News 27 Nov 2009

ASBK: Maxwell makes intentions clear during Friday practice

Oleon Motologic Racing’s Wayne Maxwell has made his intentions clear during practice for this weekend’s final round of the 2009 Australian Superbike Championship, setting the fastest lap in both 30-minute sessions today at Phillip Island in Victoria.

Maxwell rode his Honda CBR1000RR to a best lap of 1:32.581 during this morning’s opening practice session, topping the timesheets by a massive 1.155 seconds ahead of championship rival Josh Waters on the Team Joe Rocket Suzuki GSX-R1000.

“What a great start to the weekend, I guess all the hard work that I’ve been putting in is starting to pay off, so I just need to continue in that direction for tomorrow. We’ve got a good set-up and I’m comfortable at Phillip Island – obviously we’ve done quite a bit of riding here over the last few months,” said Maxwell. “The grip wasn’t so high today but I still managed to do a good lap time even though it wasn’t very consistent. Tomorrow’s going to be another tough day and we’re not quite sure what the weather’s going to do – it’s been raining all over Victoria – but we’ll try to do our best lap in Superpole and will see where we end up. Hopefully we can keep it up throughout the weekend.”

Current series leader Glenn Allerton kicked off his weekend with the third fastest lap just over half a second behind the pace of Waters, while Suzuki also had Shawn Giles and Queenslander Robbie Bugden in the top five.

Maxwell’s time was just shy of his current race lap record of 1:32.316 despite rain falling throughout the morning before the session commenced, eventually drying up for the remainder of the afternoon with no sign of the forecasted rain.

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Friday practice results:

1 47 Wayne Maxwell (Vic) Oleon Motologic Racing 1:32.581
2 21 Josh Waters (Vic) Team Joe Rocket Suzuki 1:33.736
3 1 Glenn Allerton (NSW) Oleon Motologic Racing 1:34.303
4 19 Shawn Giles (Vic) Team Joe Rocket Suzuki 1:34.355
5 6 Robert Bugden (Vic) Team Joe Rocket Suzuki 1:34.859
6 27 Jamie Stauffer (Vic) Yamaha Racing Team 1:35.065
7 11 Kevin Curtain (NSW) Kawasaki Racing Team 1:35.700
8 5 Craig Coxhell (Vic) Cjc Racing/Bisley Workwear 1:36.153
9 3 Daniel Stauffer (Vic) Yamaha Racing Team 1:36.417
10 63 Grant Hay (NSW) Shock Treatment/Jones Xl/Bio/Shark/Ixon/Axo 1:36.883
11 26 Chris Trounson (Vic) Evolution Sports Group/Woodstock Bourbon/Procon 1:37.238
12 12 Trent Gibson (Vic) Road Rocket/Flooring Innovations 1:37.599
13 18 Ben Henry (WA) Allect Racing/5 Star Yamaha/Ficeda /Steel Blue Boots 1:37.738
14 33 Jordan Burgess (NSW) Oleon Motologic Racing/Teterin Motosport 1:38.933
15 45 Kris Mclaren (Vic) Multi-Clad.Com/Gas Racing 1:40.893