Third for Herfoss following Phillip Island ASBK finals

It was a gut-wrenching end to the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Phillip Island, in what marked the final ASBK appearance for the outfit in operation with Troy Herfoss and Bryan Staring.

Former champion Herfoss was destined for success, carrying a slender six-point lead into the weekend, although it wasn’t to be when the Queensland-based rider was forced to return to pit lane in race one with just a matter of laps still on the board.

The opening outing saw Staring put in spirited fight, navigating the challenging conditions with class to position himself just outside of the top five in sixth place, narrowly edging out a number of rivals despite a rare flat front tyre.

In much better weather conditions for race two, Herfoss charged to second in a last-ditch attempt to revive his championship hopes and, despite the heroic effort, he wasn’t able to pull it off after he was credited 10th overall with a DNF-2 scorecard.

To round out the year on a positive note, Western Australian ace Staring put in an impressive display, finishing just behind teammate Herfoss in third to be rewarded fourth overall, just two points shy of the overall podium to cap-off the season.

In the final championship standings, it was Herfoss who collected third in the championship despite a difficult final round, as Staring was credited seventh overall in what was his return to the ASBK series this season.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing will now turn its attention to the national Superbike support races at Phillip Island on 20-22 October alongside the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

2017 ASBK Rd7 Phillip Island overall results:
1. Wayne Maxwell 46
2. Josh Waters 41
3. Glenn Allerton 35
4. Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 33
5. Daniel Falzon 32
6. Alex Phillis 27
7. Josh Hook 27
8. Michael Blair 24
9. Cru Halliday 23
10. Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 20

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Josh Waters 261
2. Wayne Maxwell 257
3. Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 246
4. Daniel Falzon 220
5. Robert Bugden 219
6. Cru Halliday 206
7. Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 184
8. Michael Blair 138
9. Corey Turner 138
10. Mitch Levy 137

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Herfoss retakes ASBK points lead following Sydney podium

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss leads the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) with a single round remaining after finishing second overall at Sydney Motorsport Park today.

After qualifying fifth, the defending two-time national champion put forward two determined rides in the 14-lap races to go 2-3 for the round, placing him six points ahead in the standings.

It was yet another impressive performance from Herfoss aboard the 2017 CBR1000RR SP2 despite a difficult beginning to the weekend and one that will go a long way toward his chances of sealing a third-straight crown.

Teammate Bryan Staring had one of his strongest weekends of the season to date at the Eastern Creek-based circuit, qualifying in position four on Saturday and then claiming a brilliant second place result in race two.

Unfortunately he experienced a technical glitch in race one while running second, but managed to bounce back later in the afternoon to challenge for the victory in P2. He salvaged 10th overall and is now seventh in the point-standings.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing will now spend the next month preparing for the 2017 ASBK series finale, to be contested at Phillip Island in Victoria on 6-8 October.

2017 ASBK Rd6 Sydney Motorsport Park results:
1. Josh WATERS 51
2. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 38
3. Glenn ALLERTON 33
4. Robert BUGDEN 29
5. Cru HALLIDAY 29
6. Josh HOOK 29
7. Michael BLAIR 26
8. Corey TURNER 24
9. Alex PHILLIS 21
10. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 20

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 226
2. Josh WATERS 220
3. Wayne MAXWELL 211
4. Robert BUGDEN 201
5. Daniel FALZON 188
6. Cru HALLIDAY 183
7. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 151
8. Corey TURNER 138
9. Mitch LEVY 119
10. Michael BLAIR 114

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Herfoss remains in ASBK contention after Morgan Park race podium

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss managed to place his CBR1000RR SP2 on the race two podium in today’s Morgan Park round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK).

After qualifying second fastest and displaying impressive race pace throughout the Queensland weekend, Herfoss made an uncharacteristic mistake in the first 16-lap affair and crashed out of third position on lap five.

The defending number one plate-holder was able to rebound in style later this afternoon – live on free-to-air national television – by challenging for victory, leading five laps in the mid-stages and crossing the line in P3.

Despite his DNF in race one today and taking 10th overall, Herfoss is now second in the championship standings and just five points from the lead with two rounds remaining. He also set a new Morgan Park race lap record of 1m13.317s in that opening encounter.

It was a disappointing day for Crankt Protein Honda Racing teammate Bryan Staring, who also showed front-running speed and qualified fourth fastest on Saturday, but was ruled out of contention in both races on Sunday.

In the first race, the 2010 title winner was inside the top five when he encountered troubles and was forced to pit, while in race two he was as high as second on lap two when he slid out of the battle. He’s now seventh in points.

The 2017 Australian Superbike Championship will now travel directly to Sydney Motorsport Park in New South Wales for the penultimate round six on 8-10 September.

2017 ASBK Rd5 Morgan Park results:
1. Wayne MAXWELL 45
2. Cru HALLIDAY 44
3. Josh WATERS 34
4. Corey TURNER 33
5. Glenn ALLERTON 28
6. Alex PHILLIS 28
7. Mitch LEVY 25
8. Michael BLAIR 23
9. Ryan YANKO 19
10. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 18

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Wayne MAXWELL 193
2. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 188
3. Robert BUGDEN 172
4. Daniel FALZON 171
5. Josh WATERS 169
6. Cru HALLIDAY 154
7. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 131
8. Corey TURNER 114
9. Mitch LEVY 103
10. Beau BEATON 92

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Powerhouse Group return to the fold

Crankt Protein Honda Racing are very pleased to announce the return of long-time team partner, Powerhouse Group for the remainder of the 2017 racing season.

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After a brief hiatus from the racing scene to focus on business expansion, Powerhouse Group Managing Director, Chris Deering will be trackside once more. Chris’s passion for motorcycles drives Powerhouse Group’s invaluable support for Crankt Protein Honda Racing, as it enters a very busy few months of racing.

“Supporting a well-run team at the top of its game has always been a source of great pride and satisfaction for me.” Chris added that “reuniting with Crankt Protein Honda Racing is not only a thrill but a great pleasure.”

Powerhouse Group climbs aboard as the Motocross team completes the MX Nationals season at Coolum, ahead of an action-packed Supercross season.

The Road team is heading to Round 5 of the Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park the following weekend as points leader and of course the 2017 MotoGP at Phillip Island is still to come.

Welcome back Powerhouse Group! For more information, visit www.powerhousegroup.com.au.

Herfoss takes ASBK lead in Darwin podium double for CBR1000RR SP2

Crankt Protein Honda Racing put together a superb debut aboard the 2017 CBR1000RR SP2 in Darwin’s fourth round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) today at Hidden Valley Raceway.

After qualifying fourth on the grid, defending champion Troy Herfoss rode to a pair of second place finishes in the heat of Hidden Valley to take over the series points lead.

Despite minimal mileage with Honda’s latest top-specification Fireblade prior to arriving in the Top End, Herfoss finished just 0.453s outside of the victory in the two-part opening encounter and then repeated his result with a controlled showing in race two.

It was enough for him to take over the championship lead by 13 points, setting he and the Victorian-based team up for a strong run home in the 2017 championship chase.

Teammate Bryan Staring was also particularly impressive across the Hidden Valley race weekend, slotting his SP2 into fifth on the grid and then racing to 4-3 results for third overall. It was his first overall podium since returning to Australia with Crankt Protein Honda Racing this season and he’s sixth in the standings, 39 points from Herfoss.

Next up will be Queensland’s Morgan Park Raceway on 25-27 August, the circuit in which Herfoss dominated at on his way to the championship last year.

2017 ASBK Rd4 Hidden Valley results:
1. Josh WATERS 50
2. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 40
3. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 35
4. Corey TURNER 32
5. Robert BUGDEN 32
6. Matt WALTERS 27
7. Cru HALLIDAY 26
8. Mitch LEVY 23
9. Troy GUENTHER 22
10. Beau BEATON 19

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 170
2. Robert BUGDEN 157
3. Daniel FALZON 155
4. Wayne MAXWELL 148
5. Josh WATERS 135
6. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 131
7. Cru HALLIDAY 110
8. Corey TURNER 81
9. Beau BEATON 79
10. Mitch LEVY 78

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing will debut the new Honda CBR1000RR SP2 at Darwin

Following a positive test at Winton Raceway this week with Troy Herfoss; the Motologic based Honda team are ready to race the new CBR at Round 4 of the ASBK series at Darwin on the 8th and 9th of July.

With an injection of top end power and a sophisticated new electronics package, the 2017 CBR1000RR SP2 is the perfect evolution from the previous model, according the team owner Paul Free.

“We are all really looking forward to Darwin and the remainder of the championship now that we have this new SP2. The level of excitement within the team right now surrounding the new bike and the improvements it brings is fantastic, we feel more competitive than ever coming into the next round. “said Free.

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Current Australian Superbike Champion Troy Herfoss is also feeling just as positive about the SP2s capabilities after more testing earlier this week; “The bike feels so well balanced and seems to offer more grip than I remember from the old bike, even on a very average day at Winton.” Said Herfoss.

“When I open the throttle I can open it so hard and so fast, yet the bike just lets me do it, lap after lap. Under brakes and corner entry feels quite different now, the whole engine braking – deceleration control system is so streamlined” Herfoss Added.

The team are confident in the work they have undertaken so far on this new bike and will continue to improve throughout the remaining ASBK season.

“There are so many electronic functions we still need to work through and refine as we move along, but for now I couldn’t be happier for myself and Bryan to take this championship to the next level.” Said Herfoss.

Team Manager and head of the technical direction, Shaun Clarke is impressed with the progress so far.

“The SP2 has been easy to work with, the chassis is so similar, we simply bolted the rear shock and fork internals from the old bike straight into the new one and it works perfectly. The new engine offers increased performance upwards of 10,000 rpm which is exactly the area we needed it, and the electronics are remarkable.” Clarke said.

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“We have fitted the HRC kit electronics package to the bike and it works great, there is so much adjustability available, but in saying that its quite easy to navigate around, either within the dash where the rider can make mode changes on the fly or through the HRC setting tool on the laptop.” Clarke added.

Round 4 of the Australian Superbike series will take place at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin on the 8th and 9th of July.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team please visit: http://www.teamhondaracing.com.au/ and for details on the 2017 CBR1000RR SP2 head to: http://motorcycles.honda.com.au/Supersports/2017_CBR1000RR_SP2

ASBK champion Herfoss surges to second at Winton

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss has finished second in round three of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship at Winton Motor Raceway, maintaining his title challenge in Victoria.

Defending champion Herfoss was fastest on Friday and qualified second on Saturday aboard his CBR1000RR SP, before going on to finish with 4-2 results in the pair of 16-lap races.

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Herfoss led the opening 11 laps in both races today, albeit missing out on the victory, but has closed to within nine points of the championship lead – currently tied for second with round winner Wayne Maxwell.

Teammate Bryan Staring overcame a challenging beginning to the round to qualify in sixth place, then register 8-7 finishes for seventh overall. He has maintained fifth in the championship standings.

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The 2017 ASBK series will now take a two-month break before returning to action at Hidden Valley Raceway in the Northern Territory on 7-9 July.

2017 ASBK Rd3 Winton results:
1. Wayne Maxwell 51
2. Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 37
3. Cru Halliday 36
4. Robert Bugden 36
5. Daniel Falzon 33
6. Josh Hook 30
7. Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 27
8. Josh Waters 27
9. Corey Turner 22
10. Kyle Buckley 21

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Daniel Falzon 139
2. Wayne Maxwell 130
3. Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 130
4. Robert Bugden 125
5. Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 96
6. Josh Waters 85
7. Cru Halliday 84
8. Kyle Buckley 68
9. Michael Blair 65
10. Beau Beaton 60

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Herfoss and Stauffer wrap up the 2016 MotoGP on the Superbike podium

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team have wrapped up yet another successful outing at the 2016 MotoGP at Phillip Island over the weekend, with both Jamie Stauffer and newly crowned ASBK Champion Troy Herfoss each taking positions on the podium, and collecting yet another championship throughout the event.

The Australian Superbikes entertained thousands of spectators as the support class over the course of the annual Australian MotoGP, and despite all riders being forced to deal with Phillip Island’s notorious weather conditions, the Honda CBR1000RRSP machines rose to the occasion.

After a difficult season, Superbike veteran Stauffer was determined to finish the 2016 race season on a high, and crowds were treated to the impressive form that the Honda rider is known for at Phillip Island – showcasing his maturity and experience over three action packed days.

On Friday, Stauffer showed early speed recording the fourth fastest time in practice, and despite qualifying in sixth position in treacherous conditions, when race one kicked off, Stauffer was determined to finish with a podium – eventually crossing the line in third place. With the second race for the Superbikes cancelled due to the wet weather, on Saturday Stauffer claimed his first race win of the year, while on Sunday the Honda CBR1000RRSP rider secured second, rewarding the team with second overall for the weekend.

