—  ASBK 2011 – Round  Five – Queensland Raceway

—   Round Five Promoters Wrap

Perfect conditions at Queensland Raceway complemented a perfect run of results for Team Honda’s Jamie Stauffer who dominated both races of round 5 of the QBE Australian Superbike Championship today.

Yesterday’s polesitter was eager to convert his grid position to maximum points, an outcome that would re-energise his team which has faced an uncharacteristic struggle in the first half of the season.

Stauffer lowered his own lap record this morning to 1:09.125s to take a 2.423s victory over Team Suzuki’s Josh Waters and Procon Maxima BMW’s Glenn Allerton.

Another good start this afternoon saw Stauffer win by a similar margin – 1.993 seconds separated him from Allerton who held off a charge from Stauffer’s teammate Wayne Maxwell.

51 points sees Stauffer the clear QBE Superbike round winner today, with Allerton second and Waters third.

A two-time Australian Superbike Champion, Stauffer is elevated to second in the championship, 56 points shy of Allerton who remains in charge with a comfortable buffer.

The i-Style Natural Aprilia Team’s Ben Attard retains third in the points chase with a solid run this weekend.

The battle for Superbike honours resumes in August as Queensland Raceway hosts the second ‘2+4’ meet for the year featuring the ASBK alongside V8 Supercars.

Today’s pair of QBE Supersport races produced a carbon copy of results, with the Yamaha Racing Team’s Kevin Curtain taking two narrow race wins and the overall.

Teammate Rick Olson finished third, bookending Brendan Clarke who returned to the track with a spirited ride on the Champion’s Ride Days Honda.

The trio traded positions with a number of slipstreams and late-braking moves, and it was Curtain who was in the lead as the chequered flag waved on both of the 17-lap races.

Championship leader and polesitter Mitchell Carr had a day to forget, with clutch problems ending his race early this morning and a crash at turn 3 resulting in a finish at the back of the pack.

Curtain leaves Queensland Raceway as the new points leader, with Carr dropping down the order to sixth.

Team Suzuki’s Brodie Waters’ consistent run elevates him to second in the championship, 21 points off the lead.

Christian Casella, Aaron Gobert and Rick Olson round out the top five after the penultimate round of racing, with the class next on track at Phillip Island in November.

 

– Honda Report

Team Honda Racing dominated at Queensland Raceway this weekend for Round 5 of the Australian Superbike Championship with #27 Jamie Stauffer taking the Superpole point yesterday, P1 for both qualifying sessions, 2 race wins today and even breaking his own lap record in the Superbike class. Stauffer now sits 2nd in the championship in what can only be described as a magic weekend for Team.

Stauffer: “It was a great weekend and finally we have moved forward and got the result the team and I knew we could achieve before the year started; we took a little longer than originally planned, but to have won both races, taken Superpole and broken the Superbike lap record is definitely the way to turn things around! Hopefully we can continue the momentum into the next round and be racing for race wins for the rest of the year.”

Both Team Honda Racing riders saw a terrific improvement in the set-up of the CBR1000RR with some changes made to the front forks after practice on Friday and found their championships turning around. #47 Wayne Maxwell finished his weekend 4th overall and is really pleased with the direction he is now going with the set-up of the Honda.

Maxwell: “I guess the weekend didn’t start great for me after the big crash on Friday, but full credit to the team, they regrouped to bridge the gap. The bike is definitely much better this weekend and I’m looking forward to coming back to Queensland Raceway in August to race again. It is great for Team Honda Racing to get their first win for 2011 and I think it will be the first of many between now and the final round.”

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The fastest lap of the day which broke the Superbike lap record was Jamie’s with a 1:09.125 sec on lap 2 of Race 1.

Starting from P1, Jamie lead from start to finish for both races and it seemed nobody had an answer as his Motologic-prepared CBR1000RR pulled away. Elated by his win, the Newcastle rider even took a moment to give the Team Honda Racing Corporate guests on the hill a quick thrill with a ride by. Doric Products, Architectural Window Systems, Bank of Queensland and Honda corporate guests were thrilled by the day’s success.

Team Principal Paul Free is excited by the team’s turn around and is eager to build on the Round 5 success and reduce the points gap even further at Round 6 in August.

Free: “What a fantastic weekend! It is full credit to the team for all their hard work and dedication even when things get tough. We have turned Honda’s championship around now and what a way to do it! Jamie dominated this weekend and I couldn’t be more proud. Wayne raced extremely well this weekend and it was unfortunate that he had that crash in practice as I think his confidence took a bit of a hit. With some more work to the set-up of his bike I know he will be strong at Round 6. It was fantastic to see so many sponsors in the Team Honda Racing Corporate Marquee and I was particularly pleased to have the General Manager of Motorcycles Tony Hinton and the Marketing Manager Glyn Griffiths here supporting the team also. After a bit of break we will be ready to race just as hard at Round 6.”

