News 25 Feb 2023

Voight details record-breaking Australian Supersport lap

Beats Staring's benchmark posted over 13 years ago at Phillip Island.

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Emerging talent Harrison Voight made history at Phillip Island this morning when he broke Bryan Staring’s Australian Supersport race lap record of over 13 years, later recalling that recording-setting lap following a dominant victory in the opening encounter.

Voight has spent past seasons competing in Europe on Moto3 machinery and is using the national Supersport round at Phillip Island to help prepare for his upcoming season in the European Moto2 Championship.

He returned home last year for the final round of ASBK at The Bend, dominating the 600 class in South Australia and has continued that form at round one of the 2023 season, qualifying on pole and taking a dominant 13.356s win in the season-opening race.

On his way to victory, Voight posted a 1m34.979s on lap two, which eclipsed the previous record of a 1m35.200s posted by Bryan Staring in 2009.

“I’m pretty happy to get the lap record, it was definitely something I wanted to try and get this weekend so to get it done in the first race, on the first lap is pretty good,” Voight said to CycleOnline.

“I’m happy with that, I don’t think there is much more in the tank but obviously I’m going to keep trying and try to keep my bike fitness up for when I go back to Europe.”

The threat of rain loomed throughout the first Australian Supersport encounter, with the bout ultimately brought to a premature end on lap nine as the conditions worsened. Despite the imminent precipitation, Voight was able to string together multiple laps under the previous record in what was a convincing display of his capabilities.

“It was all pretty good honestly, on the out lap going through Stoner [turn three] was a little bit windy at first, but after that it kind of came good and the wind sort of changed direction,” Voight added.

“Obviously, the Superbikes have been here this weekend and they did the test early this week and laid a bit of rubber down, so the track is good and the conditions could have been better, but as you all know for Phillip Island they were pretty good.”