The first session of the Supersport class saw Tom Toparis getting his year off to a good start, in what serves as a warm up for his racing season, which now also includes a wildcard entry in Round 1 of the FIM World Supersport Championship at the end of the month.
Toparis was in intimidating form as he set fastest time of the day on the Yamaha R6, his first outing for the marque after moving over from Kawasaki.
“Awesome to be on the Yamaha this year, I’m really grateful for the opportunity to ride the R6” Toparis remarked after the first session.
“The bike feels really good so I’m hoping that I can do some good times and do some race runs later in the weekend.”
Right behind Toparis was Nicholas Liminton (Yamaha Motor Aust., Yamaha YZF-R6) in second and Aidan Hayes (Hayes Johnston Pty Ltd Chartered Accountants, Yamaha YZF-R6) in third place.
Oli Bayliss (Yamaha YZF-R6) was knocking on the door of the top group but couldn’t catch third placed Pearson, ending up fourth with a 1.37.840. Behind him was Reid Battye (Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R), seemingly getting more comfortable on the bike after a slow first session to finish fifth fastest.
Day One Fastest Overall Top 10 Results:
1 Tom TOPARIS (Landbridge Yamaha, Yamaha YZF-R6) 1:36.149
2 Nicholas LIMINTON (Yamaha Motor Aust., Yamaha YZF-R6) 1:37.329
3 Broc PEARSON (Yamaha YZF-R6) 1:37.588
4 Oli BAYLISS (Yamaha YZF-R6) 1:37.840
5 Reid BATTYE (Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R) 1:38.264
6 Sam LAMBERT (Mv Agusta Aus-NZ, MV Agusta F3) 1:38.807
7 Aidan HAYES (Hayes Johnston Pty Ltd Chartered Accountants, Yamaha YZF-R6) 1:39.030
8 Ty LYNCH (Australian Outdoor Living, Yamaha YZF-R6) 1:39.426
9 Jack PASSFIELD (Stay Upright Rider Training, Yamaha YZF-R6) 1:39.657
10 Chris QUINN (Coopers Dry,, Yamaha YZF-R6) 1:39.782