Yamaha Racing Team (YRT) has retained the services of Wayne Maxwell, Glenn Allerton and Cru Halliday to spearhead Yamaha’s Road Racing assault in 2016.
YRT will continue to focus on racing the six round Australasian Superbike Championship, with the season opener taking place at Sydney Motorsport Park on March 11-12.
With the 2015 season under their belts on board the potent Yamaha YZF-R1M, Maxwell, Allerton and Halliday will hit the opening round with plenty of confidence and a full head of steam with a bike that has already gone through its development processes in 2015.
Maxwell, the 33 year old Victorian, is more determined than ever to reclaim the Australasian Superbike Championship after a gut wrenching one point loss in the 2015 championship chase that came down to the final race of the season.
2015 saw Maxwell take two round wins, dominating at the Winton round, a second and three thirds in a consistent year but that one point defeat has only fuelled the fire inside the former champ and with a bank of knowledge on the R1 and the 12 month relationship with the YRT crew, Maxwell will be a man on a mission in 2016.
“I’m really looking forward to 2016 and the second year working with the Yamaha Racing team and the R1,” Maxwell said. “We came so close to winning the championship in 2015 and I know that everyone at YRT is determined to get the championship back in their hands.
“We made some great progress with the R1 in 2015 and we also have a range of data on where the bike worked well and where we need to improve, so I feel we are well placed to make our strengths stronger and turn any weaknesses into positives.
“The off season has gone well for me, the team have everything in place and the continuity in our program should make for a better season than 2015,” Maxwell ends.
Like Maxwell, Glenn Allerton will also be gunning to win this year’s championship and add to his three ASBK championships in 2008, 2011 and 2014 that he already has to his name.
The New South Welshmen came alive at the mid-point of last year’s championship, highlighted by an impressive performance at Queensland Raceway where he dominated proceedings all weekend. From that point on, Allerton was a treat to win every race he lined up for and thrust himself into championship contention that saw him finish the year in third place behind Troy Herfoss and team mate Maxwell.
“I’m really happy to be racing with Yamaha Racing Team again,” said Allerton. “We had a strong finish to the end of the year where I managed to put some good results together at the backend of the season and I started gel with the bike and the team. In saying that, I would have liked to have been stronger at the last round.”
But with an extensive testing schedule planned during the year, Allerton feels he will be in a much better position to race for the championship in 2016.
“We have a lot of testing coming up this year and the program for testing looks strong this year,” expressed Allerton. “This is important as we continue to learn and develop a new bike. We can build on what we picked up last year and with the starting package already at a high level, we should be in for a great season.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on board the bike at the end of this month.”
2016 will mark Cru Halliday’s fifth year with the Brisbane based Yamaha team and his third year in the premier superbike category. While he can never stop learning, Halliday is now an experienced competitor and he is determined to turn his undoubted potential into race winning results.
Cru claimed sixth in the 2015 championship, a result his is desperate to improve, but more importantly, he broke through for his maiden win in the Superbike division at his home track at Sydney Motorsport Park and wants that winning feeling again.
Halliday, who starts his 70th superbike race start in race one at the opening round of the FX-Superbike Championship also scored two more pole positions in 2015 so there is now questioning the speed of the Sydney based rider.
“It’s an honour to be back racing for Yamaha Racing Team again,” said Halliday. “I’ve always had a good relationship with the team and very thankful for the opportunity.”
“It was great to win my first superbike race and round last year, however that’s in the past now. I’m now focusing on 2016 and want to go after the championship. We’ll see were we after the first round, hopefully we can start the year off with a good result then build from there.”
“Kevin Marshall and the whole YRT crew have the bike sorted pretty well. There is no doubt in my mind these bikes are going to be more than ready for round one. Instead of being starting the year with an all new bike, we are going to start the year off strong on a good motorcycle and get a good bag of points early.”
Under the management of John Redding and motorcycle development of the experienced Kevin Marshall, the YRT riders and crew are poised for a great 2016 season on a very exciting race bike in the R1.
In just its first year, YRT took the R1 to multiple pole positions and four round victories out of the six rounds contested in 2015.
The Australasian Superbike Championship roars into life at Sydney Motorsport Park in March before concluding at the same venue with a day / night spectacular in December.
