Toparis secures Supersport race one win as Shaw once again tops Supersport 300.
Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia’s Wayne Maxwell has opened Sunday’s racing at Winton’s fifth round of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) with victory, edging out Mike Jones (DesmoSport Ducati) after a thrilling battle between the pair.
Jones and Maxwell quickly broke away from the field in the opening laps of race one, before the pair engaged in a back-and-forth duel that saw them trade positions for the lead on multiple occasions.
Maxwell ran wide on lap nine while holding down second, however it was only a matter of laps before the former champion sliced the gap and made his way by Jones once again. In the end, Maxwell was able to earn a stunning victory over Jones by 1.861s.
Reigning champion Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing) put on a heroic performance, coming from 12th on the grid to third, while Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team) and Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia) were fourth and fifth respectively.
Daniel Falzon (Yamaha Racing Team) was sixth ahead of Bryan Staring (Kawasaki BCperformance), Matt Walters (Kawasaki Connection), Alex Phillis (Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia) and Arthur Sissis (Suzuki).
The opening Supersport encounter was brought to a halt just two corners in when Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia’s Reid Battye high-sided in front of the pack exiting turn two, causing a multi-rider collision that also claimed podium contenders Nic Liminton (Yamaha) and Jack Hyde (Yamaha). The trio didn’t return for the restart, however are understood to be okay.
Points leader Tom Toparis (Landbridge Yamaha) capitalised on the restart, quickly taking ahold of the lead before stretching out a comfortable 5.765s advantage over Broc Pearson (Yamaha) and Ty Lynch (Yamaha).
The top five was rounded out by Dallas Skeer (Suzuki) and Aiden Hayes (Yamaha), as early front-runner Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing) was forced out of the race just three laps in.
Yannis Shaw (Kawasaki) once again reigned supreme in the Supersport 300 class, taking out victory in race two by a marginal 0.273s over Hunter Ford (Yamaha) and Brandon Demmery (Yamaha), while it was Ford who won race two in the Yamaha R3 Cup ahead of Max Stauffer (Yamaha) and Demmery.
The second Oceania Junio Cup outing was won by Angus Grenfell (Yamaha) over Tom Drane (Yamaha) and Glenn Nelson (Yamaha). Racing resumes this afternoon.