– Yamaha Report

Yamaha Racings’ tarmac trio of Kevin Curtain, Pat Medcalf and Rick Olson featured prominently at round five of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Queensland Raceway.

Curtain nailed the round victory in the 600cc Supersport class with Olson in third, while Pat Medcalf claimed victory in the 1000cc Pro Stock class.

On a mild winters’ day and dry track conditions, Queensland Raceway again provided great racing with Yamaha’s factory supported team winning in its home state round.

Curtain claimed the round victory by winning both 17 lap legs but it wasn’t without its share of drama and hard work. Curtain took control early in race one and sped off to a two second victory. But race two proved to be a battle to the end as Curtain, team mate Olson and Brendan Clarke sprinted from the pack and engaged in a race long fight.

Curtain held sway until the later stages of the race where both Clarke and Olson were able to sneak by. But remarkably, Curtain was able to get around both riders by the second last lap and then set his fastest lap of the race on the 17th and final lap for a final winning margin over Clarke of .145 of a second and another 1.5 seconds back to Olson.

Curtain’s experience on the track and never ending fighting spirit again rose to the surface and he was rewarded with the round win. The 1-1 performance now sees Curtain in the lead of the 600cc Supersport class on 155 points, 21 clear of his nearest rival with one round remaining at Phillip Island.

“The track here at QR is always tough as there isn’t much to separate the riders. As a rider, you know when you get here you have to be on your game for every lap, of every race, and there is no such thing as an easy win here,” Curtain explains.

“But it’s nice to come away with the win as the team is based here in Queensland and we are now back on top in the points, exactly where we need to be,” he finished.

Rick Olson has proven to be a worthy understudy for Curtain and on more than one occasion as shown his older and more experienced teammate how it’s done. Olson was again right at the front of the pack over the weekend, carding 3-3 race results to take third overall for the round.

As mentioned, Olson was right in the heat of the battle in race two and even hit the lead with just over a lap remaining but a missed line in turn six which dropped him back a couple of seconds.

The third place now sees Olson sit in fifth place and still within striking distance of a podium if he has a big final round.

Pat Medcalf also got into the winning spirit taking a well earned victory in the 1000cc Pro Stock class. In his first outing at the ASBK rounds, Medcalf hit the bitumen all guns blazing taking 2-2-1 race results to claim the round win in an impressive ASBK debut.

“To win two classes and have every rider on the podium at the end of a round always means the team has had a great day,” says team manager, John Redding.

“When we decided to re-enter the ASBK this year, it wasn’t to make up the numbers, we wanted to win races, win rounds and more importantly, win championships and we are now in the position to make that happen.”

“But it’s not over yet and the riders and team will work diligently until the final round and give ourselves every opportunity to lock down a national championship at Phillip Island.” Â

“The form of Kevin, Rick and Pat is also good so we look forward to the Phillip Island round and a big finish to the championships,” Redding comments.

—   Transcript from mcnews.com.au live page (read from bottom)

