Recapping the ASBK Superbike motion from SMP final weekend

ASBK 2023

Spherical Two – Sydney Motorsport Park

Alpinestars Superbike

At first look the outcomes of the 2 races of the Alpinestars Australia Superbike Championship below lights at SMP final weekend, might give the impression that the championship is likely to be performed and dusted. Josh Waters has received 5 from 5, set lap data at each rounds, and in pre-season testing.

Josh Waters – Picture RbMotoLens

Nevertheless, nearer evaluation after what unfolded in the course of the distinctive two-day assembly reveals a distinct story. Waters might have received each races and claimed one other lap report on the extraordinarily speedy McMartin Racing with KTech Ducati V4 R, however for the irony of racing and the intervention of rain, the spherical might have yielded fully completely different outcomes.

Josh Waters and Crew Chief Adrian Monti – Picture RbMotoLens

To inform the reality, the way in which the 2 Superbike races unfolded was an anti-climax for all involved. That was no fault of the riders or the racing, it’s simply what occurs typically.

YRT riders Mike Jones and Cru Halliday – Picture RbMotoLens

The competitiveness of the Yamaha Racing Group in opposition to the dominant McMartin Racing outfit bodes properly for the remainder of the season.

Troy Herfoss – Picture RbMotoLens

Then there may be after all the likes of Penrite Honda’s Troy Herfoss, at present second within the championship, and Bryan Staring on a a lot improved MotoGo Yamaha getting again to the place he must be.

Bryan Staring – Picture RbMotoLens

DesmoSport Ducati have had a making an attempt begin to the season chasing issues, however they labored by way of lots of these idiosyncrasies in Sydney and Broc Pearson was beginning to work his manner up the time-sheets because the weekend progressed.

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 – Picture RbMotoLens

The script for the weekend began from when the wheel turned of Friday’s first Free Follow at noon.

Cru Halliday – Picture RbMotoLens

Yamaha’s Cru Halliday took opening honours from his team-mate, defending champion Mike Jones, with Waters third, the trio the one riders to dip into the 1m29s and separated by solely a few tenths.

Cru Halliday – Picture RbMotoLens

Within the third session Halliday posted the quickest ever lap of a rider in a nationwide competitors on the Creek with a time of 1m28.895s, however because it was exterior official qualifying it was not recognised. Nobody else dipped into that unique zone. The time was 0.575 sec faster than what Waters recorded six weeks prior throughout testing, when he put in that lap to go below Robbie Bugden’s qualifying lap report from 2013.

Cru Halliday – Picture RbMotoLens

As a result of shrunken two-day program all riders took half within the first qualifier, with the highest 12 progressing to Q2, not like a standard spherical the place the highest 9 from FP3 graduate mechanically to Q2.

Troy Herfoss – Picture RbMotoLens

Within the opening 20-minute qualifying session it was a slightly quiet affair, with extra time spent within the storage than on observe.  Of the highest 5; Waters, Jones, Halliday, Troy Herfoss and Bryan Staring, it was Waters that spun essentially the most laps (5), to set a brand new qualifying lap report, only some hundredths away from a 28.

Bryan Staring – Picture RbMotoLens

Halliday was straight onto it when Q2 obtained underway. Waters went fractionally below his Q1 time, a 1m29.020.  Jones went 0.001 seconds sooner two-minutes later, after which with simply 15 seconds to spare Halliday put down a 1m28.970. Not fairly as fast as his FP3 time however nonetheless adequate for pole and an official new qualifying lap report.

Arthur Sissis – Picture RbMotoLens

By the top of the second qualifier the sector had compressed considerably.  Herfoss had additionally obtained within the 29s, a 1m29.710, as did Staring on 1m29.837. Allerton was not far behind on 1m30.062s whereas Arthur Sissis headed row three on 1m30.494. Max Stauffer, Broc Pearson and Ted Collins finishing the highest ten and all within the 1m30s.

Glenn Allerton – Picture RbMotoLens

Because the filed lined up on the grid there was an actual air of pleasure and anticipation of what might lie forward. However may anybody interrupt the circulation of Waters and switch the tide?

A month beforehand, a mediocre begin within the first race of the 12 months at Phillip Island had seen Halliday enjoying catch-up.  It caught the Yamaha rider from Camden out on his cost by way of the sector as he needed to take evasive motion when Arthur Sissis had a second heading by way of Stoner Nook, Jones needed to swerve to overlook the slowing machine, forcing Halliday to face the bike up and run off the circuit at excessive pace. Halliday was very lucky to stroll away, albeit bloody sore.

Halliday had been the tempo setter within the lead up in Sydney, may he lastly get a good begin?

