Red flag and interruptions were the order of the day at Phillip Island, with one Australian Superbikes support event being red-flagged and one being cancelled at the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
In the one Australian Superbikes race that ran the full distance, Penrite Honda’s Troy Herfoss led home teammate Mark Chiodo.
The Saturday morning race was interrupted by a red flag when a brief shower hit the track, and at the restart, Glenn Allerton led away on his BMW. Unfortunately, he had a moment at Southern Loop and dropped back, handing the lead to Ducati star Troy Bayliss.
But when Bayliss had a major slide of his own at Turn 4, Herfoss took over, following by Chiodo.
After eight laps Herfoss had pulled steadily clear to win by 4.6 seconds. The Chiodo-Bayliss battle went down to the last lap, the Honda holding out the Ducati by a small 0.15 second gap.
Lachlan Epis held fourth on his Kawasaki, just ahead of Jed Metcher (Suzuki) and Allerton.
In line with the interrupted Saturday afternoon MotoGP™ practice session and the cessation of racing for the day due to high winds, the scheduled second race was cancelled.
Rescheduling of Saturday's MotoGP™ qualifying sessions, the Australian Superbikes will not compete again over the race weekend, with the podium presentation scheduled from 11:05am AEDT.