AFX-SBK 2014 – Round Two – Mallala – Saturday – Race Two Reports & Results
Ninja FX 300/250 Race Two
Kyle Buckley, Andy Lawson, Bailee Perriton and Brandon Demmery put on a spectacular show of slicing and dicing as they contested the second Ninja FX300/250 race at Mallala. Andy Lawson was the man with his nose in front at the chequered flag to take the win in what was an epic race. Demmery second, Buckley third, Perriton fourth and Paul Young scored fifth from Sophie Lovett on the final lap. Young had started from the back of the field after failing to finish the first race with technical issue, and rode the bike for the first time this morning during warm up after not being able to make practice or qualifying yesterday due to work commitments with AMCN.
Formula Oz Race Two
Matthew Harding jumped out to a clear early lead in the second Formula Oz bout, sprinting away from Phil Lovett and Liam Wilkinson. Harding went on to a seemingly easy win while Lovett held out Wilkinson to take second place. Paul Byrne was fourth and Adam Christie celebrated his fifth place finish with a nice mono.
Supersport Race Two
Callum Spriggs got the holeshot and best line into turn to lead Morris and Wagner around the first lap. Wagner tried to make a move past Morris at the Northern Hairpin on lap two but Morris held him out. Falzon was hard on the gas through turn six to try and mount an attack on Wagner but the rear of his YZF-R6 protested and forced him to get out of the throttle.
Wagner ran a little wide at the Northern Hairpin with six laps to run which allowed Falzon an easy opportunity to steal that third place. Spriggs continued to hold sway up front from Morris, Falzon and Wagner were 1.7 seconds behind that leading duo with five laps remaining.
With three laps to run Wagner had lost touch with the leading trio and Falzon had closed right up on the leaders to set up a great three-way battle for the win.
With two laps to run Morris got held up by a lapped rider which opened the door for Falzon, and he duly took that invitation. On the last lap Falzon made an attempt to pass Spriggs, both riders tripped each other up, Morris was the benefactor and then in a truly unbelievable move, Morris split Falzon, Spriggs and also a lapped rider between the tight and narrow turns seven and eight and took the win! An absolutely brilliant finish that will have Morris stretching his earlobes with a grin so wide while Falzon and Spriggs will be spitting chips at their comparative misfortune. They would never have seen it coming…
Cru Halliday holeshotted and led the field into turn one but Wayne Maxwell just took him around the outside at turn one, broken leg and all, obviously trying to make sure he did not have to work his way through the field this time around.
Robbie Bugden worked his way past Halliday to take second place but the Yamaha riders looked to have no hope of staying in touch with Maxwell. The Team Honda rider had 1.3 seconds over Bugden by the end of lap two and continued to pull away from his pursuers.
Meanwhile… Bugden, Halliday, Jones and Condon started to tussle over the remaining podium positions. A couple of laps later Condon lost the front at turn nine and slipped out of that battle.
Mike Jones took second place from Bugden with two laps to run and got the last lap board three-seconds adrift of Maxwell who was doing it comparatively easily out front and just managing his lead.
Maxwell went on to take the win by two-seconds over Jones who in turn had a full second in Bugden. Glenn Scott managed to take fourth place from Halliday while Jamie Stauffer seemed to be struggling somewhat to manage sixth place ahead of teammate Troy Herfoss.
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