News 27 Aug 2017

Falzon granted medical clearance following Q1 incident

Yamaha rider to start from the second row at Morgan Park.

Image: Keith Muir.

JD Racing Yamaha’s Daniel Falzon has been cleared to race today’s fifth round of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Morgan Park after a heavy crash in Q1 on Saturday.

Falzon was denied a medical clearance for yesterday’s second qualifying session, however was granted one after undergoing a physical and mental examination early this morning.

Despite the incident, the Yamaha-mounted rider will start on the second row in P6 after a lodging 1m13.324s prior to the crash unfolding.

“I just got back from the Racesafe Medical Centre and did a physical and mental examination,” Falzon told “They’re happy with my physical and mental state, so yeah, I’ll be out there on the grid today.

“I always knew I could, yesterday I felt like I could’ve ridden Q2, but I agreed with the doctors that as a precaution, I’ll sit it out. I set a reasonable time in Q1 – probably not the full potential we had – but to stay on the front two rows is still great for me.”

Falzon believes multiple factors will come into today’s two-race format, and is anticipating a close fight for the top spot here in Queensland.

“There’s a lot of factors that are going to come into this race,” he continued. “There’s going to be tyre wear, rider fatigue and also the battling around this track is hard to pass because it’s a bumpy and skinny track.

“I anticipate it’s going to be a close race between most of the guys, but I just want to be up there in the points and get as many as I can after a challenging weekend so far.”

The premier Superbike category is scheduled commence racing 11:30am, with race two set for 1:50pm.