Round One – Phillip Island
The Superbike qualifying schedule was changed today due to lapped traffic causing competitors problems during practice. Superbike competitors were split into two groups, each group with a ten-minute session to decide their places on the grid. The slower half of the field formed Group B who were on track at 1340, followed by the faster Group A at 1355. These changes pushed Supersport 600 qualifying back to 1415 while the Supersport 300 category will now qualify much later at 1655 this afternoon.
That split certainly helped the lapped traffic situation but riders were still battling for track position and a clear spot on the track at any one time.
FP2 pacesetter Aiden Wagner was baulked by Ted Collins early on his first fast lap, but one rider that had perhaps been most frustrated by traffic in FP2, YRT’s Daniel Falzon, did get some clear track and along with team-mate Cru Halliday they were both straight down in to the 1m32.5s.
Wagner though was quicker again, 1m32.191, a new outright ASBK Superbike lap record, and a Yamaha 1-2-3 front row lock-out for the opening ASBK round for season 2019.
Josh Waters heads the second row alongside Troy Bayliss and Wayne Maxwell. Bayliss had suffered a huge tumble in FP2 that destroyed one of his two big twin Panigales, breaking his finger in the process to add injury to insult.
Mike Jones was the final rider in the 1m32s ahead of Troy Herfoss who was eighth on 1m33.03. Glenn Allerton and Bryan Staring rounded out the top ten ahead of young guns Mark Chiodo and Ted Collins.
ASBK Phillip Island Superbike Lap Records
The previous ASBK Superbike pole record stood at 1m32.274 and was set by Wayne Maxwell on a Suzuki in 2013. The current race lap record also belongs to Maxwell, when he was on a Honda in 2009 he set a 1m32.316 to set the race lap benchmark around the circuit.
The opening Kawasaki sponsored ASBK Superbike race of season 2019 is slated to get underway at 1130 on Saturday morning with the second 12-lap bout scheduled for 1615 Saturday afternoon, immediately after the opening 22-lap World Superbike race. The third 12-lapper will get underway after the World Superbike and Supersport warm-up sessions on Sunday morning at 1030.
ASBK Superbike Qualifying Results
- Aiden Wagner – Yamaha 1m32.191
- Cru Halliday – Yamaha 1m32.552
- Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 1m32.572
- Josh Waters – Suzuki 1m32.624
- Troy Bayliss – Ducati 1m32.759
- Wayne Maxwell – Suzuki 1m32.768
- Mike Jones – Kawasaki 1m32.806
- Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m33.035
- Glenn Allerton – BMW 1m33.051
- Bryan Staring – Kawasaki 1m33.260
- Mark Chiodo – Honda 1m33.744
- Ted Collins – BMW 1m34.035
- Matt Walters – Kawasaki 1m34.059
- Max Croker – Suzuki 1m34.485
- Arthur Sissis – Suzuki 1m35.027
- Alex Phillis – Suzuki 1m35.128
- Sloan Frost – Suzuki 1m35.158
- Damon Rees – Honda 1m35.343
- Glenn Scott – Kawasaki 1m35.518
- Lachlan Epis – Kawasaki 1m35.588
- Phil Czaj – Aprilia 1m36.415
- David Barker – Kawasaki 1m37.005
- William Davidson – Yamaha 1m37.747
- Ryan Yanko – Ducati 1m37.890
- Matt Tooley – Yamaha 1m38.118
- Simon Barbacetto – Yamaha 1m38.767
- Brendan McIntyre – Suzuki 1m38.814
- Evan Byles – Kawasaki 1m39.194
- Heath Griffin – Suzuki 1m39.307
- Dominic DeLeon – Kawasaki 1m39.813
- Brian Houghton – Honda 1m40.26
- Aleksander Savin – BMW m40.391
- Hamish McMurray – Kawasaki 1m42.360
- Paul Van der Heiden – BMW 1m43.051
ASBK Supersport 600 Qualifying Results
- Tom Toparis – Yamaha 1m35.651
- Nic Liminton – Yamaha 1m36.723
- Callum Spriggs – Yamaha 1m37.178
- Oli Bayliss – Yamaha 1m37.340
- Aidan Hayes – Yamaha 1m37.713
- Reid Battye – Suzuki 1m37.737
- Sam Lambert – MV Agusta 1m37.915
- Broc Pearson – Yamaha 1m38.072
- Ty Lynch – Yamaha 1m38.272
- Dylan Whiteside – Yamaha 1m38.771
- Jack Passfield – Yamaha 1m38.864
- Luke Mitchell – Yamaha 1m39.281
- Chris Quinn – Yamaha 1m39.396
- Dallas Skeer – Suzuki 1m39.399
- Rhys Belling – Yamaha 1m39.907