It required a little more sweat on the brow than the previous two races, but Yamaha rider Michael Blair has completed a commanding clean sweep of the Supersport support class at the 2015 Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Blair's Yamaha YZF-R6 and Kane Burns' Suzuki GSX-R600 went at it hammer and tongs in this morning's eight-lap finale, with the latter stronger around the back half of the circuit before Blair became the master through the front half, including the high-speed turn one.
This was the pattern for the first five laps before Blair gradually began to assert his authority, and his final winning margin over Burns was 1.674 seconds, with Callum Spriggs (YZF-R6) just holding off Mitch Levy (YZF-R6) for third position.
Blair's weekend on the #78 machine was near perfect: pole position and three race wins. The only missing piece of the domination was the fastest lap, which went to Burns (1:36.587).
"That was another spectacular race and to complete the clean sweep against strong opposition is something I am very proud of," said Blair. "I didn't have to win today to take the round honours, but I took my chances and it all came off."
Burns was elated to be back in action after pulling out of race two with mechanical problems. He said: "The bike felt great from start to finish today, and I was particularly getting good drive off the final turn which allowed me to get a great run on the straight and then into turn one.
"Congratulations to Michael though; he was at the top of his game this weekend."
Yamaha pair Ryan Taylor and Luke Mitchell were fifth and sixth in race three.
Blair was first overall this weekend with 75pts from Spriggs (54), Levy (54), Taylor (48), Mason Coote (YZF-R6, 46), Mitchell (44) and Burns (40).
For full race results, click here.