Sydney Motorsport Park today hosted some intense battles between the Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbikes and the Motul Supersport competitors.
The dangling carrot of the Pirelli Superpole Award fuelled the fields to put rubber to the track at Round 3 of the 2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli.
With the notion to record the fastest qualifying lap it was left up to the competitors and their machines who on a performance for the crowds, all going toe to toe for pole position.
Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbikes
The Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbikes hit the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit for the first time this morning for their opening practice session at Round 3 of the 2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli. At the conclusion of the 20-minute session, Yamaha Racing Team‰Ûªs Glenn Allerton emerged as the man to beat, setting the pace in practice with a 1:30.777 lap time.
The first qualifying session for the YMI Superbike class was held just ahead of the lunch break, where competitors were provided with 20 minutes to put down their fastest times. And when the Superbike class exited pit lane, spectators were left questioning who the fastest man of the moment would be.
The battle for top position was heated from the start; DesmoSport Ducati‰Ûªs Mike Jones made it evident early on that he was the man to chase. However at the half way mark in the session, the Yamaha Racing Team trio Wayne Maxwell, Allerton and Cru Halliday emerged from their respective garages with one clear mission in mind.
At the conclusion of the session it was Yamaha‰Ûªs Maxwell who managed to lay down the fastest lap for the session, with a time of 1:30.503, relegating Jones to second in Q1 with a 1:30.856 lap time. This morning‰Ûªs fastest rider in practice, Allerton (1:30.891) was just a fraction off the pace of Ducati mounted Jones, by only .035 seconds, eventually wrapping up the session in third position.
In the second qualifying session for the YMI Superbike class, the top 10 riders were all within one second of each other. However it was Maxwell (1:30.293) who simply couldn‰Ûªt be caught, remaining at the top of the time sheets at the conclusion of the second session. The Yamaha dominance continued with Allerton posting the second quickest time with a 1:30.732 lap time with only six minutes remaining, while Ducati mounted Jones wrapped up Q2 in third with a 1:31.060 lap time.
With the final chance to claim pole position, the top six Yamaha Motor Insurance Superbike riders - Yamaha Racing Team‰Ûªs Maxwell, Allerton and Halliday, Crankt Protein Honda Racing‰Ûªs Troy Herfoss, DesmoSport Ducati‰Ûªs Mike Jones and Jon Daniels Racing‰Ûªs Daniel Falzon ‰ÛÒ headed out on track to compete for the Pirelli Superpose Award, all determined to improve their previously posted times, and take the top spot ahead of tomorrow‰Ûªs racing.
Falzon however, was missing from group opting out of the 10-minute Pirelli Superpole session, preserving his tyres for racing tomorrow.
There was no denying the power of the Yamaha R1 as Maxwell manoeuvred his machine around Sydney Motorsport Park flawlessly, taking almost half a second off his previous qualifying time, concluding the session with a 1:29.905 lap ‰ÛÒ the only Superbike to reach under 1:30 seconds today.
The final standings at the end of the 10-minute Pirelli Superpole session saw the standings as ‰ÛÒ Maxwell first, second was Yamaha team mate Allerton (1:30.205) followed by third placed Jones (1:30.349). Herfoss (1:30.632) and Halliday (1:31.156) finished fourth and fifth respectively. Falzon settled for sixth position with a 1:31.353 lap time.
Maxwell had plenty of reason to celebrate at the conclusion of day one of round three of the ASBK, sharing his excitement in taking out his second pole for 2016.
‰ÛÏI am really happy to be able to claim my second pole of the year. It‰Ûªs probably better than the first pole really, it‰Ûªs not only that we have pole position but we have reasonably consistent pace,‰Û