News 26 Feb 2023

Waters completes perfect ASBK weekend with race three victory

Jones and Herfoss on overall podium at opening Phillip Island round.

Image: Foremost Media.

Victory in the final Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship race this afternoon at Phillip Island saw Josh Waters complete a perfect weekend, banking a maximum 76 points at round one with pole position and three wins.

McMartin Racing’s Josh Waters delivered another dominant display to take a 3.236s victory in the second race, with wildlife notably bringing out the red flags throughout the outing.

It didn’t take Waters long to assert a extend his lead at the front before the red flag, and by the end of the opening lap he had a second on the chasing group of Mike Jones (Yamaha Racing Team), Glenn Allerton (BMW), Troy Herfoss (Honda) and Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team). Geese on the track brought the red flags after two laps.

Upon the restart Waters again stretched out the lead early, with Herfoss running wide at turn one on lap two, dropping him back to a distant sixth at the time.

By lap five Halliday had cleared Jones, maintaining P2 to the chequered flag, with the defending champion completing the top three, just under three seconds from his teammate.

Herfoss charged back to fourth, ahead of Arthur Sissis (Unitech Racing Yamaha) who pipped Allerton at the line. Seventh was MotoGo Yamaha’s Bryan Staring who closed right in on the battle for fourth, as Ted Collins (Livson BMW), Broc Pearson (DesmoSport Ducati) and Matt Walters (Aprilia) who completed the top 10.

Notably, Mark Chiodo (Honda) crashed at turn two on the opening lap of the restart, and GTR MotoStars rider Max Stauffer crashed at turn four later that lap. With five laps to go Lachlan Epis (Evolution Sports Group) crashed at Honda corner, also unable to complete the race.

Another blistering first lap from Waters in race three saw him quickly break the tow of those behind, delivering a clinical performance to lead Halliday by over four seconds at the conclusion of the bout.

The number 65 was able to break away from Herfoss after the pair battled in the opening laps and then catch teammate Jones, making a decisive pass on his teammate with five laps to go.

Jones then rode on to achieve a relatively quiet third as Honda-mounted Herfoss dropped into the clutches of Allerton, then Staring who caught the pair with roughly three laps to go. Ultimately it was Allerton who secured P4, ahead of Herfoss and the MotoGo Yamaha rider.

The fast-starting Sissis finished seventh, ahead of Epis, Collins and Stauffer who completed the top 10. Looking at the overall, it was a perfect weekend for Waters, leading Jones and Herfoss tied on 53 points

Detailed results