As Race Three of the Australian Supersport 300 Support category started, Max Croker (KTM Australia, RC 390) led into Doohan Corner, but behind them a crash involving multiple riders on the front straight resulted in Brandon Demmery (Deborah Motorsports, Yamaha YZF-R3) requiring medical assistance, leading to a red flag.
When the race was restarted, it would be reduced to a six-lap race. This time, Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing, Kawasaki Ninja 300) would take the lead into Doohan Corner, followed by Jack Mahaffy (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF-R3) and Croker. Broc Pearson (YRD, Yamaha YZF-R3) and Zac Levy (Puma RVís, Yamaha YZF-R3) would manage to overtake Croker in quick succession. Soon after the race started, the rain flags came out to throw a curve ball into the mix. By now Levy had taken the lead of the race and with four laps to go, three bikes crashed at Doohan Corner including Bayliss, who was challenging for the win.
With all the incidents around the track that allowed Crump to make his move and attack for the lead on Levy. With three laps to go, Crump led from Levy and Tom Bramich (Ron Angel Classic, Yamaha YZF-R3). These three had developed a two second advantage to fourth place Croker.
Just before the final lap, the race was red flagged due to deteriorating conditions, as a result Crump took the race win, followed by Bramich and Levy on the podium positions.
As a result of a great weekend, Croker scored the most points Australian Supersport 300 Support Category at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, followed by Crump and Bramich.
Croker shared his thoughts after scoring the most points of the 300 riders; "It was an awesome weekend despite all the difficult conditions. We managed to take the win in Race Two as well. Unfortunately we went with slicks in the last race and that didnt work in our favour but I'm very happy overall. The highlight of the weekend had to be that second race where I managed to break the slipstream of Mahaffy and Bayliss to take the win."
Australian Supersport 300 Race Three Results
1 Seth CRUMP (Jason Crump, KTM RC 390)
2 Tom BRAMICH (Ron Angel Classic, Yamaha YZF-R3)
3 Zac LEVY (Puma RVís, Yamaha YZF-R3)
4 Max CROKER (KTM Australia, RC 390)
5 Ty LYNCH (Adelaide Motorcycle Recovery, Yamaha YZF-R3)
6 Locky TAYLOR (Fitness2Podium, Yamaha YZF-R3)
7 Broc PEARSON (YRD, Yamaha YZF-R3)
8 Zackary JOHNSON (Rebuilder, Kawasaki EX 300)
9 Scott NICOLSON (NextGen Motorsports, Kawasaki EX 300)
10 Tayla RELPH (North Star Yamaha, Yamaha R3)
Australian Supersport 300 Round Points
1. Max CROKER (KTM Australia, RC 390) 62
2. Seth CRUMP (Jason Crump, KTM RC 390) 54
3. Tom BRAMICH (Ron Angel Classic, Yamaha YZF-R3) 49
4. Zac LEVY (Puma RVís, Yamaha YZF-R3) 49
5. Hunter FORD (Ford Brothers Racing, YZF-R3) 49
6. Jack MAHAFFY (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF-R3) 44
7. Broc PEARSON (YRD, Yamaha YZF-R3) 41
8. Locky TAYLOR (Fitness2Podium, Yamaha YZF-R3) 39
9. Oliver BAYLISS (Cube Racing, Kawasaki Ninja 300) 35
10. Ty LYNCH (Adelaide Motorcycle Recovery, Yamaha YZF-R3) 32
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Images courtesy of Andrew Gosling/tbgsport - Phillip Island Superbike
Photo 1: Australian Supersport 300 Podium - Croker, Crump and Bramich
Photo 2: Cump, Bramich and Levy