On the 12th to 14th of October, three-time World Superbike Champion, Troy Bayliss, claimed a win in Race Two and overall victory of the final round (Round 7) of the 2018 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike (ASBK) Championship season held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Only two weeks later, on the 26th to 28th October, Troy Bayliss, claimed a win in Race One and overall victory in the Superbike Class at the 2018 Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Phillip Island GP Circuit. Troy’s son, Oli, claimed the overall win in the Supersport 300 Class.
In the Superbike Class #21 Troy Bayliss (DesmoSport Ducati) was placed 1st in Race 1 on Friday; 2nd in Race 2 on Saturday; and 2nd in Race 3 on Sunday.
Fellow Superbike rider, #14 Glenn Allerton (Next Gen Motorsports), was placed 2nd in Race 1; 1st in Race 2; and 3rd in Race 3.
While, #1 Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing) – current 2018 ASBK Champion – was placed 3rd in Race 1; 3rd in Race 2; and 1st in Race 3.
mcnews reported that on Friday, Race One of the Superbike Class at the Australian MotoGP event had been scheduled as a ten-lap race to be held at 1:30pm but delays on the program saw it pushed back to 5:20pm and reduced to an eight-lap race.
The report went on to say that Glenn Allerton had secured pole early in the day ahead of Troy Bayliss and Troy Herfoss but it was Mark Chiodo who led the field into turn 1 and held on to that position throughout ‘Southern Loop’ before Troy Bayliss got the better of him on the run towards ‘Siberia’.
Glenn Allerton then moved into second place, while Troy Herfoss was pushed further back to fifth position.
mcnews further reported that Bayliss had capitalised on his “early clear air” but that Allerton was “hunting the three-time World Superbike Champion”. Herfoss had worked his way into third place but with five laps to go, the current 2018 ASBK Champion was three-seconds behind the leading duo and seemingly out of a chance for a win.
Troy Bayliss had responded to Glenn Allerton’s challenge but the gap between Bayliss and Allerton was basically down to nothing with three laps to go. mcnews commented that “it was going to come down to who had the grip on the final lap”.
With lapped traffic everywhere, Bayliss had a much better run through turns 11 and 12 but at ‘Lukey Heights’, Allerton was all over the back of the Ducati and looked to pass at ‘MG’ but could not squeeze through. Bayliss then had a moment into turn 11, Allerton momentarily eased the throttle and Troy Bayliss won by 0.268 of a second over Glenn Allerton, with Troy Herfoss a distant third place.
The three podium positions in the three Superbike races were claimed by Bayliss, Allerton and Herfoss, with Bayliss winning 1st, Allerton 2nd and Herfoss 3rd in the overall standings.
In the Supersport 300 Class, #86 Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing) was placed 3rd in Race 1 and 1st in Race 2. Oli was placed 1st in the overall standing in that class, with Seth Crump (KTM) 2nd and Hunter Ford (Yamaha) 3rd.
cycleonline described the result in the Superbike and Supersport 300 overall standings as “a family affair on the top step of the podium” for Troy and Oli Bayliss.
Taree Motorcycle Club congratulates both Troy and Oli Bayliss.