Cru Halliday finished off the two-day ASBK Test in style by topping the timesheets once again. Halliday had topped day one and then underlined his pace by going quicker again today, a 1m20.770 coming in the final session.
This season Halliday is not under the official Yamaha Racing Team banner, and instead is running his own team backed by YMF/YMI and Ipone oils.
“We have got the CHR Yamaha YZF-R1M tuned pretty well. There are still some little grey areas we need to fix up. I believe the next race will come down to tyre choice. Its good to top the time sheets again, however It will be a whole different ball game when the race weekend comes around.”
The only other rider under the 1m21s barrier was another privately entered YZF-R1, in the hands of Daniel Falzon competing under the family run JD Racing banner.
Defending ASBK Champ Troy Herfoss set the fastest ever motorcycle lap of Winton Raceway during qualifying last year, a 1m20.405, but the Crankt Protein Honda man only put down a best of 1m21.018 in this two-day test. Onboard video from last year’s record lap is featured below.
Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1) and Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing, CBR-1000SP) finished fourth and fifth overall respectively. Maxwell only a fraction behind third placed Herfoss, with Staring half-a-second down on that duo.
Supersport graduates Troy Guenther and Kyle Buckley continued their Superbike learning curve to finish the test 11th and 12th respectively.
ASBK returns to Winton late this month for the third round of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship, 28-30 April.
ASBK Winton Test – April 2017 – Superbike Fastest Overall Times
ASBK 2017 Championship Standings (current as of April 12, 2017)
Daniel Falzon 106
Troy Herfoss 93
Robert Bugden 89
Wayne Maxwell 74
Bryan Staring 69
Beau Beaton 60
Josh Waters 58
Cru Halliday 48
Kyle Buckley 47
Michael Blair 44
Ted Collins (Saint Unbreakable, Suzuki GSXR-600) topped every session he took to the track in and now look towards the next Round to attempt to build on his championship lead.
In second position, Mark Chiodo (Repsol, Triumph, 675R) posted a solid time to keep Collins honest.
Chris Quinn (Coopers HXR Yamaha, YZF-R6) completed the top three overall times.
ASBK Winton Test – April 2017 – Supersport Fastest Overall Times
Chris Quinn 1m24.622
ASBK 2017 Motul Supersport Championship Standings (current as of April 12, 2017)
Ted Collins 86
Mason Coote 85
Sam Condon 70.5
Jordan Carlsson 66.5
Tom Toparis 65
Mark Chiodo 54.5
Nic Liminton 50
Lincoln Gilding 43
Ben Burke 41.5
Ryan Taylor 41
Fastest overall was Drew Sells (Race Center, Kawasaki Ninja 300) for the Under 300’s class. Sells noting that the conditions were perfect at the track. His fastest lap, a 1:33.207 was posted on the second session of the day. Sells later crashed, injuring his wrist, which prevented him taking part in the last session.
Next was Oli Bayliss (Kawasaki Ninja 300), who continued his impressive progression from yesterday to finish second overall for the Under 300’s class. Bayliss is certainly showing improvement and will be looking to further establish himself at the next round.
Max Croker (KTM Australia, RC 390) finished as the fastest Over 300’s rider and third in the timesheets. Croker is still adapting to the RC 390 but is pleased with his progression and will be looking for a podium at next round.
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