  • 1646 – That’s it for us today, you will find an index to all this content and more when it comes to hand via the front page or of course Late Braking News
  • 1643 – Podium interviews with Supermoto men DOWNLOAD
  • 1640 – Just uploading the interviews from the Supermoto podium winners then that is done for the day, hope you enjoyed the coverage and I know a lot of people have been following this on their phone this weekend so I hope you guys enjoyed the phone friendly format. Feel free to give us some feedback on the service via our facebook page or similar.
  • 1633 – Supermoto S1/S2 Race Three Results
    1. Reekie
    2. Nicolson 18.52
    3. Taylor 27.35
    4. Laing 30.33
    5. Tegart 48.54
    6. Harriman 54.99
    7. Webb 55.23
    8. Traill 68.60
  • 1632 – Reekie leads this final bout by 16 seconds now. Nicolson a clear second.
  • 1626 – In the navigation above you can now download full results from all classes and podium interviews for all classes apart from the Supermoto S1/S2 category which is having its final race right now. Reekie running away with as per normal, Nicolson giving brave chase, Laing and Taylor tussling over third place.
  • 1625 – SBK Podium Interviews DOWNLOAD
  • 1623 – Full SBK Results
  • 1612 – SBK Series Points
    1. Allerton 226
    2. Stauffer 170
    3. Attard 160
    4. Herfoss 160
    5. Coxhell 151
    6. Maxwell 136
    7. Waters 124
    8. Odendaal 123
  • 1610 – Superbike Race Two Results
    1. Stauffer
    2. Allerton 1.99
    3. Maxwell 2.09
    4. Attard 4.50
    5. Waters 4.62
    6. Coxhell 11.59
    7. Herfoss 19.96
    8. Odendaal 24.63
    9. Henry 27.13
    10. Bugden 42.5
  • 1609 – Jamie the winner and 51 points for the weekend. Allerton holds sway in second, Maxwell can’t do it, Allerton will claim second, Maxwell third.  Jamie completes a weekend of domination. Attard claims fourth managing to hold off Waters. Allerton second for the round with 38 points ahead of Waters on 36
  • 1608 – Maxwell through on Allerton at three, and makes it stick…. Maxwell up to second… Allerton comes up the inside on entry to the double-left, major aggression there… Maxwell tries down to the final turn but can’t do it… Up the straight again they get the last lap board, Allerton and Maxwell is where the excitement is for that battle for second place…. Waters might get fourth off Attard…
  • 1607 – Jamie is showing his class here today, been a while between drinks since Jamie dominated a round in the fashion he has this weekend. Great for the series that he has his hat back in the ring…
  • 1606 – Attard perhaps losing touch with Maxwell and Allerton now… He needs to pull his finger out if he wants to stay in the podium battle, Waters stalking him from behind now also…
  • 1604 – Jamie leads by a full four seconds now and the only man still in the 9s…  Waters is the next fastest on the track, I had discounted him from the podium battle but he might have the speed to catch that group, he has five laps to do it in…
  • 1603 – Maxwell up the inside of Attard at turn three and into third place, Allerton has a target on his back…
  • 1601 – The second and third places are being waged over heavily now, Jamie is a surety for the win if he remains upright but the rest of the positions are up for grabs…  Allerton still second and being helped a little by Maxwell’s advances on Attard, this battle shaping up as a corker
  • 1559 – Herfoss is second last now, he must have run off somewhere and rejoined. Stauffer leads by 2.7 seconds ahead of Allerton now, Attard only a couple of tenths of Allerton and readying to make a challenge. Maxwell there also and in the hunt for a podium. Waters is back up to fifth but out of the hunt for a podium due to some sort of drama early in the race, the gap too large for him to join that pack with eight laps to run..
  • 1558 – Herfoss has made a mistake and lost a lot of ground
  • 1557 – Allerton the only one of the top five not to do a 9 that lap, coming under attack from Attard now…  Maxwell quick and closing on that duo length by length.. Jamie leads by nearly two seconds now..
  • 1556 – The top five dip into the 9s that time around, the last of that five is Troy Herfoss who is starting to hit his stride now, half a second in front of Coxhell and half a second behind Maxwell
  • 1555 – Maxwell up to fourth place now and getting fired up. Stauffer leads by a full second now and looking confident. Attard has a few tenths to gain on Allerton before he can challenge the BMW man for second place
  • 1555 – 17 lap encounter this so still a long way to go. The top four all in the 9s now, Jamie the pacesetter with a 9.239.
  • 1554 – Coxhell doing much better this race and running 10.1s, Attard the fastest man on the circuit now in third place. Still Jamie out in front and Allerton does not look to have the pace to close on him…
  • 1553 – Waters has made a mistake or had a problem as a swag of riders just swept past him. Another rider down at turn three, not sure who as yet… Jamie still leading from Allerton then it is Attard. Waters down to seventh, and now we can see it is Bugden that went down right in front of his fan club down there at turn three.
  • 1552 – Jamie leads them down the main straight for the first time, a few tenths ahead of Allerton then it’s Waters, Attard, Coxhell, Herfoss, Maxwell, Bugden.