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“I’m pretty wrapped with our weekend down at the Island – I have raced this circuit a lot throughout my career, and it’s always special riding alongside an event as big as the MotoGP,” Stauffer shared.

“On Friday the track was obviously difficult because of the weather but we did the best we could, and to finish with a podium in all three of our races is a great way to finish off the year.

“I can’t thank the team enough for their support and encouragement throughout the weekend. It was so nice to finally be able to reward them for all their hard work this year with a few podiums, and what place better to do it than at the MotoGP.”

Recently crowned 2016 Australian Superbike Champion Herfoss, also showcased his skill and consistency on the world stage over the weekend, concluding the Australian MotoGP with not only 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes in the support class races and third place on the Superbike podium, but his second title for the year, after his consistency saw him awarded the 2016 Australian Phillip Island Superbike Championship.

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“Wow, what a crazy weekend! As most race fans and riders know, you never know what you’re going to get weather wise at Phillip Island, and true to tradition we were certainly dealt with every element at the MotoGP this weekend,” Herfoss shared.

“The boys had a great pace this weekend, and both Josh Waters and Jamie were tough competition. We had some tight battles between us, and I hope the fans enjoyed the Australian Superbike races as much as we enjoyed being out there.

“To stand on the MotoGP podium this weekend, and to walk away with the 2016 Australian Phillip Island Superbike Championship was a nice way to cap off a great year with the team. I’m excited for 2017, and proud of everything we have achieved together throughout this season.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team would like to thank all of their dedicated supporters and sponsors for their commitment to the team’s running of the 2016 Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island.

To keep up to date with all of Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team news, results, and features, like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

2017 Australian Superbike Championship Shaping up for Crankt Protein Honda Racing

Crankt Protein Honda Racing is excited to announce the very dynamic pairing of current Australian Superbike Champion, Troy Herfoss and multiple Australian Champion, Bryan Staring to compete in the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship.

Both riders have already signed with the factory Honda superbike team and #27 Jamie Stauffer is in discussion about remaining with the team heading into 2017.  Having been part of the team since 2010, Stauffer has proven his professionalism and skill onboard the CBR1000RR time and time again.  Team owner and Manager, Paul Free is eager to keep Stauffer in the fold.

Still celebrating his championship win, #1 Troy Herfoss is looking forward to competing for back-to-back ASBK crowns next year and developing the 2017 CBR1000RR SP, saying “We have had a fantastic season on the Crankt Protein Honda yet again.  Winning the 2016 ASBK championship after taking out an Australian title in 2015 has been a dream come true.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue working with Paul, Shaun and the whole team and continuing our success in 2017.  We have our final event of the year coming up at Phillip Island for the Australian MotoGP which is always a great event so hopefully we can finish the year with another few race wins.”

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Bryan Staring brings a wealth of experience and talent to Crankt Protein Honda Racing, having spent 6 years racing in Europe in World Superbike, Supersport, Superstock and MotoGP.  The 28 year old has 3 Australian Championships under his belt in the 125GP, Supersport and the 2010 Australian Superbike Championship and is keen to mount a challenge on the 2017 Superbike title onboard the Crankt Protein Honda Racing CBR1000RR SP.  “To be in the position to return to Australia and race with a team as professional as Motologic Honda is both a privilege and a pleasure. I couldn’t be happier to join the reigning ASBK champions and be equipped with a product as good as Honda, especially with the anticipation of the new bike. The Australian championship is going from strength to strength and I’m delighted to be part of what is now a deeply talented field. I’ll have a great teammate in Troy Herfoss who is an insanely tough competitor and I’m really looking forward to working the whole Motologic team. Although I’m saddened to leave the world championship without achieving what I dreamed I could have, six seasons there was a bigger experience than I could have imagined and I’m satisfied in that I gave it everything I had with no regrets and no stone unturned. I’m ready to come home and I smile at the thought of this new challenge and the people around me. I thank Motologic and Honda Australia for having me back.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Manager, Paul Free is pleased with how the 2017 season is shaping up for Honda, saying “We have had a huge season in 2016 with the whole gauntlet of highs and lows, but we ultimately finished on a massive high with Troy taking the Australian Superbike Title.  I am really excited to go racing in 2017.  We welcome Bryan back to the Australian Championship and our Honda team.  He now has 6 years of experience in the world championships under his belt and it will be terrific to see what he can do back on Australian soil onboard the CBR1000RR SP.  We are still in discussion with Jamie presently to maximize his success in 2017.  Jamie’s skill on a motorcycle and his wealth of knowledge about the motorcycle is a fantastic asset and we are of course very keen to retain him heading into next year.  Troy is pumped to try and win his second ASBK title in a row so we have a very exciting season of racing coming up in 2017.”

The Australian MotoGP event at Phillip Island will be held on the 21st to 23rd October and marks the final road racing event on the calendar for Crankt Protein Honda Racing.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Herfoss crowned 2016 Superbike Champion

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Troy Herfoss has been crowned the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship at Winton Motor Raceway, after two action packed and drama filled races at the season decider yesterday.

After wrapping up the ASC Superbike Championship in 2015, Herfoss added yet another achievement to his growing resume, taking a second place and a race win which eventually awarded him with the 2016 Superbike title.

Herfoss who has now won three rounds this year, and snatched up three Pirelli Superpole victories throughout the season, celebrated with the team after crossing the finish line in the final race, and shared his thoughts moments after stepping off the 2016 Superbike podium.

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“It’s so hard to explain my emotions at the moment, I know I wanted to win the championship, and I could have finished last in race two and still won the title, but the feeling of winning races makes this victory so much better, and I really wanted to stamp my authority on the Championship, and show that I deserve it,” he shared.

“I managed to take out the round and the championship which is exactly what we were here for this weekend.

“It’s been such an amazing turn of events this round, and it’s hard to explain the pressure that comes with winning a championship, so to have wrapped up today with the title is very special.

“I am just really proud to win this championship for Honda especially with this bike. To get another Championship for them is really a proud moment for me. Thanks to the whole Crankt Protein Honda Team.”

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After qualifying in fourth position on Saturday, Herfoss’s teammate Jamie Stauffer also raced to impressive results on Sunday throughout the two Superbike races. Stauffer took fifth in race one and sixth in race two, to finish in sixth for the round, and in eighth overall in the Superbike Championship after a full year of battling injuries.

“Today wasn’t a bad day for me, and for the team it really was a bit of a fairy tale with Troy wrapping up the championship,” Stuaffer shared.

“It’s been a bit of a hard year personally with injuries, but in the past two rounds I have started to feel like myself again, and we managed to get some better results which is a nice way to finish the year.

“I can’t thank the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team enough for their support throughout the season. We have had plenty of highs and lows together and it’s been a pleasure being a part of such a dedicated team of people.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free congratulated Herfoss on his 2016 Superbike Championship victory, and also thanked the people involved in making this year’s racing season such a great success.

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“What a day! It’s hard to put in to words how rewarding this championship is for not only Troy, but the entire team of people behind the scenes who have worked tirelessly to get to this point,” Free shared.

“We experienced a real low point after Eastern Creek this year and we put the pressure on Pirelli to find us something that we knew would allow us to win races. Thanks to the team at Link International and Pirelli, they came through with a tyre that turned our season around. Without them, we simply may not have been here.

“Many people have made mention of the age of the CBR1000RRSP that we’re working with, but by winning the championship with Troy today, we have really shown that the Honda remains competitive even after all these years.

“I would like to personally congratulate Troy on his 2016 Championship and of course Jamie as well for fighting all year long despite carrying a number of injuries.

“And I would also like to thank all of our dedicated sponsors who made this Superbike Championship and racing this year such a great success. Without them, our achievements simply wouldn’t have been possible.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team would like to thank all of their dedicated supporters and sponsors for their commitment to the team’s running of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli.

For more information on the ASBK Championship head to www.asbk.com.au.

To keep up to date with all of Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team news, results, and features, like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team prepared to take it down to the wire at Winton

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are preparing to head to Winton Motor Raceway in country Victoria for the Grand Finale of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli.

With the Factory Honda team taking part in the official ASBK tyre test day at the venue just over a week ago, both CBR1000RRSP Honda riders Jamie Stauffer and Troy Herfoss have fresh experience in both wet and dry conditions at Winton, ensuring their best chance at top results this weekend.

Herfoss, who was unbeaten at the penultimate round at Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland, currently sits in second position in the overall Superbike Championship standings, and shared that he’ll be doing everything in his power to finish the season on a high this weekend.

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“When we went to Winton last week for the ASBK test it was pretty wet, but it gave us a great opportunity to refine our wet setup, and we’re feeling confident regardless of the conditions this weekend,” Herfoss shared.

“At Morgan Park it was pretty much a fairy tale weekend for me, and I was able to prove to myself and the rest of the field that we have what it takes to win – being the final round this weekend, we’re obviously hoping to repeat last round’s performance.

“At this stage I’m sitting in a position in the championship where anything can happen, so I’ll be heading out there to qualify well, and put in two solid races, with the hope that will award me with an ASBK title at the end of the weekend.”

Stauffer, who has had a tough season so far with injuries, also shared that he’s looking forward to putting this year’s challenges behind him, and will be heading out on to the track at Winton with the hope to finish the season on a high.

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“It’s been a bit of a tough year for me with so many injuries, and with only six rounds, the season goes so quickly,” Stauffer said.

“When we went to Winton for the test, both Troy and myself were able to get in some really valuable time on the bike and that put us in a good position for this weekend.

“With this being the last round of the ASBK, I would obviously like to finish on a high, so the goal at round six is to get a win, or get as close to a win as possible.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s final outing for the year will be at Round 6 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Winton Motor Raceway, Friday September 30, to October 2, 2016

For more information on the ASBK Championship head to www.asbk.com.au.

To keep up to date with all of Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team news, results, and features, like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing  on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

Perfect weekend for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Herfoss at Morgan Park

It was a fairy tale weekend for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Troy Herfoss at Round 5 of the Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park, while Jamie Stauffer also impressed with top five results at the penultimate round of racing.

With the Australian Superbike series reaching the pointy end of the championship, the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team headed in to round five with the hope to close in on their competitors, and snatch up valuable championship points, and with Herfoss collecting a flawless two race wins, that’s exactly what they did.

From the minute Herfoss hit the track at Morgan Park for practice on Friday, he was simply unstoppable, and by the time qualifying and Pirelli Superpole took place on Saturday, Herfoss became the only rider to break in to the 1:13’s with a record best lap of 1:13.826, handing himself and the team with Pole position. When racing kicked off at Morgan Park today, Herfoss led both races from the minute he left the grid, taking the race one win by 3.748 seconds, while in the second race Herfoss won again by 3.202 seconds, going undefeated for the first time in his career and wrapping up round five on the top step of the podium.

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“I can’t really describe the feeling I have right now. I’ve been racing a long time but to get a perfect weekend like we have is just so cool,” Herfoss shared.

“Even eating my lunch today, I carried the porridge from the microwave, dropped it, it did three little flips and then landed perfectly, so I knew it was my day.

“Every lap on the track today I felt so good, and the Pirelli tyres were fantastic out there. I keep saying it, but the team has worked so hard on this bike, and even though it’s older it really is just so nice to ride.

“Now I know we’re going to Winton with a really good chance of winning, so I definitely needed these extra points this weekend and the hard work has certainly paid off.”

The success for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Morgan Park also flowed on to Herfoss’s teammate, with Stauffer also taking part in Superpole and steering his CBR1000RRSP Honda machine to the sixth fastest time (1:14.802), before taking fifth in race one and sixth in race two, to conclude the round in fifth overall.

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“It was a really positive day for us as a team, to see Troy come away with the round win and go undefeated was cool and I also made some progress myself,” Stauffer shared.

“Fifth and sixth place finishes is not exactly where we want to be, but with having injuries earlier in the year and a lot of time off the bike, it’s a step in the right direction.

“We only have one round of racing left now, so at Winton we’ll be doing the best we can to put both of the Hondas on the podium.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free also shared that he’s over the moon with today’s result and gave credit to Pirelli tyres for the additional support.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend for us as a team, we knew what we wanted to achieve at Morgan Park, and I’m very proud to say we have done that this weekend,” Free shared.

“After our results back in Western Australia, we really leaned on Pirelli for some additional support, and they have come out and provided us with a new tyre, which has really refreshed things for us, and given us another chance at this Superbike championship.

