News 20 Mar 2018

Regaining confidence key for Toparis following Goulburn qualifying crash

New South Welshman maintains four-point advantage in title hunt.

Image: Marc Jones (Foremost Media).

Cube Racing’s Tom Toparis says he struggled to regroup after crashing during Saturday’s opening Supersport qualifying session at Wakefield Park’s second round of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), although he was still able
string together a pair of runner-up finishes for second overall.

Eager to rebuild his confidence, Toparis is satisfied to exit his home venue in Goulburn with a significant haul of points, managing to salvage an ‘off’ weekend while still maintaining the points lead.

“It was a good weekend for me and I’m still leading the championship, which is a plus,” explained Toparis. “I was a lot faster in testing, but I struggled after my crash on Saturday, so we will look to build the confidence back up now.

“Cru [Halliday] was really strong today, but it’s good that it’s close and I’m happy not to make any mistakes in the races after what happened yesterday. 40 points in the bag at my home round was good and, although I’m a bit disappointed, it wasn’t to be this weekend and we will move on to South Australia and see what we can do.”

Toparis holds a slender four-point advantage over title contender Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team) as the series heads to The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia on 19-22 April, a recently-opened venue that’s new to ASBK for 2018.