Features 18 Mar 2018

Racefeed: 2018 ASBK Rd2 Wakefield Park

Superbike and Supersport post-race updates from New South Wales.

Post-race updates from round two of the 2018 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) presented by Motul Pirelli direct from Wakefield Park in New South Wales on race-day Sunday.

Image: Marc Jones (Foremost Media).

Kawasaki Supersport race one:
The opening Kawasaki Supersport race of the weekend saw Cru Halliday sprint away to victory in warm, windy conditions, dominating the opening 16-lap affair of the round. The Yamaha Racing Team rider led local favourite Tom Toparis by 4.003s across the line after posting a new lap record of 59.612s, as World Supersport regular Lachlan Epis (Kawasaki) completed the podium. Behind him came best of the rookies Broc Pearson (Yamaha), who in turn topped another impressive newcomer in Max Croker (Suzuki) – the latter undergoing surgery on a broken collarbone since Phillip Island. Croker managed to edge BCperformance’s Giuseppe Scarcella (Kawasaki) to the line, as Jordan Carlsson (Yamaha) in his first race of the season, Nic Liminton (Yamaha), Damon Rees (Honda) and Dallas Skeer (Suzuki) rounded out the top 10.

PosNumRiderMachineLapBehindLap TimeFastest
123Cru HALLIDAYYamaha YZF- R6161:01.04959.612
27Tom TOPARISKawasaki ZX-6R164.0031:01.0041:00.001
383Lachlan EPISKawasaki ZX6R166.8471:00.80059.881
412Broc PEARSONYamaha YZF-R6168.1991:00.1711:00.171
541Max CROKERSuzuki GSXR1623.3531:01.3131:01.085
647Giuseppe SCARCELLAKawasaki ZX-6R1623.6191:00.9041:00.904
745Jordan CARLSSONYamaha YZF-R61624.7431:01.5771:01.045
827Nic LIMINTONYamaha YZF- R61626.4701:01.6291:01.361
920Damon REESHonda CBR RR1629.3471:01.2401:01.122
1086Dallas SKEERSuzuki GSXR1629.9141:01.5431:01.543
1139Scott NICHOLSONSuzuki GSXR1632.6241:02.4541:01.597
1261Rhys BELLINGYamaha YZF-R61632.7491:02.4541:01.450
1342Jack PASSFIELDYamaha YZF- R61632.8191:02.2711:01.344
1446Aidan HAYESKawasaki ZX6R1634.9441:01.5971:01.597
1522Zackary JOHNSONYamaha YZF- R61635.5481:01.6381:01.313
1681Cambridge OLIVIERYamaha YZF-R61635.7281:02.0321:01.675
1796Luke MITCHELLYamaha YZF-R61645.1951:03.2431:02.295
1814Matt BARTONYamaha YZF-R612RetiredIn pits1:03.106
1984Thomas BRYDENYamaha YZF-R63Stop-T41:03.7601:03.760

YMI Superbike race one:
It was a battle of the titans in race one of the YMI Superbikes as Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team) edged Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing) for the victory by just 0.031s at the conclusion of 20 nail-biting laps. Each led 10 laps apiece following an entertaining duel at the front, however it was Maxwell who managed to power out of the final turn and to the chequered flag first when it counted. Behind them came reigning champion Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in third, running with the front two early on before gradually dropping off the rear, over six seconds back by race’s end. He was a second up on Daniel Falzon (Yamaha Racing Team), who eventually got the better of both Bryan Staring (Kawasaki BCperformance) and Troy Bayliss (DesmoSport Ducati). A lonely seventh was Glenn Allerton (Next Gen Motorsports BMW), as Jamie Stauffer (Craig McMartin Racing) kept Alex Phillis (Phillis Racing Suzuki) and Matt Walters (Swann Insurance Kawasaki) at bay, completing the top 10. Second of the factory Suzukis Mark Chiodo was an early casualty, going down in the first turn on lap one.