  • 1551 – Jamie Stauffer away well again and in the lead, Attard away much better this time. Allerton in second place down the back chute for the first time I believe
  • 1550 – Superbike readying for a race start now…
  • 1539 – Jones has been crowned Australian Superstock Champion. Such is his dominance of the season that he is already crowned Champion
  • 1536 – Superstock Race Three Results
    1. Jones
    2. Falzon 0.46
    3. Thackeray 3.62
    4. Beck 11.58
    5. Burns 13.89
    6. Wilkinson 15.36
  • 1535 – Falzon up alongside Jones into turn three and looked to have him but Jones kept it, he tries again at the double-left, but can’t do it, he can’t challenge at the final turn though so Jones takes the victory by 0.469 of a second, and Falzon second, a fighting second, an encouraging second place that has showed for the first time this season that he can challenge Jones. Thackeray putting in a great performance also, comes home third, 3.6 seconds behind the winner.
  • 1535 – Last lap board and Jones leads by 3-tenths over Falzon, Thackeray can’t match their pace…
  • 1534 – Falzon determined to try and take a win off Jones for the first time this season.. Two laps to run
  • 1533 – Jones not having all his own way in this bout, Thackeray and Falzon still challenging
  • 1532 – Jones all over Thackeray now.  Seventh places Burgess was just given a jump-start penalty
  • 1531 – Thackeray still leads, Falzon battling hard with Jones, that pair 1.5 seconds behind Thackeray with five laps to run
  • 1527 – Superstock away now! Burns gets a great run off the line from Thackeray and Falzon. Again Jones off the line quite poorly but then flys around a heap of riders at turn two, but this time got a little wide which ruined his all important drive down the back chute. Thackeray leads them through the infield and building a break on his Kawasaki. Thackeray leads by a full second as they cross the stripe for the first time from Falzon, Burns third, Beck fourth, Wilkinson fifth and early on that second lap Jones took sixth place from Burgess, then took Wilkinson, then took Burns and as they crossed the stripe to start lap three was hunting third placed Beck
  • 1515 – ProStock Series Standings
    1. Halliday 207
    2. Magee 143
    3. Yates 132
  • 1513 – Superstock up next, followed by Superbike then we round out the day with the Supermoto S1/S2 category
  • 1512 – ProStock Race Three Results
    1. Medcalf
    2. Magee 3.99
    3. Halliday 6.51
    4. Ross 6.76
    5. Nicolson 13.70
    6. Houterman 20.12
    7. Yates 22.06
    8. Snowsill 23.15
  • 1510 – Halliday not closing on Magee.  Medcalf looks certain for the win, Magee for second, Halliday not assured of third place though as Ross is not far behind
  • 1508 – Medcalf leads by three seconds now with three laps to run, Halliday has got past Ross for third place but 2.5 seconds behind second placed Magee..
  • 1506 – Medcalf leads Magee by 1.9 seconds with six laps to run, can Magee reel Medcalf back in… Around they come…. Across the stripe… And… No he can’t!… Medcalf now leads Magee by 2.2 seconds and is running away, Ross in third place but being hunted by Halliday
  • 1504 – Medcalf running away with this one. Magee up to second on the nicely turned out Coastline BMW
  • 1502 – Pat Medcalf flys through turn two that time around and pulling away.  Walters looks to have gone down at turn three again!  yes the Kawasaki man down and out again after showing great promise
  • 1501 – As they cross the stripe to commence lap two it is Walters, Metcalf, Halliday, Ross, Magee followed by Nicolson. Metcalf challenging Walters now
  • 1500 – ProStock Race Three underway! Walters from the outside of the front row gets a great run off the line, Medcalf into second, Halliday third as they enter the first turns.
  • 1447 – Superlites Podium Interview DOWNLOAD
  • 1445 – Full Superlites Results (PDF)
  • 1435 – The tarmac only Supermoto side of things next with the Supermoto RR category having their final bout. Expect another Geronomi whitewash…?
  • 1434 – Superlites Race Three Results
    1. Hook
    2. Diles 5.72
    3. Moller 14.76
    4. Venter 15.45
    5. Hill 17.35
    6. Phillis 17.56
    7. Galvin 19.28
    8. Hatton 22.15
  • 1430 – Superlites Race Three well underway now and Hook running away with as per normal, 4.5 seconds ahead of Diles, Venter in third place ahead of Moller
  • 1428 – Results – Full Supersport Results (PDF)
  • 1426 – Interviews – Supersport Podium Interview DOWNLOAD
  • 1417 – Superlites Race Three up next
  • 1415 – Supersport Championship Standings
    1. Curtain 155
    2. B Waters 134
    3. Casella 132
    4. Gobert 131
    5. Olson 125
  • 1413 – Supersport Race Two Results
    1. Curtain
    2. Clarke 0.145
    3. Olson 1.715
    4. B Waters 10.107
    5. N Waters 10.377
    6. Gobert 11.125
    7. Quinn 18.27
    8. Scott 21.30
    9. Lawson 21.51
    10. Casella 28.93
    11. Gross 43.16
    12. Carr 48.06
  • 1410 – Olson gets good drive out of turn two, but Curtain has the advantage… Curtain might have it! Clarke through on Olson into the double-left, Olson is done.  Can Clarke get Curtain, the wily veteran knows which line to take and he does it, Curtain the winner and makes it a double. Clarke second, Olson fading on that final lap to bring home third place, Curtain wins by 0.145 of a second. Brodie fourth, Nick fifth and Gobert sixth
