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Mar 6, 2011

Allerton Takes Australian Superbike Race Two Win At Symmons Plains

Glenn Allerton (14).
Procon Maxima BMW rider Glenn Allerton has extended his Viking Group Australian Superbike Championship points lead with a dominant race win at Symmons Plains this afternoon.

Hindered by a brake problem in this morning's race, the 2008 Australian Superbike Champion bounced back in style in the second 20-lap stoush, winning by a 1.444-second margin over Team Honda Racing's Wayne Maxwell.

Maxwell took the lead from pole and controlled the race until mid-distance when Allerton pounced, the power of the BMW S 1000 RR only too apparent on the back straight sweeper, the fastest corner in Australian motorsport at over 270km/h.

Today's result also marks Allerton's third round win in a row. He won here in November last year before switching manufacturers and dominating last week's Phillip Island opener.

The Sydneysider said he was determined to make amends for this morning's race where he felt a win went begging.

"I felt really comfortable on the bike today," said Allerton. "The problem with the front brake in race 1 cost me a chance to attack and I knew I had to make it up this afternoon.

"We pulled together as a team and got it done, thanks to everyone involved for a huge effort this weekend.

"We'll look to Darwin now and try a few more things to develop the bike further. There's more progress to be made and I can't wait to get to Hidden Valley and try to work on building my championship lead further."

Allerton leads the championship on 93 points, 23 ahead of Team Suzuki's Troy Herfoss who finished fifth overall this weekend.

Second place for the round went to race 1 winner, Team Suzuki's Josh Waters.

Waters was unable to match the pace of Allerton and the Team Honda duo this afternoon and has already set his sights on Hidden Valley, a track he dominated at last year.

"I was really happy with the race 1 result but today I didn't quite have enough for the leaders in race 2," said Waters.

"It's good to get a win on the board. Hopefully I can add a few more when we go back to Darwin in a few weeks."

Wayne Maxwell finished third today, adding a valuable 41 points to his tally. The top three were separated by a point each at the conclusion of a thrilling day of racing.

Spectators were treated to a second incredible QBE Supersport race this afternoon, with Team Suzuki's Brodie Waters emerging the victor, a result that could have gone to any one of the five lead riders.

Eager to make amends after this morning's mishap, Sunstate Racing's Nick Waters took the early advantage but soon found himself under fire from four more evenly-matched machines.

The lead changed almost every lap as riders dared to dive further and further under brakes in the final complex of corners.

AARK Racing polesitter Christian Casella and the Yamaha Racing Team's Kevin Curtain had their time at the front but Brodie Waters prevailed with an advantage of just 0.059 seconds.

Waters, who limped to ninth after crashing into brother Nick in the opening 20-lap dash, praised his team for providing such a competitive race bike.

"I knew I had to make up for this morning's mistake and the team put everything they had behind me," said Waters.

"It's a good end to the day and a good way to thank them for their effort."

It was a triumphant weekend for Casella, who won the opening race, the round, and takes a 1-point lead in the championship.

"It was a pretty hectic race," said Casella. "There's some big braking areas around this track and everyone was having a big go, it was a bit like the Superbike race, a real flip of the coin as to who's going to get there in the end.

"To be honest I'm pretty happy to be still sitting on the bike after that one, it was pretty crazy!

"Thanks to AARK Racing, they've given me a good bike to ride in the Triumph and we've really turned around our championship this weekend."

Cru Halliday rode his Yamaha R1 to two Prostock race victories today, and, combined with his pole position and race 1 win yesterday, leaves Symmons Plains with maximum points.

Matthew Walters edged out Linden Magee by a single point today to claim second for the round.

Brett Simmonds was the highest finishing Tasmanian rider this weekend, placing fourth overall in the competitive Prostock category.

Mike Jones' perfect points haul continued this weekend, with the Yamaha rider securing pole and three race wins from as many starts.

Mirroring his round win from Phillip Island last weekend, he now has a substantial lead in the Suzuki Superstock class, 34 points clear of Mark Wilkinson in second.

Zack Thackeray rounded out the top three in the class today, with this weekend's results reflecting the top three in the championship.

The Motul Superlites class saw Josh Hook also in fine form, dominating races 2 and 3 today to take maximum points and a clear round win over Nicky Diles and Alex Phillis.

