Reflections from FP2 at QLD Raceway as issues sizzling up

ASBK 2023

Spherical Three – QLD Raceway

Friday Superbike FP2

The nice morning had advanced into fairly a sultry afternoon at Queensland Raceway by the point Superbike rivals rolled out of the pits for the second observe session. The observe temperature was nudging in the direction of 45-degrees whereas the ambient was round 25-degrees, however felt lots hotter.

The circumstances a little bit of a fear for Ducati rivals because of the sizzling operating nature of the V4 R.  The McMartin Racing Ducati had already recorded regarding coolant and oil temperatures within the morning session, and at one stage a coolant hose blew off the bike.

McMartin Racing Crew Chief Adrian Monti advised us that they’d beforehand requested the controlling physique for the implementation of most of the Superstock guidelines raced underneath in Europe, that embody the fitment of race package radiators, however had not been granted that permission. The stop-go nature of the Willowbank lay-out doesn’t assist with the bike more often than not underneath both full energy or full brakes, and naturally with the forks underneath full compression through the braking phases there’s much less room for clear air-flow by to the radiator.

Loads of consideration with blowers on the Ducati WorldSBK machines any time they’ve been operating, and that’s with race package radiators

Even with race-kit radiators the World Superbike spec Ducati V4 R machines are vital on the subject of temperature management, with crew members busily blowing air over all surfaces of the bike any time the machines are at a standstill. Hopefully this doesn’t change into a security concern for Ducati riders similar to Josh Waters or Broc Pearson, or certainly riders of different machines being caught out and happening sooner or later this weekend as a result of fluid on observe.

Troy Herfoss was fast out of the blocks to set the early tempo within the earlier FP1 session however was finally bested by Cru Halliday who recorded 4 laps that had been all faster than every other rider’s single laps in FP1, the very best of which was a 67.952.

YRT technicians inspecting knowledge – Picture RbMotoLens

Mike Jones dominated right here final 12 months with a 67.67 in qualifying and recorded a 67.8 and 67.9 within the races. This morning although the very best the defending champ put down was a 68.681, nearly a second slower than what he did right here in 2022. He put that purely all the way down to him and nothing to do along with his YRT steed, joking with me ‘throttle hand not working’.  He gave that hand a little bit of a tune up within the lunch break as first lap out in FP2 Mike put in a 68.081, greater than half-a-second faster than he managed this morning. He then backed that up with a 68.206 in visitors, adopted by a 68.452 whereas chasing the Penrite Honda of Troy Herfoss across the 3.126 kilometre lay-out. Herfoss then returned to the pits whereas Jones continued to reel off laps.

Mike Jones – Picture RbMotoLens

With 15-minutes remaining within the session Herfoss headed again out and improved to 68.138 earlier than then placing within the quickest time of the day, a 67.919, adopted by a string of low 68s.

On the midway stage of the session FP1 pace-setter Cru Halliday had solely accomplished a couple of laps and was but to place in a fast one. He bought up to the mark on his ninth lap of the session when there was just below five-minutes to run, a 68.334.

Josh Waters improved to 68.323 with a couple of minutes left within the session to separate the 2 YRT males, however Herfoss was nonetheless on high. And that was the place the Penrite Honda man remained, regardless of sitting out the ultimate five-minutes of the session.

Superbike FP2 Outcomes

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole Pace
1 Troy HERFOSS  Honda CBR RR 1:07.919 273
2 Mike JONES Yamaha YZF-R1M +0.162 272
3 Josh WATERS Ducati V4R +0.404 276
4 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha YZF-R1M +0.415 271
5 Glenn ALLERTON  BMW M RR +0.679 272
6 Broc PEARSON  Ducati V4R +0.913 271
7 Bryan STARING  Yamaha YZF-R1M +0.996 269
8 Ted COLLINS BMW M RR +1.168 271
9 Max STAUFFER Yamaha YZF-R1M +1.320 271
10 Anthony WEST Yamaha YZF-R1M +1.449 265
11 Matt WALTERS Aprilia RSV4 +2.793 263
12 Scott ALLARS Yamaha YZF-R1M +3.698 260
13 Paris HARDWICK Kawasaki ZX10R +4.653 260
14 Michael EDWARDS Yamaha YZF-R1M +4.876 256
15 Michael KEMP  Yamaha YZF-R1M +5.599 254

QLD Raceway ASBK Schedule

Friday twenty eighth April
Time Class Occasion Period
0730 0750 Riders Briefing (SSP300/R3, OJC, STwins) BR1 20mins
0800 0820 Riders Briefing (SBK, SSP) BR2 20 minutes
0900 0915 bLU cRU FP1 15 minutes
0920 0945 Supersport FP1 25 minutes
0945 1005 Drivers Briefing (ARC) BR3 20 minutes
0950 1010 SSP300 FP1 20 minutes
1015 1045 Superbike FP1 30 minutes
1050 1105 R3 Cup FP1 15 minutes
1110 1125 bLU cRU FP2 15 minutes
1130 1155 Supersport FP2 25 minutes
1210 1230 ARC Apply 20 minutes
1230 1300 Lunch – ASBK Pillion Rides 30 minutes
1300 1320 SSP300 FP2 20 minutes
1325 1355 Superbike FP2 30 minutes
1400 1415 R3 Cup FP2 15 minutes
1420 1435 bLU cRU FP3 15 minutes
1440 1505 Supersport FP3 25 minutes
1510 1530 SSP300 FP3 20 minutes
1535 1605 Superbike FP3 30 minutes
1610 1625 R3 Cup FP3 15 minutes
1640 1700 ARC Qualifying 20 minutes
Saturday twenty ninth April
Time CLass Occasion Period
900 915 bLU cRU Q1 15 minutes
920 945 Supersport Q1 25 minutes
950 1010 SSP300  Q1 20 minutes
1015 1045 Superbike FP4 30 minutes
1050 1105 bLU cRU Q2 15 minutes
1110 1125 R3 Cup Q 15 minutes
1140 1200 ARC R1 18min+1Lap
1200 1300 Lunch ASBK Pillion Trip & Autographs Podium 60 minutes
1300 1320 SSP300 Q2 20 minutes
1310 1330 Supersport Q2 25 minutes
1350 1400 ASBK TV Monitor Time Media 10 minutes
1400 1415 bLU cRU R1 6 Laps
1420 1440 R3 Cup R1 8 Laps
1445 1505 Superbike Q1 20 minutes
1515 1530 Superbike Q2 15 minutes
1535 1530 SSP300 R1 10 Laps
1610 1630 ARC R2 18min+1Lap
Sunday thirtieth April
Time Class Occasion Period
0840 0845 SSP300 & R3 Cup WUP 5 minutes
0850 0855 Supersport WUP 5 minutes
0900 0910 Superbike WUP 10 minutes
0915 0920 bLU cRU WUP 5 minutes
0935 0955 ARC R3 18min+1Lap
1010 1030 R3 Cup R2 8 Laps
1035 1105 Supersport R1 14 Laps
1110 1145 Superbike R1 16 Laps
1150 1210 SSP300 R2 10 Laps
1225 1245 ARC R4 18min+1Lap
1245 1330 Lunch – ASBK Pit Social gathering 50 minutes
1330 1345 bLU cRU R2 6 Laps
1355 1415 SSP300 R3 10 Laps
1420 1450 Supersport R2 14 Laps
1455 1530 Superbike R2 16 Laps
1540 1555 bLU cRU R3 6 Laps
16.00 1620 R3 Cup R3 8 Laps


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