Road Racing

2014 Phillip Island Championship up for Grabs This Weekend

Posted:

This weekend‰Ûªs 2104 Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island won‰Ûªt just have an international flavour as the stars of Australian road racing wage their own war for the inaugural crowns in the 2014 Phillip Island Championship across national superbike, prostock and supersport ranks.

Massive grids are set to line up in what should be a hotly contested finale, with the superbike field particularly brimming with blue-chip talent. The grid not only contains stars like Wayne Maxwell, Jamie Stauffer and Josh Hook, but top riders like Troy Herfoss and Glenn Allerton will also be in action after missing the opening round of the Phillip Island Championship, which was held at the World Superbikes event in February.

Two races were held for the superbike, prostock and supersport riders at World Superbikes event, and there will be three eight-lap battles this weekend. The Phillip Island Championship is a collaborative effort between the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and Australian Grand Prix Corporation with a total of five national races held across the two international meets (WSBK and MotoGP). Three trophies will be awarded ‰ÛÒ for the top championship performer in Australian Superbike, Australian Prostock and Australian Supersport.

In Superbikes, tireless campaigner Stauffer is the leader on 45 points after a first and second in February‰Ûªs round one on his Honda, ahead of rookie Mike Jones (Kawasaki, 38 points) and Adam Christie (BMW, 34 points).

The opener was a mix of highs and lows for team mate Hook, who was victorious in the first race but crashed out at turn 11 in race two. His off, left the just signed Honda recruit, Maxwell, nowhere to go except cannon into his new teammate‰Ûªs stricken machine. It was a double blow for Maxwell, who also crashed out in race one.

The duo were both injured but are now fit and firing ‰ÛÒ Maxwell is on track to win the 2014 Australasian Superbike Championship in the final round at Sydney Motorsport Park in November ‰ÛÒ and will undoubtedly feature at the front during the Grand Prix event, with one to be held every day from Friday to Sunday.

Since round one of the Phillip Island Championship, Team Honda has added Herfoss to its roster, while Allerton (BMW) was also a non-starter in February as he was on world superbike duties. Allerton recently wrapped up his second Australian superbike title at Phillip Island, but the quality of the field was wafer thin compared to what will greet him during the Grand Prix round.

Other riders joining the Phillip Island Championship for the first time in 2014 will include Ducati hard chargers Beau Beaton and Craig McMartin, as well as BMW‰Ûªs Linden Magee.

In Prostock, Sean Condon (Kawasaki) leads on a maximum 50 points from Ben Henry (Kawasaki) and Chris Trounson (Honda), both locked on 37 points. The Prostock competitors compete alongside the superbikes.

Meanwhile, the battle for Supersport glory looks set to be a thriller, with Daniel Falzon just a 2 point leader over Aaron Morris (45 to 43), followed by Callum Spriggs (38 points). The trio will probably remain in close combat once again ‰ÛÒ only one-second separated them in both February races ‰ÛÒ but if they let their guard down the likes of Matt Davies, Ryan Taylor, Hudson Pitt or Mitch Levy will be ready to pounce. All the leading contenders ride Yamahas.

Practice and qualifying for all three classes in the Phillip Island Championship will be held on Friday morning, with the first of the races to be staged later that afternoon.

Final round (round two ‰ÛÒ three races) of the Phillip Island Championship to be held at the 2014 Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Australian Superbike / ProStock race times:
Friday 5.05pm (8 laps)
Saturday 8.55am (8 laps)
Sunday 9.40am (8 laps)

Australian Supersport race times:
Friday 5.35pm (8 laps)
Saturday 8.15am (8 laps)
Sunday 9.05am (8 laps)

Phillip Island Championship Point Score after round one (two races) held at the QBE World Superbike round ‰ÛÒ February 2014

Australian Superbike
1. Jamie Stauffer - Honda - 45
2. Michael Jones - Kawa - 38
3. Adam Christie - BMW- 34

Australian Prostock
1. Sean Condon ‰ÛÒ Kawa - 50
2. Ben Henry - Kawa - 37
3. Chris Trounson - Honda - 37

Australian Supersport
1. Daniel Falzon - Yam- 45
2. Aaron Morris- Yam - 43
3. Callum Spriggs - Yam 38

Share Article:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Pinterest
Reddit
Email
Print

More News: Latest Headlines

More News: Latest Headlines

Motocross

Tim Gajser – Motivated for 2024

Dirt Track

Somersby Super TT Meeting Opens NSW Dirt Track Season

Motocross

MXGP Of Patagonia-Argentina Entry List Released

Supercross

A Patient Jett Lawrence Regains AMA Supercross Championship Lead at Glendale

Supercross

Hand Injury Sees Chase Sexton In A Battle To Salvage Points At Glendale

Supercross

Ken Roczen Takes Glendale Supercross Victory While RJ Hampshire Takes 250SX Class Win

EnduroCross

The Billy Bolt Win Streak Continues At SuperEnduro World Championship in Budapest

Trials

Toni Bou Opens The 2024 X-Trial Season With A Dominant Victory

Motocross

Tim Gasjer Fit And On The Hunt For A Sixth World Championship

Supercross

Jett Lawrence Back On Top In Detroit

Motocross

2024 Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Lineup Breaks Cover

Motocross

Team HRC Honda Return To The MX2 Class For 2024 Motocross World Championship

What's On This Week

Gippsland Region MX - R1
Wonthaggi
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
NZ Motocross Championships - R2
Balclutha
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
FIM Sand Race World Cup - Round 2
Enduro del Verano (ARG)
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
AMA Supercross Round 7
AT&T Stadium -Arlington, TX
Saturday, February 24th, 2024
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship - R6
GP Bulgaria, Sofia
Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Featured:

First Look At The All New 2024 Beta 450RX

2024 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Enhance Your Bike’s Protection With Force Accessories Custom Clutch Cover

2023 Sherco 300 SE Factory Ride Review

Michelin StarCross 6 – Inspected

Drink Wirelessly with SoleStream

What's On This Week

Gippsland Region MX - R1
Wonthaggi
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
NZ Motocross Championships - R2
Balclutha
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
FIM Sand Race World Cup - Round 2
Enduro del Verano (ARG)
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
AMA Supercross Round 7
AT&T Stadium -Arlington, TX
Saturday, February 24th, 2024
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship - R6
GP Bulgaria, Sofia
Saturday, February 24th, 2024