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WA Wanneroo ASBK Superpole

Discussion in 'Racing, Motorsports, and Track Days' started by ryderzx9r, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. Mike Jones smashes Wanneroo ASBK Superpole
    By Trevor Hedge

    Mike Jones

    Times in first qualifying early this afternoon at Wanneroo Raceway were slower for a number of the front runners than they managed to achieve during free practice on Friday. An oil-down this morning and heavy overnight rain had left the circuit a little slippery, the track was dry but was expected to get quicker this afternoon in the 20-minute QP2 session.

    Perth motorcycle enthusiasts generally make the trek up to Wanneroo when ASBK visits but this weekend there is also two more major events happening in the sandgroper state. The massive Manjimup 15,000 event, steeped in history Manji is a must-do event for many WA motorcyclists. In fact some industry people and enthusiasts here at Wanneroo today, are heading to Manjimup tomorrow. There is also a large enduro event happening this weekend. Certainly not the best planning in regards to calendars, but hopefully plenty of people still stream through the gates tomorrow.

    As always, local press coverage has been the highest we ever see anywhere in this country, and advertising has been taken out across local radio networks etc. The promotion has been good, in the constraints of the obvious limited budget available.

    One thing guaranteed is that the on track action should be sensational, particularly if Mike Jones, Daniel Falzon, Cru Halliday, Ben Burke and Troy Herfoss can find a little extra race speed to upset what instead might turn out to be a Glen Allerton and Wayne Maxwell show for top honours, leaving the rest to battle for the final spot on the rostrum. (That sentence written before Superpole, obviously, but left in for relevance).

    Glenn Allerton broke the outright motorcycle lap record this afternoon in QP2, finally knocking off the more than decade old lap record set by Shannon Johnson on a Yamaha YZF-R, that scorcher a 55.35.

    Glenn Allerton

    The track had been resurfaced in 2004, but is still in pretty good shape now compared to other short circuits on the Australian calendar.

    But it took until today for that 2005 qualifying time to be bettered, Allerton was the man to do it with a 55.341 on the 10th of his 13 laps in Q2.

    Allerton told me after the session that the lap didn’t even fell that quick, and was done on the harder of the two soft compound Dunlops available to them this weekend, he also mentioned that he doesn’t think that, for him, there is any more time to be found in the softer option, as he prefers the stability under brakes of the race tyre.

    Mike Jones was actually quicker than Wayne Maxwell in QP2, but Maxwell still held provisional second on the grid thanks to a quicker time in QP1.

    Wayne Maxwell

    Daniel Falzon did not take part in QP2, happy to rely on his excellent QP1 time to guarantee him a spot in the six-rider Superpole shootout. Jones pushed Falzon back to fourth in QP2 but the South Australian was instead saving his tyres and happy to wait out the session in pit-lane, happy to try and take the spot back in Superpole.

    Daniel Falzon

    Cru Halliday put in almost identical times across the two sessions, which left him fifth overall while Troy Herfoss’ 55.929 from QP1 was good enough for him to make the Superpole cut.

    Troy Herfoss

    Ben Burke had been in the 55s on Friday but failed to get under the 56-second marker today, the Kawasaki rider fell at turn six in the final qualifying session when aiming to improve his time further.

    Brayden Elliott made progress in QP2 to improve to eighth place, while Matt Walters failed to improve on his QP1 time and slipped to ninth on the grid.

    Local hotshot Ben Stronach was the fastest qualifying local, his 56.694 good enough to push Jamie Stauffer outside the top ten. The #27 Honda suffered some sort of minor technical issue in QP2 that the team will have to chase down before tomorrow’s two 20-lap races.

    Mike Jones – Image by Keith Muir

    Superpole would still decide the top six, and that 10-minute session got underway at 1605 this afternoon beneath cloudy Wanneroo skies.

    Few were prepared for how that final six would be shaken up in this session. First wow moment went to Troy Herfoss with a 55.455 on Crankt Protein Honda.

    Only moments later a few more urgent words of exasperation were uttered when Mike Jones lowered the mark to 55.029. Pirelli obviously supplying a good tyre (Jones and Herfoss on Pirelli), for this afternoon’s short session, but would it be capable of doing 20-laps at race pace tomorrow? It’s pointless asking them, as they wouldn’t tell us anyway, and understandably so.

    Wayne Maxwell then pushed Herfoss back to third place as the session broached the halfway mark, but was still more than a tenth off Jones’ marker. Allerton then pushed Herfoss off the front row with a 55.405, not quite as quick as the #14 Yamaha had managed in regulation qualifying.

    Daniel Falzon ended the session fifth quickest ahead of Cru Halliday, who rounds out the second row. There will be battles for honour between those two riders tomorrow, the factory backed rider up against the privateer, who is obviously knocking on the door for a factory ride in 2017.

    So three riders have gone under the outright lap record this afternoon, but that new name written in bold in the record books is the moniker of Mike Jones.

    After plenty of teething problems early in the weekend, the DesmoSport Ducati squad will be on a high this evening ahead of tomorrow’s race action, and deservedly so.

