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Staring fights through for ASBK honours at PI

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Sunday 25th February, 2018 - 7:48pm

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Bryan Staring pic: Andrew Gosling – tbg sport

Bryan Staring has won Round 1 of the Australia Superbike Championship at Phillip Island after winning the final race from 13th on the grid.

Staring and Wayne Maxwell shared race wins on the day, the former prevailing over Josh Waters by virtually nothing in Race 3, while Troy Bayliss was again in the mix as he finished the weekend fourth overall.

Staring gained seven places on the opening lap alone, allowing him to join an entertaining battle also featuring Waters (Suzuki), Maxwell (Yamaha), Bayliss (Ducati), Daniel Falzon (Yamaha), and Troy Herfoss (Honda).

Armed with a Kawasaki ZX-10R which was a weapon in a straight line, Staring then made gradual progress until he took the lead on Lap 9.

The race came down to a drag to the finish line and Staring pipped Waters by just 0.019s after 12 laps.

Maxwell, Herfoss, and Falzon rounded out the top five, with Bayliss a position further back.

Bayliss did, however, set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 2.

Earlier in Race 2, Waters was the initial front-runner from Bayliss and Maxwell.

Maxwell passed Bayliss on Lap 2 and then Waters on Lap 5, and just had enough to keep the 2017 champion behind for the remainder of the race.

The win came despite ankle pain arising from a crash in the WorldSBK race the day before, which saw Maxwell only run in the national championship today.

The fight for third was on between Bayliss, Falzon, Herfoss, and Staring, and it was the latter who scythed his way through the pack to move into third around the halfway mark.

Falzon briefly got back in front of Staring but couldn’t stay there and instead finished sixth having been passed by Bayliss on the final lap.

Staring leaves Phillip Island with the championship lead by a single point over the tied Waters and Race 1 winner Herfoss.

Oli Bayliss won Supersport 300 Race 3, and with it the round, despite starting the final lap in fourth position

Round 2 of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australia Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli will be held at Wakefield Park on March 16-18.

Results: Race 2, Phillip Island (Top 10)

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Time/Gap Top speed
1 47 Wayne MAXWELL Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 18:49.212 288
2 1 Josh WATERS Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia Suzuki GSX-R 12 +0:00.935 290
3 67 Bryan STARING Kawasaki / BC Performance Kawasaki ZX10R 12 +0:04.356 297
4 17 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Honda CBR RR SP 12 +0:04.479 288
5 21 Troy BAYLISS Desmosport Ducati Ducati Panigale FE 12 +0:04.509 293
6 25 Daniel FALZON Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:05.013 292
7 178 Michael BLAIR Yamaha / Gosford Classic Car Museum Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:16.070 288
8 12 Matt WALTERS Swann Insurance Superbike Kawasaki ZX10 12 +0:16.757 286
9 14 Glenn ALLERTON NextGen Motorsports BMW S RR 12 +0:17.639 291
10 64 Aaron MORRIS Maxima Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:27.229 292

Results: Race 3, Phillip Island (Top 10)

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Time/Gap Top speed
1 67 Bryan STARING Kawasaki / BC Performance Kawasaki ZX10R 12 18:50.375 297
2 1 Josh WATERS Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia Suzuki GSX-R 12 +0:00.019 289
3 47 Wayne MAXWELL Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:00.421 294
4 17 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Honda CBR RR SP 12 +0:00.904 290
5 25 Daniel FALZON Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:00.972 291
6 21 Troy BAYLISS Desmosport Ducati Ducati Panigale FE 12 +0:08.516 290
7 178 Michael BLAIR Yamaha / Gosford Classic Car Museum Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:10.932 288
8 14 Glenn ALLERTON NextGen Motorsports BMW S RR 12 +0:11.295 292
9 12 Matt WALTERS Swann Insurance Superbike Kawasaki ZX10 12 +0:15.272 290
10 64 Aaron MORRIS Maxima Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:20.491 292

Championship points (Top 10)

Pos Rider Pts
1 Bryan STARING 60
2 Josh WATERS 59
3 Troy HERFOSS 59
4 Troy BAYLISS 51
5 Daniel FALZON 47
6 Wayne MAXWELL 43
7 Michael BLAIR 41
8 Matt WALTERS 37
9 Aaron MORRIS 37
10 Alex PHILLIS 31

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