Monthly Archives: May 2015

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.”