Max Stauffer breaks through for Supersport victory at Wakefield Park

2020 mi-bike Australian Superbike
Round Three – Wakefield Park

Motorsports TV Supersport

Supersport Qualifying

Oli Bayliss got caught out by the wind in this morning’s Supersport qualifying session. The youngster did get back out on his spare bike but that early mistake proved costly with Oli only qualifying ninth.  

Tom Toparis the only man to sneak under the 60-second barrier this morning to take pole position – Image Neil Cameron

Times were a lot slower today due to the wind and cooler conditions with Tom Toparis the only man to sneak under the 60-second barrier to take pole position ahead of Max Stauffer and Jack Hyde.

Supersport front row – Image Neil Cameron

Supersport Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Tom TOPARIS Yamaha YZF-R6 59.980
2 Max STAUFFER Yamaha YZF-R6 +0.028
3 Jack HYDE Yamaha YZF-R6 +0.586
4 Broc PEARSON Yamaha YZF-R6 +0.647
5 Tom EDWARDS Yamaha YZF-R6 +0.728
6 Jack PASSFIELD Yamaha YZF-R6 +0.747
7 Aidan HAYES Yamaha YZF-R6 +0.989
8 Scott NICHOLSON Suzuki GSXR +1.328
9 Oli BAYLISS Yamaha YZF-R6 +1.415
10 Noel MAHON Kawasaki ZX6R +5.108
11 Patrick LI Yamaha YZF-R6 +5.278

Supersport Race One

Max Stauffer got a good run off the line and had the inside line for turn one to take the early lead from Tom Toparis and Tom Edwards. Stauffer held on to that lead around the opening lap, setting a 65.085s from a standing start to lead Toparis by almost half-a-second at the stripe.

Supersport Race One – Image by Rob Mott

Stauffer continued to lead Toparis throughout the opening laps and Tom Edwards was sticking with that duo. Edwards on an older machine that didn’t look quite as well set-up, a bit ‘loose’ you might say… That didn’t stop Edwards putting in the fastest lap of the race though, a 59.896.

Broc Pearson chasing Tom Edwards, Tom Toparis and Max Stauffer – Image by Rob Mott

Toparis made a mistake with eight laps to go, perhaps missing a gear, and lost position to both Edwards and Broc Pearson, the championship leader relegated back to fourth.

Broc Pearson closed in on Tom Edwards as the race progressed and tried valiantly to get in a position to make a pass on Edwards, he had a few warnings from the rear tyre before it spat him out of the seat two laps from the end and that was the end of his challenge for second, he was still a strong third though as he regathered himself and got back down to business.

Max Stauffer took the victory – Image by Rob Mott

Tom Edwards took the lead off Stauffer into the fish hook on the last lap but Stauffer got him back into the final complex of right-handers to take the victory.

Max Stauffer gets a congratulatory hug from mum – Image Rob Mott

A great battle and some great rides from the leaders.

Tom Edwards on the podium – Image by Rob Mott

Tom Toparis four-seconds behind in fourth place but with a similar spaced gap back to Oli Bayliss in fifth.

Supersport Race One Podium – Image by Rob Mott

Toparis now leads the championship by 13-points over Bayliss, 134 plays 121 with 25-points still up for grabs this afternoon before a champion will be crowned. Mathematically, only Bayliss can beat Toparis to the title.

Max Stauffer with dad Jamie, a man with a couple of Australian SBK and Supersport championships under his belt – Image Rob Mott

Supersport Race One Results

Pos Rider Bike Gap
1 Max STAUFFER Yamaha YZF-R6 /
2 Tom EDWARDS Yamaha YZF-R6 +0.233
3 Broc PEARSON Yamaha YZF-R6 +0.774
4 Tom TOPARIS Yamaha YZF-R6 +4.295
5 Oli BAYLISS Yamaha YZF-R6 +8.552
6 Jack PASSFIELD Yamaha YZF-R6 +8.916
7 Aidan HAYES Yamaha YZF-R6 +10.150
8 Jack HYDE Yamaha YZF-R6 +10.271
9 Scott NICHOLSON Suzuki GSXR +33.288
10 Noel MAHON Kawasaki ZX6R +51.827
11 Patrick LI Yamaha YZF-R6 +54.483

Supersport Championship Points Standings

Pos Name Total
1 Tom TOPARIS 134
2 Oli BAYLISS 121
3 Max STAUFFER 108
4 Tom EDWARDS 101
5 Broc PEARSON 95
6 Jack HYDE 73
7 Aidan HAYES 72
10 Scott NICHOLSON 41
11 Noel MAHON 37
12 Ted COLLINS 37
13 Dallas SKEER 29
14 Ty LYNCH 27
15 Rhys BELLING 26
16 Luke MITCHELL 22
17 Ryan TAYLOR 21
18 Chris QUINN 17
19 Patrick LI 14
20 Brodie MALOUF 10
21 Darren McGRATH 10
22 Mitch KUHNE 9
23 Andrew EDSER 5
24 Stephany KAPILAWI-JAMES 2


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