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
|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|