Technical crackdown continues as Epis disqualified from SBK race one.
Following a post-race technical inspection at Queensland Raceway’s Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) round, Supersport round winner Tom Edwards has been stripped of his points due to a breach of the technical regulations.
The penalty is effective for Supersport race one and two, in addition to the pole position he achieved, meaning Edwards’ perfect 51 points haul for the round will be reduced to zero.
It’s a devastating blow for the Bikebiz-supported rider, particularly after he also failed to score in the opening race at Phillip Island due to tyre deflation.
A statement from Motorcycling Australia (MA) read: “Following Post-Race Technical Inspection, a report from the ASBK Chief Technical Officer to the ASBK Race Director confirms a breach of ASBK Technical Regulations 4.25.6 – Technical Regulations (SSP) Modification of OEM Parts for rider #26 Tom Edwards.”
John Lytras is now the round two winner in Supersport, with the race victories split between himself and Scott Nicholson. Lytras will also receive the pole position point for the round, while Olly Simpson takes over at the head of the point-standings.
Edwards was not the only rider disqualified for a technical infringement over the weekend, as in the Superbike category, BMW Alliance Racing rider Lachlan Epis was removed of his result in race one due to a breach of ECU firmware.