Wayne increases championship lead to 7 points going into the finale at Winton Motor Raceway on 30th Sept - 2nd October 2016.
The stage has been set for a grandstand finish at the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) after Yamaha Racing Team’s Wayne Maxwell claimed second place at the penultimate round of the series at Morgan Park in Queensland to hang on to a seven point lead heading into the final round.
The 33-year-old Victorian took a 2-2 result from the Morgan Park event which was won by rival Troy Herfoss, while YRT team mate, Glenn Allerton finished third and all three riders are separated by just 11 points a gripping championship chase.
Maxwell started the weekend with a fall but still managed to recover to take the second fastest time in qualifying and was ready to rumble when the green light came on.
Race one on Sunday saw Maxwell sitting in second place throughout the whole 19 lap race distance, finishing behind Herfoss but 3.175 seconds ahead of YRT supported rider Daniel Falzon, who took third.
The opening laps of race two saw Maxwell sitting in third place behind race one winner, Herfoss and teammate, Cru Halliday, until Maxwell made his move on Halliday and slotted into second place.
The 2-2 result was a solid result for Maxwell but he wasn’t that happy with his weekend, as he felt that he could have maybe pushed a little harder early on.
“Finishing second a fair way back in each race was not ideal,” said Maxwell after race two. “Overall this is the best I could manage at Morgan Park which isn't that suited to the Yamaha YZF-R1M but we managed to get on the podium and keep the championship lead so there is some positives to take away from here.”
Heading into the last round at Winton Motor Raceway, Maxwell does know that the track is one of his strongest on the ASBK calendar, so he is looking forward to the grand finale and what is proving to be another show down for the fight for the title.
“The team will have a test at Winton prior to the round which should help us get a good setup for the round. I’m really looking forward to the last round, that’s for sure,” concluded Maxwell.
Taking the final spot on the podium at Morgan Park was championship contender and YRT mounted, Glenn Allerton, who finished with two fourth placing’s in both of the races.
After missing out of Superpole by a mere .021 second, Allerton started the two races from seventh place on the grid meaning he had some serious work to do if he wanted to chase down the leaders.
Race one saw Allerton charging through the pack and by lap two he was up to third place. The former Australian Superbike Champion held his ground until lap nine when he was overtaken by Daniel Falzon dropping him to fourth. Allerton settled for fourth place and brought home valuable championship points.
Race two and once again Allerton wasted no time at all by storming his way from seventh to as high as third place during the race. He managed to get by Halliday on lap three and from there the pair had a ‘ding dong’ battle. On lap twelve however Halliday got the upper hand and got back past Allerton and held him at bay by 1.189 seconds.
“It was a tough weekend,” said Allerton who was physically drained after dealing with a back injury throughout the event. “Unfortunately this stuff happens to all of us throughout the year. It’s never going to be easy and you are never going to get an easy run where you feel good all the time. To get third overall at a track which really didn’t agree with me is really good, so I’m happy.”
“The three of us are just 11 points apart so it’s going to be a tight last round on a track we all have plenty of experience on. I’m really looking forward to the final race at Winton and a big finish to the year,” Allerton ends.
Finishing in 11th place with 18 points to his name was Cru Halliday. Halliday started the weekend off brilliantly by posting the fastest lap during Friday’s practice session however it wasn’t all smooth sailing as he did have a small fall towards the end of the session when he lost the front end and went down.
Race one for Halliday and he didn’t get off to the best of starts as he got hit up by a couple of riders heading into turn two. On the opening lap Halliday had slipped back to seventh place but managed to make his way back up to sixth on the second lap. On lap six he fired back up to fifth place but made a mistake heading into turn six and lost the front end on lap ten and fell from his machine rendering his race over.
Halliday put his misfortunes behind him for race two and managed to come home in third place, which was his first top three finish for the 2016 season.
“I’m pretty happy about getting third in race two,” said an excited Halliday, who set the second fastest lap in race two.
“I got a good start for once, which is probably the first one this year. I just couldn’t handle the pace of Troy. It was good that Wayne came past me as I know he is a lot quicker around here than me.”
“I rode pretty defensive and managed to hold onto third place, which I’m extremely happy about. Hopefully we can carry this confidence for Winton now and try and finish off on a high for this season,” concluded Halliday, who sits in sixth place in the championship with 124-points to his name.
The Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship will conclude at Winton Motor Raceway, just outside of Benalla on September 30 – October 2.
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Round five Results – Morgan Park Raceway
1st Troy Herfoss – 51
2nd Wayne Maxwell – 40 (YRT)
3rd Glenn Allerton – 34 (YRT)
4th Daniel Falzon – 34
5th Jamie Stauffer – 31
11th Cru Halliday – 18 (YRT)
Championship Standings after Round five
1st Wayne Maxwell – 216 (Yamaha YZF- R1M)
2nd Troy Herfoss – 209
3rd Glenn Allerton – 205 (Yamaha YZF – R1M)
4th Daniel Falzon – 137 (Yamaha YZF – R1M)
5th Mike Jones – 137
6th Cru Halliday – 124 (Yamaha YZF – R1M)
7th Brayden Elliott – 120
8th Jamie Stauffer – 115
9th Ben Burke – 114
10th Sloan Frost - 98
The 4th Round of the Australian Superbike Championship at Barbagallo Raceway WA, it's well known as being one of the most physical tracks in Australia, so don’t miss all the thrills and spills from Round 4, and make sure you tune in to 7Mate or FoxSports5.