    Team Manager Ben Henry had stretchmarks around to his earlobes after that Superpole session, which after the worried expressions and furrowed brow earlier in the weekend, and the huge disappointments the team suffered at Wakefield Park, was very nice to see.

    Mike Jones congratulated by Ben Henry after smashing the Wanneroo lap record on his way to pole position at Barbagallo Raceway this afternoon – Image by Steve Thibou

    Troy Bayliss was also overjoyed at the success of today after scaring more than a few people witless during two-up sessions earlier this afternoon. Including MX Nationals promoter Kevin Williams.

    Troy Bayliss gives MX Nationals Promoter Kevin Williams a fast paced lift around Wanneroo Raceway

    Yamaha Motor Finance ASBK 2016 – Round Four – Wanneroo Raceway – Final Qualifying / Superpole
    1. Mike Jones 55,029
    2. Wayne Maxwell 55.159
    3. Glenn Allerton 55.405
    4. Troy Herfoss 55.455
    5. Daniel Falzon 55.631
    6. Cru Halliday 55.649
    7. Ben Burke 56.119
    8. Brayden Elliott 56.449
    9. Matt Walters 56.472
    10. Ben Stronach 56.694
    11. Jamie Stauffer 56.853
    12. Adam Senior 56.991
    13. Sloan Frost 57.169
    14. Ryan Hampton 57.209
    Mike Jones congratulated by Pirelli representative Dave Fuller after smashing the Wanneroo lap record on his way to pole position at Barbagallo Raceway this afternoon – Image by Keith Muir

    Yamaha Motor Finance ASBK 2016 – Round Four – Wanneroo Raceway – Final Qualifying / Superpole
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  2. mediocre at honda and mediocre at ducati

    but he got the deal for next years ride to be even more mediocre again. life is normal for Dovi. I rekon my nutter on the Suz is gonna blow the buget in testing alone LOL
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  3. ryderzx9rryderzx9r

    ...Aprilia V4 powered Norton... :hungry:
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  4. the race bike has always been. .. . . . .it just has the wrong pigments is all
  5. Daniel Falzon is just saving his tyres for the battle
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  6. Live timing for ASBK at Wanneroo
    Supersport on now
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  7. thanks
  8. Superbike race 1 results.
  9. good for Jones, Falzon just dont seen to be able to crash the top 3 this year yet
  10. Race 2 results
  11. C'mon Maxy!
  12. nah not another yamaha.
    Rather see Ben Burke on the zx10 but good to see Daniel Falzon up there. (even though he is on a yamaha)
  13. Haha it's not the bike for me with Maxy, I just flicked him a message.

    Personally I'd love to see him back on a kawi. That would be full circle!!!
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    Maxwell snatches up Superbike championship lead and Round 4 victory in Western Australia
    Posted By: Motorcycling Australiaon: June 05, 2016
    Yamaha Racing Team’s Wayne Maxwell did all that was required to snatch up the Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbike Championship lead today, racing to impressive results across two exciting races, at Round 4 of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Barbagallo Raceway.

    Despite carrying a hand injury after a crash during practice, Maxwell showed strength and determination on the Western Australian circuit today, fighting off an in form Ducati mounted Mike Jones to snatch up the round four win.

    With reigning 2015 ASBK Champ Jones starting on pole for the first time so far this season this morning, there was plenty of excitement on the grid ahead of race one commencing today – but it was Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Troy Herfoss who screamed off the straight and in to the lead, while Yamaha Racing Team’s Maxwell and Glenn Allerton slotted in behind him.

    With two laps in the books, Maxwell began to apply the pressure on Herfoss for the top spot, and by the time riders reached the switch back section of the track on lap three, Maxwell was the new race leader, with Herfoss relegated to second. Unfortunately for Herfoss, two more positions were snatched away from him when Allerton and Jones began their charge to the front – Allerton moving in to second behind his teammate, while DesmoSport Ducati’s Jones slotted in to third.

    After only five laps, for the Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbike class, Maxwell continued to maintain a healthy gap on teammate Allerton, while Jones held down third position from Jon Daniels Racing’s Daniel Falzon, who had passed Herfoss to move in to fourth. From there, Falzon was on a commanding charge, snatching up a new lap record with a 55.446 lap time, proving that he was well and truly the fastest Superbike on track during race one.

    After eight laps, Jones applied enough pressure on second placed Allerton to make the pass, relegating Allerton to third, where he also began to feel the daring speed of Falzon’s Jon Daniels Racing Yamaha machine.

    But it was Jones’ performance who had spectators cheering on their feet in race one – the Ducati mounted star snatching away the lead from YRT’s Maxwell on lap 11, while Falzon steered his Yamaha past Allerton to slot in to third position.

    With eight laps remaining, the running order saw Jones continuing to lead from Maxwell by 0.161 of a second, while Falzon maintained an impressive third position followed by Allerton and Herfoss who were in fourth and fifth places respectively.

    By lap 14, Jones and Maxwell began to approach back markers, but it did not at all effect Jones’ impressive performance – streaming past lapped riders, and with a clear track ahead of his Ducati machine, Jones continued to hold off the experienced Maxwell.

