Glenn Allerton Wins 2011 Australian Superbike Championship
Glenn Allerton has won the 2011 Australian Superbike Championship.
Glenn Allerton Wins 2011 ASBK Title
Glenn Allerton has won the 2011 Australian Superbike Championship, his second title in the ASBK premier class. His 5th place in the second race at Symmons Plains in Tasmania has given him an unbeatable lead in the championship, with only one round to go.
Josh Waters ran away with today’s second race of the QBE Australian Superbike Championships, the Suzuki-mounted Waters annihilated his own lap record, set in February, to win by a comfortable margin after a race-long battle between the factory Honda and Suzuki teams.
Crucially, it was the fifth place finish for Procon Maxima BMW’s Glenn Allerton which saw him lock away an unbeatable points lead and secure a triumphant second Superbike title, only the fifth rider in the ASBK’s history to do so.
Yesterday’s clash with Robbie Bugden resulted in a severely-swollen arm for Allerton, who dismissed the discomfort and finished the job he had come to do. The 30-year-old won his first championship in 2008, and his success in 2011 has been led largely by his own determination and the chances taken by his Hepburn Motorsport crew on a potent but unknown quantity in the BMW S 1000 RR
. “We have to race this bike this year,” were the words spoken by the Sydney-based rider after the team’s first test just weeks before the ASBK season-opener in February. 11 consecutive podiums, including 6 race wins, validate the decision which sees him crowned the 23rd Australian Superbike Champion.
“I didn’t get a great start today and though I passed a few people straight up I just didn’t feel strong enough under brakes with my arm the way it is,” said Allerton. “I kept pushing and pushing but in the end held onto 5th, at the end of the race I honestly thought I was a point off taking home the championship but my team let me know I’d done it which was a great feeling. So many people in the team have worked hard for this, I have to thank everyone at Procon Maxima BMW for their hard work week in, week out but also all of those people behind the scenes as well that have helped me make the most of this opportunity including BMW who have been so supportive. “
“I’d like to dedicate the win to my grandfather who passed away last week, he’s played a huge part in my career and my life.”
Race 1 winner Jamie Stauffer finished second behind Waters on the Team Honda machine, while Troy Herfoss added another race podium to his name in third. Stauffer locked down another round win with the result today, and was only 2 points shy of forcing Glenn Allerton to wait another week to race for the title.
“It was a pretty hard race again from seventh on the grid, I attacked early on and was able to move forward but there was no catching Josh in today’s race,” said Stauffer. “It’s good to get the round win and keep focused on the goal of second in the championship. Congratulations to Glenn on a great win, he was always going to be tough to beat with such a big lead.”
The large Tasmanian crowd was treated to a spectacular display of racing, with the Superbikes proving an exceptionally-popular support class to the V8 Supercars.
Brodie Waters won both Prostock Challenge races this weekend, showing versatility in switching between his regular ride in the 600cc Supersport class to step up to Suzuki’s 1000cc machine. It wasn’t, however, enough to prevent Linden Magee from claiming top honours in the championship, with the Coastline Motorrad BMW winning by a 20-point margin at the conclusion of the three-round showdown at the 2+4 events.
The final round of the QBE Australian Superbike Championships, a multi-discipline ‘festival’ of two-wheel racing, will be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from November 18-20.
Symmons Plains Race 1 Results
1. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW) / Team Honda Racing
2. Troy HERFOSS (NSW) / Team Suzuki
3. Craig COXHELL (VIC) / GAS Honda / Demolition Plus
4. Ben HENRY (QLD) / CUBE Racing / Australian Outdoor Living / Weld West
5. Robert BUGDEN (QLD) / Team Mack Trucks Suzuki
6. Brodie WATERS (VIC) / Team Suzuki
7. Wayne MAXWELL (NSW) / Team Honda Racing
8. Linden MAGEE (QLD) / Coastline Motorrad Racing
9. Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) / Procon Maxima BMW
10. Brett SIMMONDS (TAS) / Remus / Total Forklift / Xlite Helmets / RK Chains
Race 2, Symmons Plains Results
1. Joshua WATERS (VIC) / Team Suzuki
2. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW) / Team Honda Racing
3. Troy HERFOSS (NSW) / Team Suzuki
4. Wayne MAXWELL (NSW) / Team Honda Racing
5. Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) / Procon Maxima BMW
6. Robert BUGDEN (QLD) / Team Mack Trucks Suzuki
7. Craig COXHELL (VIC) / GAS Honda / Demolition Plus
8. Brodie WATERS (VIC) / Team Suzuki
9. Ben HENRY (QLD) / CUBE Racing / Australian Outdoor Living / Weld West
10. Chris TROUNSON (VIC) / Procon Maxima BMW
Round 7 Overall Results
1. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW), 45
2. Joshua WATERS (VIC), 38
3. Troy HERFOSS (VIC), 38
4. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC), 33
5. Craig COXHELL (VIC), 32
6. Robert BUGDEN (QLD), 31
7. Glenn ALLERTON (VIC), 30
8. Ben HENRY (QLD), 30
9. Chris TROUNSON (VIC), 24
Championship Points after round 7 of 8
1. Glenn ALLERTON (VIC), 293
2. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW), 241
3. Troy HERFOSS (VIC), 223
4. Craig COXHELL (VIC), 213
5. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC), 210
6. Joshua WATERS (VIC), 97
7. Ben ATTARD (QLD), 196
8. Robert BUGDEN (QLD), 179
9. Ben HENRY (QLD), 151
10. Cole ODENDAAL (NSW), 123