News 5 Jun 2016

Race two win seals Maxwell ASBK overall at Barbagallo

Clarke takes charge of Supersport lead with clean-sweep.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Image: Russell Colvin.

A calculated second race victory at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australian from Wayne Maxwell clinched him the 2016 YMF Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli round win.

Yamaha Racing Team’s Maxwell overcame the advancements of teammate Glenn Allerton and opening race winner Mike Jones (DesmoSport Ducati) to win by 0.899s after a nail-biting 20 laps.

The holeshot once again belonged to Herfoss, before Jones went to the front on lap two. It was then Maxwell who led from the fifth lap and stayed in front from there. Allerton later made his way by Jones for second and that’s how they’d remain.

Fourth was another strong showing from Daniel Falzon (JD Racing Yamaha), comfortably ahead of Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing), who got the better of Halliday for position in the closing laps.

The top 10 at the end of the second race was completed by Ben Burke (SA Kawasaki BCperformance), Jamie Stauffer (Crankt Protein Honda Racing), Matt Walters (Kawasaki Connection) and Brayden Elliott (Suzuki).

Overall Maxwell won the round from Jones and Allerton, taking over the points lead in the process, now five ahead of Allerton, with Herfoss a further 13 behind.

“I’m absolutely stoked to leave round four with the win,” Maxwell beamed. “Barbagallo was one of the tracks that I was unsure about and didn’t know whether I could go with the likes of Mike and Glenn, so to get a race win and to turn everything around after a crash on Thursday feels awesome.

“A massive shout out to the RACESAFE crew who got me out there and allowed me to get the job done, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. We have an awesome tight crew with the Yamaha team and to come away with a win feels awesome.

“To do it in front of such a big crowd and to be a part of such a great championship feels fantastic – I’m looking forward to celebrating with the boys tonight.”

Image: Russell Colvin.

Image: Russell Colvin.

A frantic second and final Supersport race of the weekend resulted in the same winner, Sam Clarke (Kawasaki), however this time out he didn’t have it all his own way.

A four-way fight for the race win ensued, with Clarke crossing the line 0.116s ahead of an improved Callum Spriggs (Kawasaki), with Luke Mitchell (Yamaha) also within half a second in third.

Troy Guenther (Yamaha) was also in the fight for victory, winding up fourth, while Ted Collins (Next Gen Motorsports Suzuki) finished fifth.

Overall it was Clarke who took the win with the clean-sweep, joined on the podium by Mitchell and Spriggs. That resulted in Clarke taking charge of the championship, now 10 points ahead of Guenther and Spriggs still in the hunt in third.

The Production round was won by Brandon Demmery (Yamaha) overall. He topped the Over 300s from races two and three winner Callum Alderson (Yamaha) and Aidan Hayes (Yamaha), while in the Up To 300s it was Drew Sells (Yamaha) from Sam Condon (Kawasaki) and Justin Hall (Kawasaki).

In Moto3/125GP Ben Leonard (Honda) took out the overall, ahead of third race winner Tayla Relph (Honda) and Western Australian Scott Pettit (Honda), who was the first of the 125GP runners and on the overall podium.