For more information on the ASC, www.fxsuperbikes.com.au
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2016 Australasian Superbike Championship calendar:
Round 1: 11-12 March – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (FRI-SAT day/night)
Round 2: 22-24 April – Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW
Round 3: 27-29 May – Mallala Motorsport Park, SA
Round 4: 8-10 July – Queensland Raceway, QLD
Round 5: 9-11 September – Winton Raceway, VIC
Round 6: 16-17 December – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (FRI-SAT day/night)
2016 Australian Road Racing Calendar
Includes MotoGP + WSBK + BSB, subject to change by the promoters or clubs.
|Championship||Round||Start Date||Finish Date||Track|
|Troy Bayliss Classic||–||Saturday, 16 January 2016||Taree - NSW|
|International Island Classic||–||Friday, 22 January 2016||–||Sunday, 24 January 2016||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Vic|
|Hartwell Motorcycle Club||1||Saturday, 13 February 2016||–||Sunday, 14 February 2016||Broadford State Motorcycle Complex|
|Southern Downs Road Race Series||1||Saturday, 13 February 2016||–||Sunday, 14 February 2016||Morgan Park Raceway Qld|
|ASBK||1||Friday, 26 February 2016||–||Sunday, 28 February 2016||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Vic|
|World Superbike Championship||1||Friday, 26 February 2016||–||Sunday, 28 February 2016||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Vic|
|Australasian Superbike Championship||1||Friday, 11 March 2016||–||Saturday, 12 March 2016||Sydney Motorsport Park NSW|
|World Superbike Championship||2||Friday, 11 March 2016||–||Sunday, 13 March 2016||Chang International Circuit - Thailand|
|Hartwell Motorcycle Club||2||Saturday, 12 March 2016||–||Sunday, 13 March 2016||Mac Park SA|
|MotoGP Championship||1||Friday, 18 March 2016||–||Sunday, 20 March 2016||Losail International Circuit - Qatar|
|Barry Sheene Festival of Speed||–||Friday, 18 March 2016||–||Sunday, 20 March 2016||Sydney Motorsport Park NSW|
|Vic Interclub||1||Sunday, 20 March 2016||Broadford State Motorcycle Complex|
|ASBK||2||Friday, 25 March 2016||–||Sunday, 27 March 2016||Wakefield Park NSW|
|MotoGP Championship||2||Friday, 1 April 2016||–||Sunday, 3 April 2016||Termas De Río Hondo - Argentina|
|World Superbike Championship||3||Friday, 1 April 2016||–||Sunday, 3 April 2016||MotorLand Aragón - Spain|
|Southern Downs Road Race Series||2||Saturday, 2 April 2016||–||Sunday, 3 April 2016||Morgan Park Raceway Qld|
|MotoGP Championship||3||Friday, 8 April 2016||–||Sunday, 10 April 2016||Circuit Of The Americas - United States|
|British Superbikes||1||Friday, 8 April 2016||–||Sunday, 10 April 2016||Silverstone|
|Vic Road Race Championship||1||Saturday, 9 April 2016||–||Sunday, 10 April 2016||Broadford State Motorcycle Complex|
|World Superbike Championship||4||Friday, 15 April 2016||–||Sunday, 17 April 2016||TT Circuit Assen - The Netherlands|
|ASBK||3||Saturday, 16 April 2016||–||Sunday, 17 April 2016||Sydney Motorsport Park NSW|
|Queensland Raceway FX Series||1||Saturday, 16 April 2016||–||Sunday, 17 April 2016||Queensland Raceway Qld|
|Australasian Superbike Championship||2||Friday, 22 April 2016||–||Sunday, 24 April 2016||Wakefield Park NSW|
|MotoGP Championship||4||Friday, 22 April 2016||–||Sunday, 24 April 2016||Circuito De Jerez - Spain|
|ASBK||4||Friday, 29 April 2016||–||Sunday, 1 May 2016||Winton Motor Raceway VIC|
|World Superbike Championship||5||Friday, 29 April 2016||–||Sunday, 1 May 2016||Imola - Italy|
|British Superbikes||2||Saturday, 30 April 2016||–||Monday, 2 May 2016||Oulton Park|
|MotoGP Championship||5||Friday, 6 May 2016||–||Sunday, 8 May 2016||Le Mans - France|
|World Superbike Championship||6||Friday, 13 May 2016||–||Sunday, 15 May 2016||Sepang International Circuit - Malaysia|
|Hartwell Motorcycle Club||3||Saturday, 14 May 2016||–||Sunday, 15 May 2016||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Vic|
|Masters of Morgan Park||–||Saturday, 14 May 2016||–||Sunday, 15 May 2016||Morgan Park Raceway Qld|
|MotoGP Championship||6||Friday, 20 May 2016||–||Sunday, 22 May 2016||Autodromo Del Mugello - Italy|
