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Re: ASBK championship 2021

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It's on ! fingers crossed.

Round 1 at Phillip island has been postponed.

Racing this weekend at Winton in northern Victoria. They are calling it round 2, but this is the first round to actually run.
Qualifying results from yesterday. https://www.roadracingworld.com/news/au ... at-winton/

The two-time champions are on the first row. Arthur Sissis & Lachlan Epis closer to the front, they are improving.
Ollie Bayliss making the step up from 600 supersport to Superbike, doing well also.

Troy Herfoss likes the new fireblade. He will be a favorite for the title.

Racing ( and jive ) will be broadcast on SBS today 14th March, from midday on the east coast of Oz. Some coverage will be live.

Other than the P.I. round being postponed, Motorcycling Australia still planning to do seven rounds including the Northern territory and Tasmania.
I had a look at Symmons Plains again while I was in Tassie. It is good in parts. the FAST right hand sweeper after the hairpin, that is a corner!

I'm hoping Mike Jones & Wayne Maxwell will do good on the Ducatis. Herfoss will likely win at least one race today on the new Honda.
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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It's up on youtube https://youtu.be/G7J5DXjrh3Q

Edit: there's a part 2 to the video. Race 1 of the superbikes is repeated at the beginning and race 2 is somewhere in the middle https://youtu.be/g5qEjLeUuRs
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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Australian Superbike Championship Round 3: Wakefield is on Sun 18 April
1:00-4:00pm AEST on SBSHD. Will appear on SBS on demand a day or 2 later for those outside of Australia https://www.sbs.com.au/guide/day/2021-0 ... tion/NSW#/
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Re: ASBK championship News

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Spoiler alert; Qualifying news from Wakefield park.








Don't look Ethel.






Ducati on pole.

https://www.asbk.com.au/news/maxwell-se ... park-pole/

Pole Wayne Maxwell currently leading the Aussie superbike title chase.
2nd Troy Herfoss the rider to beat at Wakefield.
Mike Jones seems to have qualified 3rd. Mike is second in the championship, has had good results at Wakefield and also had a very bad round here a few years ago.
Lachlan Epis with on a BMW 4th.

Should be entertaining racing.
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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Not bad at all those races. Championship wise its looking like a 2 rider race but it could become a 3 rider race
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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Hidden Valley Darwin.

All action. Two different race winners. Red flags. One race cancelled.

Spoiler alert
Even if you go direct to https://www.asbk.com.au/
It's right there who wins, before reading about the race.
Don't read the titles of the articles below either.






https://www.asbk.com.au/news/herfoss-wi ... in-opener/

https://www.asbk.com.au/news/young-gun- ... -asbk-win/

Championship points table not updated yet. More on that later
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Re: ASBK championship points

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Championship points updated.

Yes Wayne Maxwell (38 years old) leading in what may be his last season racing ASBK.
Maxwell has a 26 point lead in the chip.
Five different bikes in the top six after 3 rounds and 8 races.

https://www.asbk.com.au/results/


Troy Herfoss broken right femur & right humerus. Get well soon Troy.

https://www.mcnews.com.au/troy-herfoss- ... en-valley/

I still don't like Two plus Four race meetings. Car people don't know much about bike racing! I do like Darwin, warm it is.
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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I haven't found any video's on the races yet, only the crash
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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Watching some of the ASBK races on Eurosport it appears that a few circuits have concrete walls fairly close to the track

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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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Yes Schwantzy, that's right.
Schwantz34 wrote:
Sat Jul 10, 2021 1:04 am
Watching some of the ASBK races on Eurosport it appears that a few circuits have concrete walls fairly close to the track
Winton has some walls a bit too close. Hidden Valley also, ask Troy Herfoss. The recent round was a 2 plus 4 meeting. Car people don't understand motorcycle safety.

At Wakefield it's possible to go straight on into turn two, skim over the gravel & hit a wall. Unlikely, I'm way too slow to for that.

Morgan Park Queensland, don't know. never been there. looks like it is set in the bush with plenty of land. I've seen some ASBK races on video at Morgan park. Don't remember anything particularly worrying.

The Bend in South Australia I have been to. It is a good new facility. Seemed pretty safe from a spectator's point of view.

Phillip Island good enough for MotoGp. Going straight on at the end of Gardner straight is still a problem. Southern loop loops around and bikes could come back onto the track at the exit of Southern loop for a T-Bone. Now there is a big gravel trap and a wall. Stops that happening.

That is the circuits on this year's schedule. Eastern Creek aka SMSP fairly good. Still a couple of places a rider could hit something solid. Basically still the places where incidents happened when the Oz motorcycle Gp was there 1991 till 1996. Kevin Schwantz went straight on at turn one. Two 250s tangled going around "corporate hill" the left after the bridge & before the hairpin. David Evelyn hit the wall on the outside there. Roughly 30 years ago so my memory is a bit sketchy, He may have made contact with Luca Cadalora. one of the Europeans IIRC. Think it is a little better, but not "safe". (Western) Sydney motorsports park not on the calendar this year. No great loss.
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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Round 1 Phillip Island was postponed and hasn't happened
Round 2 Winton https://youtu.be/g5qEjLeUuRs
Round 3 Wakefield https://youtu.be/NYHhZ2xLX70
Round 4 Hidden Valley https://youtu.be/Ls9NtCzjaxo
Round 5 Morgan Park have been cancelled due to the lockdowns
Round 6 The Bend Sept 23rd
Round 7 Wakefield Oct 15th
Round 8 Phillip Island Nov 5th
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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Another round cancelled :-(

The proposed second round at Wakefield park near Goulburn NSW has been cancelled.
There have been several positive Covid 19 cases in and around Goulburn.