PosNumRiderMachineLapBehindLap TimeFastest
147Wayne MAXWELLYamaha YZF-R1M2058.51958.264
217Troy HERFOSSHonda CBR RR SP20.03158.67858.326
31Josh WATERSSuzuki GSXR-R206.15359.41858.274
425Daniel FALZONYamaha YZF-R1M207.25759.08858.401
567Bryan STARINGKawasaki ZX10R209.16659.50258.775
621Troy BAYLISSDucati Panigale FE2010.7531:00.08158.568
714Glenn ALLERTONBMW S RR2016.8911:00.41858.779
827Jamie STAUFFERDucati Panigale R2021.3541:00.04659.184
920Alex PHILLISSuzuki GSXR2021.4231:00.06559.344
1012Matt WALTERSKawasaki ZX10R2021.7121:00.70559.070
11178Michael BLAIRYamaha YZF-R12021.80659.45259.329
1283Kyle BUCKLEYKawasaki ZX10R2030.1221:00.60759.657
1352Corey TURNERSuzuki GSXR2030.7971:00.50359.084
1461Arthur SISSISRSuzuki GSXR2031.2701:00.67759.403
1529Ted COLLINSRBMW S RR2041.6051:01.1821:00.008
1668Mitchell LEVYYamaha YZF-R12047.1221:01.4051:00.027
1756Bradley SWALLOWKawasaki ZX10R2049.4381:01.4461:00.564
18188Lucas VITALERKawasaki ZX10R2049.7471:00.8741:00.252
1962Brendan McINTYRESuzuki GSXR2049.7821:00.5861:00.261
2096Matt HARDINGKawasaki ZX10R2054.4551:01.89959.994
2150Callum SPRIGGSKawasaki ZX10R2055.8841:01.5931:00.498
2277Adam SENIORYamaha YZF-R1191 Lap1:02.4871:00.773
2311Philip CZAJAprilia RSV4 F191 Lap1:05.4331:01.648
2437Hamish McMURRAYKawasaki ZX10R10RetiredIn pits1:03.064
2581Joel RHODESRYamaha YZF-R17RetiredIn pits1:02.368
2630Mark CHIODORSuzuki GSXR-R

YMI Superbike race two:
A commanding victory in race two was enough for home hero Herfoss to clinch a third-successive round victory in Goulburn, topping race two by 1.144s over race one winner Maxwell, with Waters third. It was Maxwell who jumped out front early and led the first 11 laps from the front, however Herfoss homed in and made his move at that point. They went back and forth a number of times until the latter eventually made it stick, leading across the line from lap 12 onwards. Waters was also ahead of Herfoss for much of the race’s first half, however had to settle for P3 once again from Falzon, while Bayliss climbed to fifth this time around. Positions six through 10 were filled by Stauffer, Allerton, Phillis, Michael Blair (Yamaha) and the resurgent Kyle Buckley (Kawasaki BCperformance). Buckley’s teammate Staring – round one winner – crashed out at the midway point in turn two. The round win was all Herfoss, one point ahead of Maxwell due to his point for pole, with the ever-consistent Waters third. In the standings it’s now Herfoss atop the order, 10 points ahead of Waters, with Maxwell a further seven points in arrears. Former leader Staring has plummeted down the ranks to sixth following two rounds.