|British Superbikes||3||Friday, 20 May 2016||–||Sunday, 22 May 2016||Brands Hatch Indy|
|Australasian Superbike Championship||3||Friday, 27 May 2016||–||Sunday, 29 May 2016||Mallala Motorsport Park SA|
|World Superbike Championship||7||Friday, 27 May 2016||–||Sunday, 29 May 2016||Donington Park - UK|
|ASBK||5||Friday, 3 June 2016||–||Sunday, 5 June 2016||Barbagallo Raceway WA|
|MotoGP Championship||7||Friday, 3 June 2016||–||Sunday, 5 June 2016||Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya - Spain|
|Hartwell Motorcycle Club||4||Saturday, 4 June 2016||–||Sunday, 5 June 2016||Broadford State Motorcycle Complex|
|ASBK||6||Friday, 17 June 2016||–||Sunday, 19 June 2016||Morgan Park Raceway Qld|
|World Superbike Championship||8||Friday, 17 June 2016||–||Sunday, 19 June 2016||Misano World Circuit - Italy|
|MotoGP Championship||8||Friday, 24 June 2016||–||Sunday, 26 June 2016||Tt Circuit Assen - Netherlands|
|British Superbikes||4||Friday, 24 June 2016||–||Sunday, 26 June 2016||Knockhill|
|Queensland Raceway FX Series||2||Saturday, 25 June 2016||–||Sunday, 26 June 2016||Queensland Raceway Qld|
|Australasian Superbike Championship||4||Friday, 8 July 2016||–||Sunday, 10 July 2016||Queensland Raceway Qld|
|World Superbike Championship||9||Friday, 8 July 2016||–||Sunday, 10 July 2016||Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - USA|
|British Superbikes||5||Friday, 8 July 2016||–||Sunday, 10 July 2016||Snetterton 300|
|MotoGP Championship||9||Friday, 15 July 2016||–||Sunday, 17 July 2016||Sachsenring - Germany|
|World Superbike Championship||10||Friday, 22 July 2016||–||Sunday, 24 July 2016||Monza - Italy|
|British Superbikes||6||Friday, 22 July 2016||–||Sunday, 24 July 2016||Thruxton|
|Vic Interclub||2||Sunday, 24 July 2016||Broadford State Motorcycle Complex|
|British Superbikes||7||Friday, 5 August 2016||–||Sunday, 7 August 2016||Brands Hatch GP|
|Hartwell Motorcycle Club||5||Saturday, 6 August 2016||–||Sunday, 7 August 2016||Broadford State Motorcycle Complex|
|Southern Downs Road Race Series||3||Saturday, 6 August 2016||–||Sunday, 7 August 2016||Morgan Park Raceway Qld|
|MotoGP Championship||10||Friday, 12 August 2016||–||Sunday, 14 August 2016||Red Bull Ring – Spielberg Austria|
|MotoGP Championship||11||Friday, 19 August 2016||–||Sunday, 21 August 2016||Automotodrom Brno - Czech Republic|
|Vic Road Race Championship||2||Saturday, 27 August 2016||–||Sunday, 28 August 2016||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Vic|
|British Superbikes||8||Saturday, 27 August 2016||–||Monday, 29 August 2016||Cadwell Park|
|MotoGP Championship||12||Friday, 2 September 2016||–||Sunday, 4 September 2016||Silverstone Circuit - Great Britain|
|Queensland Raceway FX Series||3||Saturday, 3 September 2016||–||Sunday, 4 September 2016||Queensland Raceway Qld|
|Australasian Superbike Championship||5||Friday, 9 September 2016||–||Sunday, 11 September 2016||Winton Motor Raceway VIC|
|MotoGP Championship||13||Friday, 9 September 2016||–||Sunday, 11 September 2016||Misano World Circuit - Italy|
|British Superbikes||9||Friday, 9 September 2016||–||Sunday, 11 September 2016||Oulton Park|
|World Superbike Championship||11||Friday, 16 September 2016||–||Sunday, 18 September 2016||Lausitzring - Germany|
|British Superbikes||10||Friday, 16 September 2016||–||Sunday, 18 September 2016||Donnington Park GP|
|Southern Downs Road Race Series||4||Saturday, 17 September 2016||–||Sunday, 18 September 2016||Morgan Park Raceway Qld|
|Vic Interclub||3||Sunday, 18 September 2016||Broadford State Motorcycle Complex|
|MotoGP Championship||14||Friday, 23 September 2016||–||Sunday, 25 September 2016||Motorland Aragon - Spain|
|Vic Road Race Championship||3||Saturday, 24 September 2016||–||Sunday, 25 September 2016||Broadford State Motorcycle Complex|
|World Superbike Championship||12||Friday, 30 September 2016||–||Sunday, 2 October 2016||Magny-Cours - France|
|British Superbikes||11||Friday, 30 September 2016||–||Sunday, 2 October 2016||TT Circuit Assen - The Netherlands|
|Vic Interclub||4||Sunday, 9 October 2016||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Vic|
