Herfoss fights off Jones for runner-up honours in the opening encounter.
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Wayne Maxwell earned a dominant race one victory at Phillip Island’s penultimate round of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), while the fight for podium positions unfolded behind him.
The number 47 quickly moved by pole-sitter and championship leader Mike Jones (DesmoSport Ducati) in the opening corners, and that was the last the field saw of him as he lodged a 1.653s victory.
Reigning champion Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing) challenged Jones for second amongst a group of riders that included Matt Walters (Kawasaki Connection), Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecstar), and Yamaha Racing Team duo Cru Halliday and Daniel Falzon.
Herfoss eventually got the better of Jones, however an error with just one lap to spare saw the number one drop to third. It wasn’t the end though, as Herfoss pushed on to make an aggressive pass in the dying stages, managing to fend off Jones’ evidently faster Ducati down the final straight to claim runner-up honours by a slender 0.114s
Waters, who remained very much in the fight for the podium, was a further 0.070s behind Jones, as Halliday was a fraction off to complete the top five.
Falzon was sixth ahead of Walters, as Bryan Staring (Kawasaki BCperformance), Mark Chiodo (Penrite Honda Racing) and Glenn Allerton (Maxima BMW) concluded the top 10.