7Mate – Round 4, Barbagallo Raceway – Saturday June 18, 12:30pm
Fox Sports 5 – Round 4, Barbagallo Raceway – Thursday, June 30, 8:30pm
Yamaha Racing Team’s Wayne Maxwell scored the overall round win with an empathic 2-1 result at the fourth round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Barbagallo Raceway on the first weekend of June.
The WA win now makes it two in a row for Maxwell as he also takes control of the points lead in the Superbike Championship.
Maxwell, 33, described the weekend as an up-and-down and challenging weekend because he struggled to find a setting for his Yamaha YZF-R1M machine.
“I couldn’t get a feel for the bike and couldn’t get a direction,” explained Maxwell at the conclusion of the round on Sunday.
“I was unable to give my mechanic Warren [Monson] a direction to work in and he couldn’t give me anything back. So it took a while to get that going. We just went back to basics and went up and down with the bike and in the end we made the right decision and it paid off.”
After starting from second place in the grid, Maxwell sat in second place for the first two laps in race one before making his way to the front of the field on lap three and held onto the lead until lap ten. The Victorian rider threw everything he had at race one winner Mike Jones, however when Maxwell had an opportunity to pass him into turn six Maxwell had to yield as there was a yellow flag out. In the end Maxwell finished second, just .307 second behind.
Race two saw Maxwell hitting the lead on lap five and managed to hold the lead all the way to the very end of the twenty lap journey.
On his way to victory, Maxwell posted the fastest lap of the race on lap four which was a 55.449, just .003 seconds off YRT’s supported rider Daniel Falzon’s lap record which he set in race one. Thanks to his win it has seen Maxwell take command of the championship fight, which now sees him leading by five points over Allerton.
“To come out in race two and get the win and secure the championship lead is a great feeling,” beamed Maxwell after race two. “When I went to the lead, I didn’t really want to lead that early on because I know how physical it is out there. When I got to the lead it kept saying plus zero ‘MJ’, then plus zero ‘GA’ and I thought to myself “would someone give me a break?”
“I kept the pressure on and lucky enough we came out on top. I have to say a massive thanks to my mechanic Warren and the entire Yamaha Racing Team for the effort they have done this weekend.”
Allerton, who started the weekend off strong admitted that it was a bitter pill to swallow to be third overall for the round as he started the weekend off very well. The Wilton based rider topped the time sheets in practice two and three on Friday and qualifying two on Saturday before qualifying in third place in superpole, .246 seconds off Maxwell’s 55.159 second lap time.
After a tough start in race one, Allerton managed to get himself back up to third place and described that race as being "difficult".
In race two, Allerton powered his way through the pack from fifth place before making his way up to fourth on lap three, then third on lap four. He would stay there until lap seventeen after he got by Jones into turn seven and held onto second place for the rest of the race. The finishing order between Allerton and Maxwell was .899 seconds.
“I showed that I had the speed to run at the front,” said Allerton after race two. “In the heat of the battle, Wayne did a great job and won race two. I threw everything I had at him, so you can’t take it away from him. I just have to keep working hard, as the harder you work the luckier you get, so that’s what I’m going to keep on doing and move onto Morgan Park and do the best I can to win there.”
Finishing in sixth place overall with a 7-6 result was the third of the Yamaha riders in Cru Halliday. Barbagallo Raceway was a new circuit for the Camden based rider and it took a while for Halliday to get his head around the 2.411km circuit.
At the beginning of the first practice session on Friday, Halliday’s lap time was a 56.466 second. By qualifying one the 28-year-old got into the 55’s by stopping the clock with a 55.863 second. His best lap time however came in superpole when he set a 55.649, which saw him qualify in sixth place.
Race one unfortunately wasn’t a good race for Halliday. He did manage to get a good start, however he made a pretty big mistake coming out of the first corner and lost a couple of positions. On top of that Halliday admitted that he made a setup which didn’t go his way.
For race two Halliday and the Yamaha Racing Team went back to the setup to what they had in qualifying on Saturday. After the change, Halliday was able to fight hard which was proven when he set a 55.671 second lap time on lap two, which was just .022sec off his superpole lap time.
“The Yamaha R1M was handling so well out there in race two,” said Halliday. “I did have a little bit of tyre wear mid-race, but it did come back towards the end of the race. I made a small mistake while fighting against Troy, but these things happen and its racing. I just have to take the good with the bad and head off to Morgan Park now and try and get a good result there.
The Australian Superbike Championship now heads to Morgan Park Raceway, which will take place on the first weekend of August.
