ASBK Supersport class recap from Sydney Motorsport Park

ASBK 2023

Spherical Two – Sydney Motorsport Park

Michelin Supersport

There’s no denying that previously few seasons the variety of entrants within the 600 cc Supersport class has been a bit skinny on the monitor, in 2023 nonetheless the class is having considerably of a resurgence. There have been 27 entries for the Michelin Supersport class. A single Kawasaki, a single Honda and a single Suzuki standing out from the horde of 24 Yamahas.

The place some riders could have graduated to the premier Superbike class lately, a lot of the Supersport area, together with defending champ John Lytras, determined to remain put and have been joined by no less than 9 newcomers.

Australian Supersport 300 Champion and YMF R3 Cup winner Cameron Dunker, together with final yr’s 300 runner-up Glenn Nelson, are simply among the kids stepping as much as the 600 ranks in 2023.

There may be additionally a little bit of a tyre struggle happening within the class. Whereas the bulk is working Pirelli rubber, these on Michelin tyres are; Scott Nicholson, Ty Lynch, Declen Carberry, Hunter Ford, and Jack Favelle, whereas Sean Condon is on Dunlops.

Condon has not competed in a full season of the ASBK Supersport Championship for eight years. He has made cameo appearances at Wakefield Park, the place he bagged race wins and podiums.

Sean Condon had a handy buffer over the rest of the Supersport field in practice and qualifying - Image RbMotoLens
Sean Condon had a useful buffer over the remainder of the Supersport area in apply and qualifying – Picture RbMotoLens

The foremost ingredient lacking final weekend was Harrison Voight. In his summer time season sojourn from racing within the Spanish CEV Championship he’d not too long ago been honing his expertise for the upcoming FIM Junior GP European Moto2 Championship by spending as a lot time on monitor as potential on a Supersport machine right here at dwelling.

Proving what worldwide competitors does, Harry gained the St George Summer time Collection, posted the quickest ever lap on a Supersport machine on the ASBK check in February, eclipsing Jamie Stauffer’s file of 15 years, and some weeks later on the WSBK Assist races claimed pole and took two comfy wins. He blotted a possible clear sweep, when he crashed out of race two with a snug lead, however in his defence the circumstances had been extraordinarily sketchy. Whereas he did ponder competing at SMP, it was too near his departure for Europe to danger something going flawed. His rivals little doubt breathed a sigh of aid when his identify didn’t seem on the entry checklist.

Jack Passfield had a wretched season final yr and sat on the sidelines for many of it, recovering from a badly damaged ankle that noticed him miss a lot of 2022. As he negotiated the Flip 8 hairpin throughout qualifying the bike snapped to the left and launched Jack excessive into the air, with Passfield subsequently hitting the deck onerous. The bike was on the skin of the monitor which introduced out the pink flag to interrupt the session. An inspection of the machine revealed that the bike had blown a head gasket which sprayed scorching water over the rear wheel, thus inflicting the huge highside. It was a sore and sorry Passfield who fronted for race day Saturday, the target to battle by way of and rating as many factors as potential.

From the outset it was Condon who set the tempo by way of the apply and qualifying periods. A lot in order that he elected to take a seat out the second qualifying session, he was the one rider to submit a time within the 1m32s, three-quarters of a second forward of the following finest. He was kitted up and able to exit if anybody neared, or bettered his time however by staying within the field he was saving tyres.

Defending champion John Lytras had a troublesome weekend the place he simply wasn’t gelling with the bike as he certified manner down in an uncharacteristic tenth spot. He was fast to confess that it wasn’t something to do with the bike or the after results of his damaged ankle.

Friday had not gone well for John Lytras but he was confident had had podium pace - Image RbMotoLens
Friday had not gone properly for John Lytras however he was assured had had podium tempo – Picture RbMotoLens

One other that was slowly getting on top of things is Ben Baker. Final yr, Baker’s season was over earlier than it began when he suffered accidents on the official ASBK Take a look at on the Island. In an identical vein to what Passfield did on the weekend, Baker had fluid leak onto his rear wheel as he acquired on the fuel exiting Siberia Nook and was flicked over the bars. Baker has absolutely recovered however misplaced a yr of 600cc expertise in addition to lacking the SMP ASBK Take a look at in February, and the opening spherical at Phillip Island. On the weekend he certified twentieth however was pragmatic, explaining that they’re thus far behind everybody else, however importantly the group are making progress in getting a base set-up and little doubt he shall be nearer to the entrance on the subsequent spherical at QLD Raceway late subsequent month.

