News 20 Aug 2011

Maxwell: There's more work to do despite first ASBK win of 2011

Wayne Maxwell won the opening ASBK race of the weekend at Queensland Raceway today.

Wayne Maxwell won the opening ASBK race of the weekend at Queensland Raceway today.

After scoring his first QBE Australian Superbike win of season 2011, Wayne Maxwell knows there’s more work to do if he’s to back up his triumph in race two tomorrow afternoon at Queensland Raceway.

The Team Honda Racing star was the last man standing in an incident-filled opening race alongside the V8 Supercars Championship Series today, taking advantages of errors from Jamie Stauffer, Josh Waters and Ben Attard.

Maxwell was able to edge out runaway series leader Glenn Allerton for his first win of the year, but he’s under no illusions that tomorrow will be twice as tough in the closing laps if Stauffer can remain on two wheels.

“To get my first win of 2011 with the Team Honda Racing guys I’m stoked, I didn’t think it would take six rounds to get there, but we’ve worked through the problems and come out on top,” Maxwell beamed.

“We need to improve the bike a little bit for tomorrow, it’s lacking a bit of rear grip in the mid to rear exit of the turn so if we can get a bit more feeling on the entry we’ll be there with the front guys.

“We need to find about half a second a lap to run with guys like Jamie and Josh because they’re not going to make those sort of mistakes tomorrow.

“Jamie lost the front going into turn four, we’ve been trying hard all year to get the best feeling we can and for him to fall off I was quite surprised because he’s such a calculated rider.”

The win boosted Maxwell into contention for a top three position in the championship chase, now sixth and just 12 points in arrears of Troy Herfoss in third overall.