Race 1 saw Wayne lead in the early part of race, but having wet tyres on a dry track meant that all he could manage was a creditable 8th position. In race 2 Wayne wins after a red flag ended proceedings, whilst Wayne was passed just prior to the red flag the race was taken back one lap. Wayne finished 2nd overall for the round and moved up to 4th in the Championship.
It was a weekend of triumph and tragedy for the Yamaha Racing Team as they contested round two of the Australian Superbike Championship at Goulburn’s Wakefield park, over the weekend.
The weekend started off on a sour note when Glenn Allerton crashed early on in practice leaving him with a broken arm. Allerton high sided at turn 10 and was then taken to Hospital where it was determined he had broken his arm in two places and required immediate surgery.
“I started to straighten the bike out then started to let go of the brakes to turn in,” explained Allerton. “I then put my balance and weight forward and the backend came right around and flicked me over the handlebars. I landed on my elbow pretty hard as I broke my humerus bone in two places really badly.”
Allerton’s doctors are predicting that he will be out of action from eight to ten weeks, which means he will miss the next round of the championship. However, if everything goes well the three times Australian Superbike champion should be back for round four, which will take place at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway, which will take place on the first weekend of July.
“I just don’t know where I really stand at the moment as the injuries are so fresh. I just have to give myself some time to heal and then see what is actually going on with my arm. If my arm is good and I feel strong on the bike when I do some practicing at Sydney Motorsport Park, then I’ll go to Darwin,” Allerton ends.
In contrast to Allerton’s weekend, Wayne Maxwell was able to keep his championship hopes alive after taking home second place for the round with 8-1 results.
With unpredictable weather all weekend as showers came and went throughout, riders and teams were taking educated guesses for the right tyre set up for race one. When Maxwell left pit exit for the sighting lap the track was partly wet, which saw the 2013 Australian Superbike champion leave on wet tyres. However once the red lights went out for the twenty lap race the track dried out completely.
Maxwell led for the opening two laps, but later slipped down the running order due to racing on wet tyres. Maxwell picked up a respectful eighth position, scoring 13 championship points.
“In race one you were in control of the Gods,” said a happy Maxwell said. “It could have rained and I could have been a hero, but it didn’t. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes.
“I’m happy with the result. If I had gone out on slicks and it rained and I dropped another race in regards to a DNF, our championship would have been over. So, to take eighth and take the points is a positive thing.”
In race two, Maxwell again got a good start and managed to capitalize on it. He went about just settling into a rhythm and led the race but soon came under pressure from Cru Halliday. It then became a three rider battle when Troy Herfoss joined the lead group but just as things were reaching a climax, Halliday went down hard and the red flag was bought out.
With Maxwell leading the last completed lap before the red flag, he was awarded the race win and managed to claw his way to second place for the round and now sits fourth in the championship.
“The guys at Yamaha Racing Team gave me a fantastic Yamaha YZF-R1M this weekend, considering our lead up has been a bit hectic. But credit to everyone on the team who has worked so hard to get things back on track for us and hopefully this is the start of our championship climb.
“On top of that it was tough conditions this weekend with rain coming and going every five minutes just made it that much harder for everyone but we made it to the podium and it’s a nice little reward for the team.
“We are going to take the positives from this weekend and move onto Winton, Maxwell concluded.
Round three of the championship moves to Winton Raceway in Victoria, a track that Maxwell as done well at in the past. With Allerton on the sidelines, there is no official decision on if a guest ride will be on offer as the team will get a full assessment of Glenn’s injury before making any decisions.
Reflecting on the weekend, Team Manager John Redding said; “It has been an up and down weekend for the entire team. Glenn’s crash has certainly hit the team pretty hard, as we only had one rider in Wayne for the round.
“Then the tyre choice in race one didn’t do us any favours at all. Wayne certainly got off to a good start, but definitely wasn’t the conditions to be racing on wets out there. He fought valiantly and went above the call.”
Race two we got some luck due to the red flag and that’s the way racing works some times. We managed to tighten the points up a bit and we just have to keep chipping away at each round and make inroads into the deficit we found ourselves in after Phillip Island,” Redding ends.
Yamaha Racing Team will head to Winton Motor Raceway on the 11-12 April for an official ASBK test, before returning to the 3.0km circuit just outside of Benalla on the last weekend of April for round three of the championship.
