News 11 Sep 2018

Dunlop continues to progress in ASBK

Ficeda Accessories press release:

The Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) descended onto Winton, in northern Victoria for round six of the seven round championship. While it was Kyle Buckley, with a 10-8 finish for seventh overall on the BC Performance Kawasaki Racing Team ZX10-R superbike, who led the results on paper, it was a strong weekend, full of positives for lead rider Bryan Staring who finished the weekend 12th after DNF-4 results, while ZX6-R mounted Giuseppe Scarcella raced to 8-6 for sixth overall.

Achieving third in the first-of-two qualifying session with a 1:20.753 on Saturday, Staring went on to use the second qualifying session to work on race setup with the BC Performance Kawasaki crew. The time good enough to see the WA racer qualify fifth fastest. Come Sunday, it was an action-packed day on track, with a temperature drop on race day, multiple red flags, some riders with luck on their side and others clearly without it.

Bryan Staring: “Our result on paper doesn’t really tell the story of the weekend. I had a strong start in race one, but the gap I chose to take between Bayliss and Maxwell closed up, forcing me to change lines and in the process was left with no choice but to put the bike down before hitting Josh Waters. Come race two, I steadily began moving through the field as the race continued to finish in fourth. I really believe that had the race not been shortened due to the red flags, I would have continued to charge forward.”

Dunlop Motorsport Manager, Robbie Bugden: “Congratulations to Troy Herfoss, and Cru Halliday for wrapping up the Superbike and Supersport classes this weekend. Both riders have shown speed and class all year and deserve the titles they now hold. We’re at an interesting point in our program for 2018. All our racers have supreme confidence in the front tyre, with some even using the same front tyre for both races at some tracks, while the rear has returned great performance but needs to be understood to get the right bike set-up and ultimately take advantage. For Staring, he was able to move forward in the later stages of the race. With the next and final round at Phillip Island, we’re looking forward to what one of the most iconic race tracks in the world will hold.”

The ASBK now heads to Phillip Island for the seventh, and final round of the 2018 championship on October 11-13 where the final positions of the Superbike, Supersport and Supersport 300 classes will be decided.

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