Bayliss wins 2018 ASBK finale at Phillip Island

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Sunday 14th October, 2018 - 8:24pm

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Troy Bayliss

Troy Bayliss has capped off his YMI Australian Superbike Championship comeback season with a win in the final race at Phillip Island.

The 49-year-old Ducati hero took out Race 2 after an exhilarating four-rider battle and with that, his second race win of the campaign, secured third in the championship.

Bayliss was third into the first corner, behind Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha) and Bryan Staring (Kawasaki), and they briefly gapped the field before being caught by outgoing champion Josh Waters (Suzuki).

All of the quartet spent turns in the lead but it was Bayliss that held sway at the start of the final lap.

Waters got past, but went down at Lukey Heights and left Bayliss to take a small victory over Staring and Maxwell.

Ted Collins (BMW) finished fourth as Waters remounted to salvage seventh.

Race 1 was a similar story with Waters, Maxwell, and Bayliss going at it for line honours.

Bayliss survived a huge moment on Lap 7 as Maxwell passed Waters for first position, before #21 got in front on Lap 9.

However, Waters made a decisive pass on the final lap and Maxwell took over second spot at Lukey Heights.

Behind Bayliss, Glenn Allerton (BWW) was fourth and already crowned 2018 champion Troy Herfoss (Honda) seventh.

The Australian Superbikes will have a non-championship support round at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on October 26-28.

Results: Race 1, Phillip Island (Top 10)

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Time/Gap
1 1 Josh WATERS Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 12 18:43.788
2 47 Wayne MAXWELL Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:00.115
3 21 Troy BAYLISS Desmosport Ducati Ducati Final Ed. 12 +0:00.634
4 14 Glenn ALLERTON NextGen Motorsports BMW S RR 12 +0:10.651
5 25 Daniel FALZON Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:10.797
6 17 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Racing Honda CBR SP 12 +0:12.385
7 29 Ted COLLINS NextGen Motorsports BMW S RR 12 +0:12.712
8 61 Arthur SISSIS SA Demolition Honda CBR1000 12 +0:14.943
9 12 Matt WALTERS Swann Insurance Kawasaki ZX-10R 12 +0:19.996
10 68 Mitch LEVY ATR Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:24.521

Results: Race 2, Phillip Island (Top 10)

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Time/Gap
1 21 Troy BAYLISS Desmosport Ducati Ducati Final Ed. 12 18:44.881
2 67 Bryan STARING Kawasaki BCperformance Kawasaki ZX-10R 12 +0:00.231
3 47 Wayne MAXWELL Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:00.800
4 29 Ted COLLINS NextGen Motorsports BMW S RR 12 +0:14.116
5 12 Matt WALTERS Swann Insurance Kawasaki ZX-10R 12 +0:16.243
6 61 Arthur SISSIS SA Demolition Honda CBR1000 12 +0:18.827
7 1 Josh WATERS Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 12 +0:19.056
8 168 Glenn SCOTT GSR Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R 12 +0:24.089
9 68 Mitch LEVY ATR Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:24.270
10 53 Mason COOTE Aark Suspension & Tuning Kawasaki ZX-10R 12 +0:26.034

Championship points (Top 10)

Pos Rider Pts
1 Troy HERFOSS 321.5
2 Wayne MAXWELL 276
3 Troy BAYLISS 273
4 Josh WATERS 264.5
5 Daniel FALZON 233
6 Bryan STARING 208.5
7 Matt WALTERS 153
8 Alex PHILLIS 151
9 Glenn ALLERTON 141
10 Arthur SISSIS 138.5

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