Round four Results – Barbagallo Raceway
1st Wayne Maxwell (YRT) 45
2nd Mike Jones 44
3rd Glenn Allerton 38
4th Daniel Falzon (YRT supported) 33
5th Troy Herfoss 33
6th Cru Halliday (YRT) 29
Championship Standings after Round four
1st Wayne Maxwell (YRT) 176
2nd Glenn Allerton (YRT) 171
3rd Troy Herfoss 158
4th Mike Jones 137
5th Ben Burke 114
6th Cru Halliday (YRT) 106
7th Daniel Falzon (YRT supported) 103
8th Brayden Elliott 91
9th Jamie Stauffer 84
10th Matt Walters 73
The third stop on this year’s Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) calendar was at Sydney Motorsport Park and it was a red letter day for the Yamaha Racing Team (YRT) with Wayne Maxwell dominating the day with the perfect 1-1 scores ahead of team mate Glenn Allerton with 2-2 results.
From the moment the bikes hit the track on Saturday, the pace was a clear indication that all three riders were going to be hard to lock down and beat around the 3.93km Gardner GP Circuit. Wayne Maxwell topped the qualifying time sheets just ahead of team mate, Glenn Allerton with Cru Halliday lurking in fifth place.
Racing proved what timed qualifying produced with Maxwell and Allerton clearly the class of the field. The pair produced some world class racing as they shadowed each other for the entire length of race one while rain was the only thing to separate the duo in race two.
Race one saw Maxwell take command of the twelve lap race after hitting the lead at turn two and from there was never headed. He fought off several attacks from Allerton as he held his nerve under extreme pressure from Allerton who was all over the back tyre of Maxwell.
As they charged onto the front straight at SMSP, Maxwell tucked in and managed to cross the finish line just .219seconds ahead of his team mate. Cru Halliday came back from a couple of mistakes to claim fourth and make it an impressive 1-2-4 finish for the YRT crew.
Race two was held in inclement weather, the first rain affected race of the season but no-one, including Allerton, had an answer for Maxwell as he just bolted away at the front winning by a massive 14.110sec from Allerton. It was again another 1-2 finish for Yamaha.
Unfortunately, the wet weather proved a little more difficult for Cru Halliday who doesn’t have the experience in the slippery conditions as his team mates. Halliday slipped back to 13th place in race two, electing to keep his machine on two wheels and gain some championship points.
“I was really enjoyed the weekend, especially race two,” Maxwell said. “I felt very relaxed. The Yamaha R1M was fantastic and working really well. What can I say, you have days where everything just clicks and you have days where it doesn’t. The challenge is anyone can win on a good day, it’s trying to win on a bad day. We proved that at Wakefield Park that we could win on a bad day and today we have proved that we can win on a really good day.
“I have to say a massive thanks to the whole Yamaha Racing Team and my mechanic, Warren [Monson]. The entire team are working really well together, and the results at the track are really showing. I’m just the guy that gets to take the celebrations. Yes I do my part and I have to give feedback and so on. However without the good people around you and the good product that they supply you, which is the Yamaha R1M, you can’t win races.”
“Second place today was a great result for myself and the Yamaha Racing Team,” Allerton said after race two. “To get a one-two in both races and the overall is fantastic. I felt like I could have won the first race, however, Wayne was just too good and didn’t make a mistake all race long.
“The second race was really difficult conditions. It was wet, then it was starting to dry out. Wayne and I were racing at a pretty good pace at the start. During the race I had a few big moments, so I decided to back it down a little bit. Wayne was pushing on, but I knew to consolidate second place was a smarter option.”
“This weekend wasn’t the best that I have had. We had good dry pace in race one, however in race two I did struggle,” said Halliday. “I just wasn’t really confident to push in the race. I found myself outside the top ten. By then I knew I couldn’t push any harder, so I just said to myself – just stay on and bring the Yamaha R1M home and collect points for the championship. Some days you have bad days and this was one of them.”
John Redding – Team Manager
“Wayne was good on the track, both wet and dry and Glenn has consolidated his position in the championship so it was a terrific day for the team. I’m sure they and the whole team are very happy with the whole weekend. Congratulations to the whole team as they have all worked really hard this weekend.”
From Sydney Motorsport Park, the Australian Superbike Championship now makes the 3,934km long haul to the west to Barbagallo Raceway which will take place on 3-5 June.
Round Three Results – Sydney Motorsport Park
1st Wayne Maxwell (YRT) 51
2nd Glenn Allerton (YRT) 40
3rd Mike Jones 36
4th Jamie Stauffer 32
5th Troy Herfoss 30
8th Cru Halliday (YRT) 25
Championship Standings after Round Three
1st Glenn Allerton (YRT) 133
2nd Wayne Maxwell (YRT) 131
3rd Troy Herfoss 125
4th Mike Jones 93
5th Ben Burke 85
6th Cru Halliday (YRT) 77
7th Daniel Falzon (YRT Supported) 70
8th Brayden Elliott 67
9th Michael Blair (YRT Supported) 66
10th Matt Walters 61
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