Young Victorian Ted Collins wins Australian Supersport Championship
Motul Supersport Race Two Report
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.
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.
Race one victor Aaron Morris was straight down to battle with poleman Mark Chiodo but this time around Morris really had his hands full.
As the race progressed Mark Chiodo pulled away from his pursuers while Tom Toparis got the better of Morris to take second place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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