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PIRELLI DOMINATE THE PODIUMS AT ROUND 3 OF THE ASBK AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

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Wakefield Park was the location for Round 3 of the 2021 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance ASBK Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul. The tight and bumpy circuit always provides some great racing and it was soon obvious once bikes hit the track on Friday morning the weekend was going to deliver plenty of action. The weather was cool but the bright sunshine provided optimal conditions for some blazing fast lap times that saw riders going under lap record times during practice in all classes. This would set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

PIRELLI DOMINATE THE PODIUMS AT ROUND 3 OF THE ASBK AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Superbike podium for Round 3 of the ASBK Australian Superbike Championship. Round Winner Wayne Maxwell (middle) with Troy Herfoss (left) and Mike Jones (right)

Saturday once again presented great conditions for qualifying and with an extra championship point awarded to the rider who secures pole position, riders were laying it all on the line and it showed in the lap times. Lap records were being smashed across all classes. Wayne Maxwell(Pirelli) on board his Boost Mobile K-Tech Ducati V4R lapped the Wakefield Park circuit in 56.920 seconds smashing the previous Superbike lap record and getting in to the 56 second bracket for the first time. Broc Pearson(Pirelli) would set a new lap record in the Motorsports TV Supersport class, while Ben Baker(Pirelli) and Hayden Nelson(Pirelli) would set new lap records in the R3 Cup class and bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup classes respectively.  

PIRELLI DOMINATE THE PODIUMS AT ROUND 3 OF THE ASBK AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Boost Mobile Ducati's Wayne Maxwell and DesmoSport Ducati's Mike Jones lead the Superbike field in to turn 2.

Very cool and foggy conditions would greet race fans and riders on Sunday morning for race day and that saw very few riders go out during the warm up sessions, with riders not wanting to risk crashing or burning up extra tyres unnecessarily. Once it came time to go racing though the sun was out and things were about to get really hot on track. The premier Alpinestars Superbike class once again delivered world class level racing, with Wayne Maxwell(Pirelli), Troy Herfoss and Mike Jones(Pirelli) doing battle at the front of the pack and putting on a great show for the big crowd that turned out at Wakefield Park.

Race 1 was won by Maxwell after the race was declared due to a red flag incident and having already completed 75% race distance, with Herfoss second and Jones third. Race 2 delivered some epic racing, and it was Jones and Maxwell who would battle for the lead early before Maxwell was able to execute a clean pass and start to put a gap back to Jones and Herfoss. As the laps wound down on the 20 lap race, Herfoss was able to close the gap to Maxwell and the battle was on for the race win. On the last lap Herfoss was able to leave his braking as late as possible squeezing up the inside of Maxwell at Alpinestars corner, with Maxwell not able to cut back on the exit of the turn. Herfoss took a shallow entry in to the final corner in an attempt to prevent a pass down the final straight from Maxwell, while Maxwell tried to carry as much speed on to the main straight as he could on his Ducati V4R to try and clinch the victory. But it was Herfoss who had done enough and pipped Maxwell for the win by 0.082 seconds. So it was Maxwell and Herfoss that shared a race victory each for the day, with Wayne Maxwell(Pirelli) taking out the round win thanks to the crucial extra championship point for taking pole position in qualifying. Troy Herfoss was second while Mike Jones(Pirelli) was third overall on board his DesmoSport Ducati V4R. Wayne Maxwell now extends his championship lead to 10 points ahead of Herfoss, with Mike Jones a further 7 points back in third, while Maxima BMW rider Glenn Allerton(Pirelli) sits in 5th.

PIRELLI DOMINATE THE PODIUMS AT ROUND 3 OF THE ASBK AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Broc Pearson launches hard off the line ahead of Max Stauffer and Tom Edwards.

The action was just as hot in the Motorsports TV Supersport class all weekend long, with Broc Pearson(Pirelli), Tom Edwards(Pirelli) and Max Stauffer(Pirelli) doing battle at the front of the field with some great battles and great racing, but it would be Broc Pearson who would take out the round victory, with a win in race one and a second in race two to go with his lap record in qualifying. Max Stauffer who won race 2 would secure second place for the round while Tom Edwards’ consistency saw him take third overall for the weekend.

PIRELLI DOMINATE THE PODIUMS AT ROUND 3 OF THE ASBK AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Motorsports TV Supersport Podium. Round Winner Broc Pearson (middle), Max Stauffer (left) and Tom Edwards (right)

The two 300 classes were dominated all weekend by Ben Baker(Pirelli) who took all 6 race victories to go with his two pole positions. In the Supersport 300 class Zackary Johnson(Pirelli) took out second for the round with 3 second place finishes, closely followed by Archie McDonald(Pirelli) in third who put in some very consistent finishes. In the Yamaha R3 Cup class it was Archie McDonald(Pirelli) with 3 second place finishes to secure second overall for the round with Angus Grenfell(Pirelli) in third for the weekend with very consistent race finishes.

PIRELLI DOMINATE THE PODIUMS AT ROUND 3 OF THE ASBK AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

Ben Baker out front leading the 300 Supersport class. Baker dominated the weekend taking 6 race wins from 6 race starts.

The Oceania Junior Cup always provides extremely close and exciting racing, and Wakefield Park was no different, and it was Cameron Swain(Pirelli) who would take out the round win having taken 2 race victories to go with his third place finish in race 3, while pole sitter Hayden Nelson(Pirelli) secured second overall for the weekend with a victory in race 3 while Levi Russo(Pirelli) put in consistent rides to secure third place overall for the weekend.

The ASBK now heads to Hidden Valley Raceway on June 18-20 for Round 4 which will see the Superbike class on track all weekend alongside the V8 Supercars in a showcase of the best 2 wheel and 4 wheel motorsport Australia has to offer. The ASBK support classes now have a bit of a break before hitting the track again at Morgan Park in Queensland on August 20-22. You can stay up to date with all the Australian Superbike Championship news and action by checking out the ASBK website at www.asbk.com.au 


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