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Yamaha Motor Finance ASBK 2017 – Round Five – Morgan Park

Superbike competitors hit the track this morning at 1125 under clear skies with an ambient temperature nudging 18-degrees and a track temperature climbing towards the mid 30s. 

A good crowd of people was already building at the circuit. The local police were also out in force, a patrol car and motorcycle lurking up and down the road outside the circuit. 

Cru Halliday got straight down to business with a 1m13.235 on his third lap of the day. Not as quick as his 1m13.148 from Friday afternoon and the Camden based 29-year-old returned to the pits after that lap. And did not bother taking to the track again for the remainder of the session. 

Cru Halliday - Image by TBG
Cru Halliday – Image by TBG

Corey Turner quickly improved on his Friday best aboard the DesmoSport Ducati. The Bendigo born teenager stringing plenty of laps together in the first half of the session for a best of 1m13.386 on his sixth lap before returning to the pits after eight laps for some adjustments.

Daniel Falzon was another rider on the improve, the JD Racing YZF-R1 circulated in a 1m13.324 as the 30-minute session passed the halfway mark, a tenth quicker than he managed on Friday. 

Corey Turner returned to the track with 11-minutes remaining in the session only for the session to be red-flagged shortly thereafter. Turn 10 of this Morgan Park circuit again claiming another victim, this time around it was Daniel Falzon. The South Australian took a hefty knock to the head, not knowing where he was when he initially came to and is awaiting medical clearance before he can participate in the final qualifying session later this afternoon. 

The session got going again after a short delay and it was then that Friday pacesetter Troy Herfoss decided to turn up the wick. A 1m13.309

Josh Waters went down softly at turn six with three-minutes remaining in the session while on a quick one, he was one-tenth under the best of the session thus far when he ran off the circuit. 

Bryan Staring found a lot of time today. The #67 Honda rider has never raced at this circuit before and only managed a 1m14.588 on Friday but knocked more than half-a-second off that this morning to indicate he is making progress in the right direction. 

At the chequered flag it was still that early 1m13.235 from Halliday good enough to top the session from Herfoss’ 1m13.309 and Falzon’s 1m13.324. 

Yamaha Motor Insurance Superbike – First Qualifying
  1. Cru Halliday – Yamaha 1m13.235
  2. Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m13.309
  3. Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 1m13.324
  4. Corey Turner – Ducati 1m13.384
  5. Wayne Maxwell – Yamaha – 1m13.568
  6. Robbie Bugden – Kawasaki 1m13.783
  7. Bryan Staring – Honda 1m13.933
  8. Josh Waters – Suzuki 1m14.133
  9. Beau Beaton – Ducati 1m14.219
  10. Glenn Allerton – Yamaha 1m14.554
Yamaha Motor Insurance Superbike – Friday Combined Practice Times
  1. Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m12.943
  2. Cru Halliday – Yamaha 1m13.148
  3. Josh Waters – Suzuki 1m13.148
  4. Wayne Maxwell – Yamaha 1m13.296
  5. Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 1m13.404
  6. Corey Turner – Ducati 1m13.510
  7. Robbie Bugden – Kawasaki 1m13.608
  8. Beau Beaton – Ducati 1m14.299
  9. Glenn Allerton – Yamaha 1m14.549
  10. Bryan Staring – Honda 1m14.588
  11. Alex Phillis – Yamaha 1m14.799
  12. Michael Blair – Yamaha 1m14.993
  13. Sloan Frost – Suzuki 1m15.044
  14. Matt Walters – Kawasaki 1m15.705
  15. Lachlan Epis – Honda 1m16.438
  16. Mitch Levy – Yamaha 1m16.477
  17. Troy Guenther – BMW 1m16.873
  18. Ryan Yanko – Ducati 1m16.981
  19. Adam Senior – Yamaha 1m17.692
  20. Ashley Fleming – Aprilia 1m20.999
Yamaha Motor Insurance Australian Superbike Championship Points Standings
  1. Troy Herfoss 170
  2. Robbie Bugden 157
  3. Daniel Falzon 155
  4. Wayne Maxwell 148
  5. Josh Waters 135
  6. Bryan Staring 131
  7. Cru Halliday 110
  8. Corey Turner 81
  9. Beau Beaton 79
  10. Mitch Levy 78
  11. Matt Walters 75
  12. Troy Guenther 74
  13. Kyle Buckley 68
  14. Michael Blair 65
  15. Josh Hook 58
  16. Callum Spriggs 39
  17. Glenn Allerton 35
  18. Adam Senior 33
  19. Aaiden Coote 33
  20. Alex Phillis 32
Motul Supersport – First Qualifying Top Ten
  1. Mark Chiodo – Triumph 1m16.063
  2. Tom Toparis – Kawasaki 1m16.196
  3. Nic Liminton – Yamaha 1m16.397
  4. Chris Quinn – Yamaha 1m16.400
  5. Ted Collins – Suzuki 1m16.590
  6. Sam Condon – Yamaha 1m16.726
  7. Mason Coote – Yamaha 1m17.160
  8. Sam Muldoon – Kawasaki 1m17.289
  9. Cambridge Olivier – Yamaha 1m17.526
  10. Jordan Carlsson – 1m17.621
Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 – First Qualifying Top Ten
  1. Billy Van Eerde – KTM 1m24.782
  2. Broc Pearson – Yamaha 1m24.896
  3. Reid Battye – Kawasaki 1m24.956
  4. Jack Mahaffy – Yamaha 1m24.964
  5. Oli Bayliss – Kawasaki 1m24.984
  6. Zac Levy – Yamaha 1m25.032
  7. Lachlan Epis – Kawasaki 1m25.396
  8. Locky Taylor – Yamaha 1m25.634
  9. Corey Briffa – Yamaha 1m25.708
  10. Tommy Edwards – Yamaha 1m25.918
Yamaha Motor Finance R3 Cup – First Qualifying Top Ten
  1. Jack Mahaffy – 1m25.213
  2. Locky Taylor – 1m25.456
  3. Hunter Ford – 1m25.461
  4. Tommy Edwards – 1m25.550
  5. Corey Briffa – 1m25.668
  6. Ben Bramich – 1m27.714
  7. Mitch Kuhne – 1m27.793
  8. Sharni Pinfold – 1m28.528
  9. Boyd Hocking – 1m29.291
  10. Jonah Sita – 1m29.930
GP Juniors Cup – First Qualifying Top Ten
  1. John Lytras 1m41.871
  2. Joel Kelso 1m41.908
  3. Tommy Edwards 1m42.255
  4. Ned Faulkhead 1m42.267
  5. Max Stauffer 1m43.156
  6. Tristan Adamson 1m43.940
  7. Harry Khouri 1m43.972
  8. Zylas Bunting 1m45.904
  9. Zak Pettendy 1m47.555
  10. Hunter Penhallurick 1m49.388