PosNumRiderMachineLapBehindLap TimeFastest
117Troy HERFOSSHonda CBR RR SP201:00.57658.048
247Wayne MAXWELLYamaha YZF-R1M201.14458.62158.300
31Josh WATERSSuzuki GSXR-R202.98659.08058.164
425Daniel FALZONYamaha YZF-R1M205.88959.59858.356
521Troy BAYLISSDucati Panigale FE2010.50659.68258.570
627Jamie STAUFFERDucati Panigale R2018.3441:00.51658.637
714Glenn ALLERTONBMW S RR2022.0051:00.56558.980
820Alex PHILLISSuzuki GSXR2025.85459.61759.064
9178Michael BLAIRYamaha YZF-R12026.49759.64059.310
1083Kyle BUCKLEYKawasaki ZX10R2028.6731:00.15759.418
1161Arthur SISSISRSuzuki GSXR2028.94559.73359.236
1212Matt WALTERSKawasaki ZX10R2032.9081:00.48559.384
1352Corey TURNERSuzuki GSXR2033.8271:00.15359.752
1429Ted COLLINSRBMW S RR2044.0241:01.4601:00.168
1568Mitchell LEVYYamaha YZF-R12044.8551:00.89859.815
1650Callum SPRIGGSKawasaki ZX10R2045.1641:01.5731:00.367
1762Brendan McINTYRESuzuki GSXR2046.7931:00.90559.988
1830Mark CHIODORSuzuki GSXR-R2054.2691:02.1841:00.595
1977Adam SENIORYamaha YZF-R1191 Lap1:03.6191:01.033
2011Philip CZAJAprilia RSV4 F191 Lap1:06.7211:01.365
2181Joel RHODESRYamaha YZF-R1191 Lap1:02.7091:01.659
2237Hamish McMURRAYKawasaki ZX10R191 Lap1:02.9731:02.973
2396Matt HARDINGKawasaki ZX10R14Retired1:05.8001:00.146
2467Bryan STARINGKawasaki ZX10R9Crash-T258.96558.649
25188Lucas VITALERKawasaki ZX10R9Crash-T61:00.9461:00.078

Kawasaki Supersport race two:
Back-to-back wins in Goulburn sees Halliday clinch his first round win of the year in Supersport aboard the factory-prepared YZF-R6, a comfortable 3.739s ahead of determined early leader Toparis and Pearson – those three also standing on the podium overall for the round. Halliday led from pole until Toparis dipped beneath him on lap one and set the pace across the opening five laps. Finally making his move, Halliday hit the front on lap six and that’s where he stayed. In fourth came Croker, as Scarcella got the better of Rees to take the final place in the top five. Behind them in P7 was Next Gen’s Scott Nicholson (Suzuki), followed by Cambridge Olivier (Yamaha), Jack Passfield (Yamaha) and Liminton. Notable crashers this time around were Epis and Carlsson, the latter who was involved when the race was declared following 14 laps due to an incident. In the points it’s still Toparis who is on top, four ahead of Halliday and Pearson’s now third.

PosNumRiderMachineLapBehindLap TimeFastest
123Cru HALLIDAYYamaha YZF- R6141:00.97459.740
27Tom TOPARISKawasaki ZX-6R143.7391:00.9961:00.070
312Broc PEARSONYamaha YZF-R61414.1921:02.1171:00.943
441Max CROKERSuzuki GSXR1417.7771:01.5701:01.250
547Giuseppe SCARCELLAKawasaki ZX-6R1422.1201:01.9831:01.380
620Damon REESHonda CBR RR1422.1371:02.3381:01.174
739Scott NICHOLSONSuzuki GSXR1425.2521:02.4931:01.341
881Cambridge OLIVIERYamaha YZF-R61429.8401:02.4191:01.742
942Jack PASSFIELDYamaha YZF- R61433.5991:08.9841:01.102
1027Nic LIMINTONYamaha YZF- R61438.2161:02.0021:01.426
1196Luke MITCHELLYamaha YZF-R61439.4721:02.4811:02.376
1214Matt BARTONYamaha YZF-R61440.6151:03.0911:02.427
1345Jordan CARLSSONYamaha YZF-R613.0001:02.0841:01.840
1461Rhys BELLINGYamaha YZF-R613.0001:01.9781:01.473
1522Zackary JOHNSONYamaha YZF- R613.000Pit Exit1:01.090
1686Dallas SKEERSuzuki GSXR131 Lap1:05.2991:01.581
1746Aidan HAYESKawasaki ZX6R112 LapsPit Exit1:01.239
1884Thomas BRYDENYamaha YZF-R6310 Laps1:02.8191:02.819
1983Lachlan EPISKawasaki ZX6R112 Laps1:05.8881:05.888