Maxwell takes ASBK title with Herfoss DNF

Wayne Maxwell pic: Russell Colvin

Wayne Maxwell has clinched the 2020 Australian Superbike Championship with a race to spare after Troy Herfoss suffered a technical failure while leading the Round 3 opener at Wakefield Park.

Herfoss put his Penrite Honda on pole in the Kawasaki Superbike class and quickly gapped the field, enjoying an advantage of 1.5s over Maxwell after just six laps.

He was still about that far ahead when he pulled off at the Fish Hook on Lap 13, ceding the race lead to Maxwell and losing what small chance he had of running down the Boost Mobile Ducati rider in the standings.

The championship leader was kept honest by Glenn Allerton throughout the 17-lap affair but ultimately beat the BMW rider to victory by 0.403s.

The man currently carrying the #1 plate, Desmosport Ducati’s Mike Jones, emerged fourth from the start and maintained that position until Herfoss’ demise, after which he held third for the rest of the journey.

Cru Halliday (Yamaha) is back up to second spot in the championship after finishing Race 1 in fourth, ahead of Bryan Staring (Kawasaki), Aiden Wagner (Yamaha), Josh Waters (Suzuki), Arthur Sissis (Suzuki), Jed Metcher (Yamaha), and Lachlan Epis (Suzuki).

Herfoss was one of three DNFs, having put eight tenths of a second on the field in just the first lap and run on his own before his Honda failed.

The final race of the season is scheduled for 14:50 local time/AEDT, with 18 laps the distance.

Results: Race 1, Wakefield Park

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Race time
1 47 Wayne MAXWELL Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech Ducati V4R 17 16:30.711
2 14 Glenn ALLERTON Maxima BMW BMW S RR 17 16:31.114
3 1 Mike JONES Desmosport Ducati Ducati V4R 17 16:31.702
4 65 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1M 17 16:35.342
5 67 Bryan STARING Kawasaki Australia Kawasaki ZX10R 17 16:40.056
6 28 Aiden WAGNER Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1M 17 16:42.889
7 21 Josh WATERS Ngurra Civil & Construction Suzuki GSXRR 17 16:45.777
8 61 Arthur SISSIS Unitech Racing Suzuki GSXRR 17 16:52.025
9 13 Jed METCHER Valid Technologies Yamaha YZF-R1M 17 16:58.681
10 83 Lachlan EPIS Response Real Estate Suzuki GSXRR 17 17:01.409
11 16 Luke JHONSTON Motogo Yamaha Yamaha R1 17 17:05.800
12 68 Glenn SCOTT Kawasaki Australia Kawasaki ZX10R 17 17:09.176
13 62 Brendan McINTYRE Western M-cycles Suzuki GSXRR 17 17:12.606
14 51 Chandler COOPER Rock Solid Civil Honda CBR 16 16:36.477
15 37 Michael EDWARDS Northstar Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1M 16 17:21.304
DNF 17 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Racing Honda CBR 12 11:38.673
DNF 78 Nathan SPITERI Livson Suzuki GSXRR 9 9:26.293
DNF 88 Giuseppe SCARCELLA Forcite Helmets Ducati Panigale 8 8:13.260

Troy Herfoss pushes his Honda away pic: Russell Colvin

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