Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 Darwin ASBK Belter

Sunday 9th July, 2017 - 11:25pm

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Hidden Valley Raceway saw the Hi-Tec Batteries Australian Supersport 300 class riders brave the heat during Sunday’s Round 4 of the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK).

This year’s racing in the Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 class has been intense, with many young riders learning their trade in this category. With a diverse mixture of bikes with different capacities and engine configurations, it makes for one of the most exciting classes in ASBK.

Race One

Billy Van Eerde (KTM Australia, KTM RC-390) led into turn one in what would eventuate into an exciting race.

In the final laps, Tommy Edwards (Alpinestars, Yamaha YZF-R3), Jack Mahaffy (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF- R3) and Tom Bramich (Ron Angel Classic Racing, Yamaha YZF- R3) found themselves breaking away from the field and fighting for the podium win.

Eventually, Mahaffy managed to get his nose in front of the trio to win ‘overall’ for the Supersport 300 class. Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing, Kawasaki EX 300) finished behind these three in fourth ‘overall’.

Over 300

Mahaffy adapted to the track quickly and brilliantly, finishing first in class ahead of fellow ‘Over’ 300 counterpart Edwards, Bramich was third in class rounding out the ‘Over’ 300 podium for Race One of the category.

Up To 300

Pole sitter Bayliss was the fastest ‘Up to’ 300’s class rider on track to cross the line in first for the ‘Up to’ 300’s. Reid Battye (BCperformance Junior Team, Kawasaki EX 300) took second place in the ‘Up To’ 300 class over up and coming rider Drew Sells (DB Racing Kawasaki EX 300) in third.

Race Two Provisional Results

1 Jack MAHAFFY (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF- R3) Over
2 Tom EDWARDS (Alpinestars, Yamaha YZF-R3) OVER
3 Tom BRAMICH (Ron Angel Classic Racing, Yamaha YZF- R3) Over
4 Oliver BAYLISS (Cube Racing, Kawasaki EX 300) Up to
5 Billy VAN EERDE (KTM Australia, KTM RC-390) OVER
6 Reid BATTYE (DB Racing, Kawasaki EX 300) Up To
7 Max CROKER (KTM Australia, KTM RC-390) OVER
8 Brandon DEMMERY (Deborah Motorsport, Yamaha YZF-R3) Over
9 Ben BRAMICH (Ron Angel Classic Racing, Yamaha YZF-R3) Over
10 Ty LYNCH (Adelaide Motorcycle Recovery, Yamaha YZF- R3) Over

Race Three

This time in Race Three, it would be Edwards who would get the hole shot into turn one. After a few exciting opening laps, a battle began to escalate between Bayliss, Edwards and Max Croker (KTM Australia, KTM RC-390). Croker unfortunely got tangled up in an incident with another rider, leaving him to not be able to challenge for the podium placing’s.

That left Bayliss, Edwards, Mahaffy and Bramich to duke it out to the finish. Of the four, Jack Mahaffy would cross the line in first but would later be penalised to drop two positions for incidents during the race. That elevated Bayliss as the overall race winner.

Up To 300

Edwards again proved to be a force on the Yamaha as he blitzed the field. He climbed to the top of the combined ‘Over’ 300 race. Mahaffy took second place in class despite his penalty. In third was Bramich, also a Yamaha rider.

Over 300

Bayliss was the rider of the moment and finished first in class ahead of ‘Over 300’ counterpart Yanni Shaw (BCperformance Junior Team, Kawasaki EX 300) Up To). Battye was third in class rounding out the ‘Over 300’ podium for Race Three of the Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 category.

Race Three Provisional Results

1 Oliver BAYLISS (Cube Racing, Kawasaki EX 300) Up to
2 Tom EDWARDS (Alpinestars, Yamaha YZF-R3) OVER
3 Jack MAHAFFY (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF- R3) Over
4 Tom BRAMICH (Ron Angel Classic Racing, Yamaha YZF- R3) Over
5 Brandon DEMMERY (Deborah Motorsport, Yamaha YZF-R3) Over
6 Zac LEVY (Puma RV’s, Yamaha YZF-R3) Over
7 Corey BRIFFA (Alex Cudlin M-sports, Yamaha YZF- R3) Over
8 Billy VAN EERDE (KTM Australia, KTM RC-390) OVER
9 Joel KELSO (Deborah Motorsports, Yamaha YZF-R3) Over
10 Yanni SHAW (BCperformance Junior Team, Kawasaki EX 300) Up To

2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:

Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD 25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW 8-10 September
Round 7 Spokes.com.au presents Phillip Island Circuit, VIC 6-8 October