Features 18 Apr 2016

Breakdown: 2016 ASBK Rd3 Sydney Motorsport Park

Vitals following the third round of Australian Superbikes.

The Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli continued at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend for round three of the 2016 season. CycleOnline.com.au breaks down the specifics from race day.

Superbike

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.

Pole position: Wayne MAXWELL 1m29.905s

Race one results:
1. Wayne MAXWELL
2. Glenn ALLERTON
3. Mike JONES
4. Cru HALLIDAY
5. Troy HERFOSS
6. Jamie STAUFFER
7. Daniel FALZON
8. Matt WALTERS
9. Michael BLAIR
10. Brayden ELLIOTT
11. Ben BURKE
12. Simon GALLOWAY
13. Ryan HAMPTON
14. Mathew HARDING
15. Sloan FROST
16. Carlos RENDON
17. Adam SENIOR
18. Paul DUTTON
19. Heath GRIFFIN
20. Nathan SPITERI

Race time: 18m12.260s
Margin of victory: 0.219s
Laps completed: 12
Fastest lap: Glenn ALLERTON 1m30.366s (new record)

Race two results:
1. Wayne MAXWELL
2. Glenn ALLERTON
3. Mike JONES
4. Jamie STAUFFER
5. Matt WALTERS
6. Brayden ELLIOTT
7. Troy HERFOSS
8. Adam SENIOR
9. Simon GALLOWAY
10. Paul DUTTON
11. Mathew HARDING
12. Michael BLAIR
13. Cru HALLIDAY
14. Sloan FROST
15. Ryan HAMPTON
16. Joel BEARD
17. Carlos RENDON
18. Heath GRIFFIN
19. Ben BURKE
20. Nathan SPITERI

Race time: 21m10.489s
Margin of victory: 14.110s
Laps completed: 12
Fastest lap: Wayne MAXWELL 1m43.106s

Overall results:
1. Wayne MAXWELL 51
2. Glenn ALLERTON 40
3. Mike JONES 36
4. Jamie STAUFFER 32
5. Troy HERFOSS 30
6. Matt WALTERS 29
7. Brayden ELLIOTT 26
8. Cru HALLIDAY 25
9. Simon GALLOWAY 21
10. Michael BLAIR 21
11. Adam SENIOR 17
12. Mathew HARDING 17
13. Paul DUTTON 14
14. Ryan HAMPTON 14
15. Daniel FALZON 14
16. Sloan FROST 13
17. Ben BURKE 12
18. Carlos RENDON 9
19. Joel BEARD 5
20. Heath GRIFFIN 3

Championship standings:
1. Glenn ALLERTON 133
2. Wayne MAXWELL 131
3. Troy HERFOSS 125
4. Mike JONES 93
5. Ben BURKE 85
6. Cru HALLIDAY 77
7. Daniel FALZON 70
8. Brayden ELLIOTT 67
9. Michael BLAIR 66
10. Matt WALTERS 61
11. Jamie STAUFFER 59
12. Ryan HAMPTON 56
13. Sloan FROST 54
14. Adam SENIOR 48
15. Anthony WEST 40
16. Robbie BUGDEN 35
17. John HUNT 27
18. Adam CHRISTIE 26
19. Joel BEARD 24
20. Simon GALLOWAY 21

Verdict:
Coming into the round Wayne Maxwell mentioned he’d like to recapture the type of form that saw him dominate in Sydney during 2013 and that’s exactly what he did, despite the changing conditions on Sunday. It doesn’t get much better than Superpole and two race wins, however Yamaha teammate Glenn Allerton’s runner-up in both races saw him jump to the title lead again. Plus he got a new race lap record in the process. A pair of thirds was a positive turnaround for Ducati-mounted Mike Jones following a disastrous Wakefield weekend, while aside from that, it was essentially a so-so round for the remaining title threats. Fourth was great for Jamie Stauffer upon return, Honda teammate Troy Herfoss definitely wanted more than fifth, and Cru Halliday’s strongish start to the round was thrown out the window once the rain came. Of note was Matt Walters’ sixth overall in a guest appearance as he’s focusing on the rival series.

