Mike Jones remains on top as Friday action conclusions in Darwin

ASBK 2022 – Round Four
Hidden Valley – FP3

Mike Jones (YRT) had set the pace in FP2 with a string of 65s laps that could not be matched by either Wayne Maxwell (Boost Mobile Ducati) or Bryan Staring (DesmoSport Ducati). Both Ducati riders were also in the 65s but neither did a run of four in succession like Jones, and were also a couple of tenths off his fastest 65.506.

The track temperature for that FP2 session was around 45-degrees but the celsius had risen to 53-degrees by the time riders rolled out of pit-lane for FP3. The track also now had a lot of rubber put down from the V8 Supercars, which is generally more of a hindrance than a help, particularly all the shredded strips and marbles of rubber shed by the heavy cars.

Wayne Maxwell – Image RbMotoLens

Anthony West fell early on in the session and took a fair tumble but managed to ride the MotoGO Yamaha back to the pits. Josh Waters also went down shortly after West, as did local rider Luke MacDonald. That V8 rubber clearly not helping matters…

Bryan Staring was the first into the 65s in the final session of the day but his 65.935 was gazumped by Wayne Maxwell moments later when he put in a 65.865.

Bryan Staring – Image RbMotoLens

Mike Jones got his head down on his second exit and was testing the limits of adhesion, the Yamaha have a big slide out of the tight back right-hander that saw him have to get completely out of the throttle. He got straight back down to business on the next lap though to join the Ducati duo in the 65s, splitting the two of them with a 65.919 on his 11th lap of the session. Jones then backed that up with a 65.827 followed by a 65.612, then a 65.819 before returning to the pits.

Glenn Allerton then clicked another gear, dropping into the 65s for the first time today with a 65.812 on the Maxima Oils BMW M 1000 RR with 15-minutes remaining in the session before heading back to the pits.

Glenn Allerton – Image RbMotoLens

Bryan Staring went back out on track to record a 65.849 followed by a 65.968.

Wayne Maxwell then also joined the circuit and immediately improved to 65.699 then backed that up with a 65.591 to top the timing screens. The next lap was a 65.605 to make for a very impressive run of three laps.

Cru Halliday then also joined the 65 club, a 65.866 on his 16th lap of the session but that was only good enough for fifth quickest in this company.

Cru Halliday – Image RbMotoLens

Mike Jones then went back out on track and put in a 65.975 before then negotiating some traffic and cruising for a couple of laps before dropping in a string of low 66s.

Wayne Maxwell exited pit lane with seconds remaining but failed to get around in time for a chance to put in a final flyer. That meant that despite topping the FP3 session Wayne did not end the day fastest, Mike’s 65.506 from FP2 the Friday benchmark.

Wayne Maxwell – Image RbMotoLens

On today’s form there is a clear top three; Jones, Maxwell and Staring all registered plenty of 65s throughout the day and could do them in succession.

Allerton did a single 65, as did Halliday. Both will have to find more speed if they are to threaten for a podium tomorrow.

Troy Herfoss has improved by a tenth each session, he needs to find a further half-a-second to run with Jones, Maxwell and Staring – Image RbMotoLens

A lot of the riders further down the order made marginal improvements. Herfoss touching closer to the front, likewise Lachlan Epis and Daniel Falzon also making progress in each session.

Lachlan Epis is fresh from arm pump surgery and improved each session

Sissis was quicker in both FP1 and FP2 than he managed in FP3, a knee-slider dislodging perhaps rattling him a little and upsetting his progress.

Arthur Sissis was quick out of the blocks but did not improve much further from there – Image RbMotoLens

It seemed to be somewhat of a lost session for Josh Waters after his early fall.

Qualifying will be held early on Saturday morning before the opening 16-lap contest gets underway on Saturday afternoon.

Where we include the speed trap times as registered through the timing beams at the circuit, we assure you that the speeds are actually much higher, with terminal velocities of 300 km/h being hit by the bikes.

FP3 Results

Pos Rider Machine Time/Gap Speed
1 Wayne MAXWELL Ducati V4R 1m05.591 277
2 Mike JONES Yamaha YZF-R1 +0.021 277
3 Glenn ALLERTON BMW M RR +0.221 279
4 Bryan STARING Ducati V4R +0.223 277
5 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha YZF-R1 +0.275 276
6 Troy HERFOSS Honda CBR RR +0.503 275
7 Lachlan EPIS BMW S RR +0.701 277
8 Daniel FALZON Yamaha YZF-R1 +0.729 275
9 Arthur SISSIS Yamaha YZF-R1 +0.737 274
10 Mark CHIDO Yamaha YZF-R1 +1.528 277
11 Josh Waters BMW M RR +1.800 281
12 Anthony WEST Yamaha YZF-R1 +1.941 268
13 Max STAUFFER Yamaha YZF-R1 +2.911 270
14 Ben STRONACH Yamaha YZF-R1 +3.298 267
15th Michael EDWARDS Yamaha YZF-R1 +5.781 263
16 Luke Macdonald Kawasaki ZX-10R +6.695 250
17 Paul LALY Yamaha YZF-R1 +6.808 258
18 Nathan Spiteri BMW M RR +6.860 259

Friday Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Time
1 Mike JONES Yamaha YZF-R1 1m05.506
2 Wayne MAXWELL Ducati V4R 1m05.591
3 Bryan STARING Ducati V4R 1m05.772
4 Glenn ALLERTON BMW M RR 1m05.812
5 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha YZF-R1 1m05.866
6 Troy HERFOSS Honda CBR RR 1m06.094
7 Arthur SISSIS Yamaha YZF-R1 1m06.120
8 Lachlan EPIS BMW S RR 1m06.292
9 Daniel FALZON Yamaha YZF-R1 1m06.320
10 Josh Waters BMW M RR 1m06.398
11 Mark CHIDO Yamaha YZF-R1 1m06.932
12 Anthony WEST Yamaha YZF-R1 1m07.042
13 Max STAUFFER Yamaha YZF-R1 1m08.502
14 Ben STRONACH Yamaha YZF-R1 1m08.786
15th Michael EDWARDS Yamaha YZF-R1 1m11.238
16 Luke Macdonald Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m11.580
17 Paul LALY Yamaha YZF-R1 1m11.692
18 Nathan Spiteri BMW M RR 1m12.451

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

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

Sunday
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.

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

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

Check the Event Schedule and your local guides for exact times

mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance
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

mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance
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

Leave a Comment