ASBK: Champ Wayne Maxwell just .310 Behind Herfoss on Day One
Only two seconds covered the top 12 Pirelli Superbike riders in the final practice session of the day setting up a tantalising qualifying session today for the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance ASBK Championship, presented by Motul, at Winton Motor Raceway – Report & Pics from MA.
Penrite Honda’s Troy Herfoss led in practice in two sessions today scoring 1:19s, but came unstuck during the final two minutes of practice when he crashed, demolishing his bike on the same lap as Jed Metcher crashed at T2, causing a red flag and ending the practice session.
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Herfoss had been on fire straight out of the garage in the morning, and despite the crash where he was testing a softer tyre, he will be confident heading into qualifying today. Only .310 behind was 2020 Superbike Champion Boost Mobile’s Maxwell, the only other rider to break into the 1:19s, and he is confident with his form and set-up this weekend.
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Desmosport Ducati’s Mike Jones who has had success in the past at Winton finished the last session in 3rd, followed by Yamaha Racing Team’s Cru Halliday and Metcher Motorsport’s Jed Metcher.
Sitting just outside the top 5 in the final session was Maxima Racing Oils BMW Glenn Allerton who continues his recent good form and will be hoping to jump on the front row tomorrow. Unitech Racing’s Arthur Sissis managed to jump into 7th, Maxima Racing Oils BMW Lachlan Epis 8th, Kawasaki BC Performance’s Bryan Staring 9th and rounding out the top 10 was YRT rider Aiden Wagner.
In the Motorsport TV Supersport class City2Surf Locksmith YRD’s Broc Pearson led the field all day and clearly is back to his fighting best having suffered serious injuries in previous years. BikeBiz Tom Edwards was 2nd in the third session with GTR Motostars Max Stauffer in 3rd.
In the Dunlop Supersport 300 and Yamaha Finances R3 Cup, young Motostars team member Carter Thompson dominated all practice sessions, sending the rest of the field a clear challenge before tomorrow’s qualifying session. In the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup class Cameron Swain dominated the practice sessions and was followed closely by Nate O’Neill and Hayden Nelson.
The Australian F1 and F2 Sidecars saw brothers Corey and Danyon Turner continue their dominance setting the fastest times while Steve Bayliss and Charles White finished in 2nd and Phillip Underwood and Stephen Ford finished the practice session in 3rd.
Tickets are very limited for this weekend’s Round 2, mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul, at Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, and only available online via www.asbk.com.au
If you can’t get track side, ASBK has you covered via our official TV partners SBS Australia, Fox Sports Australia, Fox Sports Asia and through ASBK TV Live Streaming. Coverage begins Sunday on SBS Vicelands or Fox Sports Channel 507 from Midday to 3pm, and the ASBK TV Live Stream coverage runs all day from 9.30am to 4.20pm via www.asbk.com.au
ASBK Championship Calendar
Round 1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC February 18-21 Postponed
Round 2 Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC March 12-14
Round 3 Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn, NSW April 16-18
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT – Supercars 2+4 (Superbikes only) June 18-20
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, QLD August 20-22
Round 6 The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA September 23-26
Round 7 Symmons Plains Raceway, TAS November 4-7