Wayne Maxwell has taken the round win in the Pirelli Superbike class in a stunning start to the 2021 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul, at Winton Motor Raceway.
Check out our report from Race One at Winton here…
In stunning sunshine and a spectacular first race of the season, Maxwell aboard the Boost Mobile Ducati scored the win after Penrite Honda’s Troy Herfoss crashed on the last corner of the last lap, managing to get back on the bike and finish 11th, while Desmosport Ducati Mike Jones claimed 2nd and Yamaha Racing Team’s Cru Halliday 3rd.
Team Specialist Suzuki Yanni Shaw crashed on turn two, which caused a red flag. On the restart Herfoss quickly gained a small gap between himself and Maxwell while Jones, Maxima Racing Oils BMW Lachlan Epis, Yamaha Racing Team’s Cru Halliday, Unitech Racing’s Arthur Sissis and Desmosport Ducati’s Oli Bayliss fought over 3rd position.
Herfoss crossed the line comfortably, and celebrated at the podium with a stoppie, Maxwell 2nd and Jones, despite having gear issues throughout the race finished 3rd after managing to hold off the hungry pack behind him.
Wayne Maxwell: “Troy was too good then, congratulations to him and his team, we need to work on a few bits and pieces to improve… I’ll take the points, the round win, take the Championship lead, and I’m pretty stoked to be able to do that,” he said. “To lead the Championship after the first round is a great start.”
Troy Herfoss: “We showed our potential over the weekend, I just made a mistake in the end of race 1. I showed my hand a little early. I’m so happy in race 2, I was in the sub 20 bracket on my own and just having too much fun, I wanted the race to keep on going.”
Updated ASBK Championship Calendar
- Round 6 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC (SBK Only 2+4 with Supercars) October 22 – 24
- Round 7 & 8 – The Bend Motorsport Park, SA November 11 – 14* (Double Header Round) *Except SBK who will have a single round x3 races = 1x Race Saturday and 2x Sunday)
- Round 9 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC December 3 – 5