Victorian Wayne Maxwell has celebrated his return to Suzuki in style by winning the opening race in the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island this afternoon.
The 12-lap race was an epic, with Maxwell just getting the better of hard-charging Yamaha privateer Aiden Wagner, while Kawasaki’s Bryan Staring was third.
Wagner, the polesitter, led for most of the race, but a big rear end slide at turn 11 on the last lap provided Maxwell with the opening he required. The former Aussie superbike champion didn’t require a second invite, and he was able to sneak in front by turn 12 and take the chequered flag.
Maxwell last rode for Suzuki in 2013, winning the ASBK title.
Earlier, three-time world superbike champion Troy Bayliss crashed spectacular at turn one after clipping the rear of Maxwell’s GSX-R1000 under brakes. The 49-year-old was unhurt, but his team will pushing hard to get his Ducati Panigale FE back in working order for race two at 4:15pm this afternoon.
Cru Halliday (Yamaha) was fourth ahead of Josh Waters (Suzuki) – the top five all crossing the finish line just one second apart.
Daniel Falzon (Yamaha) was sixth from BMW’s Glenn Allerton, Mike Jones (Kawasaki), defending ASBK champion Troy Herfoss (Honda) and Matt Walters (Kawasaki).
For full results visit www.computime.com.au
1. Wayne Maxwell – Suzuki
2. Aiden Wagner – Yamaha
3. Bryan Staring – Kawasaki
4. Cru Halliday – Yamaha
5. Josh Waters – Suzuki
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