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Superbike Race One – Picture RbMotoLens

Halliday did get a terrific begin however Waters did even higher to steer him into flip one. Glenn Allerton had a bullet begin from the sixth on the grid to be proper up with that pair.  An excellent sight to see after Glenn’s difficult begin to the season, the place he missed the check and was fortunate to get issues organised in time to compete in spherical one on the final minute.

Halliday and Waters quickly gapped the sector.  Jones moved into third by the fifth lap however by this level it appeared that Waters may filter, as he now had almost a second over Halliday.

Cru Halliday had the gap down to two-tenths - Image RbMotoLens
2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Superbike Race One – Picture RbMotoLens

However then Halliday began closing the hole… Lastly, we had a race on our arms as in the course of the 11th lap Halliday was inside a tenth of Waters, it appeared probably that Cru would launch an assault within the final couple of laps.

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

Then when Mike Jones exited flip one he was enveloped in a cloud of smoke because the YZF-R1M self-destructed. He rapidly obtained off the racing line, however the bike was on hearth. It took perpetually to get extinguishers on scene and the officers had been pressured to show the pink flag to finish the race.

Josh Waters now leads the championship by 30-points - Image RbMotoLens
2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Superbike Race One – Picture RbMotoLens

With solely a few laps remaining the race was declared.

You can virtually hear the sigh of disappointment all through the wholesome crowd.

A YRT Superbike blowing up is mainly extraordinary. I can’t bear in mind the final time that one in all Kev Marshall’s engines let go. Possibly that’s the results of tuning the bikes to close-down the hole to the Ducati. There is no such thing as a doubt Yamaha have discovered some pace, however the McMartin Racing V4 nonetheless has an even bigger punch than Mike Tyson exiting corners.

It certain wasn’t the way in which Jones wished to have a good time his 70th ASBK begin.

Superbike Race One Podium - Image RbMotoLens
2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Superbike Race One – Picture RbMotoLens

So, Waters declared the winner, a lot to Halliday’s disappointment.  Herfoss promoted to 3rd after the demise of Jones.

We felt robbed however the one certainty of racing, is the uncertainty.

It was an entrée that was snatched away simply as we attain essentially the most appetising a part of the dish, however all of us anticipated that the race below lights that was as a consequence of begin at 2115 would make up for it.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Josh Waters on the grid with crew chief Adrian Monti – Picture RbMotoLens

The most effective Superbikes within the land lined up with the LED lights shining down made for a formidable sight. The contrasts so vivid that the bikes appeared extra vibrant than they do in daylight.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Broc Pearson on the grid – Picture RbMotoLens

After a little bit of on-and-off rain the observe was declared dry for the second stanza however there nonetheless gave the impression to be some damp patches across the observe. Nevertheless, all groups fronted the grid on slicks, for the Pirelli runners that was the SCX choice, all hoping that the rain would keep away for the 13 laps period.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Cru Halliday on the grid – Picture RbMotoLens

There have been loads of inquiries to be answered with the first being; may Halliday proceed from the place he was pressured to go away off within the opening leg?

Halliday stunned everybody by getting one other dynamic begin to lead, however Herfoss and Sissis did even higher to cost into flip one forward of the remainder. Allerton then produced a jaw dropping second when he went across the exterior of all of them to take the lead!

Alpinestars Superbike Race Two - Image RbMotoLens
2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

By the top of the opening lap Allerton had over a second on Halliday, Waters was in third.

Alpinestars Superbike Race Two - Image RbMotoLens
2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

Halliday reeled the BMW in and took the lead on the third lap from Allerton. Herfoss was now as much as third and Pearson fourth, after Waters dropped from third to fifth, simply in entrance of Staring, however the bunch was operating line astern as they commenced lap 4, with six riders coated by lower than half a second.

That is what we wished.

Then the bloody rain returned and one more rattling pink flag!

All bikes returned to the pit containers the place frantic exercise commenced.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

It was a fast restart process with an eight-lap race. The rain had ceased however the observe remained moist to damp as there was little wind to assist dry the observe.

Alpinestars Superbike Race Two - Image RbMotoLens
2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

This time round Herfoss obtained the bounce to steer Halliday, Waters, Pearson and Sissis. Herf appeared as if he was going to make a spot however heading into flip six on lap two, the two-times ASBK champion had a large second on the Penrite Honda and ran off observe. Waters swept by way of to the lead, adopted by Allerton, Halliday, Herfoss and Sissis, Pearson not distant both.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

Sadly, that was the closest that the opposition obtained to Waters as from there he merely cleared off.  Regardless of slowing right down to the tune of four-seconds on his last lap, Waters nonetheless took the chequered flag 6.3 seconds forward of the subsequent finest.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Race Two – Picture RbMotoLens

The battle for second was a magnificence although. Herfoss almost binned it once more, this time at Flip Two, however stored it upright. Two exceptional recoveries that had been rewarded with second place, the Penrite Honda man ending almost a second in entrance of Halliday, the YRT man taking third after holding off a late charging Sissis over the ultimate lap.

