News 29 Feb 2020
ASBK race two belongs to Maxwell at Phillip Island
Toparis edges Bayliss in close Supersport encounter.
Wayne Maxwell has continued his dominance so far at Phillip Island’s opening round of the 2020 Mi-Bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), the Boost Mobile Racing contender riding to victory in race two.
The former multi-time champion was unstoppable in the 12-lap affair, although he was unable to shake Yamaha Racing Team’s Cru Halliday, who kept him honest for the duration of the encounter.
The pair broke away from the field to finish first and second respectively, crossing the line over 10 seconds ahead of third’s Mike Jones (DesmoSport Ducati).
The reigning champion was locked in a multi-rider battle for third, ultimately fending off a hard charging Bryan Staring (Kawasaki BCperformance) and Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing).
Josh Waters (JW Racing) drew the short straw to marginally finish in sixth after a drag race down the straight, while Daniel Falzon (Yamaha) closely followed in seventh. The top 10 was completed by Matt Walters (Kawasaki Connection), Glenn Allerton (Maxima BMW), and Jed Metcher (Suzuki).
Reigning champion Tom Toparis (Yamaha) fended off Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing) in Supersport race two, the number one defeating the WorldSSP wildcard by 0.263s.
Rookie Max Stauffer (GTR MotoStars) was an impress third, as Jack Passfield (Yamaha) and Nic Liminton (Yamaha) completed the top five.
The Supersport 300 category was dominated by Kawasaki-mounted Harry Khouri, the youthful talent winning by over seven seconds ahead of Luke Jhonston (Kawasaki) and Laura Brown. The final races will take place tomorrow.