Features 30 Apr 2023

Racefeed: 2023 ASBK Rd3 Queensland Raceway

Direct updates from third round of the season in Queensland.

Follow the 2023 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) with direct SBK and Supersport updates from the third round of the season at Queensland Raceway through Racefeed.

Image: Foremost Media.

Supersport race one:

Cameron Dunker (Yamaha) converted his pole position to take a thrilling victory in Supersport race one. Olly Simpson (Yamaha) launched from the second row to take the early lead, quickly stretching out an advantage out the front. Jake Farnsworth (Yamaha) worked his way up to second, but he high-sided on the exit of turn five which forced Ty Lynch and pole-setter Cameron Dunker to sit up and lose time to avoid him. With nine laps to go Simpson’s advantage was 2.5 seconds, but a mistake three laps later saw him run wide and relinquish the lead to Dunker. The South Australian retook the lead into turn six, with Lynch right behind the leading duo and in contention at that point. The fight certainly wasn’t over there as Dunker responded on the brakes into turn five to retake the lead with three laps to go. He led until the last corner on the last lap when he ran wide and Simpson tried to capitalise on the inside. The pair made contact on the final straight but ultimately it was Dunker who was able to hold on and take a slim 0.011s victory ahead of the number 45. Lynch completed the podium, 0.952s from the lead, as Scott Nicholson (Yamaha) charged to fourth. Sean Condon (Yamaha) completed the top five, as Dallas Skeer (Yamaha), Hayden Nelson (Yamaha), Jack Passfield (Yamaha), Reece Oughtred and Tom Bramich (Yamaha) featured inside the top 10. Reigning champion John Lytras suffered a crash on lap two at turn five and was unable to finish the race.

Superbike race one: 

A hard-fought Superbike race one saw Penrite Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss emerge victorious, edging Mike Jones (Yamaha Racing Team) and Cru Halliday in what evolved into a three-way battle for the lead. Jones took to the front early, with he and Herfoss breaking away from the field as Glenn Allerton (GT Racing Team BMW) made a good start and kept Josh Waters (McMartin Racing Gotzinger Ducati) and Halliday at bay. Allerton held third keeping Halliday and Waters at bay until lap seven, when he ran wide at turn three which let Halliday through. Waters made his move past Allerton into turn six later that lap. Herfoss had his first go to take the lead from Jones with six laps remaining, making a move up the inside of the reigning champion at turn three but he ran wide allowing Jones to retake P1 on corner exit. A lap later Herfoss tried again at turn four, Jones again able to counter on the inside entering turn five. The pair continued to battle, bringing the hard-charging Halliday into contention, and with two laps to go the leading trio were separated by three-tenths. Ultimately it was Herfoss who converted his pole position to victory, doing the switchback on Jones who dived up the inside in a last-corner attempt for victory. Jones just out-dragged teammate Halliday to the line for P2, the top three separated by less than two-tenths at race-end. Championship leader Waters finished fourth, 3.462s from the lead, as Allerton completed the top five. Featuring inside the top 10 were Max Stauffer (GTR MotoStars Yamaha), Ted Collins (Livson Racing BMW), Broc Pearson (DesmoSport Ducati), Anthony West (Addicted to Track) and Matt Walters (Aprilia). Notably, Bryan Staring (MotoGo Yamaha) suffered a fall at turn three with 13 laps to go, he was able to remount and was classified P13.

Supersport race two

A commanding race-two victory from Simpson saw him deliver a strong performance to withstand the charge of Dunker to secure the win. Simpson again made his way swiftly to the front from the second row and slowly edged an advantage ahead of Bramich as the pair broke away from the field. Simpson’s margin of victory was ultimately 0.232s ahead of Dunker, the race one winner shuffled back in the early stages but able to work his way back to P2 and a near victory, capitalising on a mistake from Bramich in the closing stages then chasing after Simpson. Bramich recovered to finish third, as Nicholson and Lynch completed the top five. Hayden Nelson (Yamaha) charged to sixth, as Skeer, Condon Lytras and Passfield rounded out the top 10. Dunker secured the round win by a single point ahead of Simpson, with Nicholson third for the round.

 Superbike race two:

A clinical race-two victory from Herfoss saw him complete a Queensland Raceway sweep for round three of the 2023 ASBK Championship. It was Jones who moved the front in the opening stages, but Herfoss was later able to make his way to the lead. What started as a five rider leading group of Herfoss, Jones, Waters, Halliday and Allerton became four with the number 14 started to drop away, with Herfoss and Jones ultimately edging away from Waters and Halliday. With three laps to go Jones made a move on Herfoss for the lead at turn six, with the number 17 making a move stick into turn four the following lap to retake the lead, as Halliday moved past Waters for third. A near call avoiding a backmarker for Herfoss into turn one set Jones up to make a move on the last lap into turn two, but Herfoss again responded later in the lap at turn five. In a last-corner effort Jones attempted to take lead up the inside, with Herfoss able to cut back underneath to drive to victory. Halliday finished third, securing third overall for the round behind Herfoss and Jones. Waters finished race two in fourth, as Allerton completed the top five, ahead of Stauffer, Staring, Collins, West and Walters who rounded out the top 10. Pearson fell at turn three at ultimately retired from the race, as Halliday suffered a fall at turn one after the chequered flag. In terms of the championship standings, Waters leads on 160 ahead of Herfoss on 142 and Halliday with 115, as the next round of the championship takes place at Hidden Valley Raceway between 16-18 June.