News 22 Oct 2017

Waters claims Phillip Island Championship as Blair wins race four

Crump clinches race three Supersport 300 victory.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Josh Waters has added another accolade to his name after claiming the Phillip Island Championship at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix today, while Yamaha-mounted Michael Blair was victorious in a chaotic race four.

Waters initially led the the final outing ahed of Crankt Protein Honda Racing duo Troy Herfoss and Bryan Staring, however with majority of the field on slicks and rain hitting the circuit on lap two, it would cause havoc amongst the field as they tip-toed their way around.

Blair, who started on wet tyres, stole the show as he grabbed the lead by lap three, racing home to a dominant 18.423s victory over second place holder Matt Barton (Honda).

Dale Breede (Team Suzuki Ecstar) wound up in third, comfortably ahead of Ducati-mounted Con Kokkoris and Richard Hewson (Yamaha), who rounded the top five.

Jake Drew (Yamaha) was sixth over Shane Yokom (Honda) in seventh, while the top 10 was completed by Jed Metcher (Yamaha), Cru Halliday (Yamaha) and Waters. Herfoss and Staring finished in 11th and 12th respectively.

In the Supersport 300 class, Max Croker (KTM) won the round but it was fellow KTM rider Seth Crump who captured the race three victory.

Crump narrowly edged Tom Brammich (Yamaha) by just 0.057s, while third place holder Zac Levy (Yamaha) finished just a further 0.279 in what was a tight race for the top spot.

Croker ended up in fourth ahead of Ty Lynch (Yamaha, followed Locky Taylor (Yamaha), Broc Pearson (Yamaha), Zackary Johnson (Kawasaki), Scott Nicolson (Kawasaki) and Tayla Ralph (Yamaha) who concluded the top 10.

With the support classes now wrapped up, MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 will now take part in their warm up sessions followed by racing later in the day.