2023 Hartwell Bike Membership Championships
Spherical One – Phillip Island
Phrases by Mark Bracks, Pictures by RBMotoLens
The primary spherical of the 2023 Hartwell MCC Membership Championship at Phillip Island (3-5 Feb) doubled as a shake down check for a handful of ASBK regulars who high-tailed it southwards straight after the official two-day ASBK check at SMSP.
Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing), Broc Pearson (DesmoSport Ducati) and Ted Collins (Livson Racing BMW) made the trek to the Phillip Island monitor from the check. Plus there have been fairly a number of riders from different lessons that travelled south.
After the 2 heat-wave days in Sydney the situations on the Island have been an enormous distinction – Phillip Island and the remainder of Victoria confronted an Antarctic blast that plunged the state into winter with situations removed from conducive for using on Friday and Saturday. Fortunately Sunday was primarily positive with little wind.
There have been loads extra riders and groups from the opposite lessons that made the journey south to proceed their pre-season preps, however it was the looks of Bryan Staring on the MotoGo Yamaha that raised eyebrows (interview hyperlink right here).
The brand new union has been a paddock hearsay for a few weeks, however although the Western Australian, three-time nationwide champion was using the bike, when requested on Sunday morning, he said emphatically that he had not signed on the dotted line and would signal on the dotted line – or not – relying on a number of issues falling into place (learn Staring’s ideas right here).
After the conclusion of racing on Sunday afternoon, no contract had been signed, though after the 4 races it appears to be a executed deal that he’ll return to the tuning fork model. Ever the skilled Staring wore leathers from his time with Yamaha 15 years in the past.
Earlier than specializing in the performances of the highest weapons of the ASBK class of their 4 races, point out should be product of defending Australian Supersport Champion, John Lytras.
The Sunshine Coast teenager was one other rider that made the trek additional south from Sydney however maybe he’s now wishing he hadn’t. A large get-off on the entry to Doohan Nook on the graduation of the fourth lap of his second race has left him properly battered and unsure for the ASBK season opener late this month in what can be a serious setback in his title defence.
As for the weapons of ASBK there have been 4 races for them of various lengths together with a 14-lapper within the Greg Bailey Trophy – an amazing alternative to simulate an ASBK race distance, albeit a few laps longer.
For the three shorter races Pearson claimed pole from Collins and Staring, with Herfoss unable to finish a lap within the session as a result of a mechanical drawback and as such was slotted into seventh on the grid.
Each race witnessed a really entertaining battle for the lead, with the positions altering plenty of instances in addition to a little bit of ‘cat-and-mouse’ between the quartet.
The primary leg on Saturday afternoon was held on a largely dry monitor with sturdy winds that saved the temperatures proper down. Pearson was off to a flyer from Staring and Collins, with Herfoss chasing them down from a 3rd row begin.
Nevertheless Pearson was in for a shock at first of the fifth lap as he belted down the straight into Doohan Nook, a seagull deciding to commit suicide and smashing into the correct hand fork of the Ducati, slowing his cost.
It was an inspiring starting for Staring as he took the lead on the MotoGo Yamaha from Pearson to steer a few laps, whereas Herfoss closed the hole into third by the fourth lap. He then took the lead from Staring on the following lap, and went on to take the win by lower than a second with Pearson third and Collins fourth.
Fortunately, Sunday dawned comparatively clear with the rains gone and the winds all the way down to a mild zephyr, offering nearly good situations with a cool, however grippy monitor.
Though the primary leg on Sunday morning was solely a five-lapper, Herfoss and Pearson have been throughout one another. Staring and Collins dropped off and had their very own little tussle, a number of seconds behind the main duo.
Herfoss managed to place within the quickest lap of the weekend on the third lap and was the one Prime Gun rider to do a sub 1:33 lap with a 1:32.396, his quickest ever race lap across the Island and simply over half a second off Josh Waters’ report from final yr (1:31.706). Little doubt an enormous confidence enhance for the #17.
Nevertheless, Pearson acquired over the road simply 0.037 sec in entrance of Herfoss, with Staring holding off Collins for third.
The subsequent race was the Greg Bailey Memorial Cup race simply after lunch. Qualifying was held within the morning with Herfoss taking the highest slot from Pearson, Collins and Staring, with one other 22 bikes on the grid.
For Hartwell membership members, the Greg Bailey race means quite a bit, and is known as in honour of a person who was a membership stalwart. Bailey headed to England within the ’70s to race however was concerned in an incident at Donington Park the place he was hit by one other bike and fell right into a coma. Sadly, he by no means regained consciousness. Such was the respect for him that there was a race in his honour at Manufacturers Hatch in 1980 too. The trophy is the precise cup that was awarded to Greg when he completed third within the British 1977 Shell Championship and was first contested in 1979 within the man’s honour.
