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PIRELLI VICTORIOUS ACROSS ALL CLASSES AS THE 2020 ASBK CHAMPIONSHIP CONCLUDES.

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With Round 1 of the ASBK Championship, presented by Motul, held alongside the World Superbike Round at Phillip Island all the way back on the weekend of February 27th – March 1st, it was a long break for racers and teams before they would be able to get back out on track to battle it out for the 2020 ASBK championship. Wakefield Park would be the location and a double header race weekend would decide who would be crowned champion for 2020, with every class up for grabs.
As the premier class of the ASBK championship, the battle for the Kawasaki Australian Superbike title was wide open, with the 2019 champion Mike Jones(Pirelli) looking to defend his title, while the likes of Cru Halliday(Pirelli), Troy Herfoss, Bryan Staring, Josh Waters and Glenn Allerton(Pirelli) were all looking to bring strong performances at Wakefield Park to be in the title fight. It was Wayne Maxwell(Pirelli) though who started the weekend in the box seat after such a strong showing at Round 1 at Phillip Island, taking a significant points lead in the championship in to the weekend. The Boost Mobile Ducati V4 mounted rider showed right throughout practice and qualifying on Thursday and Friday he was going to be tough to beat at the tight Wakefield Park Circuit, laying down times that saw him towards the top of the time sheets in every session.

Pirelli Victorious across all classes as the 2020 ASBK Championship Concludes

When the Superbikes hit the track on Saturday, the conditions were far from ideal with strong winds prevalent, but with a championship on the line, this had little effect on the pace at the front. It was Troy Herfoss who started from Pole position after narrowly pipping Wayne Maxwell in qualifying, and it was these two who continued to swap positions and swap paint at the front of both races for Round 2, managing to gap the rest of the field around the short and tight circuit. In the end it was Herfoss who took out both race victories on Saturday, closely followed across the line by Maxwell, with a strong showing from Allerton in third.
Sunday saw conditions worsen for Round 3 of the 2020 ASBK Championship, with strong winds and cool conditions making it very tricky for riders, but once again it was Troy Herfoss and Wayne Maxwell at the front of the field from the start of race 1, with Maxwell knowing he could manage his points lead in the championship and didn’t have to win to secure the championship. When a mechanical problem for Herfoss forced him to retire from the race, Wayne Maxwell and his Pirelli shod Boost Mobile Ducati V4 would go on to win Race 1, and also secure the 2020 ASBK Championship. 

Pirelli Victorious across all classes as the 2020 ASBK Championship Concludes

When defending ASBK Supersport champion Tom Toparis(Pirelli) raced at Phillip Island for Round 1 of this year's championship, he thought it would just be a guest ride having signing a contract to race the World Supersport Championship for 2020. With the way the year unfolded, and a change in plans for him and his team, the young superstar was able to get back to Australia in an attempt to defend his ASBK Supersport title. And defend his title he did, with a completely dominant performance for Round 2, taking pole position and two race wins on Saturday. Toparis and his Pirelli shod Yamaha would only then need to put in solid finishes on Sunday to secure the championship, and with a fourth and a fifth place finish across both races, did more than enough to secure the championship.

Pirelli Victorious across all classes as the 2020 ASBK Championship Concludes

After a tough weekend which included a nasty fall in qualifying on Sunday, Cube Racing's Oli Bayliss(Pirelli) was able to secure second in the championship, a fantastic result for the young rider in only his second year racing the Supersport class. 
Rounding out the overall podium in this year's Supersport championship was GTR MotoStars Max Stauffer(Pirelli) who had put in strong performances all weekend, and also managed a race victory on Sunday. With the Stauffer name entrenched in Australian Superbike racing, Max is another racer to watch in the coming years. 

Pirelli Victorious across all classes as the 2020 ASBK Championship Concludes

Back to Back ASBK Supersport Championships for Tom Toparis 

Pirelli Victorious across all classes as the 2020 ASBK Championship Concludes

In the hotly contested and extremely exciting to watch Supersport 300 class, there are riders battling for position and diving inside of each other in just about every turn. Being such a short championship this year, it was certainly the case that anything could happen across 2 rounds of racing at Wakefield Park in this class, but after such a strong showing at Round 1 at Phillip Island, it was Harry Khouri(Pirelli) who brought a significant advantage in to the weekend with a championship points lead. With 5 races across the weekend, there was extremely strong competition from the likes of John Lytras(Pirelli), Ben Baker(Pirelli), Archie McDonald(Pirelli) and Luke Power(Pirelli), with John Lytras going on to win both races on Sunday, but it was Khouri who was able to do enough to secure the championship with 1 race in hand. A result that Harry was elated about and will no doubt give him huge amounts of confidence before heading overseas to race in the World Supersport 300 championship in 2021. Make sure you keep an eye on this young Aussie racer in the years to come. 

Images credit: Russell Colvin


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