Josh Waters wins fiery opening Superbike bout at SMP

ASBK 2023

Spherical Two – Sydney Motorsport Park

Alpinestars Superbike Race One

Cru Halliday (YRT) dominated each session at Sydney Motorsport Park on Friday, topping FP1, FP2, FP3 after which taking pole place with a brand new 1m28.970 qualifying lap report. The margins between the highest three although are tiny, Mike Jones (YRT) recorded a 1m29.019 and Josh Waters (Ducati) 1m29.020.

Troy Herfoss (Honda) and Bryan Staring (Yamaha) recorded 1m29.710s and 1m29.837s respectively to be on row two alongside Glenn Allerton (BMW), 1m30.062. Herfoss had some rear suspension issues yesterday that possibly blunted his potential so he might need extra to deliver to the race immediately than what Friday’s time-sheets indicated.

Arthur Sissis (Yamaha), Max Stauffer (Yamaha) and Broc Pearson (Ducati) began from row three however have loads of time to seek out if they’re to problem for a podium.  Ted Collins (BMW) began from row 4 alongside Matt Walters (Aprilia) and Paris Hardwick (Kawasaki).

Riders wasted no time getting on circuit when the pit exit opened for the ten-minute warm-up session that got underway at 1420 on Saturday afternoon - Image RbMotoLens
Riders wasted no time getting on circuit when the pit exit opened for the ten-minute warm-up session that received underway at 1420 on Saturday afternoon – Picture RbMotoLens

A small bathe early this afternoon dampened the circuit earlier than the ten-minute warm-up session however the observe was declared dry earlier than Superbikes hit the circuit. Riders wasted no time getting out of the pits and most riders put in six laps. Some scrubbing in a moist earlier than coming again in, and others content material to only keep out and do as many laps as they may.

Mike Jones' Crew Chief Dyllan readies the YZF-R1M for the defending champ - Image RbMotoLens
Mike Jones’ Crew Chief Dyllan readies the YZF-R1M for the defending champ throughout warm-up immediately – Picture RbMotoLens

Josh Waters was almost eight-tenths faster than the remainder of the competitors throughout warm-up. The McMartin Racing Ducati man the one riders within the 1m29s with a 29.387, he additionally put in a 1m29.567 on his closing lap.

Josh Waters was nearly eight-tenths quicker than the rest of the competition during warm-up - Image RbMotoLens
Josh Waters was almost eight-tenths faster than the remainder of the competitors throughout warm-up – Picture RbMotoLens

The perfect of the remaining was Cru Halliday on 1m30.165 forward of Glenn Allerton (1m30.215), Bryan Staring (1m30.345), Arthur Sissis (1m30.542), Mike Jones (1m30.576) and Troy Herfoss (1m30.578).

Broc Pearson discusses progress with DesmoSport Ducati Team boss Ben Henry and suspension tech Byron Draper - Image RbMotoLens
Broc Pearson discusses progress with DesmoSport Ducati Group boss Ben Henry and suspension tech Byron Draper throughout warm-up at SMP immediately – Picture RbMotoLens

Broc Pearson confirmed as soon as once more that the DesmoSport Ducati Group are getting on high of their mechanical gremlins with a 1m30.640 in warm-up his quickest lap of the weekend. It’s truthful to say the beginning of the season has been difficult for the squad however hopefully the worst is behind them.

Alpinestars Superbike Race One

A dry circuit registered just below 30-degrees observe temperature when riders began their warm-up lap. The overwhelming majority of the sector electing to start out the 13-lap contest on Pirelli SCX rubber.

Alpinestars Superbike Race One – Picture RbMotoLens

Cru Halliday received a fantastic launch however by flip one which McMartin Racing Ducati V4 R had swept by to steer him by flip one. Glenn Allerton as much as third, Troy Herfoss fourth, Max Stauffer fifth and Mike Jones sixth as they negotiated the again part of the circuit for the primary time.

By the tip of lap one Waters had just below four-tenths on Halliday whereas Glenn Allerton was climbing everywhere in the tailpipe of the #65 Yamaha. That high three all within the 1m34s from a standing begin on that opening lap.

Mike Jones received the higher of Max Stauffer, which made {the teenager} choose his bike up which then opened the door for Arthur Sissis to demote him additional to seventh place, simply forward of Bryan Staring.

A 1m29.001 for Josh Waters on his first flying lap to set a brand new race lap report however Halliday was solely a tenth slower… Allerton did a 1m29.681 to additionally present a lot larger velocity than we noticed from his yesterday.

Troy Herfoss was trying robust in fourth place, nicely forward of Jones and some bike lengths behind Allerton, however a missed gear on lap three blunted his cost and noticed the Penrite Honda man slip to seventh place.

A missed shift saw Herfoss lose a number of positions - Image RbMotoLens
A missed shift noticed Herfoss lose various positions – Picture RbMotoLens

Josh Waters had his lifeless down however Cru Halliday was decided to not let him get away. The pair dropping in 1m29.0s and 1m29.1s to clear away from the remainder of the sector.  They’d left Allerton nicely behind them after solely 4 laps and the BMW man was beginning to come beneath assault from Mike Jones, the defending champion clawing his means ahead after an uncustomary sluggish begin. Bryan Staring was proper with them additionally whereas Herfoss was beginning to get well from no matter that earlier concern was to get again in that battle.

