Maxwell lowers Hidden Valley benchmark on way to pole

ASBK 2022 – Round Four
Hidden Valley – Qualifying

For this fourth round of the 2022 Australian Superbike Championship in Darwin we have a slightly different qualifying format. All competitors contest a 20-minute Q1 session almost immediately followed by a 15-minute Q2 session for the 12 fastest riders from Q1. And today tire preservation will also be very much front of mind for riders and their teams, they need to go fast, but they also need to do as few laps as possible on their rubber as they save wear on their tire allocation for the three 16 -lap races this weekend.

Wayne Maxwell and Bryan Staring both dropped in 65s on their third lap out, a 65.654 for the defending champion and 65.882 for Staring. Maxwell then went quicker again a 65.491, only to be immediately gazumped by Staring who put in a 65.448 on his fifth lap of the session.

Wayne Maxwell – Image RbMotoLens

Lachlan Epis then joined the Ducati duo in the 65s, a 65.997. That time coming despite having to switch to a different firmware in the BMW ECU. In a strange overnight twist it seems Motorcycling Australia have now rendered the firmware the team was penalised for using at QLD Raceway (PRO), now the only permissable option for BMW competitors. Thus the BMW Alliance Team had to build new maps overnight to use today, as the maps for the PRO firmware are not interchangeable with the Superstock (STK) firmware.

Lachlan Epis - Image RbMotoLens
Lachlan Epis – Image RbMotoLens

Cru Halliday, Arthur Sissis and Mike Jones then all went into the 65s to make it six riders in that bracket. Most would now settle despite the session at this juncture only being halfway through. They only need a lap to get them in that top 12 so they can then sit back and wait for Q2 while saving rubber.

Cru Halliday - Image RbMotoLens
Cru Halliday – Image RbMotoLens

Wayne Maxwell didn’t read that script…. The Boost Mobile Ducati man went out again and dropped in a 65.246 with seven-minutes remaining in the session.

Hidden Valley Qualifying One Results

  1. Wayne Maxwell – Ducati 65.246
  2. Bryan Staring – Ducati 65.448
  3. Cru Halliday – Yamaha 65.772
  4. Arthur Sissis – Yamaha 65.776
  5. Mike Jones – Yamaha 65.812
  6. Lachlan Epis – BMW 65.997
  7. Troy Herfoss – Honda 66.071
  8. Glenn Allerton – BMW 66.087
  9. Josh Waters – BMW 66.185
  10. Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 66.758
  11. Mark Chiodo – Yamaha 66.958
  12. Anthony West – Yamaha 66.986
  13. Ben Stronach – Yamaha 67,721
  14. Max Stauffer – Yamaha 68.225
  15. Michael Edwards – Yamaha 70.615
  16. Paul Lally – Yamaha 70,863
  17. Nathan Spiteri – BMW 70.879
  18. Luke MacDonald – Kawasaki 71.308

Hidden Valley Qualifying Two

Mike Jones was the early pacesetter in the final qualifying session, a 65.411 on his second lap out and Cru Halliday then made it a YRT 1-2. Wayne Maxwell then leap-frogged them both with a 65.402 but grip was looking hard to find, plenty of lurid layers of Pirelli liquorice being painted on the Hidden Valley tarmac.

Bryan Staring - Image RbMotoLens
Bryan Staring – Image RbMotoLens

Bryan Staring was fourth quickest at this early juncture on 65.848. Josh Waters had dipped into the 65s for the first time this weekend with a 65.943 and was then joined by his Maxima Oils BMW team-mate Glenn Allerton on 65.874.

Josh Waters - Image RbMotoLens
Josh Waters – Image RbMotoLens

Staring improved to 65.521 to split the YRT men at the halfway point of the 15-minute session. Daniel Falzon then made a huge leap forward to sixth with a 65,792.

Daniel Falzon - Image RbMotoLens
Daniel Falzon – Image RbMotoLens

With six-minutes remianing we had eight riders in the 65s just as Mike Jones went top with a 65,330 to lead and Staring improved to 65.374 to go P2 ahead of Maxwell. Then all three of them were quicker again through the opening sector of the next lap….

Mike Jones - Image RbMotoLens
Mike Jones – Image RbMotoLens

Jones down to 65.213, Staring 65.330 but Maxwell then lowered the qualifying lap record with a 65.065. Four minutes to run and we now had ten riders in the 65s after Mark Chiodo and Troy Herfoss joined the club.

Maxwell then dropped in the first ever 64-second lap of Hidden Valley to underline his pace, a 64.962 on his seventh lap with three-minutes remaining in the session.

