Callum Spriggs takes Phillip Island Supersport Championship

2016 Phillip Island Supersport, Callum Spriggs crowned Supersport Champion - Image Russel Colvin
2016 Phillip Island Supersport, Callum Spriggs crowned Supersport Champion – Image Russel Colvin

The 2016 Phillip Island Supersport Championship was won by Callum Spriggs on the Cube Racing ZX-6R. The young Queenslander finishing on 86.5pts ahead of Luke Mitchell (JNL Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, 74) and Sam Clarke (Banhams Racing ZX-6R, 73.5).

2016 Phillip Island Supersport Race 1, Sam Clarke
2016 Phillip Island Supersport Race 1, Sam Clarke – Image Russel Colvin

Clarke and Spriggs shared the spoils in round two, with both riders scoring a race win and a third place, while other riders to finish on the podium were Luke Mitchell and Jack Gallagher (Race Centre YZF-R6).

Callum Spriggs

“I got a good start and then it was kind of hard to go fast because none of us have had a dry session yet this weekend. I was feeling pretty good and I just tried to go fast straight away. I was hitting all my lines and managed to pull a few seconds on the first three or four laps. I didn’t have a pit-board or a lap-timer to see how I was going, but I looked across on the straight and saw that I had a gap and just kept going. I am just really happy to get my first win at Phillip Island and finally get the top step of the podium. The bike worked great and the tyres weren’t spinning too much, so it finished off as a good day.”

Callum Spriggs - Image by Andrew Gosling
Callum Spriggs – Image by Andrew Gosling

Supersport first-timer Tom Toparis showed he will be a threat in the future as he rode to a strong fifth-place result on Sunday in the dry. He didn’t contest the opening race as he didn’t have a back-up bike with wet settings available.

MotoGP Support Races - Australian Superbike - Image by Andrew Goslingq
MotoGP Support Races – Australian Superbike – Image by Andrew Gosling
Tom Toparis

“Race two was really good for my first proper 600 race. The track was still very cold this morning, but it turned out to be a good day. I had a great battle with Robbie and Chiodo, ending up fifth, which I’m really happy with! It’s a shame I only got in one race, but it’s all good. A huge thanks to mum and dad, also Ben Henry for making the weekend possible.”

MotoGP Support Races - Australian Superbike - Image by Andrew Gosling
MotoGP Support Races – Australian Superbike – Image by Andrew Gosling

Stephanie Redman also deserves a special mention for dominating the first half of the opening Supersport race in wet conditions after she showed the boys a clean pair of heels and cleared off into the distance. Unfortunately three laps from the chequered flag Redman went down and did not get to taste the champagne but it was still a brilliant performance.

The Phillip Island Championship is made up of the Superbike World Championship and MotoGP World Championship support category races at the world-class 4.445-kilometre grand prix circuit.

Three Supersport races had been scheduled for the weekend but only two were contested with Friday afternoon’s race cancelled due to an extreme weather event at Phillip Island.

2016 Phillip Island Supersport Podium - Image Emma Carlon
2016 Phillip Island Supersport Podium – Image Emma Carlon
Supersport MotoGP Support Races 2016 Overall
Supersport MotoGP Support Races 2016 Overall
Phillip Island Supersport Championship – MotoGP and WorldSBK Support Race Points Combined
Phillip Island Supersport Championship – MotoGP and WorldSBK Support Race Points Combined

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