ASBK

Blair Takes ASBK Opening Round Supersport Win

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New South Wales rider Michael Blair (Blair Build) has taken out race two and emphatically claimed overall hounours in the Supersport class at the opening 2015 ASBK Championship round held at Phillip Island.

Blair added to his opening race win on Saturday with an equally impressive win in race two on Sunday, to finish the round with 50 points ‰ÛÒ 10-points clear of second placed Callum Spriggs (Allsite Concrete Cutting).

In the second race for the round, Spriggs retained pole position on the grid, but Blair stormed past off the line to take the lead.

Spiggs had to be content with second as Paul Young (BC Performance) settled into third from Kane Burns (Moto National) and Mitchell Levy (Warm & Safe Australia).

Burns made a wonderful move at the end of the opening lap to get past Young, and the pair touched a few seconds later forcing Young onto the brakes.

Young wasn‰Ûªt having any of it, and a few corners later edged past Burns, and coming through Lukey Heights he pulled another top move to get past Spriggs and into second position.

Only 0.569 of a second separated the top four riders, and while Blair seemed to have control of the race up front, pole-winner Spriggs was clearly struggling as he dropped back to fourth.

Lap three saw Young and Burns swap positions multiple times, while behind the top-four, Levy, Aiden Coote (Yamaha YRD) and Ryan Taylor (RTR by Moto Obsession) were locked in a battle of their own.

Young moved up to Blair and looked set to tackle the front-runner on lap four, before he inexplicably lost control of his bike and slid out of the race at turn two.

That left Blair in a strong position, and by the end of the lap he had a clear gap to Spriggs, who had moved into second, and Burns in third.

With Levy in fourth it looked as though he would be set to capitalise on Young‰Ûªs misfortune, and move towards a podium finish for the round. But on lap six, he went wide at turn one and re-entered the race in 26th position.

It was then Taylor‰Ûªs turn to move into fourth spot and with a fifth place in the opening race, looked set to claim third overall for the round.

Ahead of him, Spriggs turned up the heat on Blair, and by the end of the eighth lap he had moved right on top of Blair‰Ûªs rear tyre.

But it was to no avail ‰ÛÒ Blair keeping a measured head and controlling the tempo from start to finish, taking the race win and making it a round sweep for the class.

‰ÛÏThe races went perfectly to our plan; just get the start and put our head down." Blair said. "We didn‰Ûªt have to battle with anyone really, I could just focus on my own race and it was perfect.

‰ÛÏIn the last race I could kind of get a few glimpses on the screens in front of me that Callum (Spriggs) was right there, so on that last lap I really had to put the hammer down and I think I broke him in that last lap and came away with the win.

‰ÛÏI just focus on doing the perfect race, mistake-free and just push as hard as I can and it definitely worked out.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm looking forward to round two at Morgan Park, so we‰Ûªll see how it goes. We‰Ûªve got a lot of time in between so we‰Ûªll just keep pushing hard, keep improving and see how I go.‰Û

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