“With the equipment we’re working with and with the Pirelli tyre we now have, myself and the team are all very excited about what the future holds and we’re all looking forward to getting to Winton.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s next outing will be at Round 6, the final round of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Winton, from September 30 – October 2.

For more information on the ASBK Championship head to www.asbk.com.au.

To keep up to date with all of Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team news, results, and features, like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Stauffer and Herfoss confident ahead of Round 5

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jamie Stauffer and Troy Herfoss are preparing to climb aboard their Honda CBR1000RRSP machines for the penultimate round of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park in Queensland this weekend, August 5-7.

With the ASBK now reaching the pointy end of the championship, Round 5 at Morgan Park is set to be more important than ever, and with a successful test at the venue under their belts, both Stauffer and Herfoss are high on confidence as they make their way to the Queensland circuit.

Herfoss, who currently sits in third in the Superbike Championship standings was fastest at the Morgan Park test only a few short weeks ago, and says that he’ll be looking to carry that same speed into round five of the series this weekend.

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“I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s round at Morgan Park, it’s been a while between races so we’re all eager to get back out there,” Herfoss said

“It’s been really tough at the past two rounds of the ASBK, but our test at Morgan park a few weeks back went well, and we were able to close the gap on the front guys a little bit, which is very positive.

“I’m really impressed with the work that the team has been doing on the bike, and I hope we can keep our pace high at Morgan park and claw back a few points.”

For Stauffer, Round 5 of the ASBK provides yet another opportunity for him to climb aboard his CBR1000RRSP Honda machine, and says he’s looking forward to hitting that track being back at 100 per cent fitness this weekend.

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“It’s going to be nice to get back on that bike again this weekend that’s for sure,” Stauffer shared

“We’ve had a bit of a rough year with my injuries, but I’m finally starting to feel 100 per cent, so the team and I are keen to get to Morgan Park.

“We didn’t race at Morgan Park last year, so it was good to get a test in at the venue a few weeks ago. The bike is feeling good, I’m feeling good and we’re all looking to moving forward this weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will race at Round 5 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Morgan Park this weekend, August 5-7.

For more information on the ASBK Championship head to www.asbk.com.au.

To keep up to date with all of Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team news, results, and features, like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing  on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team taking positives away from Round 4 of ASBK

It was a frustrating round of the Australian Superbike Championship for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Barbagallo Raceway, with both riders Troy Herfoss and Jamie Stauffer showing impressive form, however missing out on the overall podium in Western Australia over the weekend.

Despite some challenges across the three-day event, Herfoss was fast throughout practice and qualifying at Barbagallo, and when racing kicked off, Herfoss holeshoted both races, and then steered his CBR1000RRSP Honda machine to 4th and 5th placed finishes, concluding the round in 5th overall. Stauffer, who got to a slower start at Barbagallo Raceway, took 9th in race one and 8th in race two, handing the team 8th overall.

Herfoss shared that despite the weekend’s challenges, he achieved personal goals at Round 4, and is looking ahead to Morgan Park already.

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“It was a big weekend for us again – it was a bit of a hard weekend. I’ve been competitive over the last two or three years where I’ve been able to go to every track and say ‘We’re could win this weekend’, but I felt as though I had to adjust my goals a bit in WA,” Herfoss shared.

“I approached round four as ‘how close can I get to the leaders?’ Because every session we just seemed to be losing time which is hard to accept. The goal for me was to have a time within three or four tenths of a second a lap of the leaders, and we did that.

“I was fourth in the first race, and not far off the podium, and in race two I didn’t make a mistake – I rode my best but we just weren’t able to quite match the front guys.

“I got the best out of myself on the weekend, and I can honestly say I made very little mistakes, so I’m looking forward to moving on to Morgan Park – they tell us it’s a Honda track!”

Stauffer, who is still recovering from a back injury sustained ahead of Round 2 of the ASBK, shared that with every race, he’s getting more and more confidence back.

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“I felt a lot better on Sunday than what I did on Saturday – I sort of struggled all weekend and I didn’t qualify in the best position,” Stauffer explained.

“Once racing kicked off though, it was the best thing that could have happened to me – I felt a lot better and I think it’s just about getting my confidence up after coming off my injury.

“I’ve had plenty of injuries to deal with across my career but this one has been the most challenging. We know what we need to work on ahead of Morgan Park, so we’ll just focus on the next round and go from there.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s next outing will be at Round 5 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Morgan Park, August 5-7.

For more information on the ASBK Championship head to www.asbk.com.au.

To keep up to date with all of Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s news, results, and features, like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing  on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Herfoss and Stauffer bound for Barbagallo Raceway

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are gearing up to start the engines once again at Round 4 of the Australian Superbike Championship, taking place at Barbagallo Raceway this weekend, June 3-5, 2016.

After a seven week break in between rounds, the team will field two fit and healthy riders at round four of the ASBK this weekend, with both Jamie Stauffer and Troy Herfoss looking to perform well on their CBR1000RRSP Honda machines.

Herfoss, who currently sits in 3rd position in the Australian Superbike Championship standings only eight points shy of the lead, shared that after a successful test at Barbagallo he’ll be aiming for the top step this weekend.

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“The team, myself and Jamie have actually been over in Western Australia for over a week, so it’s been nice to let the body adjust to the small time difference and get some practice in on the bike,” he said.

“After our test at Barbagallo we were really happy with where we are at with the Honda – we’ve made some good progress with the bike, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do at round four this weekend.

“Sydney Motorsport Park wasn’t a great round for me, but we still have a lot of races ahead of us, and there’s only eight points in the championship. Hopefully we can close the gap this weekend, and put some more championship points on the board.”

Stauffer, who made a successful return to racing at Sydney Motorsport Park after missing Round 2 of the ASBK due to a back injury, says that he’s close to being back at 100 per cent fitness, and is eager to race aboard his Honda CBR1000RRSP this weekend.

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“I’m really looking forward to this weekend, we’ve had some of the best preparation we have had all year heading in to round four,” Stauffer shared.

“With my back injury, I wasn’t expecting too much from myself at Sydney Motorsport Park, but I was still up there, so it definitely gives me a bit of confidence now knowing that I’m close to being back at full fitness.

“We’ve had a great test at Barbagallo last week, and I’m feeling nice and comfortable on the CBR1000RRSP. The track is quite undulating and fast, so we’ve set the bike up for those conditions and we’re all looking forward to getting out there to race.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will race at Round 4 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli this weekend, June 3-5.

For more information on the ASBK Championship head to www.asbk.com.au.

To keep up to date with all of Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team news, results, and features, like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing  on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

Murray Bridge awaits the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are preparing to converge on the red dirt of Murray Bridge, when the fourth instalment of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals kicks off this weekend in South Australia.

For both MX1 pilots Dylan Long and Jay Wilson, round four provides new conditions from the first three rounds, with Murray Bridge set to dish out it’s famous sandy terrain this coming Sunday.

For Long, who achieved a season best fifth place finish in moto two at Broadford, this weekend provides another opportunity to step up his results, and shared that he’s looking forward to the challenge that the sandy conditions will bring.

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“I was much happier with my results at round three, and now that we’re heading to some different tracks, I’m excited to see what we can do in the sand,” he said.

“We’ve had a good few weeks of training on the Honda, and we’ve changed our program up a little bit to prepare for the sand, so all in all we’re in a good place.

“It’s going to be a big two weeks with back to back rounds, but we’re improving every time we get on the bike so I’m excited to go racing at Murray Bridge.”

For Wilson, who also achieved improved results at Broadford, the three-week break has provided additional time to train for the sand, and despite nursing a wrist injury, says he is looking forward to putting his CRF450 machine through the paces this Sunday.

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“I’ve been carrying a bit of a wrist injury since round one which will require surgery in the break, but in the last three weeks I’ve actually had more fun on the bike than I’ve had all year,” he said.

“There’s something about the change up of terrain, the sand, that just makes things more exciting. It’s a real skill to be a sand rider so in the last three weeks I’ve been working on riding in softer conditions.

“Even though I’ve got this niggling injury I’m still going to be pushing myself all the way up to round five. I’ve got some fun memories of Murray Bridge so hopefully we can add to those this weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Murray Bridge in South Australia for round four of the Motul MX Nationals, this Sunday May 22.

To watch all of the racing live from Murray Bridge this weekend, tune in via www.nrgtv.com.au

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 4 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Wilson and Long record breakthrough results at Round 3 of the Motul MX Nationals

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Dylan Long and Jay Wilson made further progress despite challenging conditions at round three of the Motul MX Nationals at the State Motorcycle Complex in Broadford yesterday.

With heavy rain drenching the iconic venue prior to racing kicking off yesterday, both Long and Wilson rose to the occasion in the muddy conditions, walking away from the round with a handful of additional points in the overall championship standings.

With qualifying and Superpole both removed from the MX1 schedule yesterday, when racing got underway, Wilson only narrowly missed out on the first holeshot  – from there Wilson held on to fifth position, before lappers caused the Honda mounted rider to drop two places, seeing him conclude race one in 7th.  After getting to a reasonably good start in race two, lapped riders once again made making passes difficult on the one lined Broadford circuit, and as a result Wilson settled for 8th position. With both results combined, Wilson wrapped up round three in 8th overall, and made up two positions in the MX1 championship standings.

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“There were a lot of positives to take out of round three. As a team we’ve made some great progress with the bike, and we’re content with how things ended up,” he said.

“In race one, I was quite happy with the way I was riding and it was just a shame that lapped riders got in the way and held me up. We have the speed in the early stages of the moto, so I’m just working on being able to keep that up on the CRF450 for the entire race.

“At the moment I’m learning every time we go to the races, so it’s great to get another round under my belt, and we’re happy with the direction we’re going in with the bike and the team.”

For Long, moto one proved to be a challenge, but despite stalling in the top section of the track, and suffering a small crash, the Honda mounted rider recovered to salvage 10th position. In race two, the ride of the day for the Honda backed team came from Victorian local Long. After getting to a solid start, Long fought off tough competition aboard his Honda, to race to an impressive fifth place finish. With a top five in the final race of the day, Long wrapped up round three in 6th overall at Broadford, and now sits in 7th in the MX1 championship standings.

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“Things went not too bad for me at Broadford. The track was pretty wet in some spots which made things interesting, but we had another good round on the Honda,” he said.

“I didn’t have the best race in moto one, but in moto two I was able to stay consistent and finish in fifth position. For me, this was a much better result and it gives me a lot more confidence knowing that we can finish up there.

“As a team we’ve learnt a lot these past few rounds, and I think we’re in a pretty good position now, so we’re looking forward to getting back out there at Murray Bridge.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round four of the Motul MX Nationals which will be held at Murray Bridge in New South Wales on Sunday May 22.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Wilson and Long set to converge on iconic Broadford venue

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are preparing to head to the historic State Motorcycle Complex at Broadford for round three of the Motul MX Nationals this weekend, with both team members Dylan Long and Jay Wilson looking to improve on their previous results.

The Honda backed team who have consistently put top ten finishes on the board throughout two rounds of the championship so far, have been working hard during the last two weeks, and are eager to create history at Broadford for the final time with the MX Nationals this coming Sunday.

Wilson, who achieved two impressive starts at Appin just a couple of weeks ago, shared that he’s been working closely with the team to edge closer to achieving his goals, and is looking forward to heading back to Broadford for round three.

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“Ahead of this weekend we’ve really been working on the whole package, and finding those areas where we can lift our game and then see improvements results wise,” he said.

“Being my rookie year in the MX1 class, I’m still learning and adapting to the new CRF450, but even in the last two weeks, the team and I have made some significant improvements and changes so we’re feeling positive.

“I always have high expectations of myself, and I know where I want to be in the future, so this weekend we’ll be trying to make some more progress and put some better results on paper.”

For Long, who currently sits in an impressive eighth position in the overall MX1 championship standings, shared that he too will be looking to step up his game at Round 3, and is looking forward to competing in his home state, Victoria this weekend.

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“It’s been a solid two weeks since Appin, and the team and I have made some changes and we’re definitely moving in the right direction,” he said.

“I was pretty happy with my ride in the final moto at Appin, so we are going to try and carry that same momentum, build off those results, and move forward again this weekend.

“I’m enjoying riding the bike, and it’s always nice to have a round in your home state. Being a Victorian based team it will be good to have some extra support at Broadford this weekend, and hopefully we get a good crowd out there backing us.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to the State Motorcycle Complex in Broadford for round three of the Motul MX Nationals, this Sunday May 1.

To watch all of the racing live from Broadford this weekend, tune in from 11:00am via www.nrgtv.com.au

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 3 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Tough weekend at Round 3 of the ASBK run and won for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team have wrapped up a challenging Round 3 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park, with both Troy Herfoss and Jamie Stauffer leaving the circuit safe and healthy.