Wayne Maxwell - Image RbMotoLens
Wayne Maxwell – Image RbMotoLens

At this stage Lachlan Epis had not managed to match his impressive Q1 time, a 66.182 only good enough for 11th just ahead of Anthony West. Epis then dropped into the 65s again, a 65.940, but that still didn’t improve his grid position from 11th as Chiodo in tenth had done a 65.863.

Troy Herfoss then got wound up on the penultimate lap of the session, 65.553 a huge leap forward of more than half a second from yesterday for the Penrite Honda man. That will be a massive boost to his confidence ahead of the races.

That lap would have been just the thing to put Herf in the right frame of mind for when the lights go green this afternoon... - Image RbMotoLens
That lap would have been just the thing to put Herf in the right frame of mind for when the lights go green this afternoon… – Image RbMotoLens

Lachlan Epis improved his standing on his final lap to push Chiodo outside the top ten.

Dean Oughtred spinning spanners on the BMW Alliance M 1000 RR of Lachlan Epis - Image RbMotoLens
Dean Oughtred spinning spanners on the BMW Alliance M 1000 RR of Lachlan Epis – Image RbMotoLens

Defending champion Wayne Maxwell will start this afternoon’s 16-lap race from pole position with current championship leader Mike Jones alongside him.

Bryan Staring rounds out that front row ahead of Josh Waters, Cru Halliday and Troy Herfoss. Josh Waters had improved late in the session and only missed the front row by two-thousandths of a second.

Josh Waters missed the front row by two-thousandths of a second - Image RbMotoLens
Josh Waters missed the front row by two-thousandths of a second – Image RbMotoLens

Arthur Sissis heads row three ahead of Glenn Allerton and Daniel Falzon while Lachlan Epis will start from the fourth row.

It is shaping up to be an amazing contest this afternoon…

Hidden Valley Qualifying Results
1. Wayne Maxwell – Ducati 64.962
2. Mike Jones – Yamaha 65.213
3. Bryan Staring – Ducati 65,330

Hidden Valley Qualifying Results

  1. Wayne Maxwell – Ducati 64,962
  2. Mike Jones – Yamaha 65.213
  3. Bryan Staring – Ducati 65.330
  4. Josh Waters – BMW 65.331
  5. Cru Halliday – Yamaha 65.529
  6. Troy Herfoss – Honda 65.553
  7. Arthur Sissis – Yamaha 65.707
  8. Glenn Allerton – BMW 65.748
  9. Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 65,792
  10. Lachlan Epis – BMW 65.822
  11. Mark Chiodo – Yamaha 65.863
  12. Anthony West – Yamaha 66.551
Wayne Maxwell congratulated on his pole position by team owner Craig McMartin – Image RbMotoLens

ASBK On-Track Schedule Darwin
Add half an hour to times for eastern seaboard AEST

Saturday
Race 1: 1:10pm (16 laps)

Sunday
Race 2: 10:00am (16 laps)
Race 3: 1:55pm (16 laps)


ASBK Live Broadcast information

Fox Sports Australia
Saturday – Qualifying 1 & Qualifying 2, plus Race 1
Sunday – Race 2 (Exclusively Live on Fox) & Race 3

Channel 7
Saturday – Race 1
Sunday – Race 3

SB
Sunday 3rd July 1pm- The ASBK Darwin Show

Check the Event Schedule and your local guides for exact times

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Alpinestars Superbike Championship Points Standings

Pos Name Total
1 Mike JONES 132
2 Wayne MAXWELL 109
3 Bryan STARING 102
4 Josh Waters 94
5 Cru HALLIDAY 90
6 Glenn ALLERTON 88
7 Arthur SISSIS 87
8 Troy HERFOSS 81
9 Daniel FALZON 73
10 Anthony WEST 70
11 Aiden WAGNER 47
12 Jed METCHER 39
13 Max STAUFFER 38
14 Mark CHIDO 37
15th Matt Walters 32
16 Broc PEARSON 31
17 Beau Beaton 27
18 Michael EDWARDS 25
19 Chandler COOPER 21
20 Lachlan EPIS 20
21 Luke JHONSTON 7
22 Corey FORDE 3

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2022 ASBK Calendar

Round 1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC 25 – 27 February
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, SBK Masters
Round 2 Queensland Raceway, Ipswich QLD 18 – 20 March
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Sidecars
Round 3 Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW 22 – 24 April
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Aussie Racing Cars
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT 17 – 19 June
* With Supercars – SBK Only
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD 5 – 7 August
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC
Round 6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC 18 – 20 November
SBK, SSPT, SS300
Round 7 The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend SA 25 – 27 November
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC
ASBK Night of Champions Dinner – The Bend 27 November

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