The characteristic race was 14 laps offering an ideal shakedown for the ASBK season opener in a number of weeks time.
On the finish of the primary lap it was Pearson from Collins and Staring, half a second aside. Herfoss – mysteriously to onlookers – was greater than three-seconds adrift from the trio.
Pearson led the primary 4 laps from Staring and Collins, the trio break up by 0.233 seconds with Herfoss nonetheless a number of seconds adrift.
Staring moved into the lead the following lap and lead for an additional 4 laps as Collins determined to have somewhat lay down on the surface of Flip 10.
Bryan Staring was left off the DesmoSport Ducati roster for 2023 and that’s how he discovered himself on the MotoGo Yamaha for the primary time final weekend at Phillip Island. Thus the battle with the DesmoSport Ducati machine that he had anticipated to be on, however is as an alternative being raced by Broc Pearson, would have actually fuelled his motivation…
On lap eight Herfoss was two-seconds off the main pair however he minimize that to only over half a second the following lap as he grew to become the stalker, looking the Ducati and Yamaha prey in entrance.
Pearson regained the lead on the tenth lap as Herf moved into second however saved the very best till final, Herfoss taking the lead and win from Pearson by 0.214 sec. Staring dropped off barely to complete a few second adrift in third. Fourth place was over a minute additional behind after the 14-lap race distance. Little doubt loads of invaluable race knowledge gained for the leaders forward of the ASBK season opener late this month.
By the point the final race was on monitor, as a result of time constraints, all races had been minimize from seven laps to 4. Pearson led the whole race with Staring second after giving the Ducati mounted teenager a little bit of a rush up, Staring proper on his again wheel till the final lap. Herfoss was third after deciding to start out from Pit Lane and actually ran his personal race.
Pearson put in his quickest lap of the weekend (1:33.004) on the second lap, and established a brand new PB benchmark after his two earlier visits to the Island.v Staring and Herfoss managed to whack out three respectable laps, all within the 1:33s.
Clearly, there have been no sheep stations up for grabs on the weekend, mirrored by the truth that none of them have been racing for factors within the membership championships, thus permitting the common rivals to achieve most factors on the day.
It proved to be simply the tonic for the ASBK riders and shortly after the final race Staring was happy to inform me that he would commit for the yr as he reunites with Yamaha.
It’s going to be an attention-grabbing season.
Greg Bailey Race Outcomes
|1||Troy HERFOSS||Honda CBRRR 1000||–|
|2||Broc PEARSON||Ducati V4R 1000||0.214|
|3||Bryan STARING||Yamaha R1 1000||2.188|
|4||Joshua SODERLAND||Ducati V4R 1000||1:19.657|
|5||Brendan WILSON||Yamaha R6 600||1:22.550|
|6||Jack FAVELLE||Honda CBR RR 600||1:25.683|
|7||Cameron ROBERTS||Aprilia RSV4 1000||1:32.708|
|8||Reece OUGHTRED||Yamaha R6 600||1 Lap|
|9||Travis HARDY||Kawasaki ZX10R 1000||1 Lap|
|10||Ryan TAYLOR||Yamaha R6 600||1 Lap|
|11||Raymond ROSS||Yamaha R1 1000||1 Lap|
|12||William SHARROCK||Yamaha R6 600||1 Lap|
|13||Matthew RINDEL||Yamaha R1 1000||1 Lap|
|14||Matthew SENIOR||Yamaha R6 600||1 Lap|
|15||Jayson PORTER||Ducati 1299 1200||1 Lap|
|16||Chris GILBEE||Kawasaki ZX6R 600||1 Lap|
|17||Justin WILSON||Ducati Panigale 1199||1 Lap|