Supersport Mixed Qualifying Outcomes

Pos Rider Bike Q1 Q2 Finest
1 Sean CONDON Yamaha 1m32.509 / 1m32.509
2 Jack PASSFIELD Yamaha 1m33.253 1m35.360 1m33.253
3 Ty LYNCH  Yamaha 1m33.538 1m33.782 1m33.538
4 Olly SIMPSON Yamaha 1m34.282 1m33.554 1m33.554
5 Jake FARNSWORTH Yamaha 1m33.722 1m34.171 1m33.722
6 Hayden NELSON Yamaha 1m33.758 1m35.994 1m33.758
7 Tom BRAMICH  Yamaha 1m34.482 1m34.053 1m34.053
8 Cameron DUNKER Yamaha 1m34.118 1m34.594 1m34.118
9 Dallas SKEERD Yamaha 1m34.161 1m34.404 1m34.161
10 John LYTRAS Yamaha 1m34.470 1m35.007 1m34.470
11 Jonathan NAHLOUS  Yamaha 1m34.613 1m34.471 1m34.471
12 Scott NICHOLSON Yamaha 1m35.340 1m34.527 1m34.527
13 Jack FAVELLE Yamaha 1m35.843 1m34.576 1m34.576
14 Luke SANDERS Yamaha 1m34.630 1m35.772 1m34.630
15 Luca DURNING Yamaha 1m35.096 1m34.900 1m34.900
16 Tarbon WALKER  Yamaha 1m34.904 1m35.526 1m34.904
17 Reece OUGHTRED Yamaha 1m36.197 1m35.593 1m35.593
18 Hunter FORD Yamaha 1m35.762 1m36.508 1m35.762
19 Glenn NELSON Yamaha 1m35.790 1m36.401 1m35.790
20 Ben BAKER Yamaha 1m37.285 1m36.231 1m36.231
21 Noel MAHON Yamaha 1m36.413 1m37.039 1m36.413
22 Jake SENIOR Yamaha 1m37.543 1m37.424 1m37.424
23 Mitch SIMPSON Yamaha 1m37.634 1m38.228 1m37.634
24 Simone BOLDRINI Yamaha 1m37.706 1m37.662 1m37.662
25 Declan CARBERRY Suzuki 1m38.247 1m37.841 1m37.841
26 Brendan WILSON  Yamaha 1m38.416 1m38.298 1m38.298

Michelin Supersport Race One

Darkish clouds had been threatening above Sydney Motorsport Park when 26 opponents rolled out of pit-lane at 1540 on Saturday afternoon forward of the opening 11-lap contest of the weekend.

The monitor was dry, the monitor temperature conducive to good occasions… Jack Passfield was lacking a tyre-warmer on the entrance of his YZF-R6 on the grid.

Michelin Supersport Race One - Image RbMotoLens
Michelin Supersport Race One – Picture RbMotoLens

Olly Simpson threaded the needle into flip one, splitting different riders to sneak the lead from Sean Condon and Tom Bramich as they tipped in. Plenty of riders ran off at flip two with Jonathan Nahlous ending up on the deck.

Simpson continued to carry sway from Condon all through the opening lap and the beginning of lap two. Jake Farnsworth put a terrific transfer on Condon across the again of the circuit on lap two to push the poleman again to 3rd place.

A number of corners later Farnsworth then took the lead from Simpson.  Tom Bramich was fourth, John Lytras fifth and Hayden Nelson sixth as they began lap three.

Sean Condon and Jake Farnsworth - Image RbMotoLens
Sean Condon and Jake Farnsworth – Picture RbMotoLens

Olly Simpson then made a mistake that noticed him shuffled all the best way again to seventh place. Farnsworth and Condon had began to interrupt away from Tom Bramich and John Lytras.

Condon went by way of to he lead with eight laps to run and instantly began to hole Farnsworth, a 1m32.969 on lap 4 seeing him stretch away.

