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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.

 

Team Honda Racing Take the Lead at Round 1 ASC

28th March 2015 – A fantastic start to the season for Team Honda Racing with Troy Herfoss and Aiden Wagner taking a win apiece in today’s FX-Superbike event at Sydney Motorsport Park placing Herfoss on Pole and Wagner in P2 on the grid heading into tomorrow’s Swann Insurance Superbike races.

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Wagner has completely exceeded everyone’s expectations today by winning his first ever Superbike race and recording a new Superbike lap record in the process with a lap time of 1:30.666 sec on lap 4 of Race 1.  Having had only a day of practice yesterday to familiarise himself on the CBR1000RR SP, the Qld rider has today come out all guns blazing and also managed a 3rd place in Race 2 this afternoon.  Wagner will start tomorrow’s racing in P2 on the grid.  “I couldn’t be happier with my results today.  To win the first race and get 3rd in Race 2 was just incredible.  I feel really good on the Honda CBR1000RR SP and I can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow.  What an awesome day today, thanks Team Honda Racing!”

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It was Troy Herfoss who took the Race 2 win today with a fastest lap time of 1:31.825 sec and with a 3rd place under his belt from Race 1, he is determined to keep the momentum going for tomorrow’s Swann series races.  “We have had a good start to the year with today’s results, but we have a long road ahead.  Shaun and Paul have worked very hard in the lead up to the event to ensure we have the best bike possible and Glenn has been flawless on the tools.  I am really happy to start tomorrow from Pole position and I know our Fireblade is competitive so I’m looking forward to getting back out there and finishing the weekend strongly.”

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The Swann Insurance Superbike Championship event begins tomorrow with two 15 lap Superbike races to be held. Team Honda Racing will stream the races LIVE tomorrow at www.teamhondaracing.com.au/live-stream.html

A Fresh Superbike Title Challenge Begins

26th March 2015 – Round 1 of the Australasian Superbike Championship will be held this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park and Team Honda Racing is poised for action.

In 2014 the Honda team dominated the Superbike category for much of the season culminating in a spectacular 1-2-3, 5 finish. It was one of the most successful seasons for Team Honda Racing to date and one not easily topped.

2015 sees Team Honda Racing fielding 2 of the best riders in the country, #27 Jamie Stauffer and #17 Troy Herfoss and both have their own motivation to take on the challenge for the title this season.

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In an unfortunate turn of events for Stauffer however, his season has been placed on hold as he awaits clearance to race. The NSW rider has recovered well from his injury at the World Superbike event, but must clear a blood clot before he can take to the track again. Hungry for the title, Stauffer will attend Round 1 this weekend to support the team and glean any and all information on the bike and indeed his opponents before re-joining the team for Round 2.

Taking Stauffer’s place at Sydney Motorsport Park will be 2014 Supersport Champion, Aiden Wagner who could not be more excited. “I am really looking forward to getting out on track tomorrow for practice on the CBR1000RR SP. It is definitely going to be a full on weekend for me in the Superbike category, but team has already been supportive and I just can’t wait to see what we can achieve.”

#17 Troy Herfoss has already logged some extensive practice on the CBR1000RR SP since the World Superbike event and says he is very comfortable on the Honda heading into Round 1 at Sydney. “I have attended a few ride days and done quite a bit of testing and practice on the CBR1000RR SP and I have to say I feel really good with our starting point this season. The bike is where I need it to be in terms of set-up to start this weekend so I can’t wait to put it under race conditions again and see what we can do.”

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Troy Herfoss Heading to Japan from ASC Season Opener

25th March 2015 – Team Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss will fly straight to Japan on Sunday from the ASC season opener to attend testing with the Dream RT Sakurai Honda team in the lead up to Round 1 of the Japanese Superbike Championship.

Herfoss will be competing not only in Round 1 at Suzuka, but also Round 3 of the Japanese Superbike Championship at Motegi before testing and competing in the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race in late July.

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#17 Troy Herfoss at the WSBK Event in February for Team Honda Racing

 

Dividing his time between competing for Team Honda Racing in the Australasian Superbike Championship and the time spent testing and competing for the Dream RT Sakurai Honda team, Herfoss is indeed living the Honda dream. “I am really excited! The opportunity to spend more time on the bike for the Sakurai Honda team before the Suzuka 8 Hour event is fantastic. I’ll be heading straight to the airport on Sunday after racing the first round of our championship just to make it to Japan in time to test for the first round of the Japanese championship. I can’t wait to get on the bike and work with the team to create a solid plan for the events I will compete in. The Sakurai Honda team is a very professional team and I look forward to learning all I can throughout my time in Japan.”

Troy will compete at Round 1 of the Japanese Superbike Championship on the 18th and 19th April.

Wagner to Replace Stauffer for ASC Opener in Sydney

ASCr5WP14_658023rd March 2015 – Team Honda Racing can confirm that Queenslander, Aiden Wagner will replace the injured #27 Jamie Stauffer at the season opener of the Australasian Superbike Championship.

Stauffer sustained a gut-wrenching pelvic injury at the World Superbike event in February and although his recovery after surgery has been strong, clearance to race cannot be provided due to ongoing treatment of a blood clot. Stauffer remains on medication to dissolve the clot and is looking to Round 2 at Mallala Raceway to make his return. “I am really disappointed to have to sit Round 1 out, but there’s no playing around with a blood clot. My injury is healing very well and I see no reason why I would not be ready to race at Round 2. The whole thing has really given me a huge incentive to build my strength and fitness so that is where I am at the moment, focusing on coming back to the team in the best shape possible and continuing that program throughout the season. I don’t bounce quite like I used to!”

Aiden Wagner is pumped about the idea of filling Stauffer’s vacant seat for the ASC opener. “I am really excited to race with Team Honda Racing this weekend on-board the CBR1000RR SP. It is a great opportunity for me to work with one of the most professional teams in Australia in the Superbike category. I will have to find my feet a little on the Superbike as I haven’t done much riding on a 1000cc bike to date, but I am totally up for the challenge and looking forward to the experience. Jamie is going to be there all weekend so I am sure he will be able to give me some tips and support me through the process.”

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Team Principal, Paul Free made the decision just this week to replace Stauffer for Round 1 and is confident that Stauffer will be fit and ready come Round 2 at Mallala Raceway in May. “It is very disappointing for both Jamie and the team that he can’t start the season off strongly, but his health is by far the most important thing and by missing this round we know he will be 100% for Round 2. A blood clot isn’t something to be taken lightly and if his specialists are suggesting he stay on blood thinners for a set period we must respect their decision, but overall, Jamie is making a fantastic recovery from what was a nasty crash at Phillip Island. I know Jamie well and you can rest assured he will come out very strong at Mallala after having to sit on the sidelines this weekend. We are really pleased to have Aiden on the team for Round 1. He is an extremely capable motorcycle racer as we saw from his results last year on the 600. I know the whole team will get behind him this weekend and support him through his first event on a Superbike. It will be a tough weekend for him as he has so much to learn, but I have a feeling Aiden has the tenacity to get the best out of this opportunity.

Photo:  Trevor Hedge