News 5 Jul 2019

Maxwell sets the pace in Friday ASBK practice at Morgan Park

Toparis tops Supersport timesheets at Queensland's fourth round.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia’s Wayne Maxwell has set the pace in Friday practice at Morgan Park’s fourth round of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK).

The former champion posted his fastest time of 1m13.334s in the final session, which was cut short due to a red-flag incident involving Glenn Scott (GSR Kawasaki), who required medical assistance.

DesmoSport Ducati’s Mike Jones was just shy of P1 after lodging a 1m13.452s time, edging out Cru Halliday’s (Yamaha Racing Team) time of 1m13.515s.

Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia) was a fraction off the top three after a best time of 1m13.527s, as Yamaha Racing Team’s Daniel Falzon significantly improved on his earlier time with a 1m13.798s to conclude the top five.

Positions six to 10 were completed by Matt Walters (Kawasaki Connection), Mark Chiodo (Penrite Honda Racing), points leader Bryan Staring (Kawasaki BCperformance), reigning champion Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing) and Maxima BMW guest rider Aaron Morris.

Image: Russell Colvin.

In the Supersport category, points leader Tom Toparis recorded the fastest time aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6, lodging a quick-time of 1m15.455s in the final session. Nic Liminton (Yamaha) was just behind in second with a time of 1m15.694s, followed by Reid Battye (Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia), who posted a 1m15.835s.

Making his return to ASBK, albeit in Supersport, Corey Turner was fourth fastest aboard Honda machinery, edging out Callum Spriggs (Yamaha) in fifth.

Senna Agius (Kawasaki) rose to the top of the Supersport 300 timesheets in the final practice session, his time beating Locky Taylor (Yamaha) and John Lytras (Yamaha). Hunter Ford (Yamaha) and Harry Khouri (Yamaha) completed the top five. The Yamaha R3 Cup was topped by Taylor and Lytras, as Brandon Demmery (Yamaha) locked out the first three.

Tom Grane (Yamaha) was fastest in the Oceania Junior Cup ahead of Max Gibbons (Yamaha) and Angus Grenfell (Yamaha). Bikes are back on-track tomorrow for qualifying and the first races of the weekend in the support categories.

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