Supersport

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.

Pole position: Cambridge OLIVIER 1m34.176s

Race one results:
1. Mitch LEVY
2. Callum SPRIGGS
3. Luke MITCHELL
4. Sam CLARKE
5. Troy GUENTHER
6. Giuseppe SCARCELLA
7. Ben BLYTH
8. Thomas BRYDEN
9. Robbie MENZIES
10. Chris QUINN
11. Kane BURNS
12. Nic LIMINTON
13. Ted COLLINS
14. Michael KNIGHT
15. Matt PRICE
16. Cam RUSSELL
17. Hayden SPINKS
18. Simon REES
19. Patrick LI
20. Ben WHITE

Race time: 15m54.528s
Margin of victory: 1.730s
Laps completed: 10
Fastest lap: Mitch LEVY 1m33.937s

Race two results:
1. Sam CLARKE
2. Callum SPRIGGS
3. Robbie MENZIES
4. Mitch LEVY
5. Chris QUINN
6. Ben BLYTH
7. Cambridge OLIVIER
8. Giuseppe SCARCELLA
9. Ted COLLINS
10. Troy GUENTHER
11. Patrick LI
12. Nic LIMINTON
13. Simon REES
14. Ben WHITE
15. Michael KNIGHT
16. Cam RUSSELL
17. Hayden SPINKS
18. Mark CHIODO
19. Harrison COX
20. Shane MAGGS

Race time: 11m00.562s
Margin of victory: 2.617s
Laps completed: 6
Fastest lap: Sam CLARKE 1m47.384s

Overall results:
1. Mitch LEVY 33.5
2. Callum SPRIGGS 30
3. Sam CLARKE 29.5
4. Ben BLYTH 21.5
5. Giuseppe SCARCELLA 21.5
6. Troy GUENTHER 21.5
7. Robbie MENZIES 21
8. Chris QUINN 19
9. Luke MITCHELL 18
10. Ted COLLINS 14
11. Nic LIMINTON 13.5
12. Thomas BRYDEN 13
13. Michael KNIGHT 10
14. Kane BURNS 10
15. Cambridge OLIVIER 8
16. Cam RUSSELL 7.5
17. Patrick LI 7
18. Simon REES 7
19. Hayden SPINKS 6
20. Matt PRICE 6

Championship standings:
1 Troy GUENTHER 117
2 Sam CLARKE 111
3 Callum SPRIGGS 106.5
4 Luke MITCHELL 99
5 Ben BLYTH 90.5
6 Chris QUINN 71
7 Ted COLLINS 67.5
8 Nic LIMINTON 58.5
9 Robbie MENZIES 58
10 Mark CHIODO 53.5
11 Giuseppe SCARCELLA 49.5
12 Brad SHAW 47.5
13 Cambridge OLIVIER 40
14 Cam RUSSELL 37.5
15 Ryan TAYLOR 35.5
16 Mitch LEVY 33.5
17 Patrick LI 32
18 Shane MAGGS 27.5
19 Rhys BELLINGS 19
20 Harrison COX 18

Verdict:
It was Cambridge Olivier who set pole, Mitch Levy who won race one and Same Clarke who won race two, signifying the mixture of talent at the front of Supersport once again. Levy deservedly got the overall victory from Callum Spriggs, in an important result for his title chances, and Clarke completed the podium to also mount further pressure on Troy Guenther. The latter was all the way down in P6 overall, behind impressive performances of Ben Blyth and Giuseppe Scarcella, which closed the series right up. Special mention also goes to Supersport class rookie Robbie Menzies, third in that second race to make it two Cube Racing entries on the podium and a Kawasaki sweep of the race! Bring on Barbagallo.

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