With the weather tipped to be wet at Round 3 of the ASBK, the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team were prepared to take on the elements, and with Herfoss looking to maintain his championship lead, and Stauffer making his return after injury, the round was nothing short of eventful.

After qualifying in P4 on Saturday, Herfoss fought to chase down his competitors on the fast Sydney Motorsport Park circuit during race one yesterday, but to no avail. At the conclusion of the race, Herfoss crossed the line in fifth position. In race two, a scorcher of a start for Herfoss allowed him and his Honda CBR1000RR SP machine to move in to the race lead for a period of time in the wet conditions, however after dropping back to third, Herfoss ran wide in turn one with four laps remaining, and as a result ran out of time to make up valuable positions, and concluded race two in seventh. Herfoss now sits in third position in the overall Superbike championship, only eight points off the lead.

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“It was a tough weekend for us – we all worked exceptionally hard but we fell a bit short pace wise, and although we made some good progression as the weekend went on, the outright pace just wasn’t there,” Herfoss shared.

“I’m thankful for the guys here at Crankt Protein Honda Racing because they put in a lot of effort. We tried a lot of things and it was quite frustrating for them, but we just couldn’t get those extra tenths of a second.

“I’ve been told that I’m only around seven or eight points off the championship lead, so it’s not dire straights and we’re still well and truly in the game. We’re going to work hard, and go to the next round in Perth making sure that we’re ready to race from lap one in practice.”

For Stuaffer, who made his return to the Australian Superbike Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend, a sixth place in race one was an encouraging result, however it was in race two that Stauffer recorded his best finish for the weekend in the wet – capitalizing on other rider’s misfortunes, and putting in a consistent ride to conclude race two in fourth place.

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“It was my first ride back since I injured my back, and it wasn’t a great weekend for me but I’m still not back at 100 per cent fitness yet,” Stauffer said.

“In saying that, it wasn’t a terrible weekend. I didn’t qualify the best but in race one I was fairly consistent the whole way through, and in race two it was wet, and we had our first go on the Pirelli wet weather tyres – The fourth place in that race I was pretty happy with.

“I can’t move around too much on the bike at the moment, but all in all we had a good weekend, and hopefully by next round I can come back and be fighting for some wins.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for Round 4 of the Australian Superbike Championship, being held at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth on June 3-5.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

Progress made at Round 2 of the Motul MX Nationals for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team fought until the very end at Appin yesterday, with both Dylan Long and Jay Wilson once again finishing inside the top ten in the MX1 class, at round two of the Motul MX Nationals.

Despite the pair getting to a slow start in qualifying, when racing kicked off it was a different story, with both Long and Wilson pushing hard in the experienced field to put vital championship points on the board.

Long, who despite a tough moto one where he finished in 11thplace, fought to redeem himself in moto two, eventually concluding the race in seventh position. With the two results to his name, Long wrapped up the round in ninth overall aboard his Crankt Protein Honda CRF450 machine.

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“It wasn’t too bad of a round at Appin. In the first race I really struggled and pumped up a bit, so I didn’t finish where I would have liked to in moto one,” he said.

“During the lunch break, myself and the team made some changes, and they worked out really well in moto two, and I came away with a seventh.

“It’s sort of not where I want to be, but I’m happy with the direction we’re taking with the bike. The team worked very well together this weekend and we’re making a lot of improvements every round.”

For Wilson in race one, the 21-year-old got to a flying start and was riding inside the top five for the opening few laps, however when the race reached the half way point, a small mistake caused Wilson to crash, forcing him to lose valuable positions – eventually concluding the race in ninth. In moto two, the Appin circuit had formed up to be tight and technical, and after a middle pack start Wilson wrapped up the final race of the day tenth position.

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“I’m a bit disappointed with today to be honest, I got two relatively good starts, but I just wasn’t able to convert them in to results, Wilson shared.

“We made some big changes to the suspension from qualifying to racing, which got the bike handling a bit better but we still have work to do if we want to run with these top guys.

“I had the speed to run with the top five for around ten minutes, but after that I dropped back, so we’ll go back to the drawing board and do some further testing ahead of round three.

“I know where I want to be, and I’m going to be working hard in the next two weeks to get closer to that goal.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round three of the Motul MX Nationals which will be held at Broadford in Victoria on Sunday May 1.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team prepped and ready to take on Appin

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team is preparing to head to Appin in New South Wales, for round two of the Motul MX Nationals this Sunday April 17, with both Dylan Long and Jay Wilson looking more and more comfortable on their Honda machines.

After the team’s debut in Horsham only two short weeks ago, where the pair both finished inside the top ten in the MX1 class, both Long and Wilson will be looking to step things up again this weekend, as the series heads to the famous Appin circuit south of Sydney.

Long, who is based out of Benalla in Victoria, now has a successful season opener under his belt, and is looking forward to going racing with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at round two.

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“I’m feeling really good about this weekend. It’s been good to build off the result at Horsham and if all goes to plan, we will be able to step things up at Appin this weekend,” he said.

“We’ve all been working as a team the last two weeks, testing and improving the suspension and things like that, so it should be a good weekend.

“I’ve had mixed experiences at Appin – but I’m just enjoying every minute on the bike at the moment, so hopefully that will show in our results on Sunday.”

Wilson, who managed to secure an impressive fourth place in Superpole at the opening round of the Motul MX Nationals, shared that he’s looking forward to returning to one of his favorite tracks, Appin, aboard his Honda CRF450.

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“It was good to get round one out of the way – we know exactly where we are at now and the team and I have been working on a few bits and pieces during the last two weeks to perfect things,” he said.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Appin, it suits my riding style a lot and we always get a great crowd there, so I’m looking forward to racing the Honda 450 this weekend.

“After my result in Superpole at round one, I know that I have the speed to run with the top guys so if I can get some better starts, hopefully I can convert those into some improved race results.”

There is also an opportunity to meet both Jay Wilson and Dylan Long ahead of round 2 of the Motul MX Nationals, with a Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team meet and greet taking place at the Coles Supermarket in Picton, New South Wales from 5:00pm Friday April 15.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 2 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Herfoss and Stauffer to take to the grid at Round 3

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will return to a two-man squad at Round 3 of the Australian Superbike Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, with both Troy Herfoss and Jamie Stauffer confirmed to take to the Superbike grid.

Stauffer who was forced to sit out of Round 2 of the ASBK at Wakefield Park due to injury, will make his return to racing this weekend, aboard his Honda CBR1000-RR machine.

Now that a medical clearance has confirmed his return, Stauffer spoke about his time off the bike, as well as his preparation leading into round three of the ASBK.

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“I am looking forward to getting back on the bike, it’s been tough having to be sidelined for Round 2, I’m still not 100% fit, but I am feeling a lot better about my return this weekend,” he said.

“I am going into this round with other competitors having a race meeting on top of me, and I haven’t ridden the bike in a while, so I am just going to try and do as many laps as I can on Friday and see how I am feeling on Saturday and Sunday.

“An important aspect of racing is having a good, strong team behind you, which I have with Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team. I am ready to try and win as many races as I can, and help put Honda on the podium again.”

Herfoss who had a successful outing at Wakefield Park Raceway, which saw him take the round win as well as the Superbike Championship lead, is ready to get back on the Honda at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.

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“Round two went well for myself and the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team. It is always nice to come home with a win at the end of the weekend, especially given that it was my home round and in front of family and friends,” explained Herfoss.

“It will be good to have the team back together again with Jamie returning from injury, we all work well as a unit, and support each other on race weekends.

“We have a strong, competitive bike, so I am heading into the weekend feeling fit and ready – I know that I have the pace so am feeling confident about this weekend’s racing.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, will now head to Sydney Motorsport Park for Round 3 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship, with Troy Herfoss having a two-point lead in the Superbike championship standings, while Stauffer is currently sitting in 16th position.

Long and Wilson Record Top Ten Finish for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Round 1

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson and Dylan Long got their 2016 Motul MX Nationals campaigns off to an encouraging start today, at the season opener in Horsham, Victoria.

With round one marking the first official event for the newly formed motocross team, both MX1 pilots Long and Wilson posted results inside the overall top ten at Horsham, in one of the most talent packed 450 classes that Australia has seen in years.

For Wilson, round one also marked his maiden appearance in the MX1 class aboard his CRF450 machine. Wilson showed promising form during the MX1 qualifying session this morning, posting the fifth quickest time, then progressing in to the first GoPro Superpole for 2016, where he finished in fourth position. Following qualifying, Wilson raced to 8th in moto one, followed by 11th in moto two, handing the 21-year-old with 10th overall at the conclusion of round one.

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“After everything that happened at Horsham for myself personally in 2015, I was really glad to just get through the day and put round one behind me,” Wilson shared.

“I was quite happy to see that I had the speed to run inside the top five during qualifying this morning, so even though on paper it wasn’t the result that I wanted, we are taking a lot of positives out of round one.

“The best thing about today was that the CRF450 worked really well – I had a lot of trust in the bike and that definitely eased the nerves a lot. We’re going to make a few changes in the next two weeks, and try and improve on the final result at round two.”

Long, who also made his Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team debut in Horsham today, showed that consistency was key at round one – taking 7th place in both moto one, and moto two, to eventually be awarded with eighth overall at the conclusion of the season opener.

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“We’re very happy with the result that we got today. We are a new team, and we’re on a new bike, so for both Jay and myself to finish inside the top ten especially with so much talent in our class, it’s a pretty good starting point for the team,” Long said.

“There are a lot of fast guys out there, but definitely if I can get my starts right, I think we can improve on today’s result when we go racing again in two weeks at Appin.

“We are all pretty much running the same times, so the starts really are key this year. As a team we’re going to work on a few things in the next two weeks, and then see what we can do at round two.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round two of the Motul MX Nationals which will be held at Appin in New South Wales on April 17.

Images – Rhys Van Slooten

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Wilson and Long to make Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team debut in Horsham

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will make their MX Nationals debut this weekend, when round one of the ten round motocross championship kicks off at the Dooen Recreational Reserve in Horsham, Victoria, on Sunday April 3.

After months of testing and developing a fresh new factory team, Crankt Protein Honda Racing has put the finishing touches on it’s program, and both MX1 pilots Dylan Long and Jay Wilson are excited to head to round one.

Long, who achieved a number of top five results as well as a podium in the MX1 class in 2015, shared that he’s looking forward to Horsham now that he’s had the opportunity to settle into his CRF450 machine.

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“It’s great to have the Honda Team behind me, and to have a team that you have been with for a while, especially heading in the first round that you have been testing and training with,” he said.

“It should be a good year for us – It awesome to have Pip and Paul around – Paul obviously knows what he is doing with his road race team, and then you have Pip who has years and year of experience and don’t even get me started on how much he knows about motorbikes.

“I am going to go out there to try and win every race, but obviously the MX1 guys are all awesome riders – staying in the top five will be massive, if not the top three. Everyone can win races but its more about who can be the most consistent out on track for the whole year, so that’s the goal.”

2015 MX2 Champion Jay Wilson also shared that he is excited to make his debut in the MX1 class with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Horsham this weekend.

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“I really can’t wait to get to round one this weekend – we have had an awesome pre season with Pip Harrison and the team, and now we are all just looking forward to going racing,” he said.

“Last year I really didn’t have the opportunity to do a lot of testing before round one, but this year it’s been a completely different story – we have spent a lot of time perfecting things and as a result we are happy with where the bike and the team is at.

“It’s great having Paul Free and Pip in my corner for 2016 – both of these guys have had years and years of experience, and it definitely makes a big difference having their expertise being my rookie year in the MX1 class.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free shared that the team is eager to get Round 1 of the MX Nationals under their belts this weekend.

“Jay and Dylan have both put in the training, and their mechanics and Pip are all working well together, so it will be great for them all to get their feet wet this weekend,” he said.

“We really wanted to put a young dynamic team together for 2016, and I think we have definitely been able to achieve that with Dylan and Jay. Both are talented and mature riders for their age, and we are looking forward developing them both throughout the year.

“This will be our first ever MX Nationals as a team, so we are really looking forward to arriving at Horsham and getting round one under our belts, and then growing as a team as the season goes on.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now head to Horsham, Victoria, for Round 1 of the 2016 MX Nationals on Sunday April 3, 2016.

To watch the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team in action this weekend, you can tune in live from 10:30am on Sunday via www.nrgtv.com.au/live

To stay up to date with all of the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team news and results, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

Images – Cameron Taylor DMT Visuals

Herfoss and West finish 1, 2 for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Wakefield Park

It was a complete fairy tale ending for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team at round two of the Australian Superbike Championship at Wakefield Park, with Troy Herfoss taking the round win on home soil, while Jamie Stauffer’s replacement Anthony West finished in second position on the Superbike podium, in what was only his first ASBK outing since 1998.

