The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit served up yet another classic on Saturday morning as Yamaha's Glenn Allerton prevailed in a thrilling Superbike support race at the 2015 Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The nail-biter boiled down to a stirring battle on the final lap between Allerton and his Yamaha teammate Wayne Maxwell, as well as Kawasaki's Mike Jones and Honda pair Jamie Stauffer and Troy Herfoss – a tantalising mix of the 'old' and 'new' in the local Superbike ranks.
Maxwell led into the final lap, but it was Allerton who was agitating for change by passing Maxwell at turn one and then Jones at turn four.
Allerton then got the best of a startled backmarker at turn 10 before pinning his ears back for the run to the chequered flag. And just as well, as it was a blanket finish between the top three — Allerton, Maxwell and Jones — and only 0.543 seconds covered the top five.
"Now that was exciting," said Allerton. "All the boys pushed extremely hard, and for me a lot of it was about managing my tyres.
"I set the win up with the pass on Jones at turn four on that last lap, and then the backmarker worked out for me.
"The racing is so close this weekend, and it's awesome to get the win."
Race one winner Stauffer finished in fourth, from Herfoss, Daniel Falzon (JD Racing Yamaha) and Linden Magee (Honda).
Yamaha's Cru Halliday was pushing with the leading group before retiring on the final lap.
Race three is at 9:40am on Sunday.