  • 1409 – They are three-wide into the double-left.  Olson in front of Clarke, Curtain there, Clarke back in front, Olson block passes in to the last double-right… The Yamaha men 1-2 again at the last lap board…
  • 1409 – Clarke and Olson recording identical 12.812 on that previous lap, equal right down to the thousandth!
  • 1408 – Clarke made a huge move under brakes into the final turn to hold off Olson and also nearly slid it sideways under Curtain, major aggression and major impressive from an out of practice and self confessed as completely unfit rider, although a Clarke unfit is still less than 55kg wringing wet…  Clarke to the lead!
  • 1407 – Clarke up the inside of Olson at turn three, Clarke up to second place now, on the tail of Curtain…
  • 1406 – Across the stripe… Still Curtain, Olson, Clarke, four laps to run. Brodie right on Nick now, Gobert also within striking distance of that battle…
  • 1405 – Clarke is close enough to get some slipstream down the chutes now. This is shaping up as an exciting end to the race. Nick Waters had a poor lap on that previous circuit and is falling back into the clutches of his brother and Aaron Gobert now…
  • 1404 – Six laps to run and the order is Curtain, Olson, Clarke, N Waters, B Waters, Gobert, Quinn and Scott in eighth. Pace hotting up now, Clarke putting in fastest lap after fastest lap, the Yamaha man responding and upping their pace also
  • 1404 – Clarke closing on the Yamaha man, at least visually, I am sure the timers will confirm it…
  • 1403 – Aaron Gobert now enjoying a scrap with Brodie Waters, the hugely experienced Yamaha man amongst it this weekend
  • 1402 – Still Curtain from Olson, not much in that battle with eight laps to run. Carr’s demise promotes Clarke into third place, a second behind the leading duo and eight-tenths ahead of Nick Waters
  • 1401 – Olson back up to second and crosses the line almost alongside Curtain.  He makes his move under brakes into turn three.  Someone down at turn three… Who is it?  Carr?  yes I think it is Mitch Carr signalling an end to a disastrous round for the Triumph man that has sent him from the series lead to well down in the field.
  • 1400 – Clarke up to fifth place now, a few tenths behind fourth place Nick Waters.  Brodie Waters looking to have dropped a little pace and Gobert looking to challenge
  • 1359 – Clarke in sixth place and getting down to good times now, currently fastest man on the circuit and hunting Brodie Waters
  • 1358 – Carr has got back through on Olson, backs the Triumph into turn one this time around in his quest to get on terms with Kev’
  • 1357 – Olson gets Carr in turn three, Olson up to second
  • 1356 – Nick looking aggressive on the GSX-R, not close enough to that leading trio to have a dip at them just yet though, but only half a second from Olson so not out of the hunt. Still Curtain from Carr at the front
  • 1356 – Clarke on a charge now and challenging Gobert. Brodie has already got past Gobert to take fifth place.
  • 1355 – Carr gets a good run out of the final turn for the straight but the Yamaha has some mumbo.  Fastest man on the circuit though is Rick Olson with a 13.47, he is within half a second of that leading duo now
  • 1354 – Still Curtain from Carr, Olson, Nick Waters, then it is Gobert from Brodie
  • 1353 – Clarke not faring as well in this bout, back in seventh place between Brodie Waters and Chris Quinn
  • 1352 – Carr alongside down the back chute, Curtain keeps the line on entry to retain the lead. Olson starting his charge and up to third place ahead of Nick Waters now
  • 1351 – Carr right with Curtain this time around. Gobert away well and in fifth
  • 1350 – Away they go!  Curtain straight to the lead at turn one, Nick Waters from the second row up to second but Carr back through to take third place
  • 1348 – Away on the warm up lap now, when they come round it will be time to make ready for the lights to go out and action to get underway
  • 1346 – Tyre warmers off now and teams starting to pack up and clear the grid
  • 1344 – The reason for Carr’s race one problems was due to frying the clutch off the line, a problem they have been having and thought they had fixed, but clearly hadn’t
  • 1343 – 0 points for Mitchell Carr this morning and he will be keen to make amends for that in this race. Curtain won the race in his absence and it has promoted the Yamaha man into the Australian Supersport Championship lead
  • 1342 – Really good crowd here today
  • 1340 – Well the lunch break was a little longer than I expected but the track being readied now and Supersport men heading out of pit-lane.
  • 1255 – Short lunch break now then it’s back to action stations with the second Supersport bout
  • 1251 – Supermoto S1/S2 Race Two
    1. Reekie
    2. Nicolson 10.7
    3. Taylor 21.3
    4. Laing 22.5
    5. Tegart 40.6
    6. Harriman 48.9
    7. Kasch 48.9
    8. Webb 58.1
  • 1250 – Reekie takes the win by 10.7 seconds from Nicolson.
  • 1246 – Reekie leads by 10 seconds now from Nicolson who has a similar buffer over Taylor
  • 1241 – Supermoto racers away now for their bout. This the major of the two Supermoto categories and Angus Reekie the form rider and immediately sprints away to a healthy lead ahead of Ross Taylor and Ben Nicolson