 

There was no doubt that the second round of this year’s ASBK championship dished out plenty of thrills and spills across the entire three days, but it was Goulburn local Herfoss on his Honda machine who was the man of the moment this weekend.

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From the minute Herfoss hit the track at Wakefield Park, the local proved he was a force to be reckoned with, putting down a record lap time of 57.350 during the Superbike qualifying session on Saturday, which provided himself and the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team with pole position when racing kicked off today.

 

And when race one eventually got underway this afternoon, despite three race restarts due to red flags, Herfoss showed his consistency and patience, taking the opening race win ahead of his teammate West who put in an outstanding effort to finish in second, at his very first event with the Honda racing team.

 

In race two, Herfoss hoped to remain undefeated at Wakefield, however in the later stages of the race, at turn ten on the tight technical Wakefield Park circuit, Herfoss hit false neutral and was forced back two positions, seeing him slide from second to fourth.

 

However, at the conclusion of race two, both Herfoss and West had plenty of reason to celebrate – the pair wrapping up the final outing for the day with West snatching up second position once again, and Herfoss finishing in fourth, handing the team positions one and two on the round two overall Superbike podium.

 

Round two winner Herfoss shared that despite a tough final race, he has added confidence, now having the Superbike Championship points lead, as the series heads to round three.

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“It was a bit of a stressful morning, I’m not sure what was going on – it was as if everyone was too eager and there were bikes going down everywhere. It was a bit odd with the tyre allocation, because with so many restarts we still had to use the same tyre, and I was a bit nervous about pushing hard – but the Pirelli’s really proved themselves this weekend and I was able to bring it home in the first race. In race two I was a bit disappointed, because I was struggling to get through the traffic, and I managed to get in to second, but I hit false neutral in turn ten and I hit the kitty litter which pushed me back a few positions. All in all though, I’m that excited with the package we have. We’ve gone a lot faster and we just keep improving on what we’ve got. Now we’re going to Eastern Creek where you really need a bike that can go the whole race distance, and fast, and I’m absolutely confident that we have the opportunity to do that with the Honda CBR1000RR SP.”

 

Fill in rider Ant West was also happy at the conclusion of round two, sharing that the ASBK Superbike class is more competitive than he first anticipated.

 

“I jumped straight on this bike and to be honest I’m pretty happy with what we achieved this weekend. I’ve never raced a Honda before, so it’s been a challenge getting comfortable on the bike and really we haven’t had a lot of time to get the bike set up for me. I still didn’t feel 100 per cent during the race and I still think there’s a lot more that we can get out of the bike, and also a lot more that we can get out of myself. I’ve had fun though, and I’d definitely consider racing at the ASBK again. I’ve never really thought about racing in Australia, but after racing here I’ve realised it is competitive, and it’s not an easy championship – these top guys are fast. Wakefield Park is a track that I’m not used to, it’s tight and bumpy and it’s a lot different to what I’m used to riding, so I’d love the opportunity to come back and see what I can do on a different circuit.”

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Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free shared that he couldn’t be happier after both Herfoss and West finishing on the podium at Wakefield Park today.

 

“For any team, this really is a fairy tale result, and on behalf of the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, a big congratulations to both Troy and Anthony. We knew that Troy would be fast here, but to set a new lap record and take the round two win, it really is a great result for the entire team. Anthony was asked to step in at the last minute, and he has proven today that we made the right choice. To finish with both boys in the two top spots on the podium, we really couldn’t be happier.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparation for Round three of the ASBK, being held at Sydney Motorsport Park on April 16 – 17.

Local Herfoss and WSBK wildcard West to fly Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team flag at Round 2 of ASBK

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team is gearing up for the second instalment of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship, being held at Wakefield Park in New South Wales this weekend (25-27 March, 2016) with Troy Herfoss and surprise inclusion Ant West set to take to the track.

With Herfoss, currently 4th in the Superbike Championship standings after one round, the local star will head into Round 2 with successful testing at Wakefield Park Raceway under his belt, and is well equipped to perform on his CBR1000RRSP in front of a home crowd this weekend.

Herfoss shared that he is eager to perform for friends, family, and fans in Goulburn – expressing his confidence and determination to move up in the Superbike championship standings at Round 2.

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“After some productive testing at Wakefield on the Honda CBR1000RRSP, I am feeling confident leading in the second round. Being my home track, I feel I know every bump, corner and twist the circuit has to offer,” he said.

“With round one behind me I am ready to put my best foot forward this weekend. I feel I have good pace around the circuit and the team have been putting in a lot of hard work to make sure we have a great setup for the CBR machine.

“There is tough competition out on track, but I will have the locals there cheering me on. I am really looking forward to racing, and hopefully putting Honda on the podium for round two.”

Crankt Protien Honda Racing’s Jamie Stauffer, currently 11th in Superbike Championship standings, will unfortunately not take to the grid for Round 2 of the ASBK, due to an incident during testing which has left Stauffer with a compression fracture to his T12 vertebrae.

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“It’s really disappointing not being able to race this weekend with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, it was a round I was really looking forward to,” he said.

“Unfortunately that is the risk of the sport and it sees me not being able to compete this weekend. All I can do it put my focus in to repairing and healing my body, and building my strength again to be fit and ready for when I jump back on the bike.

“It is never good having to miss a round of the championship, but the decision has been made to ensure I can have time to recover, and with the team’s help we will just be making sure I get back on the bike as soon as I possibly can.”

With Stauffer sidelined, WSBK Supersport wildcard rider Ant West will climb aboard the Crankt Protein Honda at Round 2, and today shared how he’s feeling about making his 2016 ASBK debut at Wakefield Park.

“I only got the call up to race with the Honda guys yesterday, so I’ve jumped on a plane and I’ll be racing at Wakefield Park this weekend,” he said.

“I haven’t raced the ASBK since 1998 (laughs) so I’m excited to have the opportunity to jump on a Honda and race in Australia.

“I don’t really know what to expect this weekend, there’s plenty of guys out there who have a lot of experience at Wakefield, but it’s a good opportunity to get some more races under my belt.

“The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team has a competitive bike, and given that I have had no time with the team, that’s one of the main reasons I said yes to the opportunity – It does give you confidence knowing you’re stepping on to a strong team.”

Crankt Protein Honda racing will now head to Goulburn for the Round 2 of the 2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli this Easter long weekend, 25-27 March. For more information on the ASBK Championship head to www.asbk.com.au.

To keep up to date with all of Crankt Protien Honda Racing’s news, results, and features like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing  on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

The 2016 ASBK Battle is Go for Crankt Protein Honda Racing

1st March 2016 – Round 1 of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) is done and dusted after some extremely close racing at Phillip Island over the weekend and the battle is only just beginning.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing departs the season opener with #17 Troy Herfoss in 4th place and #27 Jamie Stauffer in 11th place in the championship.

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The World Superbike event was not without incident for the Honda team.  In Race 1 on Saturday a moment of instability from Mike Jones at the front of the tightly packed group caused an unavoidable chain reaction.  It ended in disaster for Stauffer when he hurtled into the back tyre of Herfoss who had quickly shut off his throttle to avoid the bike in front.  The resulting impact threw Stauffer from his motorcycle only to slide at high speed down the front straight.  Luckily, the other riders avoided Stauffer and he was able to limp to Racesafe for medical attention.  Stauffer will possibly require skin grafts to his forearm in the coming days.

Battered, burned and with a number of bruises,  Stauffer nonetheless lined up on the grid the following day for Races 2 and 3 ready to do battle again.  The impact also damaged the rear tyre on Herfoss’ bike although he still managed to finish Race 1 in 5th place with a fastest lap of 1:33.527 sec.

In Race 2 on Sunday Herfoss recorded his fastest lap of the weekend, a 1:33.123 sec to finish in 5th place and Stauffer finished Race 2 in 7th place.

Race 3 saw Herfoss battle it out for the lead onboard his CBR1000RR SP only to have to settle for 2nd place by just .033 sec, placing him 4th overall for the event.

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Herfoss is looking forward to Round 2, saying “Fourth position for the opening round of the ASBK is obviously not where wanted to start the season, but it is just the first event and we still come away with valuable points.  My pace over the weekend was good on the Crankt Protein Honda and I am really looking forward to racing at my home circuit, Wakefield Park this month.  A massive thanks to Crankt Protein Honda Racing for all their efforts this weekend, a great job done by all!”

Stauffer finished Race 3 in 7th place and took 11th place overall for Round 1.  He will now focus on recovery.  “I feel fairly lucky to walk away after that crash although I am pretty sore.  It was just unlucky that I was tucked in so close behind Troy when it happened and had no time to react.  I’ll be focusing on getting my forearm looked at now and making sure I’m good to go for Round 2.  Considering the crash, I am pleased to come away with some solid points.  It’s only Round 1 and the bike feels really good so I know we’ll come back strongly at Wakefield Park.”

Round 2 ASBK will be held 26th – 27th March at Wakefield Park in New South Wales.

Team Honda Racing Win Back-to-Back Double Championships!

6th December 2015 – Troy Herfoss has been crowned the 2015 Australasian Superbike and FX-Superbike Champion after a stella performance by both he and Jamie Stauffer over the weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.

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The success of the Honda CBR1000RR SP at the ASC Finale delivers back-to-back double championships for Team Honda Racing, having been similarly victorious in 2014.

Fans were treated to some of the best racing the country has seen over the weekend and the Honda continued to prove its might time and time again. Man and machine. The combination of experience, skill and sheer determination aboard such a finely tuned motorcycle was something to behold.

Stauffer finished the championship in 5th place, not allowing his crash and pelvic injury early in the season to hold him back or stay the charge for points.

There were 3 Superbike races to decide the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship and Troy Herfoss began the day 1 point ahead after securing Pole position the previous day. His 1st place in the previous day’s race also secured him the FX-Superbike Championship and the Goulburn rider was ready to make it a double.

Stauffer finished 2nd in the previous day’s FX-Superbike race and thus lined up in P2 for the 3 nail-biting ASC finale races.

With Honda P1 and P2 on the grid, things were heating up and the weather followed suit with track temperatures reaching 59.3C for Superbike Race 1.

Stauffer took the Race 1 win in a very close battle at the front of the field, showing he felt extremely comfortable onboard his CBR1000RR SP for the final races of the season. His fastest lap time was a 1:31 .569 sec and Herfoss finished Race 1 in 3rd place, his fastest lap time a 1:31.652 sec. The championship was far from won, but the Honda was looking strong.

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Race 2 proved that anything can happen in racing as Wayne Maxwell who was second in championship points, crashed on the first lap and re-joined the race with too much work to do to defeat the on-fire Herfoss. Herfoss finished the race 2nd and Stauffer finished in 5th place.

The championship was down to the wire. There were only 5 points separating Herfoss and Maxwell going into Race 3. Position mattered.

Superbike Race 3 was perhaps the tensest Superbike race that Team Honda Racing has endured as the final push for dominance raged on track. The battles were furious and many with the whole field seeming to step it up for the final race of the season.

Herfoss finished in 5th place after suffering major tyre issues throughout the race and therefore being forced out of contention for a podium position. And then there was Stauffer.

Jamie Stauffer raced a brilliant race for the finale and not only battled for the race win, but also managed to keep Maxwell from scoring enough points to be a title threat as he held him at bay. The manoeuvres performed by Stauffer during Race 3 as he did the superbike dance of pass and re-pass for position, were nothing short of inspiring.

The championship came down to the chequered flag as Stauffer diced with Mike Jones for the race win in the final laps and blocked Maxwell simultaneously. It was a How To Guide from the multiple Australian champion. As the bikes came down the main straight for the final time it is safe to say many held their breath as nothing was certain.

Stauffer finished Race 3 in 2nd place by a mere .108 sec and Maxwell crossed the line in 3rd place with Herfoss bringing it home in 5th place, crowning Herfoss the 2015 Australasian Superbike Champion. Stauffer finished 2015 in 5th place in the championship which was a fantastic effort considering he did not compete in the first round after his crash early in the year and subsequent recovery from injury.

Herfoss: “What an unreal feeling it is to claim my first ever Australasian Superbike Championship. That last race was the most stressful 12 laps I have had on a motorbike! It’s a great feeling to win this championship and something I have worked hard for. Of course there is no way I could have done this without a dedicated team behind me, in Team Honda Racing. They have been behind me since day one! I can’t thank Paul and Laura Free enough for bringing me on in 2014. Shaun, my mechanic is just a wizard at what he does and deserves a huge credit to this championship. To all the team sponsors, and my personal sponsors, a massive, massive thank you, as without your support this could not be possible. Finally, thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and great support you have given me throughout 2015, it means a hell of a lot. Thank you.”

