News 16 Apr 2016

Maxwell scorches to Sydney Motorsport Park ASBK Superpole

Olivier claims maiden Supersport pole ahead of round three.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Yamaha Racing Team’s Wayne Maxwell has claimed Superpole for Sydney Motorsport Park’s third round of the 2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli.

Maxwell lapped the 3.93km Grand Prix circuit in a scintillating 1m29.905s, 0.300s faster than YZF-R1M-mounted teammate Glenn Allerton.

Reigning ASBK champion Mike Jones claimed third on the DesmoSport Ducati, 0.444s off the pace of the pole position, with Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) and Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team) completing the top five.

Sixth rider to make it into Superpole, Daniel Falzon (JD Racing Yamaha) opted not to circulate during the session, which means he will start from position six on the grid come Sunday.

In Supersport it was Cambridge Olivier who rode to pole on board his Yamaha with a 1m34.176s, 0.020s ahead of title leader Troy Guenther (Yamaha), Callum Spriggs (Kawasaki) and session two pace-setter Luke Mitchell (Yamaha).

The opening races of the weekend took place this afternoon and it was multiple national champion Brandon Demmery (Yamaha) who won the Production opener marginally from Callum Alderson, with Drew Sells (Kawasaki) third.

In the R3 Cup’s first race of the Sydney round it was Alderson overcoming round one winner Zac Levy, as Jack Mahaffy filled the podium within the Yamaha control category.

Flying female Tayla Relph dominated the first Moto3/125GP race of the weekend, winning by over 10 seconds ahead of Locky Taylor and Ben Leonard.