Josh Waters and Cru Halliday - Image RbMotoLens
Josh Waters and Cru Halliday – Picture RbMotoLens

Herfoss moved previous Sissis to maneuver again as much as sixth place and was reeling in Allerton and Staring as that pair tussled over fourth place. This battle was unfolding an enormous eight-seconds behind race chief Josh Waters after solely six laps had been accomplished. Halliday was now seven-tenths behind Waters however with a helpful six-second buffer over his third place YRT team-mate Mike Jones.

Allerton, Staring, Herfoss, Sissis, Stauffer - Image RbMotoLens
Allerton, Staring, Herfoss, Sissis, Stauffer – Picture RbMotoLens

With six laps to run Herfoss moved previous Staring to take fifth place and instantly began to assault Allerton. The Penrite Honda man took that fourth place from Allerton early on the next lap and began to tug away. Herfoss must discover greater than 3.5-seconds if he was to get on phrases with Mike Jones and problem for third place earlier than operating out of laps.

Cru Halliday had the gap down to two-tenths - Image RbMotoLens
Cru Halliday had the hole right down to two-tenths – Picture RbMotoLens

Up entrance Halliday was nonetheless conserving the strain on Waters. The YRT man had the hole right down to three-tenths with 4 laps to run.

Smoke then began bellowing from the exhaust of the YZF-R1M of Mike Jones on the run down to show two!

The defending champion rolling off the circuit as all of us held our breaths within the hope that it had not dumped oil that might trigger riders to go down. As soon as Jones was off the smoking bike it began belching flames… The purple flag then got here out, in all probability a bit later than most would have anticipated because the YRT bike lay on its aspect and searching like a diesel locomotive smokestack … Race declared…  Wow….

Red flag! - Image RbMotoLens
Pink flag! – Picture RbMotoLens

A dejected Jones caught a elevate again to the pits on the again of Herfoss. His hopes going up in flames and the lack of importants factors seeing him slip to eighth place on the championship factors tally.

Regardless of being credited with a second place end his YRT team-mate additionally seemed a bit of dejected. Halliday seemed assured that he had the velocity to take that victory from Waters.  It was to not be nonetheless, one other 25-points for Josh Waters….

Josh Waters now leads the championship by 30-points - Image RbMotoLens
Josh Waters now leads the championship by 30-points – Picture RbMotoLens

Troy Herfoss promoted to the rostrum after the demise of Jones and whereas he shall be buoyed by these 18-points, he may also be ruing his early drift again to seventh as a consequence of that missed shift, and the truth that he was 14-seconds behind the McMartin Racing Ducati after solely ten laps. Nonetheless, Herfoss is now second within the championship, albeit 30-points behind Josh Waters..

Superbike Race One Podium - Image RbMotoLens
Superbike Race One Podium – Picture RbMotoLens

Glenn Allerton was solely simply over a second behind Herfoss to say 17-points for fourth place. Bryan Staring solely a few bike lengths additional behind so as to add 16-points to his tally. Arthur Sissis one other second additional behind to complete sixth, 1.5-seconds forward of seventh positioned Max Stauffer, who in-turn had 1.3-seconds on Ted Collins and ninth positioned Broc Pearson, the DesmoSport Ducati man briefly ran off the circuit midway by which value him no less than one place.  Matt Walters rounded out the highest ten on the Aprilia an extra 13-seconds behind Pearson.

Race two shall be staged beneath lights at 2115 this night.

Will Halliday be able to spoil this fellas run tonight...? Image RbMotoLens
Will Halliday be capable of spoil this fellas run tonight…? Picture RbMotoLens

Alpinestars Superbike Race One Outcomes

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole Pace
1 Josh WATERS Ducati V4R 14m58.684 290
2 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha R1-M +0.307 294
3 Troy HERFOSS Honda CBR RR +14.384 294
4 Glenn ALLERTON BMW M RR +14.539 298
5 Bryan STARING Yamaha R1M +15.191 294
6 Arthur SISSIS Yamaha YZF-R1 +16.282 294
7 Max STAUFFER Yamaha R1 +15.746 291
8 Ted COLLINS BMW M RR +17.044 288
9 Broc PEARSON Ducati V4 R +17.256 291
10 Matt WALTERS Aprilia RSV4 +30.917 282
11 Paris HARDWICK Kawasaki ZX10R +35.285 277
12 Josh SODERLAND Ducati V4R +36.372 283
13 Dominic DE LEON Kawasaki ZX10R +49.903 276
14 Scott ALLARS Yamaha R1 +50.820 276
15 Michael KEMP Yamaha YZF-R1 +59.372 281
16 Nicholas MARSH Yamaha R1M +1m02.388 273
17 Leanne NELSON Kawasaki ZX10R +1m25.712 275
DSQ Mike JONES Yamaha R1-M +8.121 291

Alpinestars Superbike Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
1 Josh WATERS 101
2 Troy HERFOSS 71
3 Glenn ALLERTON 67
5 Arthur SISSIS 55
6 Bryan STARING 54
7 Ted COLLINS 54
8 Mike JONES 53
9 Broc PEARSON 46
10 Matt WALTERS 46
11 Scott ALLARS 36
12 Michael KEMP 31
13 Paris HARDWICK 29
14 Max STAUFFER 26
15 Mark CHIODO 16
16 Jack DAVIS 16
18 Dominic DE LEON 8
19 Nicholas MARSH 5
20 Leanne NELSON 4


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