News 24 Jul 2013

Allerton tops Sydney FX test, Bayliss makes surprise on-track appearance

Glenn Allerton confirmed his blistering pace aboard the BMW but there was plenty of focus on the three-time WSBK champion too.

Glenn Allerton was the pacesetter at yesterday's Sydney Motorsport Park test. Image: Andrew Gosling/TBG Sport.

Glenn Allerton was the pacesetter at yesterday’s Sydney Motorsport Park test. Image: Andrew Gosling/TBG Sport.

Australian Superbike and FX-Superbike championship front-runner and confirmed FX-500 entrant Glenn Allerton rode his BMW HP4 to the top of the time sheets at the Australian FX-Superbike/Yamaha Racing Team (YRT) test at Sydney Motorsport Park yesterday.

The session, open to those who had already completed an FX-Superbike round, entered the following round or entered the FX-500 event in 2013, drew a large contingent of riders, with three separate class categories each afforded six valuable 20-minute sessions.

Allerton topped the FX-Superbike and Formula Oz category sessions, along with the final and separate ‘All Powers’ session of the day where he set his fastest lap, a 1m30.8790.

“We worked through a lot of stuff as far as things I wanted to try to try and make the bike work better,” explained Allerton.

“I don’t think conditions were exactly ideal seeing as though we had a lot of rain between the last test and now, but I’m really happy with the final outcome of the test.

“On the very last session of the day there was not much traffic and it was good to turn some fast laps. I was trying to do a race run there but unfortunately the red flag came out as a bike had an engine blow up down the main straight and there was oil and smoke everywhere.”

There was plenty of focus on the man who lapped second-fastest in the FX-Superbike class – none other than three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss.

Bayliss set a 1m31.6610 lap in the FX-Superbike field, 0.5810 seconds off Allerton in the head-to-head match but around an additional two-tenths off Allerton’s ultimate pace in the final 30-minute session.

With the restrictions placed upon eligibility for the test, Allerton speculated that Bayliss would indeed be on the grid for the 16 November $100,000 FX-500 event to be held at the same circuit.

“I would have to say that’s exactly what he was there for,” said Allerton when asked about Bayliss’ surprise appearance. “It would be good advertising for Ducati and racing in Australia in general.

“I followed him for a couple of corners and you can see why he is a three-time World Superbike Champion – he’s a great rider. To have him out there is really good for the sport and I hope to see more of him.”

Dustin Goldsmith was third-quickest in the FX-Superbike ranks, leading a trio of Kawasaki ZX10Rs in Sean Condon and Matt Walters.

Craig McMartin was sixth-fastest on the second Ducati in the field, with Russell Holland and Rick Olson seventh and eighth respectively.

YRT’s Cru Halliday was the quickest 600cc competitor on his slick-shod FX600 machine with a 1m33.986 lap, with a host of ASBK Supersport regulars on their treaded tyres following him home.

A number of eligible ASBK Superbike competitors took the chance to get in some final practice prior to the Sydney Motorsport Park double-header in just under a fortnight, with InsureMyRide Racing’s Glenn Scott coming in second-fastest in the Formula Oz ranks behind Allerton.

Allerton’s Next Gen Motorsports teammate Linden Magee was third-quickest in the same class, with YRT riders Rick Olson and Kevin Curtain fourth and fifth-fastest.

Australian FX Superbike/Yamaha Racing Team Test
Sydney Motorsport Park, 23 July

1. Glenn Allerton 1m31.0800
2. Troy Bayliss 1m31.6610
3. Dustin Goldsmith 1m32.2130
4. Sean Condon 1m32.9420
5. Matt Walters 1m33.0340
6. Craig McMartin 1m33.5350
7. Russell Holland 1m34.1280
8. Rick Olson 1m34.1920
9. Kevin Curtain 1m34.8160
10. Lachie Thomas 1m34.8860

1. Cru Halliday 1m33.9860
2. Aiden Wagner 1m34.5200
3. Callum Spriggs 1m34.7400
4. Chris Quinn 1m35.1860
5. Ryan Taylor 1m35.5380
6. Aaron Gobert 1m35.7400
7. Aaron Morris 1m35.7770
8. Daniel Falzon 1m36.1620
9. Michael Blair 1m36.3910
10. Rick Olson 1m36.8700

Formula Oz
1. Glenn Allerton 1m32.0040
2. Glenn Scott 1m32.9350
3. Linden Magee 1m33.1260
4. Rick Olson 1m33.5760
5. Kevin Curtain 1m33.7470
6. Russell Holland 1m33.8970
7. Mathew Harding 1m34.5870
8. Brett Kitchin 1m37.5190
9. Darren Wilbow 1m37.8990
10. Paul Dutton 1m37.9340

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