Sunday - Race 1
Having a second row start was not ideal to claw back some championship points. Wayne got a reasonable start and held his fifth position on lap 1, then on lap two he passed two riders and held third place for the remainder of the race. This was a great result with Wayne still suffering arm pump, so to gain some championship points on Herfoss and also be on the podium was a good start to what has been a tough weekend for the multiple champion.
Wayne said: “It was awesome to get Yamaha 1-2-3, to do it here on Sunday it awesome, struggled a bit with my forearms again and dropped off towards the end.”
Sunday -Race 2
This race was filled with a few drama’s, Wayne was in 4th position when his teammate Cru Halliday crashed of which the race was red flagged. The restart saw the Yamaha’s start from pit lane of which Wayne had to go through the field in the 6 lap dash. After the combined times Wayne finished in 3rd position and closed in on the championship lead. The weekend was not the best, but to claw the championship back to just 3 points behind Herfoss was a great result on Sunday.
Wayne said: “It just goes to show how strong the Yamaha is by finishing 2-3 after starting from pit lane for the second part of race two and doing the fastest lap of the day, this is a bad weekend for me and I look forward to Wakefield Park. ”
Australasian Superbike Championship
1 Troy HERFOSS (NSW) 185
2 Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) 182
3 Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) 165
4 Cru HALLIDAY (NSW) 150
5 Mike JONES (QLD) 139
6 Sean CONDON (NSW) 133
7 Jamie STAUFFER (NSW) 123
8 Matthew WALTERS (NSW) 106
9 Evan BYLES (SA) 91
10 Ben BURKE (NSW) 79
Saturday’s Racing Update
Starting on the front row from 4th was always going to be a struggle to get into turn 1 with the lead, but add to that Wayne’s poor start and he was sitting in 8th position on lap 1. Wayne clawed his way back to 5th position and then suffered arm pump which made it very difficult to hang onto that position. Wayne finished the race in 5th position with the second fastest time of the race and also clawed back one point towards the championship lead.
Wayne got a better start and only lost one position at the end of the first lap, it was a dicing match mid way in the race with a few riders of which Wayne managed to break them with 3 laps remaining. He managed to finish 4th in the race after experiencing braking issues.
Wayne said: “Today was a bit of a struggle which wasn’t expected, I got arm pump in the races and just felt that I had to make the best of a bad situation. Sunday we will make some changes to brakes which will hopefully see me be a lot more competitive and stay in the championship hunt for 2015”
You can watch the live streaming on Sunday from 9.45am via http://www.waynemaxwell.com.au/news/150-watch-australasian-superbike-championship-live-on-16-8-15
AFX/SBK Championship Standings
|1||Troy HERFOSS (NSW)||182|
|2||Glenn ALLERTON (NSW)||171|
|3||Wayne MAXWELL (VIC)||171|
|4||Cru HALLIDAY (NSW)||168|
|5||Sean CONDON (NSW)||145|
|6||Jamie STAUFFER (NSW)||128|
|7||Mike JONES (QLD)||125|
|8||Matthew WALTERS (NSW)||115|
|9||Ben BURKE (NSW)||106|
|10||Evan BYLES (SA)||82|
It’s the halfway point of the Australasian Superbike Championship, Wayne heads to Queensland Raceway with all the racing action starting on Saturday 15th August. Live streaming is available on Sunday via www.waynemaxwell.com.au.
After the successful Queensland Raceway testing late last month, Wayne heads to this round with intensions of closing the championship lead. Wayne currently sits second in both championships just 8 points off the lead in both.
Friday Practice and Qualifying commenced in perfect weather conditions that saw five riders eclipse the previous lap record of 1:09.067 including Wayne.
After some minor bike adjustments in practice we had a good consistent pace, leading two of the four practice sessions was encouraging in preparation for the 16 minute qualifying.
In qualifying the pace was fast as everyone tries to put down a quick lap early to conserve the tyre use, qualifying tyres are allowed to be used in any race over the weekend so it’s important that we don’t put many laps on them. Wayne completed qualifying in 4th position on the front row putting in the least amount of laps than any other rider and was only .300 off pole position.
Wayne said: “I have a good bike and pace for the 2 x 16 lap race conditions. My tyre grip was really good after five laps which puts me in good stead for the races. It’s going to be important to get a good start with the top eight less than a second apart, we have made a few changes that will hopefully see me get out of the blocks a lot better than the previous round.”
You can watch all the live timing of today’s event via www.computime.com.au or watch the live streaming on Sunday via www.waynemaxwell.com.au.
Round 4 - Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship – Live at 9:45am - Sunday 16th August 2015 from Queensland Raceway
Wayne is sitting 2nd in the championship and heads to Queensland after some good testing in late July.
Watch all the action live Sunday from 9.10am.
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2014 Australasian Superbike Champion & AFX-Superbike Champion, 2013 Australian Superbike Champion