|MotoGP Championship||15||Friday, 14 October 2016||–||Sunday, 16 October 2016||Twin Ring Motegi - Japan|
|World Superbike Championship||13||Friday, 14 October 2016||–||Sunday, 16 October 2016||Jerez - Spain|
|British Superbikes||12||Friday, 14 October 2016||–||Sunday, 16 October 2016||Brands Hatch GP|
|MotoGP Support Races||-||Friday, 21 October 2016||–||Sunday, 23 October 2016||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit - Australia|
|MotoGP Championship||16||Friday, 21 October 2016||–||Sunday, 23 October 2016||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit - Australia|
|MotoGP Championship||17||Friday, 28 October 2016||–||Sunday, 30 October 2016||Sepang International Circuit - Malaysia|
|World Superbike Championship||14||Friday, 28 October 2016||–||Sunday, 30 October 2016||Losail International Circuit - Qatar|
|MotoGP Championship||18||Friday, 11 November 2016||–||Sunday, 13 November 2016||Valenciana - Spain|
|Vic Road Race Championship||4||Saturday, 12 November 2016||–||Sunday, 13 November 2016||Broadford State Motorcycle Complex|
|Southern Downs Road Race Series||5||Saturday, 12 November 2016||–||Sunday, 13 November 2016||Morgan Park Raceway Qld|
|Queensland Raceway FX Series||4||Saturday, 19 November 2016||–||Sunday, 20 November 2016||Queensland Raceway Qld|
|Australasian Superbike Championship||6||Friday, 16 December 2016||–||Saturday, 17 December 2016||Sydney Motorsport Park NSW|
Please check dates with promoter, the above calendar is only a guide to events.
I started the weekend off feeling positive that I can win back to back championships but it wasn't to be.
Qualifying ended with Cru Halliday in pole position and I secured second place just ahead of Troy which was a solid result for the championship.
First and Final race of the AFX-SBK Championship which was for double points didn't go ideal for me, got an very average start and then crashed on lap three mid corner in turn 9, it's was not ideal but that's the way racing goes. A massive congrats to Troy Herfoss and Honda they did an awesome job and for me second in the AFX-SBK Championship is not too bad. We got to have another crack on Saturday which was the main day and I was hoping to get a decent result. Starting from 8th on the grid just made that task a little harder for me, also with Troy winning the AFX-SBK round he now moved 1 point ahead in the championship.
Race 1 - Was always going to be tough race starting from eight on the grid, but worked my way forward and just couldn't hold off Troy and finished just off the podium in forth place and moved to 3 points behind Troy. Still two more races to move forward and hopefully pull back some points in the next race and make the final race a shootout for the championship.
Race 2 - We tried our best in that in Race 2 and put up one hell of a fight, finished third behind Mike Jones and Troy Herfoss. Just one more race to go and I am five points behind, but we all know anything can happen in racing and we will be out there fighting again in the final race of the season.
Race 3 - Was leading the championship during the race but it wasn't meant to be, you just can't give talented riders that much of a head start. Made things hard for myself by crashing on Friday and starting from 8th position for all three races. The result was just 1 point, but we will be stronger in 2016. We didn't get it right a few times this year which didn't help, but you can never put it down to one race meeting. We pushed Troy all the way to the end and this was what I hoped for, very happy with the way I am riding at the moment. A big thanks to the Yamaha Race Team and my mechanic Warren and teammates Glenn Allerton and Cru Halliday.
A massive thanks to everyone that has supported me in 2015, special thanks to Yamaha Racing Team, Muzz Buzz, SpeedAngle, Berik Leathers, Shark Helmets, Milspec, Mike Price Racing, Bullseye Electrics, MotoSpec, Shotz and Champions Ride Days.
After a year on the Yamaha R1M we will come out much stronger in 2016.
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