Wagner and Maxwell clash in ASBK Superbike Race Two

2019 ASBK
Round One – Phillip Island
Superbike Race Two

Wayne Maxwell narrowly got the better of Aiden Wagner at the final juncture of race one after the privateer had virtually led from start to finish. Troy Bayliss had been in that mix before tipping off at turn one, while Bryan Staring had got the better of Falzon, Halliday and Waters to claim the final step on the rostrum.

The riders and the teams would have all learned some lessons in that opening 12-lap bout, and then set about applying some tweaks to their machines. While the riders tweaked their own brain spaces ahead of the second of three 12-lap races that make up the opening round of ASBK 2019.

On the warm-up lap Troy Bayliss felt that the discomfort in his hand was going to make racing this bout dangerous for himself and the other riders, so he elected to park the DesmoSport Ducati for this one and watch from the sidelines. He broke a finger on his left hand on Friday, and suffered injuries to the middle finger on his right during this morning’s crash. He is booked in for surgery on Tuesday. TB and DesmoSport Ducati have put so much work in during the pre-season and will be gutted to walk away from here with no points.

Daniel Falzon again got a great launch off the line but it was Josh Waters that led the field through turn one from Troy Herfoss as they negotiated Southern Loop for the first time. At turn four Herfoss got in a little deep and lost a number of positions as Aiden Wagner moved up to second place behind Waters. Through turn 12 for the first time it was Waters, Wagner, Falzon, Maxwell, Herfoss, Jones and Halliday.

Aiden Wagner moved past Waters to take the lead as they entered turn two early on the second lap and immediately put the hammer down to try and get away from the pursuing pack. A big moment coming on to the main straight next time around though allowed Wayne Maxwell and Josh Waters to slip past Wagner and make it a Suzuki 1-2 up front. Daniel Falzon was right on the tail of that trio as Cru Halliday also then joined the party to make that top five fight a very close affair.

Wagner was back in the lead on the next lap but then got in way too hot at turn four, the two Suzuki riders somewhat baulked each other mid-turn also which robbed them of their chance to take advantage of Wagner’s mistake.

Wagner made almost exactly the same mistake on the next lap, and actually came together with Cru Halliday and nearly fell off his machine, but somehow gripped it haed enough to recover. Halliday had fared worse in the clash, losing a couple of positions and valuable track position.

Daniel Falzon had been in the hunt but fell unhurt at turn ten at half race distance. At the halfway mark of the race it was Maxwell from Wagner and Waters, that trio in close company, while Halliday tried to regain the ground he lost in that brush with Wagner. Halliday had actually set the fastest lap of the race in that first half, a 1m32.669, and had been the only man to dip into the 32s, but he had work to do in order to get back in touch with the leading trio in the closing laps.

Halliday did that work though and with 2.5 laps to go got the better of Waters on the run through MG Hairpin to move up to third place and maintained that position through 11 and 12 and right through to turn one to start the penultimate lap. Nothing separated the top four, they were all in with a chance of stealing victory. Lapped traffic though, and a lot of it, baulked them late on that lap, they negotiated it safely to start the final lap with Wagner leading from Maxwell, Halliday and Waters.

Wagner had the rear of his privateer Yamaha break away though which allowed Maxwell through as they negotiated the back of the circuit.

ASBK Round Phillip Island SBK Saturday Rob Mott Wayne Maxwell Crash
Aiden Wagner – Maxwell tumbles – Image Rob Mott

Wagner then went up the inside of Maxwell as they neogotiated turn 12, the pair touched, sending Maxwell tumbling through the kitty litter, and was then seen tearing off his glove and looking at his hand as he ran to the pit wall and to safety.

ASBK Round Phillip Island SBK Saturday Rob Mott Wayne Maxwell Crash
Aiden Wagner – Maxwell tumbles – Image Rob Mott

Thus a somewhat controversial win and early championship lead goes to Aiden Wagner from Cru Halliday and Josh Waters.

ASBK Superbike Race Two Results

  1. Aiden Wagner – Yamaha
  2. Cru Halliday – Yamaha +0.261
  3. Josh Waters – Suzuki +0.331
  4. Bryan Staring – Kawasaki +1.594
  5. Mike Jones – Kawasaki +1.670
  6. Troy Herfoss – Honda +11.259
  7. Glenn Allerton – BMW +11.263
  8. Matt Walters – Kawasaki +12.107
  9. Glenn Scott – Kawasaki +17.725
  10. Max Croker – Suzuki +18.304
  11. Ted Collins – BMW +18.416
  12. Mark Chiodo – Honda +18.515
  13. Arthur Sissis – Suzuki +18.886
  14. Alex Phillis – Suzuki +20.623
  15. Damon Rees – Honda +28.567
  16. Lachlan Epis – Kawasaki +34.756
  17. Sloan Frost – Suzuki +36.171
  18. Phil Czaj – Aprilia +41.641
  19. Ryan Yanko – Ducati +54.771
  20. David Barker – Kawasaki +55.182
  21. Matt Tooley – Yamaha +56.922
  22. Simon Barbacetto – Yamaha +61.757
  23. Brendan McIntyre – Suzuki +64.515
  24. Heath Griffin – Suzuki +80.768
  25. Brian Houghton – Honda +85.207

ASBK Superbike Championship Points Standings

  1. Aiden Wagner 46
  2. Cru Halliday 37
  3. Bryan Staring 35
  4. Josh Waters 34
  5. Mike Jones 29
  6. Glenn Allerton 28
  7. Troy Herfoss 27
  8. Wayne Maxwell 25
  9. Matt Walters 24
  10. Glenn Scott 20
  11. Max Croker 20
  12. Ted Collins 20
  13. Mark Chiodo 15
  14. Daniel Falzon 15
  15. Alex Phillis 14
  16. Damon Rees 11
  17. Arthur Sissis 8
  18. Lachlan Epis 8
  19. Sloan Frost 8
  20. Phil Czaj 5

Source: MCNews.com.au

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