Allerton Maintains Lead in Australian Superbike Series

Allerton Maintains Lead in Australian Superbike Series

Darwin’s Hidden Valley raceway was the venue for the third round of the Viking Group Australian Superbike Championships on Sunday  April 17, where BMW S1000RR rider and current championship leader Glenn Allerton battled throughout the weekend with Team Suzuki’s World Superbike wildcard rider Josh Waters, with the two riders eventually sharing a win apiece at the 2.87km (1.8 mile) circuit.

BMW S1000RR rider and current championship leader Glenn Allerton at the front of the pack at Darwin's Hidden Valley raceway.

The two former Australian Superbike Champions had both qualified on the front row, with Waters on pole and Allerton in fourth, but with only 15 hundredths of a second separating each other, showing that the racing would undoubtedly be close.

On Sunday’s first race, it was 2008 ASBK champion Glenn Allerton who finished second on his S1000RR to 2009 ASBK champion Waters in the opening 17-lap dash. Having already enjoyed wins in each previous round of this year’s series, Allerton knew he would need to win the second race to stand any chance of a fourth round victory in succession.

On the podium with Team Suzuki’s World Superbike wildcard rider Josh Waters.

A battle raged between the two riders in race two, but fortunately the Procon Maxima BMW rider claimed the victory on his RR, withstanding Hidden Valley’s intense heat to take his race win tally to four for the year. However, it was Waters who took the ‘overall’ victory at the circuit in the Northern Territory – by a single point – thanks to the extra point awarded by successfully qualifying on pole position.

Despite that, BMW rider Allerton still extended his championship lead to a healthy 37 points and dedicated his success to the Hepburn Motorsport team’s quick thinking between races to give him a better bike for the second leg. “The boys made a set-up change which made the bike a lot easier to ride in the second race,” said Allerton. “It was a lot better rolling into the turns and coming out of them, and was strong from start to finish. It’s a great result for us and the RR just keeps getting better. We’ve added a few points to our lead and are really looking forward to seeing how the BMW does in Perth.”

Allerton crossing the finish line on his RR for the victory in race two.

The Viking Group Australian Superbike Championship heads to Western Australia as part of the Perth Trading Post Challenge from April 29 – May 1, where Superbike and Prostock classes will race as a combined field.

Viking Group Australian Superbike Round 3 overall

1. Joshua WATERS, Suzuki, 46
2. Glenn ALLERTON, BMW RR, 45
3. Ben ATTARD, Aprilia, 35
4. Craig COXHELL, Honda, 32
5. Troy HERFOSS, Suzuki, 31
6. Cole ODENDAAL, Honda, 30
7. Kris McLAREN, Honda, 27
8. Jamie STAUFFER, Honda, 18
9. Ben HENRY, Suzuki, 13

QBE Australian Supersport Championship Standings

1. Glenn ALLERTON – 138
2. Troy HERFOSS – 101
3. Ben ATTARD – 100
4. Craig COXHELL – 90
5. Joshua WATERS – 88
6. Jamie STAUFFER – 84
7. Cole ODENDAAL – 75
8. Wayne MAXWELL – 60
9. Ben HENRY – 58
10. Robert BUGDEN – 57

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