    With four laps to go in race one, the only change to the standings came from Falzon, who dropped from third to fifth position, allowing Allerton to move up a spot while Herfoss followed suit in fourth.

    And when the Superbike riders headed in to their last lap, both Jones and Maxwell remained only 0.14 of a second apart, treating spectators to a final dash to victory.

    But it was a fairy tale ending for youngster Jones, who showcased impressive maturity, leading from lap 11 all the way to the chequered flag. Despite applying the pressure on Jones throughout the entire race, Maxwell (Yamaha) crossed the finish line in second position followed by teammate Allerton, while Honda mounted Herfoss and Falzon wrapped up race one in fourth and fifth places respectively.

    Just outside the top five was SA Kawasaki’s Ben Burke in sixth, followed by Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team), and Brayden Elliott (Knobby Underwear Suzuki). Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jamie Stauffer raced to ninth, while local Ben Stronach finished race one in an impressive 10th place.

    When race two kicked off, thousands of spectators watched on as Herfoss launched off the grid and in to turn one with the lead for the second time today, followed by Maxwell and race one winner Jones.

    And with the confidence of a race win up his sleeve, Jones took no time at all to make two passes and move in to the race lead, and unfortunately for Herfoss it was somewhat a repeat of race one, because before long Maxwell had also gotten by the Crankt Protein Honda machine.

    After four laps, Jones continued to lead from Maxwell by only 0.187 of a second, while Yamaha’s Allerton had also made the pass on Herfoss to move in to the final podium position.

    But by lap five, spectators on the straight were greeted with a new race leader – Maxwell’s number 47 Yamaha R1 machine leading the way from Jones by the narrowest of margins followed by Allerton who remained in third. Herfoss who had led the first lap of race two, dropped back to a disappointing sixth place.

    As the Superbike class reached the half way point, Allerton began to close in on the rear tyre of Jones’ Ducati machine, testing the youngster’s ability to hold off the undeniable experience of his closest threat. Falzon, who now holds the Barbagallo lap record after race one, maintained fourth position from Halliday and Herfoss who were in fifth and sixth places.

    With seven laps remaining on track, Maxwell, Jones, and Allerton began a three-way fight for the top spot, ensuring that spectators would leave the Round 4 of the ASBK with the final race going down to the wire.

    And when riders headed in to lap 17, it was a shock to the crowd to see Yamaha teammates Maxwell and Allerton in positions one and two, with Jones losing time in the basin forcing him to drop back to third position.

    And when the chequered flag flew for the final time for the Superbike class, it was Maxwell’s turn to celebrate – taking the final race win aboard his Yamaha machine, while teammate Allerton finished in an impressive second. DesmoSport Ducati’s Jones wrapped up the final race of the day in third, followed by Falzon and Herfoss who finished in fourth and fifth places respectively.

    Yamaha Racing Team’s Halliday concluded the final race of the day in sixth, followed by Burke, Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Stauffer, Matt Walters and Elliott who all finished inside the top ten.

    When the points from both races today were tallied, Yamaha Racing Team’s Maxwell 2,1 finishes saw him awarded with the Round 4 win and the Superbike championship lead, followed by Jones who wrapped up the round in second, while Allerton completed the Superbike podium in third.

    Yamaha Racing Team’s Maxwell, who will head in to Round 5 as the championship leader by five points, spoke moments after stepping off the Superbike podium.

    “I’m absolutely stoked to leave round four with the win. Barbagallo was one of the tracks that I was unsure about, and didn’t know whether I could go with the likes of Mike (Jones) and Glenn (Allerton), so to get a race win and to turn everything around after a crash on Thursday feels awesome,” Maxwell shared.

    “A massive shout out to the Racesafe crew who got me out there and allowed me to get the job done, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.

    “We have an awesome tight crew with the Yamaha team, and to come away with a win feels awesome. To do it in front of such a big crowd, and to be a part of such a great championship feels fantastic – I’m looking forward to celebrating with the boys tonight.”

    Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbikes Round 4 Results

    1 Wayne MAXWELL 45
    2 Mike JONES 44
    3 Glenn ALLERTON 38
    4 Daniel FALZON 33
    5 Troy HERFOSS 33
    6 Cru HALLIDAY 29
    7 Ben BURKE 29
    8 Jamie STAUFFER 25
    9 Brayden ELLIOTT 24
    10 Adam CHAMBERS 20

    Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbikes Championship standings

    1 Wayne MAXWELL 176
    2 Glenn ALLERTON 171
    3 Troy HERFOSS 158
    4 Mike JONES 137
    5 Ben BURKE 114
    6 Cru HALLIDAY 106
    7 Daniel FALZON 103
    8 Brayden ELLIOTT 91
    9 Jamie STAUFFER 84
    10 Matt WALTERS 73

    For a full list of results from Round 4 of the ASBK, head to www.computime.com.au
  15. well was good to see Mike win but did the young Falzon get the lap record ? and just get pipped on the last lap ?

    He's coming we tell ya