News 7 Aug 2016

Allerton rues missed Superpole opportunity in Queensland

Two-time champion bumped to third row of the grid at Morgan Park.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Yamaha Racing Team’s Glenn Allerton will have his work cut out for him in today’s fifth round of the 2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli after missing Superpole.

Allerton will start out of seventh position on the third row of the grid at Morgan Park with a 1m14.745s, unable to make it through to Saturday’s grid-deciding Superpole.

“I’m disappointed that I didn’t make Superpole,” Allerton admitted. “In saying that, the times are very, very close, as I missed out by 0.021s. The main thing is we are heading in the right direction in regards to the set-up.

“The Yamaha R1M is getting better and better. We definitely should have put a new rear Dunlop tyre at the end of the second qualifying session. If we did that, I believe we would have made it comfortably through to Superpole, but it wasn’t to be. We’ll just try the best we can tomorrow and see where we end up.”

Entering Sunday’s pair of 19-lap races in Queensland, Allerton sits second in the premier class standings, five points in arrears of YRT teammate Wayne Maxwell.