Supersport title contenders clash as Swann Series tightens up.
Reigning Australian Supersport Champion Daniel Falzon swept all three Supersport races for the Jon Daniels Racing/Caterpillar EPSA Yamaha team during Sunday’s third round of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship.
Falzon edged out yesterday’s winner and new series leader Aaron Morris (Maxima Yamaha/YRD/Bell/Alpinestars/Watson Demolition), as Aiden Wagner (Wagner Soil Testing/YRD/XXX Rated Suspension Yamaha) filled the podium, while former title leader Callum Spriggs was ruled out with a freshly broken collarbone.
Race one of the Supersports was led by Morris for six laps, before Falzon finally took charge on lap seven and went on to win by 0.600s – setting the fastest lap of the race at 1m12.256s on his 10th and final lap.
Behind Falzon was Saturday winner Morris, who had almost eight seconds on Quinn as he maintained his podium form. Chris Quinn (Coopers Pale Ale Yamaha/Holmes Extractive Resources/YRD) held off top Queenslander in Wagner.
Another south Australian in Jay Presepio (Race Center Yamaha) snuck into the top five, with no less than nine YZF-R6s featuring inside the top 10.
Falzon backed up his victory in the second, which was a two-part race stopped at the halfway point. Quinn’s day came unstuck as he crashed out of third in the first part, unable to make the restart.
In the end Falzon crossed the line a full second in front of Morris, followed by Wagner, Mason Coote (Dynoverks Racing/MSC Safe Co/YRD Yamaha) and Presepio in fifth again.
The third leg was a thriller, resulting in a touch between Falzon and Morris on the final lap between turns four and five, but it was Falzon who got the nod from Morris by 0.060s.
“I had the lead into turn five, Daniel opened the throttle and hit me, and if that’s what he has to do to beat me, it shows what kind of guy he is,” a frustrated Morris said. “On Saturday we won and gained the lead for the championship today, so we will move forward from here.”
Falzon shrugged off Morris’ accusations in a controversial finish to the weekend that resulted in further arguments outside the JDR pit. Race officials also cleared Falzon of any wrongdoing after a Morris protest.
“Rubbin’s racing; it was all pretty clean though,” Falzon said. “I’m very happy with the win, the team’s been great this weekend and today was perfect for the team.”
Completing the podium was again Wagner, who was comfortably clear of Presepio and Luke Mitchell (JNL Racing/Maxima Racing Oils Yamaha). Quinn was again a non-finisher after exiting the track on the opening lap at turn four and entering the pits.
In the championship now it’s now Morris the leader on 195 points, just five points ahead of Falzon, and Wagner a further 10 in arrears. Spriggs has dropped to fourth, now 63 from Morris.
2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship
Round three – Queensland Raceway, QLD
Supersport overall results:
1. Daniel FALZON 75
2. Aaron MORRIS 66
3. Aiden WAGNER 58
4. Jay PRESEPIO 50
5. Aaiden COOTE 42
6. Sam LAMBERT 38
7. Mason COOTE 38
8. William DAVIDSON ( 35
9. Mitch LEVY 34
10. Cambridge OLIVIER 31
Supersport championship standings:
1. Aaron MORRIS 195
2. Daniel FALZON 190
3. Aiden WAGNER 180
4. Callum SPRIGGS 132
5. Mason COOTE 107
6. Aaiden COOTE 98
7. Patrick MEDCALF 96
8. Jay PRESEPIO 95
9. Justin DI GIANDOMENICO 74
10. Mitch LEVY 73