|18||Gregor ROBERTSON||Kawasaki ZX6R 600||1 Lap|
|19||Glenn NANKERVIS||Yamaha R6 600||1 Lap|
|20||Cori BOURNE||Aprilia RS 660||2 Laps|
|DNF||Chris DUFFY||BMW S1000R 1000||4 Laps|
|DNF||Huss AYAD||Yamaha R1 1000||5 Laps|
|DNF||Ted COLLINS||BMW M1000RR 1000||6 Laps|
|DNF||Shane O’BRIEN||Yamaha R6 600||6 Laps|
|DNF||Kris KEEN||Aprilia RSV4 1000||9 Laps|
|DNF||Amos FITTON||Honda CBR 600||9 Laps|
Greg Bailey Spherical Factors
Over 600 Professional Race 1 Outcomes
|1||Troy HERFOSS||O6E||Honda CBRRR 1000||–|
|2||Bryan STARING||O6E||Yamaha R1 1000||.811|
|3||Broc PEARSON||O6E||Ducati V4R 1000||1.434|
|4||Ted COLLINS||O6E||BMW M1000RR 1000||5.981|
|5||Joshua SODERLAND||O6E||Ducati V4R 1000||34.332|
|6||Kris KEEN||O6E||Aprilia RSV4 1000||48.978|
|7||Raymond ROSS||O6E||Yamaha R1 1000||57.887|
|8||Travis HARDY||O6E||Kawasaki ZX10R 1000||59.312|
|9||Huss AYAD||O6NE||Yamaha R1 1000||59.945|
|10||Chris DUFFY||O6E||BMW S1000R 1000||1:06.107|
|11||Matthew RINDEL||O6NE||Yamaha R1 1000||1:12.602|
|12||Nathan MCKENZIE||O6E||Suzuki GSXR 1000||1:16.695|
|13||James DOWNIE||O6NE||Suzuki GSXR 1000||1:22.970|
|14||Garry GAPES||O6E||Yamaha R1 1000||1:28.583|
|15||Gary TIDD||O6NE||Ducati V4R 1000||1:35.297|
|16||Jayson PORTER||O6E||Ducati 1299 1200||1:35.720|
|17||Tracey DAVIES||O6NE||Ducati Panigale 1199||1 Lap|
Over 600 Professional Race 2 Outcomes
|1||Broc PEARSON||Ducati V4R 1000||–|
|2||Troy HERFOSS||Honda CBRRR 1000||.037|
|3||Bryan STARING||Yamaha R1 1000||3.053|
|4||Ted COLLINS||BMW M1000RR 1000||4.013|
|5||Joshua SODERLAND||Ducati V4R 1000||31.825|
|6||Kris KEEN||Aprilia RSV4 1000||34.272|
|7||Travis HARDY||Kawasaki ZX10R 1000||41.301|
|8||Raymond ROSS||Yamaha R1 1000||50.013|
|9||Huss AYAD||Yamaha R1 1000||55.003|
|10||Chris DUFFY||BMW S1000R 1000||55.310|
|11||Matthew RINDEL||Yamaha R1 1000||1:00.017|
|12||Gary TIDD||Ducati V4R 1000||1:05.210|
|13||Nathan MCKENZIE||Suzuki GSXR 1000||1:05.250|
|14||Jayson PORTER||Ducati 1299 1200||1:08.394|
|15||Tracey DAVIES||Ducati Panigale 1199||1:19.732|
|16||James DOWNIE||Suzuki GSXR 1000||1:31.804|
Over 600 Professional Race 3 Outcomes
|1||Broc PEARSON||O6E||Ducati V4R 1000||–|
|2||Bryan STARING||O6E||Yamaha R1 1000||1.362|
|3||Troy HERFOSS||O6E||Honda CBRRR 1000||8.306|
|4||Kris KEEN||O6E||Aprilia RSV4 1000||24.627|
|5||Joshua SODERLAND||O6E||Ducati V4R 1000||25.208|
|6||Raymond ROSS||O6E||Yamaha R1 1000||34.282|
|7||Travis HARDY||O6E||Kawasaki ZX10R 1000||35.963|
|8||Huss AYAD||O6NE||Yamaha R1 1000||46.219|
|9||Chris DUFFY||O6E||BMW S1000R 1000||47.701|
|10||Matthew RINDEL||O6NE||Yamaha R1 1000||47.812|
|11||Nathan MCKENZIE||O6E||Suzuki GSXR 1000||49.670|
|12||Jayson PORTER||O6E||Ducati 1299 1200||54.000|
|13||James DOWNIE||O6NE||Suzuki GSXR 1000||54.100|
|14||Tracey DAVIES||O6NE||Ducati Panigale 1199||1:11.199|
|DNF||Gary TIDD||O6NE||Ducati V4R 1000||2 Laps|
Over 600 Professional Spherical Factors
2023 Hartwell Bike Membership Championships Spherical One Factors
Clint Farr (600 Professional)
Over 600 Non-Professional
Over 600 Novice
|3||Yaofei (JASON) LIU||18||18||36|
System 400 Professional
System 400 George Carrick
Hartwell Lightweights (As much as 500 cc)
Interval 7 (As much as 500 cc)
Interval 7 (Over 500 cc)
|1||J. CRASS & L. MENZIES||20||25||25||70|
|2||R. CRASS & S. O’BRIEN||18||20||20||58|
|3||R. WILLIAMS & J. WILLIAMS||16||18||17||51|
|4||T. GOLDIE & J. MCCABE||17||17||16||50|
|5||J. HAMMOND & S. MORGAN||15||16||18||49|
|6||T. GOLDIE & M. JOHNSTON||25||25|
|7||M. SCOTT & C. PANAYI||14||14|