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Maxwell sees red in Superbike qualifying showdown

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Wayne Maxwell at Phillip Island today
A plea by Team Oleon Oils Motologic Honda rider Wayne Maxwell to race officials to display the red flag was heeded when the Superbike Superpole Shootout at Victoria‰Ûªs Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit was halted this afternoon just seconds before the 27-year-old was due to take to the circuit. Light drizzle drifted across the 4.45km circuit as Maxwell prepared to take to the track, the last rider to do so as the fastest eight from an earlier qualifying session took part in the one-lap Superpole run-off to decide grid positions for tomorrow‰Ûªs two 12-lap races to decide the 2009 Woodstock Bourbon Australian Superbike Championship. At that stage two-time Australian Superbike champion Jamie Stauffer sat on provisional pole on his Yamaha Racing Team YZF-R1 with a 1:34.271, but the decision by race officials to abandon the Superpole run-off gave Maxwell pole as the fastest rider from the earlier qualifying session, and with it a bonus championship point. ‰ÛÏThe officials declared it, which was the right thing to do,‰Û

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