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
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2014 Australasian Superbike Champion & AFX-Superbike Champion, 2013 Australian Superbike Champion