Australian Superbikes Rnd 4 Morgan Park

Mike Jones and Troy Herfoss great sportsmanship
Wayne Maxwell had a stellar weekend

Wayne Maxwell has taken Race 2 of Round 4 of the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship, in a David and Goliath battle with second-placed rival Troy Herfoss. Mike Jones executed an outstanding comeback to recover to third after dropping back to 14th, enough to propel him past Cru Halliday and Bryan Staring, to the championship lead.

Mike Jones had the pole position for Race 2 with Daniel Falzon breathing his hot exhaust, but before Jones could get comfortable in the lead he ran wide in the grass at Turn 6, and with it his hopes of a clean sweep at his home race were in a wreck. Herfoss worked his way up to the lead position before Maxwell decided that he didn’t like hot air and passed Herfoss at Turn 5. After 2 laps it was Maxwell, Herfoss, Falzon, Halliday, and Josh Waters the top five, with Staring a tenth further back.

Wayne Maxwell took the lead, try as he might Herfoss couldn’t get it back

 

Lap five and Aaron Morris’ binned it at Turn 2. Out front Maxwell and Herfoss were leading the pack, having stretched out almost a second’s worth of lead from Halliday. Jones had resumed in fourteenth after his excursion and in a display of brilliant riding made his way up to seventh.

Maxwell and Herfoss battle it out at the front

 

Mike Jones’s on an epic ride back to the podium

Halfway through and Jones was pestering Staring for fifth position, on his way back up the field after his disastrous opening lap. Staring and Jones passed Waters on lap 11 to promote themselves up the leaderboard and send Waters back to sixth.

With four laps to go a conga line was following Halliday, with Staring and Jones trying desperately to make their way past. Staring got by Halliday down the main straight, but Jones shot past them both, completing a stellar comeback to claim third and a spot on the podium.

Halliday leads the conga line

 

Wayne Maxwell took the chequered flag ahead of Troy Herfoss, Jones, Staring, Halliday and Waters.

 

Words & Images by Lorne Close