Hook leads fellow Aprilia rider Diles by 16 points heading into round 2.

The next round of the Viking Group Australian Superbike Championships will be held at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway from April 14-17.

Viking Group Australian Superbike Championship Round 2 Points
1. Glenn ALLERTON (VIC), 43
2. Joshua WATERS (VIC), 42
3. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC), 41
4. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW), 34
5. Troy HERFOSS (VIC), 33
6. Robert BUGDEN (QLD), 29
7. Ben ATTARD (QLD), 29
8. Kris McLAREN (VIC), 25
9. Craig COXHELL (VIC), 25
10. Cole ODENDAAL (NSW), 22

Viking Group Australian Superbike Championship Overall
1. Glenn ALLERTON (VIC), 93
2. Troy HERFOSS (VIC), 70
3. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW), 66
4. Ben ATTARD (QLD), 65
5. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC), 60
6. Craig COXHELL (VIC), 58
7. Robert BUGDEN (QLD), 57
8. Cole ODENDAAL (NSW), 45
9. Ben HENRY (QLD), 45
10. Joshua WATERS (VIC), 42

Suzuki Australian Supersport Championship Round 2 Points
1. Christan CASELLA (VIC), 46
2. Brodie WATERS (VIC), 37
3. Rick OLSON (VIC), 35
4. Glenn SCOTT (NSW), 32
5. Mitchell CARR (NSW), 32
6. Aaron GOBERT (NSW), 29
7. Chris QUINN (NSW), 26
8. Andy LAWSON (QLD), 26
9. Ryan TAYLOR (VIC), 22
10. Darren SCIBERRAS (VIC), 20

Suzuki Australian Supersport Championship Overall
1. Christan CASELLA (VIC), 77
2. Brodie WATERS (VIC), 76
3. Aaron GOBERT (NSW), 71
4. Mitchell CARR (NSW), 67
5. Kevin CURTAIN (VIC), 60
6. Rick OLSON (VIC), 51
7. Andy LAWSON (QLD), 46
8. Glenn SCOTT (NSW), 44
9. Chris QUINN (NSW), 44
10. Ryan TAYLOR (VIC), 40

Honda Prostock Round 1 and Overall Points
1. Cru HALLIDAY (NSW), 76
2. Matthew WALTERS (NSW), 56
3. Linden MAGEE (QLD), 55
4. Brett SIMMONDS (TAS), 52
5. Nathan HOUTERMAN (QLD), 47
6. Ben NICOLSON (VIC), 43
7. Scott YATES (NSW), 40
8. Daniel MOULTON (VIC), 39
9. Anthony QUINN (NSW), 36
10. Phil LOVETT (NSW), 31

Suzuki Australian Superstock Championship Round 2 Points
1. Michael JONES (QLD), 76 points
2. Mark WILKINSON (VIC), 58
3. Zach THACKERAY (NSW), 56
4. Timothy McGREGOR (NSW), 48
5. Daniel FALZON (SA), 47
6. Luke BURGESS (QLD), 46
7. James BECK (NSW), 45
8. Quentin BLAZLEY (TAS), 34
9. Brenton HYDE (NSW), 32
10. James MUTTON (QLD), 31

Suzuki Australian Superstock Championship Overall
1. Michael JONES (QLD), 127 points
3. Mark WILKINSON (VIC), 93
3. Zach THACKERAY (NSW), 91
4. Daniel FALZON (SA), 79
5. James BECK (NSW), 71
6. Timothy McGREGOR (NSW), 71
7. Luke BURGESS (QLD), 55
8. Andrew KINGS (NSW), 50
9. James MUTTON (QLD), 48
10. Michael LOCKART (NSW), 48

Motul Superlites Round 1 and Overall Points
1. Joshua HOOK (NSW), 76 points
2. Nicky DILES (NSW), 60
3. Alex PHILLIS (VIC), 54
4. Jordan ZAMORA (QLD), 47
5. Tom HATTON (WA), 45
6. Lachlan HILL (VIC), 41
7. Hayden DEMAMIEL (NSW), 38
8. Mitch LEVY (NSW), 35
9. Peter GALVIN (NSW), 34
10. Sheldon VENTER (QLD), 31