Sean Condon broke away from Farnsworth but he didn't give up the chase... - Image RbMotoLens
Sean Condon broke away from Farnsworth however he didn’t hand over the chase… – Picture RbMotoLens

Tom Bramich was in third whereas additional again Olly Simpson had recovered from his earlier mistake to be in the midst of a five-rider battle for fourth place, being waged between Simpson, Lytras, Lynch, Dunker and Nelson.

John Lytras heading Ty Lynch - Image RbMotoLens
John Lytras heading Ty Lynch – Picture RbMotoLens

Jake Farnsworth truly began reeling Condon again in late within the race however Condon responded and stretched away once more on the final lap to safe victory by simply over a second.  Tom Bramich an extra 2.5-seconds behind in third to spherical out the rostrum.

Tom Bramich completed the podium - Image RbMotoLens
Tom Bramich accomplished the rostrum – Picture RbMotoLens

Olly Simpson gained that heady battle for fourth place regardless of nearly being chased down on the ultimate lap by younger Cam Dunker. Ty Lynch 1.3-seconds additional again in sixth place however with half-a-second over seventh positioned John Lytras.

Olly Simpson - Image RbMotoLens
Olly Simpson – Picture RbMotoLens

Michelin Supersport Race One Outcomes

Pos RIder Bike Time/Hole Pace
1 Sean CONDON  Yamaha YZF-R6 17:m3.969 254
2 Jake FARNSWORTH Yamaha YZF-R6 +1.053 258
3 Tom BRAMICH  Yamaha YZF-R6 +3.613 256
4 Olly SIMPSON  Yamaha YZF-R6 +6.512 259
5 Cameron DUNKER Yamaha YZF-R6 +6.631 260
6 Ty LYNCH Yamaha YZF-R6 +7.970 255
7 John LYTRAS  Yamaha YZF-R6 +8.543 254
8 Hayden NELSON Yamaha YZF-R6 +8.760 254
9 Tarbon WALKER  Yamaha YZF-R6 +18.891 248
10 Jack FAVELLE  Honda CBR RR +19.924 254
11 Dallas SKEER ( Yamaha YZF-R6 +27.200 261
12 Glenn NELSON  Yamaha YZF-R6 +28.249 253
13 Scott NICHOLSON  Yamaha YZF-R6 +30.871 258
14 Jack PASSFIELD Yamaha YZF-R6 +30.926 258
15 Reece OUGHTRED Yamaha YZF-R6 +32.014 260
16 Ben BAKER  Yamaha YZF-R6 +33.121 257
17 Hunter FORD  Kawasaki ZX6 +35.652 253
18 Mitch SIMPSON  Yamaha YZF-R6 +36.902 255
19 Luke SANDERS Yamaha YZF-R6 +42.467 258
20 Declan CARBERRY Suzuki GSXR +42.494 257
21 Jake SENIOR  Yamaha YZF-R6 +47.950 255
22 Brendan WILSON Yamaha YZF-R6 +48.018 249
23 Simone BOLDRINI  Yamaha YZF-R6 +51.865 247
DNF Noel MAHON Yamaha YZF-R6 +1 Lap 250
DNF Luca DURNING Yamaha YZF-R6 +9 Laps 248
DNF Jonathan NAHLOUS  Yamaha YZF-R6 +10 Laps 96

Michelin Supersport Race One Outcomes – Picture RbMotoLens

Michelin Supersport Race Two

Jake Farnsworth ran Sean Condon fairly onerous within the opening Supersport bout however Condon had held on to safe the victory.

Complicating issues forward of the second and last race of the weekend was some drizzle that drifted throughout the circuit an hour earlier than the beginning of race two.

The drizzle ebbed and flowed, stopped and began, within the lead as much as the second and last 11-lap Supersport bout of the weekend. By the point riders gridded up the floor was a little bit of this and a little bit of that, a bit moist, a bit damp somewhere else, and primarily dry in different areas…

The rain began falling as night time fell at Sydney Motorsport Park – Picture RbMotoLens

Jake Farnsworth was pushed off the grid on account of a defective rear gentle, and needed to begin from pit-lane after it was rectified.

