News 27 Mar 2016

Wakefield Park ASBK race one carnage causes reschedule

Factory riders clash in Goulburn's opening Superbike race.

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.

Three red flags have caused a rescheduling of Wakefield Park’s opening round of the 2016 YMF Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli this afternoon.

Race one took off at 11:55am, however the first pair of red flags came via early incidents in turn 10. It was a dramatic third red flag that caused the complete rescheduling.

Factory trio Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team), Ant West (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) and Mike Jones (DesmoSport Ducati) were all involved in a first/second turn clash upon the final restart.

It’s understood Jones and West initially made contact before Halliday was struck in the aftermath, causing all three to crash awkwardly. Halliday and West remounted to return to the pitlane, while Jones had to be brought back by the pick-up crew.

All three are fine and plan to line up when race one is rescheduled directly following the lunch break, however Motorcycling Australia officials are currently investigating the incident – the cause of it potentially disallowed to restart.

Update: It’s been deemed DesmoSport Ducati’s Mike Jones was the cause of the final red flag and he will not be restarting Superbike race one coming up.