Wayne Maxwell takes Winton FX Ipone Superbike Race Two
By Trevor Hedge
Nobody had an answer for the speed of Wayne Maxwell in this morning’s opening 12-lap Superbike race at Winton Motor Raceway. Troy Herfoss came close, and when the second race got underway at 1309 this afternoon it was the Goulburn based Team Honda Racing rider that led the field through turn one ahead of Wayne Maxwell and Glenn Allerton.
A 1m27.85 lap from a standing start saw Herfoss retain that lead throughout lap one and lap two but Maxwell then took the lead into turn one as they started lap three. Herfoss then seemed to have some problem, perhaps missing a gear, which lost him a few bike lengths ot Maxwell, and also baulked Allerton.
This time around it didn’t look as though Maxwell would get away. Again it was a Maxwell and Herfoss show at the front, Allerton was just not quite able to match their pace and started to lose touch with that leading pair four laps into the race.
Troy Herfoss had a lunge at Maxwell in the esses but had to pull out of the move. On lap five both men dropped into the 1m22s. Herfoss absolutely committed on corner entry under brakes, putting everything on the line and certainly not giving up without a fight.
By half race distance that leading duo had gapped their pursuers by more than two-seconds. No backing off to save the rubber in this one, the leading pair still reeling off 1m22s, the only men in that bracket. The battle for third had been hotting up with Allerton starting to come under attack from Cru Halliday and Mike Jones. Matt Walters had also been in that mix but crashed at turn three, four laps earlier.
With three laps to run Maxwell had half-a-second on Herfoss but that duo had more than five-seconds on that Allerton-Halliday-Jones battle for the final step on the rostrum.
As they crossed the stripe to start the penultimate lap that gap was back down to nothing, Herfoss four-tenths quicker on lap 10 to bridge the gap back down to Maxwell and reinstate his challenge for the win.
Maxwell responded with a new fastest lap of the race, a 1m22.80, but Herfoss almost matched him with a 1m22.871. Herfoss did everything he could to try and force an error from the reigning champion on the final lap, but Maxwell had his measure, a 1m22.756 on the final lap good enough to take the win. Herfoss was right on his tail and all over him until the final turn, but backed off on the run to the line which allowed the gap to stretch back out to half-a-second, making the finish look further apart than it actually was.
Glenn Allerton won the tussle for third place ahead of Mike Jones, who got the better of Cru Halliday on the final lap.
Ipone Superbike Race Two Results
- Wayne Maxwell
- Troy Herfoss 0.50
- Glenn Allerton 7.74
- Mike Jones 8.13
- Cru Halliday 8.64
- Jamie Stauffer 11.71
- Ben Burke 35.34
- Linden Magee 40.54
- Evan Byles 84.58