Young Victorian Ted Collins wins Australian Supersport Championship
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Motul Supersport Race Two Report
Ted Collins on the grid at SMP - Image by Half Light
Ted Collins on the grid at SMP – Image by Half Light

Tom Toparis was out to make up for that jump-start penalty in the opening stanza but did not make life easy for himself again in this one.

Supersport Start - Image by TBG
Supersport Start – Image by TBG

The Goulburn teenager got a shocking start and was shuffled down to fifth place as the second 12-lap Motul Supersport race got underway under clear skies at 1320 this afternoon. 

Motul Supersport Race Two - Image by TBG
Motul Supersport Race Two – Image by TBG

Race one victor Aaron Morris was straight down to battle with poleman Mark Chiodo but this time around Morris really had his hands full. 

Motul Supersport Race Two - Image by TBG
Motul Supersport Race Two – Image by TBG

As the race progressed Mark Chiodo pulled away from his pursuers while Tom Toparis got the better of Morris to take second place.  

Aaron Morris - Image by Half Light
Aaron Morris – Image by Half Light

Up front Chiodo continued to pull away, a best lap of 1m33.668, a single thousandth-of-a-second quicker than the lap record he set in the first bout.

Mark Chiodo - Tom Toparis - Aaron Morris - Image by Half Light
Mark Chiodo – Tom Toparis – Aaron Morris – Image by Half Light

As the race passed halfway distance Toparis and Morris had started to reel Chiodo in. Morris went up the inside but struggled to wash off speed as the forks started pattering across the Sydney Motorsports Park surface, Toparis then turned in and the two came together, both tumbling off into the grass. A disaster for that pair, particularly for Toparis who is fighting for second place in the championship with Mason Coote. Still, despite the disappointment there was some comraderie between Morris and Toparis as they dusted themselves off. 

Mason Coote - Image by Half Light
Mason Coote – Image by Half Light

The pressure was now off Chiodo. The Triumph rider had a five-second lead over Sam Muldoon and Mason Coote with two laps to run.

Sam Muldoon - Image by Half Light
Sam Muldoon – Image by Half Light

Championship leader Ted Collins was running in fifth place, content to stay away from trouble in the hope of the lifting the Motul Australian Supersport Championship here today.

Mark Chiodo the race victor, the monkey off his back after a spate of recent crashes dented the young Victorian's confidence - Image by TBG
Mark Chiodo the race victor, the monkey off his back after a spate of recent crashes dented the young Victorian’s confidence – Image by TBG

Mark Chiodo the race victor, the monkey off his back after a spate of recent crashes dented the young Victorian’s confidence.

Ted Collins - Image by Half Light
Ted Collins – Image by Half Light

NextGen Suzuki’s Ted Collins the 2017 Australian Supersport Champion. The only GSX-R600 rider in the field takes the main prize with a round still remaining after what was a virtually flawless 2017 campaign. 

NextGen Suzuki's Ted Collins - 2017 Australian Supersport Champion - Image by TBG
NextGen Suzuki’s Ted Collins – 2017 Australian Supersport Champion – Image by TBG

So much joy and emotion in parc ferme from both the race winner and the champion rendered many a moist eye amongst those present. 

NextGen Suzuki's Ted Collins - 2017 Australian Supersport Champion - Image by TBG
NextGen Suzuki’s Ted Collins – 2017 Australian Supersport Champion – Image by TBG
Motul Supersport Race Two Results
  1. Mark Chiodo – Triumph
  2. Sam Muldoon – Kawasaki +4.813
  3. Mason Coote – Yamaha +8.924
  4. Chris Quinn – Yamaha +12.006
  5. Ted Collins – Suzuki +13.624
  6. Sam Condon – Yamaha +15.157
  7. Jordan Carlsson – Yamaha +18.060
  8. Nic Liminton – Yamaha +18.209
  9. Thomas Bryden – Yamaha +19.292
  10. Simon Rees – Kawasaki +26.159
  11. Cambridge Olivier – Yamaha +26.336
  12. Aidan Hayes – Kawasaki +26.858
  13. Rhys Belling – Yamaha +29.975
  14. Mitch Rees – Honda +37.312
  15. Mick Hefferan – Kawasaki +37.546
Motul Supersport Race Two Results Mark Chiodo - Triumph Sam Muldoon - Kawasaki +4.813 Mason Coote - Yamaha +8.924
Motul Supersport Race Two Results
Mark Chiodo – Triumph
Sam Muldoon – Kawasaki +4.813
Mason Coote – Yamaha +8.924
Motul Supersport Round Six Points
  1. Mark Chiodo 46
  2. Mason Coote 36
  3. Sam Condon 32
  4. Chris Quinn 31
  5. Ted Collins 31
  6. Jordan Carlsson 27
  7. Aaron Morris 25
  8. Nic Liminton 24
  9. Thomas Bryden 21
  10. Sam Muldoon 20
Ted Collins - Image by Half Light
Ted Collins – Image by Half Light
Motul Supersport Championship Standings
  1. Ted Collins 263 (Champion)
  2. Mason Coote 200
  3. Tom Toparis 172
  4. Sam Condon 161.5
  5. Mark Chiodo 153.5
  6. Nic Liminton 151
  7. Chris Quinn 150.5
  8. Jordan Carlsson 149.5
  9. Sam Muldoon 128
  10. Cambridge Olivier 115
  11. Aidan Hayes 89
  12. Damon Rees 74
  13. Jake Pruiti 73
  14. Lincoln Gilding 69
  15. Sam Lambert 67
NextGen Suzuki's Ted Collins - 2017 Australian Supersport Champion - Image by TBG
NextGen Suzuki’s Ted Collins – 2017 Australian Supersport Champion – Image by TBG