News 2 Feb 2023

New outright ASBK best lap for Waters at SMSP

Voight on top in Supersport once more as two-day test concludes.

Images: Russell Colvin.

With a new outright Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) best lap of 1m29.570s, McMartin Racing Ducati’s Josh Waters was the man to beat in pre-season testing at Sydney Motorsport Park as Harrison Voight set the pace in Supersport once more.

Waters lit up the timing screens this morning when he posted his best effort in the opening session of day two, less than a tenth ahead of yesterday’s pace-setter Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team) who also improved with a 1m29.658s.

Reigning champion Mike Jones was the third rider to enter the 1m29s bracket, ultimately finishing .027s ahead of Penrite Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss in fourth. Rounding out the top five was DesmoSport Ducati’s Broc Pearson, his best lap of 1m30.235s set last night.

Sampling Dunlop tyres today, Lachlan Epis concluded the test in sixth, posting a solid 1m30.275s effort this morning, as Max Stauffer (GTR MotoStars Yamaha), Senna Agius (Honda), Ted Collins (Livson Racing) and Arthur Sissis (Unitech Racing Yamaha) completed the top 10.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Multiple red flags brought an end to the final Supersport session, but ultimately it was Voight who notched an impressive 1m32.138s in the second outing today to dominate proceedings in the 600 class.

Second place was Sean Condon (Yamaha) who continued to show promising form, improving to a 1m33.184s as the number one John Lytras completed the top three, less than two-tenths shy of Condon.

Jake Farnsworth (Yamaha) continued his solid pre-season pace in Sydney with P4, ahead of Tom Bramich and top rookie Cameron Dunker who leapt up to sixth today courtesy of a 1m33.931s. Completing the top 10 were Scott Nicholson (Yamaha), Dallas Skeer (Yamaha), Giuseppe Scarcella (Yamaha) and Jack Passfield (Yamaha).

Marcus Hamod’s benchmark of 1m44.633s was enough to see him stay as the quickest rider in Supersport 300, with Brandon Demmery going faster in the form a 1m44.811s to land second, ahead of Cameron Swain (Yamaha) in third. Meanwhile, Carter Thompson notched a 1m38.823s to leave SMSP as the fastest Moto3 rider at the test.

In the Oceania Junior Cup (OJC), South Australian Ricky Henry stormed to the top of the timesheets with a 1m59.364s, besting Bodie Paige and Hunter Corney as the pace increased in the final session.

With the pre-season test now complete, the focus shifts to round one of the 2023 Mi Bike Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island on 24-26 February.

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