Mike Jones dominates second practice session in Darwin

ASBK 2022 – Round Four
Hidden Valley – FP2

Wayne Maxwell had topped FP1 and recorded three 55s in that opening 25-minute session but Bryan Staring had put in five of them, his best only six-hundredths of a second behind the defending champion.

While the two Ducati riders, from different teams, had set the hottest morning pace, three Yamaha riders were not far behind. Jones had time to find in the final sector in this session to get on terms with the Ducati duo, while Halliday and Sissis were also pretty quick out of the blocks. Herfoss had find time in the first sector if he was to progress up the order.

At 45.2-degrees he track temperature was already around 15-degrees warmer than the FP1 session.

Maxwell was first in the 65s in FP2, a 65.842 on his fifth lap of the session.

Glenn Allerton was one of the first of the leading runners to improve from FP1, followed by Daniel Falzon who dropped more than half-a-second off his morning time on his fourth lap of the session.

Staring started getting wound up around ten minutes in to also dip into the 65s again, a 65.892 on his eighth lap of the 30-minute session, immediately backed up with a 65.911

Wayne was laying down plenty of Pirelli at this point of the session with the V4 R kicking out sideways in unfamiliar fashion. His lap times in the low-mid 66s at this point of the session but then dropped into the 65s againa on lap ten with a 65.923.

Mike Jones then picked up his pace with a 65.900 immediately backed up with a 65.960 and then a 66.208 after again losing time in the final sector of the track. That was followed by another couple of 66.1s before he returned to the pits. Jones went out again with five-minutes left in the session and threw down the gauntlet. Three-tenths under at the second split and then had his best run through the final sector to record a 65.506, he then backed it up on the next lap with a 65.661, followed by a 65.930, then a 65.684.

Maxwell joined the track again with three-minutes left on the shot clock and Staring also picked up his pace in the dying moments of the session. Staring put in a 65.980 on his 16th lap then backed it up with a 65.979 on his final hot lap of the session. Maxwell failed to get a clean run for a final attack so neither of the Ducati riders bettered their morning best from FP1.

Conversely Mike Jones dropped nearly half-a-second and sent a big shot across their bows with a very impressive run of 65s despite traffic. Jones again recorded the most laps of any rider, 23 of them in this 30-minute session. Six of those were in the 55s, and four of those were in succession. Jones also seems to have now found the speed through that final sector that he had been lacking in FP1.

Staring remains the quickest through that first and final sections of the track, the DesmoSport Ducati man losing the most time in the middle sector in comparison to Jones. The YRT rider more than three-tenths quicker than the Ducati duo through that tight and technical middle section of the circuit.

Cru Halliday was just outside the 65s once again, his best a 66.002 to still keep his nose in front of South Australian Yamaha privateer Arthur Sissis. Halliday underlined the nimble characteristics of the YRT machine by recording the second quickest time through the middle sector behind his team-mate.

Herfoss improved marginally as did the Maxima Racing Oils BMW pairing. But if any of them are going to have any hope of running with Mike and the Ducati duo tomorrow they have a lot more speed to find.

Riders will be back on track later this afternoon for a final longer 35-minute session. Qualifying will be run early on Saturday morning ahead of the opening 16-lap contest early on Saturday afternoon.

FP2 Results

  1. Mike Jones – Yamaha 65,506
  2. Wayne Maxwell – Ducati 65.842
  3. Bryan Staring – Ducati 65.892
  4. Cru Halliday – Yamaha 66.002
  5. Arthur Sissis – Yamaha 66.120
  6. Troy Herfoss – Honda 66.219
  7. Glenn Allerton – BMW 66.236
  8. Josh Waters – BMW 66.398
  9. Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 66.488
  10. Lachlan Epis – BMW 66.489
  11. Mark Chiodo – Yamaha 66.932
  12. Anthony West – Yamaha 67.042
  13. Max Stauffer – Yamaha 68,697
  14. Ben Stronach – Yamaha 68,786
  15. Michael Edwards – Yamaha 71.238
  16. Luke MacDonald – Kawasaki 71.699
  17. Paul Lally – Yamaha 71.786
  18. Nathan Spiteri – BMW 73.015

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

Free Practice 3: 2:55pm (35 min)

Qualifying 1: 9:10am (20 min)
Qualifying 2:9:35am (15 min)
Race 1: 1:10pm (16 laps)

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

Hidden Valley ASBK TV Schedule

In 2022, Fox Sports Australia will broadcast live nearly every on-track session plus all races.

As has occured in previous years, Channel 7 will broadcast races one and three live-to-air alongside the regular Supercars TV coverage.

Post event, ASBK TV will work with TV production partners AVE to create a special edition replay of ASBK Round 4 – Darwin. This special edition will be broadcast on SBS – Sunday 3rd July 1300 – 1500 AEST.

As well as the always epic racing, this special edition will feature exclusive behind the action scenes, color stories and all the thrills and spills from one of the great rounds of any season; Hidden Valley, NT.

ASBK Live Broadcast information

Fox Sports Australia
Friday – Free Practice 2 and Free Practice 3
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

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
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
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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