With two more Australian Superbike Championship wins, a new lap record and an increased championship lead achieved at the Barbagallo circuit in Perth over the weekend of April 30 – May 1, S1000RR rider Glenn Allerton is bringing BMW Motorrad Australia ever closer to its dream of a first Australian Superbike title.
The Sydney-based rider’s relentless pursuit of a second Australian Superbike Championship crown was on show throughout the weekend, with the Procon Maxima BMW rider fastest in practice and qualifying, followed by a calculated race 1 victory on the Saturday, and then wrapping things up with an emphatic race 2 win on Sunday at the West Australian circuit.
Although Glenn’s results are hugely impressive on the RR, he didn’t have it all his own way as a number of other riders showed their intention to challenge throughout the weekend.
In race one, current ASBK championship leader Allerton scored his fifth race win of the season, courtesy of a penultimate lap pass on leader Wayne Maxwell in the 15-lap opener. Polesitter Maxwell looked set to deliver Team Honda its maiden win for 2011 but could do nothing to stop Allerton, who was biding his time on the RR. Maxwell’s wide entry into turn 1 on lap 14 allowed Allerton to slip up the inside and take the advantage. The Honda tucked in behind the BMW for a run on the undulating 170 mph (270km/h) back straight but the RR crossed the line 1.598s ahead of the factory Honda.
“It was great to get another win on the board but it definitely wasn’t easy,” said Allerton. “I knew the pace would be hot and I wanted to try and save the tire for the run home but it took a bit longer to get past Wayne than I would have liked. We came across some lap traffic and I really had to attack hard to get through them. I got Wayne towards the end and managed to get through some traffic heading up the hill, I wasn’t sure where he was but knew he would have to deal with them as well.”
In race two, the best start to the gripping 15-lap encounter came from Craig Coxhell, who was on an RR last year but this year is riding a Honda. No stranger to setting the pace at the front of a Superbike race, the 2003 Australian Superbike Champion diced with other Honda rider Jamie Stauffer for a number of laps before relinquishing the lead to a storming Allerton and his RR.
In fact, Allerton decimated the race lap record on lap 5, lowering it by over three-tenths to 55.533s. As the riders settled into a race rhythm, the top nine all broke into the 55-second margin and the flat-out pace meant they were soon on the tails of the Prostock class participants.
Allerton threaded his way through efficiently while the trailing trio of Maxwell, Coxhell and Stauffer were slowed slightly, leaving the BMW to bask in the sunshine of an incredible sixth race win, and the third in a row.
“This weekend has been an awesome one for the team and it’s great to come back to Perth and show the strengths of the BMW to such a big crowd,” said Allerton. “We knew that everyone would be searching for more grip after yesterday’s race so we got together and made some changes to the bike to make it a bit better. Over race distance it came on strong again and was super quick. I can’t thank the team enough for putting everything they have behind me.”
By earning 50 points at Barbagallo Raceway, Allerton’s lead over his nearest championship rival, Team Suzuki’s Troy Herfoss, has increased to 58. The next round of the QBE Insurance Australian Superbike Championships will be held at Queensland Raceway from June 3-5.