After that delay the lights went out and Ty Lynch scored a blinder to guide the sector by way of flip one for the primary time and the South Australian instantly began streaking away.

By the top of the opening lap Lynch led Olly Simpson by 1.2-seconds. Cam Dunker was in third place, Passfield fourth, Sanders fifth.

Michelin Supersport Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

Lynch, Simpson and Dunker broke away from the sector on lap two. That trio closed proper up on the second lap, Simpson proper on the tail of Lynch, and Dunker nipping at their heels.

Simpson took the lead at first of lap three and began to drag away from Lynch. Polesitter Sean Condon was manner down in nineteenth place on slicks… Conversely the riders up entrance had been on wets, or no less than a mixture of moist at one finish and slick on the different.

Michelin Supersport Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

Cam Dunker took second place off Lynch after which pulled away with ease. With seven laps to run Simpson led Dunker by four-tenths and Lynch was now five-seconds behind.  The main duo each presumably on wets and solely two laps later that they had greater than ten-seconds on Lynch.

With 4 laps to run Sean Condon went down at flip six. Defending champion John Lytras was tenth at this juncture. Tom Bramich was fifteenth.  The person on the transfer was Jonathan Nahlous, who on lap seven set a brand new quickest lap of the race after passing Luke Durning after which closing in on Dallas Skeer and Scott Nicholson.

Jack Passfield relegated Ty Lynch to fourth place, the South Australian combating a steering damper catching on his triple-clamps after switching to the spare bike and solely discovering the issue on the nice and cozy up lap.

Michelin Supersport Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

Up entrance Dunker was shadowing Simpson lap after lap… Biding his time…

Michelin Supersport Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

Simpson then ran large at flip one as they began the penultimate lap, having to save lots of a entrance finish slide opened the door for Dunker to stroll proper by way of and take the race lead.

Simpson misplaced nearly seven-tenths on Dunker however instantly set about clawing that floor again, Simpson had it all the way down to four-tenths on the final lap board.

Dunker responded although, stretching it out to seven-tenths by way of the primary cut up, nine-tenths on the second cut up, he does it, 15-year-old Cam Dunker breaks by way of for his first win within the Supersport class in what is just his second occasion within the class.

Michelin Supersport Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

A slick shod Scott Nicholson charged onerous on the finish to take a podium end, albeit nearly 20-seconds behind Dunker.

Nicholson demoted Jonathan Nahlous fourth, Hayden Nelson fifth, Dallas Skeer sixth on slicks, and Jack Passfield painfully pushed again to seventh on the ultimate lap. Ty Lynch eighth forward of John Lytras whereas Luca Durning rounded out the highest ten.

Michelin Supersport Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

That victory additionally provides Cam Dunker the spherical win and strikes him as much as fifth within the championship. Ty Lynch nonetheless leads the title chase on 82-points forward of Olly Simpson on 74 and John Lytras on 72. Jack Passfield fourth on 68 factors.

Michelin Supersport Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

Subsequent cease Queensland Raceway…

Michelin Supersport Race Two Outcomes

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole Pace
1 Cameron DUNKER  Yamaha YZF-R6 19m12.708 247
2 Olly SIMPSON  Yamaha YZF-R6 +1.040 247
3 Scott NICHOLSON  Yamaha YZF-R6 +19.159 259
4 Jonathan NAHLOUS Yamaha YZF-R6 +19.287 251
5 Hayden NELSON Yamaha YZF-R6 +19.308 253
6 Dallas SKEER  Yamaha YZF-R6 +20.243 254
7 Jack PASSFIELD  Yamaha YZF-R6 +21.020 243
8 Ty LYNCH  Yamaha YZF-R6 +23.067 245
9 John LYTRAS Yamaha YZF-R6 +35.512 247
10 Luca DURNING  Yamaha YZF-R6 +37.816 254
11 Reece OUGHTRED Yamaha YZF-R6 +39.907 250
12 Ben BAKER  Yamaha YZF-R6 +40.082 254
13 Glenn NELSON  Yamaha YZF-R6 +50.762 247
14 Tom BRAMICH Yamaha YZF-R6 +52.940 254
15 Tarbon WALKER  Yamaha YZF-R6 +54.976 239
16 Declan CARBERRY Suzuki GSXR +56.665 245
17 Jake SENIOR Yamaha YZF-R6 +1:06.078 254
18 Hunter FORD Kawasaki ZX6 +1:22.763 244
19 Jack FAVELLE  Honda CBR RR +1:37.714 246
20 Brendan WILSON Yamaha YZF-R6 +1:46.714 237
21 Mitch SIMPSON Yamaha YZF-R6 +1 Lap 247
22 Jake FARNSWORTH Yamaha YZF-R6 +1 Lap /
DNF Sean CONDON Yamaha YZF-R6 +4 Laps 251
DNF Simone BOLDRINI Yamaha YZF-R6 +4 Laps 232
DNF Luke SANDERS Yamaha YZF-R6 +6 Laps 250
DNF Noel MAHON Yamaha YZF-R6 +8 Laps 235

