YRT’s Wayne Maxwell stood on top of the podium after winning round two of the Australasian Superbike Championship, held at the Mallala circuit, in South Australia.
In a weekend of close and intense racing, it was Maxwell that came out on top, giving the all new Yamaha R1 its first major round win on Australian soil and boosting the confidence of the entire YRT outfit.
Maxwell claimed the round win on the day but not without spirited competition from his rivals all weekend. His race results of 1-4-2 were a combination of impressive race speed and common sense race craft and were enough to give him the round win by four points over Jamie Stauffer.
Race one saw Maxwell in a fierce battle at the front of the field with Troy Herfoss which wasn’t settled until the closing stages when Herfoss ran wide in a turn and allowed Maxwell to ride comfortably to victory. Race two and Maxwell played it smart, settled into a comfortable fourth place before rebounding strongly in the final leg to challenge for the lead in the early going before going on to finish second and take the round win.
The Mallala victory now puts Maxwell in second place in the championship after two rounds and just six points from the championship leader.
“It was a good weekend and I’m stoked with the results we achieved. I felt pretty good right from the start of the weekend and had a good day on Saturday so I was confident that we could make a good go of it on Sunday,” Maxwell explains.
“With each ride of the new bike we gain a little bit of knowledge and comfort and I still feel there is room for improvement. The team has worked hard to get it to this level and to think this is only its second event and we have already had some success.
“Thank you to everyone in the YRT crew and hopefully this is the start of a very successful period with the new R1,” he ends.
Glenn Allerton also showed plenty of speed over the weekend and was in the hunt for a podium position despite taking a heavy fall during the Friday practice sessions. Allerton kicked off the day in good fashion taking second behind Maxwell, making it a Yamaha 1-2, but an eighth in race two damaged those podium aspirations. To his credit, he redeemed himself immediately with a third place in race three and his 2-8-3 results left him in fourth place and just shy of a round podium.
Allerton holds down third in the championship after two rounds.
“I’m happy with race one and race three, it was only race two that let me down. We were on a bit of a different tyre strategy to the other teams and I wasn’t able to generate the speed and comfort required with our used tyres but once we put the newer ones on for the final race, we were instantly back up to speed.
“But, like I feel like we are making progress and the race wins aren’t far away,” Allerton said.
Cru Halliday had a rare off weekend by his usual lofty standards and finished the day in seventh place. Halliday has proven to be a potential race winner over the past two seasons but he couldn’t quite find his mojo on the weekend and had to settle for 7-5-7 results. Halliday was forced to deal with every riders’ nightmare, arm pump, and beyond the half way point of each race, it was more a matter of survival than racing at 100%.
Despite the tough weekend, Halliday still sits in fourth place in the championship.
“It wasn’t one of my better weekends, that’s for sure. I just couldn’t get it going all weekend and struggled with arm pump all weekend. I have never had issues with my arms as bad as this before, so I’m not really sure what caused it. I think I will quickly put this one behind me and make sure I get back amongst it at the next round,” Halliday said.
“The weekend was good in general,” states Team Manager, John Redding. “Everyone has been working hard and to get some success at Mallala was a good reward for the team and the riders. We seem to be making ground each time on the bike and with a bike like the new R1, the potential is almost endless.
“I’m sure everyone will continue to keep at it and after two rounds, all three riders are well placed in the championship,” Redding signs off.
Round three of the Australasian Superbike Championship returns to Sydney Motorsport Park on June 26-28. For more information, www.fxsuperbikes.com.au
ASC Round Two Results – Mallala
1st Wayne Maxwell – 65 (YRT)
2nd Jamie Stauffer – 61
3rd Troy Herfoss – 61
4th Glenn Allerton – 55 (YRT)
5th Mike Jones – 50
6th Sean Condon – 50
7th Cru Halliday – 44 (YRT)
8th Matt Walters – 38
9th Matt Harding – 32
10th Evan Byles – 29
Championship Standings – After round two
1st Troy Herfoss – 109
2nd Wayne Maxwell – 103 (YRT)
3rd Glenn Allerton – 86 (YRT)
4th Cru Halliday – 82 (YRT)
5th Mike Jones - 80
ATTENTION: MOTORBIKE ENTHUSIASTS!!
MEET WAYNE MAXWELL - THURSDAY 14TH MAY
Wayne 'Train' Maxwell will be parking his Yamaha R1 at Muzz Buzz Drive Thru Coffee, Nailsworth, Thursday May 14 from 2pm until 4pm.
The 2014 Australasian Superbike and ASF-SBK Champion will be in Adelaide as part of the Australasian Superbike Championship, the pinnacle of motorcycle road bike racing in Australia.
Held at Mallala Motorsport Park, the nationally televised championship itself consists of seven rounds, held across four states in Australia. This is the second round of the series and attracts Australia's most talented racing stars.
As well as meeting the Wayne 'Train' fans will also be treated to a free short coffee plus have the chance to win tickets to the Australasian Superbike Championship.
Wayne Maxwell, Muzz Buzz Drive Thru Coffee, 179 Main Road North, Nailsworth, 2pm - 4pm, Thursday 14th May.
Round 2 - Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship – Live at 9:10am - 17th May 2015 from Mallala Motor Sport Park
Wayne is sitting 3rd in the championship and heads to one of his strongest tracks after winning 6 from 6 in 2014.
Watch all the action live Sunday from 9.10am.
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
The YRT Yamaha R1 freight train
Despite limited preparations due to the recent arrival in Australia of the ground breaking Yamaha R1, the YRT crew showed the new machine is more than capable of winning races at a national level in almost road going trim.
At the opening round of the Australasian Superbike Championship, the bikes were wheeled from the truck and out onto the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit and directly to the top of the time sheets on the Friday qualifying with Cru Halliday, Wayne Maxwell and Glenn Allerton at the controls.
As the weekend progressed, the YRT crew were able to collect valuable information and data on the new machines that will hold them in good stead for the coming rounds and the riders were able to get all important track time to whet their appetite as the championship progresses.
At the completion of racing on Sunday, Wayne Maxwell stood on the podium in third place, directly ahead of his team mates Cru Halliday and Glenn Allerton in fourth and fifth respectively.
“It was a good hit out for the riders and the team and will only benefit us in the future,” states team manager John Redding. “The R1 obviously has brilliant track speed and unlimited potential and as we get to know the bike better and develop it more, the results will only continue to improve.
“Kevin and his team did a great job getting the bikes into shape with such short preparations while the riders adapted very quickly. Finishing third, fourth and fifth might not be the perfect start but I think we laid some pretty good foundations and gained some real knowledge on the bikes for future development,” Redding ends.
The ASC now heads for Mallala in South Australia for round two of the championship on May 15-17. YRT will hope to build on the strong showing at round one and improved results as the championship moves forward.
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For more information and full results from the weekend on the ASC: http://www.fxsuperbikes.com.au
Round One Results
ASC – Sydney Motorsport Park
1st Troy Herfoss
2nd Aiden Wagner
3rd Wayne Maxwell (YRT)
4th Cru Halliday (YRT)
5th Glenn Allerton (YRT)
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