Round two Results – Wakefield Park, NSW
1st Troy Herfoss – 46
2nd Wayne Maxwell (YRT) – 38
3rd Robbie Bugden – 35
4th Bryan Staring – 33
5th Daniel Falzon (YRT supported) – 30
Championship Standings after Round two
1st Daniel Falzon – 106
2nd Troy Herfoss – 93
3rd Robbie Bugden – 89
4th Wayne Maxwell – 79
5th Bryan Staring – 69
13. Glenn Allerton – 35
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In one of the most important announcements for 2017 and for Australian motorcycle road racing in recent years, the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) will now feature Live on free-to-air television via SBS. In addition to cementing the two-hour Live TV broadcast, the ASBK championship will also be live streamed and available on demand, while retaining its delayed telecast through long term partner Fox Sport Australia.
Set to be Live Streamed for 6 hours on race day, ASBK Live will cover the YMI Superbikes, Supersport, Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup, Moto3/125GP and the Australian GP Juniors. Live streaming and on demand will be available on www.asbk.com.au and motorsportstv.com.au
The new live broadcast package will take place from round two, due to be held at Wakefield Park Raceway on March 19, while round one, held at the Phillip Island WSBK, February 23-26 will feature as a delayed telecast on Fox Sport and SBS.
The ASBK is extremely excited to welcome on board AVE as the TV production partner ahead of the huge 2017 race season. AVE have fulfilled the long overdue desire for the ASBK to be aired live on multiple platforms and to reach a broader national and international audience.
SBS Head of Sport, Ken Shipp stated, “We are thrilled to be part of the evolution of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship, and provide live viewing opportunities to our audience of a very exciting sport. The ASBK has come along in leaps and bounds and live TV was the obvious and necessary step for the sport to continue its forward momentum. SBS is proud to be part of this important milestone.
“SBS has long been a great supporter of motorsports both domestically and internationally. SBS has worked with AVE in the past and we can’t wait to assist in the growth of the ASBK by providing an accessible platform.” Shipp finished.
The ASBK also welcomes back Fox Sports, now in its third consecutive year of partnership and have been instrumental in adding to the success of the championship, boasting a very large audience base nationally.
Motorcycling Australia’s CEO, Peter Doyle added; “The Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship has gone from strength to strength in the past couple of years as the popularity of the ASBK now shows. Over a long period, we have all worked hard together to shape the ASBK into what we all envisaged it could be.
“We have seen encouraging sponsorship commitments, incredible factory and team support, as well as overwhelming volunteer support for the ASBK. The opportunity to showcase our strong talent pool by televising the ASBK via Live Steam and free to air has come from the outcry of fans everywhere. This is just another indicator of how much interest there is domestically and internationally in the ASBK.” Doyle concluded.
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Calendar:
Round 1 Phillip Island GP Circuit, WSBK, VIC – 23-26 February
Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW – 17-19 March
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC – 28-30 April
Round 4 (TBC)– June
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warick, QLD – 25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW – 8- 10 September
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC – 6-10 October
The Yamaha Racing Team rode a rollercoaster of emotion throughout the final round of the 2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), but ultimately came home without the championship trophy after a gripping weekend of racing at Winton, Victoria, over the weekend.
Despite the rough weekend for the team and not results they were after, they still managed a 2-3-4 result in the championship and vowed to be back faster and stronger in 2017.
Heading into the grand finale, Yamaha Racing Team’s Wayne Maxwell had a seven point advantage over championship rival Troy Herfoss, while fellow YRT rider Glenn Allerton was a further eleven points down on Maxwell.
For the second year running, Wayne Maxwell and Troy Herfoss were locked in battle for the ASBK crown but the weekend got off to a sluggish start for Maxwell when he could only managed ninth in qualifying and had to start well behind the leaders in the two seventeen lap races. However, in race one, Maxwell stormed his way from ninth to fourth place and put up a valiant effort to keep his grip on the points lead which saw him take a three point championship lead into the last race.
Once again Maxwell again used every bit of his experience to fight through the field. He got up to as high as fourth, but unfortunately lost the front end at turn five and went down which cost him any chance of winning his second ASBK crown.
Maxwell finished the day in 12th place and was third in the championship standings on his Yamaha R1.
“I knew we we’re going to be on the back foot from the word go as we didn’t have a lot of dry time,” explained Maxwell. “After the test in August we had a bit of work to do but I was hoping things would go our way and we could get the job done but it just wasn’t the case. Two years in a row we have dropped the ball at the last minute so we need to have a look at what we are doing and come up with some answers.
“To win as many races as anyone else and have two DNF’s and to lose the championship by twenty-two points is not ideal. In saying that I guess we just have to try and take the positives out of it. I can look at the negatives and get all down about it, but I still have the drive to win. We just have to work on what let us down and then come back next year with all guns blazing,” Maxwell said with determination.
Glenn Allerton also experienced a challenging weekend but with Maxwell falling in the final race, he made the leap to second outright in the championship. Finishing fourth overall for the round with an 8-2 result, Allerton admitted that the weekend was a hard one as things didn’t quite go his way.
