News 17 Jun 2023

ASBK leader Waters storms to pole position at Hidden Valley

Jones and Herfoss complete the front row ahead of Darwin races.

Image: Foremost Media.

Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) leader Josh Waters stormed to pole position at the fourth round of the 2023 season at Hidden Valley, just one-thousandth shy of the qualifying record set last year.

Waters best effort of a 1m04.963s came late in the session and was marginally slower than Wayne Maxwell’s pole position effort in 2022 of a 1m04.962s.

Friday pace-setter Mike Jones (Yamaha Racing Team) will line-up in P2, with Queensland Raceway winner Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing) completing the front row courtesy of a 1m05.108s.

In P4 is GT Racing Team’s Glenn Allerton, joined on row two by Yamaha Racing Team’s Cru Halliday and Bryan Staring (MotoGo Yamaha), while Arthur Sissis (Unitech Racing), Max Stauffer (GTR MotoStars Yamaha) and Anthony West (Addicted to Track Yamaha) featured in positions six to nine, all in the 1m05s bracket.

DesmoSport Ducati’s Broc Pearson qualified 10th, just over one second from pole, as Matt Walters (Aprilia) and Ted Collins (Livson Racing) will take to the grid in 11th and 12th respectively.

Prior to qualifying two, the top 12 advanced from qualifying one, the session seeing a number of falls at turn five including Collins – which brought out the red flag – Scott Allars (Yamaha), Michael Kemp (Yamaha) and Jack Davis (Suzuki).

Three races take place in Darwin this weekend, with the opening bout for round four scheduled to commence at 12:40pm local time this afternoon.

Detailed results