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Stauffer: “Congratulations to Troy on his 2 titles! He absolutely deserves them and has raced so well all year. It has been great to race alongside him on the Honda. Well done to the team and thank you for all the hard work put in during the season. We were behind the eight ball this year after my crash and it took a while to recover, but the team just kept giving it their all and we managed to finish in 5th place having not competed in one event early on. Obviously, I would have liked to have finished in the top three, but I come away from the final event with a race win and it was a really exciting event to finish the season. Thank you to all the team sponsors for the terrific support you have given all year. To Honda Australia, a huge thank you. To Paul, Jason Kaine who was invaluable this season and to the whole team, well done and thank you for the hours of hard work.”

As Team Honda Racing celebrate the Honda CBR1000RR SP and the ever professional Troy Herfoss and Jamie Stauffer, their thanks must go to everyone that made the success possible.

Team Principle and Motologic owner, Paul Free: “Congratulations Troy! This championship is ours because of the team of people that come together to make it happen, from the staff to our team sponsors. Shaun Clarke works tirelessly at Motologic and at each race event and it is fantastic to see his hard work as Troy’s crew chief pay off. Well done Shaun and also Glenn Granger who completes Troy’s side of the pit garage and is an absolute workhorse. Thanks also to Jason Kaine for all his help this year he is an asset to the team and worked extremely hard for Jamie throughout the season. Well done to Jamie for his incredible tenacity and unwavering determination. To come back from the early pelvic injury and finish the championship in 5th place and with such a show of strength in the races was fantastic. To Honda Australia a huge thank you. We are proud to represent the Honda brand and to have been able to bring home 2 championships this year, making it back-to-back wins. To all our other sponsors, Motul, Honda Motorcycle Insurances and Extended Warranty, Pirelli, Patterson Cheney group, Honda Genuine Parts and Accessories, Western Freight Management, Alpinestars, HART, NGK and all those that support our team. Thank you. It was an incredible year.”

Team Honda Racing Win 2015 AFX Superbike Championship!

4th December 2015 – A fantastic 1-2 finish for Team Honda Racing in the FX-Superbike Championship decider this evening sees Troy Herfoss take the race win and the title with Jamie Stauffer finishing 2nd in the race, 2nd overall for the event and 6th in the FX-Superbike Championship.

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The Honda CBR1000RR SP was strong from the beginning of the weekend, #3 Troy Herfoss topped the time sheets in both practice sessions today. He recorded his fastest lap time in the second practice session, a 1:30.589 sec. Herfoss was extremely pleased with the Honda CBR1000RR SP heading into qualifying. #2 Jamie Stauffer posted the 5th fastest time in both practice sessions, making good use of the track time to fine tune the CBR1000RR SP.

The Hondas looked strong in qualifying and at the session’s end Herfoss recorded the 3rd fastest lap time with a 1:30.812 sec ahead of Stauffer with a lap time of 1:30.936 sec, placing them in P3 and P4 on the grid for the AFX-Superbike Championship decider later in the day.

The final race in the 2015 AFX-Superbike championship was Honda’s from the start. Both CBR1000RR SPs got off the start line well, but it was Stauffer who lead the field after the first lap, ahead of Herfoss hot on his tail. It wasn’t long until Herfoss took the lead with the title clearly in his sights. Herfoss claimed the fastest lap of the race, a 1:30.851 sec ahead of team mate Stauffer with a lap time of 1:31.135 sec and a gap to 3rd place of more than 2.5 seconds at the chequered flag. It was a convincing and thrilling win for Team Honda Racing and places Herfoss in Pole position on the grid for tomorrow’s Swann Insurance Superbike Championship decider.

Herfoss: “I’m ecstatic because it is the first time I’ve been able to dominate a race quite like that. Every race so far has been less than a second gap, but today from the moment we rolled out of the pit garage I knew we had a great bike and it made the race so much easier. I really want to thank Shaun Clarke for his complete dedication. He has done a fantastic job all year.   I am ecstatic to take the FX-Superbike Championship title and pole position for tomorrow’s Swann Series races. Another big battle tomorrow and the Honda is up to the challenge.”
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Stauffer will line up in P2 on the grid for tomorrow’s Swann Series races and is very happy with his 2nd place result today.

Stauffer: “Finishing today 2nd overall was great and the Honda felt strong in both qualifying and the race this evening. I got a really good start in the race and although I didn’t get the win, 2nd place and P2 on the grid for tomorrow’s races is really motivating. I am looking forward to getting out there and seeing what I can do. Well done to Troy for winning the FX-Superbike championship. That was a great effort. Let’s see what the Honda can do tomorrow.”

Tomorrow’s Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike races can be viewed live on Fox Sport 501 from 5pm-8pm and live streaming of all races is also available on our website www.teamhondaracing.com.au/live-streaming.html

Australasian Superbike Championship Down to the Wire

26th October 2015 – An action packed penultimate round of the Australasian Superbike Championship places Team Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss on equal points with Wayne Maxwell heading into the Finale in Sydney in December.

#3 Troy Herfoss and #2 Jamie Stauffer took the Honda CBR1000RR SP to its limit at Winton International Raceway, battling it out at the front of an extremely competitive field.

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Both Honda riders recorded competitive lap times throughout the weekend, steadily improving with each session. Herfoss started the 3 Swann Insurance Superbike races yesterday from P2 on the grid and got off the start line well. Finishing 3rd overall for the Round, Herfoss was consistently fighting for the win throughout the day although a small mistake in Race 1 saw him drop position in the latter stages of the race to finish 5th.

The 2 remaining races of the day showed the strength of the Honda in the battles that ensued. Herfoss finished Races 2 and 3 in 2nd place and departed Round 6 with renewed determination, saying “It was a tough weekend at Winton Raceway. I came away 3rd overall for the event and we head into the final round at Sydney Motorsport Park on equal points. It really is down to the wire and I know we can win the championship. I would like to thank the team once more for their tireless work. It is definitely going to be a huge event to finish the season and I look forward to the final battle for the title.”

#2 Jamie Stauffer moves into the final round of the season in 6th place after a frustrating weekend at Winton Raceway, saying “I finished 5th overall for the event this weekend which is not what I expected. We made good progress from Friday through to racing on Sunday, but I couldn’t quite convert it into a podium finish. I struggled a bit to get out of the corners as quickly as I needed to in order to make a pass and at a circuit like Winton it can make all the difference. The team worked really hard and I would like to thank them. I know there will be a bit of work and planning done between now and December to come out strong for the final event to make sure we are racing at the front to end the season. I look forward to what is certain to be a huge battle at Sydney Motorsport Park.”

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Team Honda Racing will take to the track for the final event of the 2015 Superbike season on the 4th – 6th December at Sydney Motorsport Park in what is set to be a thrilling battle for the 2015 Australasian Superbike Championship title.

 

 

Team Honda Racing 2nd and 6th in Phillip Island Championship

18th October 2015 – The Phillip Island Championship decider was held this morning at the Pramac Australian Grand Prix event with #28 Troy Herfoss finishing 3rd and team mate #27 Jamie Stauffer 4th after some of the most exciting racing of the weekend.

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All 3 Superbike races for Round 2 of the P.I. Championship were a spectator’s delight with numerous battles for the top 3 podium positions. There was certainly no way to predict the winner.

Both Honda riders had strong pace this weekend and recorded their fastest laps of the event in the Race 3. The fastest lap for Herfoss was a 1:32.822 sec on the penultimate lap of the race, Stauffer’s fastest a 1:33.003 sec on lap 6.

After some of the fiercest Superbike racing of the year, Stauffer finished 3rd overall for the Round and 6th in the Championship. Having crashed out of Round 1 at the World Superbike Event and therefore not earning points, Stauffer is fairly happy with the result, saying “Obviously I would like to have finished the Championship in the top 3, but that was a tough ask having missed the first Round’s points and also considering the field this weekend. The racing was fast paced and quite a few of us well matched so I am happy to come away with the Race 1 win and 3rd overall for the event.”

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Herfoss came into the MotoGP event in the championship lead and it was down to the final race to declare a winner. Although Herfoss had the pace, after race-long battles at the front of the field, he crossed the finish line in a very close 3rd place, the top 3 separated by just 2 tenths of a second. Unfortunately, this meant that Herfoss finished the Round 5th overall and had to settle for 2nd in the Championship by just 3 points.

He is understandably disappointed, saying “We had a mixed weekend really. Taking pole position here at MotoGP was amazing in front of such a big crowd. Unfortunately, I was unable to finish off this weekend with the title. It is very frustrating to miss out on the Phillip Island Championship but Mike did a fantastic job this weekend and I tried my best. All the guys at Team Honda have given us our best possible chance at winning all year and we move onto Winton next weekend for Round 6 of the Australasian Superbike Championship confident we can be at the front.”

Team Honda Racing Hold Fast to Phillip Island Championship Lead

17th October 2015 – It is day two of the Pramac Australian MotoGP event at Phillip Island and Team Honda Racing leads the Phillip Island Championship heading into the final Superbike race tomorrow.

After a superb qualifying session yesterday it was #28 Troy Herfoss who took Pole position for all 3 Superbike races this weekend with a fastest lap time of 1:33.173 sec followed closely by team mate #27 Jamie Stauffer in P2, his fastest lap time a 1:33.231 sec.

Superbike Race 1 yesterday hinted at just how close the racing would be this weekend as the CBR1000RR SP riders of Team Honda Racing battled it out for the lead throughout the race. Ultimately it was Stauffer who claimed victory in Race 1 with a fastest lap time of 1:33.749 sec. Herfoss had to settle for 6th place in Race 1 after a fierce battle at the front of the field.

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Under clear skies this morning, Superbike Race 2 saw a similarly close field with just a tenth of a second separating the top 4 riders across the finish line.

Stauffer finished Race 2 in 4th place and recorded the fastest lap of the race, a 1:33.084 sec. Herfoss finished in 5th place and still leads the Phillip Island Championship heading into tomorrow’s final race.

Herfoss is eager to finish strongly tomorrow, saying “I am happy to still be leading the championship with one race to go, but the racing is extremely close this weekend and I haven’t quite been able to put it on the podium as yet. We will make some small changes to the set-up this afternoon and come out fighting in the morning.”

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The provisional series points show Herfoss leading with 76 points, 15 points clear of 2nd place on the board. Stauffer, whose terrible crash at Round 1 meant he started this event on zero points, now sits in 6th place heading into the final race with 42 points.

Stauffer is pleased with his event so far. “I am really happy to take the Race 1 win and I felt good in Race 2. My pace is consistent and I was able to get the fastest lap of Race 2, but the field is strong this weekend so we’ll see what we are able to achieve for Race 3 tomorrow. The bike feels good and the Pirelli tyres are excellent this weekend. I’m looking forward to racing for the win tomorrow.”

Team Honda Racing Extends Championship Lead at Round 5 ASC!

27th September 2015 – Local hero, Troy Herfoss has claimed victory at Round 5 of the Swann Insurance Superbike Championship at Wakefield Park today, winning the round overall and extending his championship lead by 16 points.

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Herfoss showed good pace through practice and qualifying on Friday to line up on the front row in P3 heading into Saturday’s FX-Superbike races with teammate Jamie Stauffer in P5 on the grid.

Emerging as the one to beat at this event, Herfoss finished 1st in all 3 FX-Superbike races yesterday, but was penalised for passing under a yellow flag in Race 1 and relegated to 2nd place. Still, the series leader recorded the fastest lap time of each race, placed himself in Pole position for Sunday’s races and extended his FX-Superbike Championship lead by 16 points.

Stauffer is now placed 6th in the FX-Superbike series after a frustrating day out on the wet track yesterday saw him finish 4th in two races and suffer an electrical problem in Race 2 that caused him to record a DNF.

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Today, the sun was shining for the Swann Insurance Superbike Championship and the Honda CBR1000RR SP of Troy Herfoss lit up the track in Superbike Race 1, staking his claim with a convincing win. Herfoss recorded the fastest lap of the race from his pole position start, a 58.069 sec and looked confident heading into Race 2.

The second Superbike race of the day saw a terrific battle at the front of the field between Allerton and Herfoss with an impressive lunge by Herfoss on the final lap almost bringing him undone as he ran off the track. Fortunately, the Honda rider was able to rejoin the race and take 3rd place.

