Features 29 Mar 2016

Breakdown: 2016 ASBK Rd2 Wakefield Park

The vitals from round two of the Australian Superbike Championship.

The Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli continued at Wakefield Park over the Easter weekend for round two of the 2016 season. CycleOnline.com.au breaks down the specifics from a drama-packed race day in Goulburn.

Superbike

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.

Pole position: Troy HERFOSS 57.350s

Race one results:
1. Troy HERFOSS
2. Anthony WEST
3. Cru HALLIDAY
4. Daniel FALZON
5. Ben BURKE
6. Brayden ELLIOTT
7. Sloan FROST
8. Ryan HAMPTON
9. Adam SENIOR
10. Nathan SPITERI
11. Brendan SCHMIDT
12. Nick MARSH
13. Joel BEARD

Race time: 11m45.051s
Margin of victory: 1.793s
Laps completed: 12
Fastest lap: Troy HERFOSS 57.540s (record)

Race two results:
1. Wayne MAXWELL
2. Anthony WEST
3. Glenn ALLERTON
4. Troy HERFOSS
5. Ben BURKE
6. Brayden ELLIOTT
7. Sloan FROST
8. Ryan HAMPTON
9. Adam SENIOR
10. Joel BEARD
11. Peter BERRY
12. Brendan SCHMIDT
13. Nathan SPITERI
14. Nick MARSH

Race time: 15m33.323s
Margin of victory: 5.179s
Laps completed: 16
Fastest lap: Wayne MAXWELL 57.654s

Overall results:
1. Troy HERFOSS 43
2. Anthony WEST 40
3. Ben BURKE 32
4. Brayden ELLIOTT 30
5. Sloan FROST 28
6. Ryan HAMPTON 26
7. Wayne MAXWELL 25
8. Adam SENIOR 24
9. Joel BEARD 19
10. Brendan SCHMIDT 19
11. Nathan SPITERI 19
12. Glenn ALLERTON 18
13. Cru HALLIDAY 18
14. Daniel FALZON 17
15. Nick MARSH 16
16. Peter BERRY 10

Championship standings:
1. Troy HERFOSS 95
2. Glenn ALLERTON 93
3. Wayne MAXWELL 80
4. Ben BURKE 73
5. Michael JONES 57
6. Daniel FALZON 56
7. Cru HALLIDAY 52
8. Michael BLAIR 45
9. Ryan HAMPTON 42
10. Brayden ELLIOTT 41
11. Sloan FROST 41
12. Anthony WEST 40
13. Robbie BUGDEN 35
14. Matt WALTERS 32
15. Adam SENIOR 31
16. Jamie STAUFFER 27
17. John HUNT 27
18. Adam CHRISTIE 26
19. Peter BERRY 20
20. Joel BEARD 19

Verdict:
The action doesn’t get anymore intense than what we witnessed at Wakefield Park. Herfoss once again delivered at home for the Goulburn fans with a win and a fourth for the overall, but aside from that all predictions were off. West was strong enough to provide Crankt Protein Honda with a 1-2 after being involved in all kinds of drama, including a crash in race one before the fourth and final (rescheduled) restart. Race one was turned upside down when Jones wasn’t allowed to restart altogether, Allerton and Maxwell crashed, and Halliday rebounded from an off-track excursion to get on the box. Race two wasn’t much more straightforward. It was Maxwell who rode like a demon to win comfortably, with West the runner-up again after getting in more altercations at turn one, while Allerton battled on his spare bike for third. Herfoss should have been second but he ran off at the final turn in the closing laps, ultimately crossing the line fourth for the overall. And on top of all that, Kawasaki-mounted privateer standout Burke ended up on the podium with Herfoss and West at the end of it all! Wow, what a day of racing.

Supersport

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.

Pole position: Sam CLARKE 1m00.479s

Race one results:
1. Sam CLARKE
2. Luke MITCHELL
3. Troy GUENTHER
4. Callum SPRIGGS
5. Ben BLYTH
6. Cambridge OLIVIER
7. Guiseppe SCARCELLA
8. Ted COLLINS
9. Robbie MENZIES
10. Mark CHIODO
11. Brad SHAW
12. Harrison COX
13. Nic LIMINTON
14. Rhys BELLINGS
15. Shane MAGGS
16. Cam RUSSELL
17. Patrick LI
18. Hayden SPINKS
19. Brendan WILSON
20. Matt PRICE

Race time: 13m16.986s
Margin of victory: 0.159s
Laps completed: 13
Fastest lap: Luke MITCHELL 1m00.614s

Race two results:
1. Sam CLARKE
2. Luke MITCHELL
3. Troy GUENTHER
4. Cambridge OLIVIER
5. Callum SPRIGGS
6. Ben BLYTH
7. Guiseppe SCARCELLA
8. Mark CHIODO
9. Chris QUINN
10. Ted COLLINS
11. Robbie MENZIES
12. Brad SHAW
13. Nic LIMINTON
14. Shane MAGGS
15. Rhys BELLINGS
16. Patrick LI
17. Matt PRICE
18. Cam RUSSELL
19. Hayden SPINKS
20. Bernie RUSSELL

Race time: 16m23.679s
Margin of victory: 0.136s
Laps completed: 16
Fastest lap: 1m00.273s

Overall results:
1. Sam CLARKE 51
2. Luke MITCHELL 40
3. Troy GUENTHER 36
4. Callum SPRIGGS 33
5. Cambridge OLIVIER 32
6. Ben BLYTH 31
7. Guiseppe SCARCELLA 28
8. Mark CHIODO 24
9. Ted COLLINS 24
10. Robbie MENZIES 22
11. Brad SHAW 19
12. Nic LIMINTON 16
13. Shane MAGGS 13
14. Rhys BELLINGS 13
15. Chris QUINN 12
16. Patrick LI 9
17. Harrison COX 9
18. Cam RUSSELL 8
19. Matt PRICE 5
20. Hayden SPINKS 5

Championship standings:
1. Troy GUENTHER 95.5
2. Sam CLARKE 81.5
3. Luke MITCHELL 81
4. Callum SPRIGGS 76.5
5. Ben BLYTH 69
6. Ted COLLINS 53.5
7. Mark CHIODO 52
8. Chris QUINN 52
9. Brad SHAW 47.5
10. Nic LIMINTON 45
11. Robbie MENZIES 37
12. Ryan TAYLOR 35.5
13. Cambridge OLIVIER 32
14. Cam RUSSELL 30
15. Guiseppe SCARCELLA 28
16. Shane MAGGS 27
17. Patrick LI 25
18. Rhys BELLINGS 19
19. Kyle BUCKLEY 17.5
20. Harrison COX 17

Verdict:
There are a few extremely impressive things about the current crop of Supersport contenders and it seems it’s the class that just keeps on giving and giving. Everytime the front-runners from a year prior move on, more challengers rise to the challenge year in, year out. And on this particular weekend, nobody could deny Western Australian Clarke for a perfect round. Mitchell came close and almost beat the lap record in the process, while points leader Guenther was just happy to exit Goulburn with a solid bag of points. It wasn’t a great round for Spriggs, still finding his feet on the Kawasaki from what we can see, but he will be in the title race at year’s end, no doubt. The most impressive thing of all? Their laptimes are knocking on the door of the record pace set by Rick Olson all the way back in 2013 – that shows precisely just how quick they’re getting along.

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