    1239 – Interview – Jamie Stauffer after race one, right click and select ‘save target as’ on DOWNLOAD
  • 1230 – Superbike Championship Standings after race one
    1. Allerton 206
    2. Herfoss 146
    3. Stauffer 145
    4. Attard 143
    5. Coxhell 136
    6. Maxwell 118
    7. Odendaal 110
    8. Waters 108
  • 1227 – Superbike Race One Results
    1. Stauffer
    2. Waters 2.42
    3. Allerton 6.72
    4. Maxwell 8.08
    5. Herfoss 8.11
    6. Bugden 11.28
    7. Attard 12.10
    8. Coxhell 14.53
    9. Odendaal 33.31
    10. Henry 35.91
  • 1226 – Jamie wins, Jamie wins by 2.4 seconds from Josh. Maxwell only just manages to hold off a late determined charge from Herfoss at the line to take fourth place. Herfoss will be buoyed by that, if not for that early mistake he looks to have had the pace to have taken third place
  • 1225 – Last lap board… The gap 2.5 seconds, Jamie still knocking out those 9s. This will be a huge boost for Team Honda, they have had a trying year thus far and will be hoping this puts that firmly in the history books and its onwards and upwards from here forward…
  • 1224 – Jamie has 1.7 seconds now, he has broke him, Josh will not be able to challenge.  Herfoss through on Bugden for fifth. Allerton has a few bike lengths on Maxwell now and that final step on the podium looks likely to be his. Two laps to run
  • 1223 – Jamie has opened it up to 1.06 now, Josh out into the 10s, Jamie still running 9s. Herfoss looking to challenge Bugden for fifth place now, Herfoss is second in the series thanks to his consistency so will want those extra points
  • 1223 – Jamie’s lead now 0.691, four laps to run… Herfoss down to 10.0 and closing on Bugden, how has lost touch with Maxwell and Allerton
  • 1222 – Jamie ran a little wide out of turn three that time but gathers it up and keeps his advantage. Allerton has gapped Maxwell by a few lengths
  • 1221 – Jamie has 0.486 now, Josh can’t catch him yet, still five laps to run though… Allerton and Maxwell egging each other on back into the 10.1s now
  • 1220 – The gap now 0.429, virtually identical. Jamie looks visually to be pulling a little out now on this lap.. Allerton back through on Maxwell
  • 1219 – The gap now 0.439. Maxwell, Allerton and Bugden all nose-to-tail, Herfoss in sixth place running quicker than all of them but a couple of seconds behind them, ruing that early mistake at turn three no doubt..
  • 1218 – Maxwell into the 9s now. He is 4 seconds behind race leader Jamie, and Jamie has 0.458 advantage over Josh, that gap narrowing slightly again now… Bugden challenging Allerton, the BMW man responding and quickening his pace to close on Maxwell again..
  • 1217 – Maxwell’s found his fire!  Maxwell up to third place past Allerton and pulling away already…
  • 1216 – Gap back down to 0.674 now, the pace slowing a little now, only that top pair in the 9s and drifting back to the high 9s.
  • 1215 – Maxwell huge under brakes to spring towards Bugden on entry to turn five… Jamie has responded to Josh’s challenge, the gap back out marginally to 0.733. Herfoss has worked his way back past Coxhell and Attard, the latter of that pair will be disappointed with his form here today, they expected to do better
  • 1214 – Josh is reeling him in!  The gap now down to 0.656. The top five all in the 9s…
  • 1213 – Jamie still doing it in style, Josh took a tiny bit of ground out of him that time around, the gap 0.895 so still significant. Allerton can’t match their pace, he is a further 1.7 seconds behind Waters and will have to contend with challenges from Bugden and Maxwell soon enough I feel
  • 1212 – Glen wags the tail of that BMW out of that tricky and bumpy turn two for that all important slingshot down the back chute.
  • 1211 – Jamie maintains his advantage on that third lap, gap also staying fairly static back to Allerton in third. Bugden and Maxwell are fairly close to Allerton however and might make a challenge. New lap record to Jamie on that first flying lap
  • 1210 – Jamie did a 9.1 on that second lap to Josh’s 9.47 and Allerton’s 9.48. Jamie leads by 8-tenths at the moment, Allerton equidistant in third
  • 1209 – Herfoss made a mistake at turn three and has lost a swag of positions and plenty of time. Jamie leading, Josh has his head down to try and hunt him down…
  • 1208 – Herfoss a huge move past a couple of riders into the double-left but had to pull out of the move somewhat and only gained one position. Across the stripe Jamie leads by half-a-second from Waters, Bugden, Allerton, Herfoss, Maxwell, Attard, Coxhell
  • 1207 – Jamie got a great run off the line to capitalise on that pole position. Jamie leads them through onto the back straight for the first time and he has some ground on his pursuers, perfect start for the Team Honda man
  • 1206 – Jamie by far the first to roll into position, that position pole.  Front row is Jamie, Glen, Ben and Josh…. They are away!
  • 1205 – Coming round the final turn to form up…
  • 1204 – Warm up lap now…
  • 1203 – The iStyle The Natural Aprilia Team have done their with their white and blue colour scheme on their bike and pit gear, really stands out from the rest.  Only three rows of competitors, but a fine grid of competitors all the same. Readying for battle now…
  • 1202 – Tyre warmers coming off now
  • 1200 – The Racesafe crew out of the cars and lined up along the straight standing to attention for the anthem, a smart look.