Race 3 belonged to Herfoss from the start and he finished a terrific event with the race 3 win and the fastest lap of the race, a 58.175 sec. His weekend was complete. Taking the overall Round 5 win and extending his lead in the Swann Insurance Superbike Championship, Troy Herfoss could not be more pleased. “I am really happy to get Wakefield Park out of the way with a bag of wins and a much healthier championship lead. Now we can look forward to Winton, Round 6 and try to build on our lead going into the finale at Sydney Motorsport Park.”

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Stauffer started the Swann Series races today from the second row of the grid after yesterday’s DNF cost him dearly. He fought hard in all 3 races, taking home a 4th and two 5th place finishes. His weekend not quite going to plan, Stauffer is keen to move forward to Round 6, saying “It was a tough weekend for me. Not finishing Race 2 on Saturday put me back in 8th on the grid for today’s races. The team and I worked really hard to improve the lap times in the races, but it just didn’t come together. We’ll go away, regroup and hopefully come out strong at Round 6 at Winton.”

With 2 events to go in the 2015 season, Team Principal, Paul Free is extremely happy to see the championship lead increased, commenting “Heading into the penultimate event of the season, a lot can happen, but I am really happy to come away with an extended lead in both championships after Round 5 so well done to Troy on a great weekend. Jamie had a frustrating weekend I think it is fair to say, but I have every faith in the team to come out strong at Winton for Round 6. The Honda will be strong at that circuit and I am really looking forward to the event to see what unfolds.”

 

Team Honda Racing Maintains Lead in FX-Superbike Championship

26 September 2015 – Troy Herfoss raced the Honda CBR1000RR SP to victory in the FX-Superbike Championship today, taking Round 5 honours and holding tightly to his championship lead by 16 points.

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The track conditions all day were sub par due to early morning rain and many periods of drizzle throughout the day.  The riders had a challenging day ahead of them.

The first of 3 wet Superbike races saw #3 Troy Herfoss and #2 Jamie Stauffer starting from P3 and P5 on the grid, respectively.  Both Honda riders got away from the starting line well, but it was Herfoss that managed to challenge for the lead.  Biding his time until the final lap, Herfoss plunged up the inside of Maxwell with a couple of corners to go and crossed the finish line .288 sec ahead of Maxwell.  Unfortunately, Herfoss was relegated to 2nd place as penalty for passing under a yellow flag during the race, but still gained valuable points towards his championship lead.  He also recorded the fastest lap time of the race, a 1:09.699 sec and was looking strong heading into Race 2.  Stauffer finished Race 1 in 4th place.

Superbike Races 2 and 3 belonged to Herfoss.  In the lead early in Race 2, Herfoss didn’t look back, taking the Honda across the finish line with the fastest lap of the race once again, a 58.357 sec.  Stauffer’s day was not improving in Race 2 when he suffered a small electrical problem mid race and did not finish.

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The final Superbike race of the day was hampered by red flags and rain and was finally run as a wet six-lap race.  Stauffer had a better run at a podium finish in Race 3 after a frustrating day on track, but wasn’t able to make it stick and finished in 4th place.  Herfoss staged a late attack on Maxwell to win Race 3 with the fastest lap of the race for the third time today.

Stauffer is eager to get back out on track tomorrow for the Swann Insurance Superbike Championship and with conditions expected to clear; he is looking forward to stronger results.  “Today just didn’t come together for me as I would have hoped, the conditions were terrible, but beyond that I just couldn’t put it on the podium today.  My DNF in Race 2 was really frustrating, but the team will sort the issue out before tomorrow so I am really happy to put today behind me and focus on the Swann Series races.  I feel confident I will be racing at the front tomorrow.”

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Herfoss is really pleased to have lengthened his lead in the FX-Superbike series and is feeling confident heading into tomorrow, saying “With the exception of the yellow flag penalty, I had a very successful day today.  I am really happy to have taken the Round win and increased my lead over Wayne.  I felt good out on track despite the conditions.  Tomorrow I have to defend the Swann Series title and I am looking to increase the points lead there as much as possible too so with the weather looking better for racing I am pretty keen to get back out there.”

The Swann Insurance Superbike races will be LIVE STREAMED tomorrow from approximately 9:45am AEST.  Watch at www.teamhondaracing.com.au/live-stream.html

Herfoss and Stauffer Fire into Action for Round 5

23 September 2015 – Round 5 of the Australasian Superbike Championship this weekend brings us to the business end of the racing season with Honda still leading.

#3 Troy Herfoss heads into Round 5 at Wakefield Park with an 11 point lead in the FX-Superbike Championship to be held on Saturday.  Herfoss also leads the Swann Insurance Superbike Championship by 3 points ahead of Maxwell and is fiercely determined to extend that lead.  “Wakefield Park will be a strong event for Honda if we remain focused.  The previous event brought good results and kept us in the lead, but it was a challenging weekend.  I am excited to race this weekend; I know that having the support of my family and friends out there will make a huge difference.  Our recent test showed us we have every reason to be competitive at the front of the field and win races.”

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Team Honda Racing held a 2 day test at Wakefield Park recently and both Herfoss and Stauffer were impressed with what they were able to get out of the CBR1000RR SP in the lead up to this weekend’s event at the track.

After a solid effort at Queensland Raceway for Round 4 of the championship, Stauffer is keen to get out on track at Wakefield Park knowing the Honda will be extremely competitive.  “Wakefield Park suits the CBR1000RR SP as it is quite a technical track and the chassis of the Honda comes to the fore.  I had a good event at the previous round, but I need to make up some solid points in the championship in Round 5 so I will definitely be looking to win races.”

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Team Principal, Paul Free says his team is rock solid heading into the event.  “I feel confident in the work the team has put in and with the set-up of the CBR1000RR SP going into the weekend.  The test days at the circuit were invaluable at this stage in the championship and I know both riders are well prepared for a fantastic weekend of racing.  I can’t wait to see how the event unfolds.”

Troy Herfoss Maintains ASC and AFX Championship Leads

17th August 2015 – The 2015 Superbike racing season has now passed the halfway point after Round 4 of the ASC at Queensland Raceway over the weekend and Team Honda Racing is still in the lead.

#3 Troy Herfoss remains the championship leader in both the AFX-Superbike Championship and the Swann Insurance Superbike Series after he and team mate, #2 Jamie Stauffer put the Honda CBR1000RR SP through its paces over the 2 days of racing.

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The field was strong throughout Friday practice and qualifying and Team Honda Racing headed into Saturday’s AFX-Superbike races with sights clearly set on holding the championship lead.

The Hondas did just that with Stauffer finishing Race 1 on Saturday in 4th place, Herfoss in 6th followed by a terrific battle in Race 2 that saw Herfoss finish in 2nd place and Stauffer in 5th. Overall for Round 4 of the AFX-Superbike Championship, Herfoss took 3rd place on the podium allowing him to maintain his championship lead by 11 points.

Heading into Sunday’s Swann Insurance Superbike races, Herfoss shifted focus to the defence of his second championship lead.

Herfoss finished Race 1 and Race 2 in 4th place, his fastest lap time a 1:09.224 sec and team mate Stauffer finished 5th in both races with a fastest lap time of 1:09.111 sec.

With 3 rounds remaining, Herfoss is pleased to hold on to the championship lead, but is well aware of the job ahead. “It was an interesting weekend for many reasons, but ultimately a success for Team Honda Racing. We improved our pace from last year, held onto the championship lead and showed our strength as a team. We can reset now and work on setting the pace for the remainder of the season.”

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Stauffer gained valuable points in the championship over the weekend and is keen to bolster those points at the Wakefield Park circuit. “It was a tough weekend for us. The team worked really hard to get the bikes where we needed them to be, but it just didn’t come about for us. It was not for lack of trying from the team or myself. Still, we came away with more points and I feel confident we will be back at the front at Round 5 at Wakefield Park.”

Team Principal, Paul Free knew the weekend would be more challenging than others and is pleased with the overall result. “Realistically, overall it was a good weekend. Queensland Raceway is possibly one of the toughest circuits for us so to come away still in the lead is a really positive outcome. The riders did a terrific job and the bike performed well. I don’t think we got the best out of the bike this weekend for whatever reason, but overall the team worked hard and our results will carry us to Round 5 still in the lead so I’m pleased with the event and I look forward to taking the CBR1000RR SP to Wakefield Park where I know we will be very competitive.”

Team Honda Racing Hold Tight to Championship Lead

28th June 2015 – The Round 3 battle of the Superbikes at Sydney Motorsport Park has drawn to a close with #3 Troy Herfoss still holding the top position in the Australasian Superbike Championship.

The racing was fast and tight in Sydney this weekend and with 5 or 6 bikes battling at the front at any given moment it was bound to thrill.

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Race 1 of the Swann Series today saw Herfoss get off the start line well from his P3 grid position.  Likewise teammate #2 Jamie Stauffer who had to start from P8 after yesterday’s 15 second jumpstart penalty cost him his race win and grid positions heading into today’s racing.  The pace of the Honda CBR1000RR SPs was strong, but Stauffer quickly became caught in a bunch of riders and seemed unable to navigate his way to the front, settling for a 6th place finish.  Stauffer’s race pace was strong even so; his fastest lap of Race 1 a 1:31.417 seconds.

Herfoss battled well at the front of the field in Race 1 today and in the final few laps was in a fierce battle for the win.  Taking 2nd by just .078 sec, Herfoss was pipped at the post, but with his fastest lap time a 1:31.293 sec there was no denying his competitiveness.

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Race 2 for Superbikes was equally as tight, but Herfoss got a terrific start and lead the field on the first lap.  There was much dicing at the front of the field and although Herfoss fought hard he had to settle for 4th place.  His fastest lap time of the race was a 1:31.185 sec, less than a tenth of a second off the fastest lap of the race outright.  Stauffer again was unable to penetrate the bunch from his P8 grid position and with a fastest lap time of 1:31.433 sec, he finished Race 2 in 6th place, taking 6th overall for Round 3.

An experienced campaigner, Stauffer is already thinking about the plan of attack for Round 4.  “It was a hard day at the office today!  I won a race yesterday, but got a jumpstart penalty that meant I didn’t qualify well for today and I struggled to get a clear run and struggled to pass in the races.  The team worked hard to give me a great bike, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the job done today.  I’m looking forward to getting to the next event and giving it our best to get back in the points.”

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Herfoss finished Round 3 in 2nd place overall and holds tight to his championship lead heading into Round 4 at Queensland Raceway.  “I’m glad to finish the weekend with a few more points over my nearest rivals.  It would have been great to give the Honda guys a win after all their hard work, but today I did the best I possibly could in both races.  I’m proud of how well the team is going and we are getting the best out of the bike.  Hopefully Jamie and I can be strong at Queensland Raceway for the next round.”

Team Principal, Paul Free is also looking forward to Round 4, saying “The team did a solid job this weekend.  The lap times were very strong, Jamie won Race 2 on Saturday and Troy finished on the podium in 3 of the 4 races of the weekend to finish 2nd overall today.  Jamie has gained more championship points and Troy has increased his lead heading into the next event.  The team worked really hard this weekend and we were extremely competitive.  I can’t wait to see what we can do in Queensland in August.”

 

 

Front Row Start for Team Honda Racing Heading into Swann Series

27th June 2015 – Troy Herfoss will line up on the front row tomorrow in the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike races with team mate, Jamie Stauffer on the second row in P8 after a solid day’s racing at Sydney Motorsport Park for the AFX-Superbike Series.

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From his P3 grid position today, #3 Herfoss took 3rd in both 14-lap races and is confident he will be fighting for race wins tomorrow. “Today went fairly well although I would have liked to have been first across the finish line of course. I raced consistently and we are making a couple of subtle changes overnight so I am looking forward to tomorrow’s Swann Series races. It was great to get another podium finish and extend my championship lead.”

#2 Jamie Stauffer is more than ready to take it to the field tomorrow after a jump-start penalty in Race 2 meant he had to forego his very convincing race win. “Today went pretty well although the jump start penalty is particularly frustrating since I lead for much of the race and crossed the finish line first. Still, I am pleased with the headway we made with the set up of the CBR1000RR SP and starting from P8 on the front row is not the end of the world. I feel strong and the bike is where I need it to be so we will see what tomorrow brings.”

ASCr3EC15_4817The Swann Insurance Superbike Championship races can be viewed LIVE tomorrow at www.teamhondaracing.com.au/live-stream.html from 9:40am AEST.

