie Stauffer 31
  6. Brayden Elliott 29
  7. Sloan Frost 26
  8. Brenton Hyde 24
  9. Ryan Yanko 22
  10. Adam Senior 20
  11. Cru Halliday 18
  12. Luke Cooper 18
  13. Peter Berry 16
  14. Ryan Hampton 13
2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship
ASBK Championship Standings after Round Five
  1. Wayne Maxwell 216
  2. Troy Herfoss 209
  3. Glenn Allerton  205
  4. Daniel Falzon 137
  5. Mike Jones 137
  6. Cru Halliday 124
  7. Brayden Elliott 120
  8. Jamie Stauffer 115
  9. Ben Burke 114
  10. Sloan Frost 98