The next round may well happen at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC on October 22 – 24

Unfortunately Superbike class Only! It is cars and SBK i.e. 2+4 with Supercars. Less than ideal, but it is racing.

More time for Troy Herfoss to recover from injury.
It would be good to see Troy & Wayne Maxwell racing together again. They are the 2 best riders in ASBK this year and on form over recent years.

The virus is still in control.
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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The final round is on this weekend at The Bend in South Australia. Jack Miller is racing though he might be on slower bike as there are rules on what modifications MotoGP riders are permitted to ride on Superbikes. There's other international Australian riders racing. Last years champion Troy Herfoss has entered but will is still recovering from injuries. For those in Australia it will be broadcasted on SBS 1pm AEST, might be available on their web page SBS on demand.

Entry list is here: https://www.mcnews.com.au/2021-asbk-fin ... aXPP3GE5tE
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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If anyone from outside Australia wants to watch it SBS on demand will live stream it. Might also be on Foxsports
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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Interesting times on Friday at the Bend.

South Australians Arthur Sissis & Daniel Falzon were quick in fp1. Local knowledge and more experience at the circuit.

https://www.asbk.com.au/news/friday-pra ... k-into-it/

Troy Herfoss is back and doing ok so far, which is good news after a big crash at Hidden Valley Darwin.
Wayne Maxwell and Jack Miller fast on their Ducatis. Rather different levels of development. Jack bought his own V4R apparently.

Enjoy the racing if you can, it's going to be a long off season. No NZ title races until March 2022.
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Re: ASBK Qualifying

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Pole position for Ducati.

Jack Miller was quick, fast enough for second on the grid.



Wayne Maxwell, even more rapid, took pole. I reckon Maxwell is most likely to take the championship, again. Then retire.

Daniel Falzon from SA third on an R1.

https://www.asbk.com.au/news/saturday-a ... f-the-end/

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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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I enjoyed watching Miller's foray into ASBK.
I did question the sanity of a works MotoGP rider doing so given that the marshals seemed thin on the ground but hopefully he had fun and he certainly added profile to the race meeting.
There were several red flags due to incident's, Miller got taken out once, one rider lay on the edge of the track for a long time unattended, another had to run himself to a marshaling point to get a fire extinguisher to put his burning machine out.

Also, maybe some extra practice starts would help as Miller's starts were comedic - no ride height adjustment etc to assist in ASBK.

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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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For those who missed seeing Miller race in ASBK, its up on youtube https://youtu.be/tl1sqXhnNVk
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship 22

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While the date for the final round of World superbike is "to be decided" ASBK has a calendar.

Eight rounds at seven different circuits. From tropical Darwin to sunny Symmonds plains in Tasmania.

No (western) Sydney Motorsports park round. No great loss.

Two rounds at Philip Island, awesome!

Final round at The Bend same as 2021. In December so Jack can come back again.

https://www.asbk.com.au/
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Re: ASBK championship 1st Round

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Didn't notice at first but the opening round of ASBK is at P.I. on the last weekend in February.
So there are races on during the traditional weekend for World superbikes!

Looks like the historic bikes will get a run at P.I. as well.
The International Island Classic looks like it may go ahead. The situation is still changing in Victoria.
Not to be confused with the classic CAR festival in March 2022
The Island Classic is usually run on the Invasion day weekend. Which is only a few weeks away.
Australia day (26th January) is on a Wednesday this year, so no long weekend.

Seems like a definite decision hasn't been made yet. Tough if you are coming from the U.K. or the USA.

I've never been able to get to P.I. for the classic bikes, we'll see.
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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2022 ASBK calendar is out, 8 rounds covering all states except WA https://www.asbk.com.au/
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Island Classic? P.I. ride day?

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Looks like the Island Classic isn't going to happen this month. Maybe later? Or 2023?

ASBK round 1 at P.I. 26 - 27 February 2022 followed by...

Tah Da!

A Philip Island track day on the Monday 28th of February. That is tempting.

I have never had a rideday at Philip island, gotta go one way or another.

Ride down and back plus ride the track or drive there with the bike behind? About a third of the trip is good fun windy roads.

2/3rds mostly boring straight roads.

Time to bust open the piggy banks.
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Re: ASBK Superbike championship

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You have got to do a track day at PI Apical. Crack that piggy bank! I’ve done three superbike school days there and I will go to my grave a happy man.
I’ve been jealous reading of your international exploits so I’m surprised you are yet to ride the island. Here’s hoping you get there mate.
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