Dunlop Tyres press release:
Phillip Island’s seventh and final round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) saw multiple Dunlop-equipped races achieve on-track success throughout what was a challenging weekend of variable weather and track conditions.
In the Supersport category it was Mark Chiodo who reigned supreme aboard his Triumph entry after starting out his final round attack by logging a fast qualifying lap of 1m35.330s for pole position during Sunday’s two-race format.
Chiodo went on to win both of Sunday’s 10-lap races to secure his second-consecutive overall victory and fourth overall in the final national Supersport championship rankings for 2017.
Although it was a challenging weekend in Victoria for Kawasaki BCperformance’s Robbie Bugden following a major practice crash, he secured fifth overall in the championship rankings for 2017 after riding his Dunlop-shod ZX-10R to 14th overall on Sunday.
Rounding out the season one spot behind Bugden in the championship chase was Dunlop regular Cru Halliday. The New South Wales-based racer rode his Yamaha to ninth overall at Phillip Island to land just 13 points out of the top five championship spot.
In the Moto3/125GP category Dunlop riders proved most dominant throughout the weekend as Joel Kelso took out the round win and overall championship. Joining Kelso on the podium was South Australia’s Dallas Skeer and Taran Ocean, who took out the 125 championship victory.
“It has been a successful season for Dunlop racers throughout the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship,” commented Dunlop national motorcycle manager Sebastian Mincone. “To have Mark make it a clean sweep at Phillip Island in the Supersport category was a satisfying way to cap off the year and we look forward to yet another exciting racing season in 2018.”
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