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Cru Halliday Breaks Through For Maiden ASC Victory

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Yamaha Racing Team‰Ûªs Cru Halliday chalked up his maiden Australasian Superbike Championship round victory yesterday when he won the final leg at round three of the championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.

He led the YRT charge at round three with all three team riders finishing inside the top five and again showing the performance of the all new Yamaha R1 in racing conditions.

Halliday hit the Eastern Creek circuit in top form on the weekend and was fast from the minute he rolled onto the track. He qualified fastest for the Saturday racing and then backed that up with two race victories to really boost his confidence heading into the headline Sunday racing.

Race one on Sunday saw Halliday miss the start and not make the most of his pole position but he quickly regathered himself and set about passing the riders in front of him. He made his way back to third place by the end of an extremely tight race, that saw the top five within a second of each other as they crossed the finish line, but was frustrated unable to capitalize on his speed and qualifying position.

Race two and again the action was intense as Halliday battled past Herfoss and then Maxwell to take the lead with two laps to go. The pair then battled back and forwards in an enthralling final lap that saw Halliday under intense pressure from team mate, Wayne Maxwell, but he managed to hang on and take the win. One tenth of a second separated YRT duo at the finish with Halliday claiming the win and his combined 3-1 results giving him his first ever Australasian Superbike round victory.

‰ÛÏAfter fighting arm pump at the last round, I really wanted to come out here and have a good weekend and get some momentum back but I never expected it to be this good. Winning on Saturday lifted my confidence and then to go 3-1 on Sunday and pass the best guys was awesome.

‰ÛÏThe team did a fantastic job with the bikes and a huge thanks to everyone at YRT. It‰Ûªs an amazing feeling to get this win and it makes all the hours of training worthwhile,‰Û
Troy Herfoss finished Round 3 in 2nd place overall and holds tight to his championship lead heading into Round 4 at Queensland Raceway. - Credit: Keith Muir
Troy Herfoss finished Round 3 in 2nd place overall and holds tight to his championship lead heading into Round 4 at Queensland Raceway.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm glad to finish the weekend with a few more points over my nearest rivals." Herfoss said. "It would have been great to give the Honda guys a win after all their hard work, but today I did the best I possibly could in both races.

"I‰Ûªm proud of how well the team is going and we are getting the best out of the bike. Hopefully Jamie and I can be strong at Queensland Raceway for the next round.‰Û
Maxwell cranked over in a turn - Credit: Russel Colvin
Mike Jones continued his fine form, finishing the round in fourth position ahead of the third YRT Yamaha of Glenn Allerton in fifth place.

For full results from Sunday's ASC racing including all support classes head to www.fxsuperbikes.com.au

Round four action of the Australasian Superbike Championship picks up at Queensland Raceway on August 14-16.

Round Three Results ‰ÛÒ SMSP ASC
1st Cru Halliday ‰ÛÒ 45 Pts
2nd Troy Herfoss ‰ÛÒ 40 Pts
3rd Wayne Maxwell ‰ÛÒ 38 Pts
4th Mike Jones ‰ÛÒ 34 Pts
5th Glenn Allerton ‰ÛÒ 31 Pts

Championship Standings ‰ÛÒ After round Three
1st Troy Herfoss ‰ÛÒ 149 Pts
2nd Wayne Maxwell ‰ÛÒ 141 Pts
3rd Cru Halliday ‰ÛÒ 127 Pts
4th Glenn Allerton ‰ÛÒ 117 Pts
5th Mike Jones ‰ÛÒ 114 Pts
6th Sean Condon ‰ÛÒ 104 Pts
7th Matthew Walters ‰ÛÒ 91 Pts
8th Jamie Stauffer - 91 Pts
9th Evan Byles- 68 Pts
10th Ben Bourke - 67 Pts


Top Image: Cru Halliday leads Wayne Maxwell around the SMSP circuit

Credit: Russel Colvin

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