Monthly Archives: September 2015

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.”