Allerton’s pace in the wet conditions was not so bad, but he did struggle on a dry track. His work was cut out for him after he unfortunately missed out on making it to Superpole.
The opening race on Sunday saw Allerton showing that he had the speed but had a few issues that he couldn’t get around. He made amends in the final race of the year by coming from seventh to finish second which handed him 33-points for the round.
“I came here to win this championship, so it’s a bitter pill to swallow not to win,” explained the former three times Australian Superbike champion.
“Congratulations to the other guys. Its motor racing and things happen. We’ll just move on to next year. Hopefully we can iron out a few issues that we have. Just little things here and there to make the bike better as the Yamaha YZF-R1M is such a great bike but I believe we can make it better,” Allerton declared.
“Overall I’m really thankful that the team has stuck by me, no matter what. We had some tough times there at Morgan Park, but thanks very much to Yamaha Racing Team for all their support in 2016,” concluded Allerton.
However, there were some positives that came out of the final round, and one of them being for 28-year-old Cru Halliday who ended up snaring second place overall for the round. Halliday did struggle on the opening day when conditions were wet, cold and miserable but it came good for the Camden based rider in the end.
Halliday was the sole YRT rider to make it through to Saturday’s ten minute Superpole session, which saw him qualifying in fifth position with a time of 1min21.654, which was set on fourth lap out of a total of seven.
“It wasn’t a bad run in Superpole,” Halliday said after the session. “I went from third to fifth position, which is not really what we wanted as we would have liked to have qualified on the front row. In saying that, I gave it everything I had, but ended up in fifth.”
Race one saw Halliday getting a really good start off the line and making his way from fifth to fourth by the opening lap. By lap three he moved his way up to third and would stay there for the next nine laps behind former two times Australian Superbike champion, Josh Waters aboard the Team Apex Motorsport Yamaha R1 machine.
Halliday managed to get by Waters on lap twelve and with four laps to run he passed Herfoss to take command of the race. Halliday held onto the race win by 1.421sec, which was his first ever ASBK Superbike race win. In the process Halliday also posted the fastest lap of the race by setting a 1min21.844 on lap four, which is now the new official lap record.
The second race saw Halliday finishing in fifth position due to having some tyre issues but his 1-5 result netted him second for the round and his first trip to the podium for the year.
“You can only do what you can do,” said Halliday after race two. “I just wanted to bring the bike home and collect the points to make sure I had enough to finish on the podium,” explained Halliday.
“To finish second is really good, as it’s a good way to finish the year off with a podium finish to repay back the team for all their hard work in 2016. It’s been a roller coaster of a ride this weekend. There has been a lot of emotions within the team with the championship and all. As I said, you can only do what you can do. It’s a shame to see Wayne crash out in race two, which cost him the championship, but that’s racing. I knew Wayne was going to give it 110%. I gave it 110%, as did Glenn. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t, and that last race just didn’t, but the overall round did.”
“It’s an up-and-down year, but I have to say a massive thanks to Yamaha Racing Team and all of our sponsors for this year. There is a lot of work that goes into running a race team and all three bikes, so hats off to everyone in the team and everyone behind the scene as well,” concluded Halliday.
Yamaha did take out the manufactures championship with 1074-points on the board.
“The year has been a little bit up-and-down,” team manager John Redding said at the conclusion of the round. “Today, obviously, I’m very disappointed. We came into the round with a small buffer. Testing in August didn’t really go well for us and this weekend we did struggle to find a good set up.”
“I think each of our riders had different issues when it came to that. So we couldn’t find a common thread. At the end of the day we lost. We have to go away and have a think about how we can improve things. The positives for the year are the same as last year, as Yamaha Racing Team won more Superbike racers than anyone else. I guess that is what we can take away as a positive, Redding ends.”
Round six Results – Winton Motor Raceway
1st Troy Herfoss – 46
2nd Cru Halliday – 41 (YRT)
3rd Josh Waters – 35
4th Glenn Allerton – 33 (YRT)
5th Brayden Elliott – 33
12th Wayne Maxwell – 17 (YRT)
Final Championship Standings
1st Troy Herfoss – 255
2nd Glenn Allerton – 238 (Yamaha YZF – R1M)
3rd Wayne Maxwell – 233 (Yamaha YZF – R1M)
4th Cru Halliday – 165 (Yamaha YZF – R1M)
5th Mike Jones – 163
6th Brayden Elliott – 153
7th Daniel Falzon – 151 (Yamaha YZF – R1M)
8th Jamie Stauffer – 146
9th Sloan Frost – 121
10th Ben Burke – 114
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