2019 ASBK

Round One – Phillip Island

Supersport 300 Race Three


Max Stauffer (Yamaha, Yamaha R3) may have missed out on going three wins from three this weekend, but he still claimed overall victory in Yamaha Motor Insurance Supersport 300, capping off Round 1 of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship with the overall win.

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Max Stauffer taking an emotional round victory with Jamie Stauffer – Australian Supersport 300 – Round 1 Phillip Island – Image by Rob Mott

John Lytras (Caboolture Yamaha, Yamaha R3) claimed the Race 3 win to break Stauffer’s streak and banked 56 points for the weekend, leaving him in second place behind Stauffer’s 67. Luke Power’s (RTR Yamaha R3) pair of podiums helped him to third overall with 55 points.

Australian Supersport 300 Race 3

Lytras came from row two to to lead the pack off the line before Seth Crump (Rockoil, KTM RC 390) snuck through. But Power carved around the outside into turn two to take the lead and Lytras was bundled back to fifth behind Stauffer and Locky Taylor (YRD, Yamaha R3).

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Luke Power, John Lytras, Seth Crump – Australian Supersport 300 – Round 1 Phillip Island – Image by Rob Mott

A four-way battle through the Hayshed between Stauffer, Crump and Power ensued with Stauffer leading across the line to begin lap two from Lytras and Crump. Ben Baker (Jekyl & Hyde, Yamaha R3) was judged to have jumped the start and awarded a 10 second penalty.

With two laps compete Hunter Ford (Yamaha, Yamaha R3) and Yannis Shaw (WRP Bridgestone, Kawasaki EX400) decided they would like to run at the front for a while, briefly popping up amongst the lead group.

Australian Supersport 300 - Round 1 Phillip Island - Image by TBG
Australian Supersport 300 – Round 1 Phillip Island – Image by TBG

As the race progressed Stauffer, Power and Senna Agius (Kawasaki EX400) seemed to be trying to break away off the front of the pack but the pursuing group of Ford, Crump, Harry Khouri (Excite Motorsports, Yamaha R3), Lytras and Dylan Whiteside (Mark Lamont, Kawasaki EX300) wouldn’t let them.

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Seth Crump, Senna Agius, John Lytras – Australian Supersport 300 – Round 1 Phillip Island – Image by Rob Mott

Crossing the Start/Finish for the last lap it was Agius in the lead, Power and Stauffer following closely and the rest of the field a little further behind. Crump brought the pursuing group across to the leaders and bridged the gap, making a bunch sprint towards the chequered flag.

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Sena Agius – Australian Supersport 300 – Round 1 Phillip Island – Image by Rob Mott

At the finish it was Lytras who timed his slipstream the best, coming from behind to get the win ahead of Agius and Power, with eventual round winner Stauffer in fourth.

Max Stauffer

“The 2019 season couldn’t really have gotten off to a better start, could it? I would have liked to have won that last race, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

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Max Stauffer – Australian Supersport 300 – Round 1 Phillip Island – Image by Rob Mott

Lytras was full of praise for his opponents, after a hard-fought win in race three and second place for the round.

John Lytras

“It was awesome fun, there was lots and lots of battles. I actually went back to 10th at one point, the action was that thick through there, it was really hard. We eventually got back, it was a really fun race.”

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John Lytras – Australian Supersport 300 – Round 1 Phillip Island – Image by Rob Mott

Round 2 of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship heads to Wakefield Park in Goulburn (March 22-24). For information and tickets, head to www.asbk.com.au.

ASBK Supersport 300 Race Three Results

  1. John LYTRAS (Caboolture Yamaha, YamahaR3)
  2. Senna AGIUS (Kawasaki EX 400)
  3. Luke POWER (RTR Yamaha R3)
  4. Max STAUFFER (Yamaha, Yamaha R3)
  5. Hunter FORD (Yamaha, Yamaha R3)
  6. Harry KHOURI (Excite M-sports, Yamaha R3)
  7. Yannis SHAW (WRP Bridgestone, Kawasaki EX400)
  8. Dylan WHITESIDE, (Mark Lamont, Kawasaki EX300
  9. Seth CRUMP (Rockoil, KTM RC 390)
  10. Travis HALL (Stitchsmith, Yamaha R3)
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Luke Power, Max Stauffer, John Lytras – Australian Supersport 300 Overall Podium – Round 1 Phillip Island – Image by TBG
ASBK Supersport 300 Championship Points Standings
  1. Max STAUFFER (Yamaha, Yamaha R3) 67 points
  2. John LYTRAS (Caboolture Yamaha, Yamaha R3) 56
  3. Luke POWER (RTR Yamaha R3) 55
  4. Senna AGIUS (Kawasaki EX 400) 53
  5. Harry KHOURI (Excite M-sports, Yamaha R3) 48
  6. Seth CRUMP (Rockoil, KTM RC 390) 40
  7. Dylan WHITESIDE, (Mark Lamont, Kawasaki EX300) 39
  8. Yannis SHAW (WRP Bridgestone, Kawasaki EX400) 37
  9. Hunter FORD (Yamaha, Yamaha R3) 31
  10. Callum O’Brien (Kawasaki BCperformance, Kawasaki EX400) 30