  • 1159 – Jamie on pole. Glen just jumped over the pit wall, perhaps a nervous pee before the start… Anthem playing now
  • 1158 – Superbikes on the grid now, tyre warmers going on
  • 1150 – Superstock Race Two Results
    1. Jones
    2. Falzon 8.83
    3. Wilkinson 18.33
    4. Burgess 18.49
    5. Thackeray 19.37 (10 second penalty for jump start)
    6. Burns 23.53
    7. Buckley 24.37
    8. McGregor 24.70
    9. Clarken 26.47
    10. Mutton 28.82
    11. Lambert 29.43
    12. Lockart 29.51
    13. Whittaker 29.85
    14. Hyde 41.13
    15. Raffe 42.06
    16. Foster 42.13
  • 1149 – Jones gets the last lap board 8.4 seconds ahead of Thackeray and Falzon. Wilkinson a further 8 seconds back in fourth ahead of Burgess
  • 1148 – Thackeray and Falzon providing the on track action here with massive moves under brakes at nearly every turn.
  • 1145 – Jones crosses the line this time 5 seconds ahead of Thackeray, four laps to run. Falzon right with Thackeray but Wilkinson another
  •  1143 – Thackeray has been given a jump-start penalty so no matter how he does in that battle for second 10 seconds will be added to his result
  • 1142 – Jones running away with this one again while the rest are left to battle for second place. Thackeray winning that battle at the moment ahead of Falzon and Wilkinson
  • 1140 – Jones in the lead now from Thackeray, Falzon, Wilkinson and Beck as they cross the stripe to start lap two
  • 1139 – They’re away! Falzon got out of the hole well and again Jones not the best off the line, no doubt he will be in the lead before long though!
  • 1134 – Superstock riders heading out of pit lane now
  • 1132 – Supermoto RR Race Two Results
    1. Geronomi
    2. Gurd 3.37
    3. Taylor 27.75
    4. Laing 28.94
    5. Alick 29.07
    6. Harriman 39.18
    7. Relph 49.52
    8. Kasch 72.65
  • 1124 – Geronomi has really broken away from Gurd now. Following this race we have Superstock Race Two followed by the big boys of Superbike shaping up for their first race pace crack at Qld Raceway for the weekend.
  • 1120 – Shaun Geronomi leads Russ Gurd on lap one of this encounter then it’s Ross Taylor followed by Beau Laing and Craig Alick
  • 1115 – Supermoto RR up next, one of two classes of Supermoto here this weekend, the RR category a tarmac only competition for mainly stock bikes, as compared to the full monty Supermoto category also here that includes a dirt section and is dominated by Angus Reekie on the awesome KTM 450 SM
  • 1110 – Superlites Race Two Results
    1. Hook
    2. Moller 17.33
    3. Diles 17.51
    4. Hill 18.62
    5. Venter 19.64
    6. Hatton 24.48
    7. Zamora 25.06
    8. Galvin 25.87
    9. McGrath 30.91
    10. Leonard 33.56
    11. Gilding 33.63
    12. Demamiel 34.03
    13. Martin 34.29
    14. J Leonard 35.05
    15. Kavney 40.08
    16. Levy 47.85
  • 1108 – Moller now with the bit between his teeth and goes past a swag of them to promote himself through to second place… Who will win that battle for second on the run to the line…. Hook the winner by a country mile…. But….. It’s Moller that has his nose in front at the line to take second place from Diles, Hill and Venter. Phillis went down on the exit of the double-left on the final lap.
  • 1106 – That battle for second place really hotting up now with Hill getting determined and dusting up Moller. Phillis still holding second place from Diles
  • 1105 – Hook running away with this, two seconds lap quicker than the competition. The battle for second place holds some interest however with Phillis back with his nose in front of Diles while Hill and Moller look to challenge also
  • 1103 – Lots of cloud has rolled in here this morning to make things very overcast but there is next to no chance of rain
  • 1100 – With seven laps to run Hook leads by 5 seconds from Moller who has edged ahead of Phillis
  • 1058 – Hook leads by 3 seconds at the end of lap one!  Phillis in second ahead of Moller, Hill and Venter
  • 1057 – They’re away!  Hook already pulling a significant lead on the rest of the field.
  • 1055 – Superlites up next, on their warm up lap now
  • 1043 – Supersport Race One Results
    1. Curtain
    2. Clarke 1.81
    3. Olson 2.26
    4. Gobert 11.61
    5. Quinn 11.76
    6. N Waters 14.31
    7. B Waters 17.12
    8. Casella 22.93
    9. Scott 24.38
    10. Lawson 33.64
    11. Leigh-Smith 38.65
    12. Gross 42.82
    13. Day 1 lap
    14. Gude 1 lap
  • 1043 – Last lap and Curtain has it, so will Clarke have second, Olson will be third…  Gobert dusted up Quinn at the final turn to secure fourth
  • 1042 – Olson pulls alongside through to turn five, but Clarke manages to hold him out. All that experience Clarke gained those years ago certainly hasn’t left him.
  • 1041 – Clarke managing to hold off Olson thus far despite the Yamaha man making advances on him at every turn… Good battle this
  • 1040 – Curtain has the win that’s for sure, but second place far from settled.
  • 1039 – Clarke and Olson engage in battle heading down to turn three, Clarke gets him under brakes but Olson has the line, but then runs wide but Clarke gets him back. Then they continue battle at every corner…
  • 1038 – Curtain back in the 12s now and extends his buffer over Olson to 1.5 seconds.  Clarke challenging Olson for second place now…
