We were at the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Morgan Park over the weekend and here is our exclusive photo gallery of the Supersport action
In the opening race of the day, Elliott came straight off pole and into the front from Guenther and Thyron Van Vuuren,
Burns settled into fourth with Chris Quinn (Coopers Pale Ale Yamaha) settling in fifth place.
Van Vuuren passed Guenther into second spot on the opening lap and finished lap one a mere .371 of a second behind Elliott.
It stayed that way for another lap before Van Vuuren made his move past Elliott after posting back-to-back 1:17 lap times.
Guenther was hot on Elliot’s heels in third and held a one second gap to Burns in fourth, while Quinn, Alex Phillis (Phillis Racing) and Brenton Hyde (Yamaha YRD) were further off the pace behind him.
On lap five of the 14-lap race Elliott regained the lead, but it was such an enthralling battle between to top trio that you could sense it was anyone’s race to win.
On lap seven Van Vuuren came unstuck at turn seven, and as he slid to the bottom of the leaderboard, Burns moved into third position.
Shortly after that, a crash at turn four involving….. caused the red flag to be raised, and with nine laps down the race restart was rescheduled as a four-lap affair.
At the restart it was again Elliott who got the early running, jumping to the lead from Guenther, Burns and Hyde.
By the end of the opening lap Burns had moved into second spot, but was nearly five seconds behind the leader with Guenther in third.
Behind them Hyde and Quinn came unstuck at the opening corner, forcing them to the rear of the field, and allowing Aaiden Coote (Yamaha YRD) to move into fourth and Phillis to claim fifth spot.
That’s how the four lap-restart finished and with combined results Elliott claimed first spot from Guenther with Burns rounding out the podium.
Coote and Nicolas Liminton (JD Racing) rounded out the top five.
Kane Burns (30) and James Parker (91)
Again it was all about Brayden Elliott as he got off to a great start to take the lead early in the second race from Guenther and Burns.
Phillis settled into fourth place with Quinn rounding out the top-five.
For the opening four laps of the race these positions remained unchanged, and despite the lack of positional movement, with only 3.438 seconds separating the top five riders it was still great to watch.
On lap five Quinn moved into fourth position while Phillis began to lose significant ground on the top-four riders.
At the halfway mark of the race, the gap between Elliott and Guenther was still less than a second, while Burns and Quinn were also in a close one-second battle of their own for third.
On lap nine Phillis was relegated to sixth spot after being passed by Hyde, while with two laps to go Quinn made his move into third spot.
That’s where he stayed but it was Elliott was the standout performer, holding Guenther at bay for another race win and a clean sweep of the round.
Burns finished the race in fourth while Hyde finished fifth.
In the overall Championship standings, Elliott holds a two-point lead from Burns, with Coote another four points behind in third.
The next round of the Championship will be held at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia from 22-24 May.
Full round results can be found here
1 Brayden ELLIOTT (NSW) 64
2 Kane BURNS (NSW) 62
3 Aaiden COOTE (VIC) 56
4 Michael BLAIR (NSW) 50
5 Chris QUINN (NSW) 41
6 Callum SPRIGGS (QLD) 41
7 Troy GUENTHER (QLD) 40
8 Cam RUSSELL (VIC) 34
9 Ryan TAYLOR (VIC) 33
10 Nicholas LIMINTON (SA) 31
Photos by Sam Tickell, April 2015
Words by ASBK PR
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