Because the rain continued the one ones really smiling had been the McMartin Racing Group. 5 races, 5 wins and one other lap report.

Will Halliday be able to spoil this fellas run tonight...? Image RbMotoLens
2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Picture RbMotoLens

The opposition can take some chilly consolation in that Waters isn’t completely invincible, but it surely’s certain going to take a monumental effort to upset his applecart as he goals to change into the primary rider to win 4 ASBK titles.

The circus now strikes to Willowbank (Qld) for the third spherical in late April. Yamaha shone there final 12 months, and it was the place the title cost of Jones actually gained momentum, and the place the McMartin squad had difficulties. Halliday gave it a very good shot final outing at QLD Raceway till {an electrical} gremlin cruelled his cost.

There have been a number of positives for a lot of within the area in Sydney that they’ll take to Queensland.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Bryan Staring – Picture RbMotoLens

Bryan Staring has put that vastly improved MotoGo R1 nearer to the entrance than it has ever been. Herfoss has obtained the Penrite Honda doing what he needs. The Yamahas will not be far off the tempo. Allerton is true on it, and can be decided for that fourth ASBK title.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Glenn Allerton – Picture RbMotoLens

Sissis is at all times bagging factors however simply wants that little extra pace to get on the rostrum, and Pearson is inching nearer because the demons get exorcised from the DesmoSport Ducati.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Arthur Sissis – Picture RbMotoLens

Max Stauffer maybe didn’t fulfil the potential he signalled throughout testing however is chipping away.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Max Stauffer – Picture RbMotoLens

Ted Collins was by no means exterior the highest ten and with 68-points to his title from the opening two rounds, two-points forward of Bryan Staring, and four-points in entrance of defending champ Mike Jones, the Warrnambool 23-year-old is at present sixth within the championship.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Ted Collins – Picture RbMotoLens

Matt Walters is having fun with the Aprilia and studying easy methods to get the most effective out of it whereas Sydney teenager Paris Hardwick is a contemporary new face within the paddock that brings BCperformance Kawasaki again into ASBK combine.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Contemporary new face on the ASBK grid, teenager Paris Hardwick – Picture RbMotoLens

We would finish this recap with some kudos for Leanne Nelson who can lay declare to being the quickest woman Superbike rider within the land. Leanne has been racing on and off for a number of a long time now, and first made a reputation for herself manner again when the 250 Proddies had been laborious at it. Leanne went oh so near cracking a 1m34 on the Motocity Wollongong Kawasaki.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Leanne Nelson – Picture RbMotoLens

The 50-year-old contested the opening race however didn’t belief her eyes to race the later evening occasion.

2023 ASBK Spherical Two – SMP – Leanne Nelson – Picture RbMotoLens

Alpinestars Superbike Spherical Factors

Pos Rider Pole R1 R2 Factors
1 Josh WATERS 25 25 50
2 Cru HALLIDAY 1 20 18 39
3 Troy HERFOSS 18 20 38
4 Glenn ALLERTON 17 16 33
5 Arthur SISSIS 15 17 32
6 Bryan STARING 16 12 28
7 Broc PEARSON 12 15 27
8 Ted COLLINS 13 14 27
9 Max STAUFFER 14 13 27
10 Paris HARDWICK 10 9 19
11 Michael KEMP 6 10 16
12 Scott ALLARS 7 8 15
13 Josh SODERLAND 9 6 15
14 Dominic DE LEON 8 5 13
15 Nicholas MARSH 5 7 12
16 Mike JONES 11 11
17 Matt WALTERS 11 11
18 Leanne NELSON 4 4

Alpinestars Superbike Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
1 Josh WATERS 126
2 Troy HERFOSS 91
3 Glenn ALLERTON 83
5 Arthur SISSIS 72
6 Ted COLLINS 68
7 Bryan STARING 66
8 Mike JONES 64
9 Broc PEARSON 61
10 Matt WALTERS 46
11 Scott ALLARS 44
12 Michael KEMP 41
13 Max STAUFFER 39
14 Paris HARDWICK 38
15 Mark CHIODO 16
16 Jack DAVIS 16
17 Josh SODERLAND 15
18 Dominic DE LEON 13
19 Nicholas MARSH 12
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  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  VIC Oct 27-29
R7 The Bend Motorsport Park  SA Dec 1 – 3