  • 1037 – Gobert currently has the edge over Quinn and holds down fourth place. Nick Waters is sixth with a healthy buffer over brother Brodie
  • 1036 – Curtain has this race now in his grasp. Clarke looks as though he might be able to mount a challenge on Olson before this race is done
  • 1035 – Curtain leads by nearly a second now, Olson must have made a mistake. Clarke closer to Olson than Olson is to Curtain now…
  • 1034 – Curtain puts in a 12.7 to pull a couple of lengths on Olson that time around. He might have broke him!  But there is still eight laps to run so it’s far from over.
  • 1033 – Casella still struggling here this weekend in comparison to his regular form, currently down in ninth place, 14 seconds behind the leaders
  • 1032 – The two Yamaha men still at it up front, nine laps to run.
  • 1031 – Gobert gets awesome drive out of turn five but Quinn unbelievable under brakes to hold him off
  • 1031 – Curtain still from Olson, Clarke gets close under the brakes but then stretches away from the again and as they cross the stripe each time he is nearly a second behind the Yamaha men
  • 1030 – Quinn has taken fourth place from Gobert, but that battle is far from over. The Waters boys having their own battle over sibling supremacy also
  • 1029 – Olson thought about having a go into the final double-right that time but pulled out of it. Clarke looks to close under brakes but is more than half a second behind that leading duo
  • 1028 – Aaron Gobert has worked his way through the mid-pack and is now up to fourth, five seconds behind the leading trio though.
  • 1028 – Curtain holding on to the lead now, Olson right with him as the pair dip into the 12s now
  • 1027 – Curtain still all over the back of Olson but yet to make a serious attempt to pass, the wily veteran perhaps biding his time… Hold that, they are side by side through turn one! Curtain to the lead now and gets a good jump out of turn two. Clarkey staying in touch but not close enough to join the fun
  • 1027 – Curtain the fastest man on the track now, and right on the back of Olson…
  • 1026 – Olson having a crack here, letting it all hang out and showing the elder statesman of the team some serious aggression.
  • 1025 – Olson from Curtain, half a second back to Clarke then two seconds back to Quinn in fourth place, ahead of the Waters brothers
  • 1024 – Olson to the lead now, Curtain second, Clarke third and showing he hasn’t forgotten how to ride.
  • 1023 – Carr has had a mechanical failure!  Nearly got collected from behind, a huge blow to the series leader…
  • 1023 – Curtain leads them across the stripe for the first time from Olson, Clarke, Carr and Waters.
  • 1022 – Clarke and Olson power down the back straight, the two nearly coming together entering turn three. Curtain has a couple of lengths on them…
  • 1022 – The Triumph picks the front up but Curtain away perfectly and sweeps through to the lead from Carr through the first turns
  • 1020 – They are off on the warm up lap
  • 1017 – Tyre warmers coming off now.
  • 1016 – Superport grid forming up with teams still on the grid, riders being interviewed for the TV coverage.
  • 1005 – Supersport Race One up next
  • 1002 – ProStock Race Two Results
    1. Magee
    2. Medcalf 2.69
    3. Halliday 4.78
    4. Ross 13.37
    5. Nicolson 19.68
    6. Yates 23.57
    7. Houterman 24.15
    8. Snowsill 27.62
    9. Wacker 33.37
    10. Quinn 35.32
    11. Kitchin 35.45
    12. J Wacker 40.98
    13. Clark 45.47
    14. Parry 45.66
    15. Hepburn 46.27
    16. Moulton 53.59
  • 1001 – Last lap now, the top three remains the same and will do all the way to the flag as long as they stay upright. Ross will claim fourth.
  • 1000 – Magee has settled the pace a little now to maintain his advantage, still 2.1 seconds clear of Medcalf with two laps to run. Halliday third and I believe that order is where they will finish.
  • 0957 – Magee leads by 2.44 seconds now, Medcalf is now a clear second after managing to pull away from Halliday who in turn has pulled away from Ross. The leading four spreading out now as the race settles down a little. Four laps to run…
  • 0955 – Six laps to run and the order is Magee with a clear buffer over Medcalf, Halliday, Ross then some distance back to Nicolson, Yates, Snowsill, Houterman, Yanko and Anthony Quinn rounds out the top ten. Magee has woke up with a cracker up his clacker this morning and is one fire!
  • 0953 – Walters down a turn three!  Up unhurt but out of the hunt
  • 0952 – As they commence lap three Magee has 1.6 seconds on Medcalf, Walters, Halliday and Ross. Great racing from this category this weekend. Magee is on a mission and running in the mid 11s!
  • 0951 – The #38 BMW of Magee leads them down the front straight for the first time and makes ground through turn 1-2 this time around and is looking to try and make a break, Mecalf through on Walters at turn four, the battle for second place also involves Halliday and Ross…
  • 0950 – They are away!  Halliday leads them into turn one, Ross right in there too as they head down the back straight and Walters uses the power of the Kawasaki to take the lead, Magee wins the corner entry though and leads to the double left-hander. Snowill up to sixth, Medcalf in there also but Magee leading
  • 0950 – ProStock Race 2 away shortly

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