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Cracker Round For Honda's Maxwell

3 September 2008 - Teknic Honda’s star Supersport rider, Wayne Maxwell, had a highly successful weekend at Tasmania’s penultimate round of the Australian Championships, despite copping a questionable penalty that saw him lose 10 valuable seconds.

Maxwell qualified well under the Symmons Plains lap record on board his Motologic prepped CBR600RR, and scorched both parts of the re-started ‘wet’ first race.

“Wayne pushed his way to the lead on lap 7 and managed to build a lead of .39 of a second when the race was red-flagged,” Team Manager Paul Free explained.

“When he went to line-up again, his position was slightly off the grid marker and a protest was put forward by an opposing team.”

“Unfortunately it was deemed that the only appropriate action would be to impose a jump-start penalty as there is no other rule to address that particular situation,” Free said.

“Wayne showed incredible speed overtaking top name riders around the outside on sections of the track where it is almost impossible.”

Although Maxwell won the race on the track from Josh Waters, the 10 second penalty relegated him to fourth. He again rode very strongly in race two to claim second, showing how strong his form has become over the season.

“The weekend went pretty well; it was just a shame that we didn’t get the win due to a technicality,” Maxwell commented.

“Overall though the bike and the Pirelli tyres are fantastic and in race two, I had a great battle with Josh and Jamie (Stauffer). I just made a small mistake that cost me the win.”

Maxwell will next compete in the support races of the MotoGP, 3-5 October as well as at the final round of ASC at Eastern Creek, 17-19 October 2008.