A shrewd tyre choice by Yamaha rider Michael Blair has seen him claim an upset, runaway victory in the final superbike support race at the Michelin ® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017.
When light rain began to fall on lap two of the six-lapper, Blair’s wet-weather tyres came to the fore as he rocketed to first position and immediately pulled a massive gap on the rest of the field.
His pre-eminence concluded with an 18-second victory over Victorian Matt Barton (Honda), with Dale Brede a further eight seconds back in third position.
With class guns Josh Waters (Suzuki), Troy Herfoss (Honda), Bryan Staring (Honda) and Cru Halliday (Yamaha) all labouring with slick tyres, race four gave a chance for some of the lesser lights to enjoy time at the sharp end, including New South Welshman Con Kokkoris (Ducati) and Richard Hewson (Yamaha) who finished fourth and fifth.
Jake Drew (Yamaha) was sixth from Shane Yokom (Honda), Jed Metcher (Yamaha), Halliday and Waters. Herfoss and Staring were 11th and 12th as 13 riders completed the distance alongside six DNFs and two disqualifications.
Waters, who won all three races across Friday and Saturday, was the overall winner on 86 points ahead of Blair (73), Staring (69), Halliday (62) and Metcher (59).