Michelin Supersport Spherical Podim – Picture RbMotoLens

Michelin Supersport Spherical Factors

Pos Rider Bike Pole R1 R2 Factors
1 Cameron DUNKER Yamaha 16 25 41
2 Olly SIMPSON Yamaha 17 20 37
3 Hayden NELSON Yamaha 13 16 29
4 Ty LYNCH Yamaha 15 13 28
5 Scott NICHOLSON Yamaha 8 18 26
6 John LYTRAS Yamaha 14 12 26
7 Sean CONDON Yamaha 1 25 26
8 Dallas SKEER Yamaha 10 15 25
9 Tom BRAMICH Yamaha 18 7 25
10 Jack PASSFIELD Yamaha 7 14 21
11 Jake FARNSWORTH Yamaha 20 20
12 Tarbon WALKER Yamaha 12 6 18
13 Jonathan NAHLOUS Yamaha 17 17
14 Glenn NELSON Yamaha 9 8 17
15 Reece OUGHTRED Yamaha 6 10 16
16 Ben BAKER Yamaha 5 9 14
17 Jack FAVELLE Honda 11 2 13
18 Luca DURNING Yamaha 11 11
19 Hunter FORD Kawasaki 4 3 7
20 Declan CARBERRY Suzuki 1 5 6
21 Jake SENIOR Yamaha 4 4
22 Mitch SIMPSON Yamaha 3 3
23 Luke SANDERS Yamaha 2 2
24 Brendan WILSON Yamaha 1 1

Michelin Supersport Championship Factors

Pos Rider Bike Complete
1 Ty LYNCH Yamaha 82
2 Olly SIMPSON Yamaha 74
3 John LYTRAS Yamaha 72
4 Jack PASSFIELD Yamaha 68
5 Cameron DUNKER Yamaha 63
6 Tom BRAMICH Yamaha 57
7 Hayden NELSON Yamaha 54
8 Dallas SKEER Yamaha 53
9 Harrison VOIGHT Yamaha 51
10 Scott NICHOLSON Yamaha 50
11 Jake FARNSWORTH Yamaha 49
12 Sean CONDON Yamaha 41
13 Tarbon WALKER Yamaha 39
14 Ben BAKER Yamaha 39
15 Glenn NELSON Yamaha 36
16 Jack FAVELLE Honda 34
17 Declan CARBERRY Suzuki 32
18 Mitch SIMPSON Yamaha 32
19 Luke SANDERS Yamaha 31
20 Reece OUGHTRED Yamaha 29
21 Luca DURNING Yamaha 22
22 Jake SENIOR Yamaha 19
23 Hunter FORD Kawasaki 18
24 Jonathan NAHLOUS Yamaha 17
25 Brendan WILSON Yamaha 13
26 Noel MAHON Yamaha 1

2023 ASBK Calendar

2023 ASBK Calendar
Spherical Circuit Location Date
R1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC Feb 24-26
R2 Sydney Motorsports Park NSW Mar 24-25
R3 Queensland Raceway (Masters Spherical Two) QLD Apr 28-30
R4 Hidden Valley Raceway NT Jun 16-18
R5 Morgan Park Raceway QLD Jul 14-16
R6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (Masters Spherical Three) VIC Oct 27-29
R7 The Bend Motorsport Park (Masters Spherical 4) SA Dec 1 – 3