Mike Jones moves into ASBK championship lead

Mike Jones (#46) is the new championship leader

Mike Jones has moved into the lead of the Kawasaki Australian Superbike Championship with a win and third placing in Round 4 at Morgan Park.

Jones qualified on pole and, after being relegated to second on the opening lap of Race 1, quickly re-passed Troy Herfoss.

The Ducati rider was not headed from there as he went on to win by 2.16s after 16 laps, while Wayne Maxwell recovered from sixth at the end of Lap 1 to take second.

Cru Halliday (Yamaha) finished just behind the Suzuki despite applying serious pressure to Maxwell, while Herfoss ended up fourth on his Honda.

In Race 2, Jones got the jump but ran onto the grass at Turn 6 and dropped to 14th, as Herfoss and soon Maxwell took up the lead.

Herfoss tailed Maxwell for almost the final 15 laps while Jones got back to third, which was enough to take the championship lead by a point given that Halliday finished fifth.

Round 5 is at Winton on September 6-8.

Results: Race 1, Morgan Park (Top 10)

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Time/Gap
1 46 Mike JONES Desmosport Ducati Ducati 1299 FE 16 19:42.616
2 47 Wayne MAXWELL Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR-R 16 +0:02.164
3 65 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZFR1M 16 +0:02.276
4 1 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Racing Honda CBR SP 16 +0:08.517
5 21 Josh WATERS Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR-R 16 +0:10.859
6 64 Aaron MORRIS NextGen Motorsports BMW S RR 16 +0:21.997
7 8 Alex PHILLIS Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR-R 16 +0:22.247
8 12 Matt WALTERS Kawasaki Aust. Kawasaki ZX10RR 16 +0:26.292
9 61 Arthur SISSIS SA Demolition Suzuki GSXR-R 16 +0:28.102
10 22 Lachlan EPIS Kawasaki BCperformance Kawasaki ZX10RR 16 +0:56.880

Results: Race 2, Morgan Park (Top 10)

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Time/Gap
1 47 Wayne MAXWELL Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR-R 16 19:42.267
2 1 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Racing Honda CBR SP 16 +0:00.375
3 46 Mike JONES Desmosport Ducati Ducati 1299 FE 16 +0:03.585
4 67 Bryan STARING Kawasaki BCperformance Kawasaki ZX10RR 16 +0:03.812
5 65 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZFR1M 16 +0:04.999
6 21 Josh WATERS Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR-R 16 +0:05.269
7 25 Daniel FALZON Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZFR1M 16 +0:09.444
8 61 Arthur SISSIS SA Demolition Suzuki GSXR-R 16 +0:25.093
9 12 Matt WALTERS Kawasaki Aust. Kawasaki ZX10RR 16 +0:25.874
10 8 Alex PHILLIS Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR-R 16 +0:40.432

Championship points (Top 10)

Pos Rider Pts
1 Michael JONES 184
2 Cru HALLIDAY 183
3 Bryan STARING 176
4 Troy HERFOSS 169
5 Wayne MAXWELL 158
6 Josh WATERS 157
7 Matt WALTERS 112
8 Daniel FALZON 109
9 Alex PHILLIS 93
10 Glenn SCOTT 90

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