 

Herfoss Looking to Further his Championship Lead at Round 3 ASC

25th June 2015 – Team Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss enters Round 3 of the Australasian Superbike Championship as the series leader onboard his Honda CBR1000RR SP and has no plans to relinquish his position this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The season so far has been a positive one for Herfoss whose skill on the CBR1000RR SP continues to impress. Currently leading both the FX-Superbike Championship and the Swann Series, Herfoss has an unwavering focus on the long road to the title. Heading into Round 3 this weekend, he commented, “I have a lot of confidence in the bike and the team going into this weekend’s event. The team has been working really hard to make sure we can remain strong at Round 3 in Sydney and I have been training hard. I believe we are heading in the right direction with the bike and I am really looking forward to getting out on track and seeing what we can do.”

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Likewise, #2 Jamie Stauffer’s powerful return from injury at Mallala shows just how determined he is to ensure he remains in title contention. Stauffer finished Round 2 at Mallala Motorsport Park in 2nd overall in both series, winning 2 races. Heading into Round 3 at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, Stauffer says he is ready to battle for maximum points. “I can’t wait to get back on the bike at Sydney Motorsport Park and see if I can improve my championship standing further. I was pleased with my results from Round 2, especially given the injury, but now I really need to focus on winning as many races as possible if I’m going to have a chance at the title. I’m not that far off the top 3 in terms of points so we’ll see what we can achieve this weekend.”

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Round 3 at Sydney Motorsport Park can be viewed LIVE this weekend at www.teamhondaracing.com.au/live-stream.html There will be a special 1 hour live panel show on Friday night from 6pm – 7pm AEST and then all the racing action on Sunday from 9:40am AEST.

Troy Herfoss Maintains ASC Championship Lead

18th May 2015 – Success for Team Honda Racing at Round 2 of the Australasian Superbike Championship this weekend with #3 Troy Herfoss maintaining his points lead in style and #2 Jamie Stauffer making a conclusive comeback from injury to finish 2nd overall on both days.

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#2 Jamie Stauffer and #3 Troy Herfoss

The dynamic duo gave loyal Honda fans much to cheer about and with such a competitive field of racers there was never a dull moment. The Hondas of Herfoss and Stauffer qualified well on Friday to start from P2 and P3 on the grid respectively going into Saturday’s FX-Superbike races.

The racing was close all weekend on the unforgiving Mallala circuit and Herfoss looked set to win the first race of the event, leading comfortably for much of the race, until on lap 8 he ran wide and had to settle for 3rd place behind team mate Stauffer in 2nd.

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Stauffer won Race 2 on Saturday and put any questions about his return from injury to bed. He was back. Herfoss finished Race 2 in 4th place, recording the fastest lap of the race, a 1:06.885 sec. The final race on Saturday saw Herfoss finish a close 2nd recording the fastest lap of the race again, a 1:06.787 sec on the penultimate lap. Stauffer finished in 4th place.

After a successful day of racing to open Round 2 of the ASC, Stauffer would line up in P2 and Herfoss in P3 on the grid for Sunday’s Swann Insurance Superbike program.

Sunday’s racing was equally as exciting, but even more successful for Team Honda Racing with #3 Herfoss and #2 Stauffer winning a race apiece.

Race 1 saw Herfoss lead off the start line, but an early pass from Maxwell saw him battling for the win. Herfoss reclaimed the lead in the latter stages of the race only to run wide and drop back to 4th across the line. Stauffer finished in 5th place.

Fresh tyres for both CBR1000RR SPs in Race 2 changed the outlook completely and both Honda riders made the most of it with Herfoss leading off the start line and Stauffer right behind him. The Hondas were 1 and 2 for most of Race 2 and Herfoss took the win in style. A late pass by Jones meant Stauffer had to settle for 3rd place, but still recorded the fastest lap of the race, a 1:06.503 sec.

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The final race of the day belonged to #2 Jamie Stauffer who led from start to finish with Herfoss finishing in 4th place.

An action-packed weekend of racing culminated in Troy Herfoss maintaining his championship lead in both the FX-Superbike championship and the Swann Series. Herfoss is pleased with the final result, saying “Overall I had a good weekend and to hold on to the championship lead heading into Round 3 is great although there is still a lot of work to be done. The racing this weekend was tight and this circuit definitely doesn’t leave any room for error. I’m really happy with where we are headed with the bike and want to thank Shaun and Glenn for the hard work they are putting in to keep us on top. I am really looking forward to Round 3 at Sydney Motorsport Park being my home track and we’ll see if we can extend our lead in the championship.”

Stauffer’s return from injury and months off the bike was most impressive and his efforts have provided valuable points heading into Round 3. “I’m really happy with my weekend given the amount of time I’ve been off the bike. I have been working really hard during my recovery to make sure I could come back as close to 100% as possible and I really think I couldn’t have done any more this weekend. To do 6 races over the weekend, on a circuit that is extremely physical and come away 2nd overall on both days is a good outcome. Obviously, I would rather be winning every race, but realistically I am happy with where I stand.”

Also pleased with the weekend’s results is Team Principal, Paul Free. “I’m really please with our team and the results this weekend. Both riders were extremely competitive all weekend and this circuit really does separate the men from the boys being so technically and physically demanding. The lap times of both Hondas were consistent and fast and I think we showed that it isn’t always about power in racing. Jamie has proven his commitment to winning this weekend by coming back stronger than ever after his injury and Troy is taking the team into Round 3 with the championship lead after another strong performance. We have a fantastic team this year, they are a strong, cohesive unit and the Honda CBR1000RR SP is an exceptional package to work with. I can’t wait to get the guys back out on track in Sydney for Round 3.”

 

Honda on the Front Row for Swann Insurance Superbike Races

16th May 2015 – Jamie Stauffer is back!  Taking the Race 2 win and 2nd overall today in the FX Championship, Stauffer proved without a shadow of a doubt that he is back in the title charge. He will line up in P2 on the grid next to team mate #3 Troy Herfoss in P3 for tomorrow’s Swann Series.

The Australasian Superbike Championship is heating up with some very close racing and both Honda riders are well and truly in the mix.

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Troy Herfoss was the early leader in Race 1 today, but unfortunately ran off the track on lap 8 and had to work his magic to re-join the race and finish in 3rd place.  Stauffer raced well in Race 1 to finish 2nd from his P3 start.

Race 2 was Stauffer’s from start to finish and he looked very comfortable on-board his CBR1000RR SP.  However, it was Herfoss, finishing in 4th place that recording the fastest lap of the race, a 1:06.885 sec on lap 8.

Herfoss also recorded the fastest lap of Race 3 today with a lap time of 1:06.787 sec and finished in 2nd place.  Stauffer finished Race 3 in 4th place and is pleased with his first day back at the office.   “Today was not bad, I’m still a little rusty at times and I did make some little mistakes, but overall we didn’t do too badly.  We are making some minor changes to the bike for tomorrow’s Swann Series races and hopefully we will be up the front racing for the win.”

Stauffer will start from P2 on the grid tomorrow and team mate Troy Herfoss will line up beside him in P3 after finishing 3rd overall for the day.

Herfoss is looking forward to tomorrow’s Swann Insurance Superbike races to consolidate his results from today saying, “We made some really good progress with the bike today and gained a lot of confidence back with the front end after my tumble on Friday.  The result today was not what I would have liked, but on a positive note we were in a position to win all three races so we will do our best to get back on the top step tomorrow.  Mallala is the most physical track and it showed at the end of Race 3 with a lot of riders’ lap times getting away from them.  I’m looking forward to another day on track tomorrow.”

 

Stauffer Battle Ready for Round 2 ASC

14th May 2015 – Team Honda Racing is very pleased to have #2 Jamie Stauffer back on board his Honda CBR1000RR SP for this weekend’s Round 2 of the Australasian Superbike Championship alongside current series leader #3 Troy Herfoss.

Stauffer, who has recovered well from his pelvic injury, was recently given medical clearance to race after successful treatment for a related blood clot. Having been sidelined for Round 1, Stauffer could but watch as teammate Herfoss and Superbike Rookie Aiden Wagner took on the field at Sydney Motorsport Park in a very successful start to the season.

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Wagner and Herfoss traded race wins throughout the weekend, but Herfoss emerged the victor overall and heads into Round 2 at Mallala Raceway the series leader. Herfoss is well aware that the battle has only just begun, saying “I am very happy to start Round 2 in the lead, but of course it is only the beginning of the season and it is a long road to the title. We tested recently at Mallala in some varying conditions and I feel we are heading in the right direction with the bike for sure. I’m really looking forward to the weekend and having Jamie back in mix will be terrific.”

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Having missed Round 1, Stauffer has a points deficit heading into this weekend, which only serves as further motivation. “I’m really keen to get out there this weekend and get myself back in the game with some race wins. It is frustrating to miss a round of course, but it is what it is and I can’t change what happened. Being healthy and safe is clearly the priority and my injury has had just that little extra time to heal since I’ve been waiting on clearance for the clot. The clearance came just in time to test recently and it felt great to be back on the Honda. I know the competition is heating up, but I know the CBR1000RR SP is strong so we’ll see what we can do this weekend.”

 

 

Team Honda Racing Claim Victory at Round 1 ASC

29th March 2015 – Team Honda Racing now leads the Australasian Superbike Championship claiming the overall victory at Round 1 in Sydney this weekend in a thrilling display of the Honda CBR1000RR SP at its best.

The championship leader after Round 1 is #3 Troy Herfoss with 48 points and in 2nd place on the leaderboard with 47 points is #41 Aiden Wagner whose debut weekend on a Superbike was nothing short of spectacular.

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Wagner teamed up with Herfoss for Round 1 in place of #2 Jamie Stauffer who had to make do with an advisory role on the side-lines whilst he awaits clearance to race.  With a Supersport championship under his belt in 2014, Wagner’s first opportunity on a Superbike was on Friday when he joined Team Honda Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park.  His practice and Qualifying session went extremely well, placing him in P5 on the grid for Saturday’s races.  He didn’t look back.

The more seasoned Troy Herfoss who is running the #3 plate after his success in 2014 proved that experience does count and heads into Round 2 as the early championship leader.  Herfoss also qualified well on Friday to start from P4 on the grid in Saturday’s races.

The Team Honda Racing riders won a race apiece on Saturday with Wagner taking the initial win and recording a Superbike lap record in the process with a lap time of 1:30.666 sec much to the amazement of all and sundry.  The lap record stands at the end of Round 1.  Herfoss took the Race 2 win and therefore the overall for the FX-Superbike championship yesterday.  This gave Herfoss Pole position for today’s Swann Insurance Superbike races and placed Wagner in P2 on the grid.  Honda was off to a terrific start.

Today’s two 15 lap Swann Insurance Superbike races were equally as thrilling if not more so with the two Team Honda Racing riders dominating the track and taking  1st and 2nd in both races.

Race 1 belonged to Wagner who battled at the front confidently and took the race win just .098 sec ahead of team mate Troy Herfoss in 2nd place and 3.4 sec ahead of 3rd place.

Not to be outfoxed by the young gun, Herfoss took every opportunity in Race 2 to make it his own and the two Honda riders battled the entire race distance for the win.  Herfoss claimed the victory with a lap time of 1:31.122 sec, just .056 sec ahead of Wagner.  The win gave Herfoss the Round honours and the championship lead heading into Round 2 in May.

Herfoss was thrilled at such a strong start to the season.  “What an awesome weekend after a long off season.  We proved again that the Honda CBR1000RR SP is a winning package.  I am so happy to leave Sydney with both championship leads and a Pole position.  Aiden was a pleasure to race with and pushed me hard all weekend.  I am excited for Round 2 already, we have to keep pushing forward while we are strong.”

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Wagner could not be more excited about his weekend.  “I would like to thank Team Honda Racing for the opportunity firstly because without their help and great support it would not have been possible.  Also, thanks to Troy and Jamie for their help over the weekend.  It was such a great weekend and I am loving the CBR1000RR SP!  I look forward to the future.”

Most pleased with the team’s success is of course Team Principal, Paul Free.  “This was an awesome beginning to the season for Team Honda Racing although not having Jamie race is going to make Round 2 all the more important.  Well done to Troy for taking the championship lead and having such a strong start to the year.  I have to say that Aiden Wagner’s effort on the Superbike for the first time was just incredible.  His speed and sheer determination is something you don’t see in many individuals up front.  Clearly the small changes we’ve made technically to improve the CBR1000RR SP in testing over the off season have made it an even better package than where we finished 2014.  To watch Troy and Aiden today racing against each other in a battle for the lead was just incredible.  They made pass after pass on each other and all without even a touch.  They showed each other ultimate respect.  I look forward to the team’s next outing and getting Jamie back on the bike and continuing on with this already great start. ”

Team Honda Racing now focuses on Round 2 at Mallala Raceway where Jamie Stauffer will rejoin the team with what is a clear intent to be immediately competitive.