Well we expected drama in the first mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul, and that’s what we got with Ducati’s Mike Jones bike failing on the warm-up lap and Boost Mobile’s Wayne Maxwell taking the victory in a sensational battle with Yamaha Racing Team’s Cru Halliday and JW Racing Suzuki rider Josh Waters.
It was drama from the start with 2019 ASBK Champion Mike Jones having bike issues on the warm up lap.
As the flag dropped it was Waters with the holeshot before he was quickly gobbled up by Maxwell and Halliday.
Early in the race Penrite Honda’s Troy Herfoss joined the battle as did Kawasaki BC Performance Bryan Staring.
Herfoss pressured Maxwell but ran wide mid-race losing a stack of ground and slipped back into the field.
Halliday moved onto the back wheel of Maxwell in the second half of the race piling on the pressure but, was unable each lap to keep on Maxwell’s tail leading onto the main straight.
On lap 10 Staring was pressuring Waters but just couldn’t get close enough for a solid pass.
On the last lap Halliday gave it his all but Maxwell again was too strong at the Island kicking off his championship in fine style, Halliday second, Waters third, Staring fourth and Troy Herfoss fifth after being able to make up a few places.
Race two coming up this afternoon, stay tuned.
Wayne Maxwell photo by Russell Colvin